You are invited to the Winter Holidays Reception and the 2014 Dee Sarelas Service Award Ceremony. RSVP now!

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By Elio Leturia—THE CHICAGO CHAPTER OF THE FULBRIGHT ASSOCIATION and the Institute of International Education (IIE) invite you, your family, colleagues and friends to attend our end-of-the-year Winter Holidays Reception and the 2014 Dee Sarelas* Fulbright Service Award Ceremony.

WHEN Friday, December 12, 2014
TIME 6:30 – 9 pm
WHERE Columbia College Chicago, 1104 South Wabash Ave. (8th floor) Chicago, Illinois 60605

COST $30 (includes hors d’oeuvres, drinks and live music)
Free to Fulbright students and scholars.
RSVPs are required.
Please R.S.V.P. using the online form by December 9, 2014

If you need to cancel your RSVP email us at fulbrightchicago@gmail.com

*Aphrodite Floros Sarelas, an early Fulbrighter to Greece. A Chicagoan dedicated to interacting with and nurturing Fulbrighters in the Chicagoland community, Dee was a person remembered for her wit, empathy, and vivacity in bringing people across cultures together. Her educational background and professional experiences in the field of Social Work prepared her well for contributions to our chapter and beyond—as an administrator for the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army Training College, as a liaison at White House conferences, as a special consultant to Voice of America, and as editor of Social Welfare in Underdeveloped Countries (United Nations publication). For the foregoing reasons, the Dee Sarelas Fulbright Service Award has been established in her memory.

Fulbright Chicago celebrated International Education Week at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum

Visiting Fulbright scholaras and students celebrated International Education Week at the Jane Addams-Hull Hose Museum.

Visiting Fulbright scholars and students celebrated International Education Week at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum.

The Jane Addams Hull-House Museum

The Jane Addams Hull-House Museum at the University of Illinois at Chicago campus

By Jade StanleyON SUNDAY NOVEMBER 16, 2014 the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association celebrated International Education Week with an educational program focusing on immigrant communities who’ve played an important part in Chicago’s history.

Visiting Fulbright Scholar Dr. Sani Basha with his family at the Jane Adams Hull House Museum

Visiting Fulbright Scholar Dr. Sani Basha with his family at the Jane Adams Hull-House Museum

Over sixty participants including Fulbright students and scholars, alumni association members and Institute of International Education (IIE), friends and family joined us for a tour of the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum with a look at the legacy of Jane Addams—a reformer, sociologist, and Nobel Peace Prize winner.

Fulbright Scholars and Friends viewing a documentary film about Jane Adams

Fulbright Scholars and Friends viewing a documentary film about Jane Adams

The tour began at noon, and included a documentary film – narrated by Eleanor Roosevelt, on the history of Hull House and the life and work of Jane Addams. After the tour, everyone met at 2pm, to enjoy a wonderful lunch at Pompei, an authentic Italian restaurant in Little Italy. Pompei was established by Luigi Davino back in 1909. The family restaurant has been serving up delicious Italian food for four generations.

 Everyone enjoyed a fun conversation and delicious food at Pompei Restaurant during the annual International Education Education Week program

Everyone enjoyed a fun conversation and delicious food at Pompei Restaurant during the annual International Education Education Week program

Little Italy is another unique ethnic neighborhood in Chicago to explore for its restaurants and unique small businesses. Walking into the restaurant on a cold and windy Chicago day was delightful and wonderful smells coming from the kitchen greeted us as we entered. The menu included various types of delicious pizza, two kinds of salads, pasta and meat sauce and homemade bread, followed by incredible pastries and hot coffee.

 Members of the Fulbright Chicago Board, (L-R) Patti Powel and Mary Mares-Awe with visiting Fulbright Scholar Liz Bacwayo from Uganda


Members of the Fulbright Chicago Board, (L-R) Patti Powel and Mary Mares-Awe with visiting Fulbright Scholar Liz Bacwayo from Uganda

Board members Mary Mares-Awe, Cristina Sisson, Patti Powell, Elio Leturia, Shannon Anderson and Jade Stanley extended a warm welcome and thanked the participants for joining us for this event. The room resonated with great conversations, opportunities for networking, and plans to attend the next Fulbright event in December.

Fulbright Scholars enjoying lunch at Pompei Restaurant in Little Italy

Fulbright Scholars enjoying lunch at Pompei Restaurant in Little Italy

Sarah Grace Gleisner of IIE is enjoying a conversation with visiting Fulbright Scholars

Sarah Grace Gleisner of IIE is enjoying a conversation with visiting Fulbright Scholars

Photos by Mary Mares-Awe

Nominate a candidate for the 2014 Fulbright Chicago Dee Sarelas Service Award!

Past award recipient, Dr. Ana Gil García announces this year's winner.

Past award recipient, Dr. Ana Gil García announces last year’s winner.

Dear Member of the Fulbright Association, Chicago Chapter: YOU ARE INVITED to nominate a person for consideration for the 2014 Dee Sarelas Fulbright Service Award.

The award is in honor of one of the Chicago Chapter’s early presidents, Aphrodite (“Dee”) Edith Floros Sarelas*.  Dee passed away at the age of 90 in June of 2007. Dee earned her B.S. in education and was a member of the honor societies Kappa Delta Pi and Phi Kappa Phi, and in 1954 she received her M.A. degree from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. She was awarded a Fulbright Teaching Grant in 1958 to attend the School of Social Work in Athens, Greece.

The nominee does NOT need to be a Fulbright Association member and may be a citizen or resident of any country.

The selection criteria for the nominee:

- must be a living individual
  – must exemplify the values of the Fulbright Association (see http://fulbright.org/our-story/about-us)
  – must have had a significant short, or long-term impact on the development of internationalism for the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association, and/or for the Chicago area community e.g., program design or delivery, membership recruitment, communication production, international understanding outreach.

Nominations will be closed on at 11:59 Central time on November 9th, 2014. To submit a nomination click HERE. The information will then be presented to the Chicago Chapter Membership for voting starting November 12th, 2014. The award shall be given at the Winter Reception held in Chicago on December 12, 2014.

We ask the Dee Sarelas Service Award recipient to serve as an ad hoc board member for the Chicago Chapter during 2015. The awardee must also serve as Chair of next year’s Dee Sarelas Service Award Selection Committee.

Follow the link below for nominator instructions and to complete the nomination form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1LRw09r3X8jVUqTdqbkb4lhviPg6O8WIK0sM0vD36R4g/viewform

*A Chicagoan dedicated to interacting with and nurturing Fulbrighters in the Chicago area community, Dee was a person remembered for her wit, empathy, and vivacity in bringing people across cultures together. The Chicago Chapter has established the Dee Sarelas Fulbright Service Award in her memory to honor those who follow Dee’s example for service.  Please join us in honoring Dee and the Fulbright legacy by submitting a nomination for 2014.

Celebrate 2014 International Education Week at the Hull House Museum & Little Italy

Jane Addams Hull-House Museum

Jane Addams Hull-House Museum

By Mary Mares-Awe—TO CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION WEEK, the Fulbright Association-Chicago Chapter, University of Illinois-Chicago, and the Institute of International Education (IIE) invite you, your family, the Consular Corps of Chicago, friends and colleagues to join us for a tour of the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum with a look at the legacy of Jane Adams—a reformer, sociologist, and Nobel Peace Prize winner.

WHEN Sunday, November 16, 2014
TIME 12:00 p.m. to approximately 4:00 p.m.
WHERE Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, University of Illinois-Chicago, 800 South Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60607 View Larger Map

Please RSVP via the online form HERE or using the direct link below. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1bRzs2Ll3sHC2lJ56gE9PN8B3JEWleFOkuoA0BE-Fi4Q/viewform

Pompeii Restaurant in Little Italy

Pompei Restaurant in Little Italy

The tour includes a documentary film on the history of the Hull House. After the tour, we will walk to Little Italy, for an early-afternoon luncheon at Pompei Restaurant, 1531 W. Taylor St., Chicago, IL 60607 starting at 2:30 p.m.

COST This event is FREE for current visiting Fulbright Students and Scholars. Guests of Visiting Students and Scholars, Fulbright Association members and guests, $20 (includes lunch and tour)

You may pay online after you submit this form, or at the event via cash, check, or credit card.

RSVP by Friday, November 14, 2014, using the form HERE.

Transportation and Parking Attendees are responsible for their own transport and parking.

CTA Blue line to the UIC-Halsted station.
CTA Bus Route 8 at the Halsted and Polk Street intersection.
Paid street parking available. Paid parking lots nearby.

Plan your trip via www.transitchicago.com

If you have questions about the event, please email
fulbrightchicago@gmail.com.

We look forward to seeing you at the event!

38th Fulbright Annual Conference, dares us to to change lives

More than 300 Fulbrighters attended the 38th Annual Fulbright Conference in Washington DC

Fulbrighters from around the world attended the 38th Annual Fulbright Conference in Washington DC

By Ron Harvey—MORE THAN 300 Fulbrighters from around the world attended the 38th Fulbright Association Conference in Washington DC this past October 16-18. Representing our Chicago Chapter, president Ron Harvey, and Director of Membership Jenni Schneiderman attended the conference.

Although the theme of the Conference was “Dare to Act,” the words that were repeatedly heard in conversations and presentations were, “Fulbright changed my life,” which succinctly express how the majority of the over 325,000 Fulbright alumni to date feel after going through such an experience.

Dr. Hans Blix and Dr. Ron Harvey

Dr. Hans Blix and Dr. Ron Harvey

Dr. Hans Blix (Fulbright to USA, 1951), the winner of this year’s Fulbright Prize also said, “Fulbright changed my life.” The Fulbright Prize is awarded every other year since 1993 (the first winner was Nelson Mandela), and “recognizes and rewards outstanding contributions toward bringing peoples, cultures, or nations to greater understanding of others.” Chatting with Dr. Blix for a few minutes was a pleasure. When he learned I  was a member of the Chicago Chapter, he smiled broadly and said: “There are so many Swedes in Chicago!” He was especially pleased that our 2012 Spring Farewell event was held at the Swedish American Museum in Andersonville, and said he hoped to take his grandchildren there someday.

Dr. Harvey and Dr. Mary Ellen Schmider, vice president of the Board of Directors of the Fulbright Association

Dr. Harvey and Dr. Mary Ellen Schmider, vice president of the Board of Directors of the Fulbright Association

U.S. Diplomat Thomas R. Pickering gave the Fulbright Prize to Dr. Blix at the fabulous ceremony on the night of Friday Oct. 17 at the Ronald Regan Building in DC. In his speech, Pickering (U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations 1989-1992, among other appointments) offered a bold suggestion: that the Fulbright Awards should become a permanent endowment of public-private sponsorship and thus no longer face the whims of a budget-conscious and/or politically-motivated Congress. Hearing Harriet Mayor-Fulbright, wife of the late J. William Fulbright, was an inspiration as were a number of the young Fulbright recipients onstage for the ceremony.

In his acceptance speech for the Fulbright Prize at the Reagan Center, Dr. Blix used language that is familiar to any Fulbrighter about global perspectives, cultural sensibility, leadership, and the humility of being “teachable” that comes with the Fulbright experience.

Tom Healy, Chairman of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board adressess the audience

Tom Healy, Chairman of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board addresses the audience

In presentations over two days diverse topics and international experiences were shared. For instance, initiatives that put Palestinian and Israeli musicians together to perform concerts together all around the world could ease hostilities were presented. Fellow Chicagoan Dr. Cecilia A. Conrad, Vice President of the MacArthur Fellows Program spoke about like-minded MacArthur Fellows, epidemiologist Dr. Janine Jagger and musician Corey Harris.

Chicago Chapter Membership Director Jenni Schneiderman (right) presented at the conference

Chicago Chapter Membership Director Jenni Schneiderman (right) presented at the conference

Jenni Schneiderman, Director of Membership of the Fulbright Chicago chapter also presented at the Conference. Schneiderman, a Fulbrighter to Mendoza, Argentina in 2009, presented on her work with Ashoka Start Empathy which teaches empathy skills via a network of Ashoka Fellows and other partners around the world.

The conference offered a feeling that the basic philosophy of Senator Fulbright lives on healthily to this day: putting people from different cultures face-to-face in the same room with a common purpose to conduct research together – or to sing and dance together – can change the world.

Author’s note: Throughout the conference, I met with many Chapter Presidents and officers who face the same challenges as our Chapter: how to support and add value to our current members, how to increase membership, and how to show the value of Institutional membership to Chicago-area universities and colleges. If any of you have ideas on how we can address these challenges, we would love to hear from you (fulbrightchicago@gmail.com).

I am in my final two months as President of our Chapter. The next president will face the same challenges and reap the same rewards as I did. I invite you to consider joining the Board. I invite you to become involved with planning our activities bringing visiting Fulbright Students and Scholars together with you, our Alumni and Friends of Fulbright. I invite you to further the Senator’s namesake and mission right here in the Chicago area.

Photos courtesy of Ron Harvey and Jenni Schneiderman

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