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IH Notable Alumni Return to Campus

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I-House takes great pride in the many remarkable alumni that have benefitted from and contributed to our community as residents, some of whom have later emerged as world leaders in business, government, science and the arts. Spring 2012 brought three notable alumni back to Berkeley:


Eric SchmidtEric Schmidt (IH 1976-80) was recognized by the California Alumni Association as 2012 Alumnus of the Year. Of his days at UC Berkeley, Schmidt recalls he was "a very nerdy student," but clearly his Cal experiences in the computer science program and at I-House contributed to the skills he brought over the last decade to Google as CEO and now Executive Chairman of the company. "You never know when you go to school how well you'll do, or what will happen after. One of the great things about Berkeley is that it puts together some of the smartest people in the world in interesting and odd ways – and magic happens."


California Governor Jerry Brown (IH 1960-61) California Governor Jerry Brown (IH 1960-61) visited on March 9, 2012 in conjunction with the Anthropology in the World Symposium honoring Dr. Laura Nader. Brown admired the I-House Hall of History and reviewed the Notable Alumni section, where Governor Brown's name is featured among many prominent alumni holding political office. Jerry Brown is currently the 39th Governor of California, having previously served as 34th. IH staff recall that during Jerry's residency, his father Pat Brown, then California's 32nd Governor, would occasionally visit his son to the surprise and delight of fellow residents.

Yoshi Akiba (IH 1972)

Yoshi Akiba (IH 1972), celebrated SF and Oakland Jazz Club owner and restaurateur, spoke and danced for an enthusiastic audience who gathered March 7, 2012 to enjoy her presentation on Bridging Cultures in Business, Art, and Life. "I was an orphan," said Yoshi, "I never imagined my life path this way." Ms. Akiba, together with her husband, Gengo, a Zen priest, offer schools and the general public free meditation instruction and Japanese cultural presentations from their Oakland home. She says of I-House, "it is a very special place that brings many different wonderful people together, which is why I stay connected." Yoshi Akiba presently serves on the I-House Board of Directors.


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