These Ball Staters disregarded the rain to attend a Middle East Festival in Indianapolis recently. Pictured (L -R) are current undergraduate students Nadia Roumie, Brenda Roumie '79, MA '04, and senior Stephanie Mathis.
When daughter Rayna enrolled in undergraduate studies at BSU, 1979 journalism graduate Brenda decided to start a graduate program here as well. Both finished their respective degrees in 2004, just in time for daughter Nadia to begin her undergraduate work in Muncie. Now a senior, Nadia shares an apartment in Muncie with senior Stephanie Mathies, introducing her roommate from Indianapolis to the richness of Middle East culture.
Study abroad is very much a part of the Roumie family tradition. While an undergraduate at Ball State, Brenda took part in the London Centre program in winter, 1975. She went on to be the student secretary to history professor Mort Rosenberg, one of the faculty leaders of the London Centre program.
When not in Dubai where she works an English instructor at a local college, Brenda maintains a family home in Greenfield, Indiana. Brenda and her daughters return to Dubai each summer and at Christmas, and Brenda's husband Maan Roumie, a private wealth management expert with Merrill Lynch, regularly visits Greenfield. For this international family, their commute is a long one!