I-House Connection April 2016

The I-House Connection

28th Annual Celebration and Awards Gala

Dr. Marian Diamond

Dr. Marian Diamond (Jim Block photo)

Our annual Gala, held on March 31st, was truly an inspiring evening of laughter, memories, and recognition. Dr. Marian Diamond was awarded the first-ever International House Alumni Faculty Award for the tremendous impact she has had on the field of neuroanatomy, and the countless ways she continues to inspire the entire UC Berkeley community.  Also, for the first time in I-House history, the event shone a light on all I-House alumni who are current UCB faculty members. Pictured below are several of the faculty members or faculty emeriti who were honored, along with UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks (back row, center) and I-House Executive Director Hans Giesecke (back row, left).

Faculty at gala

Jim Block photo

Dr. Giesecke notes, “I-House boasts a rich history of alumni fostering a world of greater peace and understanding. We felt it was time that we celebrated those who make that difference closest to home, right here on the Cal campus – in classrooms, laboratories, and lecture halls every day.”

Resident hosts on front steps

Jenny Hom photo

I-House resident hosts welcomed guests at the red carpet Gala entrance. More than half are I-House scholarship or fellowship recipients who have chosen to give back to I-House by serving as ambassadors for this festive evening. You can find more Gala 2016 photos on the International House Facebook page. We look forward to welcoming alumni and friends to next year’s Gala!

Cal Day at International House
Saturday, April 16, 2016
12 pm – 3 pm



If you’re headed to campus for Cal Day this Saturday, make sure to stop by I-House and check out our Open House from 12:00 – 3:00! We will have a photo booth, light refreshments, and House Tours at 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm. Alumni – be sure to check in at the Alumni Table for a special gift from I-House! calday.berkeley.edu

May Day Tea for Alumni from 1940s and 50s
Sunday, May 1st, 2016
1:00 pm – Tea Service, Chevron Auditorium,
Reception to follow, Great Hall

May Day Tea

Alumni from the 40s and 50s are invited to a delightful afternoon tea under the dome. Hear from I-House Executive Director Hans Giesecke, meet current I-House residents, and enjoy a reading from the updated Golden Age of International House: An Oral History of the Post World War II Era.

RSVP by April 25th, 2016
For more information, please contact Development and Alumni Relations Email: ihalumni@berkeley.edu or call: (510) 642-4128

Join us for an I-House, Berkeley Alumni Reunion in Köln, Germany!
Sunday, May 15th, 2016
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm (16:30 – 18:30)

Hans Giesecke

Hans Giesecke

Join International House Berkeley’s Executive Director Hans Giesecke for an afternoon in Köln, Germany for traditional kaffee and kuchen. Hear what’s happening at I-House, see old housemates, and make new friends, all while enjoying gorgeous views of the Rhine River.

Maritim Hotel Köln
Heumarkt 20, 50667 Köln, Germany

Dr. Giesecke and his wife, Susan, are leading a Cal Alumni tour by riverboat from Amsterdam to Budapest from May 12th-27th. They hope you will join them for their brief stop in Köln, and look forward to seeing you.

RSVP by Friday, May 6th at: http://kolnreunion.eventbrite.com/
Email: ihalumni@berkeley.edu or call: (510) 642-4128

I-Houses Worldwide Alumni & Friends Reception in London, England
Thursday, June 30th, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

International Students House
229 Great Portland Street
London W1W 5 PN

RSVP by Thursday, June 23rd
Email: ihalumni@berkeley.edu or call: (510) 642-4128
Dress: Smart Casual

85 Stories for 85 Years

I-House: 85 Stories for 85 Years

We are still collecting stories from alumni over the coming months, highlighting the many ways I-House has touched those lucky enough to have lived under the dome.  Submit your story by email to ihalumni@berkeley.edu with your photos attached by June 30, 2016. Video messages welcome! Questions? Call us at (510) 642-4128.

Calling All Alumni!

Calling All AlumniWe’re working on the Spring I-House Times Newsletter and would love to hear from you. Email your news & notes to ihalumni@berkeley.edu. Photos are welcome!

We look forward to welcoming you back to I-House. If you’re in the area, please let us know!


The I-House Development, Alumni Relations & Communications Team

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

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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. If you would like to contribute a guest post, please contact me at lferris@berkeley.edu. Share the I-House love! ♥
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