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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 and/or a donation form.


President's Message    

What extraordinary times we are living through! This is, of course, an especially difficult year for all of us and I hope you are doing well and staying safe.

I never thought I would become such an online aficionado or that ‘Zoom and Zooming’ would become such regular words in my vocabulary!  Our yard is full of extra bird feeders and I get a lot of joy watching the birds and improving my photography skills!

For the past few months, Oceanids has gone virtual with Sounding Board through Zoom, and several interest groups have started to meet regularly online, for example, the music soirée, native plants, the book group, the birding group and cell phone photography.  Although we have a summer hiatus for Oceanids, some of the interest groups are continuing to meet online.

In September we will be virtual for the coming year. For the for seeable future, we are not able to regularly use, or have much access to our office at UCSD but will be working from home and having virtual board meetings regularly as usual. Sounding Board will be via Zoom for the foreseeable future.  We will be developing our own YouTube channel so we can up load past lectures. This is definitely a silver lining during this time when we cannot meet as usual. We welcome new ideas for interest groups and other ways for Oceanids to stay connected with members during this time.

We are planning to have a Virtual fall luncheon online so that we can honor our student awardees and to connect with each other. Stay posted for more information.

Best wishes and take care!

Nigella Hillgarth, President, Oceanids,

         Want to learn more about Nigella? - Visit page 10 of our October newsletter.

  Special Announcements


San Diego Independent Scholars (SDIS) Lecture

SDIS  Meetings are at 1:30pm on the third Saturday of the month, Room 111A, Chancellor's Complex

For more information, visit www.sdscholars.org



Future of UCSD Campus

On May 26, 2019, the online version of the San Diego Union Tribune featured an article on the future of UCSD.  Follow the link,


Be sure to click on the interactive image for additional details.  (Note:  There is a limited amount of free access to the online paper, but a subscription will be required once you have exceeded that limit.)



UCSD 2020-2021 Oceanids Board


Nigella Hillgarth

Immediate Past President

1st Vice President

Kim Signoret-Paar

Kim Signoret-Paar

2nd Vice President

Mary Cutchin (Membership)

Recording Secretary

Mary Hanson


Jim Bunch

Financial Secretary

Liz Winant

Nominating Committee*

 Janet Goff (cont.), Liz Johnson, Sue Corringham (alt.), Diana Vines, Jan Ouren, Beate Menzel






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