Nashville alumni find new ways to connect with UPIKE

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – University of Pikeville alumni and friends recently reconnected over dinner at Kanye Prime Steakhouse, located in one of Nashville’s trendiest neighborhoods, the Gulch. Even with their beloved UPIKE miles away, alumni in legendary Nashville don’t let distance keep them from giving back and contributing to the vibrancy of their alma mater.

“Alumni help sustain the university in many ways,” said Howard Roberts, dean of UPIKE’s Coleman College of Business. “Their participation in university-sponsored events, volunteerism and donations make an impact that is immeasurable but is highly valued by the university. An active alumni base generally indicates that graduates feel like they received a quality educational experience on this campus. The UPIKE alumni base in the greater Nashville area is strong and our visits there are well attended.” 

In attendance to dine with guests and update them on all things UPIKE were President Burton J. Webb and First Lady Kay Webb, Vice President of Advancement and Alumni Relations David R. Hutchens and Roberts. Conversations circled around how the university in many ways has changed but remains steady on its foundation of family-like support, innovative learning and student-centered opportunities.

With events like the one Nashville, alumni like Randa Newman (‘10) are able to keep up with the university that continues to impact them. 

“I had so much fun at the UPIKE alumni dinner in Nashville,” said Newman.  “It was nice to see familiar faces, meet new friends and dine in one of the best restaurants in the city. UPIKE will always hold a special place in my heart because of the amazing people working diligently behind the scenes to provide opportunities for students in an underrepresented region. It means a lot to me that UPIKE makes a continuous effort to stay in touch with alumni and is always exploring ways to grow and improve. I’m forever proud to be a Bear!”

For an updated list of 2019 UPIKE alumni events, email or call 606-218-5276.