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Ninth Fulbright Research Speaker Series: Emotional Components in the Digital Language of Teenagers in Israel

FOR OUR SEPTEMBER Fulbright Speaker Series, we have a presentation by Dr. Tami Yair, from Beit Berl College, The Hebrew University of Israel.

TOPIC “Emotional Components in the Digital Language of Teenagers in Israel.”

WHEN September 14, 2022 | 4:30-5:30 pm.

REGISTRATION Click HERE

In her presentation, Dr. Yair will explain the use of different discourse characteristics in WhatsApp among Israeli teenagers, ages 14-18 between the years 2017-2021.

She will also discuss the many emotional components such as humor, nicknames, and expressions that foster their words and foreign words in their language, which revives the modern Hebrew language and develops it in a way that reveals its dynamic, creative and playful power.

This event is organized by the Office of Academic Effectiveness at St. Augustine College and counts with the support of WorldChicago and the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association.

Eighth Fulbright Research Speaker Series: Teaching and learning with technology at higher education institutions in Georgia

FOR OUR AUGUST Fulbright Speaker Series, we have a presentation by Dr. Izabella Petriashvili Associate Professor at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University in the Republic of Georgia.

TOPIC “Technology-Enhanced Teaching and Learning at Georgian Higher Education Institutions.”

WHEN August 10, 2022 | 4:30-5:30 pm.

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Technology-enhanced online teaching and learning became a pressing issue due to the COVID 19 Pandemic. The European Union funded DITECH, a national project part of Erasmus+ Capacity Building Programs in Higher Education (2021-2024). The project seeks to empower academic staff at Georgian HEIs on the innovative educational technology adoption in curriculum reform and course design and to improve their digital competencies and skills through groundbreaking education programs and training that use diverse delivery methods, including online/blended teaching and learning.

This event is organized by the Office of Academic Effectiveness at St. Augustine College and counts with the support of WorldChicago and the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association.

Fulbright Chicago Farewell with a Chaplin twist

The Fulbright Chicago 2022 Spring Farewell event took place at St. Augustine College.

By Ana Gil-García—ST. AUGUSTINE COLLEGE HOSTED the 2022 Spring Farewell event where more than 45 Fulbright visiting scholars, students, and alumni along with friends of the Fulbright Chapter and Consular Corps representatives, enjoyed a celebratory program on June 2.

Twenty-six years earlier, on March 26, 1996, former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley had designated St. Augustine College, located at 1345 West Argyle St. in the Uptown neighborhood, a Chicago landmark.

This higher education institution was home to the legendary Essanay Movie Studios and the film icon, Charles Chaplin.

Dr. Edel Jose, President of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association

Dr. Edel Jose, President of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association, welcomed the audience to this festive event that celebrated the accomplishments of fellow awardees who have completed their Fulbright program in Chicagoland institutions of higher education.

Dr. Reyes González, President of St. Augustine College

Dr. Reyes González, President of St. Augustine College highlighted the participation of our world community stressing the meaning of international education in a post-pandemic era.

Fulbrighters and guests enjoyed Latin American tapas and wine.

Dr. Marilyn Susman, board member of the Chicago Chaper of the Fulbright Association, and creator of the Fulbright Chicago Mentoring Program.

Following the program, Dr. Marilyn Susman, board member of the Fulbright Chicago Chapter and concept developer of the newly Fulbright Mentoring Program, delivered an assessment of the Program pilot, where local Fulbright alumni (or mentors) interact during their stay in Chicagoland with their international mentees. Dr. Susman explained the immediate steps that will follow the establishment of this brand-new initiative of our local chapter.

The mentoring program aims to support an incoming Fulbright student or scholar with their experience in the United States, and who could be better suited than a local Fulbright alumnus to guide and assist an international visitor?

Participants at the Fulbright Chicago 2022 Spring Farewell at St. Augustine College.
Participants at the Fulbright Chicago 2022 Spring Farewell at St. Augustine College.

Julia Sosnivka, Program Associate of WorldChicago (a long-time partner of the Fulbright Chapter) talked about both the partnership with the Mentoring Program and the Fulbright Research Speaker Series in which WorldChicago has a relevant role by connecting the Visiting Scholars with other organizations, among them St. Augustine College.

Participants at the Fulbright Chicago 2022 Spring Farewell at St. Augustine College.
Ukrainian journalist Yelyzaveta Korneichuk offered a presentation on the situation in Ukraine.

The highlighted speaker in the event was the Ukrainian journalist Yelyzaveta Korneichuk, an ambassador of peace and a Fulbright student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Through pictures and videos, Korneichuk showed the audience the Ukraine that she left behind compared to the bombarded and destroyed country that she may encounter as she prepares to go back.

After her moving presentation, reactions of solidarity and unity permeated The Atrium Hall of St. Augustine College, confirming the team spirit of the Fulbright family.

Fulbright Chicago board member Dr. Ana Gil-García introduces Dr. Joaquín Villegas prior to the Essanay Studios Tour.

The Farewell Spring event concluded with a tour of the Charles Chaplin Hall and the Essanay Movie Studios, guided by Dr. Joaquín Villegas, a Fulbright Scholar to South Africa and Jamaica, and a founding member of St. Augustine College. The anticipated tour visit consisted of six stops at different points of the College’s facilities.

Dr. Joaquín Villegas leads a group on the Essanay Studios tour at St. Augustine College.
Fulbright students and scholars at the 2022 Fulbright Chicago Spring Farewell event, that included a tour to Essanay Studios.

The participants had a chance to visualize this chapter in the history of the film industry, as Essanay Studios hosted celebrities such as Charlie Chaplin, Gloria Swanson, and first cowboy hero G.M. (Bronco Billy) Anderson. Imagining Charlie Chaplin dressing up in baggy pants, a tight coat, big shoes, a small bowler hat, and a bamboo cane was made possible as Dr. Villegas presented historical facts that included the 15 comedies, including the famous “The Tramp” movie, filmed by the remarkable silent movies actor since 1915 as he joined Essanay Movie Studio, today St. Augustine College premises.

Fulbright students and scholars at the 2022 Fulbright Chicago Spring Farewell event, that included a tour to Essanay Studios.
Fulbright students and scholars at the 2022 Fulbright Chicago Spring Farewell event, that included a tour to Essanay Studios.
Fulbright students, scholars and alumni at the 2022 Fulbright Chicago Spring Farewell event, that included a tour to Essanay Studios at St. Augustine College.
Teuta Peja, Vice President of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association at the registration table.
Fulbright students, scholars and alumni at the 2022 Fulbright Chicago Spring Farewell event, that included a tour to Essanay Studios at St. Augustine College.

Photos by Tatiana Orlova and Teuta Peja

A Cinco de Mayo Fulbright Spring Farewell with a cooking demonstration and Latin American music

A VIRTUAL FAREWELL presents its challenges but here at Fulbright Chicago we are inventive and resourceful. 

We decided to say adiós to our graduating Fulbright Scholars and Students with a Mexican food cooking demonstration and a mini concert of Latin American music, celebrating Cinco de Mayo and the Mexican communities in Chicago. 

Communications Director Elio Leturia welcomed our members and guests giving us an historical background on the celebration, many times referred as the Mexican independence—which it is not, but rather the Battle of Puebla when the Mexican army defeated the French on May 5, 1872. Board member Dr. Ana Gil-García introduced our first guest, Nydia Castillo, producer and host of the YouTube show “Cocina Castillo.” 

Nydia Castillo showing the flautas she prepared during the demonstration.

Castillo had prepared a delicious menu that included a Paloma cocktail (she decided to try something new—not the expected Margarita) and showed us the differences among tacos, flautas, tortas and sopes. The colors and the presentation of these dishes were mouthwatering. This demonstration was intermingled with music performed by singer Ana Santos and guitarist Dean Karabatsos. 

Dean Karabatsos on the guitar and Ana Santos on vocals performed four Latin American songs.

The duo performed three songs: Contigo aprendí (I Learned with You,) bolero by Armando Manzanero, La Llorona (The Weeping Woman,) a traditional Mexican folk song, and Piel canela (Cinnamon Skin) bolero cha cha by Bobby Capó. 

Fulbright Chicago Chapter President Dr. Edel Jose, who was on a work-related trip to Seattle, connected from the West Coast to welcome all participants, encouraging the departing Fulbrighters to share the Fulbright ideals of international education in their countries of origin. This message was expanded by board member Dr. Marilyn Susman, also a founding member of our Fulbright Chicago chapter, who discussed the role that Fulbrighters play in promoting our mission.   

The event continued with the presentation of the names of all the Fulbrighters who were leaving the Chicago area after having completed their programs in the United States. Dr. Tatiana Orlova, a board member of our chapter, had prepared a Power Point to highlight them. 

The event closed with attendees’ participation and to end our event with music and rhythm, Ana Santos and Dean Karabatsos had one more song prepared for us: Contigo a la distancia, (With You All the Way,) bolero by César Portillo de la Luz. 

What a joyous way to celebrate a Fulbright experience! 

2020 Chicago Spring Farewell, via Zoom, celebrates new graduates and latest accomplishments

This year, our annual Spring Farewell event was celebrated virtually. Vice President Teuta Peja led the online gathering.

IT’S BITTERSWEET TO SAY GOODBYE. You leave an experience behind but you also look forward to a new chapter in your life, eager to apply what you have learned and feeling enthusiastic to share your international experience in your home country.

Due to the pandemic, graduating Fulbright students were not able to attend in-person ceremonies at their host institutions, an event most of us look forward to participating when achieving a life milestone. Our Chicago chapter replaced the traditional Spring Farewell event for a virtual graduating Happy Hour.

Connected in California, Chapter President Dr. Edel Jose welcomed the guests.

On June 18th, 2020, we gathered online to congratulate our newly graduates, listen to some music and learn about some of the latest activities of our returning American Fulbrighters from their host countries abroad.

Our Chicago Chapter Vice President Teuta Peja led the program along with fellow board members Tatiana Orlova and Suzanne McBride. The initial connection issues did not affect the enthusiasm we all were feeling. Our President Dr. Edel Jose, who is currently in California, welcomed the guests. “It’s a time to come together and celebrate being a Fulbrighter,” Jose said.

“It was more important the journey in itself,” said Shend Vishi, a Fulbright student from Kosovo, who is graduating with a master’s in software engineering at Loyola University.

Graduating with a master’s in software engineering at Loyola University Chicago, Shend Vishi from Kosovo said he didn’t know what to expect when he arrived to Chicago and that he couldn’t point out one single unpleasant experience.

“I created friendships that will last a lifetime,” said Vishi, who added he was proud to have represented his country in the United States.

Board member Dr. Bill Peterman, Emeritus Professor of Geography and Urban Studies at Chicago State University, congratulated the recent graduates.

Board member Dr. Bill Peterman addressed the graduating students by sharing some of his Fulbright experience many years ago in the UK. “Once a Fulbrighter always a Fulbrighter,” Peterman said adding that now is the time to share their learning in their home countries.

Board member and Northeastern Illinois University Professor Emerita Dr. Ana Gil-García, inspired all of us to continue fulfilling the mission of the Fulbright Program.

Five-time Fulbright award recipient and board member Dr. Ana Gil-García delivered a message encouraging the departing students to fulfill the mission Sen. William Fulbright envisioned, to become leaders and to strengthen ties of understanding between countries and cultures. Gil-García, an education leader and community organizer, was president of the Chicago chapter in 2007 and 2008.

Playing and singing from Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Fulbright alum Joan Miguel López performed the song “Before Our Time.”

Then it was time for music! The first song arrived from Honduras by Fulbright alum Joan Miguel López, who pursued a master’s in cultural and educational policy at Loyola University Chicago in 2018. Playing the guitar and singing “Before Our Time” directly from Tegucigalpa, López delighted the participants with his performance.

Illinois Institute of Technology architecture Fulbright graduate student from Egypt Walid Elshanshoury, played the electric guitar.

Walid Elshanshoury, a current Fulbright student from Cairo, Egypt, who is studying for a master of science in architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT),  also played the guitar, in his case, an electric guitar.

Board member Suzanne McBride introduced Fulbrighters Rachel Jacoby, Lori Niehaus and Amy Verrando, and their project Feed the Front Line.

Board member Suzanne McBride introduced Rachel Jacoby, Lori Niehaus and Amy Verrando, three recent returning Fulbrighters from Malaysia who shared their experience and their entrepreneurial endeavor, Feed the Front Line Chicago.

2019 Fulbrighter to Malaysia and Feed the Front Line co-founder Rachel Jacoby, studied Accountancy and Business at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Jacoby, Niehaus and Verrando met during their 2109 Fulbright in Malaysia. They saw the toll COVID-19 had on the country and in Chicago. Wanting to make a difference along with members of the Fulbright Malaysia cohort, they thought big, envisioning a national campaign calling it Feed the Front Line.

2019 Fulbrighter to Malaysia and Feed the Front Line co-founder Lori Niehaus, is pursuing a Master of Science in Public Health at Johns Hopkins University.

By collecting individual donations to purchase meals from local businesses, this organization delivers these meals to front line workers. Seeing the impact and success of the campaign in Portland, Houston and Pittsburgh, they have been doing similar work in our Chicagoland community.

2019 Fulbrighter to Malaysia and Feed the Front Line co-founder Amy Verrando, studied English Language and Literature, Psychology, Outdoor Recreational Education at University of Minnesota.

This entrepreneurial model helps both the local, family-owned food businesses (restaurants, bakeries and cafes) and the front line workers (Chicagoland hospitals, COVID-19 testing centers, fire stations and nursing homes, among others).

Donations come from individuals, and organizations. They created a GoFundMe to receive donations that ranged from $10 up to $2,500, and they’ve raised more than $40,000. Now that Feed the Front Line is part of an official 501c3 tax-exempt organization — they continue to receive donations through their website at ftflchicago.org. 

What a great way to celebrate accomplishments! Jacoby, Niehaus and Verrando’s project show us how a Fulbright experience brings people together and enhances the collective human experience.

Education resources for students, instructors

IN THIS UNPRECEDENTED time, educational institutions and government agencies at all levels are providing different types of assistance and resources to help students and their families to navigate the “stay at home” order without jeopardizing their formal education development. Below you will find a list of formal and non-formal resources for you to consider.

Many educational institutions in the U.S. and worldwide have moved to online instruction, extended their spring break, shortened or adjusted their academic year, or have otherwise departed from the normal course of business, including the cancellation of graduation ceremonies. These institutions worldwide are striving to meet their students’ educational needs while working to reduce and decelerate the spread of the pandemic.

::: U.S. Department of Homeland Security (Student and Exchange Visitor Program). For the most updated information, click HERE and scroll down.

::: U.S. Department of Education. For the most updated information, click HERE and scroll down.

  • COVID-19 (“Coronavirus”) Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel (both K-12 and Higher Education): See guidance here.
  • Guidance for Interruptions of Study Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19): See guidance here.
  • Dear CPA Letter CPA-20-01, Site Visit Exemption During COVID-19 Outbreak: See guidance here.
  • Information for Accrediting Agencies Regarding Temporary Flexibilities Provided to Coronavirus Impacted Institutions or Accrediting Agencies: See guidance here.
  • Coronavirus and Forbearance Info for Students, Borrowers, and Parents: See guidance here.

FOR STUDENTS

::: College Student Travel Assistance, Enterprise. Special accommodations from Enterprise for college students to get home, by lowering the minimum rental age and eliminating fees for young renters. For more information, click HERE.

::: Free Storage for College Students, U-Haul. U-haul is offering free storage for college students impacted by coronavirus. For more information, click HERE.

::: Federal Student Aid Forbearance. According to the US Department of Education, “to provide relief to student loan borrowers during the COVID-19 national emergency, federal student loan borrowers are automatically being placed in an administrative forbearance, which allows you to temporarily stop making your monthly loan payment. This suspension of payments will last until Sept. 30, 2020, but you can still make payments if you choose.” For more information, click HERE.

::: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE,) issued guidance on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Potential Procedural Adaptations for F and M Non-immigrant Students. To read the memo, click HERE.


FOR EDUCATORS

::: Resources for colleges and universities. To access a database of resources and information for colleges and universities in response to COVID-19, click HERE.

::: Hope Center guide. To download a guide for supporting students during COVID-19 from the Hope Center, click HERE.

::: Teacher2Teacher. This organization is a growing community where instructors can connect to share resources, learn from one another, and collaborate, especially now. For resources and reflections, click HERE.

::: The Office of Postsecondary Education, issued a COVID-19 FAQ and Guidance for interruptions of Study related to Coronavirus. To read the memo, click HERE.

::: The Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued Interim Guidance for Administrators of US Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) to Plan, Prepare, and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in English and Spanish. For more information, click HERE.

::: The Office of Postsecondary Education, issued Information for Accrediting Agencies Regarding Temporary Flexibilities Provided to Coronavirus Impacted Institutions or Accrediting Agencies. To read the memo from the Department of Education, click HERE.


At Home Non-Formal Education Activities

::: Department of Defense. To learn through videos about careers in STEM fields, click HERE.

::: Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. The NCES Kids’ Zone provides information to help learn about schools; decide on a college; engage in several games, quizzes and skill building about math, probability, graphing, and mathematicians; and to learn many interesting facts about education. To access the Kids’ Zone, click HERE.

::: Department of Energy

» For games and activities for children, click HERE.
» For games and activities for kids of all ages, click HERE.

:::  Environmental Protection Agency. For games, quizzes, and videos about the environment, click HERE.

::: The Library of Congress. For presentations and activities to help students learn about history, click HERE.

::: NASA

» For interactive lessons about space, Earth, solar system and universe, click HERE.
» For STEM-related activities for students of all ages, click HERE.

::: The Kennedy Center

» For Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems, click HERE.
» For a Tour the Kennedy Center with The Pigeon, click HERE.

::: The Smithsonian

» For free Smithsonian STEM Games and Simulations, click HERE.
» To Meet the Animals of the National Zoo, click HERE.
» For 3D Exhibits and Virtual Tours of museums and collections, click HERE.
» For the Museum of Natural History Virtual Tour, click HERE.
» For the Digital Smithsonian American Art Museum, click HERE.
» For Distance Learning Resources, click HERE.

::: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. For students to use real-time ocean data to explore today’s most pressing environmental issues, click HERE.

::: US Geological Survey. To learn from home about Physical science, Geography and Maps, click HERE.


—> Illustration by Elio Leturia

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.

RON HARVEY GETS THE 2014 DEE SARELAS SERVICE AWARD

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