Chapter Spotlight: Minnesota

Chapter Spotlight: Minnesota

On September 23, the Minnesota chapter of the Fulbright Association hosted a commemorative musical recital for Julieta Alvarado-Rieppel, former chapter president and wife of current board member Dr. Daniel Rieppel. Dr. Julieta Margarita Alvarado-Rieppel passed away on May 2, 2017 at the University of Minnesota Medical Center. To read more about Julieta’s life and accomplishments, please click here. Pianist Daniel Rieppel, a Minnesota native of Austro-Hungarian and Norwegian descent, holds Bachelor and Master of Music

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November 30, 2018 1

Advocacy Update

Advocacy Update

I am glad to report that our community’s many efforts to advocate for the Fulbright Program in the face of threatened cuts–47% in 2017 and 71% this year–have been effective and successful.  This spring, we relaunched “Stand for Fulbright,” a coordinated effort at the national and grassroots levels.  More than 8,000 of you signed petitions. Together you wrote to 96% of members of both chambers.  You joined together in two Advocacy Days. You proudly stood

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November 30, 2018 0

2018 Insight Trip to Mexico

2018 Insight Trip to Mexico

The Fulbright Association’s first Insight Trip to Mexico brought together thirty Fulbrighters and friends of international education for four days of cultural exploration, engagement, and networking. Starting directly after the end of the Association’s annual conference in Puebla, the trip gave participants the opportunity to forge a stronger connection with Mexico outside of the conference venues. “Our traveling group was as diverse in background, Fulbright experience in the world, and age, as any we’ve had,

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November 29, 2018 0

Alumni Profile: Noah Perales-Estoesta

Alumni Profile: Noah Perales-Estoesta

Two years after completing a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Brazil, I think back to the question my Fulbright Program Adviser asked me when I was first applying: how is Fulbright the next logical step on your personal and professional journey? Answering that question seemed like a tall order at the time, like it would require substantial creativity, but I see now how my Fulbright grant was actually an organic development, and how it has

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November 29, 2018 0

2018 Annual Conference Highlights

2018 Annual Conference Highlights

This month, the Fulbright Associations 41st annual conference themed “Un Mundo, Muchas Voces,” gathered over 350 Fulbright alumni and friends of international education, in Puebla, Mexico. After several years of hosting the conference in the Washington, DC, the Association hosted an international conference, reigniting a bi-annual tradition of holding conferences outside of the United States. Not only does this give conference participants, who come from Fulbright and other international backgrounds, the opportunity to travel and

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November 29, 2018 2

Career Corner: Time for Reflection

Career Corner: Time for Reflection

We are closing in on the end of the year. Thanksgiving was this past weekend, which signals the start of the holiday season. Some look forward to this time of the year, others do not. Probably everyone might agree though that it brings with it added stress and anxiety. Deadlines related to gift giving, party, and religious commitments crowd out our schedules. If you have children, managing their expectations is also a big part of

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November 29, 2018 0

Chapter Spotlight: Greater Pittsburgh Area Chapter

Chapter Spotlight: Greater Pittsburgh Area Chapter

The Fulbright Association welcomes its newest chapter to its nationwide network: the Greater Pittsburgh Area Chapter. On September 20, 2018, Fulbrighters and friends of international education residing around the Pittsburgh region came together at the University of Pittsburgh for the chapter’s inauguration. Over 40 individuals, including both present and former Fulbrighters, were in attendance to support the chapter’s launch, where attendees brought with them the energy for engagement, the enthusiasm to connect, and most of

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October 29, 2018 0

Alumni Profile: Blake Phillips

Alumni Profile: Blake Phillips

While I could give all the credit to the U.S. Fulbright Program, the reality is a little more complicated.  My enduring love for international travel and cross-cultural exchange started my freshman year at Pomona College when I spent six weeks working at an orphanage in Lima, Peru.  Although I had traveled abroad on several previous occasions, this was the first time I realized how incredible it is to live abroad, fully immersed in another culture

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October 29, 2018 0

In Memory of Michael Samuel Gilmor

In Memory of Michael Samuel Gilmor

Michael Samuel Gilmor September 8, 1995 – August 25, 2018 Fulbright Polska ETA 2017-18 Life brings change, whether we ask for it or not. As an optimist, I try to find positivity in change, even when it is sudden, devastating, and unfair. Although August 25th, 2018, was a day that changed my life, it is not the one that altered my life forever. Michael’s death has shredded my heart in unimaginable pain. But the day

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Fulbright Career Corner: Embrace the Transition

Fulbright Career Corner: Embrace the Transition

Life is one of continuous transition. Some of them are significant: finding a mate, starting a family, beginning a new job, and the passing of a loved one for instance. Some are not so, and are part of our day to day – driving to work is a transition. But as for significant and even seminal ones I would include the Fulbright experience. There are two transitions in Fulbright. The first is when you begin

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October 19, 2018 0