Botswana diplomat and 1986 Master's degree alumnus James Masisi is pictured with Garfield in his graduation attire.
A special surprise awaited Masisi when his former professor Dr. Peter Murk arrived at the Alumni Center. Amidst laughter and embraces, memories of Masisi's college days at Ball State University were recalled. When asked why all his college –age children have studied in the
Masisi, whose fourteen year career in the
While posted to Pretoria as High Commissioner, Masisi met several Ball State alumni, including 1985 MPA graduate and key Swaziland civil servant Sandile Ceko; 1989 MS/91 MA graduate and consultant Koffi Kouaku; the head of South Africa's giant energy firm ESCOM and 1981 urban planning graduate Thulani Gcabashe; and longtime friends, pharmaceutical manufacturers executive Shadrack Mapetla (MS'80) and his wife Nomonde Mapetla (MA'80), the CEO of South Africa's Estate Agency Affairs Board. . The Mapetlas recently visited the
Upon return to
1986 alumnus James Masisi (R) shares happy memories with his professor, Dr. Peter Murk (L).
With professor Richard Artes in the background and surrounded by his wife and three sons, 1986 alumnus James Masisi (second from right) is welcomed to the Ball State Alumni Center.