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Chicago Chapter welcomes new Fulbrighters to Chicago with a luncheon celebration

The 2016 Spring Farewell started at the Jane Addams Hull Museum

The 2016 Spring Farewell started at the Jane Addams Hull House Museum

By Mary Mares-Awe—SIXTY FOUR FULBRIGHT alumni, students, scholars, and friends of the association attended the 2016 Fall Welcome that took place on Sunday October 16 with a visit to the Jane Addams Hull House Museum on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago. The museum tour was followed by a luncheon at Francesca’s on Taylor, located in the Little Italy neighborhood adjacent to the university.

The Jane Addams museum is open from Tuesdays to Sundays.

The Jane Addams museum is open from Tuesdays to Sundays.

Fulbright Association Chicago-Chapter President Mary Mares-Awe and bard member Kari Burnett

Fulbright Association Chicago-Chapter President Mary Mares-Awe and board member Kari Burnett

At the Jane Addams museum, visitors got a first-hand look at the objects and memorabilia of the social worker’s original home. Jane Addams is a notable figure in Chicago’s history and on the international stage for her work with the immigrant communities, who were settling Chicago in the late 1800 and early 1900’s. Her pioneering work in social justice helped improve the lives of immigrants through education, skills training and family care. She is the first American woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

At Francesca's Restaurant in Little Italy

At Francesca’s Restaurant in Little Italy

Following the museum visit, the attendees took a walk through Little Italy to Francesca’s restaurant at 1400 W. Taylor Street. There they were greeted at the door by Cristina Sisson Tamm, the chapter’s Treasurer, and by Teuta Peja, a Fulbright student who is the newest member of the board’s membership committee.

Board members of the Chicago Chapter Kari Burnett, Meredith McNeil, Mary Mares-Awe and Marilyn Susman.

Board members of the Chicago Chapter Kari Burnett, Meredith McNeil, Mary Mares-Awe and Marilyn Susman enjoying an Italian meal.

At Francesca’s, the guests enjoyed authentic northern Italian meal including pasta, meatballs, salad and a wonderful and delicious tiramisù for desert.

Meatballs, anyone?

Meatballs, anyone?

In an informal speech at the start of the luncheon, the chapter’s president, Mary Mares-Awe, welcomed everyone and encouraged the new visiting Fulbright students and scholars to enjoy many of the iconic elements of the American culture. “If I could give you one piece of advice, it’s to take the opportunity to really absorb the best the American culture has to offer without comparing,” she said. Mary went on to mention some of the American classics such as jazz and baseball, namely the Chicago Cubs — which brought a rousing round of applause, acknowledging the teams winning streak.

Chicago Chapter Treasurer Cristina Sisson (second on the right) with Fulbright scholars.

Chicago Chapter Treasurer Cristina Sisson (second on the right) with Fulbright scholars.

The pleasant and warm atmosphere of Francesca’s proved conducive to lively, friendly conversations, and real Fulbright camaraderie on a fall Sunday afternoon in Chicago.

Past Chicago Chapter President Margo Rothschild (second on the left) with Fulbright scholars

Past Chicago Chapter President Margo Rothschild (second on the left) with Fulbright scholars

Fulbright students and scholars at Francesca's Restaurant in Little Italy

Fulbright students and scholars at Francesca’s Restaurant in Little Italy

Fulbright students and scholars at Francesca's Restaurant in Little Italy

Fulbright students and scholars at Francesca’s Restaurant in Little Italy

Fulbright students and scholars with Chicago Chapter President Mary Mares-Awe at Francesca's Restaurant in Little Italy

Fulbright students and scholars with Chicago Chapter President Mary Mares-Awe at Francesca’s Restaurant in Little Italy

Fulbright students and scholars at Francesca's Restaurant in Little Italy. Kevin Spitta (first on the right) has joined the communications efforts for the chapter.

Fulbright students and scholars at Francesca’s Restaurant in Little Italy. Kevin Spitta (first on the right) has joined the communications efforts for the chapter.

Group photo showing the international Fulbright spirit!

Group photo showing the international Fulbright spirit!

Photos by Kevin Spitta

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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!

Celebrate 2014 International Education Week at the Hull House Museum & Little Italy

Jane Addams Hull-House Museum

Jane Addams Hull-House Museum

By Mary Mares-Awe—TO CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION WEEK, the Fulbright Association-Chicago Chapter, University of Illinois-Chicago, and the Institute of International Education (IIE) invite you, your family, the Consular Corps of Chicago, friends and colleagues to join us for a tour of the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum with a look at the legacy of Jane Adams—a reformer, sociologist, and Nobel Peace Prize winner.

WHEN Sunday, November 16, 2014
TIME 12:00 p.m. to approximately 4:00 p.m.
WHERE Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, University of Illinois-Chicago, 800 South Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60607 View Larger Map

Please RSVP via the online form HERE or using the direct link below. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1bRzs2Ll3sHC2lJ56gE9PN8B3JEWleFOkuoA0BE-Fi4Q/viewform

Pompeii Restaurant in Little Italy

Pompei Restaurant in Little Italy

The tour includes a documentary film on the history of the Hull House. After the tour, we will walk to Little Italy, for an early-afternoon luncheon at Pompei Restaurant, 1531 W. Taylor St., Chicago, IL 60607 starting at 2:30 p.m.

COST This event is FREE for current visiting Fulbright Students and Scholars. Guests of Visiting Students and Scholars, Fulbright Association members and guests, $20 (includes lunch and tour)

You may pay online after you submit this form, or at the event via cash, check, or credit card.

RSVP by Friday, November 14, 2014, using the form HERE.

Transportation and Parking Attendees are responsible for their own transport and parking.

CTA Blue line to the UIC-Halsted station.
CTA Bus Route 8 at the Halsted and Polk Street intersection.
Paid street parking available. Paid parking lots nearby.

Plan your trip via www.transitchicago.com

If you have questions about the event, please email
fulbrightchicago@gmail.com.

We look forward to seeing you at the event!

Severe weather no match for International Spirit during 2013 International Education Week

International Fulbrighters gathered to celebrate International Education Week

In spite of severe rain, wind and hail, international Fulbrighters gathered to celebrate International Education Week.

By Mary Mares-Awe—ON SUNDAY NOVEMBER 17, 2013,  the Chicago chapter of the Fulbright Association celebrated International Education Week (IEW), with an event focusing on Chicago’s immigrant history. The international education week was started about ten years ago as a joint venture between the US Dept. of State and the US Dept. of Education. The aim is to encourage organizations and education institutions to organize events that highlight the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide.

Jane Addams

Jane Addams

The Chapter chose to organize an event focusing on the history of Chicago’s immigrants around the turn of the last century. We planned a tour of the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum. Jane Addams, a social worker, was instrumental in helping newly arrived immigrants in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s start a new life in Chicago. Through her Hull-House settlement, she provided job training, child care for working mothers, hot meals and other services to immigrant families. Jane Addams was also the first woman to win a Nobel Peace prize for her work.

An area called Little Italy, adjacent to Hull-House, is the home of Chicago’s Italian immigrant community and today continues to thrive with authentic Italian restaurants and the Italian language is still spoken throughout the neighborhood. Our event was comprised of a tour of the Hull-House museum starting at noon, followed by a luncheon at Pompei, an Italian restaurant in Little Italy.

The day started out fine, but by late morning Chicago weather forecasters were calling for bad weather including multiple tornado warnings.

Those of us on the board who participated in the event didn’t find out until after our arrival at the museum around 11:30am, that the Hull-House was closed due to the weather. The chapter’s president Ron Harvey made a decision to direct participants to the restaurant for the lunch gathering. However, the severe weather had begun with rain and high winds.

In a great show of international spirit and cooperation, those driving (including members of the Consular Corps) immediately offered to give rides to the restaurant for those who walked or had taken public transportation. By the time the worst weather was coming down, most attendees were dry and safe at Pompei. Thank you to everyone for your excellent teamwork!

More than 60 participants turned out for the event.

Chicago Chapter president Ron Harvey welcoming Fulbright students, scholars and alumni to Pompei Restaurant.

Chicago Chapter president Ron Harvey welcoming Fulbright students, scholars and alumni to Pompei Restaurant.

Our lunch was scheduled for 2 pm. Accommodating a large crowd is not an easy task for any restaurant, but when I called Carmela, one of the managers at Pompei, and explained the museum tour cancellation and the weather situation,  to my great relief she replied “No problem, Mary, of course you can bring everyone now. Come on in.  I’ll let the staff know.”

As everyone started heading for the restaurant about four blocks away, the weather quickly became worse. Five international students from various countries including South Africa, Chile and Ecuador piled into my car and off we went. By now the rain was so heavy that it was difficult to see the road. But, we safely made it along with great laughter and positive energy that was contagious.

A variety of pizza and salads were part of the menu

A variety of pizza and salads were part of the menu

At the restaurant, attendees stared to talk to each other —and in the true Fulbright spirit— new relations and connections started to form with ease. Participants from more than 20 countries as diverse as Estonia, Portugal, and Indonesia sat together enjoying pizza, salads and dessert.  We were also honored with the attendance of Consul Generals from Taiwan, and Pakistan.

The Consul of Pakistan  sharing the International Education Week lunch at Pompei with Fulbright Students and scholars

The Consul General of Pakistan, Faisal Tirmizi, sharing the International Education Week lunch at Pompei with Fulbright students and scholars

By early afternoon (as strong winds, hail and rain raged outside) inside the spirit of Fulbright was shining its rays of friendship, good vibes and positive energy. Thanks to everyone for participating in the event and for letting the true Fulbright spirit shine through. Special thanks to Ron for his leadership and for everyone else for participating.

Mr. Andy Tseng, Deputy Director General of the Cultural Office of Taiwan, also attended the 2014 International Education Week Luncheon

Mr. Andy Tseng, Deputy Director General of the Cultural Office of Taiwan, also attended the 2013 International Education Week Luncheon

Board member Ana Gil-García sharing a table with Fulbrighters

Board member Ana Gil-García sharing a table with Fulbrighters

Right to Left Ivy Marischa of Indonesia, Sylmina Alkaff of Indonesia, Esther Sibona of Papua New Guinea

Right to Left, Ivy Marischa of Indonesia, Sylmina Alkaff of Indonesia and Esther Sibona of Papua New Guinea

Future Fulbrighter Alexander Fris with mom Angeliki Lazaridou, a Fulbright Scholar from Greece

Future Fulbrighter Alexander Fris with mom Angeliki Lazaridou, a Fulbright Scholar from Greece

Fulbrighters enjoying dessert at the International Education Week Luncheon

Fulbrighters enjoying dessert at the International Education Week Luncheon

Chapter president Ron Harvey thanking all the participants for attending an "eventful" 2014 International Education Week

Chapter president Ron Harvey thanking all the participants for attending an “eventful” 2013 International Education Week

Our hearts go out to the Illinois citizens affected by the severe weather that merely inconvenienced our event. If you would like to contribute to the ongoing relief efforts, a good place to start is the Washington, IL Facebook page.

Photos by Mary Mares-Awe, Elio Leturia and Ivy Marischa