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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

Woody Has it Right! 

Welcome, Oceanids, to another year filled with interesting events and projects.  I think what I like most about the Oceanids is that we are multi-functional. We enjoy each other’s talents and personalities in our interest groups and our social occasions.  Meanwhile we are carrying on worthwhile projects and contributing to the good of the campus and the well-being of many students and faculty. I continue to receive thank-you notes and letters from students and university projects to which we have been able to lend a hand or contribute funds. (Need I mention that funds are always welcome! We are pleased thus far with contributions that have come in along with the fall membership renewals.)

 As many of you know, this has not been an easy summer for us. Under the leadership (and hard work) of president-elect Kim Signoret-Paar, we have packed up the Pavilion and Kitchen Exchange which turned out to be much more difficult than I had foreseen. Turns out we had much more stored than we had remembered! We have moved our office into the McGill Hall of Muir College and our monthly Board meetings also will take place there. The IFSO office, also relocated from the old International Center, has been very welcoming to us. We are cooperating to bring our little office into a comfortable and useful space. How to keep the Kitchen Exchange operating has been difficult to solve but we now have at least a temporary solution. The administration has put two large containers in front of the old International Center building. We will outfit one for the Kitchen Exchange and the Resale Shop will use the other for storage. Take a look when you are in the neighborhood! These are temporary solutions but at least useful for the time being. As we look at the year ahead, the Board is optimistic that we can carry on with our regular programs.

 We have seen some interesting long-term planning for the UCSD campus which indicates it will be reoriented to take advantage of the arrival of the trolley. It is hoped that a “gateway” structure will be built and the International Center can be reconstituted within the new complex. But in truth, not very soon! In the meantime, the functions of the Center have been scattered around the campus – certainly not an ideal situation. The old IC has been declared unsafe and it has been decided that bringing it up to standard would be too costly, if even possible. We expect it will eventually be torn down. In the meantime, the Friends are making good use of the small pavilions for some of their programs.

 Woody Allen is credited with saying that 80% of success is showing up. We need you, our members, to show up! Make an extra effort to participate and support your officers in the coming year. Read the Oceanid newsletters. RSVP for functions so we know you still exist. Our first Sounding Board of the season will be October 6 at the Faculty Club, with Mary Hanson bringing us the League of Women Voters’ take on the upcoming election ballot propositions. Our fall brunch will be held on October 29 at the Chancellor’s lovely home. Participate in your interest groups. Keep an eye out for new members. Consider giving us a hand with the moving if we contact you. If you live out of the area, we sure would like to hear from you – drop us a line and tell us something about yourself. We are coming off a very successful year – let’s keep up the good work even in new surroundings.

     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



Save the Date! Invitations should be arriving to you soon!


Oceanids Fall Brunch Luncheon




October 9, 2016

10:30am - 1pm





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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