Campbellsville University to have cross cultural language festival

April 14, 2011
For Immediate Release

By Ariana Johnson, student news writer

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – On Tuesday, April 19 Campbellsville University will be having a cross cultural language festival at 7 p.m. in the Student Activities Center gym.

This event is free and open to the public.

Andre Morton, a senior from Vine Grove, Ky., will be the host of this event.

“I once wrote something and had a Japanese friend as well as a Mongolian friend of mine translate it for me in their language,” Morton said. “I felt powerful and different. I got the idea to have a night where people from different countries who speak different languages unite and all speak their language. From this night, I hope to bring everyone together under the pretense that one message can be presented in different languages but the message will still be the same.”

There will be a total of seven different languages being spoken that night. English will be spoken by Andre Morton, Mongolian by ­­Erdene Baatar, Japanese by Yumiko Oga, Spanish by Mariela Gomez, Portuguese by Jonathan Pufal, Chinese by Jin Hua Engles and Korean by Park Woo.

“The seating will be arranged in a hexagon,” said Morton. “I will speak a little at a time, and my friends will then translate what I say in their native language.”

“I could not have been at a better school to do this at,” said Morton. “When this was just a mere idea John Chowning [vice president for church and external relations and executive assistant to the president] and Ed Pavy [director of campus ministries] were behind me all the way. They said they would help me with whatever I need, and I really appreciate their help.”

“Although I am graduating in December, I hope that someone else decides to pick up where I left off and continue this festival in the near future,” Morton said.

Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with over 3,000 students offering 63 undergraduate programs, 17 master’s degrees and five postgraduate areas. The website for complete information is