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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.

Scenes from the 2010 Spring Farewell and Dee Sarelas Service Award Ceremony

Students and guests enjoying drinks and hors d'oeuvres at the Spring Farewell event that took place at the Gleacher Center of the University of Chicago School of Business.

Our last Fulbright event was a complete success. On Saturday May 8, 2010 the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association, the Institute of International Education (IIE), and the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business held a reception for the Fulbright students and scholars who were going back to their countries after finishing with their programs.

The reception was followed by a presentation offered by by Richard H. Thaler,Ph.D. and Ayelet Fishbach, Ph.D, Professor of Behavioral Science Marketing and Fulbright Senior Scholar.

Also, the first Dee Sarelas Service Award ceremony took place that evening. This distinction was awarded to Marilyn Susman, for her invaluable work and service to the Fulbright community.

Marilyn Susman, winner of the first Dee Sarelas Service Award and Monica Swope, President of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association

Dr. Ayelet Fishbach and Dr. Richard H. Thaler with Monica Swope, President of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association

Norma Fay Green and Sharon Silverman with their diplomas awarded for their service to the Fulbright Chicago Chapter. Next to them, board member Linda Gruber and President Monica Swope.

Fulbright students pose with Megan Spillman, IIE Midwest Regional Center officer and Chicago Chapter President Monica Swope

After the reception, Fulbrighters and guests listen to the presentations by Dr. Richard H. Thaler and Dr. Ayelet Fishbach