On October 7, GSEP will hold its annual Celebration of Excellence in recognition of the 2010-2011 student scholarship recipients and appreciation of donors and friends of the University. The event will take place at the Ayres Hotel in Manhattan Beach, and include an evening reception, program,
“The Celebration of Excellence event is always one of my favorites,” said Dr. Margaret Weber, dean of GSEP. “We hear from two scholarship recipients representing each division, and the impact the scholarship has made on their educations and lives. The stories are truly inspiring.” Weber will open the evening with a message about the school’s mission of purpose, service, and leadership, before Dr. Robert deMayo, associate dean of psychology, will provide a brief introduction, and Dr. Eric Hamilton, associate dean of education, will give the invocation.
GSEP has also inaugurated a Waves of Service Alumni Award to honor an alumnus providing outstanding services to others that will be awarded at the event. This award is presented through a partnership between GSEP and Pepperdine University’s Waves of Service office which celebrates, supports, and connects Pepperdine Alumni committed to volunteerism and careers of service worldwide.
The honoree will be selected from nominations by a committee of members of the Board of Visitors, faculty, and staff for leadership that improves and enriches the lives of individuals, families, and communities at a local, national, or international level; and who reflects the core values of GSEP in service to others. Criteria includes leadership ability, commitment to social responsibility and justice, level of impact and innovation, integrity and ethical standards of conduct, and respect for the dignity of all. The recipient will receive a $2,000 monetary award in the form of debt reduction for student loans, a gift to the nonprofit of their choice, or a one-year scholarship in their name to a GSEP student.