Pictured at the Alumni Center are (l-r) Petra Jua (B.S.'90), Sheila Simmons Domba(M.A.90), Dabrice Bartet(B.A.'90), Laurend Doumba(B.S.'88), Carmelie Domingo-Toguyeni( M.S.'88) Pierre Atchade(EDD'02), President Gora, and Amadou Guisse(M.S.'89,MLA'93) with his daughter Khadijah.Not pictured is Abdul-Aziz Diop(M.A.'88)
The group's ties were forged while on campus during the mid-1980s, and have continued ever since Dabrice Bartet served the group as local coordinator for the campus visit, with others traveling from Illinois, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware. Bartet grew up in the West African nation of
Chicago-based alumnus Laurend Doumba met his American born wife Sheila Simmons Doumba through his friendship on campus with Mauritanian-born
Abdul-Aziz Diop. "He has been my best friend since those days", said Doumba, a large group underwriter for Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Illinois, whose artistic skills have earned him high marks ( www.fragmentationart.com). Sheila built on her training in human performance at Ball State to work professionally for the federal government and in her own personal training business. Diop went on from BSU to earn a doctorate at the University of Illinois, and now is a professor and department head at Delaware State University.
Carmelie Domingo–Toguyeni, a native of
Amadou Guisse returned several times to his native
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