Friends of Fulbright Finland Alumni Reception to Celebrate the Centennial of Finland

Ambassador Kirsti Kauppi welcomed American alumni of the Finnish Fulbright program from the Washington D.C. area, and friends, to the Ambassador’s Residence on November 10, celebrating Suomi Finland 100 Centenary together.  During the evening, discussion was animated, with the 40 plus guests sharing news about their current projects and memories about their time in Finland and being a Fulbrighter.  Many shared plans they have to revisit Finland, to connect with Finnish colleagues and hosts, and to find new ways to make Finland more visible on the American scene. 


Alumni Ken Kolson (2006 U.S. Fulbright Scholar in Political Science) and Peter MacKeith (1989 Fulbright Graduate Student in Architecture) were presented with certificates of appreciation by Terhi Mölsä. Both have made significant contributions to ensure the strength of the alumni program and to the future of Fulbright Finland. In a surprise move, Mike Loovis (FoFF Council member and 2010 U.S. Fulbright Scholar in Education), presented the Ambassador with a photo of the “Spirit of Finland”  sculpture by Ken Valimaki that now marks the entry to the Finnish Heritage Museum in Fairport Harbor, Ohio.

Peter MacKeith, Ambassador Kirsti Kauppi and Fulbright Finland CEO Terhi Mölsä
Mike Loovis presenting the Ambassador with a photo of the “Spirit of Finland”
Joseph McCormick, Ambassador Kirsti Kauppi, Fulbright Finland alumni Suzanne Louis (2001 Fulbright Professional in International Education) and Terhi Mölsä
Fulbright Finland alumni Annie Brandt (2015 Fulbright Teacher) and Cristi Marchetti (2016 Fulbright Finland Inter-Country awardee in Education)
Fulbright Finland Alumi and Friends at the Reception
Terhi Mölsä, Fulbright Finland Alum Ramon Barthelemy (2014 U.S. Fulbright Graduate Student in Education), Oleg Kucheryavenko and Ambassador Kirsti Kauppi