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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

Ana Gil-García named an outstanding visionary woman in higher education

AnaGilGarciasmBy Elio Leturia—WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH started in 1982 when Congress requested a week in March be “Women’s History Week.” Five years later, in 1987, the President proclaimed March to be “Women’s History Month.”

Honoring “Women’s History Month,” Diverse magazine published its third annual report highlighting the work and contributions of 30 women to higher education.

One of these honorees is Dr. Ana Gil-García, Professor of Educational Leadership at Northeastern Illinois University, and a past-president of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association.

“This is an acknowledgement to the work and effort that women put to higher education,” Gil-García said.

diversemagAn award-winning educator and director of membership of the Chicago Fulbright Association, Gil-García has a long teaching career. She is a three-time Fulbright US Scholar (Venezuela, Middle East, and Armenia) who works tirelessly for a variety of community organizations.

A native Venezuelan, Gil-García is an author, community leader, and advocate for Latino educational leaders.

For 11 years she was the only Latina professor in her department, Gil-García said. “Minority women constitute only 3% of all teachers in higher education. To be recognized in this group is an honor because it also serves to give an example of role models and show a presence among minority university students.”

She holds a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership, Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, Specialist Degree in Middle School Curriculum, and Bachelor’s degree in Biology Teaching.

“Korean Central Asians after the U.S.S.R” Conference presented at NEIU

Dr. Valeriy Sergeevich Khan

Dr. Valeriy Sergeevich Khan

By Mary Mares-Awe—FULBRIGHT RESEARCH SCHOLAR Valeriy Sergeevich Khan will be the key presenter at the 19th Annual Asian & Asian-American Heritage Conference at Northeastern Illinois University on April 3rd, 2014.

Dr. Khan is a Fulbright Research Scholar at the Center of Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies at the University of Kansas. He is a well-known authority in the area of cultural and ethnic studies of the Korean diaspora and an expert on ethnic transformation of Korean emigrants. He has been a research fellow at the National Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan serving as the Vice-Director of the Department of Ethnic Studies.

Dr. Khan’s presentation entitled, Korean Central Asians—after the U.S.S.R, will take place on Thursday, April 3rd, at 10:50 am at the Golden Eagles room of the Student Union on the campus of Northeastern Illinois University.

The event is co-sponsored by Fulbright, NEIU College of Arts & Sciences, and Asian/Global Resource Center.

We encourage all our members and those interested in the topic of cultural identities among immigrant communities to attend this unique and interesting lecture.

Documentary “Mexico: Reporters Against Silence” presented at Northeastern Illinois University

Panelists discuss the dangers journalists face while reporting on the drug cartels in Mexico: Documentarian Alex Ormaza, Columbia College Chicago Associate Professor Teresa Puente, “Sin Censura” radio host Vicente Serrano and Northeastern Illinois University Assistant Professor Brandon Bisbey.

Panelists discuss the dangers journalists face while reporting on the drug cartels in Mexico: Documentarian Alex Ormaza, Columbia College Chicago Associate Professor Teresa Puente, “Sin Censura” radio host Vicente Serrano and Northeastern Illinois University Assistant Professor Brandon Bisbey.

ReportersAgainstSilenceBy Mary Mares-AweEARLIER THIS WEEK the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association partnered with Northeastern Illinois University’s Latino Resource Center for the screening of the documentary “Mexico: Reporters Against Silence.” The film is produced by a fellow Fulbrighter, journalist Alex Ormaza.

The documentary portrays the dangers journalists in Mexico face while reporting on the drug cartels and the drug war in that country. Ormaza produced this work while in Mexico in 2012-13 on a Fulbright grant.

NEIU organized two panel discussions to complement the documentary screenings. On Monday, February 3rd the panel discussion focused on press freedoms in Mexico. The second panel discussion took place on Tuesday, February 4th and focused on Economic and Social Relations between the U.S. and Mexico. Both sessions were attended by members of the Chicago Fulbright Association.

Chicago chapter members Fred Siegman, Sandra McQueen (Fulbright Association Atlanta Chapter,) Regina Mamou, Jenni Schneiderman, Alex Ormaza, Ana Gil-García and Mary Mares-Awe

Chicago chapter members Fred Siegman, Sandra McQueen (Fulbright Association Atlanta Chapter,) Regina Mamou, Jenni Schneiderman, Alex Ormaza, Ana Gil-García and Mary Mares-Awe

Mexico: “Reporters Against Silence” documentary screening


“REPORTERS AGAINST SILENCE” is a documentary produced by journalist and Fulbrighter Alex Ormaza, who shot it while on a Fulbright grant in Mexico.

The Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association invites you to two special screenings of this film. A different panel discussion will follow each individual screening. Each event is FREE.


WHEN Monday February 3, 2014, 6:30-8 p.m.

WHERE Alumni Hall, Northeastern Illinois University, 5500 N St Louis Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60625

PANEL TOPIC Freedom of the Press



WHEN Tuesday February 4, 2014, 10:30 am-12:30 p.m.

WHERE SU 214, Northeastern Illinois University, 5500 N St Louis Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60625

PANEL TOPIC Economic and Social Relations between the United States and Mexico

These events are co-sponsored by the Latino/Latin American Studies, Communication, Media and Theatre Departments, Northeastern Illinois University.

Fulbright topics discussed during “Coffee Hour” at Purdue University Calumet

Article featured on the Purdue University Calumet Chronicle on the Fulbright activities

Article featured in the Purdue University Calumet Chronicle newspaper about Fulbright activities on campus

By April ValentineTHE RESEARCH AND GRADUATE Studies Office and the International Programs Office of Purdue University Calumet in Hammond, Indiana, co-sponsored a coffee hour on Tuesday, November 26, 2013, for faculty and staff to learn about how participation in Fulbright programs enhances research and teaching from current and alumni Fulbright faculty. Fifteen people attended this event held during the lunch hour on the campus of Purdue University Calumet.

Colette Morrow

Colette Morrow

Professor Colette Morrow, Department of English and Philosophy, is a Senior Fulbright Scholar. She participated in the Core Fulbright Grant program from 2000 to 2001 in Belarus, was presented the Fulbright Alumni Initiatives Award from 2003 to 2005 and has received three Fulbright Senior Specialist Grants (India, 2004; Bangladesh, 2006; Pakistan, 2010).

Professor Morrow co-presented the topic Building Women’s and Gender Studies Locally and Globally through the Fulbright Scholar Award Program with Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence, Professor Rukhsana Hasan.

Rukhsana Hasan

Rukhsana Hasan

Professor Hasan of the Department of Marketing, Human Resources, and Management is teaching, conducting research, supporting curriculum development, and giving presentations at the Ivy Tech Community College campus in East Chicago, Indiana, and at Purdue University Calumet for the 2013-2014 academic year. Hasan also presented on Dec. 3, 2013 at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago.

She is a faculty member at Fatima Jinnah Women University in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

Kathryn Rowberg

Kathryn Rowberg

Professor Kathryn Rowberg of the Department of Chemistry and Physics served as a Fulbright Fellow in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 1992 to 1994 and in Reykjavik, Iceland, in 2004.  She discussed the Fulbright application process, the challenges of serving effectively for short periods of time in another country and the lasting effects on her career and world view.

Her presentation topic was A Tale of Two Cities: A Fulbright Fellow in Addis Ababa and Reykjavik.

George Nnanna

George Nnanna

Professor and Department Head of Mechanical Engineering, George Nnanna received a Fulbright Specialist Award in 2011 to conduct research on water pollution and treatment at the University of Lagos in Nigeria.

David Saide of the Education Sector at the Consulate-General of Brazil in Chicago was also in attendance and discussed opportunities for faculty to conduct research in Brazil.

Ana Gil García gets the “Latinas en Acción” award

Ana Gil-García receiving the María Mangual Award.

Ana Gil-García receiving the María Mangual Award from “Mujeres Latinas en Acción.”

ON OCTOBER 2, 2013, our Fulbright Chicago chapter board member and Director of Membership Dr. Ana Gil-García, was presented with the 2013 María Mangual Award for her continued work to empower, educate and mentor Latinas.

Mujeres Latinas en Acción offers this award every year. This organization, a non-for-profit born in 1970, is considered the longest-standing Latina organization in the United States, serving to empower Latinas through services that reflect their values and culture.

The ceremony took place at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in the Magnificent Mile.

Dr. Ana Gil-García is a Fulbright Chicago chapter past president (2006-2008,) a three-time Fulbright scholar (Venezuela, Middle East and Armenia) and a professor of Educational Leadership at Northeastern Illinois University.

She was named as one of the 2010 “Top Ten Chicago Latinos” and one of the “100 Most Influential Hispanics in the USA” by  Hispanic Business magazine. She founded The Book Partnership, an ongoing international community service project of the Chicago Fulbright Association to bring literacy to Panama, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Egypt, Moldova, Ghana, Botswana and Ecuador in order to serve socioeconomically deprived schools in those regions.