Murray with Lt. Governor Greg Bell following her award presentation at the Silver Bowl Awards.
In early April of this year, one of the most beloved and inspiring individuals in the Castle Valley was honored at the Utah Silver Bowl Awards. Kathy Murray, the initiator of student community volunteerism in eastern Utah was recognized for her many community projects and years of service. While in involved in many initiatives one of her chief accomplishments was her long standing work as the director of the Sun Center.
According to Murray's award bio, the Sun Center under her direction grew from a pet project into one of the most respected programs in the country and an integral part of the Utah Campus Compact. At the center, Murray organized multiple Castle Valley projects every year, she also invited students into here own home to work on service and hold meetings.
"She is an amazing person," said Murray's longtime friend Dorothy Carter. "She was always a joy to work with and she always made sure her students were involved in everything. Kathy had a unique was of making students feel good about themselves while they pitched in for their community."
Already an educator, Murray served her 27 years at CEU before retiring in 2011. Her reach ran across the local community as well as state-wide, inspiring and befriending many during her tenure.
According to her friends, she lived the words, "Do good always."
Just a few of the many programs which benefited from Murray's infectious spirit were Eastern Utah's Active Re-Entry facility-including their PAWS program (pet assisted therapy) and letter writing for the program's older blind group. The breakaway project during Spring Break benefiting the Navajo Nation. The Day of Caring which saved Active Re-Entry a reported $22,000 due to volunteer work. Trick or Treat for Hunger and Bread and Soup Night were also just a part of Murray's long career.
Over the year's she was honored by countless groups and given countless awards. Her light will be missed on the local Eastern Utah campus.