Eisenhower Day of Fellowship
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For the fifth consecutive year, EF Day was celebrated around the world by alumni Eisenhower Fellows, friends, and special guests. Increasingly EF Day is building momentum towards collaboration among countries with eight of this year's events as regional events, and towards Consequential Outcomes as several of the commemorations concluded with future plans. In 2013, EF's 60th anniversary, we encourage Fellows to follow these trends towards "dialogue, leading to understanding and to collaboration" as they endeavor to demonstrate "leaders bettering the world around you" with consequential outcomes.
Latin America & Caribbean
Uruguay (with Argentina and Brazil) - Fellows reported that the conference in Punta del Este, October 19-21, hosted by alumni in Uruguay (in collaboration with the Brazilian and Argentine Fellows), was very inspiring and critical to reconnecting Fellows from the region. Discussions focused on key factors of development and regional prosperity with a vision towards 2030. Topics included education, justice and entrepreneurship with reference towards empowerment of the people. Collaboration between the three countries dates back to the signing of the Treaty of Montevideo in 1828. At the conclusion of the event, Fellows resolved to strengthen the Eisenhower Fellowships name in the region and to pursue and promote consequential outcomes.
Latin American Women's Network - Strengthening the relationships between women leaders of Latin America and creating awareness about the importance of women participation in different aspects of society were the goals of this EF Day event hosted in Buenos Aires by the Latin American Women's Network of Eisenhower Fellowships. "Women and Leadership: Challenges for Century XXI" held November 7, 2012, welcomed 200 participants and featured speakers, Argentine Senator Beatriz Liliana Rojkés de Alperovich, Provisional President of the Senate; and Senator and First Lady of Uruguay, Lucia Topolansky. One outcome reported by Silvia Bacher, '00, Argentina, (lead organizer) is the "Latin America WEF Project", whereby each country will identify a young woman (preferably living in a rural or vulnerable area) for a "local experience or mini EF" to be organized by the Fellows.
Some videos are available here: http://efargentina.wordpress.com/
Peru - Fellows gathered on October 18th to share their experiences, both as Fellows and in their professions. The event was broadcast live on Terra TV, and was intended to serve as a springboard for a larger event next year.
Jamaica (left) - Fellows held a luncheon on October 12 to celebrate both Jamaica's 50th Anniversary of independence, as well as the contributions made to the country by Eisenhower Fellows over 42 of those 50 years. The event was in collaboration with the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce, as well as other partners, to build upon the theme of last year's theme of Urban Renewal. Dan Flinter, '89, Ireland, keynoted the commemoration drawing on his many years of service with Irish Industrial Development Authority and other agencies devoted to increasing employment and investment in Ireland.
Australia and New Zealand - The Fellows of Australia and New Zealand convened at the National Trust Centre in Sydney on October 13 and 14. The agenda included following up on the planning for the new Alumni Council and discussing the momentum of Consequential Outcomes with EF President John Wolf.
Sri Lanka (with Bangladesh, India and Pakistan) - The Fellows of Sri Lanka hosted a regional conference to launch the South Asia 2012 Regional Program, and reunite alumni from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. The conference, titled "South Asia on the Move: Achieving its full potential in the 21st century" took place at the Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel in Colombo, September 27 – 29. Themes during the conference included the Leadership Challenge; the International and Regional Balance of Power; the Developmental Dimension; Culture and Society; Energy/Ecology, Environmental Challenges and ICT; and Private Sector as the Engine of Growth.
On September 27, the Eisenhower Fellowships Sri Lanka Alumni Association also celebrated EF Day with the launch of an illustrated children's story book based on President Eisenhower's leadership messages and authored by internationally recognized artist and story teller Madame Sybil Wettasinghe.
China & China (Taiwan) - The Eisenhower Fellowships Association of China (Taiwan), in collaboration with Fellows in China through the China Education Association for International Exchange, held their 3rd annual Cross-Strait Youth Leadership Exchange Camp. The camp brings students from China (Taiwan) to mainland China and vice-versa to promote mutual understanding. On October 14th, Eisenhower Fellows met with the participants to celebrate the Eisenhower Day of Fellowship, and had discussions on how to improve China's education structure and cultivate creative ability.
Mongolia (left) - On October 14, the Fellows of Mongolia hosted a gathering that included U.S. Ambassador Piper Campbell, USAID representative Francis Donovan, and USA and Mongolian Eisenhower Fellows. The discussion centered on promoting young leadership in Mongolia.
Pakistan (right) - The Fellows of Pakistan held a gathering at the home of Rabia Garib, '07, in Karachi on December 9, to welcome back the recent Fellows from the South Asia Regional Program. A 2nd welcome back event was held in Islamabad at the home of Sufia Shahid, '03, on December 21.
Japan - Nine Japanese Fellows met on November 21 to celebrate the Eisenhower Day of Fellowship. At the meeting, Mr. Go Ito, '05, informed the members of the work done by the Alumni Advisory Council over the last year.
(Left) Approximately 40 Fellows and spouses from throughout Europe met at a regional gathering of Eisenhower Fellows in London, England, entitled "Connections – Developing Dialogues". The event, held October 12 – 14, included a dinner at the Sloane Club on October 12, a private tour of the Supreme Court by Lord Kerr, '99, N. Ireland, on October 13, and a private dinner at the House of Commons in the Palace of Westminster. Fellows discussed the formation of a European-wide alumni chapter and resolved to hold annual EF Day meetings, rotating locations.
Turkey (right) - Nezir Kirdar, '57, was honored and feted for his 55 years of service as an Eisenhower Fellow during a luncheon on September 13 organized by the Eisenhower Fellows of Turkey.
Hungary - On October 16, the Fellows of Hungary hosted a forum on Science and Applications at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. In addition to welcoming remarks from U.S. Embassy representatives and the Fulbright Commission, several alumni Fellows presented on obesity in Hungary, public procurement, and influences on childbearing intentions.
Spain - The Fellows of Spain held a breakfast to which they invited Spanish politicians on October 24. Jose Bono, former Minister of Defense and former President of the Congress of Deputies, addressed the group.
Germany - Fellows celebrated EF Day on October 15 in collaboration with the Fellows of the Atlantik-Forum (a German leadership program). A panel discussion was led by Dilek Kolat, the minister of social affairs in the state of Berlin.
EC/Belgium - On December 15, eighteen Fellows met in Ghent for their Annual Assembly of the Belgian/EC Alumni Network.
Egypt - The Fellows of Egypt met to celebrate the Eisenhower Day of Fellowship, and as a result are partnering with Jordan to help raise funds and materials to support the Jordanians in their effort to aid Syrian refugees.
USA (Boston) (right) - The Eisenhower Fellows of New England hosted an unConference November 7-9, entitled "Creating Change in Demanding Times: Energizing the talent, power and potential of the Eisenhower Fellowships network." The event was an open space format, with coaches and advisors who worked with groups of Eisenhower Fellows to develop collaborative ideas to address pressing issues. On November 8, a private reception and dinner was hosted at the State House.
USA (St. Louis) - The St. Louis Fellows and the McDonnell Scholars of Washington University hosted Fellows from the South Asia Regional Program at Washington University on October 19.
USA (North Carolina) - The Fellows of North Carolina held a dinner on Thursday, October 18, at the Executive Mansion in Raleigh, North Carolina to celebrate the accomplishments of the Fellows over the last year, and plan for the coming year.
Highlights from 2011
"Rapid Change, Rapid Challenge" Leads to an Annual Gathering
To celebrate the 2011 Eisenhower Day of Fellowship, the Fellows of North Carolina hosted a conference in conjunction with the Northeast Asia Regional Program. More than 100 Fellows and friends from 10 countries gathered at the Umstead Hotel in Cary, North Carolina, where the conference kicked off with a welcome from North Carolina Secretary of Commerce Keith Crisco. The panels on Healthcare, Workforce Development, and Media, which were moderated by Tom Frawley, '89, Northern Ireland, Tony Habit, '00, USA, and Neal Rhoades (President, Southeast Strategies) respectively, engaged the audience in conversations about the ways in which these three fields are responding to the rapidly changing social, political and economic landscapes. The panels were followed by a keynote address by U.S. Congressman David Price (Democrat, NC) over lunch. The panel sessions were followed by an EF Day celebration at Pinehurst Resort, where Captain William Shepherd (USN, Ret) narrated home video of his experience on the first crew to the International Space Station during dinner. Guzman Aguilar, '61, Bolivia, was also recognized in celebration of his 50th anniversary as an Eisenhower Fellow.
On the heels of the conference, the USA Fellows held a strategic planning meeting during which there was a dynamic conversation about the future of the USA Program. During this meeting, they agreed that they would hold an annual event to bring the USA Fellows together to connect and collaborate. This year, the Fellows of New England will host "Creating Change in Demanding Times" from November 7-9 in Boston. The event will feature an open format, where Fellows can discuss opportunities to work together through the Eisenhower Fellowships network to create consequential outcomes. Coaches have been invited from organizations like the Unreasonable Institute, the Enterprise Center, Echoing Green and B-Labs, to offer guidance and support to Fellows as they create their action plans for collaborative projects. This event is open to all Eisenhower Fellows. For more information or to register for the event, visit the unConference website.
Urban Renewal of Kingston – New Thinking and New Approaches
To celebrate the 2011 Eisenhower Day of Fellowship, the Fellows of Jamaica put on an impressive event which brought together international leaders to focus on the urban renewal of Kingston. More than 150 participants attended the luncheon forum which was produced in collaboration with the Jamaica America Friendship Society, the U.S. Embassy, Kingston Restoration Company Limited, and the Urban Development Corporation.
The day's event was coordinated by Jamaican Fellows Morin Seymour, '95, and Sandra Glasgow, '00. The keynote address was presented by Spanish Eisenhower Fellow Pedro Ortiz, '98, who currently serves as Senior Urban Planner for the World Bank. In his address, he drew on his current experience spearheading urban development proposals in 12 countries to present on the unique challenges that Kingston faces in its urban renewal. Guests of honor also included Custos of Kingston, Honorable Steadman Fuller and Ambassador of Spain, Celsa Nuno.
In addition to Pedro Ortiz's formal presentation at the luncheon, Morin Seymour arranged visits with leaders in urban renewal throughout Kingston. Ortiz and Seymour met with leadership at the Urban Development Corporation, the National Environment and Planning Agency, the Caribbean School of Architecture, the Planning Institute of Jamaica, the Pan Jamaican Investment Trust, and the Kingston Restoration Company Limited. After these meetings, Spanish Ambassador Celsa Nuno hosted them at a reception including Jamaican political and business leaders.
As a result of the "Urban Renewal of Kinston" forum, and the visits arranged for Mr. Ortiz, a new relationship has emerged between the Kingston Restoration Company and the United Nations Centre for Regional Development. They are looking forward to a planned return of Mr. Ortiz to Jamaica to further develop these relationships in 2012.
At a time when the peace talks between the government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) were making headway as President Benigno Aquino III met MILF Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim in Japan, the Eisenhower Fellows Association of the Philippines (EFAP) organized the "From Ignorance to Understanding" Peace forum. The goal of the event was to provide people knowledge on the Mindanao conflict and what they can do to contribute to the peace process. Celebrating the Eisenhower Day of Fellowship, the EFAP used the opportunity to present Eisenhower Fellowships and its Filipino Fellows to representatives from the business, media, government, and civil society sectors. For more details, click here. To watch a video of Ariel Hernandez's presentation, go here.
World Leaders Celebrate EF Day To Better the World Around Them
In 2008, EF instituted a new tradition. October 14, the day we were founded was designated as Eisenhower Day of Fellowship. We called on Fellows around the world to gather together to commemorate their fellowship. The response has been refreshingly overwhelming with more than two dozen celebrations per year, involving thousands of people around the globe.
By 2011, the events varied in nature. In China (Taiwan), a Cross-Straits Youth Leadership camp was developed for college students from mainland China and China (Taiwan) under the leadership and direction of several Fellows on both sides of the Straits. In its second year, the program hosted 60 students for three weeks. In Bali, a conference on "New Asia Rising", focusing on political and economic growth, was hosted by the Indonesian Fellows in collaboration with Fellows from Singapore and Malaysia. President Demirel, '54, Turkey, addressed EF's Alumni Advisory Council, the Turkish alumni and special guests at a luncheon celebration on themes of leadership and global cooperation. In the Philippines, a forum forging multi-stakeholder dialogue on issues of peace, security and development featured Fellows from the military, NGO and government sectors. Peruvian Fellows organized their first EF Day in Lima with a seminar on social equity.
EF Day events in 2011:
ARGENTINA The Argentine Eisenhower Fellows celebrated EF Day on November 11 at the Borges Cultural Center in Buenos Aires. There they held a conference focused on three main themes: post-electoral analysis of the recent presidential election and its affect on the new electoral frame, the Argentine economic situation, and the Argentine social situation. Separate panels of Fellows addressed each theme, sharing their keen expertise in the various sectors.
AUSTRALIA The Australian Fellows, in collaboration with the Sydney Institute, hosted an event on October 18 at which 2011 EF Fellow Annabel Crabb, Chief Political Writer for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, was the keynote presenter. Ms. Crabb addressed the audience of 200, including Sydney based EF alumni and a representative from the U.S. Consulate. The event was followed by a small dinner.
BELGIUM/EC The Fellows from Belgium and the European Commission organized a cultural event on October 15 where 22 Fellows and guests attended a performance of the play "A Louer" at the KVS Theater in Brussels. Afterwards, they had a reception, at which Robert Faucher, Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy, addressed the Fellows.
BRAZIL Brazilian Fellows organized a forum at the Federal University of Espírito Santo on October 14 entitled "Non Formal Opportunities for Continuing Education and In-Service Teacher Training". The event was in collaboration with the university and the Secretary of Education of Vitória. Highlights included a report from 2011 Fellow Flávio Nogueira on his Eisenhower Fellowship, and presentations that helped focus the dialogue on systematization and evaluation of the impact of the four Centers of Science in their pursuit to increase scientific literacy.
CHILE The Fellows of Chile celebrated with an event hosted at the home of the U.S. Embassy's Deputy Chief of Mission, Mr. James Buddy Williams on October 19. The Fellows used this opportunity to reinvigorate the momentum of the Chilean Fellows by welcoming 2012 Multi-Nation Program Eisenhower Fellow Carlos Abogabir.
CHINA The Fellows of China and China (Taiwan) again partnered to celebrate the Eisenhower Day of Fellowship with a Cross–Straight Youth Leadership Camp in August and September. Under the leadership of 1971 Eisenhower Fellow Dr. Jeffrey Koo from China (Taiwan), the Eisenhower Fellows Association (EFA) in Taipei sponsored the 2011 Cross–Straight Youth Leadership Camp, with 60 students participating over a three week period in the summer. The curricula focused on four aspects of China (Taiwan) society: economy, technology, culture and the arts. 1999 Chinese EF Fellow Dr. Jiang Bo, Secretary General of China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE), led three officers and 44 students with 1999 Chinese EF Fellow Ande Wang, to China (Taiwan) for the program. Jiang Bo and the CEAIE officers took the opportunity to accompany the students for three weeks to personally witness the depth of the program.
CHINA (TAIWAN) Partnered with China in the program described above, and 30 alumni Fellows also gathered in Taipei for a lunch on Eisenhower's birthday to commemorate their fellowship experiences.
CZECH REPUBLIC Small dinner gathering of Fellows.
FINLAND On October 20, more than 15 Finnish alumni and guests gathered at the home of 2011 EF Fellow Liisa Suvikumpu to hear highlights from her fellowship and discuss how Finnish Fellows can collectively make a difference in society.
HUNGARY The Fellows of Hungary celebrated the Eisenhower Day of Fellowship with a daylong conference at Obuda University entitled "Sustainable Future for Hungary" on October 14. The sessions included presentations from representatives of the U.S. Embassy, the Fulbright Commission, Obuda University, College of Nyíregyháza, Budapest Business School, Greenpeace and Corvinus University of Budapest on issues ranging from new trends in the energy sector to food security. The event was broadcast through Obuda University's website to allow for virtual participation for more than 300 people.
INDONESIA/ MALAYSIA/ SINGAPORE The Indonesian Fellows hosted an East Asia regional conference entitled "NEW ASIA RISING: NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR LEADERS IN THE CHANGING OF GLOBAL DYNAMICS" on October 14-15 with more than 100 attendees. The conference was in collaboration with the Fellows from Malaysia and Singapore, and focused on investment, trade, security, environmental sustainability and development in light of the emerging economies of China, India and Indonesia.
N. IRELAND Irish Fellows held their event on November 19-20 in Newcastle, County Down. The weekend seminar, "Health: Maintaining Services in Challenging Times", organized by 2010 Eisenhower Fellow Lourda Geoghegan, hosted leading experts from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in various ministries and government agencies. Two dozen Fellows, spouses and guests, including EF alumni Director, Diane Shoemaker were treated to engaging presentations and discussions on issues of health system redesign, the financial context for health and social care delivery and current challenges to health and social well-being.
ITALY Plans for a seminar on immigration, specifically addressing migration from Northern Africa to Europe/Italy date TBA, early 2012
ISRAEL The Israeli Fellows gathered for a dinner to celebrate the Eisenhower Day of Fellowship on October 11. They timed the dinner to coincide with the visit of EF President John Wolf. Also at the dinner was Dov Weissglass, former Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
JAMAICA On October 14, the Fellows of Jamaica organized a luncheon event entitled "Urban Renewal of Kingston – New Thinking and New Approaches". They organized the event in collaboration with the Jamaica American Friendship Society, the U.S. Embassy, Kingston Restoration Company Limited, and the Urban Development Corporation. 1998 Spanish Eisenhower Fellow Pedro Ortiz, consultant to the World Bank on urban issues, presented the keynote presentation to an audience of 150 attendees.
JAPAN Upon the return of the four Japanese 2011 NARP Fellows, about 30 Japanese alumni and guests gathered to celebrate the Eisenhower Day of Fellowship, hear feedback on the 2011 Northeast Asia Regional Program and share information regarding the Eisenhower Fellowships Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) conference in Indonesia in October. Attendees also exchanged ideas for EF activities, global political/economic situations and future opportunities in Asia.
KENYA While hosting their first USA Fellow to Kenya, several Fellows gathered to welcome Eisenhower Fellowships' Vice President Dan Geisler and celebrate the Eisenhower Day of Fellowship on November 12 with a dinner.
KOREA In partnership with the Korea-U.S. Vision Association (KUVA), the Korean Fellows (EFK) celebrated the Eisenhower Day of Fellowship with a reception on October 20. The reception included remarks by the presidents of the KUVA and the EFK, as well as remarks by 1999 Eisenhower Fellow and Seoul Mayoral Candidate Won-Soon Park (who subsequently won the election). Deputy Public Affairs Officer Lisa Heller made a speech as well.
NEW ZEALAND/NETHERLANDS On October 14, two Fellows from New Zealand celebrated the Eisenhower Day of Fellowship with a half dozen Dutch Fellows at a dinner at The Hague.
NIGERIA For their first event celebrating the Eisenhower Day of Fellowship, the Nigerian Fellows gathered for a lunch with U.S. Ambassador Terrence P. McCulley on November 17.
PAKISTAN On December 3, several Fellows gathered for a roundtable discussion on strengthening ties between businesses in Pakistan and the U.S.
PERU The Eisenhower Day of Fellowship in Peru was celebrated on October 17 at the Centro Cultural PUCP (Catholic University), as a cultural and scientific event to promote social equity, with collaboration from the EF Peruvian Fellows, the Psychology Department of the PUCP, the Alumni PUCP, Fulbright Commission, and the US Embassy.
PHILIPPINES On October 7, the Fellows of the Philippines hosted a public forum on Peace, Security and Development at the Ayala Museum, which more than 70 people attended. The objective was to foster multi-stakeholder dialogue and initiate collaboration among them in addressing the issue. 2011 Eisenhower Fellow Ariel Hernandez spoke on his fellowship experience.
SAUDI ARABIA On October 23, Saudi Arabian Fellows gathered to honor Governor of Saudi Arabia Monetary Agency and Chairman of the former EF nominating committee Dr. Mohammed Al Jasser and announce the launch of the new Saudi Eisenhower Fellowships Alumni Chapter. There were more than 50 Fellows and guests in attendance.
SOUTH AFRICA South African Fellows gathered for a dinner on November 12 to discuss the creation of a South African Alumni Association. The discussion included a brainstorming session on what activities they would like to undertake as an association. This event also served as a launch for the South African Eisenhower Fellowships Newsletter.
SPAIN A dozen Spanish Fellows hosted a roundtable discussion with the U.S. Ambassador to Spain Alan Solomont and Eisenhower Fellowships President John Wolf on October 11.
SRI LANKA To celebrate the Eisenhower Day of Fellowship, the Sri Lankan Fellows again held their "All Island English Essay Competition", which invites school children to submit essays on issues of leadership and the American presidency. The competition included 150 national and international schools in Sri Lanka. The winners were presented with their awards at a reception hosted by U.S. Ambassador Patricia A. Butenis on October 14.
THAILAND A public seminar on social justice and media/broadcasting was led by Thai Commissioner for the National Public Broadcasting Corporation, 2007 Fellow, Supinya Klangnarong for approximately 60 participants. The seminar was followed by a dinner and business meeting of the EF Thai alumni on December 13.
TURKEY 1954 Eisenhower Fellow and Former President and Prime Minister of Turkey Süleyman Demirel, spoke to more than 75 alumni Eisenhower Fellows and guests in Istanbul on September 18 on the value of his fellowship. This celebration took place in conjunction with Eisenhower Fellowships' Alumni Advisory Council meeting. US Ambassador Frank Ricciardone also attended.
URUGUAY 1986 Eisenhower Fellow Carlos Teysera hosted a dinner on October 28 at his home for the Fellows of Uruguay, where they also welcomed candidates for the 2012 Multi Nation Program for Eisenhower Fellowships.
USA – NEW ENGLAND On November 4, the U.S. Fellows of New England held a reception at which they welcomed several international fellows from the Northeast Asia Regional Program of Eisenhower Fellowships.
USA – PHILADELPHIA The U.S. Fellows of Philadelphia hosted a lunch on November 9, which coincided with the closing seminar week of the Northeast Asia Regional Program (NARP) for Eisenhower Fellowships. More than 50 Philadelphia Alumni, NARP Fellows and guests gathered for a keynote presentation by IBM's Stanley Litow, Vice President of Corporate Citizenship and Government Affairs and President of IBM's Foundation.
USA – NORTH CAROLINA The U.S. Fellows of North Carolina hosted a two-day conference, "Rapid Challenges. Rapid Recovery" which concluded with a celebration of the Eisenhower Day of Fellowship in Pinehurst, NC. The dinner on October 28 included a keynote address from Captain William Shepherd, former American astronaut who served as commander of Expedition 1, the first crew on the International Space Station with more than 100 attendees. Also honored at the dinner was 1961 Bolivian Eisenhower Fellow Guzman Aguilar who was celebrating his 50th anniversary as an Eisenhower Fellow.
USA – ST. LOUIS On October 7, a dozen Eisenhower Fellows from St. Louis and guests visited Abilene KS for a special behind-the-scenes tour of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library & Museum. Eleven St. Louis alumni were joined by EF Trustee Ed Monser and Director of USA Programs Erin Hillman for an inside look at President Eisenhower's childhood home. The curator took the group beyond the main exhibit areas to see Eisenhower's original paintings, items from Mamie's closet, and gifts from around the world, including some from Eisenhower Fellows. The Fellows also visited the extensive research library which hosted 800 researchers on President Eisenhower in the past year. Also on the campus is a Mediation Center which is Dwight and Mamie's final resting place. The group joined the museum staff for a luncheon during which they asked questions about President Eisenhower.
Some 2010 EF Day Events
The Eisenhower Fellows Association of China (Taiwan) and alumni Fellows from China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE) organized a Cross-Straits Youth Leadership Camp for 40 university students. The camp included a curricula of economy, technology, culture & art. There are plans to hold a second camp this summer for 60 students. For more details, click here.
Eisenhower alumni Fellows in Philadelphia initiatied a mentoring and internship program for students from Project H.O.M.E., which empowers people to break the cycle of homelessness by assisting with employment, medical care, education, and housing. Sister Mary Scullion, '02, USA, founded the program in 1989. Read more about the program here. (Pictured to the right are Rick Sauer, '07, USA, Scullion and a student intern from Project H.O.M.E.)
English Essay Competition
In collaboration with the American Center in Sri Lanka and the U.S. Embassy, the Eisenhower Fellowships Association of Sri Lanka hosted their third annual national Eisenhower Day English Essay Competition to celebrate EF Day in 2010. Students ages 12 to 18 were invited to submit essays on leadership lessons learned from President Eisenhower.
The nine winners of the competition were invited to the U.S. Ambassador's Residence "Jefferson House" in Colombo for an awards ceremony. Here they met with Eisenhower Fellows, members of the American Center, and staff of the U.S. embassy. In addition to cash prizes, they also received a gift pack of American literature, a lifetime membership to the American Center Library, and a certificate signed by the U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka.
Students described also how they plan to translate the lessons of Eisenhower's leadership into action in their own lives. First place winner in the 17-18 year old category Shahithiya Santoshkumar wrote: "Our ambitions are shaped by how we see our future and our future should involve serving the country…I want to pursue biochemistry with an aim of becoming a researcher. As a researcher, I will get an opportunity to improve the lives of millions of people. Using biochemistry as my weapon, I can aim to eradicate diseases and ultimately make Sri Lanka a safer haven."
Fellows in Sri Lanka will hold their fourth annual English Essay Competition to celebrate EF Day this year. The topics for this year include President Eisenhower's military leadership, as well as his promotion of peace and equality. Dayananda Gunawardena, '86, says, "It helps and encourage students from all Schools in the Island to do research on the topic assigned and improve their English writing skills. Both Students and Teachers have shown very keen interest during the past few years."
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