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2020 Chicago Spring Farewell, via Zoom, celebrates new graduates and latest accomplishments

This year, our annual Spring Farewell event was celebrated virtually. Vice President Teuta Peja led the online gathering.

IT’S BITTERSWEET TO SAY GOODBYE. You leave an experience behind but you also look forward to a new chapter in your life, eager to apply what you have learned and feeling enthusiastic to share your international experience in your home country.

Due to the pandemic, graduating Fulbright students were not able to attend in-person ceremonies at their host institutions, an event most of us look forward to participating when achieving a life milestone. Our Chicago chapter replaced the traditional Spring Farewell event for a virtual graduating Happy Hour.

Connected in California, Chapter President Dr. Edel Jose welcomed the guests.

On June 18th, 2020, we gathered online to congratulate our newly graduates, listen to some music and learn about some of the latest activities of our returning American Fulbrighters from their host countries abroad.

Our Chicago Chapter Vice President Teuta Peja led the program along with fellow board members Tatiana Orlova and Suzanne McBride. The initial connection issues did not affect the enthusiasm we all were feeling. Our President Dr. Edel Jose, who is currently in California, welcomed the guests. “It’s a time to come together and celebrate being a Fulbrighter,” Jose said.

“It was more important the journey in itself,” said Shend Vishi, a Fulbright student from Kosovo, who is graduating with a master’s in software engineering at Loyola University.

Graduating with a master’s in software engineering at Loyola University Chicago, Shend Vishi from Kosovo said he didn’t know what to expect when he arrived to Chicago and that he couldn’t point out one single unpleasant experience.

“I created friendships that will last a lifetime,” said Vishi, who added he was proud to have represented his country in the United States.

Board member Dr. Bill Peterman, Emeritus Professor of Geography and Urban Studies at Chicago State University, congratulated the recent graduates.

Board member Dr. Bill Peterman addressed the graduating students by sharing some of his Fulbright experience many years ago in the UK. “Once a Fulbrighter always a Fulbrighter,” Peterman said adding that now is the time to share their learning in their home countries.

Board member and Northeastern Illinois University Professor Emerita Dr. Ana Gil-García, inspired all of us to continue fulfilling the mission of the Fulbright Program.

Five-time Fulbright award recipient and board member Dr. Ana Gil-García delivered a message encouraging the departing students to fulfill the mission Sen. William Fulbright envisioned, to become leaders and to strengthen ties of understanding between countries and cultures. Gil-García, an education leader and community organizer, was president of the Chicago chapter in 2007 and 2008.

Playing and singing from Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Fulbright alum Joan Miguel López performed the song “Before Our Time.”

Then it was time for music! The first song arrived from Honduras by Fulbright alum Joan Miguel López, who pursued a master’s in cultural and educational policy at Loyola University Chicago in 2018. Playing the guitar and singing “Before Our Time” directly from Tegucigalpa, López delighted the participants with his performance.

Illinois Institute of Technology architecture Fulbright graduate student from Egypt Walid Elshanshoury, played the electric guitar.

Walid Elshanshoury, a current Fulbright student from Cairo, Egypt, who is studying for a master of science in architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT),  also played the guitar, in his case, an electric guitar.

Board member Suzanne McBride introduced Fulbrighters Rachel Jacoby, Lori Niehaus and Amy Verrando, and their project Feed the Front Line.

Board member Suzanne McBride introduced Rachel Jacoby, Lori Niehaus and Amy Verrando, three recent returning Fulbrighters from Malaysia who shared their experience and their entrepreneurial endeavor, Feed the Front Line Chicago.

2019 Fulbrighter to Malaysia and Feed the Front Line co-founder Rachel Jacoby, studied Accountancy and Business at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Jacoby, Niehaus and Verrando met during their 2109 Fulbright in Malaysia. They saw the toll COVID-19 had on the country and in Chicago. Wanting to make a difference along with members of the Fulbright Malaysia cohort, they thought big, envisioning a national campaign calling it Feed the Front Line.

2019 Fulbrighter to Malaysia and Feed the Front Line co-founder Lori Niehaus, is pursuing a Master of Science in Public Health at Johns Hopkins University.

By collecting individual donations to purchase meals from local businesses, this organization delivers these meals to front line workers. Seeing the impact and success of the campaign in Portland, Houston and Pittsburgh, they have been doing similar work in our Chicagoland community.

2019 Fulbrighter to Malaysia and Feed the Front Line co-founder Amy Verrando, studied English Language and Literature, Psychology, Outdoor Recreational Education at University of Minnesota.

This entrepreneurial model helps both the local, family-owned food businesses (restaurants, bakeries and cafes) and the front line workers (Chicagoland hospitals, COVID-19 testing centers, fire stations and nursing homes, among others).

Donations come from individuals, and organizations. They created a GoFundMe to receive donations that ranged from $10 up to $2,500, and they’ve raised more than $40,000. Now that Feed the Front Line is part of an official 501c3 tax-exempt organization — they continue to receive donations through their website at ftflchicago.org. 

What a great way to celebrate accomplishments! Jacoby, Niehaus and Verrando’s project show us how a Fulbright experience brings people together and enhances the collective human experience.

2019 Spring Farewell in Pilsen!

THE FULBRIGHT ASSOCIATION-Chicago Chapter and the Institute of International  Education (IIE) invite you, your family, colleagues, and friends to attend our 2019 Spring Farewell.

This event has two parts: A museum visit, and a restaurant gathering.

DATE Sunday, April 28th, 2019
TIME 1:30-2:30p.m.
LOCATION National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th St, Pilsen Neighborhood
*Guided tour OR self walk thru

TIME 3-5p.m.
LOCATION D’Nuez Restaurant, 2000 W. 18th St. (b/t S. Wolcott and Damen) Pilsen

RSVPs are required by April 26, 2019! Please R.S.V.P. using this FORM.

After you RSVP you may pay via PayPal by clicking HERE.

You can also pay at the event using cash, or check. We are unable to take credit card payments at the event.

It is time to give a fond farewell to the visiting Fulbright students and scholars who will soon be returning to their home countries/kickoff summer break. What a great opportunity to gather with the Fulbright Association members of the Chicago Chapter to say ‘thank you’ to our guests, and for visiting Fulbrighters and alumni to affirm friendships as well as academic and professional connections.

This year we are highlighting Chicago’s vibrant and ever-altering Pilsen neighborhood!

COST FREE for current visiting Fulbright Students and Scholars and members of the consular corps.
$15 per person for guests, family members, Fulbright Association members and Fulbright Alumni.

Street parking is available.

If you will be using public transportation, you can plan your trip with the CTA Trip Planner: www.transitchicago.com

If you have questions about the event, please email fulbrightchicago@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you at the event! *Please note that photos and video will be taken at the event.

This program has been made possible by support from the Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

2018 Spring Farewell at Columbia College Chicago

 

IT’S SPRING! The Fulbright Association-Chicago Chapter and the Institute of International Education (IIE) invite you, your family, colleagues, and friends to attend our Spring Farewell Reception and Music Performance.

DATE Saturday, May 5, 2018
TIME 12:00-1:00p.m. Columbia College Museum of Contemporary Photography
1:15-3:00p.m. Lunch

WHERE Photography Museum TOUR at 600 S. Michigan Avenue (tours begin at 12:00pm) at Museum of Contemporary Photography
LUNCH at 623 S. Wabash Columbia College Building, Haus Space

RSVPs are required by May 1, 2018! Please R.S.V.P. using this link.

The purpose of this event is to say a fond farewell to the visiting Fulbright students and scholars who will soon be returning to their home countries. The gathering provides an opportunity for Fulbright Association Chicago Chapter members to say ‘thank you’ to our guests, and for visiting Fulbrighters and alumni to affirm friendships as well as academic and professional connections.

The host institution for this event is Columbia College Chicago in the South Loop. For more information on the Columbia College Museum of Contemporary Photography, including the exhibits on display May 5th.

COST This event is FREE for current visiting Fulbright Students and Scholars and members of the consular corps, and $10 for guests, family members, Fulbright Association members and Fulbright Alumni.

You may pay via PayPal please click on this link.

If paying in person, must be paid via cash or check. Credit card payments will not be taken onsite.

STREET PARKING is available on Wabash Ave., also, there are several pay parking lots on Wabash.

If you will be using public transportation, you can plan your trip with the CTA Trip Planner: www.transitchicago.com. Green and Orange line train riders should use the Roosevelt stop. Red line should use the Harrison stop.

If you have questions about the event, please email fulbrightchicago@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you at the event! *Please note that photos and video will be taken at the event.

Get ready for the 2017 Spring Farewell with live music!


THE CHICAGO CHAPTER of the Fulbright Association  and the Institute of International Education (IIE) invite you, your family, colleagues, and friends to attend our 2017 Spring Farewell Reception and Music Performance.

WHEN Saturday, April 29, 2017

TIME  6:30-9:30pm

WHERE Alliance Française de Chicago, 810 North Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL 60610 (Please enter around the corner, at the Chicago Avenue entrance.)

This is the time to offer a fond farewell 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 friendships as well as academic, and professional connections which will last for many years.

In this opportunity we are combining the Spring Farewell Reception with recognition of  International Jazz Day, a UNESCO designated day honoring the tradition and world-wide cultural contribution of jazz music, with a live musical performance.

The program will feature the music of Roy McGrath and his group.

Light fare along with wine and soft drinks will be provided.

COST FREE for current visiting Fulbright Students and Scholars and members of the consular corps. | Guests, family members, Fulbright Association members and Fulbright Alumni is $20 per person.

RSVPs are required by Thursday April 27, 2917!  Please R.S.V.P. and pay by using the online form or click on the link below: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfMd9JSp0wMb6cY2swSQ-PZ17uyAm6G2CvhtRmPNt0rSSjv8A/viewform?usp=sf_link

You may pay via PayPal by clicking HERE or at the event using cash, or check.

 We are not able to take credit card payments at the event.

PARKING Street parking is available, as well as a parking garage at 671 N. Clark Street.

If you will be using public transportation, plan your trip with the CTA Trip Planner: www.transitchicago.com

QUESTIONS? Please email fulbrightchicago@gmail.com

We look forward to seeing you at the event!

Voiceless Melodies: An invitation to a cross cultural theater experience

Dr. Hassan and Judy Veramendi at the 2016 Spring farewell

Dr. Ifthikar Hassan and Judy Veramendi at the 2016 Fulbright Spring Farewell in Greektown, Chicago

Veramendi and Hassan have been working together on this theater play for over a year.

Veramendi and Hassan have been working together on this theater play for over a year.

ENJOYING THE FULBRIGHT Spring Farewell Luncheon on Saturday, April 16, were two Fulbrighters whose play, Voiceless Melodies, will be performed at Victory Gardens Theater, Sunday April 24 at 7:30 PM.

Reserve your FREE TICKETS at ivpchicago.org\events. The 75 minute play will be followed by a reception featuring Punjabi music and food.

Pakistani author Ifthikar N. Hassan and playwright/adaptor Judy Veramendi began collaborating on this project over a year ago. In the play, Shazia, a lovely young Punjabi girl with a determined vision of how her life must unfold, moves through light and shadow before coming into her glory. Experience her story, and her world, through songs, dances, and celebrations of love and marriage, interwoven with the Voiceless Melodies of her ancestors.

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!

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!

Mark your calendars for Fulbright Chicago events this year

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Fall Welcome. International Education Week. Holidays Reception and Dee Sarelas Award Ceremony. International Women’s Day. Spring Farewell. You can  also find the information by clicking the tab EVENTS 2014-2015 to find out the dates and location.

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Baha’i Temple Tour and Spring Farewell Luncheon this May 3rd

Bahai temple

There are only seven Baha’i temples in the world. The only one in North America is in Wilmette, Illinois

By Ron Harvey—IT’S SPRING AGAIN! The Fulbright Association-Chicago Chapter and the International Institute of Education (IIE) invite you to attend our Spring Farewell Event: Baha’i Temple Tour and Farewell Luncheon!

DAY Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

TIME 11:30 a.m. to approximately 4 p.m.

WHERE The Baha’i House of Worship, 100 Linden Ave Wilmette, IL 60091, 847-853-2300

Buffet lunch at Reza's Restaurant

Buffet lunch at Reza’s Restaurant

Next, we shall go to Reza’s Restaurant in Andersonville in Chicago for a 2:00 p.m. buffet-style luncheon. Meat, vegetarian, dairy, and gluten-free options are all available at the buffet! Reza’s Restaurant, 5255 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL, 773-561-1898

COST FREE for current visiting Fulbright Students and Scholars. Adult guests and family members, Fulbright Association members and Fulbright Alumni are $25 each. You may pay via PayPal after submitting this form, or at the event using cash, credit card, or checks.

RSVP by Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 using this form.

We want 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 as well as academic and professional connections which will last for years.

The Baha’i Temple Tour is from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. Attendees will have approximately 30 minutes to wander the grounds and gardens and to take photos after the tour ends.

If you are a visiting Fulbright Student or Scholar who will be returning home before the new academic year begins in 2014, please indicate this on the RSVP form. The Chicago Chapter would like to give you an informal “Certificate of Completion” for you to take home. We regret that we can only give these to event attendees and cannot be mailed.

HOW TO GET THERE For the Baha’i Temple, The Purple Line Linden stop is just 6 minutes away. For Reza’s Restaurant, The Red Line Berwyn stop is only 7 minutes walk from the restaurant.

Plan your trip using the CTA Trip Planner: www.transitchicago.com

We are also offering motor coach transport for up to 56 people from the Chicago Loop to the Baha’i Temple, and then to Reza’s. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR RETURN TRANSPORTATION.

The motor coach will leave the Loop at 10:30 a.m. from the parking lot near Columbia College at Wabash just south of Congress, very close to many CTA transportation options. It is VERY important that you and your guests (if any) show up for the motor coach on time! If you need to cancel, PLEASE E-MAIL fulbrightchicago@gmail.com IMMEDIATELY!

Please indicate the number of seats you want for the motor coach on the RSVP form.

PARKING Paid and free street parking are available at both the Temple and Reza’s.

If you have already RSVP and would like to pay now using PayPal, please click HERE. use one of the links below.

We look forward to seeing you at the event! If you have questions about the event, please email fulbrightchicago@gmail.com.