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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    

We are so grateful to Thespine Kavoulakis, Oceanids Honorary Chair and Associate of the Chancellor, for hosting us for the Fall Brunch in November.

As usual it was a huge success and enjoyed by all who came. Thespine is a wonderful hostess and made us feel so welcome. The decorations and the food was wonderful. The Dia de Los Muertos theme was great and I loved the memorial table to past Oceanid members no longer with us – so pretty and thoughtfully done.

It is December already and the festivities are beginning. Many of us are gathering with family and friends during the next few weeks and soon it will be 2020. It is time for reflection on all we have achieved in 2019 and what is to come in the New Year.

As one of our recent scholarship recipients told me recently - ‘Yes, the money is extremely helpful, especially as expenses have increased so much, but this award is a lot more than that – it is a sign of approval that means so much when we are applying for other funding” It is good to realize that our scholarship funds are so meaningful and leveraged by the students to help them even further - and that even a relatively small award can make all the difference. We will soon be sending you the annual report of Oceanids financials and thank you for your continued giving to these funds. Please be on the lookout for the report and consider an end-ofyear gift.

My very best wishes to all of you and your families for the holidays!

Nigella Hillgarth, President, Oceanids,

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

  Special Announcements


Friends of the International Center

Friends Dinner Social

"Cuisine of Thailand"

Saturday, February 1, 2020

6 - 9pm

The Village 15th Floor Meeting Rooms

Members/$25, Non-Members/$30, UCSD Degree Studends and International Scholars/$20, Children 5 -17/$10, Children under 5/free

Reservations due by Friday, January 24th at



San Diego Independent Scholars (SDIS) Lecture

"Kafka Project Update: The Search for Literary Treasure - The Missing Notebooks" and Love Letters.”

Kathi Diamant

Adjunct Professor , San Diego State University

Saturday, January 18, 2020


Room 111A, Chancellor's Cpmplex

SDIS  Meetings are at 1:30pm on the third Saturday of the month

For more information, www.sdscholars.org


Whale Watch

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Seaforth Sportfishing

1717 Quivira Rd., SD 92109

Boat 1:  9am - 12pm, Check-in at 8:30am

Boat 2:  12:30pm - 3:30pm, Check-in at 12pm

Adults/$26, All Children under 13yrs including infants/$23

For more information, contact Georgina, gbsham@gmail.com


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 2019-2020 Oceanids Board


Nigella Hillgarth

Immediate Past President

Kim Signoret-Paar

Second Vice President

Mary Cutchin (Membership)

Recording Secretary

Mary Hanson


Jim Bunch

Financial Secretary

Liz Winant

Nominating Committee*

Judy Vacquier (Continuing), Barbara Penn, Ginnie Das, Janet Goff (alternate), Judy Vacquier (cont.), Roswitha Enright






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