The I-House Connection: October 2022

October 2022 I-House Connection
October 20, 2022

Dear Alumni and Friends,

In this issue of the I-House Connection, on behalf of Roxanne Pifer, Director of Admissions and Housing Operations, I’m pleased to invite you to spread the word that our Spring Housing and Scholarship Applications are now open! 

In the last issue, we featured our new cohort of Resident Assistants, and we are now excited to welcome a new cohort of Program Assistants.

For those in the New York area next week, you may wish to join Carol T. Christ, UC Berkeley Chancellor, and Margie Ryan, I-House Assistant Director of Philanthropy at Discover Cal New York on Wednesday, October 26, 2022, for a reception, lecture, and discussion.

Also in this issue, I-House bids farewell and congratulations to Tim Lynch after 22 years as a career staff member at International House. 

Finally, I’d like to invite you to join and participate in our vibrant community of alumni and residents on I-House Berkeley Connect if you haven’t done so already.


Shaun Carver, I-House Executive Director

Shaun R. Carver
Executive Director
International House at UC Berkeley

Spring 2023 Housing and Scholarship Applications Now Open

Fall residents

As many of you know, International House offers a once-in-a-lifetime intercultural living opportunity with the best mix of conveniences, entertainment, and social activities of any student residence. Our goal in the resident selection process is to admit students who want to be active members of the I-House community and want to help perpetuate our mission when they leave UC Berkeley as change-makers for a more just and peaceful world. If you know someone who would be a good fit to live at I-House, please share this page or forward this email to them.

I-House offers partial room and board financial aid/scholarships to eligible UC Berkeley applicants with demonstrated financial need.  Learn more at:

For questions, contact the I-House Admissions Office,

Meet the 2022-23 Program Assistants

We are pleased to introduce the 2022-23 Program Assistants (PAs)! A vital part of the Center for Intercultural Leadership & Programs team, PAs plan and coordinate signature events and vibrant cultural programs. They also support resident-initiated activities that aim to build community and bring residents together.

2022-2023 Program Assistants

2022-23 Program Assistants:
Back Row (L to R): Jennifer Saarkwaah, Srianusha Thotakura, Francesca Maria Greco, Zhongpu Diao, Kanwar Shahbaz Singh Dhindsa
Front Row (Center to R): Emmanuelle Samama,Alize Jean,Yaa Fremah Sarkodie
Not pictured: Daphne Collombel and Yi Wu

Learn more about this year’s PAs and read their bios at:

Discover Cal New York City
Wednesday, October 26, 2022

For those in the New York area, reconnect with Cal — in person — and learn about the cutting edge from the perspective of the world’s most prestigious public university. Join Chancellor Carol T. Christ for a lecture by special guest Nikki Jones, H. Michael and Jeanne Williams Professor and Department Chair of the African American Studies Department.

Margie Ryan, Assistant Director of PhilanthropyMargie Ryan (IH 1992-93) Assistant Director of Philanthropy will be there and looks forward to meeting I-House Berkeley alumni and friends in New York. 

6:30–7:30 p.m. Reception
7:30–8:30 p.m. Lecture and discussion
Castell Rooftop
AC Hotel, 260 W 40th St, New York, NY 10018

$35 for pre-registration; $45 at the door.

Discover Cal
Register first, then let us know you're attending by emailing

Farewell and Thanks to Tim Lynch!

By Cristina Rudden, Catering and Events Manager

As you may have already heard, after 22 as a career staff member at International House, Tim Lynch has accepted a new position as General Manager of the campus radio station, KALX. As part of his new role, Tim will also serve as part of the leadership team for Academic Technology in the campus’ Research, Teaching, and Learning (RTL) division. This is a great opportunity for him, but he will be sorely missed. 

Tim started as a student AV tech and then became a full-time career staff member in November 2000. Besides managing events in our public rooms, Tim has had his hands in many aspects of I-House operations over the years. From participating in the building Emergency Planning committee and serving as the building Safety Coordinator, to overseeing all internal and external AV/production services (including shooting and editing videos for our Communications team), keeping our audio-visual equipment and capabilities current, managing countless numbers of student workers over the years, and more, Tim has worn many hats in this building. 

Cristina Rudden presented Tim with heartfelt farewell wishes from I-House staff
Cristina Rudden presented Tim with heartfelt farewell wishes from I-House staff


Join our vibrant community of nearly 2,000 alumni, current residents, and staff. We encourage participation in this online global community at, where you can:

  • Connect with another member via video chat or direct message;
  • Browse the Alumni Directory and connect with I-House friends;
  • Post or browse job opportunities;
  • Offer mentoring or find a mentor;
  • List your business or passion project in the Business Hub;
  • Read Shaun Carver's Friday posts to stay in the know!

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