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Room Named to Honor I-House Alumnus Professor Rangaiya Rao Kindnesses Multiplied: Cal Matching Gift Programs Maximize Impact The Campaign for Berkeley has introduced several opportunities that expand donor gifts through matching funds. All hold promise to mutually benefit the Cal donor, I-House, and IH residents. Graduate Divison Match A 3% payout match for endowments that benefit Cal graduate students with tuition and/or room and board awards. Endowment earnings over 3% are reinvested. Minima is $50K. Gifts for Berkeley's Future (Bill and Grace Ford Bequest) A $3M bequest will provide 30 contributors of $100,000 to double their endowment size with a dollar for dollar match. Endowments must specify tuition or living expenses for undergraduate students. A small gathering of friends and family is anticipated this fall to celebrate the naming of an I-House resident room in honor of the late Professor Rangaiya Rao. Born in Bangalore, India to a family of 5 brothers and 3 sisters, Rangaiya distinguished himself by earning 1st rank in his B.Sc. examination among 60,000 candidates in Mysore State. After studies at the Indian Institute of Science and Central Electronics Engineering Research Institute in India, he came to UC Berkeley and International House in 1959, where he earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering. His teaching career at San Jose State University spanned three decades and included visiting professor appointments at Stanford and Kyoto University in Japan. His wife, Dr. Sarala Rao of Los Altos Hills recalls that "Rangaiya loved his memories of International House, and, after many years teaching and advising undergraduate and graduate students, he understood deeply how the lessons of I-House make a difference in the lives of young people. I hope future residents of his room will appreciate his life story and enjoy many friendships, as he did, that extend beyond cultural boundaries and endure a lifetime." Professor Rao is also missed and remembered by daughter Gowri Grewal, son-in-law Paul Grewal, and grandchildren Calvin & Sarina Grewal, all of Palo Alto, and many family members in India. 8 International House Times Irving Tragen (IH 1943-47) has also pledged a partial room and board award at I-House in honor of his late wife, Eleanor, who he met and courted at I-House prior to their more than 57 years together (including many years in South America in conjunction with Irv's distinguished diplomatic service.) A Boalt grad and supporter, the 2013 recipient of the I-House award will be the Tragen Fellowship Recipient at Boalt. I-House is collaborating with Boalt and Irving to assess if matching funds might help extend this new pairing of I-House aid for the Tragen fellow to 2014 and beyond. New Alumni Challenge Even modest gifts add up! To encourage new Cal alumni to begin a tradition of giving back to their alma mater, this program multiplies gifts of all sizes (up to $1,000 per donor) from those receiving degrees in 2013 or in the last five years. Details on matching gifts and naming opportunities are online at or call (510) 642-4128. Through the Grad Division Match and with the Osher Foundation's blessing, $100,000 of a prior emergency loan fund has been re-purposed for room and board aid for students with need, generating a $6K annual award ($3K earnings and $3K match)! Dick and Beaney Wezelman, friends to I-House and long time Berkeley-based importers of African arts (a business launched after Beaney's Peace Corps Service in northern Ethiopia), have established a Cal tuition endowment matched by the Graduate Division: The Wezelman Fellowship. Happily, they recently also committed a one year full room and board award to I-House to support a student from among the many countries where they import ethnic arts to benefit in 2013-14 from all that Cal and I-House have to offer. Thank you, Wezelmans!

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