Five Things to Know About I-House

1) I-House is not just for international students.

Despite its name, International House is home to students from the United States as well as students from over 75 other countries every semester.  Currently, U.S. residents represent some 23% of our 590 I-House residents.

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Global Homecoming is Sunday, 10/14. Sneak preview of menu:

Global Homecoming

Preserving the Legacy of the Edith Coliver Festival of Cultures

Dear alumni and friends,

Please join us for our Global Homecoming at International House Sunday, October 14th, from 10 am to 3 pm.

Tickets are $7 for I-House alumni; $12 for community members; Free for I-House residents.  Admission includes entry to all Global Homecoming events throughout the day including the Global Table Talk Lunch in the Dining Commons from 12 pm to 1 pm.

Advanced ticket sales have ended but walk-in guests can still purchase tickets during Global Homecoming at registration on October 14th. 

Event highlights include:

  • Joe LurieI-House Director Emeritus Joe Lurie will be presenting Cultural Disconnects with Refugees and Immigrants, a theme from his newly expanded book, Perception and Deception.
  • I-House Architecture Walking Tour will reveal wondrous stories underlying the architectural history, furnishings, and design of the building.
  • Global Table TalkGlobal Table Talk Lunch where I-House alumni and current residents have the opportunity to reunite and converse in our Dining Commons.
  • Around the World Under the Dome – Guests will witness the lively international Fashion Show while enjoying international treats.

International Fashion ShowSee the full schedule of events at ihouse.berkeley.edu/globalhomecoming.

International Tasting selections include:

Albania

Byrek me Djathe dhe Spinaq (Spinach and Cheese Pie)
Bakllava me Mjaltë (Walnut Baklava)
Dhallë (Yogurt Drink)

Colombia

Arepas con Queso Paipoa (Corn Cake with Cheese)
Arepas de Choclo (Sweet Corn Cake)
Agua de Panela con canela y Limon (Sweet Lemon and Cinnamon Tea)

Kenya

Kenyan Tilapia Biryani (Spiced Rice and Fish)
Chips Mayai (French Fries and Eggs)
Saladi ya matunda (Fruit with Chocolate sauce)
Chai Tea

Vietnam

Chien Sa Ot (Lemongrass Chicken)
Bánh Khoai Mì (Cassava Cake)
Cà Phê Dá (Iced coffee)

The House will be buzzing with excitement, and we hope you will join in the fun. Register today!


The I-House Development, Alumni Relations & Communications Team looks forward to welcoming you back to I-House. If you’re in the area, please let us know!

Best regards from Berkeley,

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Global Homecoming, News from Joe Lurie, UC Berkeley Global Leadership & Innovation Program, and more!

Dear alumni and friends,

Join Us! Global Homecoming is Sunday, October 14, from
10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Global Homecoming Entrance

Enjoy a day featuring exclusive I-House experiences, community building, and scrumptious international treats. The House will be buzzing with excitement, don’t miss out on the fun!

Activities include: an interactive discussion guided by the Roberston Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL) that demonstrates the neuroscience of how humans naturally react to cultural difference; a presentation on Cultural Disconnects with Refugees and Immigrants by I-House Executive Director Emeritus Joe Lurie; a thought-provoking Global Table Talk lunch with residents in the Dining Commons; and the popular Around the World Under the Dome fashion show and tasting festival.

FJoe Lurieor a full schedule of activities or more information, please visit: ihouse.berkeley.edu/GlobalHomecoming

$7 alumni and $12 community member ticket prices include admission to all events. Those who register by Wednesday, October 10th, will receive a special Global Homecoming commemorative gift. However, walk-ins are welcome.

Alumni at Global HomecomingBe an I-House Alumni Volunteer!

I-House alumni volunteers will receive free admission and a Global Homecoming t-shirt.

Talk It Up at Global Table Talk
Sign up for Global Table Talk from 12 pm – 1 pm in the Dining Commons and enjoy lively discussion over lunch with other I-House alumni and current residents. All participants will receive special desserts.

Global Homecoming Fashion Show

International Fashion Icons Needed
Join in our popular fashion show from 1:30 pm – 2 pm by modeling your favorite cultural attire. Limited spots are available for alumni to be models at this year’s show.

Help Us Welcome the World
Global Homecoming volunteer tasks include greeting, ticket taking, and event assistance. Shifts vary depending on need.

If you are interested in volunteering for any of the above activities, please email Angela Rauch arauch@berkeley.edu by October 5th, and she will confirm your participation.

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please email ihalumni@berkeley.edu or call 510-642-4128.


Participate in the Host Family Program

Residents and hosts mingling Every year, volunteers, alumni, staff, and friends sign up for our Host Family Program to occasionally host an I-House resident for a dinner, a mini trip, an evening of conversation, or a holiday event. The goal is to ease the international student’s transition to their surroundings and to help them understand the local community and way of life. Hosts offer so much more that can be shared: cultural revelations, new perspectives on life, surprises, fun, and friendship. The commitment is minimal but the rewards are great!

Resident Host receptionWhat Host Families see: Participating resident names are added to a map (by country) along with details about their interests and what they’re studying. Families can read about them and learn about the diversity represented at I-House this year.

What residents see: Families that have opted to share similar information are added by name to a spreadsheet with details about what their interests are, what fields they work in, and what they’re looking forward to this year for the residents to experience.

Matching: Residents and families will be able to match themselves up using this tool. In addition, they will be able to meet at I-House events including Global Homecoming on October 14th.

More details: ihouse.berkeley.edu/programs/hostfamily.php
Questions: Contact Gemma Givens Email: ggivens@berkeley.edu Phone: 510-642-9490


News from Joe Lurie (I-House executive director from 1988 to 2007)

The newly released, expanded edition of Joe Lurie’s Perception and Deception is a spirited exploration of cross-cultural miscommunications in an increasingly globalized, hyper-connecting world. With tweets and fake news rapidly crossing cultures without context, the expanded edition offers a timely, intriguing, and sometimes tragic array of intercultural encounters that have gone wrong across the globe because of the limitations of our respective cultural lenses.

There’s more than just a catchy and timely cover. Joe has added a fresh chapter, “Globalization and its Disconnects-Convergence Without Context,” focusing on spiraling misunderstandings across cultures, especially in the worlds of migration and refugees, religion, and technology.

To better cope with the disrupting forces of globalization, Joe has also added interactive activities at the end of each chapter (including the chapter about I-House). For more information, visit: www.PerceptionAndDeception.com


I-House Alumni Card Program

Alumni Card Program

Do you still have your International House at UC Berkeley alumni card? Has it expired?

All I-House Berkeley alumni cardholders are entitled to the following benefits: $2 discount in the I-House Dining Commons (click here to see current pricing), 20% off discount at the I-House Café, invitations to I-House events and reunions, exclusive networking opportunities, and much more.  Don’t miss out on these fantastic benefits.

Click here to request your new card today.


UC Berkeley Global Leadership & Innovation Program

Check out this video of an innovative program hosted by the Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL) at International House.This 2-week intensive program is open to all undergrad and graduate level students worldwide looking to enhance their leadership practice in an academic or professional setting. Through various activities and simulations, students will develop tangible skills for leading and working in a global context.

For more information about this program, visit cil.berkeley.edu/upcoming-events/global-leadership-innovation-program/. You can also email cil@berkeley.edu to connect with a CIL staff member.


Calling all alumni!Calling all alumni!

We’re working on the Fall I-House Times Newsletter and would love to hear from you. Email your updates to ihalumni@berkeley.edu. Photos are welcome!


The I-House Development, Alumni Relations & Communications Team looks forward to welcoming you back to I-House. If you’re in the area, please let us know!

Best regards from Berkeley,

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Our 88th Birthday, Host Family Program, Global Homecoming and more

The I-House Connection

Dear alumni and friends,

Today is our birthday! Please help us celebrate by sharing a story for our I-House Stories website.

I-House Berkeley, circa 1930

Consider a donation to honor 88 years of I-House!

To submit your story, click here, or share a post  on Facebook or Instagram telling us about why you love International House. Tag I-House and include the hashtag #ihouseberkeley. Videos welcome!

Each person who makes a birthday donation or shares an International House story by August 31st will be entered for a chance to win a swag bag filled with International House goodies. Winner will be announced on September 5, 2018.

Donate NowQuestions? Email us at ihalumni@berkeley.edu or call (510) 642-4128.


Read All About It!

I-House Times Spring - Summer 2018The latest International House Times newsletter is evidence of the unique value of I-House as a resource for global understanding. We hope you enjoy this issue, which highlights diversity at I-House, a rare glimpse into the 2018 summer session, and guidelines to help address different conflict styles. Plus, you’ll find student reflections, campus-wide initiatives, event photos, alumni news, and much more.

View Flipbook | Download PDF | Subscribe

As always, we welcome your feedback and news for next newsletter at ihalumni@berkeley.edu!


Apply to Host the World

Host Family with I-House resident

Shan Wang (center) with her host family Eugenio Frongia and Carmen Ochoa

Every year, volunteers, alumni, staff, and friends sign up for our Host Family Program to occasionally host an I-House resident for a dinner, a mini trip, an evening of conversation, or a holiday event. The goal is to ease the international student’s transition to their surroundings and to help them understand the local community and way of life. Hosts offer so much more that can be shared: cultural revelations, new perspectives on life, surprises, fun, and friendship. The commitment is minimal, but the rewards are great!

New for 2018: Participating residents are added to an interactive map by country (example below) with details about what they’re studying, their interests, and what they’re looking forward to this year. Host families are then able to choose residents to meet with from their location on the map.

Host Family Program map

Host Family Program Kick-off Reception

Join us on Sunday, September 16th, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm for the kick-off event for all participating hosts and residents.  It is also a wonderful opportunity for anyone interested to learn more about the program. Please RSVP by emailing Gemma Givens at ggivens@berkeley.edu.

Learn more about this special program and apply on the Host Family Program webpage.


Save the Date!

Global Homecoming 2018Global Homecoming is Sunday, October 14, 2018
10 am to 3 pm

Join us for our 2018 International House Global Homecoming, featuring unique I-House experiences, community building, and scrumptious international treats! The House will be buzzing with excitement, don’t miss out on the fun!

Those who register by Wednesday, October 10th, will receive a special Global Homecoming commemorative gift. However, walk-ins are welcome.

Eventbrite - I-House Global Homecoming 2018 (I-House Alumni and Community)$7 alumni and $12 community member ticket prices include admission to all events. Free for I-House residents.

See details at ihouse.berkeley.edu/globalhomecoming


The I-House Development, Alumni Relations & Communications Team looks forward to welcoming you back to I-House. If you’re in the area, please let us know!

Best regards from Berkeley,

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Introducing the 2018 Gala award recipients

On April 9th, International House will celebrate the Annual Celebration and Awards Gala, welcoming Chancellor Carol Christ and presenting awards to I-House Alumni
Irving Tragen (IH 1943-47) and the members of WattTime. Now in its 30th year, this annual event raises funds to benefit the community of nearly 600 scholars from 73 different countries residing at I-House, while honoring alumni who exemplify the I-House mission of fostering intercultural respect and understanding. “We are thrilled to publicly recognize this year’s recipients as champions of I-House principles,” says Dr. Hans Giesecke, Executive Director of I-House. “The Gala continues to serve as the signature event of I-House that alumni, students, and friends look forward to year after year.”

We are pleased to present this year’s Gala award recipients:

Global Ambassador of Peace and Public Service Award

Irving G. Tragen lived at I-House from 1943-1947 while he attended UC Berkeley to obtain his B.A. degree and later to receive his J.D. at the Berkeley School of Law. He met his wife, Eleanor Dodson, while he was living at I-House.

His Foreign Service began in 1948 in Mexico, followed by three years at the Pan-American Sanitary Bureau. He entered the US Foreign Assistance Program in El Salvador, followed by assignments in Chile and Peru.

From 1960 to 1980, in the US Foreign Service, he had many varied assignments including Labor Attache to Venezuela; Labor Advisor for the Alliance for Progress (AFP); Director of the AFP Office of Institutional Development; AID Director in Bolivia; Director of Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay Affairs; Vice President of the Inter-American Foundation; Director of the Regional Office for Central American Programs (ROCAP); Economic Counselor and USAID Director in Panama during the Panama Canal negotiations; and, Deputy Chief of the US Mission to the Organization of American States (OAS), with rank of Ambassador when heading US delegations to OAS specialized conferences.

In July 1980, he joined the OAS Economic and Social Secretariat. In late 1984, he was named advisor to the Secretary-General on Inter-American Narcotic Drug Trafficking, which led to the creation of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) and his appointment as its first Executive Director in 1988. He retired at the end of 1994.

To learn more about his life and career, please click here.

The Young Alumni Initiative Award

How clean is your power grid? The answer changes every five minutes.

From smart thermostats to industrial-scale chillers, the world’s 20 billion smart devices now account for a rapidly growing share of all electricity consumption on Earth. Every one of those devices is now capable of automatically powering itself partly through renewable energy, thanks to a new technology called Automated Emissions Reduction (AER).

AER was invented by WattTime, a tech startup founded at UC Berkeley by a group of students. Many of those students were International House residents, and many of the early work on AER was done in I-House’s Great Hall.

The story of WattTime’s founding is in many ways the story of I-House: bringing together people from diverse backgrounds in pursuit of a common goal. And WattTime’s ongoing contributions have continued to mirror this diversity: unlike most tech startups, which emphasize innovation in software, WattTime’s broad range of talent has led to cutting-edge breakthroughs in an unusually wide variety of fields, including machine learning, finance, accounting, statistics, law, engineering, and public policy — all in service of a more sustainable world. And our story only could have unfolded at a place like I-House.

Gala ticket registration ends at 5:00 PM on Thursday, April 5th, so it’s not too late to join us for a special evening. Learn more at ihouse.berkeley.edu/gala.

6:00 PM Music & Mingling | 7:00 PM Dinner & Program

$275 per person
$150 per person for Young Diplomats (35 years of age and under)

See the Gala menu.

Eventbrite - 2018 I-House Awards Celebration & Gala

 

To reserve Gala raffle tickets, please visit ihouse.berkeley.edu/galaraffle or contact us at 510.642.4128 or ihalumni@berkeley.edu.

The Fund for I-House
Proceeds from the Annual Celebration and Awards Gala and the raffle benefit The Fund for I-House, a resource that provides life-changing scholarships, inspirational programming, and maintenance to our historic home. Your support of this year’s Gala will help ensure current and future residents are able to live, learn, and grow under the dome, furthering the I-House mission of fostering intercultural respect, understanding, lifelong friendships, and leadership skills to promote a more peaceful world.


The I-House Development, Alumni Relations & Communications Team looks forward to welcoming you back to I-House. If you’re in the area, please let us know!

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Introducing Chef Todd and our 2018 Gala menu

We are happy to introduce Todd Koenigsberg as our new Executive Chef here at I-House. Todd hails from the famed Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York and has worked with renowned chefs Bobby Flay and Mario Batali. Read more about Chef Todd.

Guests attending our Gala on Monday, April 9th will have the opportunity to try the cuisine prepared by Chef Todd. Below is a  preview of the menu:

Celebration & Awards Gala Menu

Hors d’oeuvres during the reception in the Great Hall include grilled tenderloin skewers with mustard tahini, ahi tuna poke with wonton crisps, and burrata basil crostini. Guests will then be welcomed into the Chevron Auditorium for an elegant three-course dinner featuring a seasonal spring salad and a choice of three entrées:

  • Wild Mushroom & Spring Vegetable Risotto
  • Fig Leaf Roasted Steelhead Trout
  • Julia’s Short Rib Bourguignon

See Chef Todd describe each entrée in the videos below.

The entrées will be paired with a variety of fine wines. Dinner will be followed by a delectable New York style cheesecake for dessert.

Limited seating available. RSVPs requested by Monday, April 2nd.

Eventbrite - 2018 I-House Awards Celebration & Gala

$275 per person
$150 per person for Young Diplomats (35 years of age and under)

Chef Todd will also participate in the Gala Raffle and has volunteered a private dinner for up to eight guests paired with premium wine for this year’s grand prize, a $2,500 value! He is looking forward to working with the winner to create a unique menu tailor-made for the occasion.

For more information and to reserve Gala tickets, please visit ihouse.berkeley.edu/galaraffle or contact us at 510.642.4128 or ihalumni@berkeley.edu.

The Fund for I-House
Proceeds from the Annual Celebration and Awards Gala and the raffle benefit The Fund for I-House, a resource that provides life-changing scholarships, inspirational programming, and maintenance to our historic home. Your support of this year’s Gala will help ensure current and future residents are able to live, learn, and grow under the dome, furthering the I-House mission of fostering intercultural respect, understanding, lifelong friendships, and leadership skills to promote a more peaceful world.


The I-House Development, Alumni Relations & Communications Team looks forward to welcoming you back to I-House. If you’re in the area, please let us know!

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(510) 642-4128 | ihalumni@berkeley.edu

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Seize the moment and help us reach 88 donations for I-House today!

Big Give has arrived. Seize the moment and help us reach 88 donations for I-House today!

UC Berkeley’s Big Give, a 24-hour online fundraising blitz has started! All online donations made to International House today till 9 pm PST will go towards Big Give.

If you’ve already made your gift, THANK YOU! If not, you can make a gift to I-House and be one of the first 88 donations that will be matched with an additional $100.

Donate Now

Go to our website and social media outlets to check our matching challenge progress and the fun we are having at I-House! We will be posting special I-House moments throughout the day. You can add yours by sharing a photo or short video on Instagram and Twitter with both #CalBigGive and #InternationalHouse hashtags. Photos will be added to our Big Give 2018 album on Facebook.

Your generous support will benefit The Fund for I-House, a valuable resource that provides life-changing scholarships, inspirational programming, and maintenance to our historic home.

Now is the moment Big Give

Big thanks for all of your support! ♥

 

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You can make your Big Give gift go further at I-House

Big Give - International House Match

Big Give is on Thursday, March 8th, but you can help us spread the word now!

Dear I-House Friends,

We are in the final countdown for UC Berkeley’s Big Give, a 24-hour online fundraising blitz. All online donations made to International House between 9 pm PST on Wednesday, March 7th and 9 pm PST on Thursday, March 8th will be counted toward Big Give.

Check out this video made by current I-House residents Claire Liow and Joyce Lee. Please share the video to help spread the word on your own networks!

There are many ways to participate on Big Give Day:

1. Make a gift of $10 or more to I-House at give.berkeley.edu/ihouse.
In honor of our 88th Anniversary, the first 88 donations to I-House on Big Give day will be matched with an additional $100 by Susan Klee and the Berkeley Club of Switzerland. Please help us hit our goal of surpassing 88 donations. This support enables us to expand our programs and provide financial aid so others can be a part of the I-House experience.

2. Share your favorite “I-House Moment” on Social Media. Seize the moment with a photo or short video and share on Instagram and Twitter with both #CalBigGive and #InternationalHouse hashtags to help I-House win contests! (See below.)

3. I-House Moments Lunch in the Dining Commons
11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Your I-House experience is made up of many memorable moments. Moments of realization. Moments of glory. A-ha moments of truth and moments you will remember for the rest of your days. Was it when you attended an event, moved into I-House, met your roommate for the first time, had coffee with friends during Coffee Hour?  We would love to record your I-House memories on video and photos on Thursday, March 8th from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Lunch is $10 at the door for non-I-House residents and $8 for I-House alumni.

Big Give I-House Alumni Contest
One lucky I-House alum who donates on Big Give day will win an I-House gift bag full of swag.
Contest details: Winner will be selected after 3/9/18 and contacted by phone or email.
For more ways to help, see ihouse.berkeley.edu/biggive

Campus-wide Contests
To add competitive fun to Big Give, there are campus-wide contests where you can help I-House win additional funds.

See all contests at: biggive.berkeley.edu/leaderboards/. We appreciate donations at any time during Big Give, but here are a few contest highlights:

Time (PST) Contest Prize
5–6 am Random international donor $1,500
9 am Wed.–
9 am Thu.
Random original Tweet filling in the blank:
“#InternationalHouse deserves #CalBigGive $ bc _________.”
$1,000
10–11 am What’s your I-House Berkeley moment? Tell us on UC Berkeley’s Big Give Facebook post. Most inspirational comment wins! $1,000

Big thanks for all of your support! ♥

Joy Iwasa Angela Rauch Laurie Ferris Laurel Anderson Melissa Chan
Joy Iwasa
Director of Development
& Communications
Angela Rauch
Fundraising and Events Coordinator
Laurie Ferris
Communications Strategist
Laurel Anderson
Communications Coordinator
Melissa Chan
Development & Prospect Research Analyst

 

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