Consul General of Japan offers reception to Fulbrighters

Ron Harvey talking to the attendees

President Ron Harvey welcoming the attendees. At the table, Hon. Masaharu Yoshida and Dr. Bruce Douglas.

By Elio Leturia—IN ORDER TO STRENGTHEN the bonds of the Chicago Fulbright community and thank the Fulbrighters who made their Fulbright in Japan, on June 11, 2014 the Consul General of Japan, Hon.  Masaharu Yoshida and his wife Mrs. Miho Yoshida hosted a reception at their beautiful home in Evanston.

Dr. Bruce Douglas and Ms. Masaharu

Dr. Bruce Douglas and Mrs. Miho Yoshida

Besides the Fulbrighters who did work in Japan, members of the board of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association participated in the event.

“I want to offer this dinner to thank the Fulbright Association,” Consul General Yoshida said while also acknowledging Dr. Bruce Douglas, who was a Fulbrighter to Japan in two successive Fulbright professorships, in 1959-1960 (Okayama) and 1960-1961 (Tokyo.)

Jessica Smith from University of Chicagoand Dr. Patti Powell, chapter board member and Director of Master's Degree Programs in Special Education Trinity Christian College

Jessica Smith from U of Chicago Graduate Student Affairs office and Dr. Patti Powell, chapter board member and Director of Master’s Degree Programs in Special Education at Trinity Christian College, enjoying the delicious meal.

Among other participants to the reception were representatives of University of Chicago and North Dakota State University. Fulbrighters from other states such as Indiana, Wisconsin and Iowa were also in attendance.

Evie M. Myers from University of North Dakota and Mary Ellen Schmider, National Fulbright Association Board Member

Dr. Evie M. Myers from North Dakota State University and Dr. Mary Ellen Schmider, National Fulbright Association Board Member

The event started with a reception and moved to a sit-down dinner. After the Consul General welcome and speeches from Dr. Douglas and Dr. Ron Harvey, President of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association, the Consul opened the floor for an informal discussion in which attendees commented about their experiences, ways to encourage more scholars/students to apply for Fulbright and how we can better promote international understanding.

Dr. Marilyn Susman (center) board member of the Chicago Chapter, at the dessert table

Dr. Marilyn Susman (center) board member of the Chicago Chapter, at the dessert table

Dinner consisted of an exquisite buffet of Japanese delicacies.

The Chicago Chapter wants to sincerely thank the Consul General and his wife, and also the Vice Consul, Ms. Ayako Yamada, who organized this beautiful event.

Consul of Japan Yoshida Masaharu

Consul General of Japan Masaharu Yoshida talking to Consul Koji Kaneko. In the back, Brooke Noonan, Director of Graduate Student Affairs at University of Chicago

IIE Midwest director Megan Spillman and Jenni Schneiderman

Institute of International Education Midwest director Megan Spillman and Jenni Schneiderman, director of membership of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association

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