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New:  Sounding Board Lecture Links can be found in our Links section.

 Be sure to check our eBay Announcement below!

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, Friday Cafe, Kitchen & Baby Equipment Exchange 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, Holiday Party, Whale Watching , Desert Camping, Museum Bus Trip, Campus Focus, Theater Fund Raiser 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, day trips, 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.


President's Message

As I write this there isn’t yet a whiff of autumn in the air, but September is here and this time of year means that our Oceanids activities will be in full gear.

Our annual Fall Brunch will be on November 8; thanks to Barbara Bank and Diana Vines for doing such a wonderful job co-chairing this event.  The focus, as usual, will be on our Interest Groups.  Many of you first became involved with Oceanids because someone invited you to join a group.  That was certainly the case for me, first with Café Français, later with bridge.  They’re still activities I try not to miss.  Whether you’re a longstanding member or new to Oceanids, if you’re not yet involved in an Interest Group (or you think you would enjoy doing more), please check the entire list elsewhere in the newsletter.  And I want to thank all the Interest Group chairs and the IG coordinator Beate Menzel for all they do to keep us organized and active.

Fall is also renewal time, so if you haven’t yet done so, please return your membership letter.  Coordinating our membership activities is a huge job, which is why I want to remind you that at our Spring Luncheon Mary Cutchin, VP for Membership, was our very deserving recipient of the Oceanids of the Year Award, and her tireless assistant, Claudia Lowenstein, was given the Maxine White Award for “behind the scenes” work that keeps us running smoothly.  And it goes without saying (but of course I’m going to say it) that any donations to Oceanids in addition to dues are very much appreciated.  Just be sure to make out your check to UC San Diego Foundation so that your gift is fully tax deductible.

Finally, one of our most popular programs, Sounding Board, will begin again on October 2.  This popular speaker series takes place the first Thursday of the month at the Faculty Club.  There is no need to reserve a spot in advance, but do thank Judy Vacquier for graciously agreeing to  continue her good work chairing this program.  Occasionally a slot can be hard to fill, so yours truly will be on hand again on October 2 to discuss the ballot propositions for November,  wearing my other hat as an active member of the League of Women Voters.

Hope to see you there!

Mary Hanson, President, Oceanids, mhanson@san.rr.com.


  Special Announcements


Friends of the International Center

Scholarship Benefit Dinner: Journey to Iran

Saturday, October 25, 2014


Friends members:  $40, Students:  $25, non-members:  $50

Reservations must be received by Friday, October 17 and will be accepted in the order in which they are received.  Late registrations will be charged an extra $5, or may be refused.

For more information and reservations, please contact  icfriends@ucsd.edu



Oceanids' Fall Brunch

Hosted by Thespine Kavoulakis


Saturday, November 8, 2014

Audrey Geisel University House 


Invitations and details will be arriving to members' home via USPS mail.  Please respond promptly as seating is limited.  There are only 40 parking spaces, so please plan on carpooling.

For reservations and more information, please contact Diana Vines dianasvines@gmail.com or Barbara Bank, bbank@ucsdedu



UCSD Tours

Sundays, Year-Round at 2pm

South Gilman Information Pavilion

Cost:  Free

Walking Tours - 1st Sunday of the month

Bus Tours - Remaining Sundays of the month, excluding holidays

Reservations are required. 

Call (858) 534-4414 or visit  www.ucsdnews.ucsd.ed/tours to make your reservation.



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