MURRAY, Ky. — Below is information regarding recent news, notes and accomplishments from Murray State University for the week of April 16–20.

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Various organizations at Murray State University, including the department of global languages and theatre arts, Japan Outreach Initiative and the Horticulture Club, are hosting the annual Murray State Kite Festival and Plant Sale on April 21 at the Murray State University Arboretum. The plant sale is from 8 a.m. to noon, while the kite festival is from 10 a.m. to noon.

During the festival, children will have opportunities to make and fly kites, win prizes, purchase food and more. As part of the festival, children will also get a “passport” at the entrance with booths set up around the arboretum so children can “visit” and learn about different countries while getting their passports stamped. Additionally, the plant sale will take place at the arboretum throughout the morning with a variety of plants available for purchase.

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The Office of Multicultural Affairs presented the 13th annual Diversity Achievement Awards Reception on Friday, April 6, in the Curris Center.

A group gathers for a photo in the Curris Center.
The Office of Multicultural Affairs at Murray State University presented the 13th annual Diversity Achievement Awards Reception on Friday, April 6, in the Curris Center.

The program was first introduced to Murray State by Dr. SG Carthell, senior director of diversity initiatives, in 2005 to recognize diverse student populations for their academic achievements. Special awards were given to students who have demonstrated excellence in both service and leadership. Various student organizations and community groups were also recognized for their commitments to diversity and inclusion as well as for making Murray State a welcoming place.

During the 2018 reception, alumnus Dr. Don Tharpe, ’74, ’75, a member of the Murray State University Board of Regents, was honored with the African American Heritage Lifetime Achievement Award for his leadership, service and commitment to excellence.

This year’s program saw more than 300 individuals in attendance, including students, alumni, faculty, staff and community members.

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Murray State hosted the second annual Diversity Ball on Friday, March 30, in the Murray Room of the CFSB Center.

Students dance at the Diversity Ball.
Murray State University hosted the second annual Diversity Ball on Friday, March 30, in the Murray Room of the CFSB Center.

The Diversity Ball brings together multiple cultures to celebrate diversity through food, music and dance. More than 100 participants attended the semi-formal ball, which was free and open to all students, faculty, staff and community members. The event was sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Student Government Association and the Campus Activities Board.

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