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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.

Renewing Members

If you would like to renew your Oceanids membership, download a renewal membership form and follow the instructions listed on the form.

President's Message    

I hope you are all enjoying the Spring and the better weather that this time of year brings. Recently I went birding with friends. In 2019 that would have been such an ordinary sentence to write but now, in the spring of 2021, it’s full of excitement and hope as it was the first time in a year that I got together with a group. Yes, we were outdoors and masked but the Oceanids birding group, the Avi Sets, had the first in-person meeting since the winter of 2020!

Many of us have been fully vaccinated or are about to be vaccinated and the hopeful future I talked about in the last newsletter is slowly and cautiously becoming reality. I know that we won’t be getting back to life as it was before the pandemic anytime soon but being able to spend time with friends and family again is wonderful. We will still be virtual in many things that we do for a long time to come and that includes several of our interest groups as well as our virtual spring get together in May. I look forward to seeing many of you at this event and at our Sounding Board lecture series.

UCSD is carefully and thoughtfully planning to open campus over the coming months with a fuller return to the classrooms in the Fall. The university has an excellent website called ‘Return to Learn’ with details of the latest re-opening plans. https://returntolearn.ucsd.edu

 Very best to all of you and stay well and safe!

Nigella Hillgarth, President, Oceanids,

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

  Special Announcements


Oceanids Campus Focus Event

Virtual Tour of UC San Diego Stuart Collection

Thursday, April 29, 2021


Guilded by

Mary Beebe, Director of the Stuart Collection


Suzan Cioffi, Director, UCSD Retirement Resource Center

via Zoom: 


This is an opportunity to learn more about this outstanding contemporary sculpture collection on the UC San Diego campus. The collection features the work of artists such as Niki de Saint Phalle, Robert Irwin and John Baldessari, to mention a few of its internationally acclaimed artists.  



Oceanids Spring Annual Membership Luncheon

Thursday, May 20, 2021


via Zoom



Presentations and performances from a variety of our Interest Groups,

Recognition of awards,

Election of slate of officers


For more information, please contact Kim Signoret-Paar,  kspaar@outlook.com


UCSD Oceanids Board Slate 2021-2022

  President Nigella Hillgarth
  Immediate Past President Kim Signoret-Paar
  President-Elect TBD
  First Vice President Kim Signoret-Paar
  Second Vice President (membership) Mary Cutchin
  Recording Secretary Mary Hanson
  Treasurer Jim Bunch
Financial Secretary Liz Winant
  Nominating Committee* Jan Ouren (continuing), Steve Leon, Judy Vacquier, Liz Bonkowsky

    *Two board members to be elected at the June Board meeting 


Oceanids' Gallery of Arts and Crafts

As our Oceanids' membership includes many artists, we are offering Oceanids members an opportunity to show and share their creations. We encourage you to submit one of your art works, along with a short bio of yourself, to be published in our newsletter--available online to members and the public.

To exhibit your work, please send a .jpg of your work and a short bio to jouren5353@gmail.com.

(See this month's featured artist, Cliff McReynolds on p. 8 of our current newsletter.)



San Diego Independent Scholars (SDIS) Lecture Series 

"Are the Roman and American Republics Similarly Fated?"

Edward Watts, Ph.D.

Chair and Professor, Department of History UCSD

Alkiviadis Vassiliadis Endowed Chair

Saturday,April 17, 2021

1:30 pm via Zoom


For information, contact sandiegoindependentscholars@gmail.com

For more information about SDIS, visit www.sdscholars.org

(SDIS  Meetings are normally held at 1:30pm on the third Saturday of the month, Room 111A, Chancellor's Complex, are now meeting via Zoom)




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.)





For questions regarding the website, please contact Mary Woo, mwoonew@gmail.com