Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management will soon launch a new e-catalog designed to make it easier for students and faculty to search, save and share critical course, program and policy information. The new academic catalog management system from Digital Architecture, Acalog ™, provides content-specific search, personalization features, social media links and mobile connectivity; replacing the current reliance on an academic catalog in PDF form.
“While we’re tremendously excited about how Acalog will enhance the catalog experience for our students, the system also includes a robust version tracking and notification system that will enable us to manage our catalog more efficiently,” said James Berneking, Academic Affairs Project Manager for Accreditation.
The Graziadio School joins more than 300 other higher education institutions that have adopted the Acalog e-catalog system. Ken Blais, president of Digital Architecture, explained that Acalog is designed specifically for academic catalog management and presentation, and will help the school “streamline catalog production, reduce reliance on printing, enhance student engagement, and help improve both the timeliness and accuracy of catalog information.”
Digital Architecture is the leading provider of catalog management and curriculum solutions, serving more than 300 institutions of higher learning. The Acalog publishing system delivers thousands of e-catalogs at hundreds of colleges and universities. Acalog’s unique e-catalog Gateway enhances student engagement with powerful search, personalization, Web services, and a mobile interface. Curriculog™ is Digital Architecture’s curriculum management system offering institutions groundbreaking workflow, collaboration, and approval-tracking platform with the flexibility to respond to evolving institutional and accreditation requirements.
Pepperdine MBA students Irena Kojouharova, Tammy Billings, Xiaojing (Candy) Fan and Ravi Gupta competed at the 2014 John Molson MBA International Case Competition in Montreal, held last week. The team was one of 36 representing business schools from 13 countries participating in the most prestigious of MBA case competitions for a cash prize of CAD 10,000 and coveted Molson Cup.
Team Graziadio competed in five rounds of cases in a division that included University of Calgary – Haskayne School of Business, University of South Carolina – Moore School of Business, University of Kaiserslautern (Germany), McMaster University – DeGroote School of Business (Canada), and Queensland University of Technology. They finished their first case presentation against Queenland and achieved an overall score of 15.
Only University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Management, University of South Carolina – Moore School of Business and University of Kaiserslautern (Germany) advanced into the finals, with MBAs from the Carlson School winning the competition.
“The students represented Pepperdine University well and as always genuinely benefited from the experience,” said team faculty advisor Andrea Scott. “I am pleased with the effort and performance that our students delivered.”
–January 13, 2014
Professor Andrea Scott and the Graziadio MBA team at the 2014 Internation Molson Case Competition.
Students Brian Harman and Toni Washington are recipients of scholarships from the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP)-Southern California Roundtable, valued at $3,000 each. CSCMP annually awards its tuition-supplementing scholarships to promising masters level students from Southern California colleges and universities who demonstrate an acumen in supply chain management logistics, transportation, distribution, or a closely related field.
Enrolled in the part-time evening Bachelor of Science in Management program, Mr. Harman serves as the purchasing manager at American Landscape Inc. , a Canoga Park-based landscape and irrigation construction firm. Exposure to basic supply chain management techniques with a previous employer led to the decision to make SCM a life-long career aspiration. Following that job opportunity, he used his skill as a buyer to open his own profitable screen-printing and embroidery company, which he eventually sold before joining American Landscape. When Harman graduates the BSM program next April, he will be first person in his family to earn a college degree. He will be back at Pepperdine in the summer to pursue another year of study toward an MBA, for which the scholarship would make an immense financial difference.
A student in the part-time evening Master in Business Administration (FEMBA) program , Ms. Washington is a sales specialist at Astra Zeneca, LLP, the global biopharmaceutical company. Washington aspires to a career in operations management within the healthcare sector. Looking to advance into management within the operations division of Astra Zeneca ‘s logistics department, Washington has worked closely with her managers and other key personnel throughout supply chain channels ranging from pharmacies to laboratories and purchasing departments within private health care systems and large hospital groups. With the aid of the scholarship, Washington will be able to accelerate her studies at Pepperdine and complete her MBA in spring 2015.
Harman and Washington follow in the footsteps of previous scholarship recipient Stephanie Cervantes, who last year became the Graziadio School’s first ever CSCMP awardee. Candidates for the scholarship are evaluated based on 35 percent academic performance, 50 percent demonstrated commitment to a supply chain management career and 15 percent need. Founded in 1963, with more than 85,000 members, the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals is the preeminent worldwide professional association dedicated to the advancement and dissemination of research and knowledge on supply chain management.
Student Jeffrey Fein, vice president of The Leadership Society at the Graziadio School, congratulates Oliver Chacon, Yury Adamov, Sarah Iskamker, and Ravi Gupta on earning first place in the Annual Values-Centered Leadership Lab Case Competition; held on Saturday and kicking off SEER Week, seven days of events celebrating socially, environmentally and ethically responsible business practice that will culminate in the annual conference of socially conscious entrepreneursSEER Symposium, as well as a student leadership development retreat. Continue reading
The entrepreneurship programs at Pepperdine have successfully guided the launch of almost 100 new companies, says program director Larry Cox. Twenty-five startups launched by Graziadio School entrepreneur students and alumni competed this week for a chance to win $1,000 and an invitation to be on KFWB 980′s “Business Rockstars” radio program.
At the Inaugural Board of Visitors $100,000 Investment Challenge, board members, faculty, invited alumni and staff divided $100,000 worth of imaginary “George Dollars” among the ventures with whom they would most likely invest. The opportunity for real money and radio exposure went to the top five companies with the most “George Dollars” invested by the end of the day.
Earning the most “votes,” respectively, top honors went to Crystal and Chip Reibel of Beyond the Olive; Nick Stankevich, Shuyaa Al Robayan and Brad Rowland of Unus Card; this year’s Pepperdine Business Plan winner Audra Quinn of UnCorked! in a tie with Neal Bloom of The Portfolium; and Jerry Lee and Jon Drew of Twistx. Continue reading