International Alumni & Friends
Korean alumni strengthen ties with Ball State

(l-R) Dr. Jae-Man Yoon (MA'84), Dr. In-Sook Nahm (EDD '80), Martin Limbird,
(L-R) Dr. Jae-Man Yoon (MA'84), Dr. In-Sook Nahm (EDD '80), Martin Limbird, and Dr. Moo-Hyun Park (MS '83) are pictured at the Grand Hotel, Daegu, Korea.

Ball State University alumni and former visiting scholars in Daegu and Seoul extended a warm welcome in June 2007 to International Advancement director Dr. Martin Limbird.

The first to welcome Limbird was respected alumna Dr. In-Sook Nahm, EDD 1980.  In addition to her duties at Catholic University of Daegu, Professor Nahm is president of the Korean Women's Association.  Joining her for a breakfast meeting with Limbird were two men who were close friends in the 1980s in Muncie, Daegu University physical education professor Dr. Jae-Man Yoon and Keimung University accounting professor Dr. Moo-Hyun Park. The two men recalled their memories of Muncie as they took Limbird on a marvelous day-long tour of local temples and tourist attractions on June 6. All three of these distinguished alumni have children living and/or studying in the USA.

Daegu University special education professor Dr. Sung-Kyu Choi, a generous benefactor to the Ball State University Foundation made a point of expressing his deep gratitude to his Ball State professors while meeting with Limbird on June 5. Choi recently completed a visiting professorship at Gallaudet University, Washington D.C.  Joining Dr. Choi was 1986 graduate "Charlie" Bae, the director of international affairs and trade of Daegu Metropolitan City government. A tireless promoter of "Colorful Daegu", Bae has been successful in attracting an impressive number of new businesses, conventions and conferences to his area.

Another benefactor to the Ball State University Foundation, Yeungnam University sociologist Dr. Seung Dae Baek, hosted Limbird to a superb traditional Korean meal followed by an evening stroll around a picturesque lake in central Daegu.  On another evening, Kyunggil University economics professor Pyeong Tak Nahm (MS'88) gave Limbird valuable insights on Korean values and attitudes. Nahm's wife is currently completing a graduate degree in biology at Ball State and his son Peter is an accomplished student and violinist at Muncie's Northside Middle School. Nahm was also  a visiting scholar at BSU in 2005.

Meetings with alumni in Seoul June 8-10 included a memorable lunch with four outstanding graduates from the same era.  Sharing both the same given names as well as academic titles, Kyunghee University professor and school of journalism and communications dean InHee Lee (MS'89) enjoyed comparing notes with Sun Moon University professor and dean of the college of foreign languages Dr. In-hee Jo (Ph.D'93).  Similarly, company CEOs Sung Gong "Mac" Kang (MA'95 MBA'98) and David DongSoo Kim (MA'95) had similar interests, including both driving the same model Kia automobile.  These four offered helpful advice on planning future events to strengthen ties among alumni with Ball State University.

"I am grateful to these alumni for their enthusiasm to help recruit promising students to Ball State and to help the university financially" said Limbird.

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(L-R) Yeung-Cheol "Charlie" Bae (MS'86) and Dr. Sung-Kyu Choi (MA'92 EDD '95) Share BSU memories in Daegu.
Former visiting scholar Dr. Seung Dae Baek presents his gift to the Ball State University Foundation to Dr. Martin Limbird in Daegu.
Former visiting scholar Dr. Seung Dae Baek presents his gift to the Ball State University Foundation to Dr. Martin Limbird in Daegu.
Four Ball State graduates met June 10, 2007 to discuss future alumni activities in Seoul. (L-R) sung-Gong
Four Ball State graduates met June 10, 2007 to discuss future alumni activities in Seoul. (L-R) Sung-Gong "Mac" Kang (MA'96 MBA'98), Dr. InHee Lee (MS'89), Dr. In-hee Jo (Ph.D.'93) and Dongsoo "David" Kim (MS'95).