I-House Connection October 2016

October 2016

I-House Connection: CIL Updates, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Diwali, Big Give, and more!

Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL) News

We are happy to share a guest post by Miranda Loos, the newest member of the Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL) team. She started at I-House on August 1st and is excited to take CIL to the next level.

Miranda Loos, Business Development Specialist for CIL

Miranda Loos, Business Development Specialist for CIL

Meet Miranda Loos

In my role as Business Development Specialist for the Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL), I’m thrilled to lead the goal of expanding our reach to a wider community, one that surpasses the Berkeley borders. CIL facilitates a deeper level of understanding of cultural differences, equipping our residents, Berkeley staff, and students with intercultural leadership skills—skills that they can take with them throughout their lives and careers.

Over the past year, CIL has taken on various initiatives to enhance intercultural learning for students, staff, and faculty such as: Fulbright Re-entry Seminar; Peer to Career; the Intercultural Leadership Institute; and the Xiangfei Leadership and Innovation Program.

cilscreenshot-lgAlong with these incredible programs, I’m excited to announce the launch of our new website at cil.berkeley.edu. I encourage you to visit the website, sign-up for CIL updates, and share your knowledge of our programs to those in your network. Feel free to reach out to me directly to share your ideas, suggestions, and experiences, mloos@berkeley.edu.

Read more about Miranda and CIL.

The Promise of Berkeley

International House is well represented in the latest Promise of Berkeley magazine! The Fall 2016 issue features alumni Manuel Schulze (IH 2013) and Torben Fischer (IH 2013-14) for their vision of a cleaner world with Recycle Up Ghana. See page 15.

Current resident Morgan Randall has a full page titled Art + Math = Friendship. He is taking on the world with two hands, a keen eye, and a giant heart. See page 21

Irving Tragen (IH 1942-45 & 1947) is pictured with former Eleanor D. and Irving G. Tragen I-House Fellowship recipient Catalina Moncada and current recipient Christina Randall at International House for dinner and conversation in August.This fellowship was established in 2013 to provide partial room and board support for Berkeley Law students. See page 31.


Our Environmental Destiny: A Talk by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
October 27, 7 pm – 8:30 pm | International House, Chevron Auditorium

The College of Natural Resources presents the Horace M. Albright Lecture in Conservation Lecture Series at I-House. The first among a new breed of environmentalists, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. is chief prosecuting attorney for the Hudson Riverkeepers, senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, and president-at-large of the Waterkeeper Alliance. FREE. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.
Note: Seating is limited at this first-come-first-served event.
This event will be recorded on video and available at https://nature.berkeley.edu/albright

Co-sponsored by the Center for Law, Energy, and Environment, Berkeley Law.

Diwali Festival of Lights Theme Dinner
Tuesday, November 1, 6 pm – 8 pm | I-House Dining Commons

Don’t miss November’s Theme Dinner – Diwali, the Indian Festival of Lights! Enjoy a lavish buffet of Indian delicacies and see our Dining Commons transformed with festive lights, candles and decorations.
Menu: Lamb Curry, Chicken Tikka Masala, Saag Paneer, Samosa, Gobi Aloo, Pulao Rice, Naan, Rice Pudding, Carrot Pudding and authentic Indian confections.  $15/person.Visit our Weekly Dining Menu page to see what’s cooking at I-House.

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

International House will be participating in UC Berkeley’s Big Give, a 24-hour online fundraising blitz on November 17th. All contributions made during the 24 hour period to International House make a big impact!

Top 3 ways to participate in the Big Give:

1. Make a gift of $10 or more to I-House at biggive.berkeley.edu on November 17. Every gift counts!

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 November 17.

3. What’s your I-House Berkeley Effect? Print the butterfly – heart template and write the effect I-House had on you, as shown at right. Post your photo on Instagram or Twitter on November 17, or email your caption and photo to lferris@berkeley.edu by November 15.

Please use both #CalBigGive and #InternationalHouse hashtags to show your I-House spirit and help us win prizes.

* Submitted photos will be added to our Big Give 2016 Facebook album. See ihouse.berkeley.edu/biggive.

Big Give I-House Alumni Contest

One lucky I-House alum who donates on November 17th will win a detailed portrait drawn by I-House resident Morgan Randall!

Contest details: Winner will be selected after 11/18 and contacted by phone or email. If the winner is local, they can meet Morgan at I-House for a portrait session. If they live elsewhere, they can provide a photo for him and the finished portrait will be mailed to the winner. This is Morgan’s last semester before he graduates so the deadline for portrait session is December 10th. Good luck!

We are grateful to Morgan for lending his talents as a Social Media Ambassador! If you would like to be our next Ambassador, contact Laurie Ferris at lferris@berkeley.edu for details.

Global Homecoming Wrap-up

On Sunday, October 2nd, I-House welcomed alumni, residents, and community members under the dome for this year’s Global Homecoming! This exciting day that featured an alumni career panel, Host Family reception, global cuisine with wine and beer pairings, and an open house with an International Fashion Show!

Click here to see more photos.

Alumna Zahwa Amad (IH 1982-86) enjoyed the day, saying,  “I had a great time at Global Homecoming. I attended the breakfast reception, the host family talk, the amazing worldly lunch and the international fashion show. It was a really fun time.”What would you like to see at next year’s Global Homecoming? Send suggestions to the Alumni Office at ihalumni@berkeley.edu.

Special Thanks to our Global Homecoming Ambassadors

International House gratefully acknowledges our volunteers who played an integral part of Global Homecoming. We salute their participation and commitment to this special day.

Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership Career Panel with I-House Alumni:

  • Andreas Andersen (IH 2011)
  • Vishwanath Bulusu (IH 2011-15)
  • Katia Moles (IH 2009-10)

Global Homecoming Ambassadors:

  • Ysabel Catapang (IH 2015-16)
  • Sheldon Halpern
  • Minh Nguyen (IH 2011-12)
  • Janette Reid (IH 1968-70)
  • Avantika Sood (IH 2015-16)
  • Evelina Villa 
  • Andrew Wilson (IH 2011-12)

Alumni, share your news!

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

Best regards from Berkeley,

I-House Development, Alumni Relations & Communications Team

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

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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