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Aussie alumni have fond Muncie memories

(l-r) Susan Jensen and Martin Limbird
(l-r) Susan Jensen and Martin Limbird at Brisbane's Polo Club.

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(l-r) Chris Barnett (MS'93), and his wife Sandra in their Burlegh Heads home.

The kindnesses of Muncie residents are still remembered by two Ball State alumni living in the eastern Australian state of Queensland.

Susan Jensen MLA’87 took time in late May 2003 to host international advancement director Martin Limbird and his wife to dinner at Brisbane’s Polo Club. During dinner, Jensen spoke highly of professors Whitney Gordon, Michel Mounayar and Harry Eggink BAR’71 as well as Eric Ernstberger MLA’79, whose insights were helpful for her thesis research.

 Jensen’s professional work is currently focused on liaison between elected officials and civil service units addressing environmental concerns and other public issues. Previous duties included helping provide clean water and sanitation in remote communities of Queensland.

1993 graduate Christopher Barnett and his wife Sandra also hosted the Limbirds for dinner in their Burleigh Heads home in early June. “Doc was in many ways like a father to me” said Chris of his major professor Dr. David Costill, helping the Barnetts with essential adjustment to Muncie. Ball State was not completely unfamiliar to Chris, as his older brother Anthony Barnett MA’81 had also completed a master’s degree with Professor Costill.

Sandra spoke highly of their Friendship Family, emeritus professors Drs Kay and “J” Wagoner, recalling their kindnesses to the young family. Since returning to Australia, Chris completed a doctoral degree at the University of Queensland.

The Barnett’s keep busy with their daughter Lilly and look forward to the arrival of their first son. Chris is a medical representative for GlaxoSmithKline and Sandra is a public school teacher.