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“Trapped” at home? Activities to enjoy our “free” time

By Dr. Tatiana Orlova—THE RECENT STAY-AT-HOME order has brought many changes into our lives. It is very important to be able to do what we enjoy during stressful situations, however, social distancing could make many activities very difficult or even impossible. We should view these new challenges as great opportunities to expand our interests and creativity.

These are some ideas for various activities suitable for our new “stay-at-home” lifestyles. We can learn new skills, enjoy music, exercise, check out that book we have been wanting to read but haven’t had the chance… My hope is that all of us will discover new ways to become happier while staying at home.

Learning

Music

Fitness

Reading
  • For great books about pandemic and solitude see this reading list from TIME magazine 
  • If you find yourself anxiously waiting for the current situation to resolve then reading great books about the fundamentals of time and reality could help put everything in the right perspective.
  • Also, find inspiration by searching and reading biographies of people who’s lives and careers were interrupted by war or other disasters, and learning how they were able to make the most out of their unfortunate circumstances. For example, Pal Turan and Marie Curie.

Art

Dr. Tatiana Orlova grew up in Saratov, Russia. Her Fulbright fellowship allowed her to pursue a MS in Mathematics at the University of South Carolina at Columbia. She later obtained a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Chicago and now works as a Chief Data Scientist at Amper Technologies. She feels honored to be a part of the Fulbright community.

—> Information curated by Dr. Tatiana Orlova
—> Illustration by Elio Leturia


 

Sheltering in place increases risk, danger for abuse victims of all ages

By Teuta PejaDURING THE COVID-19 pandemic, we are continuously told to self-isolate and stay at home because home is the safest place to be while the virus rages outside. But for victims and survivors of domestic/family violence this may not be the case. Some abusers may take advantage of the coronavirus outbreak to exert further control over the victim. Self- isolation with abusers and social- distancing may increase isolation and family violence of more vulnerable groups.

If you are a victim or survivor of domestic violence, or if you are a support-group to a domestic abuse survivor and need more information how to act or help during the COVID-19 pandemic, you can find more information in the links below.

» Domestic Violence service in Chicago
» Resources for Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence During COVID-19 
» Tax Filing Barriers for Survivors of Domestic Violence
» Assessing Risk Factors for Intimate Partner Homicide 
» Legal Resources for survivors of Domestic Violence during COVID-19 quarantine

Teuta Peja moved to Chicago from her hometown, Pristina, Kosovo in 2015, when she was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to pursue her MA in Women’s Studies and Gender Studies at Loyola University Chicago. Currently, she is continuing her doctorate studies in Criminology at University of Illinois at Chicago. She refers to the Fulbright community as her international family.

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Mental health: Dealing with loss and isolation

By Dr. Marilyn SusmanRIGHT NOW, IN ADDITION to the major losses of life, jobs and income in society, each of us is experiencing individual losses such as the end of Fulbright grants, separation from family and friends, missed graduations, and other lost opportunities. We have also lost the predictability that we take for granted such going to work or class, having our favorite foods available in the grocery store or going to a local restaurant to meet friends.

Dr. Marilyn Susman

I have been in the field of psychology for many years as both an academic and clinical psychologist. I was fortunate to be a Fulbright Scholar in Malaysia, Cyprus and Indonesia, where I developed long lasting relationships across borders. That is what we stand for as Fulbrighters—bridging cultural divides to build a global community. This pandemic is testing our core values, as we are now forced to shelter in place and avoid actual contact with family, friends and colleagues.

There are many practical concerns that other Chicago alumni will address. I want to focus on the mental health challenges that many may be experiencing. As the CDC says on its website, “It is natural to feel stress, anxiety, grief, and worry”. The challenge is how to find equilibrium in the face of all of the uncertainty in our lives. Developing routines that include the following will help you to cope with the pandemic, including the isolation and loneliness that sheltering in place causes.

A simple plan

  • Focusing on your physical well-being: Eat well, exercise regularly and get plenty of sleep. Avoid alcohol, tobacco and other drugs
  • Connecting with others: Set up virtual get-togethers with friends and/or family. Share your concerns with them
  • Staying informed, but avoiding too much exposure to news: Information may calm your anxiety, but too much exposure can be upsetting. Balancing your watching, reading or listening to news with enjoyable activities will help
  • Taking breaks: Make time to unwind. Reading a novel, going for walks, listening to music, doing an art project can be an antidote to stress
  • Calming yourself with mindfulness: Many apps exist to help you to defuse your anxiety. Some are “Headspace”, “Simply Being” and “Calm”. Each provides for some free sessions. Practicing mindfulness is also an antidote to anxiety and depression
  • Being realistic about work: If working remotely, or on a project, set aside a time and place to work alone or in virtual meetings. Being disciplined may help you to accomplish your goals and tasks, providing a feeling of accomplishment. But do give yourself leeway.

Watch out for symptoms

Despite exercising the above you may still feel unsettled. Although the pandemic itself and our sheltering in place may cause each of us to experience some of the following, be aware when these become extreme or overwhelming.

  • Feelings of anxiety, depression, loss and grief
  • Changes in appetite, energy or activity level
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Difficulty sleeping or nightmares
  • Physical reactions such as headaches, body pains, stomach problem or skin rashes
  • Worsening of chronic health problems
  • Anger or short-tempered
  • Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs.

So, what can I do?

If you are experiencing the above symptoms and want to talk with a counselor, many resources are available. Please go to the following crisis units depending on your locality.

These resources were taken from the Open Counseling list of resources for the Chicago area. If you would like to discuss any of these resources with me or to consult me about your particular concern, you can contact me at marilynsus@aol.com

Chicago Department of Health, Bureau of Mental Health. Care that can provide supports for emotional, traumatic, or behavioral difficulties. Based on the needs identified by the consumer which includes goals, objectives and specific mental health services. For 24-hour assistance or to report a public health issue, call phone 311


Mental Health Association of Greater Chicago. According to its website works to eliminate the unnecessary loss of life due to suicide focusing on mental health for children, adolescents, emerging adults, families and veterans. Their programs uniquely covers identification, prevention and support. They also provide both a prevention plan (nutrition, environment, avoidance of food additives and other causes of mental health symptoms and illnesses) and education on brain health.
310 S Peoria St, Chicago, IL 60607
Phone 800-209-8114 or 1-800-273-TALK


NorthShore University HealthSystem. The Department of Psychiatry and Crisis Intervention provides a variety of crisis related services focused on the individual patients needs:

  • 24 hour coverage, 7 days a week
  • A Crisis Hotline for those in psychiatric crisis
  • Emergency psychiatric evaluations to patients in the Emergency Department at all four Northshore Hospitals
  • Short term counseling
  • Evaluation and outpatient crisis counseling
  • Emergent medical social service calls
  • Workshops on crisis-related subjects to various hospitals and community groups.
  • Responds to community crisis when appropriate

Phone 847-570-2500


OMNI Youth Services. According to its website, their mission is to partner with parents and the community to provide innovative, transformational behavioral and educational support services to children, adolescents and young adults. Their services include counseling, 24-hour crisis intervention, substance abuse prevention and treatment, family strengthening, juvenile justice services, youth development and community outreach services. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Phone 847-353-1500


Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center. It takes courage to ask for help. If you or a loved one has ever been sexually abused or assaulted, ZCenter offers free, confidential services in English and Spanish to support you, significant others and non-offending loved ones on your healing journey. There are individual or group counseling for adults and children.
Zacharias 24-Hour Support Line 847-872-7799


Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline. Operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the Rape Crisis Hotlines provides survivors of sexual violence and their significant others immediate support, crisis intervention and referrals for the city of Chicago and surrounding suburbs. The volunteers and staff at the hotline have received extensive training in sexual assault crisis intervention. The Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline is also the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) affiliate for the city of Chicago.
Phone Chicago 888-293-2080
Phone DuPage County 630-971-3927
Phone South Suburbs 708-748-5672


—> Information curated by Dr. Marilyn Susman
—> Illustration by Elio Leturia


 

COVID-19 around the world: Map and statistics

Worldometer

BY COLLECTING DATA from official reports, directly from Government’s communication channels, Worldometer is run by an international team of developers, researchers, and volunteers with the goal of making world statistics available in a thought-provoking and time relevant format to a wide audience around the world.

To learn the current statistics of the COVID-19 epidemic around the world, click HERE.


Johns Hopkins University

IN RESPONSE TO the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency, a team of researchers developed an interactive web-based dashboard (static snapshot shown above) hosted by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University, to visualize and track reported cases in real-time.

To access the interactive map, click HERE.


 

Chicago-area medical resources

Illinois Department of Public Health – COVID

For information and updates on the COVID-19 situation from the Illinois Department of Public Health, click HERE.

The mission of the Illinois Department of Public Health is to protect the health and wellness of the people of Illinois through the prevention, health promotion, regulation, and the control of disease and injury.


City of Chicago Coronavirus Response Center

For information and updates on the COVID-19 situation from the City of Chicago, click HERE.

How to determine if you need testing
  • Question 1: Are you having symptoms like fever, cough, or difficulty breathing?
        • If YES: Please answer Question #2.
        • If NO: Testing is not needed. If you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, stay home and monitor symptoms for 14 days.

    Question 2: Are your symptoms severe?

        • If YES: Call your doctor or 911.
        • If NO: Please answer Question #3.

    Question 3: Are you over 60? And/or do you have an underlying medical condition like diabetes, cancer or heart disease?

        • If YES: Contact your doctor to determine if testing is needed.
        • IF NO: Testing is not needed. Stay home for 7 days from symptom onset and 72 hours after fever is gone and symptoms improve (whichever is longer) to avoid getting anyone else sick.

    If you have any additional questions please email us at coronavirus@chicago.gov or call 312-746-4835.

Local Resources

Cook County Department of Public Health

For updates on the COVID-19 situation from the Cook County Department of Public Health, including information for Individuals & Families, information for Healthcare Providers, and information for Communities, click HERE.

Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) serves 2.5 million residents and 127 municipalities in suburban Cook County (excluding Evanston, Oak Park, Skokie and Stickney Township), which have their own state-certified health departments. (Chicago Department of Public Health serves the City of Chicago).


Chicago Health Action Network – COVID

For information and updates on the COVID-19 situation from the City of Chicago, click HERE.

The Chicago Health Alert Network (HAN) provides the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) with the capacity for quick, efficient, reliable, and secure web-based communication with CDPH staff, providers of medical care, laboratories, first responders and other local public health agencies. The HAN facilitates CDPH’s day-to-day activities, including outbreak detection, investigation, and emergency response.


LOCAL HOSPITALS

 

Northwestern Medicine – COVID-19 Overview

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University of Chicago Medicine – Coronavirus Information
  • How soon after exposure can a person test positive for COVID-19?
  • What should I do if I think I might have COVID-19 or am experiencing symptoms of an upper respiratory infection?
  • When should I call a doctor for help?
  • When should I be going to the hospital or an emergency room for COVID-19?
  • What precautions should I take before I go to a doctor or emergency room?
  • When and how are doctors testing for COVID-19?
  • What does it mean if I’m told to self-isolate or quarantine at home?
  • What are the most important actions I can take to keep myself and other healthy?

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Rush University – COVID-19 Information
Resources
COVID-19 FAQs

—> Information curated by Evan Randall


 

Your medical questions answered: Part 2

What are the myths of COVID-19?

THERE IS SO MUCH information being disseminated about the Coronavirus, some true and some… not much. How much do you know about this virus? Test yourself answering the questions below. For all answers click HERE.

  • COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in areas with hot and humid climates
  • Cold weather and snow CANNOT kill the new coronavirus.
  • Taking a hot bath does not prevent the new coronavirus disease
  • The new coronavirus CANNOT be transmitted through mosquito bites.
  • Are hand dryers effective in killing the new coronavirus?
  • Can an ultraviolet disinfection lamp kill the new coronavirus?
  • How effective are thermal scanners in detecting people infected with the new coronavirus?
  • Can spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body kill the new coronavirus?
  • Do vaccines against pneumonia protect you against the new coronavirus?
  • Can regularly rinsing your nose with saline help prevent infection with the new coronavirus?
  • Can eating garlic help prevent infection with the new coronavirus?
  • Does the new coronavirus affect older people, or are younger people also susceptible?
  • Are antibiotics effective in preventing and treating the new coronavirus?
  • Are there any specific medicines to prevent or treat the new coronavirus?

Why is COVID-19 testing being denied to some individuals?

THE CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL has guidance for who should be tested, but decisions about testing are at the discretion of state and local health departments and/or individual clinicians.

Priorities for Laboratory Testing for COVID-19

The CDC lists 3 priority levels for testing:

PRIORITY 1. Ensure optimal care options for all hospitalized patients, lessen the risk of nosocomial (originating in a hospital) infections, and maintain the integrity of the healthcare system

  • Hospitalized patients
  • Symptomatic healthcare workers

PRIORITY 2. Ensure that those who are at highest risk of complication of infection are rapidly identified and appropriately triaged

  • Patients in long-term care facilities with symptoms
  • Patients 65 years of age and older with symptoms
  • Patients with underlying conditions with symptoms
  • First responders with symptoms

PRIORITY 3 . As resources allow, test individuals in the surrounding community of rapidly increasing hospital cases to decrease community spread, and ensure health of essential workers

  • Critical infrastructure workers with symptoms
  • Individuals who do not meet any of the above categories with symptoms
  • Health care workers and first responders
  • Individuals with mild symptoms in communities experiencing high COVID-19 hospitalizations

Why hoarding Hydroxychloroquine needs to stop

THERE ARE SMALL, anecdotal studies that hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine—anti-malaria drugs— relieve the acute respiratory symptoms of covid-19 and clear the virus from infected patients. The Food and Drug Administration has given emergency approval to a Trump administration plan to distribute millions of doses of anti-malarial drugs to hospitals across the country, saying it is worth the risk of trying unproven treatments to slow the progression of the disease.

This has caused that hoarders are buying these drugs. This may include doctors and dentists—who are writing prescriptions for themselves or family members. For the complete Kaiser News Health story click HERE.


—> Information curated by Dr. Edel Marie Jose


 

Your medical questions answered: Part 1

What is Coronavirus?

CORONAVIRUSES (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.

Watch this short video to find out more.


How Coronavirus spreads?

AS A NEW DISEASE we are still learning how COVID-19 spreads, the severity of illness it causes, and to what extent it may spread in the United States. To learn what we know now, click HERE.


The name

OFFICIAL NAMES HAVE been announced for the virus responsible for COVID-19 (previously known as “2019 novel coronavirus”) and the disease it causes.  The official names are:

Disease Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Virus Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2
(SARS-CoV-2)

To learn more about the virus naming, click HERE.


How long can Coronavirus live on surfaces?

  • In the air: 3 hrs
  • Copper: 4 hrs
  • Cardboard 24 hrs
  • Plastic 2-3 days
  • Stainless Steel 2-3 days

Aerosol and Surface Stability of SARS-CoV-2 as compared with SARS-CoV-1. Read more about surfaces HERE.


What are the symptoms of Coronavirus?

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Flu and cold symptoms
  • Unusual symptoms: Loss of smell, conjunctivitis, digestive problems

For more comprehensive details, click HERE.


What is Pneumoniae?

IT IS A LUNG INFLAMMATION caused by bacterial or viral infection, in which the air sacs fill with pus and may become solid. Inflammation may affect both lungs (double pneumonia), one lung (single pneumonia), or only certain lobes (lobar pneumonia). For a short video explaining more, click HERE.


What to do if you are sick with COVID-19 or think you might have it?

Department of Health and Human Services: If you are sick with COVID-19 or think you might have it, follow these steps. Click HERE.

State Health Departments: What to do if you are concerned you have COVID-19. For information on each US state, click HERE.

Illinois
  • Stay home if you are sick and call your health care provider if you have coronavirus symptoms to discuss whether you should be evaluated in person and considered for testing.
  • Providers determine whether to conduct testing based on the Illinois Department of Public Health’s criteria, which evaluates a combination of symptoms and risk factors.
  • To help relieve symptoms: stay home and rest, take pain and fever medications and drink plenty of liquids. Seek medical attention if symptoms worsen.
  • After a provider sends samples to the public health lab, results should be available approximately 24 hours later.
  • Commercial labs are also conducting tests, which are then sent to the Illinois Department of Public Health’s laboratory for confirmation.
  • General questions about COVID-19 and Illinois’ response can be answered over the phone at 1-800-889-3931 or via email at DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV. More information is available on the Illinois Department of Public Health’s coronavirus website.

“Step by Step guide” to self-isolation

IF YOU ARE NOT sick enough to be hospitalized but are showing symptoms of coronavirus, you need to self-isolate to keep others in your home and your family safe. For a short video, click HERE.

 


are the young susceptible to COVID-19?

A RECENT ANALYSIS of COVID-19 cases in the United States reveals that while older people are at high risk of becoming seriously ill, the disease can hit younger adults hard, too. It shows that 1 in 5 people landing in the hospital are 20 to 44 years old.

The CDC analysis, released March 18, 2020, covers 2,449 reported cases from February 12 to March 16. Among 508 patients who required hospitalization, 20 percent were 20 to 44 years old. And of 121 people who were admitted to an intensive care unit, 12 percent were in that age group. For the complete ScienceNews story, click HERE.


—> Information curated by Dr. Edel Marie Jose


 

Antropoloops, music and data visualization: Open musical collages by Rubén Alonso

 

—By Elio Leturia MUSIC AND VISUALS! Join the Columbia College Chicago Music, Communication, and Design Departments, in collaboration with the Instituto Cervantes and the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association for a special live interactive music remix and data visualization show/talk with award-winning Spanish artist/architect Rubén Alonso.

The screening will be followed by a Q & A with Rubén Alonso, Associate Professor, School of Architecture, University of Málaga, Spain.

DATE Monday March 9, 2020
TIME 6:30pm – 8:00pm
LOCATION Hokin Lecture Hall, Columbia College Chicago, 623 S. Wabash Ave., first floor, Room 109, Chicago, IL 60605
Please R.S.V.P. clicking HERE.
COST FREE


About the project

Antropoloops is an audiovisual global artistic project that remixes musical pieces from fragments of traditional music from around the world while showing graphically where they come from; all done with the utmost respect to the original sources highlighting their value.

The two basic principles of the project are not modifying the original pitch of the music they use, and visualizing and opening up the remixing process. Since its origin in 2012, the project has been developing a creative approach to ethnomusicology, which has gradually opened towards its educational and historic possibilities, generating new synergies with other artists.


About the artist Rubén Alonso, Barcelona 1973

While studying architecture in Berlin in the late 1990s, Rubén fantasized about the romantic notion of the traveling ethnomusicologist who collects songs around the world, but the journey would begin years later, through the distributed archive of the web and from the music remix culture with the artistic project Antropoloops that he has been developing with Esperanza Moreno since 2012.

Architect Rubén Alonso teaches architecture at the University of Málaga, Spain.

With 4 albums published, the project has been presented in several festivals and spaces, both nationally and internationally (Italy, Germany, United Kingdom, Slovenia, Chile, Argentina), as well as in several TEDx talks. The project has been developing a creative approach to ethnomusicology which has gradually opened towards its educational and historic possibilities, generating new synergies. He is also a member of the folk music group Las Buenas Noches.

As an Architect he is co-founder of the lapanaderia architecture studio (2003-2013) whose work has been recognized in national and international spheres and published in specialized press and magazines. He has co-directed research projects on housing as a process, adaptability in collective housing, low-cost public housing, and has been co-developer of the collective processes platform masqueunacasa.org. He has a PhD in Architecture from the University of Málaga and an Official Master in Social Sciences and Social Intervention from the University Pablo de Olavide in Seville. Since 2010 he is an associate professor at the School of Architecture in Málaga and also shares his centrifugal approach to architecture with Esperanza Moreno at estudiopack.

Spain at Columbia: Filmmaker Nayra Sanz Fuentes

JOIN THE COLUMBIA COLLEGE CHICAGO Cinema and Television Arts, and Communication Departments in collaboration with Instituto Cervantes and the Fulbright Association for a special screening of the short films “Sub Terrae”, “Un día cualquiera” (“Yet another day”) & “Selfie.”

The screening will be followed by a Q & A with award-winning film director Nayra Sanz Fuentes, Cinema and Television Arts Assistant Professor Carolina Posse, and Journalism Associate Professor Elio Leturia.

DATE Monday March 2, 2020
TIME 6:30pm – 9:00 pm
LOCATION Columbia College Chicago, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., third floor, Room 310, Chicago, IL 60605
Please R.S.V.P. clicking HERE.
COST FREE

About The Short Films

SUB TERRAE
Spain, 2017 | Runtime: 7 min
Director, Writer, Cinematography, Editing: Nayra Sanz Fuentes
Producer: José Luis Sanz de Garnica, Javier Sanz Fuentes
Language: without dialogues
Synopsis: Shadows are not always under the earth…


UN DÍA CUALQUIERA (“Yet Another Day”)
Spain, 2014 | Runtime: 29 min
Director, Writer, Editing: Nayra Sanz Fuentes
Cinematography: Carlos Vásquez
Producer: Víctor Moreno
Cast: Teresa Soria, Ricardo Reguera, Puchi Lagarde, Sara Martín, Diego Villena, Gala García Cuerva, Vicent Andrés
Language: Spanish with English subtitles
Synopsis: Another day in the life of Ana, but her boyfriend, family and friends don’t know her actual reality, even being part of it.


SELFIE
Spain, 2019 | Runtime: 9 min
Director, Writer, Cinematography, Editing: Nayra Sanz Fuentes
Producers: Nayra Sanz Fuentes, Javier Sanz Fuentes
Language: English with Spanish subtitles
Synopsis: This conceptual and sensory miniature rethinks the concept of the social (self) portrait by playing with the distortions of a Big Brother impassively watching over us. A technological state of permanent control, of mechanization of a daily life ruled by a human-made inventiveness that has ended up taking control of our lives.

Spanish filmmaker Nayra Sanz Fuentes

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR Nayra Sanz Fuentes, a Hispanic Philology major with specialization in contemporary literature, she did part of her doctoral thesis at Humboldt University in Berlin thanks to a grant from the DAAD, during which time she analyzed the National Socialist body through the work of Leni Riefenstahl. She then did a Master’s in Film Management in New York, where she began working on film productions.

Upon returning to Spain, she created the production company Rinoceronte Films, which focuses on film production and developing cultural projects. Her filmography features eight short films which have participated in more than 200 festivals (Anniversary, Encounter, Things in Common, Un día cualquiera, Sub Terrae, En esas tierras, Selfie and Drifts), and have won numerous awards. Her first feature film, Tan Antiguo como el Mundo, won the Precolombino de Oro Award at the Bogotá Film Festival. She was production director and editor on Edificio España, nominated to the Goya Awards, and co-producer and co-screenwriter on La ciudad oculta (The hidden city,) winner of the Feroz, the Spanish Cinema Critics Award.

2020 Winter Wonderland Reception with a jazz feel

Vocalist TJ Crawley

By Elio Leturia—ON FRIDAY JANUARY 24, 2019 Columbia College Chicago hosted this year’s Fulbright Chicago Winter Wonderland Reception at its Cinema and Television Arts building in the South Loop.

Among the attendees were Fulbright alumni, current visiting Fulbright students and scholars, members of the Chicago Chapter’s Board of Directors, members of the Consular Corps, friends, and family. The annual event was co-sponsored by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

The reception took place at Columbia College Chicago in the South Loop.

Sixty-eight participants representing 22 countries got together to celebrate last year’s accomplishments and strengthen the Fulbright mission. For Fulbright students and scholars, it was a great opportunity to recharge for the start of a new semester.

Teuta Peja, Edel Marie Jose and Marilyn Susman welcoming the guests.

Besides the buffet style food served at the Winter Reception that included vegetarian options and complemented the festive atmosphere, vocalist Tina Jenkins Crawley performed with pianist Amr Fahmy. TJ Crawley interpreted an array of pop songs with a jazz feel.

A Fulbrighter to Malaysia (1997,) Cyprus (2003) and Indonesia (2013,) Dr. Marilyn Susman, a long time member of the Chicago Chapter, welcomed the guests and shared a condensed story of our Chicago Chapter, one of the largest in the country. She introduced past president Meredith McNeil, a 2002 Fulbrighter to Turkey who directed our chapter during the past two years. McNeil announced our new president, Dr. Edel Marie Jose who did her Fulbright in The Philippines in 2004.

President Edel Marie Jose, Teuta Peja, Adam Fuss and Suzanne McBride

Dr. Jose, a medical doctor, shared how she got involved with our local chapter and thanked all board members present: Teuta Peja (USA, 2015,) Suzanne McBride (Ireland, 2012) and Adam Fuss (Russia, 2001.) She also invited all attendees to ask questions and to let her know what our chapter could do to serve our members better.

Fulbright scholars and students, Fulbright alumni and guests during the Winter Reception

But the highlight of the night was the exciting and contagious music by Tina Jenkins Crawley. Yver Melchor, a Fulbright student from Mexico said: “The winter event is always a good opportunity meet charismatic and smart Fulbrighters. It’s also a learning experience about global affairs and the state of all field research in Chicago. I really enjoyed this year’s performance, the singer was amazing,” and Indonesian Fulbrighter Hendriana Werdhaningsih, added: “[I] love having Tina Jenkins Crawley at the Fulbright Chicago Winter Reception! The event was very pleasant and valuable for me. Meeting and talking with other Fulbrighters made me realized even more that we are the knots of intercultural relationships, which is significant in building trust and understanding.”

Board members Adan Fuss, Marilyn Sussman, Suzanne McBride, Edel Marie Jose, Meredith McNeil, Teuta Peja and past Fulbright Chicago Chapter President Don Garner

Fulbright scholars and students, Fulbright alumni and guests during the Winter Reception

Fulbright scholars and students, Fulbright alumni and guests during the Winter Reception

An image to remember: Fulbright scholars and students, Fulbright alumni and guests during the Winter Reception

The after party and Kitty O’Shea’s on Michigan Avenue

Photos Courtesy Gonzalo Varela and Edel Marie Jose