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UPIKE social work students honored

June 06, 2016 12:00 AM
Pikeville, Ky.
The University of Pikeville College of Arts and Sciences honored 17 new social workers during the second annual pinning ceremony.

Students were pinned by social work faculty during a special candle-lit ceremony recognizing their commitment to higher education and service required in preparation for professional social work practice.

“The second annual pinning of social work graduates is a special and intimate celebration of the years of challenging course work and the 8,200 hours of service these amazing graduates have provided to our community during the past year,” said Genesia Kilgore-Bowling, director of the social work program. “The ceremony also serves as a public commitment to the profession which signals that they are now ready to serve our world as knowledgeable and skilled change agents.”

The mission of UPIKE’s social work program is to enhance the institution’s mission by providing Eastern Kentucky and other rural Appalachian regions with entry-level professional social workers who are knowledgeable, ethical, competent and educated in the tradition of generalist social work.

Pictured, front row, from left: Bowling; Mary Britton of Paris; Corissa Cline of Belfry; Peachue Farrington of Pikeville; ShannonDawn Spencer of Pine Ridge; Keshia Stacy of Pikeville; and Ashton Bartley, coordinator of field education. Second row, from left: Nikisha Liesegang of Beattyville; Anna Krajacic of Pataskala, Ohio; Kelly Scott of Belfry; Destini Hensley of Jackson; and Kelli Pratt of Hazard. Third row, from left: Whitney Rowe of Elkhorn City; Lindsey May of Pikeville; Angelique Mullins of Elkhorn City; Savannah Huddle of Belfry; Brandi Harvey of Phelps; and Natasha Stanley of Pikeville.

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