The I-House Connection: September 2023

September 15, 2023

Dear I-House Community,

If you haven’t registered to attend the upcoming State of the House Address next week - in person or virtually - there is still time!  Please see the details below. Those of you who can join in person, please plan to stay for the first quarterly Alumni Happy Hour in the café immediately after the address. 

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Ernie Costello to the position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Reporting to the Executive Director and CEO of International House, Ernie will be joining us on September 29, 2023. Bill Gong will continue serving in his role as Director of Business and Finance, and on behalf of the Board and the rest of the I-House staff, I’d like to thank Bill for his commitment, dedication, and leadership. 

I hope that you’ll enjoy reading Global Community Ambassador Carina Samson’s piece Welcoming Alumni from the 1980s Back to I-House, and that you too will be able to visit us here again soon. In this issue of the I-House Connection, I also invite you to consider joining me at two upcoming alumni gatherings in Spain. And, finally, if you haven’t already, please consider joining our engagement platform at


Shaun Carver, I-House Executive Director

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

Please Join Us for the State of the House Address!

Please join us in person or virtually for the State of the House Address with Executive Director Shaun Carver. This is an opportunity for the I-House community to come together – in person and virtually – to learn about the remarkable strides we’ve taken over the past year, the state of affairs at I-House today, opportunities to engage, and our plans for the future. 

When: September 21, 2023, 4:30 – 5:00 p.m. PST
Where: In person at the Chevron Auditorium at International House or live streamed online 

Please RSVP here to let us know that you’re coming!

State of the House Address Happy Hour
September 21, 2023, from 5:00–7:00 p.m. 

If you can, please join us after the State of the House Address for conversation with fellow I-House alumni and friends, current residents, and I-House board and staff. 

When: September 21, 2023, 5:00–7:00 p.m.
Where: Edmonds Café, International House 

Welcome Ernie Costello, Chief Financial Officer

Ernie Costello

As Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Ernie will oversee all financial operations and provide strategic financial leadership to support the organization's mission. The CFO will work closely with the Executive Director and Board of Directors to develop and implement financial strategies that support the organization’s mission and goals, as well as foster the organization's growth and impact in the global community. The CFO is responsible for ensuring the organization’s financial health and sustainability and will play a pivotal role in maintaining compliance with relevant laws and regulations.
Ernie most recently served as the Senior Assistant Dean and CFO for the School of Natural Sciences at UC Merced, responsible for Finance, Instructional Lab Operations, Personnel, Faculty Support, and Research Operations. His other roles in higher education have included serving as Assistant Dean, Executive Director of Extension Ventures, and instructor at UC Berkeley Extension. His professional career prior to UC Berkeley was in Strategic Planning, Corporate Development, and Finance in the semiconductor industry with Globalfoundries, eSilicon, and Xilinx. In these roles, he led strategy processes, conducted M&A activities, facilitated internal venturing, placed corporate venture investments, and managed multi-billion-dollar capital budgeting processes.

Before his stint in the semiconductor industry, Ernie worked as a consultant creating and executing growth strategies for high technology companies such as Sun Microsystems, Hewlett-Packard, Hexcel, Loral, Etec, Macromedia, BestBuy, Intermedia, and PrimeCo. He began his career as an R&D engineer and engineering manager with Loral Space and Range Systems and Eaton/AIL Systems.    
Ernie grew up in Andover, Massachusetts.  He received undergraduate degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Duke University and received his MBA at Santa Clara University.  
When he’s outside the office, Ernie enjoys the outdoors through running, cycling, and hiking. He also loves to cook and brew beer, earning gold medals in some state and national brewing competitions. Please join me in welcoming Ernie to I-House!

Welcoming Alumni from the 1980s Back to I-House

By Carina Samson

Over the summer, I had the pleasure of giving a tour to a group of six I-House alumni who lived at I-House in the 1970s - 80s, as well as a few of their friends. I’ve given I-House tours before as a Resident Assistant, taking residents around the building and coming up with little facts and stories along the way to keep them entertained. However, during this tour, I found myself gladly taking a bit of a backseat as the alumni enthusiastically recounted their time at I-House.

They asked me if I could help them recreate a photo they took when they were residents on the staircase outside the Home Room, and I happily assisted!

Then ...

Residents on stairs in 1980

And now!
alumni on steps now

See more photos and read the full blog post

Join ED Shaun Carver at International Gatherings in Spain

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The University of California Comes to Catalonia
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Date: Tuesday 17 October 2023
Time: 8:45 p.m. CEST

UC alumni, I-House alumni, students, and friends are invited to a special evening at Cal Boter Restaurant, for an evening of traditional Catalonian food and wine. Join this community reception to catch up with your UC and I-House friends and to help welcome current UC Study Abroad students to Spain!
To learn more and purchase your ticket, go here.  

Cal event in Madrid

Tapas Night with The University of California
Location: Madrid, Spain
Date: Thursday 19 October 2023
Time: 8:30 p.m. CEST

UC alumni, I-House alumni, students and friends are invited for a night of tapas and cocktails! Join us at a traditional Basque restaurant, Orio Fuencarral, to mingle, connect and enjoy delicious food & drink.
To learn more and to purchase your ticket, go here.

The I-House community wants to hear from you!

Have you had any recent changes in the last year to share with the I-House Berkeley Connect community? Have you changed jobs, moved to a new city, or started a new degree? Having an updated profile on I-House Berkeley Connect allows you to make the most of the community experience and find connections and resources most relevant to you. We encourage you to take a few moments, log in at make sure your profile is up to date with your latest work experience or education info, willing-to-help settings, and more.

Watch this quick video (<2 minutes) to learn how to update your profile and settings. One easy way is by connecting your LinkedIn profile and syncing your work experience with your Graduway profile. Click the arrow next to your profile picture in the top-right corner, click settings, and then click "Sync" or "Resync" under LinkedIn. Look forward to seeing your updated profiles on the platform!

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Free Ad Space for Alumni

Alumni are eligible for one free promotion in our Business Hub, like the ad Sanjog Singh (IH 1995-98) submitted for Sukhi's Indian Cuisine as shown below:

Sukhi's Indian Food business hub listing

By sharing this link ( with fellow I-House alumni, you are helping to extend our reach and to keep the I-House connection alive!

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If you have moved, changed email or mailing addresses, or want to give us an exciting update, please let us know by replying to this email or by updating your profile in I-House Berkeley Connect. If you need some assistance or have any questions, we are happy to help!