Category Archives: Studies abroad

Fulbright alumna from Afghanistan comes back to present at Loyola University

Identities in Transition: South Asian Womanhood and Girlhood Conference took place at Loyola University Chicago, October 28 and 29, 2016.

Identities in Transition: South Asian Womanhood and Girlhood Conference took place at Loyola University Chicago, October 28 and 29, 2016.

By Teuta PejaAFTER ONLY A FEW months of leaving Chicago “for good,” Fulbright alumna Shughla Hellali from Afghanistan returned to give a presentation at the South Asian Womanhood and Girlhood Conference (SAWG) at Loyola University Chicago (LUC), in October.

Shughla Hellali

Shughla Hellali

In this conference that addressed the topic of identities in transition with the aim to highlight the changing context of women and girls in South Asian society, Shughla discussed the rhetoric of epistemic violence against Afghan women caused by international media coverage and the limited understanding of the cultural and native context.

Shughla came to Chicago on a Fulbright Foreign Student grant in August 2014, to pursue an MA in Women’s and Gender Studies at Loyola University Chicago. After the completion of the program, she returned to Kabul, where she is now working as the Gender Specialist with United Nation Development Program. Recently, she became the Vice President of the Fulbright Association in Afghanistan.

This is her second visit to the US since her returned to Kabul in December 2015.

In February of this year, she traveled to Washington DC to attend several meetings on peace and security in Afghanistan. She and her colleagues at the Afghan Fulbright for Peace organized the meetings with the USIP, US State Department and the Afghanistan’s Embassy.

During her recent visit to Chicago, Shughla was experiencing different emotions because as she says “she was back to her home-away-from-home.”

She added: “I will always be grateful to Fulbright Program for giving me the life-changing experience that helped me frame my goals and develop professionally and personally. Knowing the values of the Fulbright Program, I am very excited to be part of the Fulbright Association in Afghanistan and lead the association. Through my work at the association, I am eager to contribute to the promotion of the Fulbright values and mission in the country and abroad.”

In addition to presenting her paper at SAWG Conference, in Chicago, Shughla also presented her work on “Ms. Representation: Media Portrayals of Afghan Women and the Epistemic Violence of International Intervention” to Loyola University academic staff and students.

Teuta Peja is a current Fulbright student from Kosovo.



Fulbright topics discussed during “Coffee Hour” at Purdue University Calumet

Article featured on the Purdue University Calumet Chronicle on the Fulbright activities

Article featured in the Purdue University Calumet Chronicle newspaper about Fulbright activities on campus

By April ValentineTHE RESEARCH AND GRADUATE Studies Office and the International Programs Office of Purdue University Calumet in Hammond, Indiana, co-sponsored a coffee hour on Tuesday, November 26, 2013, for faculty and staff to learn about how participation in Fulbright programs enhances research and teaching from current and alumni Fulbright faculty. Fifteen people attended this event held during the lunch hour on the campus of Purdue University Calumet.

Colette Morrow

Colette Morrow

Professor Colette Morrow, Department of English and Philosophy, is a Senior Fulbright Scholar. She participated in the Core Fulbright Grant program from 2000 to 2001 in Belarus, was presented the Fulbright Alumni Initiatives Award from 2003 to 2005 and has received three Fulbright Senior Specialist Grants (India, 2004; Bangladesh, 2006; Pakistan, 2010).

Professor Morrow co-presented the topic Building Women’s and Gender Studies Locally and Globally through the Fulbright Scholar Award Program with Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence, Professor Rukhsana Hasan.

Rukhsana Hasan

Rukhsana Hasan

Professor Hasan of the Department of Marketing, Human Resources, and Management is teaching, conducting research, supporting curriculum development, and giving presentations at the Ivy Tech Community College campus in East Chicago, Indiana, and at Purdue University Calumet for the 2013-2014 academic year. Hasan also presented on Dec. 3, 2013 at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago.

She is a faculty member at Fatima Jinnah Women University in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

Kathryn Rowberg

Kathryn Rowberg

Professor Kathryn Rowberg of the Department of Chemistry and Physics served as a Fulbright Fellow in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 1992 to 1994 and in Reykjavik, Iceland, in 2004.  She discussed the Fulbright application process, the challenges of serving effectively for short periods of time in another country and the lasting effects on her career and world view.

Her presentation topic was A Tale of Two Cities: A Fulbright Fellow in Addis Ababa and Reykjavik.

George Nnanna

George Nnanna

Professor and Department Head of Mechanical Engineering, George Nnanna received a Fulbright Specialist Award in 2011 to conduct research on water pollution and treatment at the University of Lagos in Nigeria.

David Saide of the Education Sector at the Consulate-General of Brazil in Chicago was also in attendance and discussed opportunities for faculty to conduct research in Brazil.

Book donation for Menoufia University in Egypt

During her year in Egypt, Dr. Ana Gil-García, who is currently teaching at American University in Cairo, has conducted workshops and delivered presentations to several institutions. Here, working with a group of fellows at Menoufia University, two hours away from Cairo.

AS PART OF OUR ONGOING Book Initiative Donation Program, Dr. Ana Gil-García is currently working in Egypt, more specifically, with Menoufia University.

Along with Dr. Osama Madany, chairperson of the Department of English Literature and Language, and a fellow Fulbrighter, we are asking you to donate a book to provide his department with needed materials in the following areas:

1. American Literature (Fiction, Drama, Poetry) from 18th C. to present day.
2. British Literature (Fiction, Drama, Poetry) from 16th C. to present day. 
3. American and British Literary Criticism to present day.
4. American and British Culture/Civilization to present day.
5. Essay Writing
6. Linguistics / Applied Linguistics
7. Grammar
8. English Language Courses (TEFL, TESOL, TOEFL)
9. Audio/Visual material related to above fields.
10. English as a Second Language
11. Educational leadership
12. Bilingual-bicultural education
13. Multicultural education

Dr. Gil-García will be in Chicago for a week, June 6 -13. If you could donate any new or used book on those areas will be greatly appreciated. Dr. Gil-García will take the books to the Department of English Literature and Language of Menoufia University in Egypt.

Please, contact us at to schedule a pick up of your donation.

Visit to Cairo, Egypt: Binational Fulbright Commission and The American University in Cairo

Left to right: Dr. Abdel Moneim, Elio Leturia, Dr. Ana Gil-García, Sahar Ramadan, Ahmed Salama and Safaa M. Abbadi at the Fulbright Commission in Cairo.

DURING A RECENT VISIT to Cairo, Egypt, Fulbright Association Chicago Chapter President Elio Leturia met with board member Dr. Ana-Gil García, who is currently teaching at The American University in Cairo. They visited the  Binational Fulbright Commission, the oldest and largest program in the Arab world, to talk about our Book Donation Initiative to Egyptian universities.

They were welcomed by Dr. Bruce Lohof, Executive Director of the Fulbright Commission in Cairo, and then met with Safaa M. Abbadi, manager of Alumni Affairs and Special Projects.

Elio Leturia, President of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association and board member and past president, Dr. Ana Gil-García

Part of the discussion revolved around how to optimize alumni communications. In Egypt, the alumni are organized in what they call “Circles” according to their areas of expertise. At this meeting, that took place on March 26, 2012, participated Ahmed Salama, FLTA alumnus and leader of the Teachers’ Circle for 2012; Sahar Ramadan, FLTA alumna and active member of the Teachers’ Circle and Dr. Abdel Moneim, Professor at the Department of English of Menoufia University. We also had Dr. Ossama Madany, Chairman of the English Language Department at Menoufia University, who joined the discussion, via Skype.

The book donation will be, at this time, to Menoufia University. This institution is one of the largest universities in Egypt, which has two campuses: Shibim El Kom, located 47 miles from Cairo and Sadat City, 60 miles from Cairo.

Dr. Gil-García's International and Comparative Education graduate students with Elio Leturia after a presentation at American University in Cairo

During this visit, Dr. Ana Gil-García invited Elio Leturia to present in one of the classes she teaches at the graduate program of International and Comparative Education at The American University in Cairo. In his presentation, Leturia, a native Peruvian who teaches at Columbia College Chicago, did a comparative analysis on the educational systems in Peru and the United States.

Chairman of the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board meets with the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association

Elio Leturia, Thomas Ahleman, Tom Healy, Jason Romano, Cristina Sisson, Norma Green and Heidi Rockwell (not pictured) met over dinner on March 2.

DURING A VISIT in Chicago the first week of March, Tom Healy, chairman of the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, which oversees the Fulbright program worldwide, met with board members of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association.

Appointed to the National Scholarship Board by President Obama in 2011, Healy was elected chairman.

Tom Healy with board members Cristina Sisson and Jason Romano

He took this trip to meet current Fulbright students and alumni and to visit several colleges and universities, among them University of Illinois at Chicago and the School of the Art Institute. On Friday March 2nd, he met with Fulbrighters at a breakfast organized by IIE Midwest, and had a chance to talk directly with international students and their experiences in the country.

On Saturday March 3rd, Tom Healy and his assistant, Andrew Durbin, had dinner with Chicago Chapter board members and discussed issues pertaining to the association and its members as well as how to strengthen the activities the chapter organizes as part of their outreach, mentoring and enrichment goals with the Fulbright community in the Chicago area.

Photos courtesy of Andrew Durbin

Dolores Rinke gave presentation on Fulbright programs at Purdue University Calumet

Dr. Dolores Rinke talking to students and faculty at Purdue University Calumet

AS PART OF THE INTERNATIONAL Education Week activities, on November 16th, 2011, Dr. Dolores Rinke addressed students and faculty members at Purdue University Calumet, to inform them of the various opportunities offered by the Fulbright Programs.  One of this university strategic goals  is to increase cultural diversity on the campus. Dr. Rinke also talked about her personal experience as a Fulbright Scholar in Hungary in 1994 teaching accounting consistent with the new economic goals of the country that had made the transition from a command economy to a capitalistic one.

A few years later, she returned to Hungary as a Senior Specialist to help the country prepare for entrance into the European Union.  This semester, she has another Fulbright Senior Specialist grant to work with Hacettepe University in Turkey, teaching them International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and corporate governance.

As most Fulbright alumni will agree, the Fulbright experience has been a life altering experience.  In addition to working with the Chicago Chapter, she has also served as Board member and Treasurer for the National Board for six years.

Professor Rinke teaches International and Financial Accounting at Purdue University Calumet where she has been teaching since 1987.  This summer, she plans to take students on an International Accounting Experience to London and Paris where they will learn about IFRS and how they are established and practiced.  More than 100 countries, including all the countries of the European Union, have adopted IFRS.  The U.S. is currently working on a convergence project to converge U.S. accounting principles with IFRS.

This is certainly a small, small world

Lifetime member and Columbia College Chicago journalism professor Dr. Norma Fay Green (right) with Dr. Azia Idrissi Kobaiti in Fes, Morocco, during her Fulbright-Hays Seminar this summer

While traveling on a six-week  Fulbright-Hays Seminar Abroad to study religious diversity in North Africa’s Maghreb (Morocco & Tunisia) in Summer 2011, an opportunity recommended by Chicago Fulbright Past President Ana Gil-García, Fulbright Association lifetime member and Columbia College Chicago Journalism Professor Dr. Norma Green met  in Fes with Dr. Azia Idrissi Kobaiti from the Department of Islamic Studies at Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah University, who lectured the seminar participants on Moroccan Sufism. Dr. Kobaiti will be on a Fulbright at Loyola University Chicago this year.

In 2010, Dr. Green was recognized at the Dee Sarelas Service Award ceremony for her commitment and support to the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association.