Favorite Berkeley Sights

Hello friends! The semester is winding down, and I know that a lot of people (myself included) are trying to make the most of living in Berkeley and I-House before having to leave. If you’ve spent most of your time here studying and hustling, then take a break, and check out some of my personal favorite Berkeley sights!

  1. The Campanile

Of course, one of the iconic symbols of Cal! You can go to the top for free with Cal Student ID, and get a BEAUTIFUL view of the entire Bay Area. The history of Sather Tower is also fascinating, from how it received its title as the third tallest clock tower in the world, to how there are hundreds of fossils tucked away in the base. Even if you don’t enter the Campanile, you can still hear the bells being played by students, and that alone often makes me smile! Continue reading

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A Week at I-House

International House is, in my humble opinion, the best residence for students attending UC Berkeley. The location, view, and amenities are fantastic, and the people are, of course, wonderful. Below is how my typical week at I-House plays out. Let us know in the comments below what your week is like. Happy spring, everyone!


this room has such good acoustics – perfect for blasting workout music!

After waking up and grabbing a tea or coffee from the dining commons, I rush off to campus. My day is full of classes, lab, and work, but I come back in time for dinner with some friends. After chatting about cultural differences and our weekend plans, I excuse myself and make my way to the Chevron Auditorium. On Mondays, from 7-8 pm, there is a free yoga class for residents, and from 8-9 pm, there is a free Zumba class. After a long day, some physical exercise is very welcome, and the instructors are very kind and funny!

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I-House Times Newsletter: Cultivating Community

Dear I-House alumni and friends,

We hope that you enjoy the latest I-House Times newsletter featuring stories about the residential experience and our endeavors to cultivate community.

I-House Times Spring 2019In This Issue:

  • Executive Director Hans Giesecke’s Message: Aspiring Towards a More Welcoming Community
  • Meet Bill Howley, Director of Philanthropy
  • May 9th Gala to honor Baroness Oona King (IH 1989-90)
  • Preparing Leaders of the Future
  • The Resident Experience Working Group
  • Harry Edmonds’ Lasting Legacy and That “I-House Magic”
  • The Golden Age of International House Shines On
  • Honor Roll of Donors
  • Back to Berkeley, Global Gatherings, Alumni News & Notes
  • and much more!
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Calling All Alumni!

Stay in TouchIt is our goal to celebrate the lives and achievements of our alumni and the contributions they have made and continue to make in the world. Please help us to update our records and locate lost alumni. If you have moved, changed email or mailing addresses, or want to give us an exciting update, please let us know by filling out this brief contact update form.

By sharing this email with your I-House friends, you are helping to extend our reach and to keep the I-House connection alive! Continue reading

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Big Thanks; May 9th Gala to Honor Baroness Oona King; Join us for CalDay on April 13th

I-House Resident Council 2019 I-House Resident Council Spring 2019 – * see below for names

Dear Alumni and friends,

Thank you to all who participated in this year’s Big Give for International House on Thursday, March 14th! You truly helped I-House “seize the moment” and made a big difference in the lives of our residents.

By exceeding the ambitious goal of 150 gifts and ending the day with 175 gifts, we received $3,000 in matching challenge funds from our I-House Big Match donors. Thanks to the efforts of resident volunteers and the I-House Resident Council (pictured above), we received a record number of gifts from current residents.

I-House won an additional $4,000 campus prize in the Raising the Bar challenge because of the impressive increase over last year’s 104 gifts.

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Happy Big Give Day! Help I-House reach goal of 150 gifts

Dear I-House friends,

Today’s the day! Help us reach our matching challenge goals by making a gift now. If you already made a gift, we thank you!  All gifts to I-House during the Big Give make an even greater impact. If we make our goal of 150 gifts, I-House will receive an additional $3,000 because of our challenge match. Help us get there by making a gift to I-House at ihouse.berkeley.edu/biggive2019 by 9 pm PST tonight. Check our progress on the Big Give Leaderboards.

Why should you support I-House? Let’s hear from our residents, who collaborated on this video highlighting the friendship, discovery, conversation, and magic that happen here every day. It’s an interpretation of a familiar song. We hope you enjoy “The Rainbow Connection, I-House Style.”

We think the residents did a great job. If you agree, please give it a “Thumbs Up” and share it with your networks! Forward this email to friends, and share the I-House love!

As a reminder, here are more ways you can participate in the Big Give:

  1. Make a gift of $10 or more to I-House until 9 pm PST on March 14th at ihouse.berkeley.edu/biggive2019.
  2. Post on Twitter or Instagram: “I ❤ Cal because ________. #CalBigGive #InternationalHouse”
    Just fill in the blank. The most inspirational post all day wins!
  3. Check the Big Countdown Contests and pick your favorite one to participate in: biggive.berkeley.edu/social

For more ways to participate, see ihouse.berkeley.edu/biggive

Big thanks for all of your support! ♥

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Big Give is on! Make a gift and check out the contests to help I-House make a greater impact

Big Give for I-House

Dear Friends,

UC Berkeley’s Big Give, a 24-hour online fundraising blitz starts now! Your online gift will go a long way to help us reach our goal of 150 gifts in 24 hours. International gifts made now through 6 a.m. will increase our odds to win an additional $1,500 for I-House for the random international donor contest in the Big Countdown! So, whatever time zone you are in, make a gift to I-House at ihouse.berkeley.edu/biggive2019.

If you already made a gift, we thank you! Your support will benefit The Fund for I-House, a valuable resource that provides for life-changing scholarships, inspirational programming, and preservation of our historic home.

As a reminder, here are a few ways you can participate in the Big Give:

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Our residents challenge you to participate in Big Give

Dear Friends,

Big Give is on Thursday, March 14th. Below are the ways you can help I-House, starting with sharing the video below.

We are in the final countdown for UC Berkeley’s Big Give, a 24-hour online fundraising blitz. Last year, I-House had 104 gifts (an I-House record) during the Big Give. We are grateful for the outpouring of support. Let’s aim higher in 2019. If we make our goal of 150 gifts, I-House will receive an additional $3,000 from generous I-House donors!

I-House residents created a Big Give video to show that helping I-House is as easy as pie!

Our current residents challenge you to participate! Give the video a “Thumbs Up” and share with your networks.

Ways to participate on Big Give Day:

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