International House will celebrate its 75th Anniversary during the 2005-'06 academic year. What celebratory activities would you enjoy? A reunion Sunday Supper, a reception, gatherings in other places? And when? Near the winter holidays, at Homecoming in the fall, in the summer when I-House rooms are available?
Please send your suggestions to Joe Lurie at International House or to ihalumni@uclink.
Preparations for 75 th Anniversary Campaign Are Underway
Following intensive research and planning, the International House Board of Directors launched the "quiet phase" of a multi-million dollar fundraising campaign linked to the upcoming 75 th Anniversary Celebration of International House in 2005-2006. Campaign Planning Co-Chairs, Arthur Strock and Dick Palmer, confirm that initial contributions are already coming in to help meet the pressing financial needs of the House.
| Dick Palmr (left) and Arthur Strock are co-chairmen of the Planning Committee for the 75th Anniversary Campaign
Says Palmer, "At a time when charitable giving has decreased for many non-profit organizations nationally, institutions such as International House rely on their closest supporters for the means to address ongoing challenges. At International House, this means ensuring financial aid to make the I-House experience accessible to those who otherwise could not afford it. It also means restoring and preserving our 73-yar-old building, strengthening our intercultural programs, and utilizing technology appropriately in service to our mission."
While some of these themes have been included in each major House anniversary, a feature of the upcoming campaign will be the variety of novel naming and donor recognition opportunities for contributors. Strock has initiated surveys of alumni to gauge interest in naming individual student rooms and a "buy-a-brick" campaign is being researched. "The House has been such a special place to so many - we feel confident that a great number of alumni will want to leave their mark, so to speak, through a naming opportunity that also helps future students enjoy the kind of rich intercultural experience that was enjoyed by my father in 1930 and me in 1966 when living in International House."
Special reunion events, including the Taiwan, Province of China gathering in January, 2003, and the recent June luncheon at UNESCO in Paris, are helping to raise awareness of the upcoming campaign among alumni and friends and to collect ideas on how best to honor the anniversary year. Additional gatherings are planned in Southern California in early October, with more to come at locations in the U.S. and around the world.
The University's Graduate Division has signaled its early support of anniversary planning by confirming a generous match of free tuition and fees for each endowed room and board scholarship secured by International House as part of the campaign (see article above). Suggestions and inquiries regarding the anniversary celebration and campaign are welcomed and may be directed to Shanti Corrigan, Director of Development and Alumni Relations, at (510) 642-0124 or firstname.lastname@example.org.