MURRAY, Ky. — Dr. Peggy Pittman-Munke, associate professor of social work at Murray State University, has established the Drs. S.G. and Alicia Carthell Scholarship to honor the significant contributions of the Carthells to the University and to support future students.

“Drs. Carthell have worked collaboratively with me to help many of my social work students be successful at Murray State University,” Munke said. “The Carthells provide the best possible academic, leadership and social experience for our students as they become a part of the Murray State family. I credit their work with students for many students’ success in their careers.”

Dr. S.G. Carthell is the senior director of diversity initiatives at Murray State, where he has led the office of multicultural affairs and its programs since 2004. Dr. Alicia J. Carthell is a senior instructor in English and philosophy where she has taught since 2006. From 2004–2006, she was the Assistant Director of Housing for Administrative Services. She also serves as a faculty liaison for the office of multicultural affairs.

“This is a great honor that we are humbled to receive,” S.G. Carthell said. “Serving students has been our passion and blessing. We are very thankful that Dr. Munke has recognized us by establishing a scholarship in our names. We are also thankful to those who have given in support of this scholarship.”

The scholarship was formally announced May 11 as part of the Hitimu Graduation Celebration held at Murray State through the University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs. Approximately 40 students participated. Hitimu is a Swahili word that, among its definitions,  means to graduate or finish an education. The special event provides each graduate the opportunity to share personal stories and remarks in front of attendees that include friends, families and members of the campus community.

Those interested in making a gift to the endowment to celebrate the work of Drs. S.G. and Alicia Carthell and to support the students served by the Office of Multicultural Affairs can visit to make a secure gift online or call toll-free at 1-877-282-0033 to give.

A group of people stand beside a table and podium during the Hitimu Ceremony.
Pictured, from left to right, are Dr. Peggy Pittman-Munke, associate professor of social work; Dr. S.G. Carthell, senior director of diversity initiatives; President Bob Davies; Dr. Alicia Carthell, senior instructor in English and philosophy; and Dr. Don Robertson, vice president of student affairs.
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