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New:  Sounding Board Lecture Links can be found in our Links section.


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

After two years in this job I have made many wonderful friends in Oceanids, and I hope those friendships continue to thrive in the years ahead.  I have enjoyed the opportunity to serve as president.  The support I have received from the Board, Interest Group chairs and the membership at large has meant a great deal.  I am proud to be associated with a group that does so much for UCSD students. 

Oceanids is very fortunate to have such a talented, experienced and thoughtful member as Liz Bonkowsky who agreed to serve as incoming president.  You will all enjoy working with her and I know you will give her the same kind of support and encouragement you have given me. 

I’ll continue to serve on the Board as recording secretary.  And I never miss Oceanids bridge if I can help it

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


I am honored that you have chosen me to be your next Oceanids president.  For me, the Good News is also the Bad News.  This is a wonderful organization that manages to combine friendship, interests, and good works.  It is just amazing how much we do.  One of the past presidents told me not to be nervous because after two years, she was still discovering new things about the Oceanids. 

But this is just the problem.  There is so much going on that I despair of ever mastering the job.  I will rely heavily on past officers for the necessary institutional memory.  And my plea to you is to keep on doing whatever it is you are doing - we are not only working well together but also just plain enjoying ourselves. 

Please read the newsletter and consult the website.  You, too, will be impressed with all we do. Have a pleasant and relaxing summer.  We will gather in the fall to carry on our activities and friendships.

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



  Special Announcements


UC San Diego Triton 5K and Festival

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Race Starts at 9am

North Point Ln

(In front of Track and Field Facility)

Join Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla and 3,000 fellow students, alumni, staff, faculty and friends for a 3.1 mile adventure through the heart of campus—past iconic campus landmarks like the world-renowned Geisel Library and the Stuart Collection’s “Sun God.”

For more information and Registration, please visit





4th of July Picnic

Saturday, July 4, 2015



UCSD International Center


Cost: $6/adults; $3/child 2-10yrs; Infants free


RSVP by Monday, June 29, 2015


Menu:  Hot dogs with  buns and condiments, vegetarian baked beans, potato salad, brownies, watermelon, wine and lemonade


For more information and reservations, contact Georgina Sham, gbsham@gmail.com


Oceanids Board  2015-2016


President Liz Bonkowsky
First Vice Presidents Irene Larrimore
Susan Starr
Second Vice President(membership) Mary Cutchin
Recording Secretary Mary Hanson
Treasurer Jim Bunch
Co-Financial Secretaries Liz Winant
Kim Signoret-Paar
Nominating Committee* Hulya Saygin (cont)
Maxine Bloor (alt)
Bernie Sisco
Marion Spors
*Two additional Board Members to be elected at June Board meeting



Save the date!

Oceanids Fall Brunch

Saturday, November 2, 2015



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.



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