Saturday & Sunday

Check back often as events will be added to the website frequently — right up until Homecoming weekend!

Bear Affair Tailgate Potluck

10/17/20 10:30 a.m.1:30 p.m.  

Since we can’t gather in person, let’s get together virtually. Whip up your favorite game-day fare, share your best foodtography, and swap tailgate recipes — a virtual potluck! Include #CalHC in your social media posts.

Do you live in the Bay Area but don’t want to cook?

Support some of these loyal campus caterers and have a meal or refreshments delivered.

ACT Catering and Event Production

Celebrate your Homecoming with one of the tailgate menus from ACT Catering!
  • Place your ORDERS NOW! — Please visit our online store.
    • All food will be cooked to enjoy at room temperature or can be reheated. ACT Catering will provide reheating instructions.
    • We are proud to let you know all that all of our packaging is plant-based and therefore zero waste.
    • Deliveries are contactless and safe.
  • Order/Cutoff dates
    • Orders can be done online or by phone at 510.654.0148. Orders must be received by Friday, October 16 by 5 p.m.
    • Delivery will be free of charge and available Saturday, October 17, 8:30 a.m.–noon within 25-mile radius.

Go Bears! Fiat Lux!

Grace Street Catering

Visit Grace Street Catering for more information.

Homecoming at Home!

Berkeley is always in our heart, and even though we can’t get together with Oski and sing “Fight for California” we can still tailgate and celebrate. Order a Homecoming Tailgate Kit from Grace Street Catering. There are a few options to satisfy your Berkeley cravings, Monkey Head anyone? Plus a few more refined offerings. Go Bears!

Slippery Fish Catering & Events

Visit Slippery Fish Catering & Events for more information.

Whether you want to make or simply plate your unforgettable meal, we have a variety of food offerings that’ll be the perfect kick-off for your 2020 Homecoming!

  • For something simple but refined, we have a Charcuterie Platter with our chef’s hand-picked artisan cheeses, high-quality cured meats with fresh Acme bread, apricot jam and more; perfect to pair with your favorite wine.
  • For the meat lovers, our Barbeque Kits will satisfy your craving! We offer two different kits for your specific tastes, such as our tender Tri-Tip in Chimichurri Marinade with potato salad, corn in a husk and more, and our flavorful Marinated Korean Kalbi Short Ribs with your favorite Korean sides such as chapchae noodles and kimchi.
  • Like seafood? Our easy-to-heat Paella Take-N-Bake is stocked with a variety of fresh seafood like Monterey calamari, clams, mussels and more, as well as seasoned meats over botan rice. Such refined flavors with zero effort - all you have to do is put it on a plate!
  • Lastly, we’re offering our popular Shogun Sushi Platter, featuring a variety of nigiri and sushi rolls made with our fresh, outsourced fish.
  • Food isn’t the only item that we’re offering! Liven up your “Homecoming” with a beautiful flower arrangement, arranged by our marvelous florist.

We look forward to catering a menu for the Cal Bears of 2020–2021!

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Cal and Craft: Calicraft on Beer, Beverages, and Innovation

10/17/20 1 p.m.1:45 p.m.  

Calicraft’s founder and CEO Blaine Landberg ’01 and brand director and brewmaster Thomas Vo talk beers, beverages, and innovation. From humble beginnings of clandestine homebrewing to presenting new beverage categories at the biggest beer festival in the world, Landberg and Vo will discuss the process of taking a passion and turning it into a business. Order a Brewer’s Select mixed pack, available for local pickup or home delivery! This mixed six pack has our newest innovation and features everything from lager to IPA to Spritzers. These beers help to illustrate the history of Calicraft as well as the future of the company.

Speaker(s): 
Blaine Landberg ’01
Founder and CEO, Calicraft


Landberg is founder and CEO of Calicraft. After graduating from UC Berkeley in 2001, Landberg started his career at Honest Tea, building the brand from the ground up to an eventual acquisition by Coca-Cola. With 21 years of beverage industry experience, Landberg founded Calicraft,an innovative adult beverage company focusing on beer first. Landberg currently resides in Walnut Creek, California.

Thomas Vo
Brand Director and Brewmaster, Calicraft


Vo is brand director and brewmaster of Calicraft. After a year-long stint at UC Berkeley as a research assistant and lab manager, Vo left Cal and started the research and development division at Calicraft. Vo is a marketing and product professional who is developing disruptive products with a modern perspective. He holds an M.B.A. from Saint Mary’s College and currently resides in Concord, California.

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BAMPFA Virtual Homecoming Open House

10/16/20  
10/17/20  
10/18/20  

Virtually tour BAMPFA’s exhibition galleries, including the stunning, abstract quilts by African-American quiltmaker Rosie Lee Tompkins; intriguing postcolonial Indian folk art; and a new tour of the Himalayan Buddhist art installation: Divine Women, Divine Wisdom. 

Virtual Tour of BAMPFA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kK869-1JAdA&feature=youtu.be

Virtual Tour — Rosie Lee Tompkins: A Retrospective: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8NL3KAA8wQ&feature=emb_title

Edo Avant Garde: https://bampfa.org/event/edo-avant-garde

Sponsored by: 
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
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Blockeley University Tour

10/16/20  
10/17/20  
10/18/20  

Take a video tour of campus in Blockeley University! Blockeley is a virtual replica of the UC Berkeley campus in the popular Minecraft video game, built by more than 100 Berkeley students. This past May, hundreds of graduating students attended a virtual, mock commencement ceremony at Blockeley. You’ll experience avatars walking through campus and see Doe Library, Sather Gate, and other iconic places in a whole new way. Let there be light. And let there be blocks!

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Cal Falcons

10/16/20  
10/17/20  
10/18/20  

Spend some time with Cal’s peregrine falcons, Annie and Grinnell. Three webcams monitor their nesting area and balcony atop the Campanile around the clock. Check out the highlights from the 2020 breeding season and Q&A sessions with the scientists studying these very famous falcons. 

Link to watch: https://calfalcons.berkeley.edu

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Now More Than Ever with Cal Performances

10/16/20  
10/17/20  
10/18/20  

Cal Performances will offer a series of eclectic and inspiring virtual performances. They serve as a reminder of the unsurpassed ability of the performing arts to express the power and potential of the human spirit.

Watch them here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLHeS7E543R0gvmkdc3R_ffIgFgrdSkfjm

Sponsored by: 
Cal Performances
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Self-Guided Campus Tour

10/16/20  
10/17/20  
10/18/20  

Take a self-guided tour using the Homecoming app through Guidebook. “Walk” the campus at your own pace and listen to campus leaders and students share information about Cal. You can do this any time throughout the weekend!

Get the free Cal Events app at guidebook.com/g/calhomecoming2020. Once you open the app, tap the menu icon in the top left corner of the screen, and select “Self-Guided Campus Tour.”

Or, if you aren’t using the mobile app, you can enjoy one of these self-guided tours from Visitor Services: visit.berkeley.edu/campus-tours/self-guided-tours.

Sponsored by: 
Visitor Services
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The Lawrence at Home

10/16/20  
10/17/20  
10/18/20  

Though its doors are temporarily closed, the Lawrence Hall of Science, UC Berkeley’s public science center, continues to offer high-quality science and math learning experiences for all. Visit the Lawrence at Home for fun engaging videos and hands-on activities you can experience without leaving your home!

Visit the Lawrence at Home: https://www.lawrencehallofscience.org/lawrence-at-home

Sponsored by: 
Lawrence Hall of Science
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The Van Houten History Tour

10/16/20  
10/17/20  
10/18/20  

Take a fun, virtual tour with revered campus historian Peter S. Van Houten ’56, M.A. ’62, Ed.D. ’73. Van Houten has developed an encyclopedic knowledge of memorable people, buildings, events, and traditions based on his 60-plus years on campus as a student and then as an administrator. Gain a special perspective and “meet” some important historical figures from Cal’s fascinating past.

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UC Berkeley Spotify Playlists

10/16/20  
10/17/20  
10/18/20  

Take a listen down memory lane with Spotify playlists curated by notable alums and the milestone reunion committees of the reunion years 1970, 1995, and 2010.

Tune in at http://bit.ly/CalOnSpotify.

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University and Jepson Herbaria Open House and Tour

10/16/20  
10/17/20  
10/18/20  

With more than 2.2 million specimens representing all plant groups from around the world, the herbaria hold the largest collection of their kind at a U.S. public university. The tour will reveal more about these delicately preserved specimens — from marine algae to California flowers — and many other plants of California.

Take the tour at https://www.youtube.com/c/JepsonHerbarium/videos.

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Visit the Hearst Museum of Anthropology

10/16/20  
10/17/20  
10/18/20  

While the Hearst Museum of Anthropology’s gallery is closed, you can take advantage of online resources for all ages to stay curious and engaged at home. Share stories about how you are using these tools with the hashtags #MuseumFromHome and #HearstFromHome. The museum’s current exhibit, Cloth that Stretches: Weaving Community Across Time and Space, explores textiles and objects as sites of cultural resilience and resistance. Did you know that UC Berkeley has over 20 museums and research collections? From rare plant species to dinosaur bones to insects, Berkeley has extensive collections of art, artifacts, and biological and physical objects as well as a hands-on science center. Learn about exciting behind-the-scenes opportunities for students from staff at these institutions with Museums of Berkeley: Opportunities for Student Research, Employment, and Learning.

Explore the Hearst from Home at http://hearstmuseum.berkeley.edu/hearst-from-home.

Learn about Cloth that Stretches: Weaving Community Across Time and Space at http://hearstmuseum.berkeley.edu/exhibit/cloth-that-stretches.

Watch Museums of Berkeley: Opportunities for Student Research, Employment, and Learning at https://youtu.be/yc6oNgvyLIM.

Sponsored by: 
Hearst Museum of Anthropology
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Zooming In: Conversations from the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

10/17/20  

Curators Francesco Spagnolo and Shir Kochavi present observations and connections emerging from the holdings of UC Berkeley’s Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, one of the largest Jewish museum collections in the world. Throughout the series, guests will join them to explore Jewish art and culture, one object at a time. This program will feature discussions on prayers shawls, Karaite Jews, and subversive rituals with artist Nicki Green.

Join the event at: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJuIhK91M_76A2crRPRAWg3x32iOqCL-A

Sponsored by: 
The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life
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Saturday Social Media Contests

10/17/20 8 a.m.12 p.m.  
10/17/20 12 p.m.3:30 p.m.  

Show your Cal pride, and participate in our social media contests this year during Reunion and Parents Weekend at Homecoming. Each social media post gives you a chance to win. One winner will be selected per contest each day and will receive a special prize. Be creative!

  • Saturday, 8 a.m.–noon
    • Share a photo or video of you in Cal gear on Instagram, Twitter, or upload.
    • Tag #CalHC in your post.
    • The most creative post wins.
  • Saturday, noon–3:30 p.m.
    • Fill in the sentence: “I love Cal because ___.” and post with a favorite Cal photo or video on Instagram, Twitter, or upload.
    • Tag #CalHC in your post.
    • The most inspirational post wins.
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Virtual Homecoming Headquarters

10/16/20 9 a.m.7 p.m.  
10/17/20 8 a.m.4 p.m.  
10/18/20 9 a.m.4 p.m.  

Have questions? Need tech support? This is the place! Pop in and plan each day with the help of Cal staff and students.

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Engineering Homecoming Kickoff

10/17/20 9 a.m.10 a.m.  

Engineering alums, students, parents, and friends are invited to join us for an informal conversation with our college deans, student advisers, and fellow members of the Berkeley Engineering community. We hope to see you!

Sponsored by: 
College of Engineering
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Sharing Wisdom Across Generations

10/17/20 9:30 a.m.3 p.m.  

This is an annual event in which Chicanx Latinx alums and students share stories and wisdom from their own academic and professional journeys. Workshops led by alums are organized by profession and industry for current students.

Join this event at http://tinyurl.com/SharingWisdom2020

Speaker(s): 
David Hayes-Bautista ’70
Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Director, Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA


Hayes-Bautista’s research into Latino health and culture, including the Latino Epidemiological Paradox and Latinos’ historical presence in the United States has led him to study the links between culture, behavior, and health as detailed in his books, including El Cinco de Mayo: An American Tradition (University of California Press, 2012) and La Nueva California: Latinos from Pioneers to Post Millennials (University of California Press, 2017). Hayes-Bautista writes columns for the Los Angeles Times and La Opinión and is often asked to provide opinions on radio and television in both Spanish and English.

Sponsored by: 
Chicanx Latinx Student Development Office and the UC Berkeley Chicanx Latinx Alumni Association
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CAA Scavenger Hunt for Kids

10/17/20 10 a.m.11 a.m.  

Calling all kids aged 5 to 11! Join Lair of the Golden Bear staffers for a Zoom scavenger hunt! Be ready to find treasures around your home and bring them back to share with everyone on Zoom. Some adult supervision is needed for younger children. This event is free.

Register and join the event at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1f4eqXZHgXnts1SJf3ohnvGmZJh-Y8uYN7OAMdqROSmM/.

Sponsored by: 
Cal Alumni Association
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Mediating Investor Attention

10/17/20 10 a.m.11 a.m.  

Discover how media coverage, psychological biases, and decision heuristics affect the trading of individual investors. Professor Terrance Odean outlines new research that shows individual investors tend to trade too frequently, hold onto their losing investments, and buy stocks that are in the news. Mutual fund investors pay too much attention to past returns and too little to expenses. And investors’ excitement contributes to asset pricing bubbles. Excessive trading and return chasing with too little attention to fees materially lower investment returns and welfare.

Speaker(s): 
Terrance Odean
Rudd Family Foundation Professor of Finance


Odean is an advisory editor of the Financial Planning Review, a member of the editorial advisory board for the Journal of Investment Consulting and the Russell Sage Behavioral Economics Roundtable, and is an expert panelist for the Wall Street Journal. In 2016, he received the James R. Vertin Award from the CFA Institute for his research notable for its relevance and enduring value to investment professionals.

Sponsored by: 
Haas School of Business
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Meet Dean of CED Vishaan Chakrabarti

10/17/20 10 a.m.10:45 a.m.  

Vishaan Chakrabarti, the new dean of the College of Environmental Design (CED), will discuss his vision for the school. Renee Y. Chow, chair of architecture, joins him to talk about how CED plans to continue forging new urban visions for a sustainable future. A Q&A will follow the discussion. Advance registration in Zoom will be required to attend this event. One week prior to this event, a registration link will be provided.

Speaker(s): 
Vishaan Chakrabarti
Dean, College of Environmental Design


An alum of UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design (M.Arch. ’96), Chakrabarti founded the Practice for Architecture and Urbanism in 2015. He served as director of the New York City Department of City Planning from 2002 to 2005, overseeing planning and development during the period that followed the September 11 attacks. He holds a master’s degree in city planning from MIT and dual bachelor’s degrees in art history and engineering from Cornell. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

Sponsored by: 
College of Environmental Design
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Q&A with College of Chemistry Undergraduate Dean

10/17/20 10 a.m.11:15 a.m.  

John Arnold, undergraduate dean at the College of Chemistry, will offer an update on undergraduate studies at the college and answer questions from the audience. This session will be interactive! Bring your questions, or submit them in advance by emailing CoC_relations@berkeley.edu. Please register in advance for this session through the College of Chemistry.

Sponsored by: 
College of Chemistry
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Rising to the Challenge: Berkeley Engineers Take on COVID-19

10/17/20 10 a.m.11 a.m.  

Berkeley Engineering faculty members have mustered a remarkable research response to COVID-19, and work continues around-the-clock. Join Dean Tsu-Jae King Liu and fellow engineering faculty from across the college and learn about the work being done in service to society.

Speaker(s): 
Tsu-Jae King Liu
Dean and Roy W. Carlson Professor of Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences


Dean Liu is internationally recognized in academia and industry for her innovations in semiconductor devices and technology and highly regarded for achievements as an instructor, mentor, and administrator.

Patrick Hsu
Assistant Professor, Bioengineering


As a member of the Innovative Genomics Institute, Professor Hsu is working to apply new CRISPR tools he has discovered to provide a faster and better diagnosis of COVID-19 infection. The research also involves searching for new drug targets using CRISPR genetic screens.

Simo Mäkiharju
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering


Professor Mäkiharju is collaborating to adapt sleep apnea machines to give respiratory aid to COVID-19 patients and is studying the droplet transport of infectious diseases.

Sponsored by: 
College of Engineering
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Cal Parents Drop-in

10/16/20 11 a.m.12 p.m.  
10/17/20 11 a.m.12 p.m.  

Stop by and ask Cal Parents staff members questions. David Ortega, director of parent services and communications, will be available during this time.

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KALX Virtual Open House

10/17/20 11 a.m.1 p.m.  

Take a virtual tour of the campus radio station! KALX (90.7 FM) has been broadcasting for more than 55 years. See its extensive record collection housing over 115,000 pieces of music, multiple studios, and everything else KALX has to offer. KALX will host an online Q&A session to answer questions about how to become a KALX student volunteer. Please visit kalx.berkeley.edu to sign up for the tour and info session.

Join Here: https://www.kalx.berkeley.edu/news/kalx-virtual-open-house

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Visit with Campus Ambassadors

10/16/20 11 a.m.12 p.m.  
10/16/20 5 p.m.6 p.m.  
10/17/20 11 a.m.12 p.m.  
10/17/20 5 p.m.6 p.m.  
10/18/20 11 a.m.12 p.m.  
10/18/20 5 p.m.6 p.m.  

Learn all about the Berkeley campus during a virtual tour with our student campus ambassadors over the course of an hour on Zoom. Two ambassadors take you through history, traditions, academics, housing, safety, student life, athletics, and so much more. They’ll also answer questions.

Sponsored by: 
Visitor Services
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An Election Like No Other: Ensuring Democracy’s Survival

10/17/20 11:30 a.m.12:30 p.m.  

This panel will gather leaders and experts to address these unprecedented times and all the challenges confronting the 2020 election. What can we do to make voters’ voices heard during a pandemic and a historic civil rights upheaval?

Speaker(s): 
Aimee Allison
Founder and President, She the People


As founder and president of She the People, a national network elevating the voice and power of women of color, Allison brings together voters, organizers, and elected leaders in a movement grounded in values of love, justice, belonging, and democracy. Allison leads national efforts to build inclusive, multiracial coalitions led by women of color. She leverages media, research, and analysis to increase voter engagement and advocate for racial, economic, and gender justice. She holds a B.A. and M.A. from Stanford University and is the author of Army of None.

Bertrall Ross
Chancellor’s Professor of Law


Ross’s areas of expertise are voting rights and marginalized communities. His research interests are driven by a normative concern about democratic responsiveness and a methodological approach that integrates political theory and empirical social science into discussions of legal doctrine, the institutional role of courts, and democratic design. In the area of legislation, Ross’s current research seeks to address how courts should reconcile legislative supremacy with the vexing problem of interpreting statutes in contexts not foreseen by the enacting legislature. In election law, he is examining the constitutional dimensions and the structural sources of the marginalization of the poor in the American political process.

James Schwab
Chief Deputy Secretary of State, Policy and Planning. State of California


Schwab is the chief deputy secretary of state for policy and planning for California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, where he oversees implementation of recent election reforms. Schwab previously served as chief of legislative affairs where he managed the agency’s legislative agenda and monitored state and congressional legislative proposals. Schwab has also worked in Sacramento as a legislative staffer for several years. In addition to his state service, he has also managed the field campaigns of several legislative and city council races in Sacramento County. He holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations and affairs from the UC Davis.

John Swartzberg M.D.
Clinical Professor Emeritus, School of Public Health


Swartzberg is a clinical professor emeritus at Berkeley Public Health and chairs the editorial board of the school’s health and wellness publications. He is a past director of the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program, where he continues to teach. He is board certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases. Before joining UC Berkeley’s faculty (part time since 1980 and full time since 2001), he spent 30 years in clinical practice. He is also the hospital epidemiologist and chair of the Infection Control Committee at the Alta Bates Medical Center in Berkeley.

Sponsored by: 
Center on Civility & Democratic Engagement and Goldman School of Public Policy
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From Alums to Coaches: Cal Then and Now

10/17/20 11:30 a.m.  

Several of Cal’s coaches were alums! Join Golden Bear coaches Jack Clark, Chelsea Spencer, Walter Chun, and Burl Toler III and hear what brought these coaches back to UC Berkeley. They’ll talk about how their experiences shaped how they coach today.

Speaker(s): 
Jack Clark ’79 (Moderator)
Head Coach, Rugby


Clark is entering his 40th year overall and 38th as Cal’s rugby head coach in 2020–21. The Bears’ era of success under Clark is unmatched: he holds an all-time record of 680-96-5 (.876) in 15s, 184-22-0 (.893) in 7s, 24 National 15s Championships, and 5 National 7s Championships. He served as head coach for the Collegiate All-America team, head coach of the United States national team, and general manager for the national team. He was named a Living Legend by Pac-12 Networks and is a member of U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame, Edison High School Alumni Hall of Fame, Orange Coast College Hall of Fame, and Cal Athletics Hall of Fame.

Chelsea Spencer ’06
Head Coach, Softball


Spencer, who won an NCAA title during an All-American career at Cal before embarking on a coaching career, agreed to become the next softball head coach for the Golden Bears in May 2020. As a shortstop, Spencer was part of four straight Women’s College World Series teams with the Golden Bears, including the 2002 NCAA championship squad. She returns to Cal after spending the past two seasons as an assistant coach at Texas and the 2013–18 seasons at Oregon. Highlighting an impressive professional playing career from 2005–10, Spencer was a four-time All-National Pro Fastpitch selection.

Walter Chun ’01, M.A. ’03
Head Coach, Men’s Golf


Chun enters his fifth season as Cal’s Alex and Marie Shipman Director of Men’s Golf and his 24th campaign associated with the men’s golf program in 2020–21. Chun began his affiliation with Cal in 1997 on the men’s golf team and was a two-time team captain. Chun received a pair of degrees at Cal with a bachelor’s from the Haas School of Business in 2001 and a master’s from the Graduate School of Education in 2003. He was a three-time Pac-10 All-Academic selection (2000–02) and a two-time All-America Scholar (2001–02).

Burl Toler ’05
Coach, Wide Receivers; Cal Football


Toler is in his third season on the full-time coaching staff at Cal and his second as the Golden Bears’ wide receivers coach after spending his first campaign as an assistant coach working with the running backs. Toler’s position was a wide receiver when he played professionally and while at Cal. He graduated from Cal in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in social welfare. He was a four-year letter winner at Cal from 2001–04, helping the Bears to an Insight Bowl victory and a Holiday Bowl appearance in his final two seasons.

Sponsored by: 
The Cameron Institute for Student-Athlete Development
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Lives and Legacy: Celebrating Japanese American Women at Cal

10/17/20 11:30 a.m.12:30 p.m.  

To celebrate 150 years of women at UC Berkeley, this multigenerational panel of Japanese American women will share personal stories about their student life and experiences. Learn how their time at Berkeley has shaped their understanding of their roles as Japanese American women within a global community.

Speaker(s): 
Joyce Nao Takahashi ’55


Takahashi received her Ph.D. in chemistry from UCLA and is an emerita adjunct professor at UC Davis. She has served as a volunteer with the Time of Remembrance program at the California Museum in Sacramento and a board member of the Japanese American Women Alumnae of UC Berkeley. She is the author of the monograph, Japanese American Alumnae of the University of California, Berkeley: Lives and Legacy.

Shirley Kazuyo Muramoto ’77


For almost 60 years, Muramoto has performed and taught the Japanese koto in the United States and Japan. The koto is a Japanese stringed musical instrument and the national instrument of Japan. Muramoto received her Shihan instructor’s license with Yushusho honors and her Dai Shihan Master’s degree from the Chikushi School in Fukuoka, Japan. In 2012, she was inducted into the Hokka Nichibei Kai Bunka (the Japanese Cultural Hall of Fame) by the Japanese American Association of America. She is the founder of the Murasaki Ensemble, a world jazz band, and producer of Hidden Legacy: Japanese Traditional Performance Arts in the World War II Internment Camps, a documentary based on her research about Japanese traditional performance arts in World War II concentration camps.

Nina F. Ichikawa ’00
Executive Director, Berkeley Food Institute


Ichikawa received her B.A. in interdisciplinary studies/food policy and her M.A. in international relations/food policy from Meiji Gakuin University in Tokyo. She previously served in the office of U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye and worked on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” Initiative. In 2011, she was named a Food and Community Fellow by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. She volunteers for the California Farmer Justice Collaborative, the Center for Urban Education on Sustainable Agriculture, and Japanese American Women Alumnae of UC Berkeley.

Sarena Kuhn ’22


A fifth-generation Japanese American, Sarena Kuhn is a third-year undergraduate student studying civil and environmental engineering and creative writing. In 2018, she received a Scholastic Art & Writing Gold Medal Portfolio Award. A senior staff writer at The Daily Californian, her work has been published in The Daily Californian, the Rafu Shimpo, and the Berkeley Fiction Review.

Lisa Hirai Tsuchitani ’92 (Moderator)
Lecturer, Asian American & Asian Diaspora Studies Program


Tsuchitani ’92, M.A. ‘94, Ph.D. ’00 is a graduate of the Asian American Studies, East Asian Studies, and Social and Cultural Studies programs. She is founder and chair of the Japanese American Studies Advisory Committee, board chair of the Japanese American Women Alumnae of UC Berkeley, and faculty chair of the Asian American & Pacific Islander Standing Committee.

Sponsored by: 
Japanese American Women Alumnae of UC Berkeley Alumni Chapter
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Measuring Brand Equity: Inside the Mind of the Consumer

10/17/20 11:30 a.m.12:30 p.m.  

Find out about breakthroughs in the neuroscience of consumer choice in this intriguing talk. Brands are often seen as one of the most valuable assets for firms. Yet the answer to “How much is a brand worth?” is surprisingly elusive. As one writer puts it, “Perhaps the only thing that has not been reached with regard to brand equity is a conclusion.” Associate Professor Ming Hsu outlines a new model that shows how and why standard customer-based brand equity measures systematically understate the brand value of (especially) well-known firms. 

Speaker(s): 
Ming Hsu
William Halford Jr. Family Chair, Marketing; Associate Professor, Business Administration


Hsu is an associate professor at UC Berkeley. He holds appointments in the Haas School of Business and the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute. Hsu’s research involves using neuroscientific and computational tools to understand the biological basis of economic and consumer decision-making and how brain-based methods can be used to generate and validate insights into customers’ thoughts, feelings, and behavior. Prior to joining Berkeley, he was assistant professor of economics and neuroscience at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Sponsored by: 
Haas School of Business
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Putting the ‘f’ in Chemistry

10/17/20 11:30 a.m.12:30 p.m.  

Professor Polly L. Arnold discusses the subtleties of structure and bonding in compounds of the f-block elements, the rare earth metals and their heavier congeners, uranium, and the actinides are still poorly understood. Our research to make new, exotic molecules from these metals contributes to our fundamental understanding of them. Rare earth metals are important as they are employed in various technologies, and researching safe, long-term handling of our nuclear waste legacies is critical. Another factor that slows our creativity and progress is the failure to include female and minority scientists. Find out what we’re doing to change the research ecosystem and improve STEM diversity.

Speaker(s): 
Polly L. Arnold
Professor, Chemistry and Chemical Sciences Division Director, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


Arnold joined the UC Berkeley faculty as a professor in January 2020 and is the new director of the Chemical Sciences Division at Berkeley Labs. Prior to her arrival at Berkeley, Arnold was the Crum Brown Chair of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh. She holds degrees from the University of Oxford and University of Sussex and was a Fulbright postdoctoral fellow at MIT. She is the fifth-youngest woman to be elected to the fellowship of the Royal Society and was appointed to the Order of the British Empire in 2017 for services to chemistry and women in STEM.

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College of Chemistry
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2016 Cal vs. Utah football game

10/17/20 12 p.m.1 p.m.  

Tune into the Pac-12 Network for “Pac-12 Football in 60” to see Cal’s defensive goal-line stand, led by James Looney, hold off No. 18 Utah to secure the victory during Homecoming 2016.

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Cal Athletics
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2015 Cal vs. Washington State football game

10/17/20 1 p.m.2 p.m.  

Tune into the Pac-12 Network for “Pac-12 Football in 60” to see Jared Goff throw for 390 yards and 4 touchdowns passes en route to the Bears victory over Washington State during Homecoming 2015.

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Cal Athletics
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Black in STEM in the Face of Two Pandemics

10/17/20 1 p.m.2:30 p.m.  

The Black Engineering and Science Alumni Club (BESAC) presents a virtual moderated panel of Black engineers and scientists working in a COVID-19 and post-George Floyd world. Topics will range from engineering projects by alums and faculty to address issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, efforts to address the disparate effects of COVID-19 on the Black community, and wide-ranging initiatives to redress the impacts of systemic racism. Registration is required to receive the event details, including the Zoom link. Please register in advance for this session through the BESAC. 

Join the conversation here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/besac-presents-black-in-stem-in-the-face-of-two-pandemics-tickets-117939631613

Speaker(s): 
Grace O’Connell
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering


O’Connell is the Don M. Cunningham Chair of Mechanical Engineering at UC Berkeley. This summer, she pivoted from her pioneering research in the bioengineering of intervertebral soft tissues and cartilage to direct her lab to re-engineer sleep apnea machines into home-use ventilators for COVID-19 patients. O’Connell was recently awarded funding from the UC Office of the President to offer summer research opportunities for undergraduate engineering students at Howard University in 2021.

John S. Davis II Ph.D. ’00
Senior Privacy Engineer, Google


As a senior privacy engineer at Google, Davis and his colleagues recently published their work to aid COVID-19 researchers in data mining symptom search terms in Google while simultaneously protecting user privacy. Davis joined Google in 2019 after eight years at the Rand Corporation as a senior information scientist and seven years at IBM’s Watson Research Center as a research staff member. He earned his Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science from UC Berkeley in 2000.

Candia L. Brown ’91
Senior Director, Global Market Development, Genetic Sciences Division, Thermo Fisher Scientific


As the senior director of global market development, Brown is responsible for market segmentation strategy, thought leadership, and business development within the clinical research, agriculture, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical markets. She is passionate about genomics and health disparities in communities of color. She is currently leading a project to support COVID-19 testing in historically black colleges and universities. The Just Project is a result of a $15 million donation from Thermo Fisher Scientific and is named after pioneering biologist Ernest Everett Just. Brown earned her degree from UC Berkeley in integrative human biology in 1991.

Kris Okumu ’96, M.D.
Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon; Medical Director, Spine Health Institute; Chair, Department of Orthopaedics, Seton Medical Center


Okumu is a fellowship-trained, orthopaedic spine surgeon and the medical director of the Spine Health Institute. He is trained in pediatric and adult scoliosis surgery, complex spine surgery, and minimally invasive spine surgery. Dr. Okumu is also an entrepreneur and co-founder of two medical device and software companies, Oculapps and Orcana. He earned his bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley in biochemistry/molecular and cell biology in 1998 and his medical degree from UC Davis School of Medicine.

Fatima Alleyne M.S. ’06, Ph.D. ’13
Director, Community Engagement and Inclusive Practices; Trustee, Contra Costa County Board of Education


Alleyne will act as the panel moderator for this event. She recently started her new role as director of community engagement and inclusive practices at UC Berkeley. In her current role, she develops and leads programs to engage faculty, staff, and students in the College of Engineering in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts to increase awareness of implicit bias, interrupt exclusionary behaviors, and build capacity to promote and share evidence based-practices that advance DEI. She earned her degrees from Cal in materials science and engineering.

Sponsored by: 
Black Engineering and Science Alumni Club
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Campus Ambassador Virtual Student Panel

10/16/20 1 p.m.2 p.m.  
10/17/20 1 p.m.2 p.m.  
10/18/20 1 p.m.2 p.m.  

Spend an hour with our student campus ambassadors on Zoom – asking them all the questions you have! They will present a realistic view of what it’s really like to be a student at Berkeley. Please note that this is not an overview of the campus, but purely students answering your questions.

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Visitor Services
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Chronicling COVID-19: A Collaboration between Berkeley Journalism and the New York Times

10/17/20 1 p.m.2 p.m.  

Join Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Barstow and a panel of student reporters to hear firsthand about their experiences on this unprecedented project. In April 2020, more than 80 students and nearly 20 journalism instructors and staff organized into small reporting teams to cover how the novel coronavirus is impacting each of California’s 58 counties. The teams’ stories are running in the main edition of The New York Times, in its California Today newsletter, and in other top media outlets, including The Atlantic, NPR, the Los Angeles Times, National Geographic, CalMatters, Rolling Stone, and Aristegui Noticias in Mexico.

Speaker(s): 
David Barstow
Reva and David Logan Distinguished Chair in Investigative Journalism


Barstow is the head of investigative reporting at Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. He is the first reporter to win four Pulitzer Prizes and is the recipient of three Polk Awards, the Goldsmith Prize, the Alfred I. duPont Silver Baton, the Barlett and Steele Gold Medal, a Loeb Award, the Sidney Hillman Award, the Daniel Pearl Award for Investigative Reporting, two Sigma Delta Chi Awards, the Peabody Award, the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, the Mirror Award, an Overseas Press Club Citation, two Society of American Business Editors and Writers awards, and the Gold Keyboard.

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Looking Ahead to the Tokyo Olympics

10/17/20 1 p.m.1:45 p.m.  

With the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics to 2021, training and preparation has changed for Olympic hopefuls. How will athletes continue the process of qualifying for the games? What might the Olympics look like, and how will the games change? Tune in for a conversation with Camryn Rogers, track & field student-athlete and Olympic hopeful, Robyne Johnson, track & field head coach and U.S. Olympic coach, and Dana Vollmer, three-time Olympian and gold medalist, to hear their perspectives on the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.

Speaker(s): 
Dave Durden
Head Coach, Cal Men's Swimming and Diving


Cal men’s swimming and diving has established itself as the premier collegiate and post-graduate program in the country under the guidance of head coach Durden, who entered his 13th season in 2019–2020. For his efforts, Durden has been charged with leading the United States as the head coach for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo next summer. In 2016, Durden was selected as a men’s assistant coach for the U.S. Olympic swimming team. He was also named Coach of the Meet at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials. 

Dana Vollmer ’10


Vollmer is ranked fourth all-time out of female U.S. Olympians who have won the most gold medals. She won four national titles and played a key role in bringing the Golden Bears their first NCAA national team title in women’s swimming. Vollmer’s Olympic career started in 2004 in Athens where she won gold as part of the world record setting 4×200-meter freestyle relay. After a heartbreaking miss of the national team in 2008, she came back in 2012 and won three gold medals while setting two world records at the London Olympics. Her world record in the individual 100-meter butterfly of 55.98 seconds was the first time a woman swam the event under 56 seconds. After having her first child in March 2015, Vollmer returned to the pool and quickly regained her place among the top swimmers in the world. At the 2016 Rio Olympics, she won bronze in the 100-meter butterfly, a silver medal and an American record in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay, and a gold medal in the 4×100-meter medley relay. Her gold in 2016 is the U.S. swim team’s first-ever gold medal won by a mother.

Robyne Johnson
Director, Cal Track & Field and Cross Country


Johnson is the director of Cal track & field and cross country where she leads both the men’s and women’s programs. She was named an assistant coach for multis and jumps for the 2016 U.S. Olympic team that competed in Rio de Janeiro. She also has had an extensive international coaching experience, including for Team USA at the 2016 Rio Olympics where she coached athletes to seven medals in the horizontal jump competitions: three golds, three silvers, and one bronze.

Camryn Rogers ’21


Rogers is a First Team All American Cal track & field student-athlete who was the 2019 NCAA champion in the hammer throw. She recorded several bests while at Cal, including the seventh best throw in NCAA history and the sixth best throw at an NCAA championship. She ranks second in Pac-12 history and first in Cal record books and claimed the first hammer throw championship in school history.

As a Canadian, Rogers threw the best mark in Canada in 2019, the fourth all-time throw in Canada’s history, and reset the U23 national record. An Olympic hopeful for Canada, Rogers continues to prepare for the 2021 Olympics while navigating the new normal for student-athletes. She will graduate in 2021 and has an interest in pursuing law school after graduation.

Sponsored by: 
The Cameron Institute for Student-Athlete Development
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1991 Cal vs. USC football game

10/17/20 2 p.m.4 p.m.  

Tune into the Pac-12 Network to see the Bears rout the Trojans 52–30 as Russell White runs for 229 yards and 3 touchdowns in the 1991 Joe Roth Memorial Game.

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Cal Athletics
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A Firm Foothold for Economic and Social Welfare

10/17/20 2:30 p.m.3:30 p.m.  

Find out how leading social welfare scholar Dr. Neung-hoo Park is shaping overall welfare policies covering labor, social services, and the environment in the Republic of Korea. Policies for what he calls an “inclusive welfare state” are based on equality of opportunity and public responsibility for vulnerable population groups. He discusses financial support and infrastructure expansion needed to support the economic and social well-being of citizens. He also outlines three principles of Korea’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic: openness, transparency, and democracy.

Speaker(s): 
Dr. Neung-hoo Park
Minister of Health and Welfare, Republic of Korea


Park is minister of health and welfare of the Republic of Korea. He has dedicated himself to developing social welfare research and policy in Korea as a scholar and a member of various policy committees. As minister, he has come up with measures to secure a firm foothold for an inclusive welfare state.

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COVID-19 and Anti-Asian Violence

10/17/20 2:30 p.m.3:30 p.m.  

Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in Wuhan, China, the United States has seen a surge of Asian Americans reporting racially motivated crimes. Studies have shown that when viral outbreaks are deadly, fear often drives those at risk to place blame on external groups. Professor Lok Siu will discuss these complex issues. Please register in advance through the Cal Alumni Association to receive the Zoom link.

Join here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/13GSNjbbNjAhtCj9upWov4gF3E-f44SIDD8ZSmNsL3mo/viewform?edit_requested=true.

Speaker(s): 
Lok Siu
Professor of Ethnic Studies


Professor Siu is a cultural anthropologist and professor of ethnic studies at UC Berkeley. Her areas of expertise include Asian diasporas in the Americas, transnational migration, belonging and cultural citizenship, performance, and food. Her award-winning books include Memories of a Future Home: Diasporic Citizenship of Chinese in Panama and Asian Diasporas: New Formations, New Conceptions. She has appeared on CNN’s United Shades of America with Kamau Bell and WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show and is currently working on the book, Worlding Asian Latinx: The Intimate Publics of Cultural Mixing.

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Cal Alumni Association
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The Path to Playing

10/17/20 2:30 p.m.3:15 p.m.  

Join Director of Athletics Jim Knowlton in conversation with Ryan Cobb, senior associate athletics director, Justin Wilcox, Cal football head coach, and Charmin Smith, Cal women’s basketball head coach for a discussion on how Cal Athletics plans to help our 850 student-athletes safely represent the Golden Bears in the sports they love as we navigate the pandemic. This panel will provide an insider’s look at the unique challenges student-athletes face in returning to campus and to competition. 

Sponsored by: 
The Cameron Institute for Student-Athlete Development
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Visit with Campus Ambassadors — Mandarin Language

10/17/20 3 p.m.4 p.m.  

Learn all about the Berkeley campus during a virtual tour with our Mandarin-speaking student campus ambassadors over the course of an hour on Zoom. Two ambassadors will present for 40 minutes and then answer your questions. They’ll cover history, traditions, academics, housing, safety, student life, athletics, and so much more.

与我们说中文的学生校园大使透过 Zoom 利用一个小时的线上导览来认识伯克利大学校园。两位学生大使会利用 40 分钟讲解然后回答您的问题。导览内容包含校园历史、传统、学术、住宿、安全、学生生活、体育等项目。

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Visitor Services
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Preteen/Teen Quiplash with Lair of the Golden Bear Staffers

10/17/20 4 p.m.5 p.m.  

Hey preteens and teens! Join Lair of the Golden Bear staffers for a game of Quiplash! Quiplash is the hilarious online game of wits. Use your smartphone to answer funny prompts like, “something you’d be surprised to see a donkey do” or “the best way to impress an alien from Mars.” And then vote on the best answer. If you haven’t played before, don’t worry — we’ll go over the rules! This event is free to all preteens and teens. 

Register here to get the Zoom link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1USpSvI3_ghgTNTK3j45FJkGYUyihRCUw3ccokaA0Fo4/viewform?edit_requested=true. 

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Cal Alumni Association
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Wine Tasting with Chef John Thiel

10/17/20 5 p.m.5:45 p.m.  

Join the Cal Alumni Association for a virtual wine tasting with John Thiel, owner and executive chef at Pappo Restaurant in Alameda, California. Registration for this event is free. Those who would like to taste along with Thiel can purchase the wines in advance. 

Join here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cal-alumni-association-virtual-wine-tasting-2020-tickets-117605165215

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Cal Alumni Association
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California Chronicles Trivia Night

10/17/20 7 p.m.8 p.m.  

Join the UC Rally Committee’s director of traditions and directors of stunts for a discussion of Cal’s unique history and traditions. A UC Berkeley trivia contest with chances to win prizes will follow the presentation.

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UC Rally Committee
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Souvenirs from Utopia: The Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts in Jerusalem (1906–1932)

10/18/20  

This exhibition explores the legacy of the early Bezalel school, an art movement in Palestine in the late Ottoman and British Mandate periods. At the turn of the 20th century under Ottoman rule, Jerusalem was rapidly developing into a center of Jewish cultural activities. The protagonists of this scene were primarily recent Eastern European Jewish immigrants. They had been inspired to move to Palestine by the emerging Zionist movement and were eager to shake off the oppressive conditions they had experienced under the Russian Empire. A link to this event will be added soon.

Join Here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmPTnL6Z

Sponsored by: 
The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life
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Sunday Social Media Contests

10/18/20 9 a.m.4 p.m.  

Show your Cal pride, and participate in our social media contests this year during Reunion and Parents Weekend at Homecoming. Each social media post gives you a chance to win. One winner will be selected per contest each day and will receive a special prize. Be creative!

  • Fill in the sentence: “I’ll always remember (insert class or professor) ___ because I learned ___.” and post with a favorite Cal photo or video. Share it on Instagram, Twitter, or upload.
  • Tag #CalHC in your post.
  • The most memorable post wins.
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Peet’s Virtual Coffee Tasting

10/18/20 10 a.m.11 a.m.  

Wake up and smell the Peet’s coffee! Join the Lair of the Golden Bear and the Cal Alumni Association at a virtual interactive coffee tasting. Jon Spevack and Emily Bollinger of Peet’s Coffee will share how buyers taste-test coffees, source beans, and how to brew a perfect cup of coffee at home. Ask them your coffee questions, too!

Join the event by registering here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/14-QUYdRyb3xRvQ6C9gK8x7LzeQN3NkIykeytqPqCABU/viewform?gxids=7757&edit_requested=true

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Cal Alumni Association
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International House Virtual Global Homecoming

10/18/20 1 p.m.2:15 p.m.  

We invite you to celebrate International House’s first-ever Virtual Global Homecoming! Although we cannot gather in person this year, we are looking forward to new twists on our time-honored tradition. I-House Executive Director Shaun Carver will kick off the festivities with opening remarks and Q&A. Registration is required to receive a Zoom link. 

Join the event here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/i-house-global-homecoming-2020-registration-124195846119.

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International House
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Migration Q&A with Cal Falcons

10/18/20 2:30 p.m.3:30 p.m.  

It may be homecoming for Cal’s human residents, but it’s homegoing for many of its feathered denizens. Each year, tens of thousands of raptors make their annual migration from their summer homes to their winter homes. Join Cal Falcons and Golden Gate Raptor Observatory scientists for a live Q&A to answer all of your burning questions about birds, migration, and the peregrine falcons living on top of the Campanile.

Speaker(s): 
Sean Peterson


Peterson is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management. When not obsessively watching and managing the Cal Falcons livestream each spring, he studies marsh birds in the Sierra Nevada Foothills.

Lynn Schofield


Schofield is a biologist with the Institute for Bird Populations. She studies wildfire ecology in the Sierra Nevadas and is one of the scientists managing the Cal Falcons.

Teresa Ely


Ely is the banding manager for the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory in the Marin Headlands north of San Francisco. Hundreds of volunteers monitor one of the continent’s most active migratory pathways making the observatory one of the leading citizen science programs in the country.

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Visit with Campus Ambassadors — Spanish Language

10/18/20 3 p.m.4 p.m.  

Learn all about the Berkeley campus during a virtual tour with our Spanish-speaking student campus ambassadors over the course of an hour on Zoom. Two ambassadors will present for 40 minutes and then answer your questions. They’ll cover history, traditions, academics, housing, safety, student life, athletics, and so much more.

Aprenda todo sobre el campus de Berkeley durante una visita virtual con nuestros embajadores estudiantiles en el transcurso de una hora en Zoom. Dos embajadores darán una presentación completamente en español durante los primeros 40 minutos y luego responderán sus preguntas. Cubriremos nuestra historia, tradiciones, aspectos académicos, vivienda, seguridad, vida estudiantil, atletismo y mucho más.

Sponsored by: 
Visitor Services
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Sing For California

10/18/20 7 p.m.7:30 p.m.  

Hear some of the best musical talent at Cal in a performance you won’t want to miss! Instead of heading over to Sather Gate, our a capella groups can be heard right from your home. Enjoy performances from various of your favorite a capella groups on campus.

Sponsored by: 
UC Rally Committee
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