Posts Tagged ‘Berkeley’

LSI Berkeley Student Returns to Visit School After 23 Years

Friday, July 31st, 2009

MadeleineMadeleine Walder from Zurich, Switzerland studied a Cambridge course at LSI Berkeley 23 years ago from April to June 1986. Today, she came back into the school with her young daughter, Jennifer and Louise Hendry. Louise was Madeleine’s homestay mother during her stay. They have been in regular contact since then and are still good friends to this day.

Madeleine is also still in contact with friends that she made at LSI Berkeley. When she stopped by the school, she was on her way to visit her old LSI class friend who had married an American and moved to Alameda, California.

LSI Berkeley Students’ Cultural Exchange with High School Students

Friday, June 5th, 2009

brazilians-and-judoThe Berkeley High School Judo Program and LSI, with the help of  Brazilian Senseis Newton Casemiro,  American Dan Augustine,  found a very nice way to teach and learn about  American, Brazilian and Japanese cultures.

LSI  Berkeley students participated in judo lessons and taught American high school students about Brazilian disco dancing and typical food, as well as Japanese origami, sushi and many other interesting cultural activities. It was a great experience for both our LSI students and Berkeley High School.

A Farewell Message from a Valued LSI Colleague

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Helen Davaran, school director at LSI Berkeley, will be leaving us after 27 wonderful years at LSI. Helen wanted to send the following message to her many friends and colleagues at LSI.

Helen Davaran

Helen Davaran

“I am writing to tell you that I will be stepping down from my position as Director of LSI Berkeley at the end of April. I will continue working on some projects for LSI from home on a part-time basis until the end of the year.

When I began at LSI Berkeley, in February 1982, I could never have imagined that I would have remained for 27 years. I thought it would be a temporary assignment, and my husband and I would return to our life and teaching in Iran, where we had lived for almost 7 years, prior to and following the Iranian revolution; I actually lived very close to the American Embassy throughout most of the American hostage crises, which was quite an exciting time. Obviously we never returned there and stayed on in Berkeley.

Time really does fly! When I first arrived at LSI, Berkeley was the only LSI school in the USA. I have had the opportunity to be involved in the growth and development of the USA schools with San Diego opening in1989, followed by Boston and New York. As some of you may recall, we also organized and operated very successful summertime programs on various college campuses in Florida, Los Angeles, as well as in New York City in those early years. Additionally LSI itself has grown worldwide and become internationally recognized and accredited.

I want to thank all of you whom I have worked with; while I will miss the daily interaction with my colleagues, as well as with our wonderful students and agents, I am looking forward to taking it easy and enjoying some free time. Hopefully I will have the opportunity to travel and perhaps visit with some of you in the future.

Again, a big thank you to all of you, and please feel free to keep in touch with me. I would love to hear from you.”

As a parting farewell , LSI Berkeley held a party for Helen. Why not see how the party went by viewing our YouTube video.