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.

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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.

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$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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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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The I-House Connection: Get Ready for Big Give and Gala

The I-House Connection

Dear I-House Friends,

Get Ready for Cal Big Give on March 8th

Big Give I-House $100 matchI-House will be participating in UC Berkeley’s Big Give, a 24-hour online fundraising blitz on March 8th. This year,  I-House will be celebrating its 88th Anniversary in August. In honor of this milestone, 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. So, all gifts make a bigger impact! This support enables us to expand our programs and provide financial aid so others can be a part of the I-House experience.

Three Ways to Participate in Big Give Day:

1. Make a gift of $10 or more to I-House.

2. Share your favorite “I-House Moment” on Social Media.  Need a reminder? Join Big Give for I-House Event on our Facebook page, or add it to your calendar:
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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. 
If you plan on attending, please RSVP by March 5th by emailing ihalumni@berkeley.edu. 


30th Annual Celebration & Awards Gala
Monday, April 9, 2018

International House is welcoming Chancellor Christ as chair of the I-House Board of Directors and celebrating our 2018 Honorees.
6 pm Music & Mingling
7 pm Dinner & Program

Gala Highlights:

Welcome address by Chancellor Carol T. Christ

Presentation of awards
The Global Ambassador of Peace and Public Service Award will be presented to Ambassador Irving Tragen (IH 43-47), and The Young Alumni Initiative Award will be presented to members of the WattTime staff team.

Discussion on inclusive global leadership and high-performing teams
A meaningful discourse on inclusion with Chancellor Christ, Ambassador Irving Tragen,
and the WattTime team moderated by Jason Patent, Director of the Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership

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The Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL) at UC Berkeley is a center of excellence for training and research to advance leadership, understanding, and collaboration across cultures. For more information visit

Details and tickets available for purchase online at ihouse.berkeley.edu/gala
Or contact I-House at (510) 642-4128

Proceeds from the annual Celebration and Awards Gala benefit The Fund for I-House, a critical resource that provides life-changing scholarships, inspirational programming, and maintenance to our historic home.


Calling all alumni!

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

Calling all alumni!


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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The I-House Connection: Newsletter Edition

The I-House Connection

Dear I-House Friends,

I-House Times Fall 2017We hope you enjoy the latest edition of I-House Times, which features a message from UC Berkeley Chancellor and Chair of the International House Board of Directors, Carol Christ, about our shared vision for the future. Learn about how we offered a safe haven for several residents during difficult times, our efforts to improve building accessibility, and much more.

As always, we welcome your news for the next I-House Times at ihalumni@berkeley.edu.

View Newsletter (pdf) | View Flipbook Format

For more I-House news, visit ihouse.berkeley.edu.


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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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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