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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

Vocalist TJ Crawley performing live at the 2020 Fulbright Chicago Winter Reception

TJ Crawley will be performing at the Fulbright Chicago Winter Wonderland Reception at Columbia College Chicago

NAMED “BEST GOSPEL Entertainer of the Year” at the 2015 Chicago Music Awards, vocalist Tina Jenkins Crawley will be performing at the 2020 Fulbright Chicago Winter Wonderland Reception.

Her repertoire includes upbeat jazz, familiar & current pop tunes with a jazz feel, upbeat hits from the decades—and all genre kind of background vibe. Tina will be accompanied by Amr Fahmy on piano.

DATE Friday, January 24, 2020
TIME 6:30pm – 8:30pm
LOCATION Columbia College Chicago, 1104 S. Wabash, 8th Fl, Chicago, IL 60605

RSVPs are required. Please R.S.V.P. clicking HERE.

COST FREE for current visiting Fulbright Students and Scholars and members of the consular corps.
$20 per person for guests, family members, Fulbright Association members and Fulbright Alumni. You can pay in cash, or check, or credit card onsite.

Light fare and wine/beer will be provided.

Street parking is available on Wabash Ave. and in nearby lots. Visit Spothero for deals.

If you will be using public transportation, you can plan your trip with the CTA Trip Planner: www.transitchicago.com
The building is walking distance to the Roosevelt Ave/State St. train stop.

If you have questions about the event, please email fulbrightchicago@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you at the event!

*Please note that photos and video will be taken at the event.

This program has been made possible by support from the Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Let’s celebrate 2020! RSVP for the Fulbright Winter Reception

 

THE FULBRIGHT ASSOCIATION-Chicago Chapter and the Institute of International Education (IIE) invite you, your family, colleagues, and friends to attend the 2020 Winter Wonderland Reception. Reconnect in the New Year with fellow Fulbrighters and alumni!

DATE Friday, January 24, 2020
TIME 6:30pm – 8:30pm
LOCATION Columbia College, 1104 S. Wabash, 8th Fl, Chicago, IL 60605

RSVPs are required by Monday, January 20, 2020! Please R.S.V.P. clicking HERE.


»Light fare and wine/beer will be provided.
»The program will feature live music by Tina Jenkins Crawley who will be performing along with a pianist.


COST FREE for current visiting Fulbright Students and Scholars and members of the consular corps.
$20 per person for guests, family members, Fulbright Association members and Fulbright Alumni. You can pay in cash, or check, or credit card onsite.

Street parking is available on Wabash Ave. and in nearby lots. Visit Spothero for deals.

If you will be using public transportation, you can plan your trip with the CTA Trip Planner: www.transitchicago.com
The building is walking distance to the Roosevelt Ave/State St. train stop.

If you have questions about the event, please email fulbrightchicago@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you at the event!

*Please note that photos and video will be taken at the event.

This program has been made possible by support from the Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Welcome to Chicago Fulbrighters! Let’s explore Chinatown!

THE FULBRIGHT ASSOCIATION-Chicago Chapter and the Institute of International Education (IIE) invite you, your family, colleagues, and friends to attend our 2019 Fall Welcome. This year we are highlighting Chicago’s vibrant Chinatown neighborhood! Our Fall Welcome has two parts: A luncheon and a guided tour.

DATE  Sunday, September 29th, 2019


TIME  1:00-2:30p.m. Lunch
LOCATION MingHin Cuisine Chinatown, 2168 S. Archer, Chicago, IL
*Group will then walk to cultural activity


TIME 3-5p.m. Guided Tour
LOCATION Chinese American Museum of Chicago,  238 W. 23rd St., Chicago, IL


RSVPs are required by Sunday, September 22, 2019!  Please R.S.V.P. clicking HERE.

The purpose of this event is to welcome the visiting students and scholars who have recently arrived to Chicago for their Fulbright. The gathering provides an opportunity for Fulbright Association members of the Chicago Chapter to welcome and engage our guests, and for visiting Fulbrighters and alumni to affirm friendships as well as academic and professional connections.

COST This event is FREE for current visiting Fulbright Students and Scholars and members of the consular corps.
The cost for guests, family members, Fulbright Association members and Fulbright Alumni is $15 per person.

You may pay via PayPal by clicking HERE.

You may also pay cash in person, at the event.  We are unable to take credit card payments at the event.

Street parking is available.

If you will be using public transportation, you can plan your trip with the CTA Trip Planner: www.transitchicago.com

If you have questions about the event, please email fulbrightchicago@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you at the event!  *Please note that photos and video will be taken at the event.

This program has been made possible by support from the Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

2019 Spring Farewell in Pilsen!

THE FULBRIGHT ASSOCIATION-Chicago Chapter and the Institute of International  Education (IIE) invite you, your family, colleagues, and friends to attend our 2019 Spring Farewell.

This event has two parts: A museum visit, and a restaurant gathering.

DATE Sunday, April 28th, 2019
TIME 1:30-2:30p.m.
LOCATION National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th St, Pilsen Neighborhood
*Guided tour OR self walk thru

TIME 3-5p.m.
LOCATION D’Nuez Restaurant, 2000 W. 18th St. (b/t S. Wolcott and Damen) Pilsen

RSVPs are required by April 26, 2019! Please R.S.V.P. using this FORM.

After you RSVP you may pay via PayPal by clicking HERE.

You can also pay at the event using cash, or check. We are unable to take credit card payments at the event.

It is time to give a fond farewell to the visiting Fulbright students and scholars who will soon be returning to their home countries/kickoff summer break. What a great opportunity to gather with the Fulbright Association members of the Chicago Chapter to say ‘thank you’ to our guests, and for visiting Fulbrighters and alumni to affirm friendships as well as academic and professional connections.

This year we are highlighting Chicago’s vibrant and ever-altering Pilsen neighborhood!

COST FREE for current visiting Fulbright Students and Scholars and members of the consular corps.
$15 per person for guests, family members, Fulbright Association members and Fulbright Alumni.

Street parking is available.

If you will be using public transportation, you can plan your trip with the CTA Trip Planner: www.transitchicago.com

If you have questions about the event, please email fulbrightchicago@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you at the event! *Please note that photos and video will be taken at the event.

This program has been made possible by support from the Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Norma Fay Green is the Recipient of the 2018 Dee Sarelas Service Award

The moment when Dr. Norma Green is announced as the 2018 Dee Sarelas Service Award recipient.

THE FRIGID TEMPERATURES of past Friday, January 25, did not prevent over 110 attendees from participating in the 2019 Fulbright Chicago Winter Wonderland Reception at the Alliance Française in Chicago.

The celebration hosted Fulbright students, scholars and alumni, members of the Consular Corps and guests representing 52 countries from around the world. This annual signature event took place in conjunction with the Dee Sarelas Service Award Ceremony.

On this occasion, Dr. Norma Fay Green was the award recipient.

Cristina Sisson, previous Dee Sarelas Service Award winner announces the 2018 recipient.

Meredith McNeil, Fulbright Chicago Chapter president requested the guests to pause the winter soireée and introduced Cristina Sisson, our previous Dee Sarelas awardee. Sisson, a past Chicago Chapter board member, presented the award to Dr. Green, highlighting the many ways she has contributed to our local association over the years, and called her a world-traveler. “When I say the world, I don’t mean two countries in Europe, but the world,” Sisson said to the amusement of the attendees.

Dr. Norma Green shares her Fulbright message with the audience. Green did her first Fulbright in Denmark.

Dr. Green is a Columbia College Chicago Emerita Professor. She taught journalism at that institution for 29 years until her retirement in 2017. She received a Fulbright grant in 2000 as a visiting professor in Denmark and a 2011 Fulbright-Hays grant to Morocco and Tunisia.

Upon her return from Denmark, Dr. Green set about to internationalize the Columbia College Chicago Journalism Department curriculum. She actively mentored graduate students, especially international students, who expressed interest in teaching. Over the years she modeled classroom management techniques for teaching assistants from Nigeria, Italy, Brazil and Canada and gave them a platform to lead discussions on topics of their own choosing relating to their homelands. She continued to infuse a global perspective in all 23 different courses she eventually taught and also created by regular study trips to Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas.

Dr Green and Michele, a Fulbrighter from Costa Rica exchange stories.

She volunteered to be on the board of the Chicago Fulbright chapter and served from 2002-2004. She was admitted to the Fulbright Senior Specialists Roster in 2003 becoming a regular participant to the Fulbright Chicago events and activities over the years.

A jazz duo provided the music to our annual event.

After getting trained in Washington, D.C. as a Fulbright Campus Representative in Fall 2002, Dr. Green created and conducted the Columbia College Chicago Annual Fulbright workshop for faculty and administrators, until her retirement.

In 2013 Columbia College was officially recognized as a “Fulbright Program Top Producing Institution,” by the Institute of International Education, all due to her relentless work and guidance.

Past Fulbright Chicago Chapter president Don Garner talks to Dr. Marilyn Susman (2010 Dee Sarelas Award recipient) and her husband Gary Auerbach.

The Dee Sarelas Fulbright Service Award, established in 2009, is named after a founder of the Fulbright Association Chicago Chapter: Aphrodite (“Dee”) Edith Floros Sarelas, an early Fulbrighter to Greece. This award acknowledges the person or institution that demonstrates its vocation of service to the Fulbright ideals and recognizes ‘‘the significant impact on the development of internationalism for the Fulbright Association and the Chicagoland community.”

Fulbrighters and guests enjoy the food, music and inviting atmosphere.

Past Dee Sarelas Service Award recipients include Loyola University Professor Emerita and psychotherapist Dr. Marilyn Susman; Architect and Studio Talo Principal Thomas Ahleman; Northeastern Illinois University Professor and Educational Leadership Advocate Dr. Ana Gil-García; Columbia College Chicago professor and multimedia journalist Elio Leturia; American University in Bulgaria Psychology Researcher Dr. Ron Harvey; and Chicago Public Schools Spanish Teacher Cristina Sisson.

Student Representative board member Teuta Peja welcomes Fulbrighters and guests to the annual event at the Alliance Francaise.

Participants from 52 countries enjoy a night of Fulbright camaraderie.

Chicago Chapter Board member Dr. Kari Burnett plays barwoman at the Winter Reception.

Argentine Deputy Consul Marcelo Boffi talks to Honduran Fulbright scholar Joan Miguel López.

The Winter Reception provides another opportunity to meet Fulbrighters from all over the world.

Previous Dee Sarelas Awardee Cristina Sisson was a Chicago Chapter board member for eight years.

The Winter Reception, scheduled until 8:30 pm got extended for an additional hour.

Board Member Dr. Richard Hallett and Chicago Chapter President Meredith McNeil

Dr. Norma Green poses with her Dee Sarelas Service Award.

The fun continued with an after party at Moe’s Cantina in River North …

… with dance included!

Photos by Elio Leturia

Last chance to RSVP for the Fulbright Winter Reception and the 2018 Dee Sarelas Service Award Ceremony!

THE CHICAGO CHAPTER of the Fulbright Association and the Institute of International Education (IIE) invite you, your family, colleagues, and friends to attend the 2019 Winter Wonderland Reception. Reconnect in the New Year with fellow Fulbrights and alumni!

We will also present the recipient of the 2018 Dee Sarelas* Fulbright Service Award.

Light fare and wine/beer will be provided. Live jazz music as well!

DATE Friday, January 25th, 2019
TIME 6:30pm – 8:30pm
LOCATION Alliance Française de Chicago, 810 North Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL 60610

RSVPs are required by Tuesday, January 22nd (last chance!) using this form.

COST This event is FREE for current visiting Fulbright Students and Scholars and members of the consular corps.
$15 per person for guests, family members, Fulbright Association members and Fulbright Alumni.

After submitting this form, please make your payment via Paypal (click here) or at the event using cash, or check. We are unable to take credit card payments at the event.

STREET PARKING is available, as well as a parking garage at 671 N. Clark Street, Chicago.

If you will be using public transportation, you can plan your trip with the CTA Trip Planner: www.transitchicago.com

If you have questions about the event, please email fulbrightchicago@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you at the event!

*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 was established in 2010 to honor her memory.

*Please note that photos and video will be taken at the event.