Vice President Don Park (l) and Professor Sompong Juisiri MA 1962 flank the crimson frost birch tree on campus which honors Juisri’s service to the university.
A distinctive crimson frost birch tree on campus was recently dedicated honoring Professor Sompong “Sam” Juisiri, MA 1962. The tree was chosen because of its colorful purple foliage in fall and its proximity to the Miller College of Business, home to Juisiri’s academic specialty of accounting. Juisiri’s professional career since Ball State includes many years as a professor and dean at Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand, and other Thai institutions. For more than a decade, he has also served as the key contact for the more than 160 Ball State alumni in Thailand. In that role, he has welcomed scores of Ball State visitors to Thailand and organized events highlighting the university. The tree dedication took place July 2, 2004 following a luncheon held in the Thai Alumni room of the Alumni Center, hosted by Vice President Don Park. Special guests at the luncheon included Juisiri’s former professor of accounting, Prof. Arnold Curtin and his wife, Dr. Kris Rugsaken, coordinator of Academic Advising in Teachers College, and Parhipan Uawithya, graduate student in public relations and former president of the Thai Students Association on campus. In dedicating the tree Vice President Park noted Juisiri’s long service to Ball State University and his special interest in all varieties of plants and trees. “This crimson frost birch will long remind us of Professor Juisiri’s dedication to his alma mater in America’s hometown of Muncie”, said Park. Juisri has propagated scores of plants native to Indiana in his garden in the Bangkok suburbs.
1962 masters graduate Sompong Juisiri converses with his accounting professor Arnold Curtin, flanked (l) by Martin Limbird, International Advancement and (r) by Kris Rugsaken, Academic Advising.