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Summer Programming

Stay tuned to @pepperdinerise for summer event announcements and updates.

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RISE Coaching

RISE Coaching seeks to help you identify and/or achieve your resilience-related goals. Whether you want to work on taking charge of your finances, making friends, or getting more sleep, RISE coaches stand ready to support you in your resilience journey! Coaching is a partnership between the coach and the student in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires the student to maximize potential. It is designed to facilitate the development of resilience goals and to carry out a strategic plan for achieving those goals. Sign up for RISE coaching here!

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Fall Programming

Looking forward to seeing you at our weekly yoga, House Cup events, and lunch & learns in the fall! Stay tuned to @pepperdinerise for event updates and registration information.

Recent Events

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RISE Lunch & Learn: Healthy Eating and Movement

Wednesday, April 17
12 - 1 pm, TCC 290

Join RISE student employees, Annaileen and Zach, this Wednesday, April 17th, starting at 12pm for a lunch and learn that focuses on healthy eating and movement. The first 10 people to register through the link in our Instagra bio @pepperdinerise also get free SunLife.

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RISE Yoga Retreat, Spring 2024

Saturday, April 13
10 - 2 pm, Light House

Come ready to be rejuvenated and educated about the important impact of yoga on the human body and its ability to expand our capacity for resilience. This event is open to all students, faculty, and staff.

Below you will find the schedule of events for our retreat! 
10-10:45 am: Morning Yoga, Kat Ibarra
11-11:30 am: Interactive Lecture, La Shonda Coleman
11:45 am -12:30 pm: Lunch, Pita Grill
12:30-1 pm: Rest & Digest Yoga, Kat Ibarra
1-1:30 pm: Carry Away Your Stresses (Tote Painting), Emily Luong & Annaileen de Santiago 
1:30-2 pm: Wellness Mixer

Attendance is not mandatory throughout the entire event, so guests can feel free to drop in or step out whenever their schedule requires. Registration is required. The first 25 students to register and attend the event will receive a RISE Yeti tumbler. One additional RISE Yeti tumbler will be raffled off to any faculty/staff in attendance. Attendees are encouraged to bring a yoga mat or towel, but yoga mats will also be available.

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RISE Lunch & Learn: Dream High Then Fly

Wednesday, April 10
12:30 - 1:30 pm, PLC 167

Join RISE on Wednesday, April 10 from 12:30pm-1:30pm in PLC 167 to learn about turning your dreams into reality and overcoming the mental barrier that may be stopping you from accomplishing your goals. We will be providing Chipotle for lunch based on your order :) Please register with this link found below or in our instagram bio!  Food Provided (Chipotle).

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RISE Lunch and Learn: Crafting Connections

Wednesday, April 10
12 - 1 pm, AC 286

Join us for another RISE Lunch and Learn event that will teach students about resilience regarding building intentional relationships in college and maintaining them. This session will include topics such as developing better skills in creating relationships and communication/conflict management. Food will also be provided! We hope to see you there!  Food Provided (Chick-Fil-A sandwiches for the first 15 attendees!)

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Creative Cafe

Wednesday, April 3
12 - 1 pm, AC 286

Did you know that creating art is good for your mental health? Did you know that creating art with friends is even better for your mental health? As we finish the semester strong, we invite you to join RISE & Dr. Khanh Bui for a meal and an art workshop meant to de-stress and foster cognitive and social resilience. The workshop will include free Chipotle, a coffee vendor, and limited edition RISE t-shirts.

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RISE Summit

Wednesday, February 21

The RISE Summit is RISE’s annual conference-style event that celebrates resilience in the Pepperdine community. Each year, the event features students, faculty, staff, and outside speakers who share compelling stories of resilience to inspire our community. This year, the RISE Summit will focus on the Spiritual Dimension of resilience, and our speakers' stories will focus on moving through past or ongoing personal challenges by leaning on their faith. 

This year, in partnership with Pepperdine faculty Dr. John Peterson and the NetVUE Grant, the RISE Summit will feature Dr. Deanna A. Thompson as the keynote speaker!

There will be two RISE Summit sessions: 

Lunch Keynote Session | 12-1:30PM | Fireside Room
Dinner Panel Session | 6-8PM | The Light House

We hope that you will join us for this meaningful time of fellowship, storytelling, capacity building, delicious food, fun merch, and great prizes! For more details (such as keynote speaker, student panelists, merch reveal, and prizes), check out the RISE Instagram @pepperdinerise!

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Hike to Sandstone Peak with RISE, Outdoor Rec, & GSEP

December 3, 2023
2 - 6:30 pm, Sandstone Peak

Want a break before studying for finals? Join us Sunday, December 3rd for a sunset hike to Sandstone Peak with Outdoor Recreation, RISE, and Pepperdine graduate schools. A moderate hike lasting 6.3 miles with stunning views at the highest point in the Santa Monica mountains. Engage in a conversation on resilience and correcting irrational thoughts.⁠

Transportation will be provided for those who need it. We will finish the hike with Lily’s burritos after!

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RISE Yoga Retreat, Fall 2023

December 2, 2023
10 am - 2 pm, Light House

Join RISE for an exciting day of yoga on Saturday, December 2; 10am-2pm at the light house! Come ready to be rejuvenated and educated about the important impact of yoga on the human body and its ability to expand our capacity for resilience.

Attendance is not mandatory throughout the entire event, so guests can feel free to drop in or step out whenever their schedule requires. Registration will be required.

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Life Skills Lunch & Learn: Coding Time, Decoding Tech

November 29, 2023
2 - 3 pm, AC 286

Are you struggling with being productive and overusing technology? Join us Wednesday, November 29th, for a time to eat and converse about how you can create new skills in time management and technology discernment. The first 25 students will get free Chick-fil-A to enjoy while listening to how you will create your new skills. 

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RISE Lunch & Learn: Changing Irrational Thoughts 

November 28, 2023
12 - 1 pm, TCC 290

Join us for an engaging RISE lunch and learn session, where we'll delve into the practice of transforming irrational thoughts. Discover practical strategies and insights that can help you regain control over your thinking patterns and enhance your well-being. Don't miss this opportunity to empower yourself with valuable tools for personal growth and resilience.

Free Chipotle for the first 15 students who sign up. All attendees will be entered into a raffle for a $25 Amazon gift card! 

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Resilience Abroad Lunch and Learn

November 9, 2023
12:30 - 1:30 pm, Fireside Room

Are you facing challenges abroad? Wondering how to build your capacity for resilience and prioritize your wellness? Come join us for a Lunch & Learn as we go over how to navigate challenges while studying abroad. The first 25 attendees will get free Chick-fil-A, and all participants will have the chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card!

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Adulting Bingo

October 25, 2023
6:30 - 8 pm, Mullin Town Square

Adulting can be scary, so join RISE at this fun Halloween-themed Adulting Bingo on Wednesday, October 25th from 6:30-8 pm at Mullin Town Square!

Focusing on the life skills and social dimensions of resilience, join RISE for a night of bingo, exciting prizes, great food, and spooktacular fun while learning about time, money, and technology management with some old friends and new. The first 25 students to arrive will receive a "remember to recharge" power bank (students must be among the first 25 to arrive AND be registered for the event).

Halloween-themed outfits are encouraged! Break out those jack-o'-lantern socks and punny Halloween shirts and face your fears against adulting with RISE! All first-year students who participate will win points for House Cup! Registration is required on Peppervine as there will only be 150 bingo seats available!

And finally... the prizes!
- Nintendo Switch
- Hatch Restore, Sunrise Alarm Clock
- Bose SoundLink Micro Portable Bluetooth Speaker
- $50 Visa gift card

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LSA x RISE Talkback & Baseball Game (Día de Los Dodgers)

September 18: Dr. Dan Talk; Q&A
September 19: Dodgers Game

RISE x LSA celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month 

A talk on identity formation and resilience with Dr. Dan and a gathering at Día de Los Dodgers, honoring the spirit and memories of beloved family members and friends.

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The Board & RISE Labor Day BBQ

September 4, 2023
5 - 7 pm, Seaside Courtyard

Weekend Forecast: 100% chance of BBQ

Drop by Seaside Courtyard on Monday, Sep. 4 from 5 - 7 PM to see what’s cooking! We'll have In-N-Out burgers, games, hot dogs fresh from the grill, a @pepperdinerise prize pack, and more in store for you.

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HRL x The Board x RISE x SWAB Thai Trivia

July 26, 2023
5:30 pm, ICA Lounge

Join us on Wednesday, July 26, for an exciting Thai Food & Trivia event with the Board, HRL, RISE, and SWAB! Come to the first floor HAWC at 5:30 PM for delicious THAI Food and a fun-filled Kahoot Trivia with a chance to win amazing prizes - $75 Amazon, $50 Target, or $25 Whole Foods! See you there!

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HRL x The Board x RISE x SWAB Bingo Night

June 16, 2023
5 pm, Seaside Courtyard

Join the Board, SWAB, HRL, and RISE for a night of bingo, exciting prizes, great food, and fun with some old friends and new.

We know the summer can be a stressful time on campus, but relationships can help you be more resilient. Bring your roommate or one of your classmates and play to win our amazing bingo prizes!

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RISE Sunset Journaling

January 31, 2023
4 – 5:15 pm, Lighthouse

Join RISE with helping you build resilience through journaling while enjoying the Malibu sunset. Come ready to learn about the cognitive and social dimensions of resilience, with food provided by RISE!

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ICA x RISE Impostor Syndrome Workshop

January 26, 2023
5 – 6:30 pm, PLC 157

Join ICA and RISE on Thursday, January 26th from 5-6:30 pm in PLC 157 for a workshop on impostor syndrome led by Director of Student Ministries, Cameron Gilliam. Participate in a discussion and workshop that explores the ways in which impostor syndrome can be addressed/overcome in academic spaces as a student leader. This interactive lecture will also focus on the cognitive dimension of resilience; taking a deeper dive into fixed vs. growth mindset and changing irrational thoughts.

Registration is required as only 30 spots are available. Dinner from Mendocino Farms will also be provided.

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RISE x Outdoor Rec Sunset Hike to the Cross

January 23, 2023
3:30 pm, Meet @ end of Baxter Drive

Join RISE and Outdoor Recreation on a special sunset hike to the cross. This is a moderate to difficult hike (2.5 miles round trip) with spectacular views of the ocean and the entire campus. It's also one of the best sunset viewing points in Malibu!

Registration is required as only 40 spots are available. The group will meet at the trailhead (the end of Baxter Drive). Light hiking snacks will be provided. Follow @pepperdinerise and @pepperdine.outdoor.rec for additional event updates.

RISE x The Board Trivia
RISE x Crossroads GSA x Feminist Club Craft Night

November 30, 2022
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Fireside Room

Join RISE, Crossroads, and the Feminist Club for an evening of crocheting and scrapbooking while learning about resilience and the history of textile work on Wednesday, November 30th from 6:30-8:30 pm in the Fireside room.

Enjoy some treats from Cafe de the Plague, and all those in attendance will be entered to win some fun prizes including a $25 Amazon gift card and one of 2 self care baskets including loose leaf tea, tea infusers, thinking putty, coloring book, fine line markers, and face sheet masks.

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RISE & Counseling Center Crafternoons

Every Other Friday
12 pm, TCC 250

Do you like crafts? Do you want a space to just be around others and enjoy the company of being alone together? Crafternoons are the place for you! 

Join RISE and the Counseling Center every other Friday for a time of peaceful crafting and resilience. There will be paper, origami books, coloring pages, color pencils, and crayons available. Feel free to bring your own crafting projects (knitting, sewing, cross stitching, painting, etc.) if you'd like as well! 

A RISE representative and staff from the Counseling Center will be available at every session.

Be on the lookout for a featured craft at each event!

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BSA x APA x RISE Movie Night & Talkback (Black Panther 2)

November 16, 2022
3:30 – 9 pm, Regency Theatre/HAWC 200

In partnership with RISE, students will travel with BSA and APA to Regency Theatre in Agoura Hills to watch Black Panther 2 together as a group. Transportation will be provided to and from the event with a pick-up time of 3:30 pm (the pick-up location will be sent in a reminder email).

Upon return to campus, the group will gather in HAWC 200 for a talkback event over pizza. Registration is required as only 50 seats are available for this 2-part event. By registering to this event, students are agreeing to attend both the movie and talkback event.

Serving Well

October 13, 2022
Service Event: Lower Mullin Town Square, 11 am - 2 pm
Serving Well event: Amphitheatre, 8 pm

Focusing on the spiritual and service dimensions of resilience, join RISE, Community Engagement and Service, and Worship Ministries in a day of service and a time to reflect and be in community at The Well on Thursday, October 13th.
First, join RISE and Community Engagement and Service at Lower Mullin Town Square from 11 am - 2 pm to help assemble care kits for PATH - an organization working to end homelessness for individuals, families, and communities. The entire campus community is welcome to join in these service efforts, and all first-year students who participate will win points for House Cup!

In the evening, join RISE at the Well (8 pm at the Amphitheatre). Worship and reflect on the heart of service with the Pepperdine community. All first-year students who attend will also win points for House Cup!

Stay Tuned for Summer Programming
RISE x The Board Field Day

July 26, 2022
5 pm, Seaside Courtyard

Join RISE and The Board for lawn games, sandwiches, and a cornhole tournament. Soak up the sunshine with a classic field day filled with outdoor games, picnics, and healthy competition while focusing on the social dimension of resilience.

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RISE x The Board Sunset Hike + Sunlife

July 21, 2022
5:45 pm, Rho Parking Lot/Malibu Creek State Park

Join RISE and The Board in getting your body moving and meeting new friends while enjoying a Malibu hike followed by a sweet Sunlife treat. 

Rise and Paint
RISE and Paint

April 20, 2022
7 – 8 pm, BPC 188

With the final stretch of school left, relax and channel your inner "Bob Ross" with RISE as we paint and engage with the social dimension of resilience.

The last RISE and Paint was a hit, so come back for a fun and relaxing night to de-stress before finals.

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Gratitude Journaling

April 11, 2022
5-6 pm, Lighthouse Patio

Join RISE for a time of gratitude, journaling, and snacks at the Lighthouse Patio!

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Lunch and Learn: Nutrition

April 8, 2022
7-8 pm, Fireside Room

An event series where RISE provides lunch and students get to learn a new skill. For this event, Jade DeBruyn, RISE student worker, will be leading a discussion on nutrition. Jade will guide you through a workshop that explains principles, tips, and tricks related to nutrition and healthy eating!

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RISE Summit

March 30, 2022
5 – 9 pm, Elkins Auditorium/Mullin Town Square

RISE is excited to invite you to our inaugural RISE Summit! We will have a Keynote speaker presentation, dinner, and the return of our famous Bingo!

The theme of RISE Summit is "Metamorphosis" - rooted in the idea that we are able to be renewed by the transforming of our minds and build healthier practices to help us be more resilient. Marv Dunphy, Head Coach Emeritus and Olympian, and Hung Le, Associate Vice President and Registrar, will serve as our dual keynote speakers for the Summit, to share their stories of transformation and resilience.

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Lunch and Learn: Overcoming Mental Blocks

March 23, 2022
12 – 1 pm, BPC189

An event series where RISE provides lunch and students get to learn a new skill. For this event, Emily Luong, RISE student worker, will be leading a workshop on overcoming mental blocks/irrational thoughts! We will be talking about some strategies to combat perfectionism, worrying about the future, and catastrophizing events.

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