I-House Connection October 2016

The I-House ConnectionOctober 2016

I-House Connection: CIL Updates, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Diwali, Big Give, and more!

Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL) News

We are happy to share a guest post by Miranda Loos, the newest member of the Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL) team.She started at I-House on August 1st and is excited to take CIL to the next level.

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Staff Spotlight: Miranda Loos

We are happy to share a guest post by Miranda Loos, the newest member of the Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL) team. She started at I-House on August 1st and is excited to take CIL to the next level.

Miranda Loos, Business Development Specialist for CIL

Miranda Loos, Business Development Specialist for CIL

In my role as Business Development Specialist for the Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL), I’m thrilled to lead the goal of expanding our reach to a wider community, one that surpasses the Berkeley borders. CIL facilitates a deeper level of understanding of cultural differences, equipping our residents, Berkeley staff, and students with intercultural leadership skills—skills that they can take with them throughout their lives and careers.

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Global Homecoming schedule, speakers, and tasting menu announced!

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Global Homecoming 2016

Preserving the Legacy of the Edith Coliver Festival of Cultures

Global Homecoming: Sunday, October 2nd
10:00 am – 3:00 pm

It’s not too late to sign up for Global Homecoming, a collaboration between the Program Office and Alumni Relations. Don’t miss this day of excellent networking opportunities, unique I-House experiences, and scrumptious international treats! The House will be buzzing with excitement, and we hope you will join in the fun. Walk-ins welcome, but register now to receive your commemorative gift at the registration table.

Calling all alumni! Visit the alumni table from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm to pick up your special gift. Join us for an I-House tour at 11:30 am.

See details of all events below.

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I-House Connection September 2016

The I-House Connection

September 2016

There are Many Facets to I-House Berkeley

Dear I-House Alumni, Friends, and Residents,
Hans Giesecke

As you will see by reading this I-House Connection, there are indeed many facets to the I-House experience here in Berkeley. From dining to programming to special events such as our upcoming Global Homecoming on October 2nd, there are many ways to plug into the vibe of this special place. We invite you to consider these various ways of staying involved with the I-House mission of fostering intercultural respect and understanding, lifelong friendships and leadership skills for the promotion of a more tolerant and peaceful world.

Our motto is, “Come, join us!”  We take this statement of invitation very seriously and we hope that you do too.  I-House realizes its mission best by involving many of our stakeholders in our undertakings. That means, of course, that the place comes alive when you show up! We hope that you will continue to do so on a regular basis!


Hans Giesecke
Executive Director
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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

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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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