2014 Fulbright Spring Farewell at the beautiful Baha’i Temple

Baha'i Temple in Wilmette, Illinois

Baha’i Temple in Wilmette, Illinois

Fulbrighters visiting the Baha'i Temple in Wilmette

Fulbrighters visiting the Baha’i Temple in Wilmette

2104 Spring Farewell started at the Baha'i Temple

2104 Spring Farewell started at the Baha’i Temple

By Patti L. Powell—ON A SUNNY BUT windy Saturday, May 3, around 70 Fulbright Scholars, former Scholars, student Scholars, and their guests gathered to say farewell both to each other and to Chicago.

The day began with a guided tour and video of the Baha’i Temple in Wilmette, IL. The gardens were not quite in full bloom but the grounds were still beautiful and it was fascinating to learn more about both the building of the Baha’i Temple and the Baha’i faith.

We learned that the roots of the building the Temple in Wilmette sprouted at the Chicago Columbia Exposition and that the Baha’i Temple is one of seven Illinois wonders.

Fulbright students, scholars and alumni enjoyed a Middle-Eastern buffet at Reza's

Fulbright students, scholars and alumni enjoyed a Middle-Eastern buffet at Reza’s

After our tour students and guests boarded a bus and headed to Reza’s Restaurant in Andersonville for a delicious Mediterranean lunch that had something for everyone.

Fulbright students and scholars who have finished with their programs receive a certificate of completion by the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association

Fulbright students and scholars who have finished with their programs receive a certificate of completion by the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association.

President Ron Harvey with Rodrigo Batista and his certificate of completion

President Ron Harvey with Rodrigo Batista and his certificate of completion

Students who had been strangers last September were now more than acquaintances but friends and it was obvious that deep and lasting relationships had formed over the year.

As is customary during the last event of the year, students and scholars who are leaving received a certificate of completion from the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association. This annual event is sponsored by the Chicago chapter and the Institute of International Education, Midwest Office.

Thank you Fulbright Scholars, students, and guests for making a Saturday in May a day to remember.

Sunny day at the Baha'i Temple

Sunny day at the Baha’i Temple

Chapter member Elizabeth Stokely talks to Fulbright student Jakob Sørensen

Chapter member Elizabeth Stokely talks to Fulbright student Jakob Sørensen

President Ron Harvey with Fulbright students who have completed their programs

President Ron Harvey with Fulbright students who have completed their programs

A presentation on the Baha'i faith and its temple in Wilmette

A presentation on the Baha’i faith and its temple in Wilmette

At Reza's restaurant, Jane Florine, Mary Mares-Awe, scholar Mariya Shymchyshyn, Marylin Susman and her husband.

At Reza’s restaurant, Jane Florine, Mary Mares-Awe, scholar Mariya Shymchyshyn, Marilyn Susman and her husband.

Paulina Ziembinska and Ron Harvey

Paulina Ziembinska and Ron Harvey

Andrés Pinzón and Ron Harvey

Andrés Pinzón and Ron Harvey

Photos by Patti Powell, Ivy Marischa, Elio Leturia
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