Alumni Get-together in Denver

In the photos:

1.  Honorary Consul Mäkikalli and Patrick Tally (spouse of Thea Lindquist) discussing Fulbright Finland grant programs for Americans
2. Alumni of the Fulbright Finland programs: Leasa Weimer (2011), Thea Lindquist (2011), Nancy Commins (2011), Ann Komara (2007) standing and sitting Peter Michelson (2001) and Suzanne Louis (2001)
3. Ken Wilson, host of the FoFF alumni gathering
4. Leasa Weimer and Thea Lindquist
5. Judith Aplon (Peter's wife) chatting with alumni gathering hostess Nancy Commins
6. Honorary Consul Juha Mäkikalli and Peter Michelson

Photographer: Karen Brennan

Friends of Fulbright Finland got together in Colorado hosted in the home of alumna Nancy Commins.  Nancy and her husband Ken Wilson spent a Fulbright grant period in Turku in 2010-11.

Six alumni and numerous friends, including Honorary Consul for Colorado, Juha Mäkikalli, enjoyed a summer picnic on June 4.  An update about the latest news from the Fulbright Center in Helsinki revealed that the FC has a new legal foundation and will now be known as “Fulbright Finland.”  This will facilitate plans to develop additional funding sources, including the Centennial Fund and the FoFF Alumni Enrichment Fund.

Other topics of conversation included plans for the 2017 celebration of Finland’s 100th anniversary of independence, and how Fulbright alumni can get involved in events being held in the US.  Also, the second round of competition for the FoFF Alumni Enrichment Award will open later in the summer.