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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.

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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

Get your Fulbright Chicago T-shirt at the Fall Welcome

Our exclusive Fulbright Chicago t-shirts come in two distinctive colors

Our exclusive Fulbright Chicago t-shirts come in two distinctive colors

By Elio Leturia—THIS OCTOBER 11 at the at the Ukrainian Museum 2014 Fall Welcome event, you will be able to get an exclusive Fulbright Chicago t-shirt.

There are two designs: the first one is our “Fulbright blue” with the design in white; the second is light blue with the design in white and red, mimicking the colors of the City of Chicago flag.

These cotton t-shirts come in small, medium, large and extra large sizes. You can get them for only $15.

Show your Fulbright Chicago pride with your unique t-shirt!

Fall Welcome: Next stop, Ukrainian Village

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By Cristina Sisson—THE CHICAGO CHAPTER OF THE FULBRIGHT ASSOCIATION and the Institute of International Education (IIE) invite you, your family, colleagues, and friends to attend the 2014 Fall Welcome.

We would like to welcome you to Chicago and its many cultural neighborhoods.  Join us on October 11th at the Ukrainian National Museum of Chicago, located in the heart of Chicago’s vibrant Ukrainian Village. The museum houses special collections of art and memorabilia tracing the history of Ukrainian migration to Chicago. Guests will enjoy a light lunch catered by the local favorite, Shokolad, followed by a guided tour of the museum. Following the event, guests are invited to visit the many diverse local landmarks within walking distance of the museum. We hope to see you there!

WHEN Saturday, October 11th, 2014

TIME 11 am.-2 pm.

WHERE Lunch at 11:30 am, at Ukrainian National Museum of Chicago,  2249 W. Superior Street, Chicago, Illinois 60612

COST Students and Scholars, free; Guests of Visiting Students and Scholars, Fulbright Association members and guests, $25 (includes lunch and museum entrance/tour)

HOW TO GET THERE CTA Bus Routes: Four routes have stops within walking distance of the museum:
49 (Chicago & Western)
50 (Damen & Chicago)
65 (Grand & Oakley
66 (Chicago & Oakley)
CTA Blue Line: The closest stop is 1.5 miles east of the museum at Chicago.
Metra: The closest stop is 0.6 south of the museum at Western Ave.

PARKING Street parking is available as well as metered parking. Check signs for permit parking.

RSVPs are required. Please RSVP (by Tuesday, October 7th, 2014) using the online form HERE.

The PayPal link (if you wish to pay online) appears once you have submitted your RSVP.

For questions or concerns, please email fulbrightchicago@gmail.com.

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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Chicago welcomes Fulbright students and scholars

A great Fall Welcome event to start the academic year

A great Fall Welcome event to start the academic year

By Cristina Sisson—ON SEPTEMBER 28th, 2013, the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association and the Institute of International Education (IIE) kicked off the 2013 academic year with a Fall Welcome in the heart of Chicago’s Pilsen Historic District.

Fulbright students and scholars getting ready for the Pilsen neighborhood toor

Fulbright students and scholars getting ready for the Pilsen neighborhood toor

Over eighty visiting Fulbright scholars and students from around the world and twenty Chicago-area alumni gathered on a sunny fall day for an informal lunch  at Simone’s, a unique local bar, located on Chicago’s near south side.  After brief introductions and invitations to participate in future Chicago Chapter events, guests competed against each other to complete a Chicago facts scavenger hunt.

Fulbright Chicago Treasurer Cristina Sisson and President Ron Harvey explaining how the Chicago Scavenger Trivia works

Fulbright Chicago Treasurer Cristina Sisson and President Ron Harvey explaining how the Chicago Scavenger Trivia works

Participants worked in groups on the Chicago Scavenger Hunt

Participants worked in groups on the Chicago Scavenger Hunt

Guests then enjoyed an informal lecture on the history of the Pilsen community by Northeastern professor, Luis Ortiz, before being divided into small walking groups led by local community members.

Participants listen to the presentation at Simone's, prior to start the Pilsen neighborhood tour

Participants listen to the presentation at Simone’s, prior to start the Pilsen neighborhood tour

Participants and guests listening to the presentation

Participants and guests listening to the presentation

Fulbrighters and guests flooded onto the streets of Pilsen to check out the neighborhood murals, community centers, and artist studios while Professor Ortiz highlighted the historical significance of certain buildings, murals, and streets.  It was a perfect start to year of events organized by our Chicago Chapter.

Students and scholars walking on Pilsen streets on a beautiful fall day

Students and scholars walking on Pilsen streets on a beautiful fall day

Guests also had the opportunity to purchase “I am Fulbright Chicago” t-shirts, designed by board member, Elio Leturia.  T-shirts will be available for purchase at every Fulbright event in navy and sky blue for $15.00. Get yours before they are sold out!

On the way to the Pilsen murals

On the way to the Pilsen murals

A great chance to meet Fulbrighters from all over the world

A great chance to meet Fulbrighters from all over the world

Photos Courtesy Ivy Gladys Marischa, Patti Powell and Elio Leturia