ASLA-Fulbright Alumni Association News

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Spring 2016

May 2016

Petra Kuivala Chosen as ASLA-Fulbright Alumni Ambassadorial Awardee 2016

The ASLA-Fulbright Ambassadorial Awardee 2016-2017 was announced on May 17, 2016 at the Helsinki City Hall. The ASLA-Fulbright Alumni Association selected Petra Kuivala to receive the award this year.  Petra is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Helsinki. During his Fulbright period at the Florida International University Petra Will focus on her project “Identity and Development of the Catholic Church in Revolutionary Cuba, 1958–1986.

The ASLA-Fulbright Ambassadorial Award is given annually to a single grantee who, in the eyes of the Alumni Association, represents an exemplary grantee and demonstrates the ambassadorial spirit of the Fulbright program. The award is presented annually at the Fulbright Awards Ceremony in Helsinki, Finland.

 

Spring 2015

May 2015

Mauri Sumén Chosen as ASLA-Fulbright Alumni Ambassadorial Awardee 2015

The ASLA-Fulbright Ambassadorial Awardee 2015-2016 was announced on May 12, 2015 at the Helsinki City Hall. The ASLA-Fulbright Alumni Accosiation chosed Mauri Sumén to receive the award. During his Fulbright period at the Columbia University, he will enroll in a Master's degree program in Media and Film studies.

The ASLA-Fulbright Ambassadorial Award is given annually to a single grantee who, in the eyes of the Alumni Association, represents an exemplary grantee and demonstrates the ambassadorial spirit of the Fulbright program. The award is presented annually at the Fulbright Awards Ceremony in Helsinki, Finland.

Spring 2014

May 2014

Ville Taajamaa chosen as ASLA-Fulbright Alumni Ambassadorial Awardee 2014

The ASLA-Fulbright Alumni Association is pleased to announce that Fulbright Scholar Ville Taajamaa was chosen as the ASLA-Fulbright Alumni Ambassadorial Awardee for 2014. The association reviewed over the skills, talents, program proposal, and ambassadorial qualities and determined that Mr. Taajamaa represented the ideal candidate among all others. His selection makes him the first Mid-Career Professional Development Grantee to receive the Ambassadorial Award. The Alumni Association is truly honored to have been able to meet and bestow upon Mr. Taajamaa this honor.

The ASLA-Fulbright Ambassadorial Award is given annually to a single grantee who, in the eyes of the Alumni Association, represents an exemplary grantee and demonstrates the ambassadorial spirit of the Fulbright program. The award is presented annually at the Fulbright Awards Ceremony in Helsinki, Finland.

 

Spring 2013

Piia Björn Chosen as ASLA-Fulbright Alumni Ambassadorial Awardee 2013

Fulbright Scholar Piia Björn was chosen as the ASLA-Fulbright Alumni Ambassadorial Awardee for the academic year 2013-2014. The announcement was made at the award ceremony for Finnish Fulbright Center grantees at the House of Estates on May 13, 2013.

Dr. Björn is going to Vanderbilt University's Peabody College to compare Finnish and American approaches to special education.

 

Welcome From the Chair of the Association

I warmly welcome all Fulbright Alumni to join the 60-year-old ASLA-Fulbright Alumni Association of Finland. We want to offer all our members events, gatherings and opportunities to learn from one another, to share experiences and have fun together. Our volunteer-based association has been building awareness of the Fulbright program through different activities - be a part of the worldwide network of Fulbright Alumni! 

Marianna Sydänmaanlakka, President
ASLA-Fulbright Alumni Association

 

Spring 2012

Arno Tanner Elected as New President of the ASLA-Fulbright Alumni Association

Dr. Arno Tanner has been elected the new President of the ASLA-Fulbright Alumni Association in Finland. Dr. Tanner was a Fulbright Research Scholar at the Migration Policy Institute in Washington DC in 2004-05. Currently a supervisory immigration official, Dr. Tanner has a strong background in population science. In addition to his career in the Finnish government, he is also an adjunct professor at the University of Helsinki. Founded in 1953, the ASLA-Fulbright Alumni Association is one of the oldest Fulbright alumni associations in the world. Tanner was elected the new Chair of the Board in the Association’s Annual General Meeting held on March 13, 2012.

Dr. Tanner was born and is now living in the Helsinki metropolitan area. He is also the current president of Lions Cosmopolitan Helsinki Club. His wife is also a scientist, and they live in Laurinlahti, Espoo with their four children. Arno Tanner enjoys nature trekking, Chinese philosophy and playing chess with his family. (14.3.2012)

Spring 2011

German Fulbright Alumni Association at 25: Shaping a Changing World conference in Berlin

The German Fulbright Alumni Association celebrated its 25th anniversary with an international conference in May. Dr. Arno Tanner, Adjunct Professor at the University of Helsinki and Member of the Finnish Fulbright Alumni Board participated in the conference. You can read his report on the blog site “Beat of America”.

Fall 2010

Alumni Chair on Leadership Training in the US

The Chair of the ASLA-Fulbright Alumni Association in Finland, Ms. Päivi Kankaanranta, attended a three-week International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) on Alumni Association Leadership Development in the US in October. The US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs sponsored the program that was specifically designed for leaders of alumni associations of exchange programs such as the Fulbright, the Humphrey Fellowship, the IVLP and many more.

This program allowed Päivi and 31 fellow alumni leaders from around the world to network, share best practices and discuss common challenges while acquiring new knowledge and skills. The themes addressed in the program included organizational development of non-profits, non-profit management, models of alumni associations, fundraising and the use of technology and social media as well as volunteerism.

Various workshops and professional appointments were held in Washington DC, San Francisco, Pensacola in Florida – which Päivi visited in a smaller team – and Chicago with the officials from the State Department, the affiliates of the National Council for International Visitors and volunteers in addition to experts in non-profit management and leadership. The program participants naturally had an opportunity to meet representatives of local alumni associations affiliated with the Fulbright program, Peace Corps and Rotary Foundation to name but a few.

Upon return to Finland, Päivi Kankaanranta noted that, as the newly-elected Alumni Chair, her confidence was boosted by this memorable experience. She is looking forward to using the knowledge and experiences gained during the program to benefit both the ASLA-Fulbright Alumni Association in Finland as well as the global alumni network.

Read the previous ASLA-Fulbright Alumni Association Newsletter here!