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Recognition and Awards

Graziadio School Awards

Rankings: The Graziadio School's degree programs have been recognized among the nation's best by some of the most distinguished authorities in business including Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and Financial Times. The Graziadio School is honored to be considered among the top 100 of more than 2,000 business schools in the nation.

Graziadio Staff Excellence Awards

Recognizes and rewards outstanding staff members who have made significant contribution in advancing the mission and work of the Graziadio School in the following areas.

Compassion: Person for others; demonstrates concern and a servant attitude to the Pepperdine community

Courage: Breakthrough effort that results in extraordinary achievement and/or demonstrates resolve in the face of adversity.

Integrity: Demonstrates values-centered leadership; serves as a role model to others within the Pepperdine community.

Stewardship: Suggestion that resulted in a significant improvement in the use of resources and/or process changes resulting in increased efficiencies.


  Compassion Courage Integrity Stewardship  
 2014 C Kim B Dupre A carr B Parson
2013 D Gore C Diaz K Weiss J Berneking
2012 not available Courage not available Stewardship
2011 Compassion Courage Integrity Stewardship  
2010 Compassion Courage Integrity Stewardship  
2009 V Nowacki Courage Courage Stewardship C2C
Staff Member
of the Year


Person for

Team Spirit
2008 Staff of the year Service Person Team  

George Awards

Each year, the George Awards honor some of the finest members and partners of the Graziadio School
community. Recipients exemplify integrity, stewardship, courage, and compassion, while enriching the ever-changing business world through their superior skills and entrepreneurial spirit.

Student Awards
Recipients have maintained a minimum 3.5 GPA, completed at least two trimesters, and served as outstanding leaders in the classroom.

Alumni Award
Alumni George Award recipients have demonstrated leadership and initiative toward advancing the Graziadio School’s alumni network.


Outstanding Staff Member: (Winner 2013 - Gabriella Soroldoni)
Represents a member of the Graziadio School family who has helped to enhance the mission and reputation of the Graziadio School.

Faculty Award
Presented to a faculty member whose commitment to teaching personifies personal leadership, excellence, and generosity of spirit.

Community Service Award
Awarded to a member of the Graziadio School family who has displayed unwavering dedication to community service.

Pepperdine Honors

Pepperdine strives to reward employees for their work and recognize them for their achievements. All employees are invited to attend one of the year's biggest events, the annual Pepperdine Honors faculty & staff appreciation dinner.

Service Award Program
The Service Award Program provides recognition of continuous service for eligible employees of 1, 3, and 5 year levels, and each additional 5 years thereafter (10, 15, etc.). Continuous service is reduced by part-time status or leave of absence in excess of three months. Employees who were previously employed by the University in a regular faculty or staff position are eligible to receive full service credit towards continuous service for service award purposes.

Staff Achievement Award
The Staff Achievement Award is a $1,000 cash award given to a staff member whose daily life in the workplace is a model for all. Any member of the Pepperdine faculty, staff, or student body can make nominations for this award.

S. DavisWaves of Service Award: (Winner 2012 - Sharon Davis)
The Waves of Service awards thousands of dollars each year in honor of alumni and Pepperdine community members involved  annually in service through their careers and volunteer activties.
Graziadio staff member Sharon Davis received the Faculty/Staff Waves of Service Award at the 2012 Pepperdine Honors. The award  recognizes Sharon for embodying the University mission and for her contributions to ensuring a better society through selfless acts of service. For the honor, the University awarded $1,000.

Waves of Innovation
Launched in April 2013, the Waves of Innovation program was created to foster and reward creativity and stimulate ideas within the Pepperdine community.  Its goal is to make us a more resourceful, efficient, impactful, faith-based, and global institution.   Innovative ideas with the greatest potential impact will be rewarded. http://www.pepperdine.edu/president/innovation/

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