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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    

I find it hard to realize that Fall Is here already.  It’s strange to me that in these difficult and uncertain days, time goes so quickly or at least it has for me -What a spring and summer It has been!

I hope all of you are keeping well and as happy as possible in these times. It has been so interesting to me to learn the many different ways in which you have been coping with the new normal. Baking, gardening and language skills have reached new heights, and book clubs and virtual musical soirees are flourishing. Many Oceanid interest groups are very active and I hope those of you who are not involved in an interest group at the moment will take this opportunity to find out which groups are active and the interesting ways in which members are keeping virtually connected.

We have an exciting list of Sounding Board speakers and I am looking forward to this lecture series. Our YouTube channel will be up soon and then you will be able to see past talks that you have missed.

I am looking forward to the virtual Fall brunch on November 7th. I hope many of you will be able to attend.  It’s an opportunity To catch up and to hear from a student who will talk to us about their work that and how an Oceanid award helped them.

As I write this, some students have begun to return to campus. I am watching with great interest how the year progresses at UCSD and wish students, staff and faculty a safe Quarter.

It is a sadness to me that as I continue into my second year as President of Oceanids that I cannot meet and spend time with you, and I look forward to the time when we gather in person again. In the meantime, stay safe and be well!

Nigella Hillgarth, President, Oceanids,

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

  Special Announcements


Oceanids' Fall Brunch

Saturday, November 7, 2020

1pm  (via Zoom) 

(Link will be sent to members a week before the meeting)

Featuring a Sneak Peak Virtual Tour of  UCSD's NEW Craft Center

Presented by Annika Nelson, Director

and Presentations by Oceanids' Undergraduate Service Award Recipients  and Interest Group Chairs

For more information or questions, contact 1st vice president, Kim Signoret-Paar.


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, Liz Winant on p. 5 of our current newsletter.)


San Diego Independent Scholars (SDIS) Lecture Series

(via Zoom)

"What's in the Air We Breathe?

 Vicki H. Grassian, Ph.D.

Chair, Department pf Chemistry and Biochemistry, UCSD

Saturday, October 17, 2020, 1:30pm


"Sexuality Across the Lifespan"

Eric Castelloe, M.D.

Saturday, November 21, 2020, 1:30pm


For Zoom Links, 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)



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 2020-2021 Oceanids Board


Nigella Hillgarth

Immediate Past President

1st Vice President

Kim Signoret-Paar

Kim Signoret-Paar

2nd Vice President

Mary Cutchin (Membership)

Recording Secretary

Mary Hanson


Jim Bunch

Financial Secretary

Liz Winant

Nominating Committee*

 Janet Goff (cont.), Liz Johnson, Sue Corringham (alt.), Diana Vines, Jan Ouren, Beate Menzel






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