UPIKE connects with alumni and friends in Salyersville

The UPIKE Office of Advancement recently held an alumni and friends event in Salyersville, Ky., at Mi Hacienda Mexican Restaurant. While dozens of attendees enjoyed time together over lunch, the restaurant buzzed with talk of memories and updates.

Alumni board member and Salyersville resident Danny Adams helped to organize and plan this year’s event. 

“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve on the UPIKE Alumni Board the last several years,” said Adams. “These events are very important not only for UPIKE to maintain an active relationship with our graduates but to also establish and maintain positive working relationships with the communities we serve. It’s always good to see UPIKE Alumni and their families and meet and visit with education, business and community leaders during these events. Through these events, UPIKE can keep communities informed about opportunities and events going on ‘on the hill’.” 

Updating attendees on all things UPIKE was Vice President of Advancement, David Hutchens and Chancellor and former Kentucky Governor Paul E. Patton. 

UPIKE and KYCOM alumna Tasha Russell experienced the family-like support from faculty and staff during both her undergraduate studies and medical school. 

“I transferred to UPIKE my junior year of college from Morehead State University and it was one of the best decisions I ever made,” said Russell. “With the smaller class sizes and the hands-on professors, I felt at home at UPIKE. I was more than just a name on a roster, the faculty and staff were truly invested in me. When I applied for medical school, KYCOM was at the top of my list for the same reasons. I am so thankful for the opportunities given to me by both UPIKE and KYCOM.”