The I-House Connection: July 2023

July 2023 I-House Connection
July 13, 2023

Dear Alumni and Friends,

 In this issue of the I-House Connection, I am pleased to introduce and welcome Henry Park, Vice President of Hospitality Services. 

As all of our staff teams are busy planning activities for the upcoming academic year, Resident Assistants are making some memorable moments here for our summer session residents.  I hope that you enjoy the “Summer Shorts” series by Carina Samson, Global Community Ambassador, which captures some of these moments.

In another fun summer activity, I’m happy to share some of the fine pictures taken by photo contest winner, resident Leon Puah. 

We are almost at capacity with only a few available spaces remaining for the All Years Alumni Reunion at I-House on August 6 – please register today if you are planning on attending. 


Shaun Carver, I-House Executive Director

Shaun R. Carver Ed.D., MBA 
Executive Director and CEO
International House at UC Berkeley

Henry Park, Vice President, Hospitality Services

Henry ParkHenry Park joined I-House in July 2023 as Vice President of Hospitality Services. He has lived in the SF Bay Area and has worked in the hospitality business for over 25 years. He has had the opportunity to help open 33 new locations all over the U.S. for well-known brands such as The Cheesecake Factory, Earthbar, and Chipotle Mexican Grill.  Henry has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from UC Berkeley and a master's certificate in Executive Leadership from Cornell. When not at work, Henry enjoys spending time with his wife and daughters, and golf and tennis with friends.  

Sharing meals is an integral part of the International House experience. While serving an average of 1,100 meals daily to some 600 I-House residents, external customers, and guests, the primary focus of the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Dining Commons is to provide a healthy and convivial dining environment and encourage a strong sense of community among a highly diverse resident body through the sharing of meals together. The VP of Hospitality Services is also responsible for Catering & Events and the edmonds' Café.

Henry remembers walking by International House every day to and from class while a student at Cal.  He often took refuge in the café at I-House for a coffee and pastry, while getting some studying in away from the “ruckus of his dorm room.” 

Summertime Fun

While the Resident Life team is busy planning activities for the upcoming academic year, Resident Assistants are making some memorable moments here for our summer session residents.

Summer Shorts
Enjoy these one-minute videos of recent field trips to San Francisco.
For the 4th of July, residents enjoyed a beautiful fireworks display at the Fisherman’s Wharf Pier 39 in San Francisco to celebrate this American holiday. Watch video.

A day out in Golden Gate Park, which happened to be the one sunny day in San Francisco in months! Residents enjoyed visits to the SF Botanical Garden, the DeYoung Museum, and Ocean Beach, as well as learned how to be more comfortable with traveling around the Bay Area. Watch video.

Summer Photo Contest
Congratulations to our first winner, Leon Puah! Leon submitted amazing shots of his first week living in I-House this summer, winning one of our I-House mugs as his contest prize. Leon is a visiting scholar from Singapore, studying for his Bachelor of Engineering (BEng).

Summer photo contest #1 winner: Leon Puah shown at the patio fountain

 Leon managed to capture the famous cable car shot!  Street photography 4-Mile Laser Display for SF Pride.

Photo 1: Leon managed to capture the famous cable car shot!

Photo 2: Street photography 4-Mile Laser Display for SF Pride.

Join us for Brunch at I-House on August 6, 2023

International House All Years Alumni Reunion

We are looking forward to seeing many I-House alumni and their families at the upcoming I-House All Years Alumni Reunion.
If you have yet to purchase your ticket, there’s still time! 

Sunday, August 6, 2023 

9:30 am – 2:00 pm in the I-House Dining Commons 

Cost: $20/person 

We are collecting photos of I-House through the decades to share in a slideshow at the reunion!
Please use this form to upload your photos.

Visit our registration site to learn more and reserve your seat by July 23, 2023. If you have questions, please contact us at or (510)642-4128. 

Graphic by Shigeru Kojima (IH 1980-84) 

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