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Office of Admissions
147 Sycamore Street
Pikeville, Kentucky 41501
UPIKE’s friendly admissions staff is committed to guiding you from the time you apply through orientation. Get to know us!
Office Manager/Data Entry SpecialistDellaAbshire@upike.edu(606) 218-5251
Data Entry Specialist BarbaraMoore@upike.edu (606) 218-5295
Admissions CounselorCheyenneHarlow@upike.edu (606) 218-5297
Admissions CounselorDaxonCaudill@upike.edu(606) 218-5409
Admissions CounselorDavidroberson@upike.edu (606) 218-5286
Admissions CounselorJacobHamilton@upike.edu(606) 218-5249
Events and Communications CoordinatorStephanieGallant@upike.edu(606) 218-5285
Associate Director of Admissions and RecruitmentUniversity of Pikeville: Kentucky College of Osteopathic MedicineMichaelKennedy@upike.edu(606) 218-5257
Associate Director of AdmissionsUniversity of Pikeville – Kentucky College of Optometry
Assistant Director of Admissions JosephGannon@upike.edu(606) 218-5287
Director of Admissions JohnYancey@upike.edu (606) 218-5306
Q: Where is home?
A: I was born in Virginia. However, my parents lived in Kentucky, near the state line of Virginia. I have lived in Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Tennessee. At the age of thirteen, I finally came back to my hometown (Lick Creek) in Kentucky, and I have been here for the last 47 years, always working, learning, and living.
Q: Where did you attend college?
A: I received my Associate Degree, BBA, and MBA at the University of Pikeville. I worked full-time at UPIKE in the Admissions and Financial Aid Office while taking classes part-time. It took twelve years and was an opportunity that I am so grateful to have been given.
Q: What is your favorite hobby?
A: My favorite hobby is spending time with my family and watching my grandchildren grow, there is nothing better!
Q: What brought you to UPIKE?
A: In 1997, I was given the opportunity to work, at what was then Pikeville College, and was able to help provide my children with a college education. I stayed because I love being a part of the UPIKE family! I feel that I have had a small part in helping students reach their educational goals.
Q: What are your top three favorite movies?
A: I can’t say I have a favorite movie, but "It’s Wonderful Life" with Jimmy Stewart ranks high. The message of the movie conveys that no matter who we are, we have an impact on someone else’s life, whether we realize it or not.
Q: What is your favorite spot on campus?
A: The top of the 99 steps. You can look out over our little city and see how much we have grown, and imagine what is still possible.
Q: Who is the most famous person you have met?
A: My dad was a WWII veteran. He wasn’t a “famous” man but spent six years in service to our country. He was 18 when he was stationed in Europe, and returned home after giving all he had to give in battle. His life was changed forever before he really began to live it. A great man in my eyes.
Q: Any advice for future Bears?
A: Always have a plan, and never hesitate when you need to ask questions!
A: I was born in Whitesburg, Kentucky, and I graduated from Whitesburg High School.
A: I am a first-generation college student. I graduated from the University of Pikeville, where I earned a degree in Business Administration. I have since continued my education here and now earned my Master of Business Administration in May 2017.
A: I love drawing, cooking, fishing, hiking and photography all year long. Most of all, I love doing all these things with my husband, Greg and our dog, Phoebe, that my husband and I rescued from the Pike County Animal shelter on Valentine’s day in 2014. Greg and I have been happily married for 31 years.
Q: What brought you to UPIKE?
A: I came to the University of Pikeville in 2000. I began my career at UPIKE working with the Booth Scholars Program from 2000 until the program ended. Then I began working in the UPIKE Admissions office from 2010 to the present. I have always enjoyed working with the University of Pikeville faculty, staff and students. It has been so inspiring and rewarding working with both prospective and current students.
Q: What are your top three favorite movies?
A: All "Harry Potter" movies (however, the Sorcerer’s Stone is my favorite), "Avatar" (I loved the amazing animation" and "Dances with Wolves" (I love Kevin Costner and all his movies).
A: I love the seventh-floor Pavilion in the Health Professions Education Building because it has an outstanding view of the city of Pikeville and I reminisce about how things have changed over the last 18 years that I have worked here.
A: The second time we took our students from the Booth Scholars program to Paris, France we were just touring the city and suddenly there was a big crowd gathering around the entrance to a hotel. We waited a few minutes and Mariah Carey pulled up and got out of her limo surrounded by bodyguards and I shook hands with her as she went into the hotel.
A: Go to class, get involved, make friends, learn from mistakes, be careful but have fun, strive for good grades and take advantage of resources on campus.
A: I was born and raised in Pikeville, Ky.
A: I graduated from UPIKE in May 2019 with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education.
A: My favorite hobby at the moment is exercising. Working out always boosts my mood and energy and is a fun way to spend time with my family and friends.
A: I transferred to UPIKE after my freshman year of college. After unexpectedly losing my dad, moving home to continue my education was the best decision for me. From this tragedy, I gained a new family on "the hill" and new opportunities.
A: My top two movies are "Life as We Know It" and "Crazy Rich Asians." What can I say, I'm a sucker for a good romantic comedy.
Q What is your favorite spot on campus?
A: As a student, my favorite spot on campus was the Student Success Learning Lab. As a commuter, the lab was a great place for me to study, catch up on homework, meet with friends or relax between classes.
A: Get involved! Join as many clubs and organizations as you can. It's a great way to meet new people and discover new opportunities! Go Bears!
A: Pikeville now but I'm originally from Clay City, Kentucky
A: Lexington, Kentucky and Kathmandu, Nepal
A: I love Dungeons & Dragons and "geek culture" in general
A: I moved here to be with my fiance
A: "The Life Aquatic," "Nacho Libre" and "Lost in Translation"
A: I'm very new, so I'm still exploring
Q: Who is the most famous person you have ever met?
A: Kenny Loggins
A:千里之行，始於足下 “The journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step.” –Lao Tzu
Q: Where is home?
A: I was born in Aiken, South Carolina which is about six hours away from Pikeville. Aiken is a small town similar to Pikeville, but without the mountains. Aiken is a great place to grow up.
A: I graduated undergrad from the University of Pikeville with a Bachelors of Business Administration degree. This coming May I will walk across the stage again with my Master of Business Administration degree!
A: Watching college football all Saturday evening.
A: I came to UPIKE on a football scholarship in 2012. I was looking to get away from my hometown to start a new journey. After I finished my undergrad degree I had the opportunity to pursue my master's degree and my coaching career. After one season as a Graduate Assistant for the UPIKE football team, I put to my coaching career on hold to prepare for a newborn baby. My fiancée and I had our first child in June 2018.
A: "The Shawshank Redemption," "Remember the Titans" and "Friday."
A: The sitting area outside the library. During the fall when the trees have changed colors and the fountain is going it’s really nice to look at.
A: When I was being recruited to play football I met some big-time coaches. A few that I can remember is Steve Spurrier and Dabo Swinney.
A: “Work hard now and play later!” What I mean by that is to put the max amount of effort into your school work so later in life, you can reap the benefits. Of course, have fun, but remember your purpose of coming to college.
A: I was born and raised here in Pikeville, Kentucky. This has always been home for me, and I love watching the city and surrounding areas grow as the years go by.
A: I attended the University of Kentucky and the University of Pikeville. I played Baseball at both schools and graduated from UPIKE with a degree in Psychology.
A: Hunting, fishing and anything competitive!
A: I came to UPIKE for my fourth and final year of college baseball. Pikeville is my hometown and I could not imagine myself anywhere else.
A: "Smoky and the Bandit," "Tombstone" and "The Man from Snowy River."
A: Definitely the Benefactors Plaza! It is a great open space that allows you to see the city.
A: I got to shake Donald Trump’s hand in a hotel in Spartanburg, South Carolina. I was playing against Wofford College while I was still playing baseball at The University of Kentucky and President Trump was staying in the same hotel!
A: Take every opportunity that is in front of you during your college years. I do not regret doing anything, but only wish that I would have done more!
A: I was born in Newcastle, Ontario, Canada.
A: I graduated with a degree in Organizational Leadership from Illinois State University.
A: My favorite hobby would be doing anything outdoors!
A: My husband was blessed to receive a job opportunity that brought us here to Pikeville. I have always wanted to work in higher education, so when I found out UPIKE Admissions was hiring I applied immediately and the rest is history. I feel extremely blessed to work with such a great group.
A: "Coach Carter," "Kill Bill: Volume 1" and "Remember the Titans."
A: My favorite place on campus would be the 7th Floor of the Health Professions Building, can’t beat the view.
A: The most famous person I know would be one of my very good friends who was on the TV show “Degrassi”.
A: Don’t be afraid to take chances! Nothing great ever came from comfort zones.
A: I was born in Orange Park Florida which was a very small transient Navy community bordered by 3 Naval Bases. I went to one elementary school, then middle school and high school with many of the same kids. The town grew as I grew and by the time I graduated there were 800 seniors in my graduating class.
A: I graduated from University of North Florida with a degree in Psychology and Public Health.
A: The older I get the more I enjoy time with my wife, family, and friends that I value like family. BEING ON MY MOTORCYCLE IS ALWAYS A BONUS.
A: I came to UPIKE in 2018. I was born and lived within a 50-mile radius in Florida my whole life. I am trying something out of my comfort zone and hoping to grow in a different direction at UPIKE.
A: Top movies for me would be All "Rocky" movies except five (it should be annulled), the first two "Terminator" movies (love the bike action in number two), "Love Actually" and "Wild Hogs" (honorable mention), it was made for men my age.
A: My favorite spot on campus would be anywhere that it is sunny and warm.
A: I worked in the sporting good industry for 10 years and had the chance to meet many famous people. The most famous was seven-time Mr. Olympia Lee Haney. He was an hour late for an appearance so he and I hung out and talked for about 45 minutes. He said that he was late because he got hung up doing his leg workout, which I thought was pretty funny.
A: Meet people, ask questions, listen and think about what you have heard. God gave us two ears and one mouth for a reason.
A: Prestonsburg, Kentucky
A: Alice Lloyd College for my undergraduate degree and UPIKE for my MBA
A: Serving the region
A: "Star Wars" original trilogy
A: Lee Greenwood
A: Stay on top of things, never get behind
A: I was born and raised in Pikeville, Kentucky.
A: I graduated from the University of Pikeville with a Bachelors in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management. I just finished with my Masters of Business Administration in May 2019.
A: Spending time with my wife and daughter and fishing.
A: I started my undergraduate degree here in 2010 and began working in July 2014 as an Admissions Counselor. The reason why I stayed was because of the tight-knit family atmosphere that you have here on campus. It is an atmosphere that you do not get anywhere else.
A: "The Goofy Movie" (I have been able to recite this movie since I was in elementary school), "Lone Survivor" and "O Brother Where Art Thou."
A: Allara Courtyard during the spring semester!
A: Arnold Schwarzenegger. Well, I really didn’t officially meet him, but he did give me a high five.
A: Do not wish it away! Enjoy every minute while you are here and be involved! Also, utilize all the resources that UPIKE has to offer!
A: I was born in Hinton, West Virginia. It is a very small town and in a simpler time, it was a great place to grow-up. When I came home after playing all day with my friends, my mom often knew more about what I had done that day than I could even remember.
A: I graduated from Clinch Valley College in Wise, Virginia, where I earned a degree in English Literature.
A: There is no better way to spend a warm summer day than wading in a creek and doing a little fishing with friends.
A: I came to UPIKE in 2017. After more than 25 years in Jacksonville, Florida I was hoping to get closer to home and family.
A: "The Princess Bride" (amazingly quotable and most certainly an all-time classic), "None but the Brave" (an old war movie that is a so-so movie, but special to me because I used to watch it over and over again with my dad when he was alive) and "Undercover Brother" (one incredibly funny movie and the most incredible soundtrack)!
A: I love the outdoor area of the food court, which is right outside my office. I often step out on that patio area that overlooks the city and take a second to just breathe and enjoy the view.
A: The most famous person I have met would probably be heavyweight boxer George Foreman. I ran into him at a store in Jacksonville. I shook his hand and my hand disappeared inside of his. He has incredibly large hands…he could palm a Volkswagen.
A: My advice for future BEARS? Slow down and enjoy the journey! Your high school and college years go by in the blink of an eye, so really take time to enjoy the experience. Trust me, one day you will look back and wonder how time passed so quickly!