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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.

Mark your calendars for Fulbright Chicago events this year

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Fall Welcome. International Education Week. Holidays Reception and Dee Sarelas Award Ceremony. International Women’s Day. Spring Farewell. You can  also find the information by clicking the tab EVENTS 2014-2015 to find out the dates and location.

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2013 Holiday Party: Elio Leturia is the winner of this year’s prestigious Dee Sarelas Service Award

Elio Leturia talks to Chicago Chapter board member Mary Mares-Awe after being presented with the Dee Sarelas Service Award.

Elio Leturia talks to Chicago Chapter board member Mary Mares-Awe after being presented with the 2013 Dee Sarelas Service Award.

Past award recipient, Dr. Ana Gil García announces this year's winner.

Past award recipient, Dr. Ana Gil García announces this year’s winner.

By Mary Mares-Awe—ELIO LETURIA RECEIVED the 2013 Dee Sarelas Service Award as part of the ceremonies at this year’s annual Fulbright Chicago Holiday Party on December 2nd hosted by DePaul University.

Leturia was very honored and surprised for receiving the award, “I didn’t even know I was being nominated,” he said emotionally after receiving the recognition of distinction.

Leturia is a worthy recipient of the award having devoted the past seven years to working hard at the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association, and devoting countless hours to various Fulbright activities, including creating the Chicago Fulbright site and serving as a president of the Chicago Chapter for two consecutive years, 2011 and 2012.

Leturia also designs Fulbright Edge, the monthly newsletter of the national Fulbright Association and has presented in the last two national conferences in London and Washington D.C. He has also organized a national training conference when presidents from more than 50 Fulbright associations in the country convened in Chicago last April. Currently, Leturia is the Vice President, and Communications Director of the Chicago Chapter.

Over 100 people attended this year's Holiday Celebration

Over 110 people attended this year’s Holiday Celebration

In 1990, he came to the United States as a Fulbright Scholar from Peru to pursue a graduate degree in journalism. Upon completion, he returned to Lima and eventually relocated to the United States hired by the Tribune Company. He has worked for years for the daily press and academia, and currently he is an Associate Professor in the Journalism Department at Columbia College Chicago.

Don Garner thanks the chapter's association for the nomination.

Don Garner thanks the association members for the recognition.

Don Garner, the Consular Corps Liaison board member and past-president of the Chicago Chapter, was also recognized this year for his outstanding commitment in connecting the diplomatic Chicago community with the Fulbright program.

The Dee Sarelas Fulbright Service Award is named after a founder of the Fulbright Association Chicago Chapter: Aphrodite (“Dee”) Edith Floros Sarelas, an early Fulbrighter to Greece. The award, established in 2009, recognizes “the significant impact on the development of internationalism for the Fulbright Association and the Chicagoland community.”

Elio Leturia and past board member Linda Gruber

Elio Leturia and past board member Linda Gruber

Previous winners have been Marilyn Susman, Thomas Ahleman and Ana Gil-García.

More than 110 guests attended this year’s Holiday celebration. Participants included members of the Fulbright Association of Chicago, friends and family, current Fulbright students and scholars from 42 countries, and members of the consular corps including the Consul General of Japan, Hon. Yoshida Masaharu, the Consul General of Pakistan, Hon. Faisal Tirmizi, the Consul General of the Comoros in Chicago, Hon. Charif Hachim and the Consul General of Uruguay, Hon. Nury Bazán de Senes.

Fulbright students, scholars and association members at the holiday celebration

Fulbright students, scholars and association members at the holiday celebration

Columbia College Chicago jazz trio provided the music

Columbia College Chicago jazz trio provided the music

Guests enjoyed a buffet-style dinner served at the stately walnut paneled dining room of DePaul University’s Cortelyou Commons.

Entertainment was provided by a trio of Columbia College Chicago music students, who supplied professional-level jazz sounds throughout the evening.

Fulbright students, scholars and association members at the holiday celebration

Fulbright students, scholars and association members at the holiday celebration

As part of the background ambiance, a photographic slide show showcased scenes of this year’s events and activities. Another slideshow set to the music of American composer and a fellow Fulbrighter, Aaron Copeland, showcased some 40 famous Fulbrighters including scientists, entertainers, country presidents, and historians.

Welcoming committee: Board members Cristina Sisson, Regina Mamou and Kari Burnett

Welcoming committee: Board members Cristina Sisson, Regina Mamou and Kari Burnett

Elio Leturia, Jonathan Broutin, Chris Greiner and Norma Green

Elio Leturia, Jonathan Broutin, Chris Greiner and Norma Green

Fulbright students, scholars and association members at the holiday celebration

Fulbright students, scholars and association members at the holiday celebration

—Photos by Mary Mares-Awe, Elio Leturia  and Todd Burbank

Dr. Bruce Douglas receives the Fulbright Chicago Pioneer Award

Ron Harvey, President of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association, presented Dr. Douglas with the Fulbright Pioneer Award

Ron Harvey, President of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association, presented Dr. Bruce Douglas with the Fulbright Pioneer Award

By Mary Mares-Awe and Elio LeturiaDURING THE 2013 FULBRIGHT HOLIDAYS Celebration that took place on December 2 at DePaul University, Dr. Bruce Douglas was honored with the Fulbright Chicago Pioneer Award for his devotion to the Fulbright mission and his contributions to establish the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association in 1990, when he became its first president.

Dr. Douglas was a Fulbrighter to Japan in two successive Fulbright professorships, in 1959-1960 (Okayama) and 1960-1961 (Tokyo.) He was also a Fulbright “ambassador” to the Soviet Union and Russia in 1990, 1992 and 1995, working with Sherman Funk, Inspector General, U. S. State Department.

Dr. Douglas thanking the association for this lifetime ward recognition.

Dr. Douglas thanking the association for this lifetime award recognition.

In one of his international experiences, Douglas met his wife, Janet Douglas, when they both worked in Vietnam and Laos. He also had a brief stint in Cambodia.

Janet’s English background led them back to the UK in 1977, where, supported by WHO and with Jan’s help, Douglas studied The British National Health Service, and became imbued with the benefits of a national health system, an idea to which he remains wedded to this day.

During his Fulbright presidency, Douglas and his wife hosted Senator J. William Fulbright in Chicago.

Dr. Douglas and the Hon. Yoshida Masaharu, Consul General of Japan.

Dr. Douglas and the Hon. Yoshida Masaharu, Consul General of Japan.

Dr. Douglas, 88, delivered a heartfelt speech upon receiving the award. He has had a long distinguished career as a surgeon and researcher. Board President Ron Harvey presented him with this important recognition.

“I am thrilled with this renewed opportunity to return to “the fold,” Douglas said. —Photos by Mary Mares-Awe

2013 Winter Holidays Reception and Dee Sarelas Service Award Ceremony hosted by DePaul University

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By Ron Harvey—THE FULBRIGHT ASSOCIATION Chicago Chapter, the Institute of International Education (IIE), and DePaul University invite you, your family, colleagues, and friends to attend our end-of-year Winter Holidays Reception and 2013 Dee Sarelas* Fulbright Service Award Ceremony.

WHEN Friday, December 6th, 2013
TIME 6:30 to 9 p.m.
WHERE DePaul University, Lincoln Park Campus
Cortelyou Commons
2324 N. Fremont St. Chicago, IL 60614

Cortelyou Commons is accessible from the sidewalk from Fullerton or Belden Aves.

A full buffet-style dinner will be served which includes salads, entrees with vegetarian options, soft drinks, coffee, tea, and desserts. Beer and wine are available at a cash bar. Entertainment will be provided.

COST This event is FREE for current visiting Fulbright Students and Scholars. $30 for Alumni, each adult family member, and/or guest(s). You may pay at the reception using cash or check. We also accept credit card at the reception or online via PayPal plus a $2 credit card fee. You may pay though PayPal payments after you RSVP using the form below.

RSVP by December 1, 2013 using the form HERE or by copying and pasting the link below into your browser:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1bCLYAzBt4OGOs2Oah8WfhPvdYVI3OnvMkm5pjaVDJVc/viewform

PARKING is available at the DePaul Sheffield parking garage just west of Cortelyou Commons. Attendees are responsible for their own transport and parking.

The CTA Fullerton Red/Brown/Purple Line stop is one block west of Cortelyou Commons. See www.transitchicago.com to plan your trip.

* The Dee Sarelas Fulbright Service Award is named after a founder of the Fulbright Association Chicago Chapter: Aphrodite (“Dee”) Edith Floros Sarelas, an early Fulbrighter to Greece.   A Chicagoan dedicated to interacting with and nurturing Fulbrighters in the Chicago area community, Dee is remembered for her wit, empathy, and vivacity in bringing people across cultures together.  The Dee Sarelas Fulbright Service Award has been established in her memory. We honor a local person for their outstanding work promoting the vision of Senator Fulbright.

Please join us in honoring Dee and the Fulbright legacy. We look forward to seeing you at our 2013 Winter Holidays Reception!

Nominate a candidate for the Fulbright Chicago Dee Sarelas Service Award!

Marilyn Susman, Thomas Ahleman and Ana García-García, past recipients of the Dee Sarelas Service Award

Marilyn Susman, Thomas Ahleman and Ana Gil-García, past recipients of the Dee Sarelas Service Award

ALL FULBRIGHT ASSOCIATION-CHICAGO CHAPTER MEMBERS are invited to assist with the award named after the Chicago Chapter’s founder, Aphrodite (“Dee”) Edith Floros Sarelas, an early Fulbrighter to Greece. 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. For the foregoing reasons, the Dee Sarelas Fulbright Service Award has been established in her memory. Please join us in honoring Dee and the Fulbright legacy by submitting a nomination for 2013.

SELECTION CRITERIA:

The nominee:

  • must be a living individual;
  • may be a member or non-member and may be a citizen or resident of any country;
  • must have had a significant impact (short- or long-term) 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);
  • must exemplify the values of the Fulbright Association;
  • must agree to serve as an ad hoc board member for the Chicago chapter for one year as awardee.

NOMINATION INSTRUCTIONS:

Describe in writing in 75-100 words why your nominee deserves this award, supplying specific examples that tie to the above criteria. (See attached nomination form.) Also, furnish full name, title, employer, and contact information on your nominee as well as yourself.   The Dee Sarelas Fulbright Service awardee will be selected in a nondiscriminatory manner.

Please send your nomination by filling this form or, if you prefer, send your written description and contact information by November 15, 2013 to Dr. Ana Gil-García (Director of Membership, Chicago Chapter) at 6969 N. Ashland Blvd Apt.305, Chicago, IL 60626 or via email at: anagilgarcia@hotmail.com

Thank you for your participation in our chapter!

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.”

Winter Holidays Reception and Dee Sarelas Fulbright Service Award Ceremony at Columbia College Chicago

THE CHICAGO CHAPTER OF THE FULBRIGHT ASSOCIATION and the Institute of International Education (IIE)  invite you, your family, colleagues and friends to attend our end-of-the-year Winter Holidays Reception (with live music!) and the 2012 Dee Sarelas* Fulbright Service Award Ceremony.

WHEN Friday, December 7, 2012
TIME 6:30 – 9 pm
WHERE Columbia College Chicago, 618 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60605, Second floor (Stage 2)

COST $20
Free to Fulbright students and scholars.
RSVPs are required.
Please R.S.V.P. using the online form or email Ron Harvey at fulbrightchicago@gmail.com by December 3, 2012

*Aphrodite Floros Sarelas, an early Fulbrighter to Greece. A Chicagoan dedicated to interacting with and nurturing Fulbrighters in the Chicagoland community, Dee was a person remembered for her wit, empathy, and vivacity in bringing people across cultures together. Her educational background and professional experiences in the field of Social Work prepared her well for contributions to our chapter and beyond—as an administrator for the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army Training College, as a liaison at White House conferences, as a special consultant to Voice of America, and as editor of Social Welfare in Underdeveloped Countries (United Nations publication). For the foregoing reasons, the Dee Sarelas Fulbright Service Award has been established in her memory.

Next stop: Winter Holidays Reception and Dee Sarelas Fulbright Service Award Ceremony

The  Fulbright Association-Chicago Chapter and the International Institute of Education (IIE)  invite you, your family, colleagues and friends to attend our end-of-the-year Winter Holidays Reception and the 2011 Dee Sarelas* Fulbright Service Award Ceremony.

WHEN Friday, December 2, 2011
TIME 6:30 – 9 pm
WHERE Columbia College Chicago, 618 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60605, Second floor (Stage 2)

COST $15
Free to Fulbright students and scholars.
RSVPs are required.
E-MAIL Ron Harvey at fulbrightchicago@gmail.com by November 30, 2011

 *Aphrodite Floros Sarelas, an early Fulbrighter to Greece. A Chicagoan dedicated to interacting with and nurturing Fulbrighters in the Chicagoland community, Dee was a person remembered for her wit, empathy, and vivacity in bringing people across cultures together. Her educational background and professional experiences in the field of Social Work prepared her well for contributions to our chapter and beyond—as an administrator for the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army Training College, as a liaison at White House conferences, as a special consultant to Voice of America, and as editor of Social Welfare in Underdeveloped Countries (United Nations publication). For the foregoing reasons, the Dee Sarelas Fulbright Service Award has been established in her memory.