Berdahl, Kingston, and Gidwani Honored at 16 th Annual I-House Gala

More than 250 people gathered for the 16 th Annual International House Celebration and Awards Gala on April 8 th , 2004, honoring Chancellor Robert Berdahl, Maxine Hong Kingston, and Jawahar Gidwani (see profiles below). Guests were met with a red-carpet welcome and greeted by resident volunteer hosts and hostesses wearing traditional festive clothing from all over the world. Student performances included a dramatic Chinese Lion Dance, a jazz vocal and piano solo, rhythmic Indian dance, silent martial arts Wushu sword-dance, and fiery salsa couples dance. This spectacular night represents the most important fundraising event of the year - typically raising over $70,000 for the Annual Fund which supports basic operations including building maintenance, programs, and financial aid. The 2004 event was described by former staff member and volunteer performance coordinator, Vangie Buell, as "An energetic mix of people and cultures - a real tribute to what I-House is all about." 2004 Honorees included:

Chancellor Robert M. Berdahl
celebrated for his leadership to I-House and Cal

Chancellor Robert M. Berdahl
Retiring from UC Berkeley this spring after eight years leading the nation's top-ranked public university, Dr. Berdahl is widely recognized for his achievements both at Cal and as President of the International House Board. An author and noted historian, Dr. Berdahl is an accomplished proponent of building a strong sense of community amidst diversity. His tenure at both I-House and Cal have been marked by dramatic progress in addressing critical seismic and infrastructure upgrades. Dr. Berdahl was honored for his many contributions to both the campus and the International House communities, and in particular, for his efforts to promote cross-cultural understanding.


Maxine-Hong Kingston
The renowned author was recognized for literary contributions to promoting cross-cultural understanding.

Maxine Hong Kingston
Author and poet Maxine Hong Kingston has received wide acclaim and multiple honors for her memoirs and fiction, including The Woman Warrior, China Men, Tripmaster Monkey, and Hawai'i One Summer. Kingston's most recent book, The Fifth Book of Peace , was published by Knopf in September 2003. A Senior Lecturer for Creative Writing at the University of California, Berkeley, Ms. Kingston is retiring from Cal this spring. International House was honored to recognize her for her literary contributions to promoting cross-cultural understanding.


Jawahar Gidwani
2004 I-House Alumnus of the Year

Jawahar Gidwani
Founding Chairman and CEO of NeoKismet, L.L.C, a nano-electro-cells company, and karma2go, L.L.C., a company whose projects include a seismic retrofit study of the Golden Gate Bridge, Mr. Gidwani was a resident of I-House from 1973 to 1976. While at I-House, he served as Chair of the Resident Council and met his wife Catherina Paolino. A member of the I-House Board since 1993, Mr. Gidwani has served as Chair of the Executive Committee and Vice-President of the Board for the last four years. International House was delighted to recognize him as 2004 Alumnus of the Year.

Past gala honorees have include Harry Belafonte, Arun Sarin, Elizabeth Farnsworth, and Ted Turner, among many others. For more information about the 2004 gala or any of I-House's upcoming campaign events, please contact the Office of Development & Alumni Relations.

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