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UPIKE participates in ACA Annual Summit

October 11, 2017 12:00 AM
Pikeville, KY
The University of Pikeville was highly represented among faculty, staff, students and administrative leaders from 35 private four-year liberal arts institutions in Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia at the recent Appalachian College Association (ACA) Annual Summit in Kingsport, Tenn. Collectively, ACA colleges and universities serve more than 60,000 students. The Annual Summit provided participants the opportunity to engage in collaboration and share information centered on preparing students in the ACA footprint for success.

Several members of the UPIKE family had the honor to share best practices through a series of faculty- and student-led presentations. UPIKE contributed 20 percent of presentations at the Annual Summit, which focused on a variety of topics including research, service and academic strategies that improve teaching and learning in the classroom. UPIKE presenters included:
• Terrionna Gannon, student majoring in biology (Pikeville)
• Ivvy Gulley, student majoring in biology (Clintwood, Va.)
• Jacqueline Kidd, student majoring in nursing (Martin, Ky.)
• Christopher Walker, student majoring in biology (Pikeville)
• Theresa Dawahare, assistant professor of education 
• Darla French, Ph.D., associate professor of biology
• Michael Holcomb, Ph.D., professor of mathematics
• John Howie, Ph.D., professor of psychology
• Michael King, Ph.D., associate professor of education 
• Rachel Little, instructor of communication
• Chandra Massner, associate professor of communication
• Rob Musick, instructor of religion and campus chaplain
• Eric Primm, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology
• Andrew Reed, assistant professor of film and media arts
• Amanda Runyon, assistant professor of English
• Ella Smith-Justice, Ph.D., associate professor of Spanish
• Mathys Meyer, Ph.D., dean of student success
• Burton J. Webb, Ph.D., president
• Lori Werth, Ph.D., provost

Gannon, Gulley, Kidd and Walker are all recipients of the Ledford Scholarship, which provides financial support for students enrolled at ACA member institutions with summer research opportunities.

“We are so proud of the University of Pikeville faculty, staff and students who attended the ACA Summit this year to showcase our institution,” said Werth. “We believe sharing knowledge through professional development impacts the academic and extracurricular community on our campus. Ultimately, our goal is to enhance the student experience as they live and learn throughout their time at the university.”


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