On March 3 the Pepperdine University community celebrated the completion of a three-month renovation of its Encino Graduate Campus, serving students enrolled in GSEP and the Graziadio School of Business and Management, with a dedication and open house presided by University president Andrew Benton, SEP dean Dr. Margaret Weber, and Graziadio School dean Dr. Linda Livingstone. The renovations represent significant changes since the University first opened the campus in 1987.
“This renovation represents our effort to enhance the student learning experience,” said Weber. “The expansion of the student lounge and addition of new meeting areas are intended to encourage networking and collaboration among students ans faculty, contributing to the sense of community. Education should be enjoyable, after all.”
In addition to the expanded student lounge and meeting areas, the renovations— designed by architect HOK, and implemented by the Environmental Contracting Corporation and WDAInc. — include amenities such as a refurbished library and computer lab, four new faculty offices, two hoteling offices, and an executive conference room, bringing the total facility size to 35,000 square feet. The GSEP Community Counseling Center has also been updated to better service clients.
Classrooms are now outfitted with the latest in audio and visual technology, and plasma video screens featuring University announcements keep students abreast of news and events of interest. Portraits of Distinguished Alumni featured along the hall, publications by faculty authors and Pepperdine memorabilia displayed in a bookcase, and a photo series showcasing students and alumni working with children across the world are just some of the various displays highlighting the University’s accomplishments.