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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.

Welcome to Chicago, Fulbrighters!

Welcome to Chicago, the Windy City.

ON A SLIGHTLY overcast but fortunately rainless autumn day, the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association welcomed Fulbrighters from all over the world. The first event of the academic year was an architectural tour on the Chicago River that gave us the opportunity to present the beauty of the city of Chicago to the newcomers, and share it with the local Fulbright alumni.

Sixty eight people participated in the 2018 Fall Welcome.

“Sixty eight Fulbrighters, between members of the association and Fulbright students and scholars have come to participate in this event today,” said Meredith McNeil, president of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association. Students and scholars not only from Chicago universities but also from from Champaign-Urbana, Normal-Bloomington and Dekalb participated in the event.

At the base of the Wrigley Building, where the tour started.

The Wendella Tours boat left its wharf at the base of the Wrigley Building and sailed the Chicago River bypassing the south branch to reach the Willis Tower (ex-Sears Tower, the second tallest building in the United States.) There it turned around and came back to cross under Michigan Avenue and continued until entering Lake Michigan, from where we all could appreciate the skyline of this wonderful city.

Fulbright students and scholars enjoying the tour.

Among the buildings that stood out in this tour are the Marina City, built in 1964, the Merchandise Mart— that in 1930 became was the largest building in the (372,000 m2) and had its own postal code—the IBM building, the Civic Opera House, the NBC Tower, the Carbide and Carbon Building with its gold leaf top, the 333 West Wacker Drive building and its dramatic curved, green glass façade to the most modern Lake Point Tower and Aqua buildings, to cite just a few.

The Trump Tower, the second tallest building in Chicago.

At the end of the tour, the group moved to the Howell’s & Hood Restaurant, in the Tribune Tower building, another architectural wonder, where the scholars, students and members of the association shared a lunch and moments of friendship and camaraderie.

The entire group!

Fulbright students and scholars enjoying a good time at the lake.

Lifetime Fulbright Association member Jane Florine, an ethnomusicologist who did her Fulbright in Argentina.

Scholars and their families participated in our Fall Welcome.

Past recipients of the Fulbright Dee Sarelas Service Award Marilyn Susman (2010) and Ana Gil-García (2012).

The view from Lake Michigan.

Judy and Serafín Veramendi, and our boat tour guide.

Fulbright Chicago past presidents Elio Leturia (2011-12), Ana Gil-García (2008) and Don Garner (2007).

The city views from Lake Michigan are spectacular.

In this Fulbright group, Spanish was the language of choice.

At the patio of Howell’s & Hood Restaurant.

Three current Fulbright scholars. At the center, Teuta Peja from Kosovo.

Poland, Kosovo, Mexico and Peru are represented in this Fulbright group.

The food line is always a good place to get to know each other!

Another Fulbright group (all Argentines, and one Mexican) having a good time.

Chicago-based Fulbright students welcome newly arrived Fulbrighters

Current Fulbrighters welcoming newly-arrived Fulbright students at the Bulldog Ale House in Rogers Park in the north part of Chicago.

ON SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 8, 2018, current Fulbright students  Joan Miguel López from Honduras, Serene Ismail from Pakistan, Nasrullah Hussaini from  Afghanistan, Yver Melchor from Mexico, Aldo Álvarez from Paraguay, Hasina Ehsan from Aghanistan and Juan Manuel Cánovas from Argentina organized an informal gathering at the Bulldog Ale House in Rogers Park to welcome recently arrived Fulbrighters from Colombia, Palestine, Indonesia, Kosovo, Poland, Bosnia, El Salvador, Malaysia, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Earlier that day Serene Ismail, Fulbright student representative to the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association, attended the board meeting to participate in the 2018-2019 events and activities planning for the year ahead.

Chapter’s president Meredith McNeil said that our upcoming Fall Welcome Architecture Boat Tour will be a great way to show our new Fulbrighters the beautiful city of Chicago.

To register for the Fall Welcome please visit our site, fulbrightchicago.com or click here.

2018 Fall Welcome with an architectural tour

WELCOME TO CHICAGO with an architectural tour! The Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association and the Institute of International Education (IIE) invite you, your family, colleagues, and friends to attend our 2018 Fall Welcome Event.

We want to welcome the visiting Fulbright students and scholars who have recently arrived, as well as to reconnect with old friends.

This a two-part event. It starts with an architectural tour on the Chicago River, followed by an informal gathering at a restaurant in a Chicago landmark, the Tribune Tower.

DATE Sunday, September 30, 2018
TIME Meet up at Wendella ticketing: NO LATER than 11:45a.m. The boat departs promptly at noon.
Wendella Boat Ride: 12:00p.m.
Howells & Hoods: 2:00p.m. (light fare)

LOCATION BOAT TOUR Wendella Boar Tours, 400 N. Michigan Ave.
LOCATION RESTAURANT Howells & Hood, 435 N. Michigan Ave.


*TICKETS FOR WENDELLA BOAT TOUR ARE LIMITED AND REQUIRE RSVP*


RSVPs are required by Close of Business, Friday, Sept. 28th! Please R.S.V.P. using this form.

COST FREE for current visiting Fulbright Students and Scholars and members of the consular corps. $20 for guests, family members, Fulbright Association members and Fulbright alumni.

PAYMENT via PayPal: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=8JU46XXZ9EZVW

Money will NOT be accepted onsite, all paying guests must pay using the Paypal link above. As seating is limited, your ticket is only guaranteed upon payment.

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.