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Norma Fay Green is the Recipient of the 2018 Dee Sarelas Service Award

The moment when Dr. Norma Green is announced as the 2018 Dee Sarelas Service Award recipient.

THE FRIGID TEMPERATURES of past Friday, January 25, did not prevent over 110 attendees from participating in the 2019 Fulbright Chicago Winter Wonderland Reception at the Alliance Française in Chicago.

The celebration hosted Fulbright students, scholars and alumni, members of the Consular Corps and guests representing 52 countries from around the world. This annual signature event took place in conjunction with the Dee Sarelas Service Award Ceremony.

On this occasion, Dr. Norma Fay Green was the award recipient.

Cristina Sisson, previous Dee Sarelas Service Award winner announces the 2018 recipient.

Meredith McNeil, Fulbright Chicago Chapter president requested the guests to pause the winter soireée and introduced Cristina Sisson, our previous Dee Sarelas awardee. Sisson, a past Chicago Chapter board member, presented the award to Dr. Green, highlighting the many ways she has contributed to our local association over the years, and called her a world-traveler. “When I say the world, I don’t mean two countries in Europe, but the world,” Sisson said to the amusement of the attendees.

Dr. Norma Green shares her Fulbright message with the audience. Green did her first Fulbright in Denmark.

Dr. Green is a Columbia College Chicago Emerita Professor. She taught journalism at that institution for 29 years until her retirement in 2017. She received a Fulbright grant in 2000 as a visiting professor in Denmark and a 2011 Fulbright-Hays grant to Morocco and Tunisia.

Upon her return from Denmark, Dr. Green set about to internationalize the Columbia College Chicago Journalism Department curriculum. She actively mentored graduate students, especially international students, who expressed interest in teaching. Over the years she modeled classroom management techniques for teaching assistants from Nigeria, Italy, Brazil and Canada and gave them a platform to lead discussions on topics of their own choosing relating to their homelands. She continued to infuse a global perspective in all 23 different courses she eventually taught and also created by regular study trips to Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas.

Dr Green and Michele, a Fulbrighter from Costa Rica exchange stories.

She volunteered to be on the board of the Chicago Fulbright chapter and served from 2002-2004. She was admitted to the Fulbright Senior Specialists Roster in 2003 becoming a regular participant to the Fulbright Chicago events and activities over the years.

A jazz duo provided the music to our annual event.

After getting trained in Washington, D.C. as a Fulbright Campus Representative in Fall 2002, Dr. Green created and conducted the Columbia College Chicago Annual Fulbright workshop for faculty and administrators, until her retirement.

In 2013 Columbia College was officially recognized as a “Fulbright Program Top Producing Institution,” by the Institute of International Education, all due to her relentless work and guidance.

Past Fulbright Chicago Chapter president Don Garner talks to Dr. Marilyn Susman (2010 Dee Sarelas Award recipient) and her husband Gary Auerbach.

The Dee Sarelas Fulbright Service Award, established in 2009, is named after a founder of the Fulbright Association Chicago Chapter: Aphrodite (“Dee”) Edith Floros Sarelas, an early Fulbrighter to Greece. This award acknowledges the person or institution that demonstrates its vocation of service to the Fulbright ideals and recognizes ‘‘the significant impact on the development of internationalism for the Fulbright Association and the Chicagoland community.”

Fulbrighters and guests enjoy the food, music and inviting atmosphere.

Past Dee Sarelas Service Award recipients include Loyola University Professor Emerita and psychotherapist Dr. Marilyn Susman; Architect and Studio Talo Principal Thomas Ahleman; Northeastern Illinois University Professor and Educational Leadership Advocate Dr. Ana Gil-García; Columbia College Chicago professor and multimedia journalist Elio Leturia; American University in Bulgaria Psychology Researcher Dr. Ron Harvey; and Chicago Public Schools Spanish Teacher Cristina Sisson.

Student Representative board member Teuta Peja welcomes Fulbrighters and guests to the annual event at the Alliance Francaise.

Participants from 52 countries enjoy a night of Fulbright camaraderie.

Chicago Chapter Board member Dr. Kari Burnett plays barwoman at the Winter Reception.

Argentine Deputy Consul Marcelo Boffi talks to Honduran Fulbright scholar Joan Miguel López.

The Winter Reception provides another opportunity to meet Fulbrighters from all over the world.

Previous Dee Sarelas Awardee Cristina Sisson was a Chicago Chapter board member for eight years.

The Winter Reception, scheduled until 8:30 pm got extended for an additional hour.

Board Member Dr. Richard Hallett and Chicago Chapter President Meredith McNeil

Dr. Norma Green poses with her Dee Sarelas Service Award.

The fun continued with an after party at Moe’s Cantina in River North …

… with dance included!

Photos by Elio Leturia

Fulbright Chicago participated at the 2018 Annual Fulbright Association Conference in Puebla

The 41st Fulbright Annual Association took place in Puebla, Mexico.

FULBRIGHT CHICAGO WAS present at the 41st Annual Conference of the Fulbright Association that took place in Puebla, Mexico, Nov. 1 – 3, 2018. The yearly meeting coincided with the Day of the Dead, which offered participants a unique cultural experience.

Under the name of “One World, Many Voices,” this was the first conference held internationally since it took place in London in 2012.

In an effort to strengthen ties with the neighboring country and celebrating the great cultural wealth of Mexico and our Fulbright global diversity,  this annual event was sponsored by the Fulbright-García Robles Mexican Fulbright Commission, COMEXUS. The several panels, round tables, presentations, poster sessions and closing plenary took place at the William O. Jenkins Convention Center in the heart of the city.

The opening reception at the Baroque Museum include a visit to the different exhibits.

The Baroque Museum

The conference started with an opening reception at the International Baroque Museum, an extraordinary building designed by the Japanese architect Toyo Ito, the Pritzker Architecture Prize laureate in 2013. There, participants had the opportunity to see an unparalleled collection of baroque art.

The Fulbright Program Advisors Workshop at the Universidad Autónoma de Puebla.

The day prior to the opening , two special trainings were held at the Popular Autonomous University of the State of Puebla: a Chapter Management workshop aimed to directors of the 52 U.S. chapters, and a Fulbright Program Advisers Workshop where several Fulbright commission directors from countries such as Canada, Poland, Iceland, Luxembourg, Mexico, among others, offered presentations about their own international award programs.

Dr. Ana Gil-García

From our Chicago Chapter Dr. Ana Gil-García, Northeastern Illinois University Professor and five-time Fulbright Award recipient, participated as a panelist in the “Diversity & Inclusion: The Social Dimension of Change” program.

Gil-García  also presented in the “Taking Action to Preserve Democracy and Promote Peace” round table.

Columbia College Chicago Associate Professor Elio Leturia

From Columbia College Chicago, Journalism Associate Professor Elio Leturia was invited to offer a Ted-Ex Fulbright style talk, “Cross Borders and Culture” along with six other presenters from the Netherlands, Norway, Georgia Institute of Technology, Ithaca College and University of Denver, among others.

Dr. Ana Gil-García, Elio Leturia, Dr. Dolores Rinke and Dr. Manfred Phillip, President of the Board of Directors of the Fulbright Association.

Also present from the Chicago Chapter was Dr. Dolores Rinke, Purdue University Emerita Professor and current Treasurer of the Fulbright National Board of Directors.

Fulbrighters having a good time during the closing reception.

The Awards Gala was held at the San Pedro Art Museum in which Rebecca Macieira-Kaufmann was recognized with the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award for her work fostering positive relations between Mexico and the United States. The closing of the conference was animated by a mariachi band where all the participants shared stories and exchanged experiences in the most important annual meeting of the Association.

The 2019 conference will take place October 24-26 in Washington, DC.

A typical scene for “Día de los Muertos”

A tour to the Cathedral in the main plaza of Puebla

A tour to the Palafoxiana Library in downtown Puebla

A beautiful night in Puebla during the 2018 Annual Fulbright Conference

The Ballet Folklórico during the opening plenary in Puebla.

All the participants pose for a photo right before the closing reception.

Photos by Elio Leturia and Fulbright Association

Welcome to Chicago, Fulbrighters!

Welcome to Chicago, the Windy City.

ON A SLIGHTLY overcast but fortunately rainless autumn day, the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association welcomed Fulbrighters from all over the world. The first event of the academic year was an architectural tour on the Chicago River that gave us the opportunity to present the beauty of the city of Chicago to the newcomers, and share it with the local Fulbright alumni.

Sixty eight people participated in the 2018 Fall Welcome.

“Sixty eight Fulbrighters, between members of the association and Fulbright students and scholars have come to participate in this event today,” said Meredith McNeil, president of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association. Students and scholars not only from Chicago universities but also from from Champaign-Urbana, Normal-Bloomington and Dekalb participated in the event.

At the base of the Wrigley Building, where the tour started.

The Wendella Tours boat left its wharf at the base of the Wrigley Building and sailed the Chicago River bypassing the south branch to reach the Willis Tower (ex-Sears Tower, the second tallest building in the United States.) There it turned around and came back to cross under Michigan Avenue and continued until entering Lake Michigan, from where we all could appreciate the skyline of this wonderful city.

Fulbright students and scholars enjoying the tour.

Among the buildings that stood out in this tour are the Marina City, built in 1964, the Merchandise Mart— that in 1930 became was the largest building in the (372,000 m2) and had its own postal code—the IBM building, the Civic Opera House, the NBC Tower, the Carbide and Carbon Building with its gold leaf top, the 333 West Wacker Drive building and its dramatic curved, green glass façade to the most modern Lake Point Tower and Aqua buildings, to cite just a few.

The Trump Tower, the second tallest building in Chicago.

At the end of the tour, the group moved to the Howell’s & Hood Restaurant, in the Tribune Tower building, another architectural wonder, where the scholars, students and members of the association shared a lunch and moments of friendship and camaraderie.

The entire group!

Fulbright students and scholars enjoying a good time at the lake.

Lifetime Fulbright Association member Jane Florine, an ethnomusicologist who did her Fulbright in Argentina.

Scholars and their families participated in our Fall Welcome.

Past recipients of the Fulbright Dee Sarelas Service Award Marilyn Susman (2010) and Ana Gil-García (2012).

The view from Lake Michigan.

Judy and Serafín Veramendi, and our boat tour guide.

Fulbright Chicago past presidents Elio Leturia (2011-12), Ana Gil-García (2008) and Don Garner (2007).

The city views from Lake Michigan are spectacular.

In this Fulbright group, Spanish was the language of choice.

At the patio of Howell’s & Hood Restaurant.

Three current Fulbright scholars. At the center, Teuta Peja from Kosovo.

Poland, Kosovo, Mexico and Peru are represented in this Fulbright group.

The food line is always a good place to get to know each other!

Another Fulbright group (all Argentines, and one Mexican) having a good time.

Fulbright Chicago celebrates the Holidays and Ron Harvey gets the 2014 Dee Sarelas Service Award

Chicago Chapter board members Kari Burnett, Cristina Sisson, Jenni Schneiderman and Meredith McNeil celebrate with Ron Harvey, recipient of the 2014 Dee Sarelas Service Award

Chicago Chapter board members Kari Burnett, Cristina Sisson, Jenni Schneiderman and Meredith McNeil celebrate with Ron Harvey, recipient of the 2014 Dee Sarelas Service Award

By Mary Mares-Awe—MORE THAN 80 GUESTS attended the annual, end-of-the-year, Winter Holiday reception sponsored by the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association and the Institute of International Education (IIE).

Professor Norma Green, Ahmed Affan from Pakistan and Gigi Posejpal, Director of International Student Affairs at Columbia College Chicago

Professor Norma Green, Ahmed Affan from Pakistan and Gigi Posejpal, Director of International Student Affairs at Columbia College Chicago

Mr. Ilker Pak, Consul of Turkey in Chicago

Mr. Ilker Pak, Honorable Consul of Turkey in Chicago

The event took place on Friday, December 12th at Columbia College, downtown Chicago. Among those in attendance were Fulbright Association members, board members, friends of Fulbright, alumni, Fulbright scholars from more than 35 countries, as well as consular representatives including the Consul General of France, Vincent Floreani, Consul of Turkey, Ilker Pak, and the Consul of Costa Rica, Javier Rojas.

Mr. Javier Rojas, Honorable Consul of Costa Rica,  Fulbright Chicago Chapter President Ron Harvey and Mr. Vincent Floreani, Honorable Consul General of France

Mr. Javier Rojas, Honorable Consul of Costa Rica, Fulbright Chicago Chapter President Ron Harvey and Mr. Vincent Floreani, Honorable Consul General of France

Guests enjoyed several types of wine as well as non-alcoholic beverages and a variety of foods including Vietnamese Spring Rolls, South of the Border specialties, cheeses and charcuterie, salads, and wonderful deserts with beautifully decorated Christmas cookies.

A Columbia College Chicago jazz trio entertaining the audience

A Columbia College Chicago jazz trio entertaining the audience

A trio made up of Columbia College Chicago music students certainly did justice to the great American music genre—jazz, adding a festive atmosphere to the event and entertaining guests throughout the evening.


2014 Dee Sarelas Service Award

2014 Dee Sarelas Service Award

The annual celebrations present a great opportunity to see old friends and make new connections within our Fulbright community. It’s also a time when the Chapter presents the prestigious Dee Sarelas Service Award.

This year Dr. Ron Harvey, a psychology researcher at DePaul University and current president of the Chicago Chapter, was the recipient of the award. The other nominees were Cristina Sisson (Argentina 2007,) treasurer of the Chapter, and Don Garner (European Union 2001,) Consular Corps Liaison and past-president 2006.

Last year Dee Sarelas Service Award Elio Leturia presenting Ron Harvey with the 2014 award.

Last year Dee Sarelas Service Award recipient Elio Leturia from Columbia College Chicago, presenting Ron Harvey with the 2014 award.

The service award was created to honor the memory of one of the founding members of the Fulbright Association’s Chicago Chapter—Dee Sarelas. Dee is remembered for her unique ability for bringing people across cultures together. In addition to her many contributions, Dee also worked for the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army Training College, and as a liaison at White House conferences.

Dr. Richard Farkas of DePaul University, Fulbright Specialist to Ukraine, Taras Tzlupko and Ron Harvey

Dr. Richard Farkas of DePaul University, Fulbright Specialist to Ukraine, Taras Tzlupko and Ron Harvey

“It’s a real honor to be in the company of such high caliber people who have won the award previously,” said Ron after receiving the award. Some of the past recipients are Marilyn Susman, Thomas Ahleman, Ana Gil-García and Elio Leturia.

Fulbrighter Aziz Pulatov from Uzbekistan and his daughter

Fulbrighter Aziz Pulatov from Uzbekistan and his daughter, Shakina

“It’s great that we can do our part to fulfill the Fulbright mission here in Chicago. The honor is a great accomplishment of that. It’s a reminder that you can fulfill the Fulbright mission no matter where you are”, he added.

Ron, who did his Fulbright in Bulgaria in 2009-2010, will be leaving for Bulgaria again next year to work on a pioneering project in the field of community psychology. He, no doubt, and true to form, will continue to work in the Fulbright spirit— making the world a better place.

Fulbright alumna Virginia Miller (Guatemala 1993, Mexico 1996-97) and Adam Gehr

Fulbright alumna Virginia Miller (Guatemala 1993, Mexico 1996-97) and Adam Gehr

Chicago Chapter Treasurer Cristina Sisson and her husband Michael Tamm

Chicago Chapter Treasurer Cristina Sisson and her husband Michael Tamm

Fulbright alumna Maureen Warren (Poland 1980-81,) Fulbright scholar Almir Pestek from Bosnia, and Mary Mares-Awe, Chicago chapter Board member

Fulbright alumna Maureen Warren (Poland 1980-81,) Fulbright scholar Almir Pestek from Bosnia, and Mary Mares-Awe, Chicago Chapter Board member

Uruguayan Fulbright alumna Andrea Catarivas and her husband Andre Frieden

Uruguayan Fulbright alumna Andrea Catarivas and her husband Andre Frieden

Photos by Mary Mares-Awe, Jenni Schneiderman, Ron Harvey, Elio Leturia

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.

Wear black and pearls and send an antiviolence message on September 8

"If you mistreat one, you mistreat all of us. Break the silence, no more victims" reads the campaign.

“If you mistreat one, you mistreat all of us. Break the silence, no more victims” reads the campaign.

By Ana Gil-García—YOU MAY HAVE SEEN and heard about the “Ni una Víctima Más” campaign in Chicago. The concept developer, the journalist Leda Santodomingo has partnered with “Mujeres Latinas en Acción”, the oldest Latino women non-for-profit organization in the United States, to help disseminate the information on an issue greatly affecting the Hispanic/Latino women and that most media outlets avoid talking about.

The campaign has attracted many women of all social strata, educational background, political spheres, media, etc. More Hispanic and non-Hispanic women are joining the campaign day-to-day. The immediate purpose of the campaign is to produce a PSA (Public Service Announcement) that most Spanish and English TV, radio shows, and printed media have agreed to deliver and use.

The 200 women in black PSA will be filmed on September 8th at the Instituto Cervantes at 6:00 pm. Right after, the monologue “Cuando sea grande” (Spanish language) will be presented followed by a wine reception.

Why black and pearls “Audrey Hepburn-style” campaign?

Black dress and pearls is the image of the campaign

Black dress and pearls is the image of the campaign

The elegantly dressed woman in black wants to send the message that domestic violence does not discriminate any particular type of woman (uneducated, low social class and poorly dressed female). It is an epidemic, according to the World Health Association and United Nations, that has arrived in most women’s homes without any distinction.

The Board of the Chicago Chapter would like to invite the Fulbright women to join “The Women in Black” campaign and be part of the 200 women who will participate in the filming of the PSA.

WHAT “The Women in Black” PSA filming, “Cuando Sea Grande” show and wine reception

WHERE Instituto Cervantes, 31 W. Ohio St., Chicago, IL 60654

WHEN September 8, 2014 at 6 p.m.

COST $35

Members of the Chicago Chapter Fulbright Board have chosen to sponsor three Latin American female Fulbright students to attend the reception after the filming.

The campaign is still in need of $1,000 to pay the PSA production. Get your tickets HERE if you would like to participate, attend the reception, or make a contribution. Any money will help, and the Fulbright Chicago Chapter logo will go on the program and credits of the PSA.

Join us for “Musas” theater play with a special discount for Fulbrighters



WHAT Join the Fulbright Chicago community for a cross-cultural outing to the theater.
WHEN Saturday, August 23rd, 2014. 7:30pm
Talkback with Actress Rebeca Alemán for Fulbright guests immediately to follow the performance
Promotion code ($5 off): Fulbright
WHERE  Greenhouse Theater Center
2257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60614
773-404-7336 (Box Office, Ticketing Inquiries)

MUSAS | Greenhouse Theater Center
Written by Néstor Caballero
Directed by Iraida Tapias

An extraordinary encounter between the Mexican painter FRIDA KAHLO & the American poet SYLVIA PLATH.
The work proposes a fictional crossroad between two artistic personalities, Mexican painter Frida Kahlo and the American poet Sylvia Plath. The play is an encounter that never happened in reality. The audience confronts the intense experiences of these women in the same space.
Frida’s life was defined by pain and love. While recovering in bed from a terrible automobile accident  suffered at an early age, she discovers painting and earns a prominent place in Mexican art. Powerful  love and belief in the revolution connects her with Diego Rivera, world famous muralist whom became her husband. Marked by a stormy relationship and intense emotional and physical pain that never fades away, Frida dies at age 47.
Sylvia published her first poem at age eight. Under a beautiful and seemingly perfect life reflected in her verses, underlies darkness and struggle with feelings of self-destruction that haunted her. She married the English poet Ted Hughes, an intense and tumultuous marriage that crumbled despite having two children together. Sylvia had always struggled with finding her own identity and oscillated between moments of intense joy with moments of deep darkness. At age 30, she commits suicide.

Special thanks to Ana Gil-García for her support in coordinating this special outing.