Fusing Cultures Through Food

We at International House are proud of the work of chef Jordan Lichman and his team, who demonstrate our mission through our dining operations.  On any given day, they feed up to 1,000 residents, staff and UC Berkeley students. This is not an easy feat, but with our recently remodeled dining facilities, they have been successful in providing more than just satisfying meals for our diverse community.

We are happy to share a presentation by three UC Berkeley Journalism students who recently interviewed I-House Chef Jordan Lichman. The following presentation was developed for a class project and was not publicly distributed. We thank Nicole Henriksson, Jessica Han, and Cindy Ho for allowing us to share their project to our I-House residents, alumni and friends. (See below for student bios)


Fusing Cultures Through Food

International House at UC Berkeley has been a multicultural residence hall for international students for nearly eighty-six years. By giving students a chance to interact with others from a huge range of backgrounds, I-House hopes to create lasting bonds founded on respect and understanding between its residents. Executive chef Jordan Lichman is proud to help I-House continue its mission by bringing people together with delicious and authentic multicultural cuisine.

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Summer I-House Reunions in Europe – Köln, Germany

This summer I have been very busy with I-House reunions in Europe, and it kicked off with the I-House reunion in Köln, Germany in May.

I-House Executive Director Hans Giesecke and his wife, Susan, were doing a Cal Alumni riverboat tour from Amsterdam to Budapest and 30 of us had the pleasure to join him on a sunny Sunday afternoon for their stop in Köln.

In fact, we took the opportunity of this event to make a weekend reunion. After a short flight from London to Köln I reunited with Lisa, Anna, and Flavia, who came from Hamburg, Barcelona, and Brussels respectively. After enjoying some hot chocolate, Harm from Munich joined us then we decided to check out Kölner Dom. It was a majestic gothic cathedral, with beautiful stained glass windows.

Reunited with Friends from Germany, Spain, and Italy!

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Message from Hans + Latest I-House Times Newsletter

The I-House Connection

Hans Giesecke

Dear I-House Friends,

Summer has become one of the busiest times of the year at International House Berkeley.  Summer sessions are now incredibly active on the Cal campus and since many of our summer session students are internationals, I-House is actually at greater capacity in the months of July and August than during the regular academic year.

So, the work of I-House normally accelerates during the latter half of the summer as we put on a host of programs and activities for summer residents and also try to complete a variety of facility improvement projects that we aren’t able to finish during the academic year. This sometimes makes for an interesting tightrope walk that we must take to ensure that we are continuously upgrading this marvelous facility while at the same time taking good care of those short-term residents who are here for approximately six weeks during the summer. Continue reading

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I-House Connection May 2016

The I-House Connection

There’s Still Time to Reserve Your Spot at the I-House Berkeley Alumni Reunion in Köln, Germany
Sunday, May 15th, 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm (16:30 – 18:30)

Hans Giesecke

Join I-House Executive Director Hans Giesecke for an afternoon in Köln for traditional kaffee and kuchen. Hear what’s happening at I-House, see old housemates, and make new friends, all while enjoying gorgeous views of the Rhine River.

Maritim Hotel Köln
Heumarkt 20, 50667 Köln, Germany

We are also pleased to announce that Manuel Schulze (IH 2013) will be presenting on his organization, Recycle Up! Ghana, which he and fellow I-House alum Torben Fischer (IH 2013-14) founded during their time at I-House.

RSVP by Friday, May 6th at: http://kolnreunion.eventbrite.com/
Email: ihalumni@berkeley.edu or call: (510) 642-4128

See who’s coming and help spread the word on Facebook!


I-Houses Worldwide Alumni & Friends Reception in London, England
Thursday, June 30th, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

International Students House
229 Great Portland Street
London W1W 5 PN

RSVP by Thursday, June 23rd
Email: ihalumni@berkeley.edu or call: (510) 642-4128
Dress: Smart Casual

Sponsored by IHWW, this all International House alumni event provides an opportunity for I-House alumni to celebrate our shared vision of intercultural respect, understanding, and friendship with alumni from other I-Houses around the word. Meet I-House Berkeley Executive Director Hans Giesecke, as well as Directors from other I-Houses.


May Day Tea

Ladies at TeaI-House Alumni from the 1940s and 50s enjoyed a delightful May Day Tea Reunion on Sunday, May 1st.  Guests received updates from I-House Executive Director Hans Giesecke, enjoyed a reading from the second edition of the Golden Age of International House: An Oral History of the Post World War II Era, and shared their own memories of life under the dome.

See photos on our Facebook page.


The Golden Age of International House Berkeley
An Oral History of the Post World War II Era

Revised Edition – updated 2016

Purchase a copy for $20 plus tax and shipping by contacting our Alumni Relations Office at (510) 642-4128 or ihalumni@berkeley.edu.


Cuisine of Italy Dinner
Tuesday, May 10th, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

If you’re in the area and have yet to experience our renovated dining commons and our exciting new menu by Chef Jordan Lichman (pictured at right), we encourage you to join us for a meal!

This Tuesday, we will feature our final International Cuisine meal of the Year for our residents. It promises to be a busy and fun dinner based on a menu planned by our Italian residents.

It will begin at 5:45 pm with a brief farewell reception featuring antipasti (prosciutto, cheese, and fruit) and aperitivo in the Heller Patio open to Residents.

The dinner which begins at 6:00 pm will feature the following menu:

Garbanzo Soup with Octopus
**Penne alla Norma
Pasta Carbonara
**Pizzas Margherita and Vegetariana
Veal Milanese
**^Gratinatti Primavera
^Broccoli Afogati
**^Mushroom Risotto (served @ 6:15 pm & 7:00 pm)
**Tiramisu & Biscotti

* = vegan, **=vegetarian, ^= Gluten-free

If you are interested in joining us for dinner, please contact the Alumni Relations office at (510) 642-4128 to let us know that you are coming. The dinner price for alumni and the community is $10.

For more information about our dining commons, our weekly menu and hours of operation, please visit: ihouse.berkeley.edu/menu


Staff Highlight: Lauren Moloney-Egnatios

We’re happy to share a guest post by the newest member of the Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL) team.

Developing Global Leaders at I-House
By Lauren Moloney-Egnatios

When I first walked through the doors of UC Berkeley’s International House as a new staff member, I felt an enormous sense of pride. I knew that I had joined something bigger, a global community dedicated to the values of social justice, inclusivity, and appreciation of difference. It is these values that drove the legendary leaders – Edmonds and Rockefeller – to create the I-House movement. As a trainer in the Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL), I am humbled to build upon the foundation that was set by these visionaries.

If I had to choose one highlight (there are many) from my first days here, it would be the people. I am overcome with gratitude for my colleagues and the relationships I have developed. I am grateful for a community of diverse residents and staff from all over the world who challenge my assumptions, expand my worldview, and with each interaction, teach me something new. Each day, I see a dedicated, competent staff provide residents with an exceptional learning experience during their time at Berkeley. I am inspired by an incredible spirit of possibility; it is a spirit that encourages me to work harder, dream bigger, and help write the next great chapter of the I-House story.

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85 Stories for 85 Years Website launched

I-House: 85 Stories for 85 Years

I-House proudly launches a new website showcasing alumni stories from all decades of I-House’s history.The 85 Stories for 85 Years initiative kicked off this past August in celebration of I-House’s 85 birthday.

One featured story is that of current I-House resident Morgan Randall. Morgan is the subject of the second video of the 85 Stories for 85 Years campaign (see below).

It’s not too late to submit your story! Email ihalumni@berkeley.edu with your favorite I-House story and photos from your time under the dome.


Drawn Together at International House

Drawn Together at International House video
Morgan Randall  Alex & Morgan  Yukiko & Suzanne


Meet the Team

The I-House Development, Alumni Relations & Communications Team looks forward to welcoming you back to I-House and sharing stories in the I-House Times newsletter. If you’re in the area, please let us know! (510) 642-4128 | ihalumni@berkeley.edu

Joy Iwasa Johnny Avots-Smith Izzy Goodwin
Joy Iwasa
Director of Development & Communications
Johnny Avots-Smith
Associate Director of Development
Izzy Goodwin
Fundraising and Events Coordinator
Laurie Ferris Laurel Anderson-Malinovsky Teresa Magallón
Laurie Ferris
Webmaster / Communications Strategist
Laurel Anderson
Communications Coordinator
Teresa Magallón
Development Assoc

 

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Staff Spotlight: Lauren Moloney-Egnatios

I’m happy to share a guest post by Lauren Moloney-Egnatios, the newest member of the Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL) team.


Developing Global Leaders at I-House

By Lauren Moloney-Egnatios

Lauren Moloney-EgnatiosWhen I first walked through the doors of UC Berkeley’s International House as a new staff member, I felt an enormous sense of pride. I knew that I had joined something bigger, a global community dedicated to the values of social justice, inclusivity, and appreciation of difference. It is these values that drove the legendary leaders – Edmonds and Rockefeller – to create the I-House movement. As a trainer in the Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL), I am humbled to build upon the foundation that was set by these visionaries.

If I had to choose one highlight (there are many) from my first days here, it would be the people. I am overcome with gratitude for my colleagues and the relationships I have developed. I am grateful for a community of diverse residents and staff from all over the world who challenge my assumptions, expand my worldview, and with each interaction, teach me something new. Each day, I see a dedicated, competent staff member provide residents with an exceptional learning experience during their time at Berkeley. I am inspired by an incredible spirit of possibility; it is a spirit that encourages me to work harder, dream bigger, and help write the next great chapter of the I-House story.

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I-House Connection April 2016

The I-House Connection

28th Annual Celebration and Awards Gala

Dr. Marian Diamond

Dr. Marian Diamond (Jim Block photo)

Our annual Gala, held on March 31st, was truly an inspiring evening of laughter, memories, and recognition. Dr. Marian Diamond was awarded the first-ever International House Alumni Faculty Award for the tremendous impact she has had on the field of neuroanatomy, and the countless ways she continues to inspire the entire UC Berkeley community.  Also, for the first time in I-House history, the event shone a light on all I-House alumni who are current UCB faculty members. Pictured below are several of the faculty members or faculty emeriti who were honored, along with UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks (back row, center) and I-House Executive Director Hans Giesecke (back row, left).

Faculty at gala

Jim Block photo

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Join us for an I-House Berkeley Alumni Reunion in Köln, Germany!

Köln, GermanyJoin International House Berkeley’s Executive Director Hans Giesecke for an afternoon in Köln, Germany for traditional kaffee and kuchen. Hear what’s happening at I-House, see old housemates, and make new friends, all while enjoying gorgeous views of the Rhine River.

Sunday, May 15, 2016
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm (16:30 – 18:30)

Maritim Hotel Köln
Heumarkt 20, 50667 Köln, Germany

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