Dear I-House Friends,
During this time of year, International House takes on a different life. Hallways usually filled with footsteps and laughter are quieted by the long winter break. As residents depart, the House adopts more of a quiet calm; much the opposite of typical daily life under the dome during the semester.
In celebration of 85 years of changing lives and breaking barriers, we kicked off the 85 Stories for 85 Years campaign, an effort to collect at least 85 stories throughout the year from our alumni about their I-House experience. We have collected many stories to date, and I encourage you to add yours. You can do so here.
I-House also opened its doors to the newly-renovated Dining Commons in August. This transformative $8.75 million project has received rave reviews from residents, alumni, and community members alike. Designed to provide a higher level of interaction between residents and kitchen staff, the reimagined space allows greater customization for cultural and dietary restrictions. I invite you to experience our new Dining Commons first-hand. We would very much enjoy giving you a tour and a taste of the food prepared in this facility. Contact my colleague, Izzy Goodwin, in Donor and Alumni Relations for more information.
In October, I-House celebrated its first annual Global Homecoming, a day of activities for alumni, residents, and families. The House was filled with old friends and new enjoying the Alumni Panel during brunch, a face painter and caricature artist during the Open House, and adventurous culinary treats during Around the World Under the Dome.
Below you will find the latest edition of the I-House Times which also highlights the launch of the Activism Era Scholarship and the advances and re-naming of our Center for Intercultural Leadership to the Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership through a transformative gift by longtime friends and supporters Peter and Candy Robertson. I hope you will find a moment during this busy season to catch up with all things I-House. While you may no longer reside within these walls, it is evident for many of our alumni that I-House never truly stops being your home.
As another semester draws to a close here at I-House, I want to thank you for your continued support and commitment to I-House. Before we know it, our halls will be filled by residents once again, and a new semester will be underway. It is thanks to friends and alumni like you that we are able to continue our mission of fostering a world of greater peace and understanding.
On behalf of all of us here at I-House, I wish you and your family all the best during this holiday season.
Hans C. Giesecke, Ph.D.
Executive Director, International House
International House Development & Alumni Relations
(510) 642-4128 | firstname.lastname@example.org