Oceanids Logo bw


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

Has this ever happened to you? You step up to the elevator and the woman next to you pushes the “up” button. The elevator arrives and the doors open. The two lighted arrows above the door point up. The illuminated sign above the door reads “up.” The woman next to you asks, “Is this elevator going up?” Do you want to scream, “No, you ninny, what do you think? It’s going sideways.”

Those who volunteer or are elected to offices in Oceanids try very hard to keep us all informed.  But don’t be clueless - be responsible.  Take advantage of all the sources of information so that you can participate fully in the friendship, interest groups, and service opportunities Oceanids offers.  Send in that RSVP.  Show up on time.  Pay attention to parking difficulties (one of the top difficulties we face!).  Believe us that when several sources of information say it is going up, it probably is going up!

Our most interesting publication, of course, is the Newsletter, edited by Roswitha Enright.  We try very hard to include accurate information on upcoming events.  Even when we are not yet sure of the details - like our upcoming White Elephant Party, February 6, we give you a heads up with a “save the date.”  Take a good look at the newsletter and make a note of upcoming events.

Our other best source of information is the Oceanids website, which Mary Woo keeps updated.  I recently experienced her updating it from France through the magic of the Internet and her own tech ability!  There is a long address connected to the website, but Mary tells me the easiest way to access it is to Google “Oceanids UCSD” and it will be the first choice listed.  Click on it, and the site will pop up immediately.

New developments and last-minute announcements are taken care of by targeted membership list-serves, supervised by Judy Vacquier. Interest groups have their own means of communication. All our communications benefit from your input.  Let us know what is happening, what you enjoyed, where you are, and what interested you.  Beyond the “what and where”, we very much enjoy knowing more about “you.”  Roswitha is happy to include relevant photos (but probably not of your grandchildren)

But back to the elevator.  The truth is, we are sometimes badly served by technology. Many of you received a nonsensical message from me last month through the magic of hacked e-mail.  Sometimes we press “up” but it goes down.  We like to have that human reassurance that the person already on the elevator is indeed going up or that the interest group will meet as scheduled.  So if you have doubts, ask.  Consult a person you trust.

   But first, read the newsletter and check the website!

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


  Special Announcements


Oceanids and UCSD Newcomers

Whale Watching Trip

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Seaforth Sportsfishing

1717 Quivira Rd., SD  92109

Boat 1:  8:30am - 12:00pm

Boat 2:  12:00pm - 3:30pm

Adults: $25; Children(including infants): $13

Reservations are Required


For questions and reservations, please contact Georgina, gbsham@gmail.com



White Elephant Sale and Party


Saturday, February 6, 2016


11:00am - 1:30pm

UCSD International Center


Bring your cherished, beautiful but unwanted items to the pavilion and donate them to Oceanids.  Different "Grab and Go" tables will be for differently priced items.  Those not sold may be donated to the Friends' Resale Shop.  A light lunch will be provided.  Bring cash and your checkbook.


Save the Date


Oceanids Spring Luncheon


Thursday, May 19, 2016


Bali Hai Restaurant


(Details to follow)



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