Big Week at Korbel

This week the Josef Korbel School of International Studies gave a warm welcome home to one of our most prestigious alumnae, Condoleeza Rice! Dr. Rice was back at her alma mater to attend several exciting events.

Monday, Dr. Rice visited campus and participated in a keynote conversation that was open to Korbel students and faculty. I was able to attend the talk with several of my friends and we enjoyed getting to know the former U.S. Secretary of State a little bit better through her encouragement and outlook on the future. At the conclusion of the event, the floor opened up to current students to ask questions and address Rice personally. Later that evening, she was the keynote speaker at the annual Korbel Dinner. Along with our current Dean Christopher Hill – former Ambassador to Iraq – they welcomed nearly 1,000 guests to the event. They touched on a variety of topics including immigration, celebrating Korbel’s 50th, the Middle East, and even Rice’s future as the NFL commissioner. All joking aside, it was a great evening enjoyed by many!

Tuesday was another grand event. At 8 o’clock in the morning, Korbel faculty, students, alumni and friends gathered outside of Ben Cherrington Hall to mark a new era in the history of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies. The ceremonial groundbreaking on the Anna and John J. Sie International Relations Complex was well-attended, and despite being so early in the morning you, could still feel the excitement in the air. The new building will be a five-story, 26,000 square foot addition to the existing Korbel School and I am so thrilled that I will at least be able to spend my last quarter there in Spring 2016. The Complex is possible due to yet another very generous donation by John and Anna Sie, the wonderful people who made our Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy possible too!

To read more about the groundbreaking and the Anna and John J. Sie International Relations Complex, click here,or if you want to know more about Dr. Rice’s visits you can watch this video!

Hannah Oak

First Year Global Finance, Trade and Economic Integration student.

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