Spring 2016 Newsletter

April 17th, 2016

Fulbright Korea Alumni Relations Newsletter, Volume 2 Issue 3

Spring 2016

In This Issue

Upcoming Events

  • Running 4 Resettlement: R4R is a fundraising initiative started 2 years ago by former ETA Eric Horvath. By pledging to run in the Kim Dae-Jung Peace Marathon while raising money for NKHR’s Rescue Fund, runners help ensure that refugees can safely leave China without either being sold into human trafficking or expatriated back to the DPRK. The journey is long and can’t be done without your help. Commit to fundraising by filling out this form by April 30th. Then register to run here. Instructions to set up an individual fundraising page can be found here.
    **While not officially affiliated with Fulbright Korea, R4R was inspired due to personal experiences facilitated by the NKD program**
  • 3rd Annual Black History Month Festival: Due to recent setbacks, this year’s Black History Month Festival will be held in Seoul on June 4th, 2016. Diving into the theme “I am more than my skin,” the festival will explore music, talent, and practices rooted in Black culture through various workshops and performances.

Spring 2016 Stateside Gatherings

Fulbright Korea alumni across the country are getting together this spring to catch up with old friends, make new connections, and find out what’s new with the program. Meet-ups have already happened in San Diego, Denver, and Boston, with more in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Seattle to come! If you live in the area or are passing through, please join your fellow alumni for a fun night of Fulbright Korea memories. For more information, contact us.

Forum Schedule

  • Lost Baggage II: A Documentary, Changhee Chun
  • How Civic Education Impacts Adjustments of North Korean Youth Defectors, Joyce Kim
    May 13th, 2016
  • On-line Multilingualism and the Korean Language, Ana Smith
    June 3rd, 2016
  • The Impacts of Westernization on South Korean Elderly Suicides and Aging, Nhu Ngoc Pham
    July 1st, 2016

**Note that dates and presentations are subject to change.
All Junior Researcher forums are held on the 6th floor of the Fulbright Building in Seoul.
For a full list of the Fulbright Forum Series, click here.

"International Education" with Heather Housley & Tyler Askew

March 31st, 2016

Heather Housley is the Director of International Student & Scholar Services at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA. She is a former Senegal Peace Corps volunteer, and has over 15 years experience in the international education field. Tyler Askew is an International Student Advisor at Georgia State and was a Fulbright Hungary ETA in 2011-2012. Their session will focus on steps taken to get into the international education field and what you can do to be competitive with job opportunities.


"Working in DC/Non profit Sector" with Lauren Weaver

March 30th, 2016

Lauren Weaver is the Assistant Principal of Tubman Elementary School in Washington, D.C. As a 2011-2012 Fulbright Korea ETA in Daegu, she was the liaison between the Korean American Education Commission and the U.S. Embassy in Seoul. With her 10 years of experience interning and working in DC, her session will focus on how you can work in the non-profit sector and how she transitioned into her current role since being an ETA.


"Undergraduate Admissions" with Scott Burke

March 28th, 2016

This webinar will focus on careers in undergraduate admissions. Specifically, this webinar will relate to the types of commitments and daily tasks that are handled in this career.

Scott Burke is the Assistant Vice President for Undergraduate Admissions at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA. He has over 20 years experience in admissions, and chose this field to work with students from all walks of life and backgrounds along with many different travel opportunities. His webinar will focus on getting your foot in the door and what you can do as current grantees to better prepare yourselves for this growing field


"Practicing Law" with Ali Anderson, David Libardoni, and Susan Har

March 14th, 2016

This panel will focus on practicing law, tips for finding a job in law that suits your interests, and how you can apply what you learned from your experience in Korea to being a lawyer.Three Fulbright Korea alumni will be co-hosting the session:

Ali Anderson graduated from Northwestern University School of Law in 2014, and is currently an associate in the corporate department of Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.

David Libardoni graduated from Boston College Law School in 2014, and is a Real Estate and Finance Attorney at Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP in Boston, MA.

Susan Har graduated from University of California, Berkeley – School of Law in 2014, and is now a Law Clerk at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.


Spring 2016 Featured Researcher: Dr. Perry Hamalis

March 9th, 2016

2015-16 Fulbright Senior Researcher and Underwood Visiting Professor at Yonsei University’s United Graduate School of Theology Dr. Perry HamalisK-Pop, companies like LG and Samsung, and the rise of Kimchi-infusion dishes – Korea is making waves in economic and cultural sectors with increasing global recognition. The 10th General Assembly of the World Council of Churches (WCC) sited in Busan in 2013, however, called for a distinct break in the otherwise uniform news cycle – and for good reason. 2015-16 Fulbright Senior Researcher and Underwood Visiting Professor at Yonsei University’s United Graduate School of Theology Dr. Perry Hamalis not only took part in the seminal WCC assembly; he’s here for the year to study the longitudinal impact of the event on Korea’s Orthodox Christian community and presented his preliminary findings at the Fulbright Forum on February 12th, 2016 last week.

Dr. Perry Hamalis is known stateside as the Cecelia Schneller Mueller Professor of Religion at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, and made a splash at the WCC’s General Assembly in Busan as both a delegate and moderator for the organization. As an institution, the WCC has a profound global presence; Established after World War II, the WCC is the world’s most inclusive ecumenical organization with over 345 member churches across 110 nations. The ecumenical goal of the WCC is to promote visible unity and collaboration within and among Christian churches, and including its members and partnership with the Roman Catholic Church, has influence over 75% of the world’s Christian population – about 1.6 billion people.


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March 7th, 2016

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March Featured ETA: Arria Washington

March 1st, 2016

Arria_headshot_cropMarch in Korea heralds the coming of spring, with winter temperatures slowly melting away and flowers blooming throughout the peninsula. For Fulbright ETA’s, it also means the beginning of a new school year – which often proves to be a whole new teaching experience! To kick the new semester off to a great start, FKAR is delighted to feature second-year ETA Arria Washington.

If you’ve heard her name before, it’s probably because Arria is heavily involved with several of Fulbright’s most prominent initiatives in addition to being a rockstar teacher! She is a Managing Editor for the Fulbright Infusion magazine and has been a key contributor to the success of events such as the Black History Month Festival in Daegu.

Read on to learn more about her experience as an ETA!

FKAR: Arria, tell us a little bit about who you are and where you come from!

I grew up in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. It’s a small eastern city known for its defunct steel mill or its universities, if it’s known at all. I love the mid-Atlantic region, and everything from New York to Virginia feels like home. After graduating from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a degree in English Literature, I spent a couple years in Pittsburgh doing technical writing and a few other jobs. I didn’t mind it, but there weren’t enough kids involved. After while, I started babysitting just for the fun of it.


Featured Alumni: Chelle Jones

February 13th, 2016

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Chelle Jones entered her Fulbright grant with a curiosity for learning – learning the Korean language, Korean history, and about human rights movements in the Korean peninsula. As an undergraduate in history at the University of Chicago, Jones became interested in the Gwangju Uprising of 1980. Embracing her placement in Gwangju as an ETA, her motivation to pursue graduate studies on Korea intensified.

Jones remained in Korea and went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Korean Studies from Seoul National University. The opportunity to continue to study the Korean language and participate as an observer in contemporary social movements  allowed Jones access to additional relevant background knowledge. As she became more confident in the language, she dug deeper into other civil rights movements throughout Korea, learning from the adoptee, unwed mother, and queer communities.


Winter 2015 Newsletter

January 17th, 2016

Fulbright Korea Alumni Relations Newsletter, Volume 2 Issue 2

In This Issue

Upcoming Events

  • 3rd Annual Black History Month Festival
    The Black History Month Festival, originally held in Daegu, will be held this year in Seoul on February 27th, 2016. Diving into the theme “I am more than my skin,” the festival will explore music, talent, and practices rooted in Black culture through various workshops and performances.

Winter 2015 Stateside Gatherings

Fulbright Korea alumni across the country are getting together this winter to catch up with old friends, make new connections, and find out what’s new with the program. Meet-ups have already happened in San Diego, Denver, and Boston, with more in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Seattle to come! If you live in the area or are passing through, please join your fellow alumni for a fun night of Fulbright Korea memories. For more information, contact us.

Forum Schedule

  • Tracing the Transformation of Pyeongchang: Their Quest for Revitalization, Yung-Ju Kim
    January 22nd, 2016
  • The Impact of the WCC’s 10th General Assembly upon Orthodox Public Theology in Korea, Perry Hamalis
    February 19th, 2016
  • Invisibility Becoming Visible: Disability Rights Movement Advancements, Symone Gosby
    March 11th, 2016
  • Lost Baggage II: A Documentary, Changhee Chun
    April 22nd, 2016

**Note that dates and presentations are subject to change.
All Junior Researcher forums are held on the 6th floor of the Fulbright Building in Seoul.
For a full list of the Fulbright Forum Series, click here.