International memories will flow
September 20, 2016
Students from all eras of International House residents will be part of the 25th-anniversary celebration.
Voices from IUPUI's global past will reunite Sept. 24 to share memories of their days living in International House at a 25th-anniversary celebration of the campus residential facility, affectionately known to many as I-House.
About 100 past and present I-House residents are expected to attend the reunion celebration, which includes a reception on the Downtown Canal as part of Regatta race day. Additionally, an open house will take place Thursday, Sept. 22, at 4 p.m. in the Walker Conference Room in Riverwalk Apartments.
The event is meant to attract the more than 1,000 international students who have called I-House their campus home, but the event isn't only for the students from other lands.
Just ask Devi Neelakantan, a Filipino-Indian who lived at I-House last year. In her time there, she had two roommates from Indiana and two from Japan and India.
"I-House is like a mini United Nations at IUPUI," Neelakantan said. "There is so much diversity, including from within the U.S. itself. Having roommates from Evansville and Hammond, Ind., was a great opportunity for us all to learn from each other and unite in the center of the state."
Ujjal Basu Roy is from India and lived at I-House from 2002 to 2004. He studied economics at IUPUI, attended Johns Hopkins University and now works in finance in New York City. Roy won't be able to make it back to Indianapolis for the celebration, but he sent photos of his time at IUPUI to the Office of International Affairs to help celebrate the milestone.
Students from a wide range of countries have lived in I-House in its various locations, including this group at Riverpointe Apartments.
One of his photos showed "the last I-House at Riverpointe Apartments before it moved to the new (at the time) on-campus location," Roy wrote. "I can't believe it has been more than a decade. It was nice to go back to these pictures -- I hadn't seen them in years. Fun days!"
International House has hosted students from more than 100 countries during its history, said Jill Jean-Baptiste, OIA's international programming manager. "We can truly say that half the world has had students who have lived here," she added. "We are excited to welcome back anyone who can join us, who still feel passionate about how I-House impacted their world and their time at IUPUI."
Those who attend Regatta will have an extra incentive, too: I-House will have two teams competing in this year's race.
"We'll all be supporting our global teams of paddlers, including returning I-House residents who join the cheering," said Deb Neary, the International Affairs manager of international information and communication.
This 2002 photo illustrates the many national flags that represent the U.S. as the host country and the colors of the nations that the students call home.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS