USC Price School of Public Policy

Admitted Student Event in China

Global Reach:

SPPD Hosts Admitted Student Event in China

By Ben Dimapindan

This past spring, the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development hosted its second-ever admitted student event in Beijing, China. Held at the Shangri-La Kerry Centre Hotel, the reception drew the largest crowd to an admitted student event outside of Los Angeles.

In all, 33 people attended, including: 26 admitted students; SPPD Dean Jack Knott; Carol Rush, associate dean for student affairs; Professor Eric Heikkila, director of international initiatives; and Joyce Chao, secretary of USC’s Beijing Alumni Club.

“We did an event like this once in 2007, as part of a college fair I participated in with other USC departments. It included prospective applicants and admitted students,” Rush said. “But this was the first time we’ve done one just for admitted students — it’s also the only time I’ve had an admitted student event off campus in which I’ve been lucky enough to have the dean as well as faculty attend.”

Knott opened the event by welcoming the guests and then spoke briefly about USC and SPPD; Chao discussed the active USC alumni club in Beijing and the value of being a Trojan, through her experiences having worked abroad; and Rush gave an overview presentation on the school.

“In L.A., we have the advantage of having so many faculty members, current students and alumni participate, as well as all of the research centers. Since we didn’t have that, we needed to convey the SPPD sense of community and the opportunities to study in LA through a picture slide show,” Rush explained.

“I think the students felt that sense of community as they bonded among themselves,” she added.

In addition, Rush also hosted an admitted student event in Shanghai with the USC Shanghai Office earlier in the spring.