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Fulbright Chicago Winter Reception at the Alliance Française

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By Mary Mares-Awe—THE CHICAGO CHAPTER of the Fulbright Association and the Institute of International Education (IIE) invite you, your family, colleagues and friends to attend our Winter Reception and the *Dee Sarelas Fulbright Service Award Ceremony.

This event will present a wonderful opportunity to mingle with fellow Fulbrighters, make new connections, and solidify friendships while spending the evening in Downtown Chicago.

DATE Friday, January 27, 2017
TIME  6:00p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
LOCATION  Alliance Française, 810 N Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL 60610    phone (312) 337-1070


COST FREE to current visiting Fulbright Students and Scholars, $20 for each accompanying adult family member and/or guests, Fulbright Alumni and Association Members.
RSVPs are required by January 25, 2917!  Please R.S.V.P. and pay by using the online form or click on the link below:
https://goo.gl/forms/Bro5Lo0RnSRiydWq1
DRESS CODE Business attire is required; no jeans, t-shirts or athletic shoes.
Email questions or cancellations to fulbrightchicago@gmail.com

*Aphrodite “Dee” Floros Sarelas was an early Fulbrighter to Greece. Dee was a Chicagoan dedicated to interacting with, and nurturing Fulbrighters in the Chicago area.
She 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 has been established in her memory.

We look forward to seeing you at this event!

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Cyber Security for International Education Week

The Chicago Cultural Center

The Chicago Cultural Center

By Mary Mares-Awe—TO CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL Education Week, the Board of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association, in partnership with World Chicago, and the Institute of International Education (IIE), invite you to a Panel Presentation on Cyber Security.

The area of cyber security of concern to virtually everyone using the internet.  We rely on the internet for communication, commerce, education, work, and data storage. However, with the extensive usage of digital data, there is an ever-increasing risk of personal information and intellectual property being compromised by cyber-based attacks. Cyber security involves protecting our information by preventing, detecting, and responding to online threats.

Yilmaz Halac

Yilmaz Halac

The event will feature an expert panel presentation led by an FBI Special Agent who will discuss Cyber Security at the personal level, and provide tips on how individuals can stay safe online. Another member of the panel, Mr. Then Yilmaz Halac, will speak about Security at the public safety level, using his experience as the Managing Deputy Director for the 911 center, during the NATO summit in Chicago.

This will be an excellent opportunity, to learn about this important topic from highly respected experts in the field of cyber security.

WHAT Panel discussion on Cyber Security, Q&A, and networking.

WHEN Thursday, November 17, 2016  |  5:00pm-7:00pm

WHERE  The Chicago Cultural Center
1st Floor Garland Room
78 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602

Use www.transitchicago.com to plan your route.

Refreshments will be served.

COST  FREE for current visiting Fulbright Students, Scholars, and Teachers. The cost is $10 for Fulbright alumni, each adult family member, and/or guest(s).

RSVP by November 15, 2016  using the form below.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSesggzHV4DgnX2IggmNPWizfsDVbbEnwMTWeJRlzqytw-2tVw/viewform

You may pay in person with cash, credit  card, or online using PayPal (+$1 processing fee) after you submit this form.

Meet Jane and Francesca at the 2016 Fulbright Chicago Fall Welcome

In 1965, the Hull House was designated as a U.S. National Historic Landmark. Photo by Kevin Spitta

In 1965, the Hull House was designated as a U.S. National Historic Landmark.      Photo by Kevin Spitta

THE FULBRIGHT ASSOCIATION-Chicago Chapter and the Institute of International Education (IIE) invite you, your family, colleagues, and friends to attend the 2016 Fall Welcome.

WHEN Sunday, October 16th, 2016, noon-3pm

WHERE Jane Addams Hull-House Museum [noon-1:00pm]
800 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60607

Francesca’s on Taylor [1:15pm-3pm]
1400 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607

Jane Addams

Jane Addams

We will meet at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, and tour the historic building located at the Chicago Campus of the University of Illinois. Jane Addams was a social reformer who worked closely with the immigrant communities of Chicago during the late 19th, and early 20th century. She was the first American woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

After the museum tour we will go to Francesca’s on Taylor, an authentic Italian restaurant (within walking distance of the museum), where we can mingle, make new friends, exchange Fulbright stories and enjoy a wonderful meal.

COST The event is FREE for ALL current visiting Fulbright Students, Scholars, and Teachers! The cost is $20 for alumni, each adult family member, and/or guest(s).

You may pay in person with cash, check, or credit card, or online using PayPal (+$1 processing fee) after you submit this Paypal form.

Please note that you are responsible for your own transportation and/or accommodation to and from the event. Use www.transitchicago.com to plan your route!

PARKING Metered Street Parking is available. There is also a parking lot across from the Museum.

RSVP by Friday, October 14th, 2016 by using this form.

The Fall Welcome will provide a forum for visiting Fulbright scholars and students to meet Chapter Chapter Board members and Chicago-area alumni. This fun event will provide the perfect opportunity for cultural and educational enrichment of both visiting Fulbrighters and the Fulbright Association members. We look forward to seeing you at the event!

Fulbright Chicago Jazz Concert and Wine Reception

Poster design by Kevin Spitta, German Fulbrighter

Poster design by Kevin Spitta, German Fulbrighter

By Mary Mares-Awe—IN CELEBRATION OF the 5th anniversary of UNESCO designated International Jazz Day on April 30, the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association in partnership with 90.9fm WDCB Public Radio, Morgan Stanley and the Institute of International Education (IIE), would like to invite you, your family, colleagues and friends to a very special evening on the eve of International Jazz Day, featuring a live jazz performance and a post-performance wine and soft drink reception.

Grazyna Auguscik

Grazyna Auguscik

The event, featuring international recording artist and jazz performer Grazyna Auguscik will be broadcast live on 90.9fm WDCB.

Jazz has strong roots in Chicago, and international artists have come to the city to study, develop their craft and perform.  This will be a wonderful opportunity to enjoy an evening of live music at a great downtown location.

WHEN Friday, April 29, 2016

PERFORMANCE   5pm-6pm (doors open at 4:15pm)*

RECEPTION   6pm-6:45pm
*because this event will be broadcast live on public radio, NO ONE WILL BE ADMITTED  to the performance auditorium after 4:50pm.

WHERE Piano Forte Foundation, 1335 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago IL 60605

Please RSVP by clicking HERE.

COST $15 (plus $1 PayPal fee)
Seating is limited.  To guarantee a seat at the performance, please purchase your tickets in advance by clicking HERE .
You DO NOT need to have a PayPal login to pay.

We look forward to seeing you at the event!

The 2016 Spring Farewell takes place at the National Hellenic Museum in Greektown

Originally founded as the Hellenic Museum and Cultural Center, in 1983, the National Hellenic Museum is the second oldest American institution dedicated to the displaying and celebrating the cultural contributions of Greeks and Greek-Americans.

Originally founded as the Hellenic Museum and Cultural Center in 1983, the National Hellenic Museum is the second oldest American institution dedicated to the displaying and celebrating the cultural contributions of Greeks and Greek-Americans.

By Mary Mares-AweTHE CHICAGO CHAPTER of the Fulbright Association and the Institute of International Education (IIE) invite you, your family, colleagues and friends to attend our 2016 Spring Farewell Luncheon and visit to the National Hellenic Museum in Chicago’s historic Greek Town.

The purpose of this event is to bid fond farewells to the visiting Students and Scholars who will soon be returning to their home countries. The gathering provides an opportunity for Fulbright Association members of the Chicago Chapter to say ‘thank you’ to our guests, and for visiting Fulbrighters and alumni to affirm lasting friendships and professional connections. ​

WHEN Saturday, April 16, 2016, 12:00pm – 4pm.

WHERE ​​​​ National Hellenic Museum located at 333 South Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60661


Following the museum visit, we’ll go to Roditys Restaurant for a luncheon starting at 1:30pm. Roditys is located at 222 South Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60661

Those who only want to attend the luncheon, should arrive at the restaurant by 1:30pm

​COST This event is FREE to current Fulbright students and scholars. ​

The cost for each accompanying adult family member and/or guests, Fulbright Alumni, Association Members, Friends of Fulbright, etc. is $20/person. You may pay by PayPal when you R.S.V.P. using this LINK  (preferred), or you may pay by cash, check, or credit card at the event. https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=E997C7J39NUMN

HOW TO GET THERE If you plan on using public transportation, please plan your trip via transitchicago.com If you take the L Blue line, get off at the UIC-Halsted stop and then walk north on Halsted.

PARKING There is metered street parking along Halsted, Adams, and Jackson streets, and several self-park, parking lots in the vicinity. Roditys has a limited number of complimentary parking spots in the lot across the street from the restaurant.

 R.S.V.P.  NOW (and NO LATER THAN Tuesday, April 12) by clicking HERE or on the link below:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/16ZufU2RT4LmNMl-S0xs6-UzAlFlnkL5uEZ2y9Fn-248/viewform

We look forward to seeing you at the event!

Chicago Chapter participates in the 2016 International Women’s Day Celebration

Sheila Watt-Cloutier was the keynote speaker at the 2016 World Chicago's International Women's Day Luncheon

Sheila Watt-Cloutier was the keynote speaker at the 2016 World Chicago’s International Women’s Day Luncheon

By Mary-Mares-AweMEMBERS OF THE CHICAGO CHAPTER of the Fulbright Association and six visiting Fulbright students celebrated International Women’s day by attending the 15th annual luncheon at the Union League Club on March 8, hosted by World Chicago and the International Trade Club of Chicago.

Fulbrignt table at the 2016 International Women's Day Luncheon at the Union League Club

Fulbrignt table at the 2016 International Women’s Day Luncheon at the Union League Club

Attending the lunch were visiting Fulbrighters: Milena BerBenkova from Bulgaria, Eliana Solange from Angola, Eliane deLarminat of France, Aisa Lipscombe of New Zeland, Teuta Peja of Kosovo and Annie Khalid of Pakistan.

Representing the chapter were Mary Mares-Awe, President of the Chicago Chapter and Dr. Sandra Martins, one of the chapter’s newest members.

Mary Mares-Awe, President of the Chicago Chapter and Dr. Sandra Martins, member of the Chicago Chapter promoted the Fulbright Association at the International Women's Day Luncheon

Mary Mares-Awe, President of the Chicago Chapter and Dr. Sandra Martins, member of the Chicago Chapter promoted the Fulbright Association at the International Women’s Day Luncheon

The luncheon featured Nobel Peace Prize nominated author and, environmental and human rights advocate, Sheila Watt-Cloutier.  She is also the president of the Inuit Circumpolar Council of Canada.

During her speech Ms. Watt-Cloutier outlined the effects of human-made climate change on the lives of not only the aboriginal people of the North Pole, but on the whole world.  “The north pole is the air-conditioned of the planet”, she said and when that starts to break down the whole world feels its affects from severe weather to droughts and floods.

She also said it’s vital for the world to understand that “the actions or inactions of the global community are starting to impact very deeply the human rights of people who dependent on their environment on a daily basis”. She also added that it’s not just people who depend on their environment like the Inuit, but everyone is impacted by climate change.

TheRighttobeColdBOOKThe author emphasized the importance women can play in bringing attention to the devastating toll climate change is inflicting on people’s lives and the worldwide economy.

The visiting Fulbright students found the talk fascinating and the luncheon “just wonderful”, as one of them said. The students also expressed their gratitude to the Members of the Chicago Chapter board for their sponsorship.

Following the luncheon, students got the opportunity pose for pictures with Sheila Watt-Cloutier.  Some of them even purchased her latest book, The Right to be Cold, which she personally inscribed.

The luncheon was sponsored by the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association and co-sponsored by the Institute of International Education, IIE.

RSVP for the 2015 Fulbright Chicago Winter Holidays Reception

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By Mary Mares-Awe—THE CHICAGO CHAPTER OF THE FULBRIGHT ASSOCIATION and the Institute of International Education (IIE) invite you, your family, colleagues and friends to attend our annual, end-of-the-year Winter Holidays Reception.

WHEN  Friday, December 4, 2015
TIME  6:30p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
WHERE  The Millennium Knickerbocker Chicago, 163 E. Walton Place, Chicago IL  60611, 312-751-8100


COST FREE to current visiting Fulbright Students and Scholars. $35 for each accompanying adult family member and/or guests, Fulbright Alumni and Association Members, Friends of Fulbright.

Food, beverages, and entertainment will be provided.

There will be a ​c​ash bar. Buffet style meal will be served: Please indicate your preference for either Salmon, Vegetarian Pasta, or Chicken when you RSVP by clicking HERE.

Business attire is required; no jeans, t-shirts or athletic shoes.

This is a great opportunity to mingle with fellow Fulbrighters, make new connections, and solidify friendships while spending the evening in Downtown Chicago and enjoying the festive, holiday elegance of the city.

Parking The hotel is providing a discounted parking rate of $30 with a voucher.

For those attendees who’d like to stay in the city for the night, the Knickerbocker Hotel is offering our group a discounted Room Rate of $109.00. Call 312-751-8100 to make reservations. Please mention that you are with the Fulbright group.

RSVPs are required by December 1, 2015!  Please RSVP using the online form HERE.

We look forward to seeing you at the biggest Chicago Chapter event of the year!