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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

It's Cozy Time! 

I think over the past decade, all of us were rooting for the chancellor’s home. We had some uneasy years when it was doubtful that it would be preserved.  The odds were formidable – perched on the edge of the cliffs, a burial ground for Native Americans, wood rot, you name it.  Thanks in part to the generosity of Audrey Geisel, and an ingenious architect, the daunting tasks were taken on and the result is impressive.  Many of our senior members have fond memories of events at the house and those of us who came on the scene later wondered what the fuss was about.  Now that we’ve seen it, thanks to the hospitality of our honorary chair Thespine Kavoulakis, we understand.  It is an interesting building on a wondrous site.  It could be a museum and it is, indeed, a showpiece.  But Thespine and her family are slowly making it into something more – a warm and inviting home.

Tis the season for “warm and inviting.” I like to think of it as the cozy time of year.  The cooler weather suits me just fine – I can dig out my sweatshirts and bundle up in those sweaters my mother knit.  She used real wool and they are seriously warm.  (Unfortunately, moths also think highly of them so I’ve had to do a bit of mending!)  It’s time for warm soups and hot cocoa, candlelight and hot cider.


Of course it’s also the time of year when we love to indulge in cynicism.  Christmas decorations before Columbus Day? Arguments over “holiday” mugs? Black Friday sales at the beginning of November? Overwhelming princess paraphernalia? Amazing (and expensive) computer games?  But I say, why waste our time on cynicism?  We should sit back and let it all roll over us.  There is so much beauty out there from oratorios to decorated mugs!  You don’t have to buy a rhinestone tiara or blast aliens away if you don’t want to!  Instead, take some time to think warm and cozy thoughts about what this season means for you.  Think about what you buy and even better, think about what you are giving.  As my son said sweetly last week after I suggested an ambitious schedule for the visiting grandchildren, “sure we want to enjoy San Diego but mostly we just want to hang with the grandparents.”  Or as my terrific daughter-in-law said to us once, “we lead busy lives and it’s so wonderful to have a grandparent focus on a child with undivided attention.”

This is the time to give others some undivided attention.  You can think of those who are neglected in the rush all around us.  Someone you know would probably be glad to just “hang” for a while.  Think of your acquaintances and think again – what do you really know about them and their interests and hopes?  This is the season for tea and a chat.

When we speak to the recipients of our Oceanids awards we quickly find out how much they have meant to them.  Of course, they need the money - have you checked the costs of university life recently?  But they tell us that they also appreciate being noticed for their efforts to make good grades and help others.  Remember them when you are making out your lists.  You could also think about volunteering a bit of your time to the Oceanids’ and Friends’ projects for students and newcomers.

May your holiday season be cozy and may your friendships be warm.

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


  Special Announcements



Oceanids Board

2016 - 2017


President:     Liz Bonkowsky

President-Elect:     Kim Signoret-Paar

First Vice Presidents:     Chris Chase,  Olivia Dorman

Second Vice President:     Mary Cutchin (membership)

Recording Secretary:     Mary Hanson

Treasurer:     Jim Bunch

Co-Financial Secretaries:     Liz Winant, Kim Signoret-Paar

Nominating Committee* :     Hulya Saygin (cont.), Maxine Bloor (alt.), Diana Vines, Marion Spors, Mary Cutchin, Mary Hanson





Oceanid's Kitchen Exchange Needs Your Help!


Temporary and long term helpers needed.  Come and have fun and meet interesting peope from around the world!


If you are interested, please contact Liz Fong Wills, ludditelizfong@gmail.com or Jim Chase, jim.chase1@cox.net





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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