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View our newest Newsletter here!!!

Note:  Oceanids News will be available ONLY on-line, beginning with the October/November 2017 issue.


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


No sooner are we fully engaged in the academic year, then we find ourselves galloping into the holidays and a new year! But first a brief recap … in October, the Oceanids annual Fall Brunch provided an opportunity for members and newcomers to socialize and to talk during brunch at tables hosted by interest group chairs and members. We were again wonderfully hosted at the Audrey Geisel University House by Thespine Kavoulakis, Oceanids Honorary Chair and Associate of the Chancellor. Thespine outdid herself this year with the centerpiece decorations – “boiling” cauldrons surrounded by spooky incantation ingredients (not to be eaten) and a handy tent card with two spells from a wide array of literary sources, Shakespeare to Harry Porter to Homer! Every table had a different set of spells/incantations, maybe a book in the making? 

 At the brunch, I talked briefly about the amazing growth of the campus. Use this http://plandesignbuild.ucsd.edu/projects/videos.html#Expanded-Core for the Chancellor’s message of “The Transformation of UC San Diego” and use this http://onthego.ucsd.edu/projects/trolley-lrt.html (please paste the URL into your internet browser) to go to a fly over video. The UC San Diego Blue Trolley line is finally becoming a reality … you can now see the pillars taking shape. Construction started October 2016 and it is expected to start service in 2021. 

  The brunch gave us an opportunity to hear an inspiring presentation from one of our Oceanids Undergraduate Service Award recipients – Revelle student Kishan Desai. The Undergraduate Student Service Award of $1,000 is given annually to an outstanding student in each of six colleges, selected by the respective dean of students. In the past to fund our fellowship and scholarship funds, we have engaged in a variety of fundraisers, which included the theater party, bus trip to a museum, the sale of the La Jolla Money Book and an Oceanids Cookbook, and annual donations. These days our members are generously giving throughout the year to our various fellowship and scholarship funds and the Oceanids General Projects Fund. We will once again be sending you an annual report on the use of the funds. Please be on the lookout for this report and consider giving a year-end gift. Now on to the newsletter … and my best wishes to all of you and your families for the holidays and the New Year!!


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


  Special Announcements


Friends of the International Center

Friends Dinner Social

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Village #1/West, 15th floor


6 - 9pm

$20/person for community members; $15/Friends members; $10 UCSD degree students, International Scholars

Offering a menu featuring the cuisine of the Philippines


Reservation required by  November 24, 2017

 at http://ficphilippines2017.eventbrite.com




Whale Watching Excursions


Saturday, January 27, 2018


Seaforth Sportsfishing

1717 Quivira Rd.

San Diego  92109


Boat #1  9am - 12pm, checkin at 8:30am


Boat #2 12:30 - 3:30pm, check-in at 12pm




$13/All Children 12yrs and under


**Special Power Point Presentation, Tuesday, January 23rdby Dr, Thomas Jefferson,  at 6:30pm, Study Abroad Dance Hall to prepare you for the trip.


For more information, please contact Liz Fong-Wills, ludditelizfong@gmail.com or Georgina Sham, gbsham@gmail.com




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 or Jim Chase, jim.chase1@cox.net




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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