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Saudi philanthropist, businessmen donate more than $200,000 to Indiana State’s community, global engagement efforts

November 19, 2015

Indiana State University students will have the opportunity broaden their horizons while giving back thanks to monetary donations from a Saudi Arabian philanthropist and businessmen.

Musaed Alzouyhra, a goodwill ambassador to the United Nations who is active in real estate as well as service in Saudi Arabia, has pledged $200,000 to support international education and community engagement programs at Indiana State. Abdullah Dokhan, a Saudi businessman, and Hazim Allihyan, president of Jehan Corporation in Saudi Arabia, also pledged $10,000 each to the cause during a recent visit to campus.

Their donations to the university's community service efforts were recognized during a recent visit to campus.

Noting that Indiana State is nationally recognized for community service, Alzouyhra said he wanted the university "to be able to continue doing more for the community. After I heard about the work ISU students do in Texas and Kentucky I decided I wanted to offer my continued support."

Alzouyhra's pledge will be based on programs and initiatives identified by Indiana State and submitted to him for financial support.

Along with Alzouyhra, Allihyani and Dokhan, the Saudi delegation that visited campus included Ahmed Khoj, executive president of the Saudi Aljazira Bank, and Rayan Zamzami, the bank's vice president. They attended the recognition dinner Tuesday along with faculty and members of Indiana State's Saudi Student Association, where Alzouyhra's received a plaque from the university recognizing his commitment to international education.

"It's like bringing my two families together, having my Saudi family here with my ISU family," said Alyaa Malibari, president of Indiana State's Saudi Student Association which learned that it was ranked 11th out of 330 associations nationwide by to the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission. "It was an honor to have ISU named No. 1 in the nation in community service, and now we're super happy to have a person who supports Saudi groups honor us with his continued support. It's a celebration of each other."

The students have bought into their responsibility to serve others and that commitment has been recognized nationally and now by Alzouyhra, said Chris McGrew, director of the Center for Global Engagement at Indiana State.

Alzouyhra's donation was unexpected and much appreciated, said Nancy Rogers, vice president of university engagement.

"I'm excited by the potential this brings for getting more international students involved in community engagement," she said.

Mike Licari, vice president of academic affairs and provost, said international students have two tasks when they come to Indiana State: to be good and diligent students and serve as a teacher to provide Americans with a different view of the world. In turn, he added, the university's role is to make sure all students have the opportunity to carry out these tasks.

Indiana State's international students are taking their roles seriously, as their involvement in service increasing with the growing number of opportunities that have opened up to them through both the Center for Community Engagement and Center for Global Engagement, said Heather Miklozek, director of community engagement.

"(Community service) is a great way for both parties - international and domestic students - to learn about where the other one comes from," she said. "Our international students have always been eager to participate in the activities and the Center for Global Engagement has been a big help collaborating with us to allow international students to get involved in trips that allow them to serve others."

Photo: http://photos.indstate.edu/photos/i-pn2WPcQ/0/XL/i-pn2WPcQ-XL.jpg - Musaed Alzouyhra, a goodwill ambassador to the United Nations who is active in real estate as well as service in Saudi Arabia, poses for a picture with Mike Lacari, vice president of academic affairs and provost, after receiving an award during a visit to Indiana State University on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015 for his commitment to international education. Alzouyhra donated $200,000 to support international education and community engagement programs at Indiana State and Abdullah Dokhan, a Saudi businessman, and Hazim Allihyan, president of Jehan Corporation in Saudi Arabia, also pledged $10,000 each to the cause during the visit.

Photo: https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-4J6nf2P/0/S/i-4J6nf2P-S.jpg- Abdullah Dokhan, a Saudi businessman, is pictured with Lynn Maurer, dean of the College of Graduate & Professional Studies, during a visit to Indiana State University on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015. Dokhan was one of two Saudi businessmen who committed $10,000 to Indiana State's community and global engagement efforts.

Writer: Betsy Simon, media relations assistant director, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-7972 or betsy.simon@indstate.edu

Story Highlights

Musaed Alzouyhra, a goodwill ambassador to the United Nations who is active in real estate as well as service in Saudi Arabia, has pledged $200,000 to support international education and community engagement programs at Indiana State.

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