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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, 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

You’ve undoubtedly noticed that the headline feature for the current newsletter is next month’s Spring Luncheon.  Please put May 21 on your calendar and get in your reservation as soon as possible.  This is a very popular event because we all enjoy seeing old friends and meeting new Oceanids members.  We owe a special thank you to the event co-chairs Barbara Bank and Diana Vines for their planning and hard work.  I’m very pleased that they were able to secure Roxana Velasquez, Executive Director of the San Diego Museum of Art, to be our guest speaker.  The theme for the Fall Brunch is our social side, our Interest Groups.  For the Spring Luncheon we focus on our philanthropic endeavors.  Some of what we do involves more time than money.  I’m thinking particularly of helping at the Friday Cafe or the Wednesday Coffee, or volunteering at the Kitchen Exchange.  Most of our service activities involve newcomers to UCSD, thanks to the tireless efforts of Liz Fong Wills and Georgina Sham.  Some of our interest groups, such as the Hiking Group led by Roswitha Enright, are especially welcoming to the Newcomers.  Of course, thanks to our very generous members and friends, we are able to make a significant difference with our scholarships and fellowships.  As I write this, Nancy Groves, who coordinates our Undergraduate Service Awards, is in touch with the deans of the colleges on campus in order to solicit their recommendations for deserving juniors to receive these awards.  Liz Winant

coordinates our graduate fellowships.  We invite the recipients of those awards to our Spring Luncheon, and although it isn’t necessarily the best time in the academic year for them to attend, we nearly always are fortunate enough to have two or three graduate students join us.  Without exception, those at the luncheon find it fascinating to learn about what they are studying and researching.  Some of our awards are specifically directed to “re-entering” students, people who for one reason or another took a break from scholarly pursuits and, with our help, are able to return to school to complete a graduate program.  Finally, with your support we have been able to help fund other worthwhile programs such as the Triton 5K fun run, the PhD conference, and the student run clinic.  This year for the first time we are also co-sponsoring a symposium on career opportunities for PhD’s in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) fields.  We should all be proud of what we do as a UCSD Support Group!

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


  Special Announcements



Spring Membership Luncheon

Thursday, May 21, 2015


11:00am - 11:45am Social Hour

11:45am - 2:00pm Buffet Lunch


Bali Hai Restaurant

South Pacific Room

2230 Shelter Island Drive

 San Diego


Guest Speaker: Roxana Velasquez, Executive Director, San Diego Museum of Art


RSVP by Thursday, May 14

Cost: $25

($30 after May 14)


For more information and reervation form, see Newsletter  or contact bbank@ucsd.edu


Oceanids Board Slate 2015-2016

(to be voted on at the Spring Luncheon)

President Liz Bonkowsky
First Vice Presidents Irene Larrimore
Susan Starr
Second Vice President(membership) Mary Cutchin
Recording Secretary Mary Hanson
Treasurer Jim Bunch
Co-Financial Secretaries Liz Winant
Kim Signoret-Paar
Nominating Committee* Hulya Saygin (cont)
Maxine Bloor (alt)
Bernie Sisco
Marion Spors
*Two additional Board Members to be elected at June Board meeting



5th Annual

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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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