UPIKE alumni and friends reconnect in South Carolina

For the first time, the University of Pikeville Alumni Association hosted an event in Greenville, South Carolina. The latest stop in a busy fall semester full of opportunities for UPIKE alumni to reconnect was Hall’s Chophouse in downtown Greenville. 

The event, organized by Director of Alumni Relations Lisa Blackburn, treated alumni, parents of current students and guests to dinner at this family-owned and operated restaurant. This was the first alumni event for a few in attendance where everyone gathered to share stories and make new memories together with UPIKE President Burton J. Webb and Vice President of Advancement and Alumni Relations David Hutchens.

Pikeville College alumna Virginia Matney Woofter ‘70 and her husband Richard traveled to the event from their home in Spartanburg, S.C. and were pleased to get the chance to meet Webb. Woofter was excited to learn of the progression of the university under his leadership.

“We were highly impressed with Dr. Webb and it’s clear he’s been working very hard to advance the college. He communicated recent growth and even discussed a few of his future plans for the university,” said Woofter. “My husband and I are grateful the event was held here in South Carolina and it was wonderful being able to interact with fellow alumni.”

Retired Pikeville College Training School alumna Martha “Brownie” Plaster, joined by her husband Harold, lives in Shelby, N.C. and was thrilled to learn UPIKE has added destinations for alumni gatherings.

“We wanted to meet the new president and hear an update on UPIKE. We are glad that Dr. Webb, David Hutchens and Lisa came to Greenville, South Carolina which is closer to us, making it easier to attend,” said Plaster. “Alumni outreach is most important and I’m so glad that leadership is branching beyond Lexington! We were impressed with the news of the good work of the school.”

Plaster is the daughter of the late Lon and Mary Evelyn Rogers, former UPIKE trustees for whom a UPIKE scholarship was named.

The university’s alumni network includes more than 12,000 active members who continue to show their Bear pride and commitment to support the UPIKE community at memorable alumni events and activities hosted throughout the United States. For a list of future UPIKE Alumni Association events, email alumni@upike.edu or call (606) 218-5276.