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Grad Happy Hour for the Class of 2020!

CONGRATULATIONS to the Class of 2020!  The Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association invites you to a «Grad Happy Hour» where we will celebrate the newly graduated Fulbrighters and hear the story of returned Fulbrighters who have been supporting the frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For this special event we will have two guitar performances by Joan Miguel López, Fulbright Alumni from Honduras who got his MEd in Cultural and Educational Policy at Loyola University Chicago, and Walid Elshanshoury, current student from Egypt, who is pursuing a Master of Science in Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT).

Let’s connect, discuss, and enjoy socializing with our fellow alumni, students, and scholars. Bring your beverage of choice and come join us for an evening of celebration. You can connect from wherever you are!

DATE June 18, 2020
TIME 6:30-8 pm US Central Time

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Zoom! A virtual Happy Hour keeps our community together

Virtual Fulbright Chicago Happy Hour, April, 2020

FOLLOWING THE SOCIAL distancing guidelines and our mission to serve the Fulbright community, the Chicago Chapter organized a Happy Hour that took place on Thursday, April 23, 2020.

Using the current virtual technologies, Zoom came to the rescue and for 90 minutes, 30 participants, that included alumni, students, scholars and board members of the Fulbright association shared stories and talked about different topics at this time of global isolation.

Among the strongest topics in this online exchange were the current situation of the Fulbright program (after it was suspended) and state of newly returned Fulbright Scholars.

Fulbright Association Executive Director John Bader

Our special guest, John Bader, Executive Director of the Fulbright Association in Washington D.C., addressed the concerns of Fulbrighters and brought hope for the continuation of the Fulbright Program. The Chapter members had the opportunity to address their questions directly to the Director and got firsthand responses.

The discussion continued with topics ranging from mental health during isolation and medical insurance coverage to daily activities of Chapter members. The participants shared stories of their daily lives and how they have coped with the current state of the nation, and also appreciated being able to share and discuss the social aspects which are getting them through these times. The recently published COVID-19 Resource Guide that the Chicago Chapter board produced as an informational support for the local Fulbright community was a great resource which the Fulbrighters used for guidance and actionable information.

“The COVID-19 Resources and Guidelines played an integral role in providing accessible information to our Chapter, but also brought about a way to personally connect and communicate with our Chapter members,” said Dr. Edel Marie Jose, Chicago Chapter president.

There was also conversation about the survey’s results that the association put together to gather information on how to serve our community better.

The attendees are looking forward to another “social” Happy Hour to further discuss life in general among fellow Fulbrighters and enjoy live music performed by their colleagues. 

The board is currently reviewing the scheduling and programming of upcoming events to adjust them to the current situation. We hope that soon we will return to our usual “normal” one way or another, to continue fulfilling our mission, face to face. In the interim, however, we all remain connected.

Happy Hour! Get your glass and device ready!

I’TS TIME TO get social! The Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association invites you to a «Happy Hour» where we can connect, discuss, and enjoy socializing with our fellow alumni, students and scholars. Bring your beverage of choice and come join us for an evening of conversation and insightful tips to cope with the COVID-19 situation.


DATE Thursday April 23, 2020
TIME 6:30-8:00pm
CONNECTION Zoom Meeting ID and password have been emailed. Check your emails! If you didn’t get it, email fulbrightchicago@gmail.com


The event will be held via Zoom Conference and we will be discussing the questions posed to the chapter from the recent survey you had all responded to. Please check your emails for the Zoom meeting ID and password. We thank all of you for the great feedback and for connecting with us through the survey. There will be a number of board members attending, and we will open the floor to the discussion of these important topics and continue into the evening with the social hour.

And not to cut the gathering short, the Zoom line will remain open for those who would like to continue socializing and enjoying their beverages throughout the evening.

If you have not had a chance to look over the COVID-19 Resources on the Chicago Chapter website, there is invaluable information for everyone on a broad range of topics from official information on the pandemic to food, education, and mental health, to name a few. I encourage you to take a look. COVID-19 Resources and Guidelines.

In the meantime, we would like to respond to some urgent questions posed in the survey:

INSURANCE Responses regarding health insurance/co-payment showed to be your primary concern in the survey.
As a Fulbright scholar you are protected by a specific insurance company ASPE (Accident and Sickness Program for Exchanges). The ASPE has a deductible of $25 for each claim. Seven Corners, Inc is the program administrator of ASPE. The Chapter would like you to consider to:
Call your program advising manager in the Institute of International Education (IIE) Midwestern Regional Center-Chicago, if it is your sponsor in this country. If so, your program adviser is taking phone calls from any student who needs advise on insurance issues; or
Call Seven Corners, Inc (1-800-461-0430). This toll free number is exclusively for grantees in the United States.
Below are two links that will help you navigate the questions and or concerns related to your health insurance in the united States.
https://fulbrightonline.org/covid-19#foreign-students
https://us.fulbrightonline.org/current-fulbrighters/health-benefits-summary

FOOD RESOURCES The recent Food Resources posting in the Chicago Chapter Website has information indicating the options available in the city, as to where to go and which organizations are distributing free food. There are also university food pantries that are an option if you live near a university campus. Here is the link below. Check out this LINK. I highly suggest going through the COVID-19 Resources section on the website for invaluable information and resources.
There are also several grocery delivery apps that could be helpful. One is Instacart, which allows you to select the grocery items you would like and then have them delivered to you. Users can add their zip code and you’ll find the local stores delivering to your neighborhood.

Additionally, there are a lot of restaurants in Chicago offering delivery services. Check out this LINK with a write up about specific restaurants by neighborhood. As you may know, many restaurants are still offering take out and contact-less pick up and delivery.

We look forward to seeing you all there! Be safe and be well!

Summer Social and Happy Hour at Zed

Fulbright HapHour ZED_8-19-16

THE CHICAGO CHAPTER BOARD of the Fulbright Association would like to invite you to an after work Social and Happy Hour!
WHEN Friday, August 19, 2016 from 6pm-8pm at
WHERE Zed451, located at 739 N Clark St, Chicago IL 60654


This will be a great opportunity to share Fulbright stories, catch up with friends, and meet other Fulbright Association members from the Chicago area.

We look forward to seeing everyone there!