PIKEVILLE – As the University of Pikeville marks its 126th year, students, alumni and friends are invited to join us on the hill for Homecoming Week Oct. 24-31.
Events begin on Saturday, Oct. 24, at 8 a.m., with a Zombie 5K Walk on the main campus. An alumni baseball game will be held at 9 a.m., on LeMaster Field. The volleyball team will host West Virginia Tech at 11 a.m., and Midway College at 3 p.m., at the UPIKE gym.
The criminal justice department and spiritual life office will host “Witness to Innocence” with Kirk Bloodsworth on Monday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m., in Chrisman Auditorium. Bloodsworth was the first American ever exonerated from death row due to DNA evidence. The men’s basketball team will take on Central Pennsylvania at 7 p.m., at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center. Tickets are $6.
A special chapel service led by UPIKE Alumni Association president Tommy Chamberlin will be held Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 11 a.m., in Meditation Chapel located in Record Memorial Building. Later that evening, the university will honor those whose contributions in education have made a significant and lasting impact on hundreds of students’ lives during the Distinguished Educators Hall of Fame ceremony. The community is invited to attend the event beginning at 6 p.m., in Booth Auditorium, located in the Record Memorial Building, level five. To top off the night, the campus will glow with luminaries for the traditional lighting of the campus at 8 p.m.
Homecoming activities on Saturday, Oct. 31, begin with a series of academic lectures and networking forums held across campus from 10 a.m. – noon. The religion department will host “Legacy of Carol Grizzard Browning” at 11 a.m., in Meditation Chapel, Record Memorial Building. The English department will welcome Poet Jesse Graves and alumna Tiffany Williams for a book reading at 10 a.m., in the Janice Ford Student Art Gallery in Allara Library.
The Weber Art Gallery will host a “Diversity Art Show” featuring the works of UPIKE freshmen. The show will be on display beginning at 10 a.m. The gallery is located on level two, Record Memorial Building.
The action-packed Saturday continues as the Bears take the field against Union College at the Hambley Athletic Complex in Pikeville. Admission to the game includes an invitation to the tailgate at the BearGrounds, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Homecoming tailgate activities are sponsored by University of Pikeville Alumni Association, Food City, Pepsi Bottling Group and Aramark. Kick-off is set for 1:30 p.m. An alumni awards presentation will be held on the football field at 1 p.m. Distinguished alumni, honorary alumni, rising young alumni and the Gary Thrash Outstanding Ambassador awards will be presented. Admission to the football game is $8 for adults and $5 for students. University of Pikeville students are admitted free with UPIKE ID. Faculty and staff, and one guest, are also admitted free with ID. The Homecoming king and queen will be crowned during halftime of the football game. Later that evening, a volleyball alumni game will be held at 5 p.m., at the UPIKE gym. At 6:30 p.m., the men’s basketball team will take on Ohio-Eastern at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center. Tickets are $6. Alumni will gather for a social event at 7:30 p.m., at the Landmark Inn. R.S.V.P. for the alumni social to (606) 218-5276 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional student activities throughout the week include a powder puff football game, bumper cars, homecoming court dinner and homecoming dance. For more information about Homecoming Week events, please contact the Office of Advancement at the University of Pikeville at (606) 218-5276 or visit www.upike.edu.