Fulbright Finland Foundation Pre-Departure Orientation 2021 - Part 2

Online

The Fulbright Finland Foundation organizes annually a Pre-Departure Orientation for all the grantees departing to the U.S. in the next academic year. This year, the Orientation is organized as a webinar in two parts. The first part of the Orientation will be organized on May 12 and the second part on May 24.

Program, May 24 (Part 2)

13:00-13:10 Welcome and Overview
Emmi Jelekäinen, Program Specialist, Fulbright Finland Foundation

13:10-13:50 Citizen Diplomacy: How to Build Bridges and Connect with People?

Tools and Tips
Terhi Mölsä, Chief Executive Officer, Fulbright Finland Foundation
Maija Kettunen, Communication Specialist, Fulbright Finland Foundation

  • Your role: choosing your own way
  • Tips for different media channels: digital (incl. social media, web, blogs), print (incl. Fulbright Finland News), broadcast, other
  • Fulbright Finland Ambassadors
  • Acknowledging the Fulbright Finland Foundation and your grant sponsors

”I, the Ambassador” - Alumni View
Erkko Sointu, Fulbright Finland Travel Grantee 2015; Assistant Professor, University of Eastern Finland

  • Be remembered
  • Make a core presentation and use Fulbright Finland logo
  • Match people
  • ”Branding” yourself

13:50-14:00 Break

14:00-14:25 Grantees as Ambassadors of Finland and Promoters of Our Country Brand
Laura Kamras, Director, Unit for Public Diplomacy, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

  • Finland’s country brand
  • As citizen diplomats, what can the Fulbright Finland Foundation grantees do to promote Finland’s country brand?
  • How can the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and the Finnish diplomatic missions in the U.S. be of assistance to and work with the Fulbright Finland Foundation grantees?

14:25-14:55 Break-Out Groups

14:55-15:10 Break

15:10-16:00 Group Discussion with Fulbright Finland Alumni

  • Tips for preparing your stay in the U.S.
  • First things to do when arriving in the U.S.
  • House hunt and housing tips, the importance of reading the small print!
  • Life on a U.S. campus and host organization matters
  • Living in the U.S.  - everyday issues (banking, health care, transportation, phone, bureaucracy, social life)
  • Questions on U.S. culture
  • Enrichment activities
  • Bringing family to the U.S.
  • Conducting studies/project in the U.S.

Group 1: Undergraduate Students (incl. Fulbright Finland Undergraduate Grants and Fulbright Finland Partnership Awards with Vanderbilt University)
Agneetta Moisio, Fulbright Finland Partnership Award with Vanderbilt University 2018-22
Saku Rimali, Fulbright Finland Undergraduate Grant 2015-16; Fulbright Finland Renewal Grant 2016-19
Elias Tuomaala, Fulbright Finland Undergraduate Grant 2015-16


Facilitator:
David Yoken, Senior Lecturer, Arts Academy, Turku University of Applied Sciences; Chair of the Fulbright Finland Foundation Board of Directors

Group 2: Graduate Students (incl. ASLA-Fulbright Pre-Doctoral Research Fellows, ASLA-Fulbright Graduate Grants, and Fulbright-Technology Industries of Finland Grants)
Sonja Salo, Fulbright-Technology Industries of Finland Grant 2019-20
Natalia Särmäkari, ASLA-Fulbright Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow 2019-20
Andreas Holm, Fulbright Graduate Student Grant Sponsored by KAUTE Foundation 2019-20


Facilitator:
Saara Martikainen, Program Coordinator, Fulbright Finland Foundation

Group 3: FLTAs (Fulbright Finnish Language and Culture Teaching Assistant Program)
Kaija Kauppinen, FLTA Grantee 2019-20
Sanni Törmänen, FLTA Grantee 2019-20

Facilitator:
Inari Ahokas, Program and Alumni Networks Coordinator, Fulbright Finland Foundation


Group 4: Lecturers and Researchers (incl. ASLA-Fulbright Research Grants for Senior Scholars, ASLA-Fulbright Research Grants for Junior Scholars, Fulbright-KAUTE Foundation Awards, Fulbright-Technology Industries of Finland Grants, Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program, and Fulbright Arctic Initiative Program)
John Zobitz, Fulbright-Saastamoinen Foundation Grant in Health and Environmental Sciences 2020-21; Associate Professor, Augsburg University
Pauliina Palonen, ASLA-Fulbright Research Grant for a Senior Scholar 2016-17; University Lecturer, University of Helsinki

Jussi Kivistö, ASLA-Fulbright Research Grant for a Junior Scholar 2009-10; Professor, Tampere University

Facilitator:
Leasa Weimer, Assistant Director of Strategic Partnerships and Initiatives, Fulbright Finland Foundation

Group 5: Professionals (ASLA-Fulbright Mid-Career Professional Development Program)
Pirjo Kangas, ASLA-Fulbright Mid-Career Professional Development Grant 2019-20; Account Manager, Lingsoft Language Services Oy
Aulikki Pakanen, ASLA-Fulbright Mid-Career Professional Development Grant 2019-20; Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Defence of Finland

Facilitator:
Heidi Tiainen, Program and Events Assistant, Fulbright Finland Foundation

Group 6: Teachers (Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching)
Elina Kaverma-Soukko, Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching 2018-19; Handicraft Teacher, Käpylä Comprehensive School
Annaleena Kangas, Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching 2018-19; Teacher of Math and Sciences, Jyväskylän Lyseo Upper Secondary School


Facilitator:
Mirka McIntire, Manager, Teacher Exchange and Education Programs, Fulbright Finland Foundation

Group 7: Study of the U.S. Institute for Scholars and Professionals on Media and Journalism; Study of the U.S. Institute for Secondary School Educators
Outi J. Hakola, Study of the U.S. Institute for Scholars 2005; Title of Docent, University of Helsinki; Adjunct Professor, University of Turku
Perttu Järvenpää, Study of the U.S. Institute for Secondary School Educators 2015-16; English Teacher, City of Espoo


Facilitator:
Pia Arola, Executive Assistant, Fulbright Finland Foundation

Group 8: Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders
Ronja Salo, Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders from Europe on Civic Engagement 2017-18
Salla Kivekäs, Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders from Europe on Civic Engagement 2018-19

Facilitator:
Maija Kettunen, Communication Specialist, Fulbright Finland Foundation

Group 9: Travel Grantees (Fulbright Finland Travel Grants for Research Collaboration and Fulbright Finland Travel Grants for Institutional Partnership Building)
End of the webinar or join the session of your choice

16:00-16:15 Q&A (Event ends for some grantees)

16:15-16:45 Social Security (Bachelor’s and Master’s Students)

  • Moving to the U.S. – what do I need to know about social security?
  • How to apply for KELA student aid for studies in the U.S.?

16:15-16:30
Kaaren Erhola, Coordinator, KELA

16:30-16:45
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