2014 GPAC Spring Banquet – 10 year celebration

Tickets are still available for this exciting event, but the prices have now been increased by $10! For details about the event, please scroll down to the flyer below. For tickets, see the button below and click to buy using PayPal.

If you can’t make the event – or if you’d really like to help us make it that much more spectacular – please consider making a donation to the event. Use the PayPal “Donate” button on the right side tool bar. THanks! 

GPAC Election Results

Congrats to the 2014-15 GPAC Board!

The GPAC Board would like to extend our congratulations to the new Leadership! We wish you the best for 2014-15!

Executive Board
Angie Jean-Marie

Kaya Okuniewski

Executive Officer
Brittany Melo

Finance Officer
Andres Vedova

MPP Committee
Francine Tran

Online MPA Committee
Jason Shofner

Social Committee
Yuxuan Ji

And as a reminder, the following positions are vacant. The 2014-15 Board will begin filling these seats shortly.

  • Communications Officer
  • Alumni Relations Officer
  • GSG Senator
  • GPAC Ambassador
  • Webmaster
  • MPA Committee
  • Non-Profit Committee
  • Professional Development Committee
  • Sacramento Committee

If you are interested in any of these vacant positions, please email gpac@usc.edu.

GPAC Elections

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:


Kaya Okuniewski

Rhett Paranay

Jennifer Power

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.

Fight on!

GPAC does Vegas in the hottest event of the year!


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.

GPAC Fall Reception – Don’t miss out!

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 gpac@usc.edu.

Dodger’s Game Sept. 13th – Get your tickets NOW

Hi All,

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 jhite@usc.edu

Hope to see you there! Fight on!

GPAC Leadership