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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 that everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving. I had a wonderful time in Arizona —my first trip out of San Diego in 6 months. 

The Fall Luncheon at the Chancellor's House was spectacular - thank you, Thespine - good food, beautiful weather (i.e., no rain), sunshine and shade umbrellas.  Also, thanks to Marion Spors for organizing the Spring Luncheon. 

Liz Fong Wills is planning an Oceanids whale watching trip in January.  If you haven't been for a few years, you might enjoy an open-air boat ride and see some whales.

Here's hoping that more of the interest groups will be able to meet in person in 2023. 

Happy Holidays!  Happy New Year!

Jim Bunch, President, Oceanids

  Special Announcements


Highlights from Our

Wonderful Witchy

Oceanids Fall Brunch



Thank you, Thespine and Marion for a wonderful afternoon!


Kitchen Exchange Now Open!


9:15 to 11:15am


Oceanids' Annual

Whale Watching Trip

Guilded by Tom Jefferson, PhD , Marine Mammologist

Sunday, January 29, 2023

10am to 1pm

For more information, contact Liz Fong-Wills.


Oceanids Board

2022 - 2023

  President Jim Bunch
  First Vice President Marion Spors
  Second Vice President
Mary Cutchin
  Recording Secretary Mary Hansen
  Treasurer Jan Ouren
  Financial Secretary Liz Winant
  Nominating Committee* Olivia Dorman
Bev Douglas (alt)
Steve Leon (cont)
Susan Starr
Mary Woo
Nigella Hillgarth



Triton Food Pantry

Providing a discreet service to UCSD students in need of food

Food Donations (prepackaged) to be Collected at the

Kitchen Exchange

Now open Fridays

9:15 to 11:15 am

For more information about the Food Pantry



Questions? Contact Liz Fong Wills or Marion Spors



Volunteer Opportunity

UCSD International Students and Programs Office's

English-in-Action (EIA) Program

Conversation Program is looking for volunteers who will enjoy meeting with an international student, scholar or spouse for 1-2 hours on a weekly basis to assist them in improving their English conversation skills and to share our American culture. Participating in EIA is provides considerable cultural insight and a deeper appreciation for diversity which helps students gain a greater respect and appreciation for other cultures. No knowledge of foreign languages or teaching experience is required. EIA volunteers attend an orientation session and have access to the materials and resources of the International Students & Programs Office.   Conversation leaders can work with participants individually or in small groups and typically meet for 1-2 hours/week at a location that is convenient for both, including remote meetings, on campus or off campus.

Please visit http://bit.ly/EIATutorExperiences to hear what current and past volunteers have shared about their experiences with EIA. To apply or for more information, please visit our website: eia.ucsd.edu Questions? Please email Shelly Taskin at eia@ucsd.edu



UCSD Art Power

Music, Dance, Special Events

For more information, visit




UCSD Covid Rules

(updated every Wednesday)



Masking is encouraged but not required


All must wear masks.  Fully vaccinated may remove masks when eating and drinking.  The unvaccinated may remove masks when eating and drinking when physically distanced from others.

Off Campus:

San Diego County Covid rules apply.  Masks are recommended for all indoor public settings.  Masks are required on public transportation, indoors, K-12 settings, senior centers, healthcare settings, detention centers and homeless shelters.


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.



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,

 https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/education/story/2019-05-24/ucsd-to-create-grand-front-door-thats-meant-to-be-destination-like-harvard-yard .  e 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.)




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