GPAC is pleased to kick off the GPAC Elections for the leadership positions that will represent all MPA and MPP students in the 2014-15 Academic Year. Voting will take place between March 10th and 12th, and winners will be announced on March 14th.
The only contested position is for Vice President. Each candidate has provided a statement on why they are best suited for the position of GPAC Vice President. We wish each candidate the best of luck as they engage in a respectful campaign process.
The candidates for Vice President are:
The following positions from the Executive Committee are uncontested: President, Executive Officerand Finance Officer. The following committees are also uncontested: MPP Committee, Online MPA Committee and Social Committee. Each of these officers and committees will be announced on March 14.
The new GPAC Leadership Board (2014-15) will go through an additional process to fill vacancies on the board. Based on the current structure of the board, the following positions/committees will be vacant: Communications Officer, Alumni Relations Officer, GSG Senator, GPAC Ambassador, Webmaster, MPA Committee, Non-Profit Committee, Professional Development Committee, and Sacramento Committee. If you are interested in any of these positions, please send an email to GPAC stating your interest.
It’s that time of year again. If you’ve enjoyed this year’s GPAC events and are looking for a way to give back and to lead, you should consider running for GPAC leadership for next year.
Come to an info session on Feb. 24th at 5:00pm in TCC 432. More information and RSVPs can be found here: GPAC Elections Information Session 2.
If you can’t make the info session, please contact Justin at email@example.com or Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, take note of the following documents:
Spring 2014 GPAC Elections
GPAC Bylaws 2013-14 proposed
Appendix A & B – GPAC Officer Descriptions 2013-14 proposed
Thanks, and fight on!
GPAC’s Third Annual Nonprofit Case Challenge
February 1st, 2014
Presented by GPAC Nonprofit Committee
Brought to USC Sol Price School of Public Policy by Deloitte in 2010, the inauguralCase Challenge was held in 2011. The Case Challenge provides Price graduate students an opportunity to tackle multi-faceted strategic and operating challenges that nonprofit organizations face. Competitions offer students a unique chance to deal with a real situation in a stressful setting.
Participants will be given a scenario in which a nonprofit organization faces asignificant issue or challenge. Working on the case in teams of three or four, participants need to apply their academic knowledge and practical experiences to find solutions to the problems and present recommendations to a panel of judges. Judges, composed of Price School alumni, faculty, nonprofit professionals and consultants, will evaluate the presentations and select the winning teams. Winners will receive prizes and have a great addition to their résumé!
Mark Your Calendar
- Information Session: Wednesday, January 22nd, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., TCC 227. All students are encouraged to attend this information session to learn more about the details of the Case Challenge and ask questions.
- Kickoff: Thursday, January 30th, 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., TCC 227. The case and team assignments will be revealed. Students have about 38 hours to work with their team.
- Competition Day: Saturday, February 1st, begins at 8:30 a.m., TCC 450.
Sign Up Today
If you want to demonstrate your analytical skills and meet professionals from the industry, this is an excellent opportunity you don’t want to miss!
- Sign up here to participate! Registration closes on Tuesday, January 28th, 2014. Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis and seats are limited.
- “Like” our page on Facebook to get up-to-date information.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Nonprofit Committee Co-Chairs, Di Geng & Xiangyi Jing at email@example.com.
TICKET SALES HAVE CLOSED. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, PLEASE EMAIL JHITE@USC.EDU. THANK YOU.
Pack your bags, bring the gambling chips (along with the good luck), and prepare yourself for all the camaraderie and partying that will define the annual Vegas trip!!!
From January 17th – January 19th, the Associated Students of Planning and Development (ASPD), the Graduate Policy and Administration Community (GPAC), and the Student Health Council (SHC) are hosting the EVENT OF THE YEAR. This trip will be one of your favorite memories of grad school (if you remember it, that is). Interested in attending? You should be! WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED with:
-Transportation (to and from Vegas) in a luxurious bus. We’ll provide the drinks (bottoms up) and snacks. We are planning on leaving USC on Friday at 11:00 a.m. and returning on Sunday around 4:00 p.m.
-Two nights at Treasure Island Hotel & Casino
-Free entrance to clubs TAO (located in the Venetian) and Marquee (top club in Vegas located in the Cosmopolitan)
Price: $155/person for a 4/room or $250/person for a 2/room or $500 for a couple with their own room (what a good deal, right?). We can do random room pairings or take your requests!
Please click below to purchase tickets – you will then receive a questionnaire regarding rooming preferences, club sign-up and other details.
Refund policy: A $20 processing fee will apply for all cancellations prior to December 15th when the Hotel Reservations are confirmed. From December 16 to January 16, a refund of $50 will be provided unless you can find a replacement for your spot.
JOIN US NOW! Pay below.
We had over 160 people attend the fall reception. Everyone looked awesome and we all enjoyed a night of food, networking, gambling, prizes and fun! Take a look at some of our pictures from this year’s Casino Royale Fall Reception.
We’ve sold over 100 tickets to this year’s fall reception. Get yours before ticket prices go up again or we sell out! We want everyone to be able to attend!
Hello GPACers, alumni, and friends,
Don’t miss out on a really popular fall event: the Fall Reception! Now is the time to buy your tickets. Guests are welcome. Please click on the PayPal button below to purchase tickets (make sure to add your name, guest(s) names, and your graduation year once you sign into PayPal). Note: Tickets may sell out and prices will increase Oct. 12th, so buy early to lock in your space and price!
If you cannot join us this year, please consider donating to the reception and GPAC via the button on the righthand side toolbar at the GPAC homepage. All levels of donations are appreciated. Please write Fall Banquet in the Purpose line provided.
If you are buying a ticket for a guest, please buy the ticket at the same price level at which you will purchase your ticket. You may change ticket quantity on the next page.
Questions about the event? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The GSG Senator application is now available in the “Important Documents” section. GSG Senators represent their respective schools/programs within the student government for the entire graduate student community at USC. This is a great way to get involved and get to know USC. First year students are eligible and applications are due Sept. 20th.
Get your application
Our Boys in Blue play the Orange and Black from that other city on Sept. 13th. First pitch is at 7:10pm. If you haven’t been to a Dodgers game yet, this is the perfect opportunity. Socialize with your fellow GPACers while taking in some baseball! Guests, significant others, friends, etc. are most welcome.
Tickets are $25. We will take care of purchasing and seating — you just pay through PayPal by Sept. 6th! TICKET SALES ARE CLOSED. If you have questions, please contact GPAC Vice President Jackson Hite at email@example.com.
Hope to see you there! Fight on!
Below are descriptions of a few documents that we hope will be helpful to first years (and even second years) as we begin the school year. Click here to be connected to PDFs of each.
- GPAC First Year Committee Application: This committee is open to incoming MPA’s and MPP’s and is a great leadership opportunity for students to learn more about GPAC and get involved. DEADLINE TO APPLY IS SEPTEMBER 8th!
- GPAC 2013 OrgChart: This document shows the structure of GPAC and who’s involved.
- GPAC Officer Descriptions: This describes what different GPAC officers do.
- GSG GPAC Senator Description: This is another leadership opportunity for incoming MPA’s and MPP’s to serve as a senator with the Graduate Student Government and GPAC. Separate application process to follow.
- GPAC List of Events Flyer: Finally, this is an updated flyer of our upcoming events!