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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 start of a new university year reminds me of a round (canon) we used to sing at Girl Scout meetings and summer camp:  Make new friends, but keep the old; One is silver and the other gold.  We in Oceanids have great opportunities to make and keep friends.


When I checked the mail in the office a few weeks ago, our box was full of membership renewals.  I was struck by the number that came from members who no longer live in the area.  Clearly, they remain interested in keeping in touch with old friends.  If you are one of these, we value your membership and we are always glad to hear from you.  Send us a note and maybe a photo to keep us up to date on your doings.  We sometimes read letters at the Board meetings from those who live some distance away.  It’s always fun to hear from you.

Then there is the new generation who often come to us through the interest groups.  Make sure you reach out to them with information and hints on how to make the best of their lives in the San Diego area.  Do extend a helping hand to new contacts at work, clubs, church.  Let people know about the interest groups and the worthwhile activities of the Oceanids.  Together as a group, we make a difference for good in the UC San Diego community.


And what about all of us here?  Have we gotten so used to each other that we sometimes miss new events and interests in our lives?  Reach out and talk about something different – hobbies, travel, grandkids, weird experiences (and there have been a lot of them, believe me).  Deepen the friendships we already have.  I came across some old Oceanids mugs in the cupboard.  Along with an ornate mermaid, they have the motto "Friendship and Service" - that's what we are about.  Let's make a point of tending friendships in this new season.

     Liz Bonkowsky, President, Oceanids, lizbonkowsky@yahoo.com


  Special Announcements


Oceanids Fall Brunch

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Audrey Geisel University House

10:30am - 1:00pm

Hosted by Thespine Kavoulakis, Associate of the Chancellor

Invitations will be delivered to Oceanids members via USPS.  Please respond promptly, as space is limited.

For questions, please contact Susan Starr, susanstarr1@gmail.com


Friends of the International Center

113th Ethnic Dinner for Scholarships


Peruvian Dinner

and Illustrated talk by Professor Chris Wills


Saturday, October 17, 2015



UCSD International Center


Cost: $50/Friends; $60/community; $25/degree enrolled UCSD students and/or visiting scholars

Late Reservations:  $5, or may be refused


RSVP by Friday, October 9, 2015


(Reservation form can be found on page 5 of our Newsletter)


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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