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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


The past few weeks have made me more aware than ever of just how dynamic and active an organization Oceanids is.  For one thing, we’re in the midst of our annual e-Bay fundraiser.  It’s going well, and I want to thank the many members who donated fabulous jewelry, textiles and collectables to the cause, and express my gratitude to the hard-working committee, especially our indefatigable but always cheerful chair, JudyVacquier. 

Of course we’re raising this money to support our undergraduate service awards and graduate fellowships.  At the last board meeting we elected to transition to a policy of giving the service awards to students at the end of their junior year rather than just before they graduate.  This should allow us to have more interaction with the students by inviting them to our fall brunch, but should also benefit the students by enhancing their resumes as they apply for jobs or graduate school.

Several of us participated in last month’s Campus Focus organized by Carole Ziegler.  We headed up to Scripps Ranch to see the earthquake table.  It’s a remarkable engineering feat that can very accurately assess the effects of seismic activity on all kinds of structures.

Also, several of us recently assisted at a Friday Café at the International Center.  The lunch had a Brazilian theme and everyone enjoyed the food and festivities. 

This month we’re embarking on a new venture by cosponsoring a workshop with three other  organizations, the League of Women Voters, the PTA, and Up for Ed.  The main focus will be the Common Core, the new K-12 curriculum that’s being implemented throughout the country with the hope of raising standards and improving critical thinking skills.  This is a good fit for us because we’re a group that’s all about education.  It will also help us understand curriculum and funding changes relevant to the school aged children in our families, and their parents. It’s set for Saturday, April 26; for more details please see the flyer elsewhere in our newsletter.  And call me if you have any questions or want a ride!

And to cap off the academic year, please plan on attending our Spring Luncheon on May 15. Barbara Bank and Diana Vines have planned a wonderful event as usual, and it’s a great way to get together as a group to celebrate friendship and service.

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


  Special Announcements


Visit Oceanids'

4th Annual E-Bay Auction


Oceanids' E-Bay Site



For unique treasures, take a look at what we have to offer.  Income received from sales will help fund Oceanids activities such as our undergraduate student service awards. 

For more information, please contact Judy Vacquier, 858-361-0418, jvacq@sbcglobal.net, or Mary Hanson, 858-456-1304, mhanson@san.rr.com.

This is our only fundraiser!



You are cordially invited to Oceanids'

Spring Membership Luncheon

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Bali Hai Restaurant

2230 Shelter Island Drive

San Diego 

$25/person RSVP by May 8, 2014

($30/person after May 8)

Special Feature:  Oceanids Treasures to Grab and Go


Mail your reservations and check payable to Oceanids to Barbara Bank, 9019 Oviedo St., San Diego, CA  92129.  Besure to include all names of guests.  For more information, contact Barbara, bbank@ucsd.edu.


(To be voted on at Spring Membership Luncheon)

Oceanids 2014-2015 Board

Slate of Candidates

President Mary Hanson
Immediate Past President Ruth Stern
President Elect Pending
1st Vice Presidents Barbara Bank, Diana Vines
2nd Vice President Mary Cutchin
Recording Secretary Ruth Stern
Treasurer Jan Ouren
Co-Financial Secretaries Liz Winant, Kim Siggnoret-Paar
Nominating Committee Irene Larimore (cont), Vicki Lindblade, Bev Douglas, Eila Haubrich (alt)


Learning in the 21st Century

Building a Pathway to Student Success

Common Core Curriculum

What is it?  Facts and Myths Debunked

Saturday, April 26, 2014

8:30am - 1:30pm

Ballard Parent  Center

2375 Congress St

San Diego, CA  92110

$10/advance $20/at door

Register by April 22nd at


This event is sponsored by:  Up for Ed, Oceanids, Nith District PTA and LWV


Desert Overnight Camping Trip

Friday, March 22nd through Sunday, March 24, 2014

Anza Borrego Desert State Park

$5/adult/night; $3/child under 12


Contact Carole Ziegler to reserve your spot or for more information, Cactus12Carole@gmail.com

 If you would like to go on a desert day hike only, join the Oceanids hikers.  For more information, please contact Roswitha Enright, renright@ucsd.edu .



What is Our Book Group Reading?

December 10    "The Lost Estate" by Henri Alain-Fournier

January 14    "Train Dreams" by Denis Johnson

February 11    "River of Shadows" by Rebecca Solnit

March 11    "The Garden of Evening Mists" by Tan Twan Eng

April 8    "Family Romance" by John Lanchester

May 13    "In the Memory of the Forest" by Charles T. Powers

June 10    TBA

July 8    Plays by Catherine Filloux

Please feel free to join us for any or all of our meetings!  We are a friendly, informal bunch who relish a lively discussion of interesting literature.  We meet on the second Tuesday of every month at 9:30am.  For more information, please contact Liz  at lizwinant@gmail.com .


UCSD Tours

Sundays, Year-Round at 2pm

South Gilman Information Pavilion

Cost:  Free


Reservations are required.  For more information and to check dates, visit www.ucsdnews.ucsd.ed/tours or call (858) 534-4414,  visitorsprogram@ucsd.edu



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