International Alumni & Friends
Alumnus travels 14,000 kilometers for Homecoming

Thai-born alumnus Professor Sompong Juisiri is pictured in front of the BSU Alumni Center
Thai-born alumnus Professor Sompong Juisiri is pictured in front of the BSU Alumni Center.

Ball State alumnus Sompong Juisiri, MA 1963, was recognized recently for traveling the farthest to attend the 2007 Ball State University Homecoming celebrations, flying from Bangkok, Thailand to Indiana.

The intrepid alumnus is no stranger to air travel. At least twice a week, the 77 year old professor flies from Bangkok to campuses in northeast and southern Thailand to lecture on business topics, ranging from management to accounting. Though officially retired from Thammasat University, Juisiri maintains this active teaching schedule in addition to his hobby, maintaining a veritable botanical garden at his home, including plants from Indiana and around the world.

Highlights of Juisiri's visit to Muncie included meeting President JoAnn Gora, being hosted at the Homecoming football game by Phillip Purcell of the BSU Foundation, and conferring on extending Ball State's English camp program in Thailand with program founder Dr. Kris Rugsaken.

During his four day stay in Muncie, Juisiri attended presentations by Vice President Ben Hancock and others describing institutional goals for the upcoming capital campaign. Juisiri was instrumental in raising funds to sponsor the Thailand Alumni Room in the Ball State Alumni Center.