A big jackass at SC

By: malapert

is indeed doing what August suggested but on the non-athletic side getting rid of all the all the regional non-athetic clubs groups (except wones and a couple school specific groups). A wierd troll who directs the SC Alumni staff is behind this, "Patrick". DC and other very aactive groups are very pissed.

Dear Board of ....

I hope this e-mail finds all of you safe and well, especially against the backdrop of the civil unrest and pandemic that are gripping our nation and our communities.

We want to share with all of you, as long-time supporters and volunteer leaders of the University, important news regarding our chartered domestic regional alumni clubs.

With the guidance and approval of the USC Board of Trustees Alumni Affairs Committee and the USC Alumni Association Board of Governors, the USC Alumni Association is overhauling its regional engagement program by shifting from a regional organization-based strategy to program-based and user-friendly model in cooperation with volunteers and will be dissolving all 45 current domestic region-based Alumni Clubs and Chapters as of July 1, 2020. [kiss the support  goodby]

This dissolution does not apply to our Alumnae (Women’s) Support Groups, International Alumni Clubs, nor to other USC regional clubs and organizations under the purview of other campus partners (such as Trojan Clubs (USC Athletics) or School-based regional/alumni groups).

This new strategy – with an ultimate goal of greatly expanding our reach and engagement of alumni everywhere – represents several years of ongoing dialogue with a variety of alumni stakeholders (local and in various domestics regions, Club leaders and those never engaged with Clubs, recent graduates) [a big lie] plus USC students and administrators [only].  This invaluable feedback provided us the fuel to create a truly[narrow Patrick style top down dull] innovative regional alumni engagement model that will: 

  • Broaden engagement by breaking down unintended barriers to involvement [bullshit]
  • Mitigate risk and liability for both USC and volunteers [bullshit]
  • Refine commitment to volunteer time and resources [bullshit]
  • Standardize Trojan alumni experience [bullshit]
  • Expand/broaden our reach for scholarship philanthropy to deepen our impact on affordability and accessibility [bullshit]

Essentially, this new model will allow alumni to easily volunteer for the programs s/he/they wish, without the undue burden of carrying the weight and responsibilities of a chartered organization, and welcome many other alumni who may just be interested in occasional engagement (e.g., mentoring, event attendance) but not sustained volunteerism. Standardized trainings and resources will be facilitated by the Alumni Association [putting everything under Patrick's thumb LOL], giving alumni the time they desire to connect with fellow alumni and build on the promise of the Trojan Family.

While this bold step will take off quickly, the implementing, assessing and refining will take place over the next few years. As we continue to expand our reach throughout our 428,000-strong alumni family, we will proudly share with you the successes and lessons learned along the way.

In the meantime, we thank you for your continued dedication and support, and hope you will share any questions or feedback as we roll out the new program.

We wish you continued safety and wellness during these unprecedented times, and look forward to the day when we can all gather again together on campus as members of our beloved Trojan Family.   Fight On!




Patrick E. Auerbach, Ed.D. ’08

Associate Senior Vice President for Alumni Relations | University of Southern California

Epstein Family Alumni Center | 3607 Trousdale Parkway, TCC 305 | Los Angeles, CA  90089-3106

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