Tag Archives: Kari Burnett

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

Advertisements

Fulbright Chicago celebrates the Holidays and Ron Harvey gets the 2014 Dee Sarelas Service Award

Chicago Chapter board members Kari Burnett, Cristina Sisson, Jenni Schneiderman and Meredith McNeil celebrate with Ron Harvey, recipient of the 2014 Dee Sarelas Service Award

Chicago Chapter board members Kari Burnett, Cristina Sisson, Jenni Schneiderman and Meredith McNeil celebrate with Ron Harvey, recipient of the 2014 Dee Sarelas Service Award

By Mary Mares-Awe—MORE THAN 80 GUESTS attended the annual, end-of-the-year, Winter Holiday reception sponsored by the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association and the Institute of International Education (IIE).

Professor Norma Green, Ahmed Affan from Pakistan and Gigi Posejpal, Director of International Student Affairs at Columbia College Chicago

Professor Norma Green, Ahmed Affan from Pakistan and Gigi Posejpal, Director of International Student Affairs at Columbia College Chicago

Mr. Ilker Pak, Consul of Turkey in Chicago

Mr. Ilker Pak, Honorable Consul of Turkey in Chicago

The event took place on Friday, December 12th at Columbia College, downtown Chicago. Among those in attendance were Fulbright Association members, board members, friends of Fulbright, alumni, Fulbright scholars from more than 35 countries, as well as consular representatives including the Consul General of France, Vincent Floreani, Consul of Turkey, Ilker Pak, and the Consul of Costa Rica, Javier Rojas.

Mr. Javier Rojas, Honorable Consul of Costa Rica,  Fulbright Chicago Chapter President Ron Harvey and Mr. Vincent Floreani, Honorable Consul General of France

Mr. Javier Rojas, Honorable Consul of Costa Rica, Fulbright Chicago Chapter President Ron Harvey and Mr. Vincent Floreani, Honorable Consul General of France

Guests enjoyed several types of wine as well as non-alcoholic beverages and a variety of foods including Vietnamese Spring Rolls, South of the Border specialties, cheeses and charcuterie, salads, and wonderful deserts with beautifully decorated Christmas cookies.

A Columbia College Chicago jazz trio entertaining the audience

A Columbia College Chicago jazz trio entertaining the audience

A trio made up of Columbia College Chicago music students certainly did justice to the great American music genre—jazz, adding a festive atmosphere to the event and entertaining guests throughout the evening.

RON HARVEY GETS THE 2014 DEE SARELAS SERVICE AWARD

2014 Dee Sarelas Service Award

2014 Dee Sarelas Service Award

The annual celebrations present a great opportunity to see old friends and make new connections within our Fulbright community. It’s also a time when the Chapter presents the prestigious Dee Sarelas Service Award.

This year Dr. Ron Harvey, a psychology researcher at DePaul University and current president of the Chicago Chapter, was the recipient of the award. The other nominees were Cristina Sisson (Argentina 2007,) treasurer of the Chapter, and Don Garner (European Union 2001,) Consular Corps Liaison and past-president 2006.

Last year Dee Sarelas Service Award Elio Leturia presenting Ron Harvey with the 2014 award.

Last year Dee Sarelas Service Award recipient Elio Leturia from Columbia College Chicago, presenting Ron Harvey with the 2014 award.

The service award was created to honor the memory of one of the founding members of the Fulbright Association’s Chicago Chapter—Dee Sarelas. Dee is remembered for her unique ability for bringing people across cultures together. In addition to her many contributions, Dee also worked for the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army Training College, and as a liaison at White House conferences.

Dr. Richard Farkas of DePaul University, Fulbright Specialist to Ukraine, Taras Tzlupko and Ron Harvey

Dr. Richard Farkas of DePaul University, Fulbright Specialist to Ukraine, Taras Tzlupko and Ron Harvey

“It’s a real honor to be in the company of such high caliber people who have won the award previously,” said Ron after receiving the award. Some of the past recipients are Marilyn Susman, Thomas Ahleman, Ana Gil-García and Elio Leturia.

Fulbrighter Aziz Pulatov from Uzbekistan and his daughter

Fulbrighter Aziz Pulatov from Uzbekistan and his daughter, Shakina

“It’s great that we can do our part to fulfill the Fulbright mission here in Chicago. The honor is a great accomplishment of that. It’s a reminder that you can fulfill the Fulbright mission no matter where you are”, he added.

Ron, who did his Fulbright in Bulgaria in 2009-2010, will be leaving for Bulgaria again next year to work on a pioneering project in the field of community psychology. He, no doubt, and true to form, will continue to work in the Fulbright spirit— making the world a better place.

Fulbright alumna Virginia Miller (Guatemala 1993, Mexico 1996-97) and Adam Gehr

Fulbright alumna Virginia Miller (Guatemala 1993, Mexico 1996-97) and Adam Gehr

Chicago Chapter Treasurer Cristina Sisson and her husband Michael Tamm

Chicago Chapter Treasurer Cristina Sisson and her husband Michael Tamm

Fulbright alumna Maureen Warren (Poland 1980-81,) Fulbright scholar Almir Pestek from Bosnia, and Mary Mares-Awe, Chicago chapter Board member

Fulbright alumna Maureen Warren (Poland 1980-81,) Fulbright scholar Almir Pestek from Bosnia, and Mary Mares-Awe, Chicago Chapter Board member

Uruguayan Fulbright alumna Andrea Catarivas and her husband Andre Frieden

Uruguayan Fulbright alumna Andrea Catarivas and her husband Andre Frieden

Photos by Mary Mares-Awe, Jenni Schneiderman, Ron Harvey, Elio Leturia

Chicago welcomes international Fulbrighters at the National Ukrainian Museum

Seventy-three Fulbrighters participated in the 2014 Fall Welcome at the National Ukrainian Museum of Chicago

Seventy-three Fulbrighters participated in the 2014 Fall Welcome at the National Ukrainian Museum of Chicago

Board members Kari Burnett and Cristina Sisson at the reception table

Board members Kari Burnett and Cristina Sisson at the reception table

By Elio Leturia—OVER SEVENTY PARTICIPANTS among Fulbright students and scholars, alumni association members and Institute of International Education (IIE) representatives enjoyed a luncheon and tour that showcased another ethnic Chicago neighborhood: Ukrainian Village.

The 2014 Fall Welcome event took place last Saturday October 11, 2014 at the Ukrainian National Museum.

Anna kkkkkk from the Ukrainian National Museum welcomes the participants. Next to her, Ron Harvey, Chicago chapter president and Maria kkk, who also guided the museum's tour

Anna Chychula from the Ukrainian National Museum welcomes the participants. Next to her, Ron Harvey, Chicago chapter president and Maria Klimchak, who also guided the museum’s tour

It was beautiful sunny fall day. Ron Harvey, president of Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association and 12 board members of the chapter welcomed all the participants, starting at 11 am. “There are 30 nationalities in this room,” Harvey said.

Participants shared a unique Ukrainian buffet.

Participants shared a unique Ukrainian buffet.

There were also vegeterian options to choose from

There were also vegetarian options to choose from

A delicious luncheon which consisted of different Ukrainian treats, were offered at the main room of the museum where a Ukrainian fashion show “A Century of Embroidered Fashion” that depicted 90 clothing pieces was being exhibited. These gowns, American produced, were all hand-embroidered with complex designs, the same way Ukrainians use in their typical clothing. There was also a piece that showed embroidered men’s ties.

Students and scholars sharing the luncheon before the museum tour

Students and scholars sharing the luncheon before the museum tour

This was the first Chicago Chapter activity for most of the student participants, which were given our Chicago Trivia game to learn Chicago facts, such as the Chicago River that runs backwards, the meaning of the Chicago flag, the nicknames for our “Second City,” among others.

The museum showcases an array of artifacts in its different rooms

The museum showcases an array of artifacts in its different rooms

Then, Anna Chychula and Maria Klimchak from the Ukrainian National Museum offered a tour of their installations where they have displays of typical embroidery, Pysanky (Ukrainian Easter Eggs,) traditional folk costumes, Bandura (national instrument of Ukraine) and also historical objects displayed at the Cossak Rook that contains paintings and swords, and different artifacts from the 1800s.

Recently arrived Fulbrighters talk with current students and alumni, exchanging their own experiences

Recently arrived Fulbrighters talk with current students and alumni, exchanging their own experiences

According to its website, the museum collection that started in 1952, “consists of over 1,140 artifacts including those related to traditional folk arts, agricultural tools, artwork, musical instruments, trophies” and hosts a library with over 20,000 titles.

Photos: Maria Klimchak, Elio Leturia

Late Spring Mixer at Troquet

Kari Burnett, Jane Florine and Ron Harvey

Kari Burnett, Jane Florine and Ron Harvey. Florine is leaving for Argentina on June 30 to do research on ethnomusicology.

By Elio Leturia— SEVENTEEN FULBRIGHTERS, among them Chicago Chapter board members, alumni and students gathered on the evening of June 10 at Troquet Bar to socialize, network and share their Fulbright experiences.

This is our second “mixer,” informal opportunities that aim to connect in a casual atmosphere, Fulbrighters and friends of Fulbright. Last night there were wine specials at this nice Gold Coast bar, and despite the rain, all of us had a great time.

Jenni Schneiderman, our Director of Membership, has been organizing these informal mixers. For suggestions about where to host future ones, please email Jenni at jenni.schneiderman@gmail.com

The next Fulbright mixer will be on Wednesday, July 9th, 2014. Location TBA. Mark your calendars!

Jenni Schneiderman, Fred Siegman and Paul, a studio art professor who got Fulbrights in the UK

Jenni Schneiderman, Fred Siegman and Paul Witt, a studio art teacher who got Fulbrights in the UK and came from Lake Bluff to the mixer.

Second book drive of the summer

Jeff Shaw, North Shore Country Day School teacher enters the Ethiopian center with his donation.

Jeff Shaw, North Shore Country Day School teacher, enters the Ethiopian center with his books donation.

TWELVE BOXES OF BOOKS were collected during the second summer book drive organized by the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association that took place at the Ethiopian Association Community of Chicago on Saturday August 17, 2013 from 9 a.m until 2 p.m.

Chicago Chapter board member Kari Burnett, and Elizabeth Pereira-Maguet, a friend of Fulbright, spent five hours working on this book drive, which is the second of this summer. Board member Ana Gil-García who is our membership director, is also coordinating this valuable effort, “The Fulbright Book Partnership.”

Kari Burnett and Elizabeth Pereira-Maguet at the Ethiopian Community Association of Chicago during the book drive.

Friend of Fulbright Elizabeth Pereira-Maguet and board member Kari Burnett at the Ethiopian Community Association of Chicago during the book drive.

Donated books at the book drive

Donated books at the book drive

This ongoing initiative’s goal is to collect 5,000 books this year. As reported before, the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association has donated books and educational materials by partnering with the Fulbright offices and associations in different countries. Books have been donated to Panama, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Egypt, Moldova, Ghana and Botswana.

Ethiopia and Macedonia are the countries that we will be partnering with in order to donate educational materials next.

Jeff Shaw, a Fulbrighter who spent one year teaching in Manchester, UK in 2000-2001, donated books in this drive. He is a teacher at North Shore Country Day School in Wilmette. “I had a great experience teaching in England,” he said. Currently he teaches library and technology skills.

Board members Kari Burnett and Ana Gil-García talking to Fulbrighter Jeff Shaw, who donated books on this drive.

Board members Kari Burnett and Ana Gil-García talking to Fulbrighter Jeff Shaw, who donated books at this drive.

Good luck on your way back home! 2013 Spring Farewell was celebrated in Greektown

The first group of participants pose at the rooftop of the museum

The first group of participants pose at the rooftop of the museum

THE NATIONAL HELLENIC MUSEUM  and the Parthenon Restaurant in the Greektown area of Chicago were the spots chosen this year to celebrate the accomplishments of the Fulbright students in the Chicago area that have completed their programs and are getting ready to leave for their countries of origin.

The second group gathers at the first floor for a talk.

Participants gather at the first floor for a talk.

More than 70 participants among Fulbright students, alumni and guests got together at 11 a.m. at the new Hellenic Museum site for a tour of the facility. The museum, whose mission is to showcase and celebrate the contributions of the Greek and Greek American communities, was inaugurated 16 months ago, in December of 2011.

The second floor exhibit area of the Hellenic Museum

The second floor exhibit area of the Hellenic Museum

The new museum (the original was founded in 1983) is hosted in a contemporary and beautiful 40,000 square-foot building that features a library, several exhibition halls, and archival research center, and oral history center and different classrooms. There is also a rooftop (that can be rented for events) that has a magnificent view of the Chicago skyline.

Participants observe the historical photographs of the exhibit

Participants observe the historical photographs of the exhibit

After the museum tour, a delicious Greek buffet was awaiting at The Parthenon Restaurant

After the museum tour, a delicious Greek buffet was awaiting at The Parthenon Restaurant

The participants were divided into two groups to tour the museum.

Every year in late April, the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association and the Institute of International Education organize the Spring Farewell event in an ethnic neighborhood.

Participants can try on clothing used by the the Greek immigrants

Participants could try on clothing used by the the Greek immigrants

Certificates of completion are awarded to the Fulbright students who came to the Chicago area universities to pursue, generally, a master’s or PhD degrees. Last year, the Swedish neighborhood in Andersonville was chosen with a visit to the Swedish American Museum.

However, the Fulbright scholars, who generally are professors and researchers, are also invited to share the accomplishment of the students.

After the tour, a delicious Greek buffet was offered at the Parthenon Restaurant, right across from the Hellenic Museum where everybody had a chance to share moments of conviviality, celebrating the Fulbright spirit.

The second group listens to the tour guide, a passionate descendant of Greek immigrants

The second group listens to the tour guide, a passionate descendant of Greek immigrants

At the third floor of the museum, participants participate with interactive programs

At the third floor of the museum, participants participate with interactive programs

Fabiënne Zuijdwijk, Marilyn Susman and Martón Sicklos

Fabiënne Zuijdwijk, board member Marilyn Susman and Martón Sicklós

Chicago Chapter Board member Don Garner and his daughter at the Oral History archive

Chicago Chapter Board member Don Garner and his daughter at the Oral History center

Participants at the Oral History archive

Participants at the Oral History center

Marcial Escudero and his girlfriend right before the tour

Fulbright scholar Marcial Escudero and his girlfriend right before the tour

Participants listening to the tour guide at the rooftop

Participants listening to the tour guide at the rooftop

It was a beautiful spring day for the 2013 Fulbright student farewell.

It was a beautiful spring day for the 2013 Fulbright student farewell.

The Greek buffet at The Parthenon Restaurant, right across from the Hellenic Museum

The Greek buffet at The Parthenon Restaurant, right across from the Hellenic Museum

Students share a delicious lunch at the Parthenon Restaurant right before getting their Fulbright Association certificates of completion

Students share a delicious lunch at the Parthenon Restaurant right before getting their Fulbright Association certificates of completion

Alexandra de León receiving her Certificate of Completion right after lunch at the Parthenon Restaurant. With her, Ronald Harvey, President of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association.

Alexandra de León receiving her Certificate of Completion right after lunch at the Parthenon Restaurant. With her, Ronald Harvey, President of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association.

Another Fulbright student receiving her Certificate of completion at the Parthenon Restaurant

Eva Borjas receiving her Certificate of completion at the Parthenon Restaurant

A group photo of the students who attended the event and got their certificates.

A group photo of the students who attended the event and got their certificates. No, they are not possessed; that’s the flash on their eyes. So many cameras shooting at the same time.

Ten Fulbright Association Chicago chapter board members attended the Spring Farewell: Heidi Rockwell, Kari Burnett, Regina Mamou, Marilyn Susman, Elio Leturia, Ana Gil García, Cristina Sisson, Thomas Ahleman and Ronald Harvey. Not pictured, Jason Romano and Don Garner.

Ten Fulbright Association Chicago chapter board members attended the Spring Farewell: Heidi Rockwell, Kari Burnett, Regina Mamou, Marilyn Susman, Elio Leturia, Ana Gil García, Cristina Sisson, Thomas Ahleman and Ronald Harvey. Not pictured, Jason Romano and Don Garner.

Photos by Ron Harvey and Elio Leturia

Fulbright scholars attended the 2012 International Women’s Day celebration at the International Trade Club of Chicago

Rannveig Sigridur Sigurvinsdottir, Pınar Üner, Federico Padrones Salvador and Justyna Balcarczyk during the International Women's Day Fair luncheon.

THE CHICAGO CHAPTER of the Fulbright Association participated in the celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8, 2012 at the International Trade Club of Chicago. Organized by WorldChicago, the event included an international exhibit fair with booths sponsored by numerous local, national, and international organizations and a luncheon.

Sara Robb O’Hagan, Gatorade president North America and global chief marketing officer, Sports Nutrition of PepsiCo

Following the luncheon and addresses by two Cultural Speakers, Roxane Assaf, Palestinian-American professional singer, actor and talk show producer, and Avirama Golan, Senior correspondent for Haaretz Newspaper (Israel), Sara Robb O’Hagan, Gatorade president North America and global chief marketing officer, Sports Nutrition of PepsiCo, gave a speech entitled “From the Sidelines to the Workplace: The Increasing Relevancy of Female Leadership.” Much of her interesting and informative talk focused on the importance of sports participation among women and girls and the lessons learned from sports that women could use in the workplace and in furthering their careers.

Seven current Fulbright students were invited by our chapter and said they were happy to be participating in such an event. They were: Rannveig Sigurvinsdottir from Iceland (Psychology- UIC,) Justyna Balcarczyk, a scholar from Poland, Julia Khort from Ukraine (Law-Northwestern University,) Ana Williams from Nicaragua (Public Health-UIC,) Afnan from Indonesia (Computer Science-UIC,) Federico Padrones Salvador from Spain (History-Loyola University) and Pinar Uner Yilmaz from Turkey (Art History-UIC.) Fulbright Association-Chicago Chapter board member Kari Burnett represented our chapter. Photos courtesy Ana Williams

Board Member Kari Burnett (second right) with Fulbrighters Afnan, Ana Williams, Julia Khort, Rannveig Sigridur Sigurvinsdottir and Pınar Üner.