The I-House Connection: November 2023

November 8, 2023

Dear I-House Community,

As a member of the I-House Global Community, you know that the future of the world will be driven in large part by the ability of China and the United States to strive for a shared vision of peace, prosperity, and mutual interest.  If you haven’t yet registered for tomorrow’s Executive Director’s Lodestar Speakers Series “China-US Futures:  Pathways to Peaceful Coexistence" event made possible by Chevron, there is still time and limited space available. I invite you to check out the selection of books featured below authored by our distinguished speakers. I encourage you to come for the hosted reception and panel discussion, and stay for the quarterly alumni and friends happy hour!

One of the true pleasures of my role as Executive Director is celebrating the achievements of alumni!  Recently, Dr. Ajit (IH 1967-71) and Mrs. Marjorie (Moy) (IH 1968-69) Sabnis came to visit on the occasion of their being inducted into the prestigious “Builders of Berkeley” by Chancellor Carol Christ.

In this issue of the IH Connection, I am also pleased to highlight the Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, Melinda Jeger, and the opening of applications for Summer 2024 Residency coming on November 15th

I also encourage you to register for the upcoming Resident Benefit Concert to be held on November 15th with proceeds going to a worthy not-for-profit chosen by our current Residents.


Shaun Carver, I-House Executive Director

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

Join Us Tomorrow for a discussion about China - US Futures

Please join us for China-US Futures: Pathways to Peaceful Coexistence, part of the Executive Director's Lodestar Speakers Series, made possible through the generous support of Chevron Corporation. 

Thursday, November 9, 2023, 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. PST 

  • 4:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. Hosted Reception in Chevron Auditorium 

  • 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. Speakers Panel in Chevron Auditorium and live-streamed online 

  • 6 - 7 p.m. Happy Hour at Edmonds Café. Registered attendees will receive a free drink. 

Please register here to attend this event in person or online.  

We hope you can join us for this important conversation! 

Panelists Books

Congratulations to Ajit and Marjie Sabnis!

The University of California, Berkeley’s leading benefactors - since its founding in 1868 - are recognized as Builders of Berkeley.  Joining a very select group of illustrious I-House alumni and friends, Ajit and Marjie Sabnis were honored and inducted recently as members of the 2023 Builders of Berkeley at a ceremony with Chancellor Christ and I-House ED Shaun Carver.
Builders of Berkeley
Dr. Ajit (IH 1967-71) and Mrs. Marjorie (Moy) (IH 1968-69) Sabnis with Executive Director Shaun Carver at the 2023 Builders of Berkeley Ceremony
Ajit and Marjie visited I-House with Marjie’s sister, Ellen Moy and her husband Dr. Robert Crooks.  During their visit, the two inaugural awardees of the Dr. Jayanta Roy Memorial Scholarship for International House Room and Board made possible by the Sabnises, Allyson Martinez from Nicaragua, and Jia Le (“Jared”) Lim from Malaysia, joined over breakfast for a memorable opportunity to express their gratitude and to compare notes about life in I-House in the 1960’s and today!
Left to right: Allyson Martinez, Ellen Moy, Robert Crooks, Ajit Sabnis, Marjie Sabnis, Jia Le (“Jared”) Lim 

Melinda JegerStaff Spotlight: Melinda Jeger

Following a successful career in real estate, we have been fortunate, indeed, that Melinda joined I-House, first in managing Operations, and now as Director of Admissions and Financial Aid. In addition to accomplishing record levels of occupancy at I-House, Melinda has implemented several innovations and efficiency improvements to our Financial Aid processes. Congratulations, Melinda!  

Please join us in spreading the word that Summer 2024 housing applications open on November 15th, and that I-House welcomes groups to host their Summer programs here. More information can be found at
Summer Begins at I-House

Tax Savvy Giving

Resident Benefit Concert

Join us at International House for the Annual Resident Benefit Concert on Wednesday November 15th at 7 p.m. This event is a celebration of our residents' incredible talents and an opportunity to make a positive impact on our community.  This year, the event is in collaboration with the Afghanistan Student Association and ECCO, the Educate a Child for Change Organization, a dedicated UC Berkeley student-led nonprofit and campus student organization that is making a profound impact in California's Bay Area. All proceeds for the event will go towards supporting ECCO's mission.

ECCO's mission is to provide essential resettlement services to children, immigrant, and refugee youth, helping them thrive with university tours, mental health awareness, and college application support.

Ticket Information:
You can get your tickets through our Eventbrite page here. We encourage you to consider a minimum of $5 donation to support ECCO. This event is open to all I-House residents, staff, alumni, and the general public.

Event Details:
Date: Wednesday, November 15th, 2023
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Chevron Auditorium, International House at UC Berkeley
Reception: 9:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 

We look forward to a memorable evening with you, celebrating talent and making a positive impact on the lives of children and youth in the Bay Area. Thank you for being part of this meaningful event. See you there!

Resident Benefit Concert

Our Global Community

We invite you to join the official global community and networking platform, I-House Berkeley Connect. Our community is growing as we approach 3,000 members, including 500 + current residents. This platform is a great way to be a mentor to residents, network with I-House alumni near and far, and reconnect with your I-House friends. Additionally, alumni are eligible to post one ad in the business hub, as shown below.

Ker Gibbs book listing on the Business Hub

It 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. By participating in our global community with fellow I-House alumni, you are helping to extend our reach and keep the I-House connection alive around the world!

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Edmonds' Café Seasonal Drinks

In addition to joining us tomorrow November 9th for the Alumni and Friends Quarterly Happy Hour after the China-US Futures: Pathways to Peaceful Coexistence event, please stop by whenever you are on campus. Not only do we have Happy Hour every Thursday 5 - 9 p.m. and Friday 3 - 5 p.m. but we also have a special iced Caramel Macchiato each Wednesday from 3-5 p.m. in November! The Café will be open 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. on Veterans Day (Friday, November, 10th).

Special Edmonds Happy Hour November

 Thurs 5-9pm & Fri 3-5pm

See more café events and specials

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