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Who Are We?

Oceanids is a University of California, San Diego organization and support group promoting friendship and services to the UC San Diego community.  Oceanids is open to all who are interested in UC San Diego as well as faculty, staff and active members of campus support groups and their spouses.  In particular, we shall:

Oceanids service activities include:  Undergraduate service awards, graduate fellowships and other service projects.  The Newcomers group welcomes and assists new members to the UC San Diego community throughout the academic year.  For more information on Newcomers, contact Liz Wills, (858) 454-6858. 

Our annual events include:  Fall Welcome Lunch, Whale Watching ,  Campus Focus, and Spring Luncheon, just to mention a few.

Interest Groups are the backbone of our Oceanids organization.  They are here to meet the many varied needs of our UC San Diego families.  If you are interested in book clubs, bird watching, practicing your French or German, wine tasting, playing bridge, join us.  For a more complete list and description of our groups, click on Interest Groups.


If you are a University scholar, researcher, staff member, visiting guest of the University or a person interested in being part of a vibrant University community, you are invited to join us.  We are located in the UC San Diego International Center.  For more information, please contact oceanids@ucsd.edu, or download a membership application and/or a donation form.

Renewing Members

If you would like to renew your Oceanids membership, download a renewal membership form and follow the instructions listed on the form.

President's Message    

The I hope everyone had a safe and happy holidays.I spent 9 days in Tucson. I drove to Tucson since I had to haul 17 Christmas presents. I was planning to drive on Friday, December 22, but the forecast became very bad for that day, so I drove on Thursday, the 21st. I was lucky and had beautiful weather on the 21st, as well on the 29th for the return drive.

There will be a Celebration of Life for Barbara Penn, longtime Oceanids member, as well as for Nolan Penn and Carol Penn Skinner, at 11am-3pm on Saturday, February 17, at the Faculty Club. "Please dress in celebration of their lives—no black necessary.”

Jim Bunch, President, Oceanids

  Special Announcements


Our new link to registering your Oceanids events is:


For more information on registration, please visit  our Links page


Oceanids Campus Focus Event

UCSD's Fallen Star Tour

Led by Marion Spors

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

11:30 am


(Meet at Lobby of Jacobs Hall by 11:20am)


*Limited to 20 persons



RSVP Carole Ziegler or for more information and directions, https://stuartcollection.ucsd.edu/artist/suh.html


Save the Date - (Details to follow)

Oceanids Spring Luncheon

Thursday, May 30, 2024

Bali Hai Restaurant



Are you interested in joining our

Horticulture Interest Group

Succulents, Orchids, Plumeria, Ferns, Bromeliadsm Citrus and Houseplants

Contact Nancy Groves if you are interested in joining.



Oceanids Board of Directors, 2023-2024

  President Jim Bunch  
  First Vice President Marion Spors  
  Second Vice President (Membership) Mary Cutchin  
  Recording Secretary Mary Hanson  
  Treasurer Jan Ouren  
  Financial Secretary Liz Winant  
  Nominating Committee Hulya Saygin, Beate Menzel, Ginny Young (alternate), Judy Vacquier and Mary Hanson  



Highlights from

Oceanids Fall Brunch





Thank you, Thespine and Marion for a wonderful afternoon!


SDIS Speaker Series for 2023 - 2024

October 21, 2023 - Edward Lewis Goldberg, MD, "Presidential Health Matters"

November 18, 2023 - Don Norman, PhD, "Design for a Better World"

Januaru 20, 2024,- Tom English, PhD, "Can We Successfully Resolve the Climate Crisis"

February 17, 2024 - Tom Pham, "What Wisdom Must be Like for One Who is Actually Wise"

March 16, 2024 - Chris Niebauer, PhD, "No Self No Problem:  How Neuropsychology is Catching Up with Buddhism"

April 20, 2024 - Rigdon Currie, "Photojournalism of Birding"

May 18, 2024 - Gwenith Mapes, PhD, "Frida Kahlo and her Art"

All talks are from 1:30 to 3:00pm PST.  For more information, please contact Dorothy Parker.




Oceanids' Gallery of Arts and Crafts

As our Oceanids' membership includes many artists, we are offering Oceanids members an opportunity to show and share their creations. We encourage you to submit one of your art works, along with a short bio of yourself, to be published in our newsletter--available online to members and the public.

To exhibit your work, please send a .jpg of your work and a short bio to jouren5353@gmail.com.

This month's gallery features Nancy Groves and some of her incredible pictures of Plants and Bromeliads.  You can see the article in this month's Newsletter on pages 4 & 58


Volunteer Opportunity

UCSD International Students and Programs Office's

English-in-Action (EIA) Program

Conversation Program is looking for volunteers who will enjoy meeting with an international student, scholar or spouse for 1-2 hours on a weekly basis to assist them in improving their English conversation skills and to share our American culture. Participating in EIA is provides considerable cultural insight and a deeper appreciation for diversity which helps students gain a greater respect and appreciation for other cultures. No knowledge of foreign languages or teaching experience is required. EIA volunteers attend an orientation session and have access to the materials and resources of the International Students & Programs Office.   Conversation leaders can work with participants individually or in small groups and typically meet for 1-2 hours/week at a location that is convenient for both, including remote meetings, on campus or off campus.

Please visit http://bit.ly/EIATutorExperiences to hear what current and past volunteers have shared about their experiences with EIA. To apply or for more information, please visit our website: eia.ucsd.edu Questions? Please email Shelly Taskin at eia@ucsd.edu



UCSD Art Power

Music, Dance, Special Events

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