85 Years of Welcoming Residents

Today hundreds of UC Berkeley students from over sixty countries will settle into the iconic dome-topped International House. They arrive on the week that also marks the 85th Birthday of this unique institution dedicated to intercultural connections.

“Every day, as it has been for 85 years, the residents of I-House bear witness to events that shape our world; some are global, shifting the course of history. Others are local; shifting the course of a person.  That is the beauty of the I-House experience, and one that is echoed throughout generations of I-House alumni: it is the small things that have the largest impact – Coffee Hours that break cultural barriers, debates in the Dining Commons that produce leaders capable of compromise, or a dance class in Chevron Auditorium where dance partners become life partners. While the world shifts as the years pass, these parts of the International House experience are impervious to change.”

– Hans Giesecke, Executive Director

Residents in lobby

Executive Director Hans Giesecke welcoming residents as they find their way to their rooms.

Laurie Ferris sharing the I-House Love. Alumni Relations begins at Day One!

Laurie Ferris sharing the I-House Love.  Alumni Relations begins at Day One!

Alumni Relations begins at Day One!

Laurel Anderson-Malinovsky and Teresa Magallón provide goodie bags and news of upcoming resident-alumni networking opportunities.

Great Hall check-in

New residents getting their room keys in the Great Hall.

Welcome Reception in the Chevron Auditorium

Welcome Reception in the Chevron Auditorium.

Program Office staff welcoming new residents at the reception

Our wonderful Program Office staff welcoming new residents at the reception.

 

International House Celebrates 85 Years

International House celebrates 85 years. Learn more about our remarkable history.

Here’s to a great new academic year at International House and UC Berkeley!

 

About Laurie Ferris

As the Communications Strategist for International House at UC Berkeley, I share stories online and in our I-House Times Newsletter. I created this blog for alumni, residents and staff to share the I-House experience with the UC Berkeley community and beyond. I love to share a good thing. My motto: Share the Love! ♥
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