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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

A great time was had by all at our annual Fall Brunch, held once again at University House. I hope you had a chance to meet our gracious hostess, Thespine Kavoulakis, who seemed to thoroughly enjoy our Oceanids invasion.  Many thanks to her and her staff, our co-chairs Barbara Bank and Diana Vines, and everyone else who helped make this event such a great success.

Although the focus of the Fall Brunch is our social side and our Interest Groups, we do work on our philanthropic and service endeavors throughout the year.  Newcomers and the Kitchen Exchange are always busy (thanks to Liz Fong Wills, Georgina Sham and the crew) and you’ll continue to hear from the Board about our Scholarships and Awards.  Oceanids members have been very generous and it means a great deal to those who benefit from our support.

Beate Menzel coordinates our Interest Groups, and questions should be directed to her.  Do please keep in mind that any member can start a new Interest Group with at least five interested people.  Our groups do come and go, which is fine.  Others, like bridge, go on forever because we tell ourselves that we’re exercising our brain, when it’s really all about having a good time together.  Fun and fellowship are what these groups are all about, so please don’t hesitate to get involved.  You’ll be glad you did.  

Thanksgiving will be over by the time you read this, but I do want to thank you all for your support and what you offer Oceanids.  Here’s wishing you the best for the Holidays and for 2015!

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


  Special Announcements


Oceanids and UCSD Newcomers

Whale Watching Trip

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Seaforth Sportsfishing

1717 Quivira Rd.

San Diego

Boat 1: 8:45 am , Boat 2: 12 pm

Adults:  $25; All Children under 12 yrs, including infants:  $13

Prepaid Reservations Only!! 

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



Friends of the International Center

Chinese New Year Dinner

Saturday, January 31, 2015



Followed by a  Special Presentation by Chris Wills, Japan's Off-the-Beaten-Path Places

Friends members:  $50, Students:  $25, Non-members:  $60

For more information and reservations, please contact  icfriends@ucsd.edu




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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