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Waves Weekend

Waves Weekend Dates

Friday, October 14 - Sunday, October 16, 2022

Contact

For all questions regarding Waves Weekend, please contact us at wavesweekend@pepperdine.edu, x4201.

Student Activities invites families to journey to Malibu for a weekend dedicated to you and your family! Waves Weekend provides the entire Pepperdine and Waves community with a weekend that is both action-packed and full of tradition. Families of current students reunite with their daughter or son while they meet with faculty, staff, fellow parents, and their child's new friends.

Registration is open. To attend Waves Weekend, all parents and family members must register online. Registration is $75 per person and includes the following:

  • Three meals, including Friday's Lunch, Saturday's Coffee with Dean Feltner and Family Picnic
  • Entrance and food at Madness Village and Blue & Orange Madness
  • Special reception with the President and First Lady of Pepperdine
  • Adamson House Tours (one of Malibu's historic homes)
  • Limited Edition Waves Weekend gear
  • And more!

Additionally, we offer a limited number of surf lessons for an extra cost.

Students do not need to register, and they are welcome to participate in Waves Weekend however, they will need to pay separately for meals and can use meal points. Children age 12 and under are free, but should still be registered. Registration closes on Monday, October 10.

Please note: our registration will be temporarily down Friday, September 30 thru October 3 due to mandatory maintenance of the system.


For hotel accommodations, visit the Hotels Near Our Malibu Campus page.

Waves Weekend 2022 Schedule

Our Waves Weekend team is working to finalize our schedule and the complete schedule will be released soon. The weekend festivities begin with Check-in at 10 AM on Friday, October 14 at Upper Mullin Town Square. Please see below for a few highlights of what is to come!

Time Description Location
10 AM - 5 PM

Check-In

Pick up your name tag, official Waves Weekend schedule, and swag.

Upper Mullin Town Square
10 AM - Noon

Adamson House Tour

A guided tour explores the estate and gardens of the Adamson House, a classic Southern California home that sits on one of the most beautiful beaches in the state. The house was, for a time, home to Pepperdine president Norvel Young and his family. Shuttles are available in the main lot in front of Smother Theatre. The tour is limited to 24 guests. First come, first served.

Seaver Main Lot
10 AM - Noon

Morning Hike/Walk

Hikers, meet on the front steps of Smothers Theatre to catch a shuttle up to the trailhead. The student-led intermediate/advanced morning hike with the Pepperdine Parents Program includes 360 views of Pepperdine and Malibu. Hiking shoes recommended!

Walkers, meet in front of the Weisman Museum to meet up with the group. The student-led casual morning walk with the Pepperdine Parents Programs offers amazing views of the Pacific Ocean. Comfortable shoes recommended!

Don't forget your sunscreen and hat. Please select one of the following options:

Hike to the Cross

Hike to the cross in the Santa Monica Mountains above Pepperdine. Please note this hike is moderate to difficult. Please bring water and appropriate clothing. Space limited to 100 participants.

Walk to the Theme Tower

Walk down to the Pepperdine Theme Tower to enjoy the ocean views Space is limited to 100 participants.

Seaver Main Lot
10 AM - 6 PM

Open Classrooms

Parents are invited to visit the following classrooms! See the list below:

10-11:30 AM  Dean Baim - Intro to Microeconomics - CCB 100

10-11:30 AM  Khanh Bui - Social Psychology - AC 263

10-11:30 AM  Gary Galles - Principles of Macroeconomics - BPC 191

10-11:30 AM  Bradley Griffin - History of Theatre - CAC 204

10-11:30 AM  Christopher Heard - Intermediate Biblical Hebrew - AC 298

Noon-1:30 PM  Nick Zola - New Testament in Context - AC 263

2-2:30 PM  Christopher Parkening - Performance Skills for Classical Guitar - MB 118

2-3:30 PM  Dean Baim - Introduction to Microeconomics - CCB 100

2-3:30 PM  Steven Bauer - Principles of Marketing - CCB 346

2-3:30 PM  Khanh Bui - Social Psychology - AC 263

2-3:50 PM  Pierre Tang - Pepperdine University Symphony - MB 105

3-4 PM  Christopher Parkening - Performance Skills for Classical Guitar - MB 118

4-6 PM  Keith Colclough - Opera Workshop - MB 220

 

10 AM - 6 PM  Open Office Hours  Various Locations

Parents are invited to visit the following professors during their open office hours! See the list below:

10-11:30 AM  Alyssa Ong - Professor in Business Administration Division - CCB 315

10 AM - Noon  Daniel Rodriguez - Divisional Dean of Religion and Philosophy Division - AC 201A

1-3 PM  Bradley Griffin - Divisional Dean of Fine Arts - CAC 200A

1-3 PM  Christopher Heard - Professor in Religion and Philosophy Division - AC 278

Various Locations
11 AM - 5 PM

Weisman Museum of Art: To Bough and To Bend

Trees feature prominently in the origin stories of many world religions. Ancient history recounts how their shade and branches have been sites of contemplation, suffering, and renewal. Today, trees still speak: deep root systems form tangled webs of communication, blunt stumps nod to deforestation, and charred limbs attest to fires started by our own hands. First curated by Bridge Projects, a gallery that catalyzes interdisciplinary exploration of contemporary art, spirituality, and religious tradtions. To Bough and To Bend explores these ecological issues through the work of 30 artists who look to religious and historic art practices to guide us back into fellowship with these old friends and the living world we share. To visit the exhibition, stop by the museum during open hours; no registration necessary.

Weisman Museum of Art
11:15 AM - 1:15 PM

Adamson House Tour

A guided tour explores the estate and gardens of the Adamson House, a classic Southern California home that sits on one of the most beautiful beaches in the state. The house was, for a time, home to Pepperdine president Norvel Young and his family. Shuttles are available in the main lot in front of Smothers Theatre.  The tour is limited to 24 guests. First come, first served.

Seaver Main Lot
Noon - 2 PM

Lunch

Enjoy an outdoor buffet-style lunch with family, friends, and students. This meal is included with the Family Registration. Be sure to bring the voucher you will receive at the check-in table. Students can join families for this lunch by using their meal points to purchase their meal.

Adamson Plaza
12:45-2:15 PM

Adamson House Tour

A guided tour explores the estate and gardens of the Adamson House, a classic Southern California home that sits on one of the most beautiful beaches in the state. The house was, for a time, home to Pepperdine president Norvel Young and his family. Shuttles are available in the main lot in front of Smothers Theatre.  The tour is limited to 24 guests. First come, first served.

Seaver Main Lot
1-4 PM

Parent and Family Lounge

Join the Parent and Family Program at our come and go lounge for conversation and community with other families throughout the day. Grab an ice cold water bottle and a snack while picking up information on the bookstore Waves Weekend family promotions and how to enter the raffle.

Upper Mullin Town Square
2-3:30 PM

Adamson House Tour

A guided tour explores the estate and gardens of the Adamson House, a classic Southern California home that sits on one of the most beautiful beaches in the state. The house was, for a time, home to Pepperdine president Norvel Young and his family. Shuttles are available in the main lot in front of Smothers Theatre.  The tour is limited to 24 guests. First come, first served.

Seaver Main Lot
3 PM

Women's Swim vs. Cal State East Bay

Come cheer on our women's swimming and diving team as they compete against Cal Stage East Bay. Entry is free to all!

Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool
3-4 PM

Preserving Family Treasures

Are you the type of person who has shoeboxes overflowing with family photos? Do you have a collection of your grandparents' love letters or immigration papers but don't know what to do with them? Then this event is for you! During this hour-long workshop, Kelsey Knox, archivist for Special Collections and University Archives, will show attendees how to protect their family treasures, including letters, documents, photographs, and more. She'll begin with a presentation about best practices in preservation. Then, we'll get hands-on. Come to the seminar with your objects, and the Special Collections team will provide you with archival storage solutions that you get to take home - ensuring that your family treasures will be protected for generations to come! This workshop is free to attend. Preservation supplies kits are available for $25 and include acid-free folders, file folder inserts, and a 12.25" x 10.25" x 5" acid free document box.

Payson Library, Kresge Reading Room
3:30 - 5 PM

President's Open House

Jim and Joline Gash, president and first lady of Pepperdine, welcome Waves Weekend guests to a casual, come-and-go dessert reception in their home. Shuttles will be available in the Seaver Main Lot in front of Smothers Theatre.

Brock House

5:30 - 8 PM

Madness Village

Join us for one of Pepperdine's biggest events of the year, hosted by the Student Programming Board! Enjoy food, family-friendly carnival games, music, rides, and more. Don't miss out on this favorite Pepperdine tradition.

Firestone Fieldhouse Parking Lot
8:15–10 PM

Blue and Orange Madness

Join Pepperdine Athletics as we kick off the Waves men's and women's basketball seasons! Celebrated as one of Pepperdine's greatest traditions, this ultimate pump-up event will include team introductions and student and fan contests and prizes as well as the chance for one lucky student and one lucky parent to win a year of free tuition by making a half-court shot.

Firestone Fieldhouse
Time Description Location
8:30 - 11 AM

Check-In

Pick up your name tag and official Waves Weekend program.

Howard A. White Center
9 AM–Noon

Surfing Lessons

It's never too late to learn how to surf. Experience one of the best reasons for going to school in sunny California with surf lessons. The friendly and experienced staff from Malibu Makos will make sure you're safe and have a great time. Surfing is available to all! Shuttles are available at the Seaver Main Lot in front of Smothers Theatre. Advance purchase required.

Seaver Main Lot
9-9:45 AM

Coffee with Dean Feltner

Come enjoy a continental breakfast while you meet with the dean of Seaver College.

The Light House Patio
10-10:45 AM

Pepperdine Prays

Join senior leadership along with the Parent and Family Program for an opportunity to gather and pray for the specific needs of our University.

Amphitheatre
11 AM - 5 PM

Weisman Museum of Art: To Bough and To Bend

Trees feature prominently in the origin stories of many world religions. Ancient history recounts how their shade and branches have been sites of contemplation, suffering, and renewal. Today, trees still speak: deep root systems form tangled webs of communication, blunt stumps nod to deforestation, and charred limbs attest to fires started by our own hands. First curated by Bridge Projects, a gallery that catalyzes interdisciplinary exploration of contemporary art, spirituality, and religious tradtions. To Bough and To Bend explores these ecological issues through the work of 30 artists who look to religious and historic art practices to guide us back into fellowship with these old friends and the living world we share. To visit the exhibition, stop by the museum during open hours; no registration necessary.

Weisman Museum of Art
11 AM

Women's Swim vs. Cal State East Bay

Come cheer on our women's swimming and diving team as they compete against Cal State East Bay. Entry is free to all!

Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool
11 AM - 2 PM

Family Picnic

Grab a blanket and enjoy a family picnic for all attendees on Alumni Park. Play lawn games like cornhole, spikeball, and more, while listening to live music from student performers. Registered guests will receive a voucher to use at one of five food trucks.

Alumni Park
Noon

Women's Soccer vs. San Francisco

Wear your blue and orange to watch our women's soccer team! Wear your name tag for free entry into the game.

Tari Frahm Rokus Field
4-5:30 PM

Pepperdine Improv Troupe (PIT) Comedy Performance

Are you ready to laugh and shout out suggestions? Now in its 20th year, a new PIT crew is ready to perform improvised comedy and provide a hilarious addition to Waves Weekend. Welcome the new fabulous host and PIT director, Isabel Klein ('19)!

Elkins Auditorium
4:30-10 PM

Dinner in the 'Bu

Malibu is filled with Pepperdine-friendly restaurants offering delicious fare. We encourage you to take your family to one of the following restaurants that are offering a 10 percent discount to our Pepperdine families: Howdy's Sonrisa Cafe, John's Garden, Malibu Seafood, Marmalade Cafe, Real Coconut, and Taverna Tony. Be sure to have your student show their Pepperdine ID card to receive the discount. Note: check restaurant hours as not all of these vendors are open until 10 PM.

Various Locations
6 - 9 PM

The Table (Hosted by the University Church)

The Table is our Saturday evening worship gathering. Join us at 6 p.m. at the on-campus home of long-time church members Jim and Joline Gash (the Brock House) to worship God together through a shared meal, the beauty of God's creation, prayerful music and singing, and an amazing community of peers and mentors. Dinner is included in the worship experience, and all are welcome. This is a space for us to ask good questions and explore our diverse spiritual journeys together. We can't wait to see you there!

Brock House
8 PM

Syncopated Ladies

Parents and guests are invited to an evening with the Syncopated Ladies, a Los Angeles-based all-female tap dance band renowned for its "rhythmic virtuosity" (New York Times) and electrifying performances. With 100 million views on its viral videos and counting, the band has worked with pop icon Beyonce, performed for So You Think You Can Dance, Good Morning America, and the US Open - and now brings its intricate and fierce footwork to the Smothers stage. Use the special promo code WAVES22 to purchase half-priced tickets online, over the phone, or in person at the Center for Fine Arts box office.

Smothers Theatre
Time Description Location
9 AM

Sacred Pathways: Exploring How We Connect with God

Join lead minister Eric Wilson and campus minister Falon Barton as we explore the many different ways that people experience and encounter God.

Hahn Fireside Room
10:15-11:30 AM

University Church of Christ Worship Service

Join the members of the University Church of Christ for worship to conclude your weekend with praise and celebration. We are excited to welcome you (or welcome you back) into our church family!

Elkins Auditorium