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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    

This week we had the Spring Luncheon at Bali Hai and it was wonderful to see many members that I had not seen for such a long time. It was a joy to meet in person again!

This is my last letter as President of Oceanids. It has been an honor and a pleasure even though it has been during such strange times for us all. Thank you for being so welcoming and helpful to me during my tenure. I look forward to continuing to be involved with Oceanids in the future.

I am so pleased to welcome Jim Bunch as the incoming President. Jim has worked tirelessly for Oceanids over the years and I am delighted he has accepted the position. I hope you all have a great summer and I look forward to seeing many of you at the Fall Brunch.

Best Wishes,

Nigella Hillgarth, President, Oceanids

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

Read about Nigella's journhey to Antarctica on page 4 of April's newsletter.

  Special Announcements



Oceanids Board Slate

(Approved at Oceanids' Spring Luncheon)

2022 - 2023


  President Jim Bunch
  First Vice President Marion Spors
  Second Vice President
Mary Cutchin
  Recording Secretary Mary Hansen
  Treasurer Jan Ouren
  Financial Secretary Liz Winant
  Nominating Committee* Olivia Dorman
Bev Douglas (alt)
Steve Leon (cont)
Susan Starr

* Two additional board members will be elected June meeting



New Oceanids Interest Group

Boogie Boarding Buddies

Meets Saturday or Sunday Mornings at 11 am

La Jolla Shores

Contact Liz Fong Wills if you are interested in joining and for more information.



Return of Winter and Spring Events starting February 18!

UCSD Art Power

Music, Dance, Special Events

Including the Return of

Ronald K. Brown (Evidence), Ariel Quartet




UCSD Covid Rules

(updated every Wednesday)



Masking is encouraged but not required


All must wear masks.  Fully vaccinated may remove masks when eating and drinking.  The unvaccinated may remove masks when eating and drinking when physically distanced from others.

Off Campus:

San Diego County Covid rules apply.  Masks are recommended for all indoor public settings.  Masks are required on public transportation, indoors, K-12 settings, senior centers, healthcare settings, detention centers and homeless shelters.


Oceanids Interest Group News

Zooming On Hiatus
Book Group Daytime Bridge
Cellphone Photography Couples Bridge
Cinema Soiree Newcomer Activities
(on campus)
Gardening with California Native Plants Kitchen Exchange
(on campus)
Piano Soiree Moveable Feast I & II
(Zooming in the Fall)
Wine Tasting I & II Gourmet Group
Cafe Francais Hiking
Sounding Board Wednesday Coffee
  Tapas on Thursday




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.



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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