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Swedes remember life in Muncie

BSU alumna Marie Gustafsson (‘02) enjoys working and living in beautiful Göteborg, Sweden
BSU alumna Marie Gustafsson (‘02) enjoys working and living in beautiful Göteborg, Sweden

Recollections of life in Muncie over 4 decades were rekindled in Sweden in June for five former Ball State University students.

International Advancement director Martin Limbird scheduled individual meetings with each of these busy former students, giving them DVD's showing improvements in the campus and a watercolor rendering of well-known campus scenes by Muncie artist Betty Graham.

Swedish natives Ake Danemar and Sivert Sidebo met in Muncie in 1966, forming a friendship that endures today. Both were immersed in student activities at Ball State, particularly with other international students. Danemar served as a lab assistant in physics, while Sidebo began his journalism career as an announcer on campus and local radio stations. Sidebo credits Dr. Louis Inglehart for helping him get started as a journalist. Today, Sidebo enjoys his new career as a teacher, and Danemar as a national engineering association executive.

Abram Katz completed both undergraduate and masters degrees in physical education at BSU prior to doctoral study and current employment a researcher in biomechanics at the Karolinska Institut in Stockholm. A member of the championship volleyball team while at Ball State in the early 1980s, Stefan Naaf now owns his own physical therapy practice in Hallstahammer, keeping in regular touch with his BSU professors and fellow players.

Sweden's second city of Göteborg is the home of the most recent BSU graduate who returned home, Marie Gustafsson.  An accounting graduate of Ball State, Marie now works in for AB Volvo in internal control. She cites her practical training work experience in the U.S. as a factor to her advancement within the firm. "I am very grateful to Marie for her research locating current addresses for some of our ‘lost' alumni in Sweden" said Limbird.

Dr. Ake Danemar earned a masters in physics at Ball State in 1968.
Dr. Ake Danemar earned a masters in physics at Ball State in 1968.
BSU volleyball great Stefan Naaf ('85) is a physical therapist in Hallstahammar, Sweden.
BSU volleyball great Stefan Naaf ('85) is a physical therapist in Hallstahammar, Sweden.
Sivert Sidebo enjoys his work as a teacher near Stockholm
Sivert Sidebo enjoys his work as a teacher near Stockholm
Dr. Abram Katz ('81, MA'83) now works at the Karolinska Institut in Sstockholm
Dr. Abram Katz ('81, MA'83) now works at the Karolinska Institut in Sstockholm