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By: Stacey Walters |
September 11, 2019
Tuesday, September 10, the University of Pikeville officially proclaimed the start
of its 130th academic year with the 2019 Opening Convocation Ceremony. University
faculty, staff and students gathered with community members for the event.
keynote address was delivered by Jared Arnett, founding executive director for
Shaping Our Appalachian Region, Inc. (SOAR). Arnett focused his comments on opportunity and
the importance of a positive attitude when making decisions for the future.
not make decisions out of fear of failure,” Arnett advised students. “If you
are comfortable, you are not growing.”
the keynote address, President Burton J. Webb, Ph.D., honored Pike County
native Eula Hall with the Baird Family Service Award. The award was instituted
last year to honor those who have devoted their lives to the service of others.
Hall has devoted 70 years of her life to meeting health and social needs, removing
barriers to health care and giving people of Eastern Kentucky a voice.
the early 1970s, Hall opened the Mud Creek Clinic in Grethel, Ky., and later
joined forces with Big Sandy Health Care, Inc., a move that made Mud Creek Clinic
eligible to receive federal funding and expand patient care. Hall continues to be
an advocate for patients today.
Hall understands more about the importance of eliminating poverty than many
experts,” said Webb. “Eula has been called an angel, dynamite, a force to be
reckoned with and a living legend.”
Hall, helping the people of Appalachia is inherent. She remains humble, focused
and attentive to everchanging health care needs.
still transport patients in and out of the clinic daily,” Hall said upon
accepting the award. “I didn’t do any of this to be recognized, I do it for the