Bring the World to Your Home: Share Thanksgiving Dinner with International Fulbrighters!

bordeTREATEDpavocolBy Ron Harvey—The Institute of International Education (IIE) cordially invites you to host one or more Fulbrighters for dinner this Thanksgiving.

Hosting international Fulbrighters is an unforgettable opportunity to network with graduate students from all world regions, foster mutual understanding, and demonstrate Midwestern hospitality. If you will have space at your table and are interested in hosting this November 27, please take a moment complete the following survey by Friday, November 7.

Thanksgiving Home Hospitality, Thursday, November 27

With your consent, Fulbrighters will also be given the opportunity to bring to the meal a prepared dish that is traditional to their home country.

IIE Midwest will contact you no later than Wednesday, November 12 to confirm your guest list. Note that it may not be possible to place Fulbrighters with every home host, so applications will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis.

MORE OPPORTUNITIES IN THE FUTURE. IIE Midwest is also pleased to inform you that the Fulbright Foreign Student Enrichment Seminar will be returning to Chicago this March 19-22, 2015 for the first time since 2012.

The Seminar brings over 140 Fulbrighters from around the world to spend four days in the city. As in previous years, you will be invited to host a small group of Fulbright Foreign Students for dinner at your home or at a local restaurant. You will receive a formal invitation in January 2015, but we encourage you to save the evening of Friday, March 20 on your calendars for the home hospitality event.

Please contact IIE Midwest at midwest@iie.org or at +1.312.254.3208 for more information about either of these opportunities.

Chicago welcomes international Fulbrighters at the National Ukrainian Museum

Seventy-three Fulbrighters participated in the 2014 Fall Welcome at the National Ukrainian Museum of Chicago

Seventy-three Fulbrighters participated in the 2014 Fall Welcome at the National Ukrainian Museum of Chicago

Board members Kari Burnett and Cristina Sisson at the reception table

Board members Kari Burnett and Cristina Sisson at the reception table

By Elio Leturia—OVER SEVENTY PARTICIPANTS among Fulbright students and scholars, alumni association members and Institute of International Education (IIE) representatives enjoyed a luncheon and tour that showcased another ethnic Chicago neighborhood: Ukrainian Village.

The 2014 Fall Welcome event took place last Saturday October 11, 2014 at the Ukrainian National Museum.

Anna kkkkkk from the Ukrainian National Museum welcomes the participants. Next to her, Ron Harvey, Chicago chapter president and Maria kkk, who also guided the museum's tour

Anna Chychula from the Ukrainian National Museum welcomes the participants. Next to her, Ron Harvey, Chicago chapter president and Maria Klimchak, who also guided the museum’s tour

It was beautiful sunny fall day. Ron Harvey, president of Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association and 12 board members of the chapter welcomed all the participants, starting at 11 am. “There are 30 nationalities in this room,” Harvey said.

Participants shared a unique Ukrainian buffet.

Participants shared a unique Ukrainian buffet.

There were also vegeterian options to choose from

There were also vegetarian options to choose from

A delicious luncheon which consisted of different Ukrainian treats, were offered at the main room of the museum where a Ukrainian fashion show “A Century of Embroidered Fashion” that depicted 90 clothing pieces was being exhibited. These gowns, American produced, were all hand-embroidered with complex designs, the same way Ukrainians use in their typical clothing. There was also a piece that showed embroidered men’s ties.

Students and scholars sharing the luncheon before the museum tour

Students and scholars sharing the luncheon before the museum tour

This was the first Chicago Chapter activity for most of the student participants, which were given our Chicago Trivia game to learn Chicago facts, such as the Chicago River that runs backwards, the meaning of the Chicago flag, the nicknames for our “Second City,” among others.

The museum showcases an array of artifacts in its different rooms

The museum showcases an array of artifacts in its different rooms

Then, Anna Chychula and Maria Klimchak from the Ukrainian National Museum offered a tour of their installations where they have displays of typical embroidery, Pysanky (Ukrainian Easter Eggs,) traditional folk costumes, Bandura (national instrument of Ukraine) and also historical objects displayed at the Cossak Rook that contains paintings and swords, and different artifacts from the 1800s.

Recently arrived Fulbrighters talk with current students and alumni, exchanging their own experiences

Recently arrived Fulbrighters talk with current students and alumni, exchanging their own experiences

According to its website, the museum collection that started in 1952, “consists of over 1,140 artifacts including those related to traditional folk arts, agricultural tools, artwork, musical instruments, trophies” and hosts a library with over 20,000 titles.

Photos: Maria Klimchak, Elio Leturia

Get your Fulbright Chicago T-shirt at the Fall Welcome

Our exclusive Fulbright Chicago t-shirts come in two distinctive colors

Our exclusive Fulbright Chicago t-shirts come in two distinctive colors

By Elio Leturia—THIS OCTOBER 11 at the at the Ukrainian Museum 2014 Fall Welcome event, you will be able to get an exclusive Fulbright Chicago t-shirt.

There are two designs: the first one is our “Fulbright blue” with the design in white; the second is light blue with the design in white and red, mimicking the colors of the City of Chicago flag.

These cotton t-shirts come in small, medium, large and extra large sizes. You can get them for only $15.

Show your Fulbright Chicago pride with your unique t-shirt!

Fall Welcome: Next stop, Ukrainian Village

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By Cristina Sisson—THE CHICAGO CHAPTER OF THE FULBRIGHT ASSOCIATION and the Institute of International Education (IIE) invite you, your family, colleagues, and friends to attend the 2014 Fall Welcome.

We would like to welcome you to Chicago and its many cultural neighborhoods.  Join us on October 11th at the Ukrainian National Museum of Chicago, located in the heart of Chicago’s vibrant Ukrainian Village. The museum houses special collections of art and memorabilia tracing the history of Ukrainian migration to Chicago. Guests will enjoy a light lunch catered by the local favorite, Shokolad, followed by a guided tour of the museum. Following the event, guests are invited to visit the many diverse local landmarks within walking distance of the museum. We hope to see you there!

WHEN Saturday, October 11th, 2014

TIME 11 am.-2 pm.

WHERE Lunch at 11:30 am, at Ukrainian National Museum of Chicago,  2249 W. Superior Street, Chicago, Illinois 60612

COST Students and Scholars, free; Guests of Visiting Students and Scholars, Fulbright Association members and guests, $25 (includes lunch and museum entrance/tour)

HOW TO GET THERE CTA Bus Routes: Four routes have stops within walking distance of the museum:
49 (Chicago & Western)
50 (Damen & Chicago)
65 (Grand & Oakley
66 (Chicago & Oakley)
CTA Blue Line: The closest stop is 1.5 miles east of the museum at Chicago.
Metra: The closest stop is 0.6 south of the museum at Western Ave.

PARKING Street parking is available as well as metered parking. Check signs for permit parking.

RSVPs are required. Please RSVP (by Tuesday, October 7th, 2014) using the online form HERE.

The PayPal link (if you wish to pay online) appears once you have submitted your RSVP.

For questions or concerns, please email fulbrightchicago@gmail.com.

Mark your calendars for Fulbright Chicago events this year

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Fall Welcome. International Education Week. Holidays Reception and Dee Sarelas Award Ceremony. International Women’s Day. Spring Farewell. You can  also find the information by clicking the tab EVENTS 2014-2015 to find out the dates and location.

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Reception and Film Screening of “Dance Up From the Street”

Rebecca Davis (far right) teaches in Kigali, Rwanda, as part of a dance program

Rebecca Davis (far right) teaches in Kigali, Rwanda, as part of a dance program

REBECCA DAVIS, a two-time Fulbright recipient (Russia 2004 and Ukraine/Crimea 2012) and founder of MindLeaps (formerly Rebecca Davis Dance Company), a non-profit organization, and Sucheta Misra, a Chicago Chapter member (Singapore 2002) and MindLeaps Board member, invite you to a reception and film screening of Dance Up From The Street.

WHEN September 28, 2014
RECEPTION 3:30 – 5:30 pm
SCREENING 6:00- 8:00 pm
WHERE Reception location in the South Loop. It will be revealed following purchase of ticket
WHERE Screening. Showplace ICON Theater, 1011 South Delano Court East, Chicago
COST $30 (covers reception and film screening)
TICKETS Contact Sucheta Misra at sucheta_misra@yahoo.com

Dance Up From The Street is a documentary showing MindLeaps’ inspiring work to obtain access to education for some of Africa’s poorest children – those living on the streets in Rwanda without any food, clothing, medical care or schooling – through dance, IT training, and school sponsorship to help them transition and integrate into local communities. The documentary is directed by an award winning director from South Africa, Peter Goldsmid. For additional information on the organization, please see http://rebeccadavisdance.com/

At the reception, Rebecca will speak about helping street youth transition to academic classrooms in post-war and developing countries. In addition, she is excited to discuss how her Fulbright experiences played a key role in her social entrepreneurship path around the world, and how to take the leap from passion to action.

We will also have wine and hors d’oeuvres at the reception. Space is limited so please purchase your tickets soon if interested.

This event is sponsored by the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association.

How does a Fulbrighter ride the bus? In style of course…

The advertising campaign includes billboards, buses, bus stops, inside trains and the COlumbia College Chicago campus.

The advertising campaign includes billboards, buses, bus stops, inside trains and the Columbia College Chicago campus.

By Mary Mares-Awe—OUR VERY OWN Elio Leturia is riding in style—on the bus, literally. Some of us may have seen the elegant image campaign promoting Columbia College Chicago on CTA buses around town featuring Elio Leturia along with a handful of professors at Columbia.

Leturia was invited for the advertising campaign in late April. The professional photo shoot took place at Columbia’s studios and since last month his face has graced the side billboards of CTA buses, plus the digital screens in four CTA stations at Clark and Lake, Addison Red Line, Davis Purple Line and the Belmont station, as well as inside trains. Elio’s larger-than-life image can also be seen on two billboards along I-90.

Leturia teaching Visual Journalism at Columbia College Chicago

Leturia teaching Visual Journalism at Columbia College Chicago

Besides being a journalism tenured professor at Columbia College Chicago and the vice president of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association, Leturia is also an accomplished theater actor. But he’s never been on a stage this big—with such an extended daily run—and more audience than can pack all of Chicago’s theaters, combined.

His reaction to all this attention: “I feel very honored that Columbia has chosen me to be a part of their promotional campaign.” Each professor was invited for the high honors they’ve achieved in their career. Elio Leturia was specifically chosen as a Fulbright-Honored Faculty. “To me it was really exciting because it was serving the campaign of the college—highlighting me as a member of the faculty, but at the same time it was highlighting Fulbright which is very close to me.”

When asked about what went through his mind when he found out he was selected for the advertising image, he says with a laugh, “Well, my first reaction was, what am I going to wear?” From the photo we can see he made an excellent wardrobe choice. Leturia also says he finds it amusing when people who’ve seen the promotional images, send him pictures they took and tell him he looks like a model in a GAP ad.

The advertising campaign is in full swing now and runs through the end of September.

Photos. Susy Schultz, Bethel Swift, Teri Arvisú, Brittany Delk