Ball State alumni Charlene Zhang (L) and her husband Dr. Grandy Xia (R) are pictured with International Programs director Marty Bennett (C) on the Bund in Shanghai.
In Shanghai, Bennett also had the opportunity to meet a married couple who earned masters degrees from Ball State, Charlene Zhang and Grandy Xia. Both came to Ball State in the mid-80s from Wuhan Institute of Physical Education, one of Ball State's first university partners in
Charlene is president of a medical equipment company, Amsino Medical Group, founded by another Ball State alumnus, Ya Li (MA 1987). Grandy is involved in several different ventures including the American Education Foundation in Shanghai. He has already referred two students to Ball State who will hopefully be joining Ball State this coming year, and is working with the Rinker Center for International Programs to arrange for special short-term training programs for different groups from China here at Ball State.
According to Bennett, "Grandy and Charlene have such fond memories of their time at Ball State, in particular Dr. Sung-Jae Park. Both are very willing to assist the Rinker Center in providing opportunities for more students from