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Waves of Innovation Hosts Semi-Finalist Presentations

On Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 7 p.m., eight semi-finalists of the first round of the Waves of Innovation initiative will formally present their ideas to the Pepperdine community at Smothers Theatre, Malibu. The finalists will be announced that night following the presentations.

Following a University-wide call to participate in the creative process of change and innovation at Pepperdine in August, faculty, staff, and students submitted over 150  proposals to improve Pepperdine and make it a more agile and sustainable institution.

The Waves of Innovation Committee and President Benton reviewed the submissions and narrowed the field to eight semi-finalists, each of whom has a chance to be awarded substantial grants to implement his or her idea.

Successful submissions, evaluated on their potential to increase the net resources available to support Pepperdine and/or to improve the University's reputation, received grants up to $5,000 to help them prepare a complete proposal for Phase II. Phase II will provide additional funding to facilitate expansion and implementation of selected concepts. 

The Committee also evaluated submissions specifically on their potential to:

  • Enhance teaching and learning, foster scholarly and creative activity
  • Create new revenue opportunities through increased enrollment, new programs, community involvement, or collaboration with corporations and industry
  • Streamline our organization, physical plant, and operating processes
  • Strengthen the Pepperdine University "brand" and reputation

Admission is free and open to the public, but tickets are required for the event. Tickets may be reserved in person on a first-come, first-served basis through the Center for the Arts box office beginning Monday, Jan. 6. The box office is located in the Smothers Theatre lobby and is open Monday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Call (310) 506-4522 for further ticket details.

For more information, visit the Waves of Innovation website.

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