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Inaugural Waves of Innovation Winners Announced

June 3, 2014  | 1 min read

In the fall of 2013, Pepperdine University launched Waves of Innovation, a cornerstone initiative created to inspire, engage, and motivate faculty, staff, and students to rethink Pepperdine, to share their innovative ideas, and to help shape its future.

Winners of Pepperdine's inaugural Waves of Innovation were announced at the Waves of Innovation Talks held on January 15 at Smothers Theatre in Malibu.

Of the eight finalists who presented their ideas to President Benton and the Waves of Innovation Committee, six were awarded substantial grants to implement their ideas to improve Pepperdine and make it a more agile and sustainable institution.

"The Waves of Innovation Talks brought together our community, faculty, staff, and students from all five schools to hear eight inspirational talks about how to make Pepperdine a better place," reflects Lee Kats, vice provost for research and strategic initiatives and Frank R. Seaver Chair in Natural Science.

"Each talk presented a unique approach to change; change that could help others, our students and our university. President Benton and the Waves of Innovation Committee were so impressed with the ideas they heard last night that they made six different awards, each over $25,000."