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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

 Have you noticed when reading the paper or a national magazine how often UCSD is mentioned?  The university our Oceanids group supports is truly a leading institution.  Of course, there’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography, which started it all.  Scripps scientists are often quoted.  However, UCSD has become strong in many disciplines in both science and the humanities.  As a consequence, it attracts scholars from all over the world, and competition for admission is fierce.  I doubt any university has catapulted to the top so quickly, with the possible exception of Harvard in the 17th century.


As your President, I very much enjoy having a reason to be on campus often.  I also am proud to represent Oceanids at UCSD events.  In October I was pleased to be able to attend the reception at University House for new faculty as well as those being promoted.  It was a festive gathering for these fortunate few and I was impressed by the diversity and excellence of the group.  In November I attended the annual Scholarship Breakfast.  Oceanids is invited because of our scholarship programs.  We had the opportunity to hear from several undergraduate students about just what a difference financial support has made in their lives, allowing them not only to attend an ever more expensive UCSD, but also to engage in meaningful research.


I’m looking forward to the Hearts and Scholars dinner in February, another event recognizing both scholarship recipients and donors.  We are all fortunate to be part of the UCSD family, and it is my privilege to represent Oceanids at events like these.  Our support is very much valued and appreciated.

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


  Special Announcements


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

Register on-line at:


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



Friends of the International Center  Dinner Social

Celebrating Global Friendship

Saturday, February 7, 2015


UCSD International Center

Friends members: $15, Students: $10, Non-members: $20


Register on-line at:


For more information, 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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