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Amid the Veterans Day and Thanksgiving holidays that awaken us to be grateful for those who have served and to be thankful for those who give back, we spotlight an alum who characterizes both of these modes of goodwill. As the first foreign area officer (FAO) ever accepted into GPS's Master of Advanced Studies in International Affairs degree program five years ago, Jason Kim '12 set the stage for future military members to fulfill their graduate school requirements at the School in years to follow. Grasp what led Kim to go the extra mile to help make the program U.S. Army-approved for FAOs and what motivates him to stay connected still today.  Read more >>    
Meet our new faculty
GPS welcomed five new faculty members this fall who arrived with energy, enthusiasm and a diverse range of teaching experiences that span regional focuses from Mexico to Southeast Asia and beyond, as well as academic focuses concerning climate change, the political economy of development and more. Learn a little about each of them in three questions. Read more >>
Alumni lend lessons learned 20 years after GPS
Ever wonder what life will look like decades after GPS? Joel Rabasco and Rich Abrom, both 1996 alumni, imparted to GPS's incoming students their wisdom gained in 20 years since attending the School. Gather their retrospective glance at the twists and turns their careers have taken in that time, plus pointers for finding fulfillment--even outside of the office. Read more >>
David Victor: Getting to a zero carbon future 
Professor David Victor is at the helm of UC San Diego's newest initiative to combat climate change. Discover the Deep Decarbonization Initiative, plus Victor's recent opine on the importance of collaboration between scientists and policymakers. Also, read his remarks on what's in store for U.S.'s climate change efforts under President-elect Donald Trump.
Call to Action
Spread the word: MCEPA deadline is Jan. 15
As the Jan. 15 application deadline quickly approaches for GPS's newly launched Master of Chinese Economic and Political Affairs (MCEPA) degree program, we'd be grateful if you--our alumni network--would share information about the program with prospective students, driving the best up-and-coming China scholars and professionals to apply . Questions? Contact Sonja Steinbrech.
GPS issues first-ever class giving competition
Rally your classmates. It's time to prove your cohort is the best as part of GPS's first-ever class giving campaign. Running until March 1, this campaign is a competition among the classes to raise support for the summer internship fund and is based on participation, not dollar amount. The class with the highest percentage of participation will have their "greatness" displayed on a plaque at GPS and receive a mystery prize. Donate online today, and stay tuned for an email from your class agent with more information. Questions? Contact Kasey Carroll  
Help hire GPS graduates 
If your organization is growing and a good place for the talents of GPS students and alumni, please consider introducing the head of your recruitment division to GPS Director of Career Services David Robertson. If you need more collateral than yourself being a stellar employee to make a case for why your hiring management should consider GPS talent, David would be happy to provide supporting material. 
Receive quarterly updates from China Focus Blog
As a callout to GPS alumni's past work and appreciated investment in the GPS China community, China Focus Blog is producing a quarterly newsletter specifically to serve alumni with updates on recent China Focus articles and China-related events at GPS. Subscribe to the newsletter and, if you'd like to become more involved or collaborate with the student group, connect via email with China Focus today. 
San Diego Alumni Club...
rooted on the San Diego Padres Sept. 9 with fellow alumni, students, staff and faculty from GPS as a celebratory kickoff to fall quarter. Further into the quarter on Nov. 4, local alumni also welcomed students at their places of employment as part of GPS Career Services' annual outreach trips. The day ended with a happy hour in downtown.  
Beijing Alumni Club...
hit up a happy hour at Centro, coordinated by Barret Bryson '09, with Professor Tai Ming Cheung and friends of the School on Nov. 1.
L.A./South Bay/Long Beach Alumni Club...
showed up in support of Professor Barbara F. Walter at UC San Diego Alumni's UC San Diego and You event in Los Angeles, which delivers the university's top-performing faculty to cities across the U.S. GPS alumni enjoyed a happy hour with Walter surrounding the event.  
Bay Area Alumni Club...
toasted to the end of summer with a happy hour at Drake's Dealership in East Bay, with around 20 alumni in attendance and spanning graduates from as far ago as 2003 and as recent as 2016. 
"Mr. Deng Goes to Washington"
Nov. 20, 2016 |  Register

Seattle: GPS Alumni and Prospective Student Gathering
Nov. 20, 2016 |  Register

"China's Energy & Environmental Challenges: Fact vs. Fiction, Moving Forward"
Dec. 1, 2016 |  Register

New Delhi: Dinner Party with Professor Teevrat Garg
Dec. 7, 2016 (6 p.m.) | RSVP by Dec. 5

"Water in the West: A Science Policy Roundtable"
Dec. 8, 2016 |  Register

Seattle: Happy Hour at Frolik with Professor John Ahlquist
Dec. 14, 2016 (4:30-6:30 p.m.) |   RSVP


Destination GPS: New York
March 28, 2017 | Save the date

Destination GPS: Washington, D.C.
March 30, 2017 | Save the date

Destination GPS: Los Angeles
May 4, 2017 | Save the date

UC San Diego Alumni Weekend
June 9-11, 2017 | Save the date

GPS Alumni Weekend Party
June 10, 2017 | Save the date

Submit a class note today
GPS alumni are stretched all over the globe. This sometimes can make it hard to stay in touch with your classmates, which is why we seek to keep you connected with class notes. Tell us where you've been and what you're doing now with a one- to two-sentence update. These can be purely professional, celebrate personal milestones or both!
Debito Arudou MPIA '91, a lecturer at University of Hawaii in Honolulu, released his eighth book, titled "Embedded Racism in Japan (2016)," in paperback.

Ruben Lugo Delgado , MAS-IA '13, is a SelectUSA investment specialist for the U.S. Department of Commerce in Mexico City.

Erin (White) Fairbanks , MPIA '02, is enjoying being a mother of three, professional portrait painter and activist for Friends of McMillan Park in Washington, D.C., during the school year and venturing to Portoviejo, Ecuador, during the summer.

Micah Fisher-Kirshner , MPIA '06, is the head of SEO at Zendesk in Fremont, Calif., and also often presents at marketing conferences.

Aaron Jacobson, MPIA '08, a materials manager at United Technologies in San Diego, and his wife Lan welcomed their baby Amelia on July 25, 2016.

Melissa Nitsch , MPIA '06, joined Immigration and Customs Enforcement as the Seattle Field Office's community relations officer.

Charles Notzon , MPIA '05, is an economist at the Denver Service Center for the National Park Service and resides in Lakewood, Colo.

Kenneth Tingey, MPIA '92, is a principal at CIMH Global in Logan, Utah, developing a collaborative network in health and governance in Asia, Central Europe and the Gulf.

GPS Alumni News is a quarterly newsletter sent to alumni of the School.