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

Global Homecoming

Preserving the Legacy of the Edith Coliver Festival of Cultures

 Save the Date: October 2 is Global Homecoming!

I-House is pleased to host its second annual 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.

Schedule of Events

Welcome Reception
10:00 – 11:00 AM

Enjoy continental breakfast and mimosa bar.

Resident Host Family Reception
10:30 – 11:00 AM

Discover the rewarding experience of participating in the Host Family Program at I-House! Former Host Families and those wishing to learn more about the program are encouraged to attend. Hear remarkable stories of hospitality and friendship.

Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership Panel Discussion
11:00 AM– 12:00 PM
Jason Patent, Ph.D., director of the Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership at I-House will lead an engaging discussion with a panel of I-House alumni spanning various industries and viewpoints. The focus will be on how best to leverage the I-House experience when crossing cultural boundaries in the workplace. Learn how to be as effective as possible in working together to address the world’s challenges.

Around the World Under the Dome
12:00 – 1:30 PM

Taste your way across the globe with international fare and suggested wine and beer pairings for those 21 and over. Passports provided at the door to ensure you don’t miss a bite. Cultural etiquette tips included.
Cost: Free for residents; $10 per person, alumni and their guests; $20 per person, general public.

Open House & Kids’ Zone
1:30 – 3:00 PM

Kids of all ages welcome at the Global Homecoming Open House and Kids’ Zone! Featuring an International Fashion Show by I-House residents, tours of our newly renovated Dining Commons, a fun photo booth, and much more!

Register Online

RSVP by September 28 to receive your commemorative gift at the registration table. All activities are FREE unless noted above. Walk-ins welcome!

For more information or to register, visit the Global Homecoming website at ihouse.berkeley.edu/globalhomecoming

Get Involved at Global Homecoming!

Residents: Sign up for the International Fashion Show

Stop by the Program Office for details, call (510) 642-9460 or email ihprograms@berkeley.edu.

Alumni: Be a Global Homecoming Ambassador

Are you interested in volunteering at this year’s Global Homecoming? Then consider becoming a Global Homecoming Ambassador! These volunteers are critical to Global Homecoming, with tasks that include greeting and event support. Global Homecoming Ambassadors will receive special recognition as well as exclusive Global Homecoming gear! Shifts are available throughout the day. For more information contact the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at ihalumni@berkeley.edu or (510) 642-4128.

Program Office Q & A with Kimi and Larnie

Kimi Mojica, Student Engagement Officer and Larnie Macasieb, Program Office Manager

From left, Kimi Mojica and Larnie Macasieb

For this month’s I-House Connection, we are pleased to highlight Program Office staff Kimi Mojica, Student Engagement Officer and Larnie Macasieb, Program Office Manager. Learn more about the Program Office at ihouse.berkeley.edu/programs.

Q: What do residents have to look forward to at Global Homecoming 2016?
A: Lots of FUN, I-House style! Great food, new connections and great company. Global Homecoming is an opportunity to connect with I-House residents and alumni and celebrate with the larger I-House community.
– Kimi Mojica, Student Engagement Officer

Q: What do you enjoy most about working in the Program Office?
A: I am proud to say, I have been working for International House for 15 years now. Each day is always a great experience working at the Program Office. I learn and enjoy my interactions with a diverse group of students and residents from different parts of the world. I am proud to have made a great impact on residents’ life. When students remember what you have done for them during their stay at I-House, it’s priceless.
– Larnie Macasieb, Program Office Manager

Joe Lurie: Perception and Deception Talk
September 27, 2016 – 5:30pm-7:30pm
Berkeley Central Library

Joe Lurie

Joe Lurie, Executive Director Emeritus of I-House, presents a fascinating and enlightening talk that spans his more than thirty years of experience in leadership, both at the International House and abroad. Bringing with him a feast of cross-cultural stories and misadventures, he explores the deeper cultural messages that typically escape people due to their prejudices, be they conscious or unconscious. Lurie reveals how cultural filters distort perceptions of others in the worlds of immigration, diplomacy, and business.

Come join us for a meal at I-House

If you’re in the area and have yet to experience our renovated dining commons and our exciting new menu by Chef Jordan Lichman (pictured at right), we encourage you to join us for a meal.

We also have two special theme dinners coming up:
Oktoberfest: Thursday, October 6
Diwali: Tuesday, November 1

If you are interested in joining us for one of these theme meals, please contact the Alumni Relations office at (510) 642-4128 to let us know that you are coming.

For more information about our dining commons, our weekly menu, hours of operation, and prices please visit: ihouse.berkeley.edu/menu

Mark your calendar for this year’s Big Give:
Thursday, November 17, 2016

Big Give 2016

International House will be participating in UC Berkeley’s Big Give, a 24-hour online fundraising blitz on November 17th. Thanks to your support last year, we raised over $27K for International House. Gifts help us to provide financial aid, preserve and protect our historic home, and allow for innovation in programming access.

Top 3 ways to participate in the Big Give:1. Make a gift of $10 or more to International House at biggive.berkeley.edu on 11.17.16.

2. Show your I-House spirit and help us win prizes in Social Media contests! Be sure to tag posts #CalBigGive and #InternationalHouse so they are eligible for contests on Nov. 17. Or email your caption and photo to lferris@berkeley.edu by November 15.

Big Give Butterfly Berkeley Effect

3. What’s your I-House Berkeley Effect? Take a photo showing — or write a post telling — us what effect I-House Berkeley has had on you or how you spread the Berkeley Effect in the world. (You can even download hearts to write on here if you like.)

Help spread the word by sharing our webpage:

Meet the Team

The I-House Development, Alumni Relations & Communications Team looks forward to welcoming you back to I-House and sharing stories in the I-House Times newsletter. If you’re in the area, please let us know! (510) 642-4128 | ihalumni@berkeley.edu

Joy Iwasa Johnny Avots-Smith
Joy Iwasa
Director of Development & Communications
Johnny Avots-Smith
Associate Director of Development
Laurie Ferris Laurel Anderson-Malinovsky Teresa Magallón
Laurie Ferris
Webmaster / Communications Strategist
Laurel Anderson
Communications Coordinator
Teresa Magallón
Development Associate

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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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