When Badr Refae arrived in Muncie from Saudi Arabia in the early1970s, he made friends for life with Gloria and Graham Robinson of rural Farmland, Indiana. This friendship continues through the Robinson's friendship family role with Badr's son Loay, now enrolled at Ball State University.
Loay, who transferred to Ball State from a small college in Maryland in 2007 where he was an outstanding soccer player, is considering several different majors in the Miller College of Business. His current goal following graduation is to join his father in his various business ventures based in Florida, Saudi Arabia and India. Though Loay's dad Badr majored in computer science and graduated in 1976, he completed over 180 credits, nearly finishing majors in business as well as math while at Ball State.
The two families have maintained regular contact since the 1970s, with the Robinsons most recently visiting Loay's mother during a trip to Florida. When Loay decided to enroll at Ball State, his father brought him to Muncie to introduce him to the Robinsons and continue this long personal friendship. Loay is welcomed as a member of the Robinson family when he visits their home for a meal or just to be in a home-like environment.
Loay is the second "legacy" son of a BSU alumnus from Saudi Arabia to enroll at Ball State. Thamer Baeshen, BS '98, now a senior manager with SAMBA Bank in Riyadh, is the son of Dr. Abdullah Baeshen, MA'76, and the country managing partner for Ernst and Young Inc. in Riyadh. As "legacies", the children and grandchildren of alumni living outside Indiana are eligible to apply for up to $10,000 in scholarship aid for undergraduate studies. For more information, see http://www.bsu.edu/alumni/article/0,1384,28371-4400-9274,00.html