UPIKE hosts alumni and friends at the Lexington Country Club

The University of Pikeville Alumni Association recently reconnected with alumni and friends in the “Horse Capital of the World” at one of the oldest and most prestigious golf clubs in the heart of the bluegrass, the Lexington Country Club.

Hosting the event for a second time at this venue were UPIKE alum Doug Branham PC ’71 and his wife, Felicia. Graciously entertaining numerous guests to a meet and greet followed by a special dinner, Branham shared stories about his time on the ‘hill.’ He explained how UPIKE and lessons learned from his professors still guide him today in his interactions with colleagues, business partners and others.

Joined in attendance to dine with guests were UPIKE President Burton J. Webb, First Lady Kay Webb, Alumni Board President Kay Hammond, several members of UPIKE’s administrative leadership team, and seven university trustees.

Special guests Natalee and Lewis Feese, whose son Nathan Feese is a current freshman at UPIKE, were excited to attend. 

“We were invited to attend the UPIKE alumni event to have an opportunity to meet other UPIKE families from the Central Kentucky area,” said Feese. “We traveled to Lexington from Richmond and enjoyed a delightful evening and meeting new people.”

Alum Justin Hall PC ‘97 enjoys attending the alumni events as a way to network and stay in touch with friends. 

“These events allow for face-to-face high touch moments and relationships to grow and foster,” said Hall. “The most refreshing part of the evening was meeting some folks at my table that I didn’t know and who were several years removed as students when I attended. We shared our stories and appreciated each other’s similarities and differences of our time on the hill.”

For the Owner of Coughtry Enterprises, LLC, and Kentucky realtor Andrea Coughtry ‘14, MBA ‘16, attending the UPIKE alumni events is important in continuing life-long connections with old friends and colleagues. 

“It is so nice living and working in Lexington with so many other UPIKE alumni. Feeling like you are away from home but surrounded by so many wonderful people with a similar background is encouraging,” said Coughtry. “I enjoy seeing all the different paths graduates take, visiting with new and old friends and making potential business connections during these events.”

For a list of future UPIKE Alumni Association events, email alumni@upike.edu or call (606) 218-5276.