Pictured under the Ft. Wayne Wizards logo are (L-r): Stephen Quinn, Australia; Caristi; Audrey-Anne Bazard, France; Chi-Hsun Chiu, Taiwan; Choong Hee Han, his wife Kyung Suk You, his daughter Jae Ha Han, Korea; Svenja Stickert, German; Wei Ma, China.
Ball State telecommunications department professor Dom Caristi enjoys introducing international visitors to baseball, the uniquely American pastime. International students and scholars from six countries recently joined Caristi and his wife Kimberly in traveling one hour north of Muncie to watch the Ft. Wayne Wizards defeat the Cedar Rapids Kernels. Stephen Quinn, a visiting journalism professor from Australia, had been told that baseball was much like cricket, the popular sport in his country. “Some say watching paint dry is more exciting that cricket” said Quinn, who was convinced that baseball is much more lively. The students, most of whom are enrolled in Caristi ‘s masters degree program in digital story telling, enthusiastically cheered for the Wizards and enjoyed typical ball park food such as hotdogs and Cracker Jacks. “Not just the game, but the whole ballpark experience – including the 7th inning stretch – is a real piece of Americana,” said Caristi. Caristi and his family have first-hand experience learning about foreign cultures, most recently in Italy and Slovenia where Caristi was a Fulbright visiting scholar. “My wife Kim and I gained so much from our overseas hosts that we want to share our culture with our international friends.”