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Korean alumni meet in Seoul

An alumni group pictured in front of the Shilla  Hotel

Mr. Moon Am Kim, recipient of the BSU Presidential Medal of Distinction
Mr. Moon Am Kim, recipient of the BSU Presidential Medal of Distinction, is pictured with (L-R) Kwan Eung Lee, president of ELTECH Trust Management, and Martin Limbird.

The prestigious Shilla Hotel in Seoul was the site of a May 16 consultation with several key Ball State University friends and alumni. The luncheon meeting was hosted by International Advancement director, Martin Limbird, accompanied by his wife Mary Catherine.

1998 MBA graduate Sung Gong “Mac” Kang reported on the recent birth of a son and his promotion to executive director of his firm, Daejin Kostal, holder of the largest market share of paper shredders in Korea. Mac recently met fellow MBA alumnus Thales Panagides during a trade show in the USA. 1989 CICS graduate Professor Inhee Lee will again bring a group of his KyungHee University students this summer to Ball State for a special course in telecommunications. The most recent returnee to Korea, Hyoung Kook Bahng, completed his visiting scholar experience in Muncie in November 2002. He was recent appointed chief desk reporter for Metro newspapers, with a daily circulation of over 400,000. Gyeong-Ho Hur described his role developing the professional speech and debate course at KyungHee University. Hur is also serving as Associate Dean, Graduate School of Journalism and Communications. Former visiting scholar Kwan Eung Lee has expanded the facilities of Eltech Trust Management with a superb new training facility in Ichon City and new office space near KOEX. In his new role as Planning Team/Senior Manager at the Shilla Hotel, 1988 MBA graduate H.J. Sohn is helping develop plans to expand the Shilla network of properties to other countries.

Limbird also held a private meeting May 20 with Mr. Moonam Kim, president of Poong Han Industrial Company Ltd, Seoul. In May 2002, President Blaine Brownell presented Mr. Kim with the BSU President’s Medal of Distinction for his tireless efforts to promote Ball State University

“It was wonderful to renew our friendships and learn of each persons’ career growth”, said Limbird. “We are especially grateful to Hyung Jong Sohn for making our stay at the Shilla such a special experience.”