The NAF Alumni network–for former NAF- Fulbright fellows and study loan recipients–schedules events throughout the year. For information about alumni events, please visit the Events section on the right-hand side of this page.
New York Alumni Committee Members
Renée Joosten, Co-Chair
Erwin Maas, Co-Chair
Amsterdam Alumni Committee Members
Margje Lafourcade-Haverkamp, Chair
On March 13, 2015, the New York NAF Alumni Committee received over 65 guests at the NAF Connection, an annual networking event honoring the Dutch NAF-Fulbright Fellows currently studying in the United States. The program took place at the Netherland-Club of New York. NAF-Fulbright alumni, current and former recipients of NAF study loans, Board members, members and friends enjoyed renewing acquaintances, making new friends and celebrating the many connections between the Netherlands and the United States, made possible by the NAF.
The 2015 reunion carried on the NAF tradition of honoring fellows on both sides of the Atlantic. Current fellows in the U.S. and the Netherlands submitted photos of their experiences abroad which the Alumni Committee added to a slide presentation of Dutch and American fellows from the previous seven years. The compilation ran throughout the evening, giving evidence to the growing numbers of young people whose studies abroad, and whose future careers, have been enabled by the Foundation.
Erwin Maas, Co-Chair of the NAF Alumni New York Committee, opened the formal portion of the evening by welcoming special guests and highlighting the role of the NAF’s Education Committee in promoting Dutch-American exchange via NAF-Fulbright grants, interest-free study loans and institutional grants. He followed with an introduction of the evening’s program. Current fellows addressed how the NAF-Fulbright awards had availed them of specialized courses of learning and opportunities in the United States. NAF-Fulbright Fellow Caglar Koseoglu, California Institute of the Arts (14/15), presented two poems relating to his study on contemporary political poetry. NAF-Fulbright Alumnus Mark Brakel, Johns Hopkins University (14-15), held a presentation regarding the sectarian violence in the Middle East, notably in Iraq and Syria. NAF-Fulbright Alumnus Paul Dwyer performed a a cello piece by a Dutch composer. The presentations provided the audience insight into the value of the Fulbright experience, not only for the Fellows, but for their potentially wide circles of influence in years to come. Following the event, Fellows and friends caught some New York nightlife at a nearby club. The following morning, they reconvened for brunch at the B Bar, a popular East Village restaurant.
Also on March 13, 2015, the Amsterdam NAF Alumni Committee hosted 25 guests at the NAF Dinner 2015. The dinner is the counterpart to the NAF Connection in New York, and is theannual networking event in Amsterdam honoring the current American NAF-Fulbright Fellows. The program took place at the restaurant Razmataz in Amsterdam.
To know more about the United States and the Netherlands Alumni Committees and how to get involved, please send an email to nglorie@theNAF.org.
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