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Pepperdine Launches Waves of Innovation Fund

President Andrew Benton announces a new initiative to foster creativity and innovation from within the Pepperdine University community. Open to all faculty, staff, and students, the Waves of Innovation initiative invites the Pepperdine community to contribute to the transitions that will allow the University to become an increasingly resourceful, efficient, impactful, faith-based, and global institution.

"Since its earliest days, Pepperdine University has been a place of big, bold ideas," says President Benton. "The entrepreneurial spirit of our founder, and of generations of creative, resourceful thinkers, has brought us to where we are today. Your participation in this program will sow seeds of progress that future faculty, staff, and students will reap for years to come."

Waves of Innovation is designed to support the University's strategic plan, Pepperdine 2020: Boundless Horizons, which affirms that Pepperdine "will be a preeminent, global, Christian university, known for the integration of faith and learning." As the University moves forward with new technologies, pedagogies, and learning initiatives the current environment of higher education calls for an increased emphasis on efficiency, sustainability, and creativity.

Says Lee Kats, Waves of Innovation chair, "Within the Pepperdine community are some of the most innovative people in Southern California. This initiative from President Benton will stimulate and support new and inventive ideas from students, faculty, and staff and I have no doubt there will come transformative ideas that will enhance the campus and community."

Interested faculty, staff, and students are invited to submit proposals supporting efforts to enhance teaching and learning; foster scholarly and creative activity; create new opportunities through increased enrollment, new programs, community involvement, or collaboration with corporations and industry; streamline our organization, physical plant, and operating processes; and strengthen the Pepperdine University "brand" and reputation.

Successful applicants will receive one-time planning grants to assist in preparing a complete proposal for consideration by the President's Waves of Innovation Committee. The planning grants are also intended to provide support for further exploration and additional attention to feasibility and proposal detail in phase II.

The first cycle of phase I proposals are due September 15.

For more information and to submit an application, please visit the Waves of Innovation Web site.

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