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2017 Fall Welcome with Chicago pizza!

Gino East Pizza in Chicago

THE CHICAGO CHAPTER of the Fulbright Association and the Institute of International Education (IIE)  invite you, your family, colleagues, and friends to attend the 2017 Fall Welcome – Pizza with Friends.

DATE Sunday, October 15th, 2017 

TIME 2pm-5pm

LOCATION The Original Gino’s East of Chicago 

ADDRESS 162 E Superior St. Chicago, IL 60611

 

The Chicago pizza is a staple in the Midwest

This  event will provide an excellent opportunity for cultural and educational enrichment for both visiting Fulbrighters and the Fulbright Association members.

We will meet at one of Chicago’s famous Pizza landmarks for an enjoyable Sunday afternoon to re-connect with old friends, make new acquaintances, exchange Fulbright experiences, and explore the historic Gold Coast neighborhood.

COST FREE for ALL current visiting Fulbright Students, Scholars, and Teachers! $15 for alumni, each adult family member, and/or guest(s). You may pay in person with cash, credit card, or online using PayPal (+$1 processing fee) after you submit this PAYPAL form.

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Please note that you are responsible for your own transportation and/or accommodation to and from the event.

Use www.transitchicago.com to plan your route!

PARKING Metered Street Parking is available.

RSVP by Thursday, October 12th, 2017 by using this form.

If you have questions about the event, please email fulbrightchicago@gmail.com.

We look forward to seeing you at the event!

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Chicago Chapter welcomes new Fulbrighters to Chicago with a luncheon celebration

The 2016 Spring Farewell started at the Jane Addams Hull Museum

The 2016 Spring Farewell started at the Jane Addams Hull House Museum

By Mary Mares-Awe—SIXTY FOUR FULBRIGHT alumni, students, scholars, and friends of the association attended the 2016 Fall Welcome that took place on Sunday October 16 with a visit to the Jane Addams Hull House Museum on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago. The museum tour was followed by a luncheon at Francesca’s on Taylor, located in the Little Italy neighborhood adjacent to the university.

The Jane Addams museum is open from Tuesdays to Sundays.

The Jane Addams museum is open from Tuesdays to Sundays.

Fulbright Association Chicago-Chapter President Mary Mares-Awe and bard member Kari Burnett

Fulbright Association Chicago-Chapter President Mary Mares-Awe and board member Kari Burnett

At the Jane Addams museum, visitors got a first-hand look at the objects and memorabilia of the social worker’s original home. Jane Addams is a notable figure in Chicago’s history and on the international stage for her work with the immigrant communities, who were settling Chicago in the late 1800 and early 1900’s. Her pioneering work in social justice helped improve the lives of immigrants through education, skills training and family care. She is the first American woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

At Francesca's Restaurant in Little Italy

At Francesca’s Restaurant in Little Italy

Following the museum visit, the attendees took a walk through Little Italy to Francesca’s restaurant at 1400 W. Taylor Street. There they were greeted at the door by Cristina Sisson Tamm, the chapter’s Treasurer, and by Teuta Peja, a Fulbright student who is the newest member of the board’s membership committee.

Board members of the Chicago Chapter Kari Burnett, Meredith McNeil, Mary Mares-Awe and Marilyn Susman.

Board members of the Chicago Chapter Kari Burnett, Meredith McNeil, Mary Mares-Awe and Marilyn Susman enjoying an Italian meal.

At Francesca’s, the guests enjoyed authentic northern Italian meal including pasta, meatballs, salad and a wonderful and delicious tiramisù for desert.

Meatballs, anyone?

Meatballs, anyone?

In an informal speech at the start of the luncheon, the chapter’s president, Mary Mares-Awe, welcomed everyone and encouraged the new visiting Fulbright students and scholars to enjoy many of the iconic elements of the American culture. “If I could give you one piece of advice, it’s to take the opportunity to really absorb the best the American culture has to offer without comparing,” she said. Mary went on to mention some of the American classics such as jazz and baseball, namely the Chicago Cubs — which brought a rousing round of applause, acknowledging the teams winning streak.

Chicago Chapter Treasurer Cristina Sisson (second on the right) with Fulbright scholars.

Chicago Chapter Treasurer Cristina Sisson (second on the right) with Fulbright scholars.

The pleasant and warm atmosphere of Francesca’s proved conducive to lively, friendly conversations, and real Fulbright camaraderie on a fall Sunday afternoon in Chicago.

Past Chicago Chapter President Margo Rothschild (second on the left) with Fulbright scholars

Past Chicago Chapter President Margo Rothschild (second on the left) with Fulbright scholars

Fulbright students and scholars at Francesca's Restaurant in Little Italy

Fulbright students and scholars at Francesca’s Restaurant in Little Italy

Fulbright students and scholars at Francesca's Restaurant in Little Italy

Fulbright students and scholars at Francesca’s Restaurant in Little Italy

Fulbright students and scholars with Chicago Chapter President Mary Mares-Awe at Francesca's Restaurant in Little Italy

Fulbright students and scholars with Chicago Chapter President Mary Mares-Awe at Francesca’s Restaurant in Little Italy

Fulbright students and scholars at Francesca's Restaurant in Little Italy. Kevin Spitta (first on the right) has joined the communications efforts for the chapter.

Fulbright students and scholars at Francesca’s Restaurant in Little Italy. Kevin Spitta (first on the right) has joined the communications efforts for the chapter.

Group photo showing the international Fulbright spirit!

Group photo showing the international Fulbright spirit!

Photos by Kevin Spitta

Meet Jane and Francesca at the 2016 Fulbright Chicago Fall Welcome

In 1965, the Hull House was designated as a U.S. National Historic Landmark. Photo by Kevin Spitta

In 1965, the Hull House was designated as a U.S. National Historic Landmark.      Photo by Kevin Spitta

THE FULBRIGHT ASSOCIATION-Chicago Chapter and the Institute of International Education (IIE) invite you, your family, colleagues, and friends to attend the 2016 Fall Welcome.

WHEN Sunday, October 16th, 2016, noon-3pm

WHERE Jane Addams Hull-House Museum [noon-1:00pm]
800 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60607

Francesca’s on Taylor [1:15pm-3pm]
1400 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607

Jane Addams

Jane Addams

We will meet at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, and tour the historic building located at the Chicago Campus of the University of Illinois. Jane Addams was a social reformer who worked closely with the immigrant communities of Chicago during the late 19th, and early 20th century. She was the first American woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

After the museum tour we will go to Francesca’s on Taylor, an authentic Italian restaurant (within walking distance of the museum), where we can mingle, make new friends, exchange Fulbright stories and enjoy a wonderful meal.

COST The event is FREE for ALL current visiting Fulbright Students, Scholars, and Teachers! The cost is $20 for alumni, each adult family member, and/or guest(s).

You may pay in person with cash, check, or credit card, or online using PayPal (+$1 processing fee) after you submit this Paypal form.

Please note that you are responsible for your own transportation and/or accommodation to and from the event. Use www.transitchicago.com to plan your route!

PARKING Metered Street Parking is available. There is also a parking lot across from the Museum.

RSVP by Friday, October 14th, 2016 by using this form.

The Fall Welcome will provide a forum for visiting Fulbright scholars and students to meet Chapter Chapter Board members and Chicago-area alumni. This fun event will provide the perfect opportunity for cultural and educational enrichment of both visiting Fulbrighters and the Fulbright Association members. We look forward to seeing you at the event!

Czech this series: You are invited!

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By Mary Mares-AweTHE BOARD OF THE CHICAGO Chapter of the Fulbright Association would like to invite you to a special event at the University of Chicago hosted by the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Chicago.

The event is the inauguration of the Czech Series, and annual event celebrating the University of Chicago’s historical contribution to Czech Statehood and nation-building efforts in the last century. The first president of Czechoslovakia was a professor at the University of Chicago, and he based his country’s constitution on the constitution of the United States.

The Chicago Chapter is honored to have been asked to partner with the Consulate and the prestigious University of Chicago in this event,

WHEN Friday, September 23, 2016, 6 p.m.

WHERE The University of Chicago, Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 East 59th Street, Chicago, IL  60637

RSVP to fulbrightchicago@gmail.com by Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The evening will include of an address by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Mr. Lubomir Zaoralek, a musical performance by Grammy Award-winning artist Ivan Kral, and a beverage and appetizer reception following the festivities.

When you arrive, look for the Fulbright table, which will be located in the entry hall.

This will be the Chicago Chapter’s first event of the 2016-2017 academic year, leading up to our Fall Welcome in October.

We look forward to seeing you!

2015 Fall Welcome event – the biggest yet

Consul General of Japan Hon. Toshiyuki Iwado, Fulbright Association Chicago Chapter President Mary Mares-Awe, and Vice President Dr. Ron Harvey stand next to a display of a traditional Japanese kimono

Consul General of Japan Hon. Toshiyuki Iwado, Fulbright Association Chicago Chapter President Mary Mares-Awe, and Vice President Dr. Ron Harvey stand next to a display of a traditional Japanese kimono.

By Jade Stanley —THE CHICAGO CHAPTER of the Fulbright Association held its Fall Welcome on Friday, October 16. This was the biggest Fall Welcome ever organized by the Chapter, with some 120 attendees representing more than 60 countries.

The event, sponsored by The Fulbright Association-Chicago Chapter and the  Institute of International Education (IIE), was held at the Consulate of Japan on the 10th floor of the Olympia Building on Chicago’s Gold Coast.

Seven students who came from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign especially for this event: Mohammad Omar Hasseeb (Egypt,) Pericles Alejandro Bayas Mora (Ecuador,) Rodrigo Betanzo Dávila (Chile,) now doing his OPT in Chicago, Caro Chantrill (Argentina,) also doing her OPT in Chicago, Waqar Zia (Pakistan,) Juan Diego Núñez (Dominican Republic) and Aleksey Perekipniy (Russia).

Seven students who came from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign especially for this event: Mohammad Omar Hasseeb (Egypt,) Pericles Alejandro Bayas Mora (Ecuador,) Rodrigo Betanzo Dávila (Chile,) now doing his OPT in Chicago, Caro Chantrill (Argentina,) also doing her OPT in Chicago, Waqar Zia (Pakistan,) Juan Diego Núñez (Dominican Republic) and Aleksey Perekipniy (Russia).

Ron Harvey, the Chapter’s Vice President introduced The Consul General of Japan Hon. Toshiyuki Iwado, who welcomed the participants followed by a speech by Mary Mares-Awe, the current Chapter President.

In her welcoming speech, Mary thanked the Consulate General of Japan for providing a wonderful space to host our program. She encouraged those present to “use Fulbright as a platform to strengthen bonds, build friendships and promote peaceful coexistence” among people around the world.

Atendees exchange ideas over a catered meal.

Atendees exchange ideas over a catered meal.

Egyptian Fulbrighters (L-R) Khalid Shaalan, Raghda El-Mogui, and Mohamed Omar enjoyed the iO Theater improv comedy performance.

Egyptian Fulbrighters (L-R) Khalid Shaalan, Raghda El-Mogui, and Mohamed Omar enjoyed the iO Theater improv comedy performance.

During a catered buffet dinner, attendees had an opportunity to mingle and learn about each other, and to affirm friendships, along with academic, and professional connections that will last for years.

The main focus of the Fall Welcome is to provide a friendly forum for newly arrived visiting Fulbrighters and to meet chapter board members, Chicago-area alumni, and to introduce them to a Chicago’s unique cultural aspects. It provides a perfect opportunity for cultural enrichment of both visiting Fulbrighters and association members.

Jill Festermaker a performer from iO Theater leads students in a fun, comedy acting excersice

Jill Fenstermaker a performer from iO Theater leads students in a fun, comedy acting excersice

One of the cultural legacies of Chicago is the rich history its improvised   comedy theater. Attendees at Friday’s event got a unique treat to attend a performance of improvised Shakespeare at the iO Theater.

Fulbrighters (L-R) Shafia Imtiaz, Shehrbano Minallah, and Raghda El-Mogui had fun attending the Shakespeare comedy improv performance at iO Theater.

Fulbrighters (L-R) Shafia Imtiaz, Shehrbano Minallah, and Raghda El-Mogui had fun attending the Shakespeare comedy improv performance at iO Theater.

Prior to leaving for the theater, Ron Harvey along with Tess Borgerding who is a performer at CiC Theater, and Jill Fenstermaker who performs at iO Theater, set the stage by leading participants in a series hilarious comedy acting exercises.

Following the activities at the Japanese Consulate, guests were escorted to the iO Theater as a group using public transportation and were able to view the iO Theater photographs and artifacts reflecting the history of Chicago improv comedy.

The Chicago Board members of the Fulbright Association want to thank everyone for coming out and participating in our Fall Welcome and look forward to all of you joining us for upcoming Fulbright Association events.

Dinner and a show for the 2015 Fulbright Chicago Fall Welcome event

Improvised theaterTHIS YEAR the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association would like to introduce visiting Fulbright Students and Scholars to a cultural icon of Chicago: a performance of The Improvised Shakespeare Company at iO Chicago.

Sponsored by our chapter and the Institute of International Education IIE, our 2015 Fall Welcome event has a dinner and a show. All association members with their families, colleagues and friends are invited.

WHEN Friday, October 16th, 2015

CASUAL DINNER 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Consulate General of Japan, 737 North Michigan Avenue (enter at 151 E Chicago Ave. and take the elevator to the 11th floor.) Suite 1100, Chicago, Illinois 60611

(NOTE: Neiman Marcus on 737 North Michigan Ave is NOT the main entrance. Enter at 151 E Chicago Ave and take the elevator to the 11th floor.) Directions and Transport: http://www.chicago.us.emb-japan.go.jp/About/conmap_e1.pdf

SHOW After dinner we will go to The Improvised Shakespeare Company at iO Chicago located at 1501 N. Kingsbury St. in Chicago.  See http://www.improvisedshakespeare.com/ for a sample!  The performance starts at 10:30 p.m. but before the show we can mingle, enjoy a drink at the iO full service bar, and view the photos of famous improvisers and performers of of the iO Theater. Fifty tickets have already been distributed to Fulbright students and scholars. If you need a ticket, feel free to get one here.

COST FREE for current visiting Fulbright Students, Scholars, and Teachers. Please RSVP here. $20 for alumni, each adult family member, and/or guest(s). You may pay in person with cash, credit card, or online using PayPal (+$1 processing fee) after you submit this form.

RSVP by Wednesday, October 14th, 2015 using this form.

You may order tickets ($16 each) for The Improvised Shakespeare Company performance for yourself or your guests. Please select the October 16th 10:30 show via iO box office at 312-929-2401 or here. (Note there is NO fee for telephone orders.)

If you have questions about the event, please email fulbrightchicago@gmail.com.

Chicago welcomes international Fulbrighters at the National Ukrainian Museum

Seventy-three Fulbrighters participated in the 2014 Fall Welcome at the National Ukrainian Museum of Chicago

Seventy-three Fulbrighters participated in the 2014 Fall Welcome at the National Ukrainian Museum of Chicago

Board members Kari Burnett and Cristina Sisson at the reception table

Board members Kari Burnett and Cristina Sisson at the reception table

By Elio Leturia—OVER SEVENTY PARTICIPANTS among Fulbright students and scholars, alumni association members and Institute of International Education (IIE) representatives enjoyed a luncheon and tour that showcased another ethnic Chicago neighborhood: Ukrainian Village.

The 2014 Fall Welcome event took place last Saturday October 11, 2014 at the Ukrainian National Museum.

Anna kkkkkk from the Ukrainian National Museum welcomes the participants. Next to her, Ron Harvey, Chicago chapter president and Maria kkk, who also guided the museum's tour

Anna Chychula from the Ukrainian National Museum welcomes the participants. Next to her, Ron Harvey, Chicago chapter president and Maria Klimchak, who also guided the museum’s tour

It was beautiful sunny fall day. Ron Harvey, president of Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association and 12 board members of the chapter welcomed all the participants, starting at 11 am. “There are 30 nationalities in this room,” Harvey said.

Participants shared a unique Ukrainian buffet.

Participants shared a unique Ukrainian buffet.

There were also vegeterian options to choose from

There were also vegetarian options to choose from

A delicious luncheon which consisted of different Ukrainian treats, were offered at the main room of the museum where a Ukrainian fashion show “A Century of Embroidered Fashion” that depicted 90 clothing pieces was being exhibited. These gowns, American produced, were all hand-embroidered with complex designs, the same way Ukrainians use in their typical clothing. There was also a piece that showed embroidered men’s ties.

Students and scholars sharing the luncheon before the museum tour

Students and scholars sharing the luncheon before the museum tour

This was the first Chicago Chapter activity for most of the student participants, which were given our Chicago Trivia game to learn Chicago facts, such as the Chicago River that runs backwards, the meaning of the Chicago flag, the nicknames for our “Second City,” among others.

The museum showcases an array of artifacts in its different rooms

The museum showcases an array of artifacts in its different rooms

Then, Anna Chychula and Maria Klimchak from the Ukrainian National Museum offered a tour of their installations where they have displays of typical embroidery, Pysanky (Ukrainian Easter Eggs,) traditional folk costumes, Bandura (national instrument of Ukraine) and also historical objects displayed at the Cossak Rook that contains paintings and swords, and different artifacts from the 1800s.

Recently arrived Fulbrighters talk with current students and alumni, exchanging their own experiences

Recently arrived Fulbrighters talk with current students and alumni, exchanging their own experiences

According to its website, the museum collection that started in 1952, “consists of over 1,140 artifacts including those related to traditional folk arts, agricultural tools, artwork, musical instruments, trophies” and hosts a library with over 20,000 titles.

Photos: Maria Klimchak, Elio Leturia