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OMAET 2005 Exhibitions and Graduation FAQ
July 5 – 9, 2005 (detailed schedule)

What are exhibitions?   The culminating activity of the OMAET program is presenting your action research to the faculty, the public and your family and friends at the exhibitions.  See Exhibition Guidelines for more information.

Where should we stay? We will be staying at the Marina Del Rey Courtyard Marriott Hotel in West Los Angeles.  All students should plan to stay at the hotel for the duration of the exhibitions. 

What about the locals? If you live locally and decide not to stay at the hotel, please remember that you must be at the hotel early in the morning and until later in the evening (see the schedule below.)  We know being together facilitates community, so we strongly urge locals to stay at the hotel.

What are the hotel details?  The hotel’s address is 13480 Maxella Avenue, Marina del Rey, CA 90292.  It is approximately three miles west of the West Los Angeles Graduate Campus and 15 miles southeast of the Malibu campus. The discounted room rates for this event are $112 per night.  Consider sharing to save on cost.  Parking is free.

How do we make reservations?  To make reservations, please call the hotel directly at: 310-822-8555 or 888-236-2427.  Please make your hotel reservations ASAP.  Be sure to specify that you are members of the Pepperdine Exhibition group.  This will ensure that you receive the group rate and that your room is registered in our block of rooms. You must make your reservations before Tuesday, June 14, 2005.

What about transportation? The hotel has a shuttle bus to and from the airport.  Most events will happen at the hotel. We will rely on faculty, locals with cars and helpful bus drivers for any additional travel.

Can friends and family attend?  Of course! Please invite anyone to attend Exhibitions during the times marked family in the schedule below. You will receive a PDF invitation to the exhibitions to share with friends and family.

Where/When is the graduation?  The GSEP graduation ceremony will be held outdoors at Alumni Park on the Pepperdine University Malibu campus, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90263. The ceremony begins promptly at 10:30 a.m. and will last approximately two hours.  Master Graduates should arrive no later than 8:30 a.m. and   guests should arrive at 9:30 a.m.

Where can we get more information about graduation? http://gsep.pepperdine.edu/newsevents/graduation/

Preliminary Schedule

Tuesday, July 5th

  • Arrive in West Los Angeles and check into the hotel
  • 6 PM - 9 PM … Reconnect event TBD  

Wednesday, July 6th

  • 9 AM - Noon … Panel discussions on Action Research projects
  • Noon - 1 PM … Lunch (on your own)
  • 1 PM - 4 PM … Panel discussions on Action Research projects
  • 4 PM - 8 PM … Exhibition set-up time in the hotel 
  • 5 PM - 7 PM … Hot appetizers served

Thursday, July 7th

  • 9 AM – Noon …Faculty review of Action Research projects
  • Noon – 1 PM … Lunch (on your own)
  • 1 PM – 5 PM … Faculty review of Action Research projects
  • 5 PM – 8 PM … Display of Exhibitions for family, friends and public
  • 5 PM – 7 PM … Hot appetizers served

Friday, July 8th

  • 9 AM - Noon … Display of Exhibitions for family, friends and public
  • Noon – 1 PM … Lunch (provided) Speaker TBD
  • 1 PM – 2 PM … Program Evaluation Activity
  • 2 PM – 3 PM … Final Cadre Closing Circles
  • Evening … Optional Cadre Dinners TBD by cadre representative

Saturday, July 9th            

  • 8:30 AM - Students report to the robbing area at Alumni Park.
  • 9:30 AM - Friends an family arrive
  • 10:30 AM - Graduation ceremony
  • 12:30 PM – Cookies and punch on the lawn

Note: This schedule is still subject to minimal change.    TBD = To Be Determined

Exhibition Guidelines

  • Each student will be provided with one 6 foot skirted/ covered table
  • Power will be available but will be limited. You are encouraged to plan for verbal presentations, supplemented with handouts and the display boards you prepared.
  • Internet access may be also be available.  We are still negotiating with the hotel.
  • Prepare a three panel display board that can stand on your table as a backdrop. In the past some have shipped their boards in advance.  Others have prepared all of the materials in advance but have constructed these boards after they arrive. The boards are readily available at office supply stores.
  • Your table will either be against a wall or back to back with another table so that your boards will back up against the boards of one of your peers in the next aisle.  The tables will be arranged very much like the displays at a conference.
  • We arrange cadre groups together into aisles in the ballroom. You may select your location with your cadre group section. Tables are not assigned.  Those who need power are grouped together typically in order to be closer to outlets.
  • Remember your audience when preparing your materials.  Make sure that your display is readable from several feet away.  Create handouts that are easy for your audience to take away and might be meaningful for them. What will make your presentation memorable to someone who is likely to see dozens of other exhibits?
  • You may use your laptop. However, you are urged to use it sparingly.  We want to hear your story and your voice not a long video or electronic slide presentation.  Keep your audience in mind and your media elements appropriate and short.  Most visitors to your table will only be with you for a few minutes. 
  • Practice your presentation until you can cover your story in about 12 minutes.  This is not a long time.  One great hint is to use the display board as much a possible and an attention getter, a colorful display of data and a prompter.
  • We try to videotape all presentations. Be prepared for that and consider looking into the camera.  If this makes you extra nervous practice beforehand.
  • IMPORTANT:  If you plan to use photographs, video or student work on your display, please be sure you have obtained appropriate permission.

Additional information will become available as we get closer to the event.  If you have questions, please contact you cadre parent or send an email to prsparks@pepperdine.edu


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