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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!

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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.