Alumni Carnival 2024

It’s for the third time that January and February were an active period in our community. Because it was the time of the “Alumni Carnival”, i.e. a series of regional Alumni meetings with lots of fun, interesting events and talking over coffee & tea, beer & wine (of choice).

Members of the Alumni Association met, but also participants of all U.S. Department of State programs who have not yet joined the “Alumni Family”, such as FLEXers, the youngest of the American scholarship holders, or Fulbrighters, who constitute the largest group of recipients of U.S. Department scholarships.

During this year’s carnival, we managed to organize events in six voivodeships: Lesser Poland, Masovia, Podkarpackie, Silesia, Świętokrzyskie and Greater Poland and also, traditionally, in Brussels, Belgium, as a large diaspora of Polish Alumni lives and works there.

There were many attractions during the “Alumni Carnival”: bowling competition in Krakow’s Kazimierz, fun in the “Unlock the door” Escape Room in Kielce, visiting the Norblin Factory Museum in Warsaw, or the historic Ignacy coal mine in Silesia, with long conversations over tasty food and good drinks in other voivodeships.

17th Anniversary of the Polish Alumni Association Founding

On the occasion of the 17th anniversary of the Alumni Association, which falls on January 17, 2024, we present another portion of reports from Polish scholarship holders in the United States. Their testimonies, full of reflections, discoveries and emotions, reveal only part of their work, which – thanks to the interactive connections of our social media – you can explore on your own on social networking sites to which the links posted here refer.

Happy birthday, our little-to-be-adult Association!

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On December 12, the Alumni celebrated the Xmas Party for the 9th time.
We were hosted by Avangarda Restaurant in Warsaw in beautiful interiors and at lavishly set tables. Many members of our Association came to the Xmas Party to meet, talk and have fun. Because traditionally, there was a Christmas counting game. It made sure that every participant left the event with a gift.

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“Alumni Thanksgiving” is always a family time with home-made food, tasty turkey and good drinks. But this time it was… fantastic! For the sixth time, we had the opportunity to meet in the Alumni circle, together with friends from the US Consulate General in Krakow and American Fulbrighters who came to Poland on their scholarships.

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American Day: Think BIG! in Katowice

“American Day: Think BIG!” was an event organized by the Regional Chamber of Commerce in Katowice. This cyclical event’s goal is to promote partnership relations between the United States and Poland, mutual understanding of investment opportunities, initiation of dialogue and openness to cooperation between representatives of the SME sector in both countries. And so it’s been for the sixth time.

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Embassy event for new graduates of Polish-American exchange programs

At the invitation of the American Embassy in Warsaw, representatives of the Alumni Association took part in a ceremonial breakfast with graduates of Polish-American exchange programs. The event was organized on September 25, 2023 in the ballroom of the Regent Warsaw Hotel. The gathered guests were welcomed by Brian George, the newly appointed Counselor for Public Affairs of the American Embassy, accompanied by the Cultural Attaché, Jeanne Briganti.

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Holiday Remnants Party

‘Holiday remnants’ or meetings of Alumni at the end of the holiday period. We met because we can and we want to, and any reason is good to talk, reminisce about holiday attractions and have fun together. Numerous Alumni met in Krakow, where we were hosted by the Kolanko no. 6 restaurant in the Kazimierz district and in Warsaw, where the celebration took place at the Soul Kitchen restaurant.

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