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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

   This month I’d like to share a bit of San Diego history as we look forward to our Spring Luncheon in May. We will enjoy the best of San Diego as we gather on the edge of Mission Bay at the Mission Beach Women’s Club, founded 1926.

  Many of us have grown accustomed to Mission Bay and Mission Bay Park and can’t imagine when this wasn’t part of San Diego. But those of you who were here in the early years of UC San Diego, can remember when Mission Bay Park was coming to fruition after decades of development.

  Here is a compilation of Mission Bay’s history from Wikipedia and San Diego Parks & Recreation.

  Mission Bay Park was originally a tidal marsh that was named “False Bay” by Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo in 1542. The San Diego River had historically shifted its terminus from San Diego Bay to the south, to “False Bay” to the north, until 1852 when the United States Army constructed the first dike along the south side of the river to prevent it from shifting back to San Diego Bay. This made “False Bay” an estuary outlet for San Diego River drainage. The dike failed shortly after its construction was finished, but paved the way for the current San Diego River flood control channel. During the late 1800s some recreational development began in “False Bay,” including the building of hunting and fishing facilities. These facilities were destroyed by flooding that took place years later.

  In 1944, a Chamber of Commerce committee recommended development of Mission Bay into a tourist and recreational center to help diversify the City’s economy, which was largely military. In the late 1940s, dredging and filling operations began converting the marsh into the jewel that is today Mission Bay Park. Twenty-five millions cubic yards of sand and silt were dredged to create the land forms of the park, which now is almost entirely man-made.

  Today Mission Bay has 27 miles (43 km) of shoreline, 19 of which are sandy beaches with eight locations designated as official swimming areas. Several of the water areas are dedicated or restricted to particular forms of water recreation, with specific separate areas for sailing, water skiing and personal watercraft use. Mission Bay is one of the premier locations in Southern California for the sport of rowing, or “crew.” One of the largest rowing regattas in the country is held on Mission Bay each year in the spring: the San Diego Crew Classic is a two-day competition in eight-oared shells rowed by more than 100 college, club, and senior crews.


     Kim Signoret-Paar, President, Oceanids, kspaar@ucsd.edu


  Special Announcements


Friends of the International Center

Friends Dinner Social - "Italia"

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Village #1, 15th Floor


6 - 9 pm

$10 UCSD Degree Students & International Scholars; $15/Friends Members; $20/Community


Offering Italia Menu del Giorno and Presentation and Concert after dinner


Seating is Limited and Reservations are Required by April 13, 2018

 at https://ficItaly2018.eventbrite.com




Spring Membership Luncheon


Thursday, May 24, 2018

11 am - 2 pm


Mission Beach Women's Club

840 Santa Clara Place

San Diego, CA  92109

858-488- 2628




Guest Speaker:  Molly McClain, Ph.D., Professor of History, University of San Diego


11am - Noon  Social Hour and Grab n' Go Table

Noon - 2pm  Tacos! Soda! Beer!, Speakers and Election


For registration form or more information,  please contact Olivia Dorman, 619-469-1924 or Mary Woo, mwoonew@gmail.com


To be voted on at the Spring Membership Luncheon

UCSD Oceanids 2018 - 2019 Board Slate


President:                         Kim Signoret-Paar

President-Elect:               TBD

First Vice President:         Nellie High

Second Vice President (Membership):   Mary Cutchin

Recording Secretary:       Mary Hanson

Treasurer:                        Jim Bunch

Financial Secretary:         Liz Winant

Nominating Committee*:   Susan Starr, Maxine Bloor (alternate, continuing), Beate Menzel, Barbara Bank


*Two additional Board members will be elected to the Nominating Committee at the June Board meeting







Oceanid's Kitchen Exchange Needs Your Help!


Temporary and long term helpers needed.  Come and have fun and meet interesting peope from around the world!


If you are interested, please contact Liz Fong Wills, ludditelizfong@gmail.com




Faculty Club News


Happy Hour

Every Wednesday and Thursday

4 - 7pm


Open to all Faculty, Staff, Alumni and the local Community


Faculty Club Membership not required





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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