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In time for International Women's Day on March 8, we tracked down a few GPS alumnae who have proven themselves as pathbreakers in their spheres of influence and whose careers have made a mark on most all corners of the globe. In uniting their stories here, we celebrate the alumnae's social, economic, cultural and political achievements. Moreover, we highlight the bold actions they've taken personally and professionally to benefit their futures and those of the females to follow in their footsteps.  Read more >>    
Strength in numbers
Every graduate from GPS has a story behind finding a means to end their job search. And last month, as part of the School's Winter Connections, some were given the floor to share those tales and more with the people who wanted and needed to hear them most: current students at the School. See which alumni returned to campus for the annual networking event and the advice they bestowed. Read more >>
A pivot from physics
When in 1995 Steven Buchsbaum, MPIA '97, enrolled at GPS, he did so on the hunch it was a "low risk" route to discover the next step in his science-centric career. Much to his surprise, the School became the catalyst for him to take higher risks for the remainder of his career. Meet the current deputy director of Grand Challenges at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Susan Shirk: Turning point with China
With U.S.-China relations hazy under a new White House administration, Research Professor and 21st Century China Center Chair Susan Shirk assembled a Task Force on U.S.-China Policy to create concrete recommendations for U.S. policymakers to navigate future relations. Learn more about the task force, co-chaired by Shirk and Orville Schell of the Asia Society, and its viral bipartisan report.
Call to Action
Nominate GPS alum of the year by March 24
Nominations are now open for the School's Outstanding Alumnus or Alumna Award, provided each year to a graduate who exemplifies the positive contributions our alumni make through their careers, volunteer work and community involvement. The award will officially be presented on June 10 as part of the School's alumni weekend celebration. Nominate an outstanding classmate today and revisit last year's winner.
Register today: Represent the GPS Globetrotters at the Triton 5K on April 9
Round up your spouse, kids, friends, neighbors and pets to show UC San Diego that GPS is the best as part of the Triton 5K on April 9. Competition for the annual race, which benefits UC San Diego student scholarships, is based not on fastest times, but number of participants per team. The School's team, the GPS Globetrotters, is aiming to double its numbers from last year to 100 registrants to notch the No. 1 spot--a bump up from its third-place ranking in 2016. Live too far away to travel back to campus? Please consider encouraging or sponsoring a local alum or friend to register in your place as a GPS Globetrotter. Early bird registration ends Feb. 28, so don't wait. Sign up today.
Contribute to the GPS class giving campaign by March 1
While the GPS class of 2013 has held a steady lead in the School's first-ever class giving campaign, there's still time to rally your classmates to cinch the top spot by March 1. The campaign is a competition among GPS classes to raise support for the School's summer internship fund. It is based on participation, not dollar amount. The class with the highest percentage of participation will have its "greatness" displayed on a plaque at GPS and receive a mystery prize. Donate online today, and view a video message from Professor Stephan Haggard and Aaron Jacobson, MPIA '08, with more information. Questions? Contact Kasey Carroll  
Find a means to give back in February
Local alumni are encouraged to join fellow Tritons in a community beautification project at Avondale Elementary School on Feb. 26. Beyond the local area, GPS urges alumni and alumni clubs to find another means to give back throughout the month of February and snap a photo of your service project with fellow alumni to be included in our next newsletter. Sign up to attend the UC San Diego Alumni Service Day and email photos to Nurit Mandel.  
Help recruit the best students to GPS
The School created a new entity to support its recruiting efforts worldwide--and needs you to be involved. Alumni Connect is a group of alumni volunteers who are willing to share personal bios for GPS's advertising efforts, to respond to occasional inquiries from prospective students and to attend local recruitment events, among other commitments. For more information and to get involved, email Santiago Davila.
Seoul Alumni Club...
connected with Professor David Victor over drinks during his quick trip to Seoul on Nov. 29, making good on the opportunity to cheers to faculty-student friendships lasting years beyond the classroom.

India Alumni Club...
gathered over dinner in New Delhi on Dec. 7, hosting a productive conversation about the creation of the new chapter, possibilities to support student internships and, of course, getting together more often.
Seattle Alumni Club...
hit up a happy hour with Associate Professor John Ahlquist on Dec. 14 during his visit to the Emerald City in December. 
Thailand Alumni Club...
made memories on Dec. 21 with current students of the School touring through Bangkok over winter break, including with Associate Professor Krislert Samphantharak who was in the region also ahead of the holidays.
Singapore Alumni Club...
caught up with Associate Professor Krislert Samphantharak over dinner when he was in the area at the brink of the New Year on Jan. 4.  
San Diego Alumni Club...
rang in the Year of the Rooster with an Asian New Year celebration on Feb. 3, drawing more than 30 alumni and students to Emerald Chinese Cuisine. 
Destination GPS: San Francisco
Feb. 16, 2017 | Watch via Facebook Live

Seattle Alumni Club meetup with Professor Victor Shih
Feb. 21, 2017 | 
RSVP by Feb. 19

"Chinese Computing and the Future of I.T."
Feb. 25, 2017 | Register

UC San Diego Alumni Service Day
Feb. 26, 2017 | Register

"Conversations on the Future of the North American Economic Partnership"
Feb. 27, 2017 | Register

"Remote Sensing Analysis at Scale with Google Earth Engine"
Feb. 28, 2017 | Register

Robert F. Ellsworth Memorial Lecture: "China's Growing Protectionism and the U.S. Response"
March 7, 2017 | Register

"Maintaining an Independent Judiciary in Face of Political Challenges"
March 8, 2017 | Register

"Crisis of South Korean Politics and Prospects for Foreign Policy"
March 14, 2017 | Register

Destination GPS: New York
March 28, 2017 | Register by March 14

Destination GPS: Washington, D.C.
March 30, 2017 | Register by March 16

UC San Diego Triton 5K

Destination GPS: Los Angeles
May 4, 2017 | Register by April 20

"Failure to Adjust: How Americans Got Left Behind in the Global Economy"
May 11, 2017 | Register

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

GPS and ISP Alumni Weekend Reunion
June 10, 2017 | Register

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!
Mark Chesney, MPIA '15, returned to San Diego to support job seekers and needs of employers across the county at San Diego Workforce Partnership.

Henar Hellow, MPIA '15, is a research analyst at San Diego Workforce Partnership in San Diego.

Jessica Megill, MPIA '10, remains a political officer in the U.S. Foreign Service.

Marcy (Honnold) Morrison, MPIA '97, is living her passion and purpose as founder and CEO of Careers with Wings in La Jolla, Calif.

Kurtis Nakamura, BA/MIA '12, and Judith Li, MPIA '12, welcomed their first son, Kenshin, and are re-learning work-life balance. Nakamura currently works as an auditor-evaluator for the California State Auditor in the Bay Area.

Jason Pham, MPIA '15, received his Series 7 and is now an institutional fixed income broker with a broker/dealer in Costa Mesa, Calif.

John Warren, MPIA '90, released an album of original and Latin American classical guitar music, titled "Serenata de la Sirena," in 2016. Warren currently is the head of George Mason University Press in Washington, D.C. 
GPS Alumni News is a quarterly newsletter sent to alumni of the School.