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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

We are now entering what the press sometimes calls the “Silly Season.” The Germans call it the “Sommer Loch” or the summer vacuum. Families go to the beach, the politicians go on vacation, international organizations take long breaks. It becomes difficult for the news services to scare up serious stories. Particularly in Europe where vacations are long, it is almost impossible to find a politician or agency official. (My favorite vacation example comes from my time at the U.S. Consulate in Frankfurt-am-Main where one of our German staff was prescribed three weeks at a spa to relieve her tension. When she returned, the doctor prescribed her another week at home to recover from the spa! Needless to say, such practices make it difficult to staff an office! )

Desperate reporters seize on the slightest event to blow up into a story. They create rumors and then spend the next news cycles discounting the rumors. Anyone who moves is quoted and then dismissed. This summer in the United States we have the run up to the political conventions. Whether or not you know what the political issues are, you can be sure there will be many stories about the candidates’ hair or lack thereof.

As most of our members know by now, the International Center is slated to be taken down this summer. Because the working conditions have been declared unsafe, the administration had little wiggle room and was forced to move immediately in spite of not having a master plan to relocate all the offices. The IC administrators have been scrambling to find space in an already-overcrowded campus for all offices which serve international students (probably at least 8000 next year) as well as UCSD students planning to study abroad. Sadly, this means our Oceanids Pavilion will also have to go.

Our IC has a very good reputation in the university system for processing new arrivals both in terms of legal requirements – visas, course selection, etc. - but also in helping them find their way in a foreign situation and making them feel welcome. Over the years, Oceanids and The Friends have developed programs to assist newcomers to the campus. As we are moved out of the IC buildings, it is a challenge to maintain these programs.

You may have read reporting about the disruptions. Remember, it is “Silly Season”. Don’t believe everything you hear or everything you read, including this column! As I write it in mid May, we just don’t know exactly what will happen. You can be proud of your Oceanids Board (and the Friends’ as well) for doing everything we possibly can to find sensible solutions. Trust me, it is very difficult. As of now, we will probably move our little office to McGill Hall where we may also hold our Board meetings. We are hoping to locate the Kitchen Exchange somewhere near the Great Hall in Eleanor Roosevelt College where it will be close to Friends’ program rooms. We will also be able to use the large kitchen for future Oceanids social occasions. The administration has promised us some parking – the be-all and end-all of life at UCSD! But by next week- who knows! Stay tuned.

Happy Silly Season!

     Liz Bonkowsky, President, Oceanids, lizbonkowsky@yahoo.com


  Special Announcements



Oceanids Board

2016 - 2017


President:     Liz Bonkowsky

President-Elect:     Kim Signoret-Paar

First Vice Presidents:     Chris Chase,  Olivia Dorman

Second Vice President:     Mary Cutchin (membership)

Recording Secretary:     Mary Hanson

Treasurer:     Jim Bunch

Co-Financial Secretaries:     Liz Winant, Kim Signoret-Paar

Nominating Committee* :     Hulya Saygin (cont.), Maxine Bloor (alt.), Diana Vines, Marion Spors

 *Two additional Board Members to be elected at the June Board meeting



Save the Date!


Oceanids Fall Brunch Luncheon




October 9, 2016







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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