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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    

At the end of the academic year and beginning of summer, the rituals of a university campus continue. One of these rituals is one of my favorites: the Oceanids Undergraduate Service Awards. As I write this, six young people have been selected by the deans of Student Affairs at each of the six undergraduate colleges and are being honored at their annual awards banquets with certificates and $1,000 award letters from Oceanids. They each have amazing accomplishments and remarkable stories. I look forward to meeting them at our fall brunch.

This year another ritual, the “changing of the guard” -- the election of new officers, gives us a new president. I’m looking forward to working with Nigella Hillgarth, our incoming Oceanids President. She will be an excellent leader and a great asset to Oceanids as we head into the continuing expansion and change on campus.

This next year will see the closing of the center of campus to make way for a major change: the establishment of a welcome entrance to the campus, the Triton Pavilion. The International Center, now known as Global Education, will be located here along with an Alumni and Welcome Center, UC San Diego Extension, and Student Health and Wellbeing. Here is a link to a video on the new project: https://plandesignbuild.ucsd.edu/projects/videos.html#University-Center

Keeping on the theme of change, the North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood (NTPLLN) continues to rise into the sky in the area that was once the Muir College parking lots. Included in this space, which will open in the fall of 2020, will be much needed campus parking and the rebirth of the Craft Center. Currently there is an outreach to join the NTPLLN Artisans Network and recreate the flourishing Craft Center community; this includes students, staff, faculty, retirees/emeriti and community artists. If you are interested, please contact me. Here is a video of the new Craft Center: https://vimeo.com/264335548

This is my adieu message to you and I will leave with a message of joy. I have been involved with the university since 2001, a short time in comparison to some of you, but long enough to see amazing change. During this time I was involved in the closing of the International Center and the Craft Center, and the efforts to recreate those centers and create a Wellness Center for students. I am overjoyed that these projects are in the works and on the horizon! Enjoy your summer! See you in the fall for a new year. Now on to the newsletter …


Kim Signoret-Paar, President, Oceanids, kspaar@ucsd.edu


  Special Announcements


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.)



(Accepted at the Spring Luncheon)

UCSD 2019-2020 Oceanids Board


Nigella Hillgarth

Immediate Past President

Kim Signoret-Paar

Second Vice President

Mary Cutchin (Membership)

Recording Secretary

Mary Hanson


Jim Bunch

Financial Secretary

Liz Winant

Nominating Committee*

Judy Vacquier (Continuing), Barbara Penn, Ginnie Das, Janet Goff (alternate)

*Two board members to be elected at the June Board meeting



UCSD Oceanids Newcomers Commitee & The Friends of the International Center invite you to

July 4th Celebration


Martin Johnson House

8840 Biological Grade

La Jolla,CA


Free parking ta UCSD Parking Lots P011 through P014


$6/UCSD Adults; $25/Friends Members; $3/Children 2 - 10 yrs, Infants free



Register at:




For more information, contact lynnjahn@gmail.com


Interested in Joining our Team?

Volunteer Opportunities

Hiking San Diego Interest Group - Drivers Needed

Great opportunity to meet visiting scholars and students from around the world and enjoy a nice hike around San Diego County.

Interest Groups, Insurance Coordinator

Assist Interest Group Leaders with insurance application for off-campus meetingsand organization of insurance policy collection.  Only email communication is needed.

Computer Software Installation and Database Conversion

We will be installing a new computer for the Oceanids office and need assistance with migrating our databases to the new computer. 

If you are are interested in any of the above, please contact Kim, kspaar@ucsd.edu.



New Oceanids' Interest Groups

Gardening with California Native Plants

 Meeting Monthly

To visit native plant gardens and nurseries, share references and information while learning ways to attract birds, butterflies, other native insects and to help the environment and save water at the same time.

Contact Judy Vacquier, jvacq@sbcglobal.net for more information.


Tapas on Thursday

Meets 4th Thursday at Member's home

Share homemade appetizers, tapas or dips.  First meeting June 27, 2019.  For more details contact, Barbara at bbank@ucsd.edu


Congratulations to our 2018 Awardees:

Oceanid of the Year:        Liz Fong-Wills

Inaugural Liz Fong-Wills Outstanding Service Award:    Liz Fong-Wills

International Service Awards:    Georgina Sham and Roswitha Enright

Maxine E. White Award:    Nancy Groves

Oceanids Special Service Award:    Maxine Bloor




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