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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.

Renewing Members

If you would like to renew your Oceanids membership, download a renewal membership form and follow the instructions listed on the form.

President's Message    

I hope you had a good summer full of friends and family despite the ongoing travails of the times.  At the time of writing it seems unlikely that we can get together in person indoors before the end of October and maybe not until the beginning of next year depending on university regulations.  Don’t forget that you can check on the website re events at https://returntolearn.ucsd.edu/resources/event-planning/index.html for up-to-date information for UC San Diego.  If things change we will let you know via the listserv, however interest groups that can meet outdoors will hopefully be able to get together this Fall.

Virtual programs such as Sounding Board and several of the interest groups will be meeting again via zoom starting in September and I am looking forward to the exciting speakers that Nellie has lined up for us on Sounding Board. 

I will finish by sharing one of my favorite bird photos of the summer: A little Blue Heron and a Snowy Egret side-by-side on the San Diego River. To me it’s sums up the Ying and Yang of the year!



 Very best to all of you and stay well and safe!

Nigella Hillgarth, President, Oceanids,

Want to learn more about Nigella? - Visit page 10 of our October newsletter.

  Special Announcements


Oceanids Fall Brunch

in person and a little different!

Docent Led Tour of the

Mingei International Museum

at Balboa Park

Wednesday, November 17, 2021



Mingei members and passport holders, free of charge

Tour will begin promptly at 10:30am for approximately one hour.  Lunch will be a do it yourself activity and not a group lunch.  After lunch you may return to explore the museum on your own.  More details to follow, along with registration information. 

More questions, contact 1st Vice President, Kim Signoret-Paar.




UCSD Oceanids Board 2021-2022

  President Nigella Hillgarth
  Immediate Past President Kim Signoret-Paar
  President-Elect TBD
  First Vice President Kim Signoret-Paar
  Second Vice President (membership) Mary Cutchin
  Recording Secretary Mary Hanson
  Treasurer Jim Bunch
Financial Secretary Liz Winant
  Nominating Committee* Jan Ouren (continuing), Steve Leon, Judy Vacquier, Liz Bonkowsky, Beate Menzel, Roswitha Enright



Oceanids' Gallery of Arts and Crafts

As our Oceanids' membership includes many artists, we are offering Oceanids members an opportunity to show and share their creations. We encourage you to submit one of your art works, along with a short bio of yourself, to be published in our newsletter--available online to members and the public.

To exhibit your work, please send a .jpg of your work and a short bio to jouren5353@gmail.com.



San Diego Independent Scholars (SDIS) Lecture Series 

"American Citizens as Survivors of the Hiroshima Atomic Bomb: Adding a Chapter to the History of the United States"

Dr. Gloria R. Montebruno Saller

Saturday, September 18, 2021

1:30 pm via Zoom


For information, contact sandiegoindependentscholars@gmail.com

For more information about SDIS, visit www.sdscholars.org

(SDIS  Meetings are normally held at 1:30pm on the third Saturday of the month, Room 111A, Chancellor's Complex, are now meeting via Zoom)




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.)





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