Centennial Ambassadors in Action!

During the 2017 Centennial year, the Friends of Fulbright Finland's Centennial Ambassadors are promoting Fulbright and Finland throughout the United States. They bring the message of Fulbright and Finland to American communities.

Tour of the Globe - Finland

Springfield, MO

Fulbright Finland grantee Lauri Kivijärvi (ASLA-Fulbright Graduate Grant 2017-2018 to Missouri State University) participated in the Tour of the Globe event at Missouri State University on November 3, 2017. Lauri shared facts about Finland and information on Fulbright Finland grant opportunities. Everyone had a chance to try Finnish rye bread, Fazer chocolate and some salmiakki. Especially Finland's free education and Santa Claus attracted people and Lauri had a lot of people visiting his stand throughtout the event. 

Finland and Fulbright Finland Opportunities

Russellville, AR

Fulbright Finland grantee Lauri Kivijärvi (ASLA-Fulbright Graduate Grant 2017-2018 to Missouri State University) had a wonderful session with experts and students from the field of inorganic chemistry at the Arkansas Tech University. He shared quick facts about Finland and introduced Fulbright Finland and its grant programs for the audience.



Alumni Stories and Skype Info Session

Mankato, MN

Alumni Anne Dahlman (2016-2017 Fulbright Specialist to University of Turku) and Kristen Cvancara (2011-2012 scholar to University of Jyväskylä) organized an inspiring session for the faculty of Minnesota State University, Mankato. Kristen and Anne shared their Fulbright stories and Fulbright Finland team shared information on Fulbright Finland opportunities.

Finnish Colleague Comes to Ohio

Cleveland, OH

Alumnus Mike Loovis  (2010 scholar to University of Jyväskylä) has been very active this year creating linkages with his Finnish host institution.  Mike arranged for his Finnish colleague Hanna Vehmas to make presentations about the Finnish Education System at Cleveland State University.  More opportunities for bringing together Finns and Americans through academic exchange look promising.





News and Videos on Social Media

Lehighton, PA

Cristi Marchetti (2016 Fulbright Finland Inter-Country Travel Grantee to University of Jyväskylä) has been promoting Finland through different social media channels by sharing news and videos actively. Local news published also an article about Cristi and her Fulbright experiences. Cristi has background on publicity, so she is working on promoting Fulbright and Finland through her local media.

Times News on October 17, 2017:
Lehighton teacher returns from abroad with plans to connect community



Finnish Flag Cookies at Global Fest

Lake Forest College, IL

Ben Zeller (2012-2013 Fulbright Scholar to Åbo Akademi) promoted Finland's Centennial and various study abroad opportunities in Finland at Lake Forest College's Global Fest. "The students’ favorite part of the Global Fest is the food. Here's a picture of our attempts to create a Finnish flag out of frosting and a cookie at the 'make your own flag' table", says Ben.





Finnish Your Dinner with Finland 100 Cake and Sharing Experiences from Finland!

Our Island Home retirement home, MA

The Our Island Home residents enjoyed celebratory Finnish Independence cake. Pictured here are the Fulbright Finland alumni Frances Karttunen and Alfred W. Crosby.

Frances Karttunen (Fulbright Scholar 1971 and 1984 to University of Tampere, Fulbright Bicentennial Chair 1997) has produced a weekly interactive slide show for the Our Island Home residents, and has so far presented three shows about Finland: Before Independence, Gaining Independence 1917-18, and Defending Independence 1939-44. "I will create one more in the fall about my personal experience of Finland since the early 1960s and my husband Alfred W. Crosby's (Fulbright Bicentennial Chair 1985 and 1997) and my Fulbright experiences there (3 times for me and twice for him)", Frances describes her Centennial Ambassador activities. She is also presenting at the Saltmarsh Center in December and January.