Global Homecoming schedule, speakers, and tasting menu announced!

The I-House Connection

Global Homecoming 2016

Preserving the Legacy of the Edith Coliver Festival of Cultures

Global Homecoming: Sunday, October 2nd
10:00 am – 3:00 pm

It’s not too late to sign up for Global Homecoming, a collaboration between the Program Office and Alumni Relations. Don’t miss this day of excellent networking opportunities, unique I-House experiences, and scrumptious international treats! The House will be buzzing with excitement, and we hope you will join in the fun. Walk-ins welcome, but register now to receive your commemorative gift at the registration table.

Calling all alumni! Visit the alumni table from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm to pick up your special gift. Join us for an I-House tour at 11:30 am.

See details of all events below.

Resident Host Family Reception and Information Session
10:30 am – 11:00 am, Great Hall

The Host Family Program is an opportunity to participate in an unforgettable cultural exchange. International House residents are connected with local families to participate in casual gatherings such as dinners, hiking, and holiday celebrations. International students not only learn more about the culture of the San Francisco Bay Area, but also receive extra support as they overcome the challenges of living and studying abroad. For families, the program is a great way to be more connected to the I-House community and hear the remarkable stories of our students. We are currently accepting applications and everyone is encouraged to apply!

Join us in the Great Hall from 10:30 am to 11:00 am to learn more about this rewarding program or visit

Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership
Career Panel with I-House Alumni

11:00 am – 12:00 pm, Home Room

The discussion will focus on how best to leverage the I-House experience when crossing cultural boundaries in the workplace. Learn how to be as effective as possible in working together to address the world’s challenges. Panelists will include:

Andreas Andersen (IH 2011) is a technology-driven engineer from Norway with a keen ear for business opportunities. He lived at I-House in 2012 as a visiting scholar, where he finished his “Management of Technology” degree at Haas School of Business.

Vishwanath Bulusu (IH 2011-15) is a PhD student in the Systems Program at Cal. His research area is Automation and Consumer Behavior with current focus on Consumer Unmanned Aviation.

Dr. Katia Moles (IH 2009-12) received her interdisciplinary doctorate degree this year in Sociology and Philosophy from the Graduate Theological Union and UC Berkeley. She has been teaching junior college, undergraduate and graduate students for 10 years. She is also a sexuality education consultant and instructor.

Around the World Under the Dome
12:00 pm- 1:30 pm, Chevron Auditorium

One of the tastiest parts of Global Homecoming will certainly be Around the World Under the Dome; a culinary adventure like no other! I-House Executive Chef Jordan Lichman has released this menu exclusively to I-House Connections subscribers.

Grilled Beef Skewers, Brigadeiro (chocolate truffles), Pao de Queijo (cheese bread balls)
with Tropical Fruit Dipping Sauce

Samosas, Shrimp Pakora, Chutneys, Mango Lassi

Spicy Rice Cakes, Kimchi Pancake

Serrano Ham, Charred Padrón peppers, Manchego Cheese, Fig Cake, Olives

Open House & Fun Zone
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm, Great Hall

  • International Fashion Show at 2:00 pm
  • Portraits by I-House resident Morgan Randall
  • Photo Booth
  • And a few surprises!
International Fashion Show

International Fashion show participants at the 2015 Global Homecoming. Photo by Rebecca Wilkowski Photography.

Mark your calendar for this year’s Big Give:
Thursday, November 17, 2016

International House will be participating in UC Berkeley’s Big Give, a 24-hour online fundraising blitz on November 17th. Gifts help us to provide financial aid, preserve and protect our historic home, and allow for innovation in programming access.

Top 3 ways to participate in the Big Give:

1. Make a gift of $10 or more to International House at on 11.17.16.

2. Show your I-House spirit and help us win prizes in Social Media contests! Be sure to tag posts #CalBigGive and #InternationalHouse so they are eligible for contests on Nov. 17. Or email your caption and photo to by November 15.

3. What’s your I-House Berkeley Effect? Take a photo or write a post telling us what effect I-House Berkeley has had on you or how you spread the Berkeley Effect in the world. (You can download hearts here)

Help spread the word by sharing our webpage:


OktoberfestOktoberfest German Cuisine Dinner:
Thursday, October 6, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Enjoy traditional German cuisine prepared by guest Chef Andre Ellert with entertainment by the Deutscher Musikverein Band of San Francisco!

Menu: German Sausage, Spaetzle, Red Cabbage, Riesling Chicken, Potatoes and Apple Strudel
German Beer for $3 w/ID 21+
FREE for I-House Residents, $15 Guests/Public

If you are interested in joining us for one of these theme meals, please contact the Alumni Relations office at (510) 642-4128 to let us know that you are coming.

For more information about our dining commons, our weekly menu, hours of operation, and prices please visit:

Calling All AlumniAlumni, share your news!

We’re working on the Fall I-House Times Newsletter and would love to hear from you. Email your updates to Photos are welcome!

Best regards from Berkeley,

I-House Development, Alumni Relations & Communications Team

Joy Iwasa

Joy Iwasa Director of Development & Communications

Laurie Ferris

Laurie Ferris Communications Strategist

Laurel Anderson-Malinovsky

Laurel Anderson Communications Coordinator

Teresa Magallón

Teresa Magallón Development Associate

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About Laurie Ferris

As the Communications Strategist for International House at UC Berkeley, I share stories online and in our I-House Times Newsletter. I created this blog for alumni, residents, and staff to share the I-House experience with the UC Berkeley community and beyond. If you would like to contribute a guest post, please contact me at Share the I-House love! ♥
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