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Vice President Mike Pence comes to Ky. with $9 million in federal grants to battle opioid epidemic

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today More than $9 million in federal grants to combat opioids in Kentucky were delivered Thursday. Vice President Mike Pence, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, and Congressman Hal Rogers, R-Somerset, joined Gov. Matt Bevin in southeastern Kentucky. Pence said the grants included $750,000 in training grants for the University of Pikeville, $167,000...

Thomas More University athletics program makes official move to NAIA, Mid-South Conference

Thomas More University has made its official move to the NAIA and the Mid-South Conference from NCAA Division III. TMU was a previous member of the NAIA from 1947 to 1990 before joining the NCAA. TMU also joined the Mid-South Conference, an NAIA conference with eight core member institutions in Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, and Georgia. The member institutions include Campbellsville University, Cumberland...

USDA announces grants for education, workforce training, health care opportunities in rural Kentucky

Hilda Legg, USDA Rural Development State Director, has announced that USDA Rural Development is awarding grants for three projects to increase access to job training, educational and health care services in rural Kentucky. “This critically important education and telemedicine technology enables our grantees to reach more individuals in need, in a more timely and cost-effective way,” Legg said....

U of L’s Ichor, Pikeville’s K2 Medical take home top honors at Idea State U competition

A product that helps top athletes bounce back through cold therapy and a startup working on an innovative way to assist first responders in lifting patients each won first-place prizes at the 11th annual Idea State U finals in Lexington. Idea State U, a statewide business concept competition, encourages entrepreneurship and innovation among Kentucky’s college and university students. This year’s...

UPike dedicates new Health Professions Building, home of Kentucky’s only college of optometry

The University of Pikeville’s Health Professions Building is home to the Kentucky College of Optometry, the only college of optometry in the Commonwealth and the 22nd in the nation (Photo from UPike) More than 650 people gathered on the University of Pikeville campus last week for the ribbon cutting and dedication of the institution’s newest facility, the Health Professions Education Building...

SOAR hosting substance-abuse disorder educational and policy event at Pikeville on Oct. 3

Shaping Our Appalachian Region’s Healthy Communities program and the University of Pikeville will host a substance-use disorder education event Tuesday, Oct. 3 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the university’s Kentucky College of Optometry (Health Professionals Education Building). The meeting is for “health professionals and stakeholders who share the vision of reducing the scope and impact...

Jamie Vaught: Reigning Mountain Laurel Festival queen Cook gives up volleyball to pursue nursing

While Connor Rose Cook may be a beauty queen, she sure can play volleyball and she is pretty good. The 2016 Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival queen has played volleyball for many years, including three years at the University of Pikeville where the 5-foot-8 starred. “Volleyball has been a huge part of my life since I was 12 years old,” said Cook, who will give up her crown to the 2017 queen at...

Eastern Kentucky squares off against in-state foe Pikeville in home-opener Thursday night

Eastern Kentucky University will play its first home game of the season Thursday night against the University of Pikeville. The Colonels have won seven straight home-openers. The game will begin at 7 p.m. at Roy Kidd Stadium. The live radio broadcast is available in the Richmond area on WCYO 100.7 FM, and can be heard worldwide on EKUSports.com. A live free video broadcast is available on OVCDigitalNetwork.com....

University of Pikeville receives $7.5 million in federal grants for new College of Optometry

The University of Pikeville (UPIKE) has received nearly $7.5 million in federal grants for its Kentucky College of Optometry (KYCO), U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Wednesday. The competitive grants are being funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) in the amount of $2.5 million and the Commerce Department’s U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) in the amount...

University of Pikeville to open nation’s largest optometric college soon

The University of Pikeville is about to open the nation’s largest optometric college in terms of floor space, the Kentucky College of Optometry. “Dr. Andrew Buzzelli, vice president for optometric education and the college’s founding dean, said that, at 130,000 square feet, KYCO is the largest optometry college in the country,” Josh Little reports for the Appalachian News-Express...

Jamie Vaught: Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival crowns new queen in Connor Rose Cook

One of the state’s most popular festivals has a new queen. Taking the 2016 Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival crown this past weekend at the Pine Mountain State Resort Park is Connor Rose Cook, representing the University of Pikeville. A psychology major, Cook beat out other 19 coeds from other colleges and universities in Kentucky for the coveted honor. The junior from Louisville also plays volleyball...

Commentary: The Holler spans the globe with digital platform based in Appalachian Kentucky

By Ron Dailey Special to KyForward Is it possible for a major K-12 conference to be held in Eastern Kentucky in which thousands of people from around the nation and world can participate? Is it possible for there to be 10 simultaneous live streams of mountain teachers showcasing innovative practices in their Next Generation classrooms? And, is it possible to have a digital platform in which thousands...

UPike names Burton J. Webb as school’s 21st president; was Board of Trustee’s unanimous choice

Burton J. Webb has been named University of Pikeville’s next president. The Board of Trustee’s decision was unanimous, according to Chairman Terry Dotson, who characterized Webb as the “21st president for the 21st century.” “Burton has the vision and leadership skills to lead us into the next decade. He understands the role the university will play, not only in the future development...

Pikeville senior lineman Ball named to USA College Football Preseason All-American team

Brandon Ball helped anchor an offensive line that led to the 26th best rushing offensive in the nation at 187.5 yards per game   University of Pikeville senior offensive lineman Brandon Ball was named a 2015 USA College Football Preseason NAIA All-American, officials from the national media outlet announced.   Ball, an East Burnstadt, Ky., native with 20 career starts up front for the Bears...

UofL, UPIKE win competition to find ‘next generation’ of Ky. innovators, entrepreneurs

The Engagely team from UofL includes Christopher Shelton, Gil Roberts and Ben Gries. (Photo from Idea State U)   A student team from the University of Louisville could be the future of cyber security and marketing. And, if so, team members can say they got their start at Idea State U.   Two dozen college teams participated in the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development’s Idea State U...

From moonshine to mosquitos, budding entrepreneurs win big at Idea State U

Idea State U winners from the Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship in the Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky gather for a congratulatory photo with UK President Emeritus and Von Allmen Center Advisory Board member Lee Todd, center right. (Photo from VACE)   FutureFry to the rescue!   A restaurant deep fryer, FutureFry is designed by a University of Louisville...

Commentary: The only hope for Eastern Kentucky economy is more higher education

By Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo Special to KyForward   Nearly two years have passed since the effort to create a state university in Eastern Kentucky became public. It all began in December 2011, when Gov. Paul Patton, Rep. Leslie Combs, Sen. Ray Jones and I proposed to bring the University of Pikeville into the state’s public postsecondary system.   Almost immediately, our suggestion...