On Friday, October 21, GSEP held its annual Celebration of Excellence in recognition of the 2011-2012 student scholarship recipients and in appreciation of donors and friends of the University. This year the Celebration of Excellence event highlighted the efforts made to prepare GSEP students with the skills to work effectively in culturally diverse, underserved urban communities for the long term.
“Every year, I look forward to the annual Celebration of Excellence event,” said Dr. Margaret Weber, dean of GSEP. “We designate this time to acknowledge students, alumni, and friends of Pepperdine who have gone far beyond what they are asked in order to forward our mission.”
The night began with a reception featuring Dr. Anthony Collatos, assistant professor of education. “It is not only about having a presence in our academic community,” said Dr. Collatos. “It is about making a difference in our actual community, outside the walls of the classroom.”
The dinner program honored Ms. Betty Rengifo Uribe (MBA ’00), Pepperdine donor, alumna, current doctoral student; a financial services senior executive; and president of Hispanic Outreach Taskforce. As a passionate donor to GSEP and a current student in the Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership program, Uribe shared from her unique position regarding life-changing education and a commitment to the next generation of leaders.
The 2011 GSEP Waves of Service Award was presented to Dr. Earnestine Thomas-Robertson (’69, MA ’73, EdD ’03), an alumna of George Pepperdine College and GSEP’s Doctor of Education in Institutional Management program, for which she wrote her dissertation Globalizing in Community College Curricula. Dr. Thomas-Robertson is the president of the Los Angeles-Lusaka Sister City Committee, vice president of business relations for Born Ready Industries, Inc., and Dean Emeritus of Los Angeles Southwest College.