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More book donations!

The goal is to collect 5,000 books to donate to  socioeconomically deprived schools in other countries.

The goal is to collect 5,000 books to donate to socioeconomically deprived schools in other countries.

THE FULBRIGHT BOOK PARTNERSHIP Program keeps going strong. Book donations have also come from Chicago Public Schools. The following schools have donated approximately 1,200 books and instructional materials: Peterson Elementary School, Ebinger Elementary School, Bateman Elementary School, and Sandoval Elementary School. Thorp Elementary is donating 90 boxes of books this week.  We will soon pick up more books and materials from Thurgood Marshall Middle School as well.  We are very appreciative of the range of materials we have received from these schools.  They have donated picture books, novels, textbooks, and a variety of educational resources for teachers.

Lindop School in Broadview donated many books and resources for schools in need.  We appreciate so many schools in the Chicago area helping our efforts to collect books for schools in Macedonia and Ethiopia.  We are also very appreciative of our board members Ana Gil-García, her son Julián Serafin, Regina Mamou and José Rodríguez for helping to pick up these books from the schools.

Second book drive of the summer

Jeff Shaw, North Shore Country Day School teacher enters the Ethiopian center with his donation.

Jeff Shaw, North Shore Country Day School teacher, enters the Ethiopian center with his books donation.

TWELVE BOXES OF BOOKS were collected during the second summer book drive organized by the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association that took place at the Ethiopian Association Community of Chicago on Saturday August 17, 2013 from 9 a.m until 2 p.m.

Chicago Chapter board member Kari Burnett, and Elizabeth Pereira-Maguet, a friend of Fulbright, spent five hours working on this book drive, which is the second of this summer. Board member Ana Gil-García who is our membership director, is also coordinating this valuable effort, “The Fulbright Book Partnership.”

Kari Burnett and Elizabeth Pereira-Maguet at the Ethiopian Community Association of Chicago during the book drive.

Friend of Fulbright Elizabeth Pereira-Maguet and board member Kari Burnett at the Ethiopian Community Association of Chicago during the book drive.

Donated books at the book drive

Donated books at the book drive

This ongoing initiative’s goal is to collect 5,000 books this year. As reported before, the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association has donated books and educational materials by partnering with the Fulbright offices and associations in different countries. Books have been donated to Panama, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Egypt, Moldova, Ghana and Botswana.

Ethiopia and Macedonia are the countries that we will be partnering with in order to donate educational materials next.

Jeff Shaw, a Fulbrighter who spent one year teaching in Manchester, UK in 2000-2001, donated books in this drive. He is a teacher at North Shore Country Day School in Wilmette. “I had a great experience teaching in England,” he said. Currently he teaches library and technology skills.

Board members Kari Burnett and Ana Gil-García talking to Fulbrighter Jeff Shaw, who donated books on this drive.

Board members Kari Burnett and Ana Gil-García talking to Fulbrighter Jeff Shaw, who donated books at this drive.

J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board met in Chicago

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel welcoming the audience to the MOOCs panel discussion

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel welcoming the audience to the MOOCs panel discussion

“WELCOME TO THE MOST AMERICAN of the American cities,” said Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel at the MOOCs panel discussion event that took place at the University of Chicago Hyde Park campus on Monday May 7, 2013.

The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB) is the organism that oversees all the Fulbright programs in the world, and meets four times a year. For the first time, this board met in Chicago, May 6-8.

In order to reach out to the Fulbright community, the Department of State worked closely with the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association to organize a series of activities while the Fulbright Board was in town. Several events took place at the Quadrangle Club of the University of Chicago.

Students, alumni and guests at the information fair prior to the panel discussion

Students, alumni and guests at the information fair prior to the panel discussion

The first event was an information fair that showcased exchange and career opportunities with the United States Department of State. Representatives from programs like the Fulbright-Hays Scholarship, Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, Critical Language Scholarship, Institute of International Education and U.S. State Department Diplomat in Residence, among others, were present at the fair.

Left to right, panelists

Left to right, panelists Shai Reshief, Katie Day Good, Henry Bienen, Clay Pell and moderator Laura S. Trombley

The second event was a panel discussion, “Fulbright 2.0—E-Learning, MOOCs, OERs, and the Future: What does New Technology Mean for Global Education,” that took place right after the fair. “We are here to see how technology is changing world education,” Tom Healy, President of the Fulbright Foreign Board said when addressing a packed room of participants.

Participants packed the room at the panel discussion

Participants packed the room at the panel discussion

The objective of the panel was to explore and discuss the evolving role of e-learning technologies around the world and the potential applications within the Fulbright Program. Among the panelists there were Clay Pell from the U.S. Department of Education, Henry Bienen, President Emeritus of Northwestern University, Katie Day Good, Fulbright alumna-MTVU to Mexico, and Shai Reshief, President of the University of the People. The panel was moderated by Laura S. Trombley, President of Pitzer College and member of the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Tom Healy, President of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board at the reception after the panel discussion.

Tom Healy, President of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board at the reception after the panel discussion.

Right after the panel discussion, a reception celebrating the “extraordinary history of the Fulbright Program in Chicago” was offered.

"I'm an octogenarian," joked Hanna, President Emeritus of the University of Chicago

“I’m an octogenarian,” joked Hanna Holborn Gray, special guest and President Emeritus of the University of Chicago

The special guest at the reception was Hanna Holborn Gray, President Emeritus of the University of Chicago and a 1950-51 Fulbright Scholar to the UK.

President of Northeastern Illinois University and Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association board member Ana Gil-García

Sharon K. Hahs, President of Northeastern Illinois University, and Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association board member Ana Gil-García, talk to a guest

On Tuesday May 7, the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board visited Northeastern Illinois University, invited by its President Sharon K. Hahs, and Ana Gil-García, board member of the Chicago chapter of the Fulbright Association and professor at the same university.

Executive DIrector of the Fulbright Association Stephen Reilly and his wife talk with Betty Castor, member of the FFSB

Executive DIrector of the Fulbright Association Stephen Reilly and his wife talk with Betty Castor, member of the FFSB

During the FFSB board visit to Chicago, Stephen Reilly, Executive Director of the Fulbright Association in D.C. had the opportunity to meet with all the board members and discuss his vision on how to move the national Fulbright Association forward by creating new programming and increasing membership.

Erik Blome, Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association board member asks a question during the Q/A portion of the panel discussion

Erik Blome, Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association board member asks a question during the Q/A portion of the panel discussion

Good luck on your way back home! 2013 Spring Farewell was celebrated in Greektown

The first group of participants pose at the rooftop of the museum

The first group of participants pose at the rooftop of the museum

THE NATIONAL HELLENIC MUSEUM  and the Parthenon Restaurant in the Greektown area of Chicago were the spots chosen this year to celebrate the accomplishments of the Fulbright students in the Chicago area that have completed their programs and are getting ready to leave for their countries of origin.

The second group gathers at the first floor for a talk.

Participants gather at the first floor for a talk.

More than 70 participants among Fulbright students, alumni and guests got together at 11 a.m. at the new Hellenic Museum site for a tour of the facility. The museum, whose mission is to showcase and celebrate the contributions of the Greek and Greek American communities, was inaugurated 16 months ago, in December of 2011.

The second floor exhibit area of the Hellenic Museum

The second floor exhibit area of the Hellenic Museum

The new museum (the original was founded in 1983) is hosted in a contemporary and beautiful 40,000 square-foot building that features a library, several exhibition halls, and archival research center, and oral history center and different classrooms. There is also a rooftop (that can be rented for events) that has a magnificent view of the Chicago skyline.

Participants observe the historical photographs of the exhibit

Participants observe the historical photographs of the exhibit

After the museum tour, a delicious Greek buffet was awaiting at The Parthenon Restaurant

After the museum tour, a delicious Greek buffet was awaiting at The Parthenon Restaurant

The participants were divided into two groups to tour the museum.

Every year in late April, the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association and the Institute of International Education organize the Spring Farewell event in an ethnic neighborhood.

Participants can try on clothing used by the the Greek immigrants

Participants could try on clothing used by the the Greek immigrants

Certificates of completion are awarded to the Fulbright students who came to the Chicago area universities to pursue, generally, a master’s or PhD degrees. Last year, the Swedish neighborhood in Andersonville was chosen with a visit to the Swedish American Museum.

However, the Fulbright scholars, who generally are professors and researchers, are also invited to share the accomplishment of the students.

After the tour, a delicious Greek buffet was offered at the Parthenon Restaurant, right across from the Hellenic Museum where everybody had a chance to share moments of conviviality, celebrating the Fulbright spirit.

The second group listens to the tour guide, a passionate descendant of Greek immigrants

The second group listens to the tour guide, a passionate descendant of Greek immigrants

At the third floor of the museum, participants participate with interactive programs

At the third floor of the museum, participants participate with interactive programs

Fabiënne Zuijdwijk, Marilyn Susman and Martón Sicklos

Fabiënne Zuijdwijk, board member Marilyn Susman and Martón Sicklós

Chicago Chapter Board member Don Garner and his daughter at the Oral History archive

Chicago Chapter Board member Don Garner and his daughter at the Oral History center

Participants at the Oral History archive

Participants at the Oral History center

Marcial Escudero and his girlfriend right before the tour

Fulbright scholar Marcial Escudero and his girlfriend right before the tour

Participants listening to the tour guide at the rooftop

Participants listening to the tour guide at the rooftop

It was a beautiful spring day for the 2013 Fulbright student farewell.

It was a beautiful spring day for the 2013 Fulbright student farewell.

The Greek buffet at The Parthenon Restaurant, right across from the Hellenic Museum

The Greek buffet at The Parthenon Restaurant, right across from the Hellenic Museum

Students share a delicious lunch at the Parthenon Restaurant right before getting their Fulbright Association certificates of completion

Students share a delicious lunch at the Parthenon Restaurant right before getting their Fulbright Association certificates of completion

Alexandra de León receiving her Certificate of Completion right after lunch at the Parthenon Restaurant. With her, Ronald Harvey, President of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association.

Alexandra de León receiving her Certificate of Completion right after lunch at the Parthenon Restaurant. With her, Ronald Harvey, President of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association.

Another Fulbright student receiving her Certificate of completion at the Parthenon Restaurant

Eva Borjas receiving her Certificate of completion at the Parthenon Restaurant

A group photo of the students who attended the event and got their certificates.

A group photo of the students who attended the event and got their certificates. No, they are not possessed; that’s the flash on their eyes. So many cameras shooting at the same time.

Ten Fulbright Association Chicago chapter board members attended the Spring Farewell: Heidi Rockwell, Kari Burnett, Regina Mamou, Marilyn Susman, Elio Leturia, Ana Gil García, Cristina Sisson, Thomas Ahleman and Ronald Harvey. Not pictured, Jason Romano and Don Garner.

Ten Fulbright Association Chicago chapter board members attended the Spring Farewell: Heidi Rockwell, Kari Burnett, Regina Mamou, Marilyn Susman, Elio Leturia, Ana Gil García, Cristina Sisson, Thomas Ahleman and Ronald Harvey. Not pictured, Jason Romano and Don Garner.

Photos by Ron Harvey and Elio Leturia

Columbia College Chicago hosts second Fulbright Association Leadership conference

Fulbright Association Chapter leaders during breakfast.

Fulbright Association Chapter leaders during breakfast.

FORTY SIX Fulbright Association chapters, represented by 50 leaders coming from all over the United States are gathering in Chicago for the second annual leadership meeting the weekend of April 19-21. Columbia College Chicago is hosting the three-day event.

Aaron Pratts, National Capital Area President, is leading the Young Professionals Network Initiative of the Fulbright Association

Aaron Pratts, National Capital Area President, is leading the Young Professionals Network Initiative of the Fulbright Association

Last year the first gathering was held in Washington D.C. headquarters of the National Fulbright Association. This year, Chicago was chosen to host the training.

“Chicago is a central hub with several airports and easily accessible, making it logistically easier for chapters leaders to attend,” said Shaz Akram, Director of Chapter Relations of the Fulbright Association.

Promoting the Fulbright program, membership and recruitment, partnership building, diversity initiatives, grant writing, communications and social media are among the topics that this conference is addressing.

Chicago Chapter vice president Elio Leturia presenting on website and blog management

Chicago Chapter vice president Elio Leturia presenting on website and blog management

A big focus is shoring up support for funding the Fulbright program. This is the grassroot movement by chapters at state levels, for ensuring continuity for future generations of Fulbrighters.

“We are confronting new challenges and the Fulbright Association is ready to face them,” Stephen Reilly, Executive Director of the Fulbright Association said. Reilly, who was appointed as executive director this past January said he is very interested in adding more value to the services that the association provides to their members.

But he is also mindful that this is a joint effort by all chapter leaders and alumni.

Stephen Reilly, Executive Director of the Fulbright Association starting the leadership training at Columbia College Chicago

Stephen Reilly, Executive Director of the Fulbright Association starting the leadership training at Columbia College Chicago

Other presenters include David Levin, Senior Program Manager, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Department of State, Sarah Sears, Senior Director, Membership, Fulbright Association,  Rebeccah Sanders, Executive Director of the Chicago Cultural Alliance speaking on community partnerships for chapters, and Ana Gil-García, who presented on the Chicago Chapter Book Partnership Project, and the viability to extend it to all national chapters.

Rebeccah Sanders, Executive Director of explained how to create collaborations with other institutions

Rebeccah Sanders, Executive Director of the Chicago Cultural Alliance explained how to create collaborations with other institutions.

There is a total of 58 Fulbright Chapter Associations in the United States and this conference has been possible due to a grant from the State Department.

Sandy Senior-Dauer, president of the Connecticut chapter

Sandy Senior-Dauer, vice president of the Connecticut chapter

Thomas Saville, president of the Southern Illinois Chapter, introducing himself to the chapter leaders

Thomas Saville, president of the Southern Illinois Chapter, introducing himself to the chapter leaders

Fulbright Chicago celebrates 2013 International Women’s Day

Fulbright students with board members of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association celebrated International Women's Day at the Union League Club.

Fulbright students with board members of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association celebrated International Women’s Day at the Union League Club. From left to right: Federico Salvador, Fabienne Zuijdwijk, Olexandra Kostenko, Ana Gil-García, Beyza Büyüker, Andrey Zimnyakov, Leslie Parraguez and Ronald Harvey

ONCE AGAIN, THE CHICAGO CHAPTER of the Fulbright Association partnered with WorldChicago to celebrate the 2013 International Women’s Day that took place on March 8 at the Union League Club of Chicago.

In this opportunity, the keynote speaker of the event was Ellen Costello, Chief Executive Officer, BMO Financial Corp. and U.S. Country Head, and cultural presentations by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, and Dr. Aparajita Sangupta, Fulbright Scholar from India in residence at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana.

The Fulbright Chicago Chapter sponsors a table  at this event every year, which is supported by the generous contributions of its board members. The board members donate their tickets to current Fulbright students who are selected by the Institute of International Education, Midwest office.

Ron Harvey, president of the Chicago Chapter, and board members Dr. Ana Gil-García, Dr. Marilyn Susman and Don Garner participated in this celebration along with six Fulbright students.

Dr. Ana Gil-García at the fair prior to the 2013 International Women's Day luncheon

Dr. Ana Gil-García at the international fair prior to the luncheon

Fulbright students enjoy the luncheon during the main event

Fulbright students enjoy the luncheon during the main event

Dr. Marilyn Susman and Ron Harvey with Fulbright students at the IWD luncheon

Dr. Marilyn Susman and Ron Harvey with Fulbright students at the IWD luncheon

Photos courtesy Ron Harvey and Ana Gil-García

Chicago Chapter donates books to Ghana and Moldova

Books were collected from Skokie Public Library and Niles Township Library to be donated to Ghana and Moldova.

Books were collected from Skokie Public Library and Niles Township Library to be donated to Ghana and Moldova.

By Elio Leturia—THE BOOK PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM, an ongoing project of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association, recently donated 18 boxes of books collected over the past months from different libraries around Chicago.

So far, since the beginning of this program in 2007, books have arrived in Panama, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Egypt and Botswana.

Ana Gil-García

Ana Gil-García

On February 8, 2012, eight boxes of books were donated to schools in Ghana through the organization Books4cause*. Last Friday February 15, Romina Hendrzak from the organization Moldova AID*, received ten boxes to be sent to Moldova schools.

Ana Gil-García and Heidi Rockwell, board members of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association have been working together on these latest donations. “The Book Partnership is a non-stop flight of the Chicago Chapter that connects fellow Fulbrighters around the world through books. In spite of the recent obstacles of shipment and storage, we were able to ship the books through non-for-profit organizations that operate locally and have similar missions as our project,” Gil-García said.

Heidi Rockwell

Heidi Rockwell

For this donation Rockwell collected books from Skokie Public Library and Niles Township Library, and the Chicago Chapter is getting ready to start a book drive not only in CPS schools and Chicago universities, but in other suburban towns. “There was a ‘twist’ from the original project as we have incorporated non-for-profit institutions to help us deliver the books. But, the goal and purposes are preserved: helping children around the globe with books to read. The Chapter is working to refine the process so that we can still work with our fellow Fulbright international association members to keep the sense of partnership,” Gil-García added.

 *Books4cause is a non-profit located in Skokie that runs book drives on campuses across the U.S. and accepts book donations in Chicago. They accept any cd, DVD and book in good condition and ship them to Ghana in Africa. For more information about the program go to http://www.books4cause.com.
*Moldova AID is a non-profit organization that primarily supports informational and educational programs to the Republic of Moldova. For more information visit www.moldovaaid.wordpress.com. Moldova AID launched a new project called A Book Share. The objective of the project is to expand access to academic books to encourage research and development in various fields of science and technology in the Republic of Moldova, and to promote English as a universal platform for accessing information.

На здоровье, 干杯, cheers, salud, bottoms up!

Ana GIl García opened her house to receive scholars from China and Russia during a dinner on January 18

Ana Gil García opened her house to receive scholars from China and Russia during a hospitality dinner on January 18

LIKE EVERY YEAR, WorldChicago organizes dinners hosted by Chicagoans who open their homes to welcome Fulbright scholars.

This year an international menu was shared on January 18, 2013 during a dinner hosted by Chicago Fulbright board members Ana Gil García and Elio Leturia.

Ají de Gallina, a typical Peruvian dish, was shared at the Fulbright dinner

Ají de Gallina, a typical Peruvian dish, was shared at the Fulbright dinner

Among the guests there were Lin Chen, a Fulbright scholar from Shanghai, China, who is doing research at the University of Chicago in the Department of Comparative Literature, and Tatiana Venediktova from Moscow, Russia, who is a Literature and Cultural Studies scholar at the same university in the Department of English. Lin Chen came with her son Jingli Cheng and Venediktova brought her husband Evgeniy Dugin, who is a professor at the Academy for Advanced Studies in Journalism in Moscow.

This was truly an international dinner. Among the dishes shared were a Venezuelan chicken and cassava soup, a Peruvian Ají de Gallina, and a “quesillo” (Venezuelan flan.) To wash everything down everybody enjoyed an authentic Spanish Sangría, and with dessert, Armenian Cognac and Italian Limoncello.

Ana Gil García, Judith Yturriago, Tatiana, husband, Cheng, Richard Follet and his wife Jill, Ronald Harvey and Lin Chen.

Ana Gil García, Judith Yturriago, Tatiana Venediktova, Evgeniy Dugin, Jingli Cheng, Richard Hallett and his wife Jill, Ronald Harvey and Lin Chen.

Among the guests there were Northeastern University professor Judith Yturriago, Chicago Chapter board member Ronald Harvey (who did his Fulbright in Bulgaria) and Richard Hallett, a Fulbright scholar in India, who came with his wife Jill and their son Julian.

Ron Harvey, Tatiana Venediktova,  Lin Chen and Ana GIl García

Ron Harvey, Tatiana Venediktova, Lin Chen and Ana Gil García

Columbia College Chicago hosts 2012 Winter Holiday event and Dee Sarelas Service Award Ceremony

Over 90 people participated on the 2012 Winter Holiday event

Over 90 people participated in the 2012 Winter Holiday event

ON DECEMBER 7, 2012, OVER 90 people attended the Winter Holidays Reception and the 2012 Dee Sarelas Service Award Ceremony that took place in Columbia College Chicago.

It was a night of camaraderie and enthusiasm.

In this opportunity Fulbright scholars came with their families and had the chance to interact with Fulbright students, Fulbright alumni and several representatives from the Consular Corps.

Nancy Day, Chairperson of the Journalism Department at Columbia College Chicago welcomes the audience

Nancy Day, Chairperson of the Journalism Department at Columbia College Chicago welcomes the audience

Nancy Day, chairperson of the Journalism Department at Columbia College Chicago and a Fulbrighter to Russia welcomed the participants. After being introduced by Elio Leturia, president of the Chicago Chapter and an associate professor at Columbia College, Day remembered the significant experience she had during her time abroad and encouraged the foreign students to explore Chicago and enjoy their stay in the Windy City.

Fulbright scholars attended the event with their children

Fulbright scholars attended the event with their families and children

Lexy Gore from WorldChicago was among the guests and acknowledged the fact that this gathering had offered the chance to bring students, scholars and alumni together. “This is a great event,” she said.

A Columbia College Chicago Jazz trio entertained the audience with beautiful music celebrating the holidays.

The Dee Sarelas Service Award Ceremony also took place that night. This is the third edition of the award that honors Dee Sarelas.

Thomas Ahleman, vice president of the Chicago Chapter presents the award to Dr. Ana Gil García

Thomas Ahleman, Vice President of the Chicago Chapter and 2011 Dee Sarelas Service Award recipient presents the award to Dr. Ana Gil García

Dr. Ana Gil-García was the 2012 recipent of the Dee Sarelas Service Award

Dr. Ana Gil-García was the 2012 recipent of the Dee Sarelas Service Award

Dr. Ana Gil García, a professor at Northeastern University was given the award, which was presented by Thomas Ahleman, vice president of the Chicago Chapter and last year’s winner. Gil García shared with the audience her memories of Dee Sarelas, a Fulbrighter to Greece who started the Chicago Chapter years ago. Gil García eloquently explained the efforts of Sarelas in bringing together the Fulbright community in Chicago.

“I am deeply honored to get this award,” Gil García said.

Gil García, who was also a president of the Chicago Chapter during the years 2007 and 2008 had come back from a visiting professorship abroad in Egypt where she continued her efforts with the Book Partnership program, an initiative that donates books to schools and universities around the world, which she started five years ago.

Dr. Ana Gil García with Amy Segami and Judith Yturriago

Dr. Ana Gil García with Amy Segami and Judith Yturriago

Dr. Ana Gil García and Ronald Harvey, Secretary of the Chicago Chapter

Dr. Ana Gil García and Ronald Harvey, Secretary of the Chicago Chapter

Columbia College Journalism Department Chairperson Nancy Day and Fulbright alumni

Columbia College Journalism Department Chairperson Nancy Day and Fulbright alumni

Norma Green with Linda and Frank Gruber

Norma Green with Linda and Frank Gruber

Marilyn Susman, 2010 Dee Sarelas Service Award recipient and her husband

Marilyn Susman, 2010 Dee Sarelas Service Award recipient and her husband

Students, scholars, alumni and guests enjoying the event

Students, scholars, alumni and guests enjoying the event

Students, scholars, alumni and guests enjoying the event

Students, scholars, alumni and guests enjoying the event

Students, scholars, alumni and guests enjoying the event

Students, scholars, alumni and guests enjoying the event

Students, scholars, alumni and guests enjoying the event

Students, scholars, alumni and guests enjoying the event

Students, scholars, alumni and guests enjoying the event

Students, scholars, alumni and guests enjoying the event

Students, scholars, alumni and guests enjoying the event

Students, scholars, alumni and guests enjoying the event

Students, scholars, alumni and guests enjoying the event

Students, scholars, alumni and guests enjoying the event

A Columbia College trio played jazz music at the Holiday event

A Columbia College trio played jazz music at the Holiday event

Students, scholars, alumni and guests enjoying the event

Students, scholars, alumni and guests enjoying the event

Students, scholars, alumni and guests enjoying the event

Students, scholars, alumni and guests enjoying the event

Photos by Ronald Harvey

Farewell message from Chicago Chapter President Elio Leturia

ELIO LETURIA, AN ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR in the Journalism Department at Columbia College Chicago, and a Peruvian Fulbrighter to the U.S in 1990, ended his two-year presidency with the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association. This is his farewell message that was given at the Winter Holiday event and Dee Sarelas Service Award Ceremony on December 7, 2012.

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“Good evening, ladies and gentlemen of Fulbright.

It’s my great pleasure to welcome all of you to the Winter Holidays event and the Dee Sarelas Service Award Ceremony that takes place this evening.

As many of you know, this is the end of my second year as the President of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association.

Being president has been such an honor, to be in the company of such great human beings and smart minds! And even this honor has come with lots of work, it was always a delight to meet so many of you and confirm the great privilege which is to be a Fulbrighter, to be in the company of people from all over the world and to reaffirm one of the goals of Senator J. William Fulbright which is to build bridges of understanding among people from everywhere through getting to know each other and seeing how similar all of us are.

During these past two years we have been able to put together numerous events that have given us the opportunity for learning and conviviality. But all has not only been engaging get-togethers. We have also reached out to the younger generations through our initiative “Bring the World to the Classroom” where incoming Fulbrighters go to different schools from the Chicago Public Schools system to showcase our cultures. In my case, it was such a joy when I visited Ogden International School to tell students what Peru, my country of origin, is.

We have also been able to deliver approximately 2,000 books to different schools and universities thanks to the Book Donation Partnership that Dr. Ana Gil García, a dear board member and past Fulbright Association president started five years ago. During these five years countries like Panama, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Egypt have received those books.

I want to thank Megan Spillman and her team at the Institute of International Education, Lexy Gore and our partnership with World Chicago, and my Fulbright board: Thomas Ahleman, Cristina Sisson, Ron Harvey, Kari Burnett, Don Garner, Ana Gil-García, Stephen Hill, Bruni Hirsch, Heidi Rockwell, Jason Romano, Dolores Rinke and Marilyn Susman. I also want to mention Linda Gruber, a past board member who keeps helping us. Without their dedication and collaboration any of these programs and activities would be possible. I am happy to say that we are the fourth largest, out of 55, chapter in the country and one of the most active and involved in our communities. And it’s the hard work of the board that makes it possible.”