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BSU Turkish population grows

Visiting scholar Dr. Erdal Balaban (L) is pictured with his son Ertan (R) a Miller
Visiting scholar Dr. Erdal Balaban (L) is pictured with his son Ertan (R) a Miller College of Business senior, and Akif Beyazit Uludag, a MCOB graduate student.

 Longtime ties with Turkish institutions have resulted in one of the largest populations of Turkish nationals in recent years at Ball State University.

There are currently ten Turkish students at Ball State this fall, 2006 in addition to a visiting scholar to the Miller College of Business.

The visiting scholar, Dr. Erdal Balaban, teaches an advanced undergraduate course in the department of Information Systems and Operations Management. "Dr. Balaban exhibits real dedication to teaching in these new surroundings," said Tom Harris, department chairman.

Counseling psychology doctoral intern Denise Canel is the most senior of the Turkish students, having completed a master's degree at BSU in 2000. Denise is currently completing a required internship off campus.

Six of the Turkish students are in graduate programs in the Miller College of Business, and Ertan Balaban is a senior in MCOB.

The growing number of Turkish students on campus is in large measure a legacy of the late Dr. Erdogan Kumcu, founder of the exchange program with Istanbul University's faculty of business. An endowment in Dr. Kumcu's name has been established at the Ball State University Foundation. On-line donations to that endowment may be made by going to,