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

GSG Senator Application

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

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

Hope to see you there! Fight on!

GPAC Leadership

Important Documents for First Years

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!

2013-2014 GPAC

To all new graduate MPA and MPP students, welcome! Please look around this site and email any of us if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you in late August.

To returning students, we are looking forward to working with you this year! Check back for more updates about this year’s exciting events!

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’s Second Annual Nonprofit Case Challenge

On January 26, 2013 GPAC will host the Sol Price School of Public Policy’s Second Annual Nonprofit Case Challenge focused on the nonprofit sector.

 The Event

The Nonprofit Case Challenge gives students an opportunity to work on a “live case” – a situation facing a nonprofit organization dealing with real-time strategic and/or operating challenges and opportunities. Case competitions offer a unique and personally challenging opportunity to tackle a real organizational challenge in a stressful setting.

Students will be given a scenario in which a nonprofit organization faces a significant issue and/or opportunity. The case will require students – working in teams of 3 or 4 – to reflect on and apply their academic knowledge and practical experiences to create 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.

This is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate your skills and meet professionals from the industry. Winners will receive prizes and have an awesome addition to their résumé!

Event Schedule

  • Kickoff on Thursday, January 24th at 5:30 pm in TCC 302 – The case and team assignments will be revealed. Students have about 38 hours to work with their team.
  • Case Challenge begins Saturday, January 26th at 8:30 am.

Information Session – Tuesday, January 15th at 5:30 pm, TCC 302

All students are encouraged to attend an information session to learn more about the details of the Case Challenge, hear testimonials, and ask questions. The information session will be held Tuesday, January 15th at 5:30 pm in TCC 302.


  • “Like” our page on Facebook to get up-to-date information.
  • Want to participate in the case? Sign up here!
  • Please note, registration is on a first come, first served basis and seats are limited.


If you have any questions, please contact your Nonprofit Committee Co-Chairs, Ani Manavian at or Nadia Valliani at

Fight On!