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 2014-15 Elections

Hi All,

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 jtanding@gmail.com or Jackson at jhite@usc.edu. 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!


SIGN UP for GPAC’s Third Annual Nonprofit Case Challenge!

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.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Nonprofit Committee Co-Chairs, Di Geng & Xiangyi Jing at gpac.npc@gmail.com.

Thank you!




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

Spring Banquet








GPAC’s annual Spring Banquet is here! It will be held on May 11th from 6-9pm. Students, faculty, staff, and guests are all invited. Come celebrate the end of the year with us!

For more information and to buy tickets, please see the spring banquet page.

GPAC Summer BBQ – Aug 12th – Join Us

In GPAC tradition, we would like to welcome all MPA and MPP students to our annual Summer BBQ!

To our new incoming Class of 2014: come out and meet your peers, drill the second years with questions, and have some fun before starting off your first year!

To our returning students: catch up with old friends, meet & welcome the new students, and enjoy the last bits of summer break with us!

When and Where: Sunday, August 12th, 12 noon to 3pm

Clover Park, Santa Monica

2600 Ocean Park Boulevard, Santa Monica, California 90405

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