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“Native American perceptions and realities in the U.S.” was a real educational experience

Dr. Dorene Wiese presenting on the Native American realities in the U.S. for International Education Week.

Dr. Dorene Wiese presenting on the Native American realities in the U.S. for International Education Week.

By Elio LeturiaTHE CHICAGO CHAPTER of the Fulbright Association kicked off this year’s International Education Week on Sunday, November 15, 2015 with an insightful and colorful presentation by Dr. Dorene Wiese, Chief Executive Officer of the American Indian Association of Illinois.

Dr. Dorene Wiese

Dr. Dorene Wiese

The presentation entitled “NATIVE AMERICAN PERCEPTIONS AND REALITIES IN THE U.S.”, offered a look at American Indian history and focused on several modern-day issues concerning the American Indian communities such as land rights and tribal laws.

The presentation also included a dance performance by the youngest members of the Black Hawk Performance Company. The event took place at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in River North.  The school partnered with our chapter in providing the space – a large lecture hall with a panoramic view of the Chicago River and downtown high-rises.

Elio Leturia introduced Dr. Wiese.

Over sixty attendees in what some have called one of the most interesting and educational programs our Chicago Chapter has put together in the past years, participated in the event.  “It was really interesting, enlightening, and fun! I really appreciate that the Chicago chapter is so active; I know other Fulbrighters who are less lucky,” said Kevin Spitta, a Fulbright student from Germany who is pursuing a masters in Advertising and PR at DePaul University.

Chicago Chapter President Mary Mares-Awe welcomed the attendees.

Chicago Chapter President Mary Mares-Awe welcomed the attendees.

Mary Mares-Awe, President of the Chicago Chapter, who had just arrived from the 2015 Fulbright National Conference in Atlanta, welcomed all the attendees.

“International education is what Fulbright is all about,” Mares-Awe said.

A quick change of plans—pizza had just arrived—allowed all participants to grab some warm slices right before Dr. Wiese’s presentation.

Pizza!

Pizza!

Dr. Wiese, who belongs to the Ojibwe tribe from White Earth, Minnesota, presented a comprehensive panorama of the situation of American Indians in U.S. society in regard to politics, education and culture. She pointed out how the media portray American Indians in society which in turn perpetuates the stereotypes seen in the movies and on television.

Dr. Wiese and three members of the Black Hawk Performance Company

Dr. Wiese and three members of the Black Hawk Performance Company

Dr. Weise made a specific reference to the commonly used term, “Native American”, when refereeing to American Indian.  She says  that “anyone born in this country can be a native American.”  She emphasized that the term American Indians is the accurate terminology in reference to her people. “We need to be recognized as the original people in this country and allowed to be included,” Wiese said.

The audience participated with many questions.

Dr. Wiese describing the American Indian garments.

Dr. Wiese describing the American Indian garments.

The serious tone of the engaging presentation was lightened when Wiese described the attires she and the little dancers Ethan, Eric, Evian Cloud were wearing. “Only American Indians can wear eagle feathers,” she said, because the Eagle is protected species. She explained the designs on the capes, shoes, and other garments that were adorned by delicate embroideries.

The dance performance with Ethan, Eric and Evian Cloud

The dance performance with Ethan, Eric and Evian Cloud

Music and dance followed. What started with Dr. Wiese and the children dancers, continued with the attendees in a circle dance.  This was  another experience that allowed all of us to learn and share a little more about our complex American society.

Participants joined the American Indian dance

Participants joined the American Indian dance

Dancing was an opportunity to share a new experience for Fulbright students

Dancing was an opportunity to share a new experience for Fulbright students

The Chicago Chapter would especially like to thank Dr. Breeda McGrath, who heads the Department of International Psychology at the Chicago School of Psychology for arranging the use of the space for our event, and to Dr. Patricia Pérez.

Photos by Kevin Spitta and Elio Leturia

2015 Fall Welcome event – the biggest yet

Consul General of Japan Hon. Toshiyuki Iwado, Fulbright Association Chicago Chapter President Mary Mares-Awe, and Vice President Dr. Ron Harvey stand next to a display of a traditional Japanese kimono

Consul General of Japan Hon. Toshiyuki Iwado, Fulbright Association Chicago Chapter President Mary Mares-Awe, and Vice President Dr. Ron Harvey stand next to a display of a traditional Japanese kimono.

By Jade Stanley —THE CHICAGO CHAPTER of the Fulbright Association held its Fall Welcome on Friday, October 16. This was the biggest Fall Welcome ever organized by the Chapter, with some 120 attendees representing more than 60 countries.

The event, sponsored by The Fulbright Association-Chicago Chapter and the  Institute of International Education (IIE), was held at the Consulate of Japan on the 10th floor of the Olympia Building on Chicago’s Gold Coast.

Seven students who came from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign especially for this event: Mohammad Omar Hasseeb (Egypt,) Pericles Alejandro Bayas Mora (Ecuador,) Rodrigo Betanzo Dávila (Chile,) now doing his OPT in Chicago, Caro Chantrill (Argentina,) also doing her OPT in Chicago, Waqar Zia (Pakistan,) Juan Diego Núñez (Dominican Republic) and Aleksey Perekipniy (Russia).

Seven students who came from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign especially for this event: Mohammad Omar Hasseeb (Egypt,) Pericles Alejandro Bayas Mora (Ecuador,) Rodrigo Betanzo Dávila (Chile,) now doing his OPT in Chicago, Caro Chantrill (Argentina,) also doing her OPT in Chicago, Waqar Zia (Pakistan,) Juan Diego Núñez (Dominican Republic) and Aleksey Perekipniy (Russia).

Ron Harvey, the Chapter’s Vice President introduced The Consul General of Japan Hon. Toshiyuki Iwado, who welcomed the participants followed by a speech by Mary Mares-Awe, the current Chapter President.

In her welcoming speech, Mary thanked the Consulate General of Japan for providing a wonderful space to host our program. She encouraged those present to “use Fulbright as a platform to strengthen bonds, build friendships and promote peaceful coexistence” among people around the world.

Atendees exchange ideas over a catered meal.

Atendees exchange ideas over a catered meal.

Egyptian Fulbrighters (L-R) Khalid Shaalan, Raghda El-Mogui, and Mohamed Omar enjoyed the iO Theater improv comedy performance.

Egyptian Fulbrighters (L-R) Khalid Shaalan, Raghda El-Mogui, and Mohamed Omar enjoyed the iO Theater improv comedy performance.

During a catered buffet dinner, attendees had an opportunity to mingle and learn about each other, and to affirm friendships, along with academic, and professional connections that will last for years.

The main focus of the Fall Welcome is to provide a friendly forum for newly arrived visiting Fulbrighters and to meet chapter board members, Chicago-area alumni, and to introduce them to a Chicago’s unique cultural aspects. It provides a perfect opportunity for cultural enrichment of both visiting Fulbrighters and association members.

Jill Festermaker a performer from iO Theater leads students in a fun, comedy acting excersice

Jill Fenstermaker a performer from iO Theater leads students in a fun, comedy acting excersice

One of the cultural legacies of Chicago is the rich history its improvised   comedy theater. Attendees at Friday’s event got a unique treat to attend a performance of improvised Shakespeare at the iO Theater.

Fulbrighters (L-R) Shafia Imtiaz, Shehrbano Minallah, and Raghda El-Mogui had fun attending the Shakespeare comedy improv performance at iO Theater.

Fulbrighters (L-R) Shafia Imtiaz, Shehrbano Minallah, and Raghda El-Mogui had fun attending the Shakespeare comedy improv performance at iO Theater.

Prior to leaving for the theater, Ron Harvey along with Tess Borgerding who is a performer at CiC Theater, and Jill Fenstermaker who performs at iO Theater, set the stage by leading participants in a series hilarious comedy acting exercises.

Following the activities at the Japanese Consulate, guests were escorted to the iO Theater as a group using public transportation and were able to view the iO Theater photographs and artifacts reflecting the history of Chicago improv comedy.

The Chicago Board members of the Fulbright Association want to thank everyone for coming out and participating in our Fall Welcome and look forward to all of you joining us for upcoming Fulbright Association events.

A lovely Sunday for a picnic

Sunny and balmy, a perfect day for the Fulbright Association picnic

Sunny and balmy, a perfect day for the Fulbright Association picnic

Picnic_signBy Jenni Schneiderman and Mary Mares-Awe—THE CHICAGO CHAPTER of the Fulbright Association held its first annual all-member picnic on Sunday, September 20, 2015 in Oak Brook from 11am to 2pm.

The balmy weather and sunny skies provided a perfect backdrop for the beautiful, natural setting in Oak Brook’s Fullersburg Woods. The forest preserve is one of DuPage county’s premier picnic areas and proved to be a great spot for our event.

The Chapter provided soft drinks, and attendees brought such goodies as roasted chicken and potato salad, in addition to a variety of salads, baked goods, and sweets.

Members of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association share food and conversation at the picnic.

Members of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association share food and conversation at the picnic.

Future Fulbrighters enjoying lovely weather at the Fulbright Chicago Picnic

Future Fulbrighters enjoying lovely weather at the Fulbright Chicago Picnic

About two dozen Fulbright Association members, some bringing their families, attended the picnic. Several people stopped by for a few minutes, others stayed most of the day.

Rick Hallett brought his adorable, one year old twins along with his wife and the rest of his family. Judy Veramendi dressed stylishly in a lovely summer dress and a matching hat—perfect for a summer picnic. Lowell Culver stopped by and told us about the newest book he’s working on.

Eva, Jane Florine, Marilyn Susman and Cristina Sisson

Eva de la Riva, Jane Florine, Marilyn Susman and Cristina Sisson

At one point, a woman came up to the picnic area. She told us her name is Tara, and while on a walk in the woods with her family the “Fulbright Picnic” sigh caught her attention. It turns out she’s just returned from her Fulbright in Ecuador—proving the point that Fulbrighters are everywhere. All in all, the picnic was a wonderful event and a day well spent.

Dr. Lowell Culver in a lively conversation with other members of the Fulbright Chicago Chapter

Dr. Lowell Culver in a lively conversation with other members of the Fulbright Chicago Chapter

The event was organized by Jenni Schneiderman, Cristina Sisson, and Mary Mares-Awe. We already look forward to next year’s picnic.

Salads, roasted chicken, and sweets kept the conversation going at the Fulbright Picnic

Salads, roasted chicken, and sweets kept the conversation going at the Fulbright Picnic

Members of the Chicago Chapter meet at a Cocktail Reception with visitors from the Fulbright Association National Office

Chicago chapter President Mary Mares-Awe, Dr. herma Williams, Elio Leturia, Don garner, Brey Doyle, Fulbright Association Executive Director Jennifer Oxley, Ron Harvey and Dolores Rinke.

Chicago chapter President Mary Mares-Awe, Dr. Herma Williams, Elio Leturia, Don Garner, Brey Doyle, Fulbright Association Executive Director Jennifer Oxley, Ron Harvey and Dolores Rinke.

By Mary Mares-Awe—JENNIFER OXLEY, THE EXECUTIVE Director of the Fulbright Association, and Dr. Herma Williams, Member of its Board of Directors visited Chicago on May 7 and 8. They met at a cocktail reception with several members of the Chicago chapter board to exchange ideas, discuss future plans and talk about the Fulbright experiences.

This was an excellent opportunity to meet with members of the National team in a casual, after-work atmosphere in pleasant surroundings of the 676 restaurant in the heart of Chicago.

Elio Leturia and Jennifer Oxley at Columbia College Chicago

Elio Leturia and Jennifer Oxley at Columbia College Chicago

Also in attendance was Chicago board member Brey Doyle, who is leaving Chicago to begin her master’s in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Nationwide there are more than 50 Fulbright Association chapters, and Chicago is one of the largest and most active ones. It’s exciting to have a strong working relationship with, and the support of, the National Office.

Ms. Oxley and Dr. Williams also visited Columbia College Chicago with our Director of Communications, Elio Leturia, who is a journalism associate professor in the Communication and Media Innovation Department of Columbia College.

Free tickets to ‘Alegrías y Lágrimas,’ a new theater play by Fulbrighter Judy Veramendi

Come experience real life stories of Latin American immigrants and refugees,     with music and dance from countries of origin.

Come experience real life stories of Latin American immigrants and refugees, with music and dance from countries of origin.

By Mary Mares-AweONE OF OUR LOCAL MEMBERS, Judy Veramedi, a Fulbrighter to Uruguay, has written a play based on real life stories of Latin American immigrants. This new play will premiere at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center in Evanston on May 26, 2015.

Veramendi attended our Farewell Luncheon event at Garfield Park and loved the event. We got a chance to briefly talk about the play and her work. As a Fulbright Scholar, Judy produced her first play “Los Cálices Vacíos” (The Empty Chalices) about Delmira Agustini, a famed poet from Uruguay. The play has since been produced in Uruguay, Argentina, and the U.S.

Currently, Veramendi teaches at Centro Romero in Chicago. Her newest play, Alegrías y Lágrimas (Happiness and Tears), directed by Ruth Camargo, is based on true stories told to her by her Centro Romero students. Judy says the play, written in English, is an invaluable cultural experience filled with native dances and music from countries such as Colombia, Peru, Mexico, Cuba, and Honduras.

Judy has generously agreed to provide three free tickets to the performance. This will be on a first come first served basis. Email us at fulbrightchicago@gmail.com to get your free tickets. Even if you don’t get your chance at the free tickets, the performance is only $10, and it’s a great way to support a fellow Fulbrighter, enhance your cultural experience, and help advance the arts.

2015 Spring Farewell: Fulbrighters gather at the Garfield Park Conservatory

Almost 100 people participated in the 2015 Spring Farewell at the Garfield Park Conservatory

Almost 100 people participated in the 2015 Spring Farewell at the Garfield Park Conservatory

By Jade Stanley—THE BEAUTIFUL GARFIELD PARK Conservatory in Chicago served as the backdrop for the 2015 Spring Farewell Luncheon. The event, sponsored by The Fulbright Association-Chicago Chapter and the International Institute of Education (IIE), was held on Saturday, April 25 at the Conservatory’s Jensen Room.

More than 60 countries were represented by almost 100 participants including members of the Chicago Consular Corps, Fulbright Scholars, students, alumni, and family members who all came out to share in the special day.

Dr. Ron Harvey, vice-presidentof the Fulbright Chicago Chapter and Hon. Andre King, Consul General of Barbados.

Dr. Ron Harvey, vice-president of the Fulbright Chicago Chapter and Hon. Andre King, Consul General of Barbados.

The farewell 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 friendships, and academic, and professional connections that will last for years.

Although the day was gray and rainy, the Garfield Park Conservatory was a wonderful place to visit as the plants and flowers were in full bloom, reminding us of warmer days to come. It’s one of the largest and most stunning conservatories in the nation and has been referred to as “landscape art under glass.” Thousands of plants are grown here each year. The Conservatory itself is located in Garfield Park, a 184-acre site.

Chicago Chapter president Mary Mares-Awe and Rhandy Barba, Fulbright student from Panama.

Chicago Chapter president Mary Mares-Awe and Rhandy Barba, Fulbright student from Panama.

In her welcoming speech, Chapter President, Mary Mares-Awe, praised the beauty of nature’s environment as showcased by the Conservatory, but she also reminded us of nature’s destructive force – exemplified that day by the mass-scale earthquake in Nepal.

Mary said “nature is something we can’t control, but we do have influence over human relationships in trying to prevent war and destruction.” She encouraged those present to “use Fulbright as a platform to strengthen bonds, build friendships and promote peaceful coexistence” among people around the world.

Guests at the luncheon enjoyed a delicious meal catered by Wishbone, a southern-inspired restaurant. The menu included blackened catfish, baked chicken, fresh mixed greens, southern-style mashed potatoes, and cornbread.

The following are an example of some of the comments expressed by the attendees:

Joan Clarke, a visiting scholar, completed her Fulbright in Jamaica and commented on the exciting year she had in Chicago and how it has inspired her to continue her research.

Norma Green, journalism professor at Columbia College Chicago, completed her Fulbright in Denmark and later a Fulbright-Hays in Morocco and Tunisia and stated she loves to come out and participate in Fulbright sponsored events, which provides and opportunity to share her experiences and learn what other Fulbrighters are doing both in Chicago and around the world. John Corbett accompanies her to these events and also commented on the richness of the exchanges.

Kukunda Elizabeth Bacwayo, visiting scholar from Uganda, has had a remarkable year in Chicago teaching and conducting research and is hopeful to extend her time here in Chicago to continue her work and continue to develop rich friendships and relationships with other Fulbright scholars.

The Garfield Park Conservatory is open 365 days a year and it had recently reopened after the damaging hailstorm of 2011. What a great location to say hello to spring!

The Garfield Park Conservatory is open 365 days a year and it had recently reopened after the damaging hailstorm of 2011. What a great location to say hello to spring!

The Chicago Board members of the Fulbright Association want to thank everyone for coming out and participating in our Spring Farewell and wish each of you a safe journey home and best wishes on all of your future endeavors.

Garfield Park Conservatory —perfect venue for the 2015 Fulbright Spring Farewell

The Garfield Conservatory was erected in 1907.

The Garfield Park Conservatory was erected in 1907.

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 2015 Spring Farewell Luncheon in the Jensen Room at the beautiful Garfield Park Conservatory.

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 farewell 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 friendships​, ​ academic,​ and professional connections which will last for years.

WHEN Saturday, April 25, 2015, 11am-2pm
WHERE ​ Jensen Room, at the​ ​​Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 Central Park Ave., Chicago, IL ​

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The Conservatory is easily reachable via the Green Line “Conservatory” stop. Please plan your trip via transitchicago.com. There is also street and lot parking available.

A catered buffet lunch from Wishbone Southern Kitchen and beverages will be provided, including vegetarian options. ​

After the event, you and your guests are welcome to wander the Conservatory greenhouses and grounds at your leisure. The entry to the Conservatory is FREE (there is a suggested donation is at the door).​

COST  FREE to current Fulbright students and scholars.​ $25/person for each accompanying adult family member and/or guests, Fulbright Alumni, Association Members, Friends of Fulbright, etc. is  You may pay by PayPal when you R.S.V.P. using the link below (preferred), or you may pay by cash, check, or credit card at the event.

R.S.V.P.  NOW (and NO LATER THAN Thursday, April 23) by clicking here or on the link HERE.

We look forward to seeing you at this final event of the 2014-2015 academic year!

Contribution of immigrant women to US economy, main topic of the 14th Intl Women’s Day Celebration

Front row: Elina Ruka, MFA in Photography Student from Latvia, attending Columbia College, Claudia Figueroa, Master of Public Policy at The University of Chicago student from Chile, Onontsatsal Gantsog from Mongolia, studying at Loyola University Chicago, Katerina Psimogiannou from Greece studying anthropology at UIC, Josep Mª Nadal Fdez from Spain, attending DePaul University and Shafia Imtiaz from Pakistan, MPP student at University of Chicago. Standing:Mary Mares-Awe, Fulbright Chicago Chapter Board President, Board members Marilyn Susman and Meredith McNeil, and PhD Public Health student Kate Vergara from Peru.

Front row: Elina Ruka from Latvia, MFA in Photography, Columbia College, Claudia Figueroa from Chile, MPP, University of Chicago, Onontsatsal Gantsog from Mongolia, Loyola University Chicago, Katerina Psimogiannou from Greece, Anthropology at UIC, Josep Mª Nadal Fdez from Spain, DePaul University and Shafia Imtiaz from Pakistan, MPP, University of Chicago. Standing:Mary Mares-Awe, Fulbright Chicago Chapter Board President, Board Members Marilyn Susman and Meredith McNeil, and PhD Public Health candidate Kate Vergara from Peru.

By Meredith McNeilMEMBERS OF THE CHICAGO Chapter of the Fulbright Association and visiting Fulbright students attended the 14th Annual Chicago celebration of International Women’s Day on Monday, March 9th. The event took place at the stately Union League Club of Chicago.

The event was hosted by WorldChicago, the Union League Club of Chicago, and the International Trade Club of Chicago. The Fulbright Association Chicago Chapter not only was a partner organization for the event, but, eleven current and former Fulbrighters and friends of Fulbright attended the luncheon.

The message of the day pertained to immigrant women and their contributions not only to the U.S. economy in terms of labor and entrepreneurship, but also to women’s role in academia in this country. Both Carole Segal, co-founder of Crate & Barrel, and Michele Wucker, Vice President of Studies at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, highlighted in their presentations the value of immigrants’ contribution to the U.S. at universities and in long term academic, and skilled careers.

Chicago Chapter President Mary Mares-Awe with members of the Canadian delegation Scott McCook, Coleen Duke and Paula Cabrera

Chicago Chapter President Mary Mares-Awe with members of the Canadian delegation Scott McCook, Coleen Duke and Paula Cabrera

Ms. Wucker stressed the importance of correcting immigrant stereotypes in this country by changing the focus to those who come for education and their children’s educations rather than negative representations. Ms. Segal lamented the brain drain that occurs in this country when student visas expire and how increasing the number of work visas would bolster the U.S. economy. It was refreshing to hear women of civic engagement discuss the importance of international intellectual talent that the U.S. gains from immigrants to this country.

Other topics included immigrant women’s lack of legal options, immigration as a political card, and the effect the politicization of immigration has on women. According to one of the featured speakers, women currently outnumber men in the “foreign born” category in current U.S. immigration statistics. This directly relates to the role all women play in strengthening families.

Chicago Chapter Board  Member Meredith Mc Neil at the Fulbright table during the fair prior to the luncheon

Chicago Chapter Board Member Meredith McNeil at the Fulbright table during the fair prior to the luncheon

The International Women’s Day Luncheon also featured a fair of exhibitors involved in international pursuits and women’s issues, including Fulbright Chicago, the Canadian Consulate, the YMCA, and the Consulate of Sweden, among others. The fair provided a great opportunity for the Fulbright Chicago representatives to engage with other attendees and discuss potential future partnerships.

 

 

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

Fulbright Chicago celebrated International Education Week at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum

Visiting Fulbright scholaras and students celebrated International Education Week at the Jane Addams-Hull Hose Museum.

Visiting Fulbright scholars and students celebrated International Education Week at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum.

The Jane Addams Hull-House Museum

The Jane Addams Hull-House Museum at the University of Illinois at Chicago campus

By Jade StanleyON SUNDAY NOVEMBER 16, 2014 the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association celebrated International Education Week with an educational program focusing on immigrant communities who’ve played an important part in Chicago’s history.

Visiting Fulbright Scholar Dr. Sani Basha with his family at the Jane Adams Hull House Museum

Visiting Fulbright Scholar Dr. Sani Basha with his family at the Jane Adams Hull-House Museum

Over sixty participants including Fulbright students and scholars, alumni association members and Institute of International Education (IIE), friends and family joined us for a tour of the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum with a look at the legacy of Jane Addams—a reformer, sociologist, and Nobel Peace Prize winner.

Fulbright Scholars and Friends viewing a documentary film about Jane Adams

Fulbright Scholars and Friends viewing a documentary film about Jane Adams

The tour began at noon, and included a documentary film – narrated by Eleanor Roosevelt, on the history of Hull House and the life and work of Jane Addams. After the tour, everyone met at 2pm, to enjoy a wonderful lunch at Pompei, an authentic Italian restaurant in Little Italy. Pompei was established by Luigi Davino back in 1909. The family restaurant has been serving up delicious Italian food for four generations.

 Everyone enjoyed a fun conversation and delicious food at Pompei Restaurant during the annual International Education Education Week program

Everyone enjoyed a fun conversation and delicious food at Pompei Restaurant during the annual International Education Education Week program

Little Italy is another unique ethnic neighborhood in Chicago to explore for its restaurants and unique small businesses. Walking into the restaurant on a cold and windy Chicago day was delightful and wonderful smells coming from the kitchen greeted us as we entered. The menu included various types of delicious pizza, two kinds of salads, pasta and meat sauce and homemade bread, followed by incredible pastries and hot coffee.

 Members of the Fulbright Chicago Board, (L-R) Patti Powel and Mary Mares-Awe with visiting Fulbright Scholar Liz Bacwayo from Uganda


Members of the Fulbright Chicago Board, (L-R) Patti Powel and Mary Mares-Awe with visiting Fulbright Scholar Liz Bacwayo from Uganda

Board members Mary Mares-Awe, Cristina Sisson, Patti Powell, Elio Leturia, Shannon Anderson and Jade Stanley extended a warm welcome and thanked the participants for joining us for this event. The room resonated with great conversations, opportunities for networking, and plans to attend the next Fulbright event in December.

Fulbright Scholars enjoying lunch at Pompei Restaurant in Little Italy

Fulbright Scholars enjoying lunch at Pompei Restaurant in Little Italy

Sarah Grace Gleisner of IIE is enjoying a conversation with visiting Fulbright Scholars

Sarah Grace Gleisner of IIE is enjoying a conversation with visiting Fulbright Scholars

Photos by Mary Mares-Awe