Congratulations on being accepted to participate at the Pepperdine School of Public Policy Site Competition on February 24, 2018.

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Your Site Leader:
Carson Bruno (MPP ’12), Assistant Dean for Admission and Program Relations, Pepperdine School of Public Policy,

Your Technical Leader:
Michael Shires, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Associate Dean for Strategy and Special Projects, Pepperdine School of Public Policy,

Please find below pertinent information about the student networking session on February 23 and travel and lodging. Students please remember to bring your own laptop computers to the competition. Tablets are NOT compatible with the simulation. 

February 23 Welcome Reception:
Please join the judges, the Pepperdine School of Public Policy community, and your fellow competitors on the evening of Friday, February 23, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM for a networking and welcome reception. This will be held on Pepperdine University’s Malibu Seaver College campus in the Fireside Room that overlooks sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean. The Fireside Room is located within the Waves Café in the Tyler Campus Center.

TENTATIVE: Competition Day Details (NASPAA-Batten will provide students/site leaders with final schedule in late Jan):
Competitors should plan on being at the Pepperdine School of Public Policy (follow signs and other posting on campus) no later than 8:00 AM for check-in on Saturday, February 24, 2018. A continental breakfast and coffee will be available beginning at 8:00 AM.  Welcoming remarks, instructions, and the start of the competition will begin promptly at 9:00 AM. Lunch will be provided during the competition.   In the afternoon, when the judges are selecting our regional site’s winning team, competitors will be able to unwind on the Gull’s Way Patio with afternoon snacks overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Hotel Accommodations:
The Pepperdine School of Public Policy has reserved a discounted courtesy room block (20 two double-bed rooms) for check-in on Friday, February 23, 2018 (3:00 PM check-in) and check-out on Sunday, February 25, 2018 (12:00 PM check-out). These rooms are available on a first-come-first serve basis. The Pepperdine School of Public Policy is not responsible for room reservation or payment. Deadline to make reservations to secure the discounted rate is Friday, January 26, 2018. Reservations can be made using the special link below:

Hotel Name: Sheraton Agoura Hills Hotel 
Hotel Phone Number: 866-961-8099
Room Reservation Link:
Hotel Address: 30100 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills, CA 91301
Courtesy Room Block Name: Pepperdine University

Room Rate: $169.00 per night (plus applicable state and local taxes)

Other Hotel Accommodations: 

While the Pepperdine School of Public Policy has only reserved the courtesy room block discounted rate at the Sheraton Agoura Hills Hotel, there are a number of other excellent hotel accommodations around the Malibu area, in addition to Airbnb options. Please note that the complimentary shuttle provided by the Pepperdine School of Public Policy for the Welcome Reception and competition day will only go between the Sheraton Agoura Hills Hotel and the competition site.

Other hotel options within a 20 minute drive of the competition site include Malibu Beach Inn (5 minutes from campus), Good Night Inn Calabasas (10 minutes), Homewood Suites by Hilton in Agoura Hills (15 minutes), Westlake Village Inn (20 minutes), The Anza in Calabasas (20 minutes), Hyatt Regency Westlake Plaza (20 minutes), and Hilton Garden Inn in Calabasas (20 minutes).

Ground Transportation:
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is 28 miles southeast of Pepperdine University. There are ample car rentals available at the airport at varying rates. The campus is also served by numerous shuttles including SuperShuttle and Roadrunner, with one-way fares averaging around $45. Taxis average about $84 each way. Alternative ride sharing such as Uber ($32-42 each way) and Lyft ($32-$43 each way) provide affordable and convenient options for competitors to get around. Parking on campus is free and the Pepperdine School of Public Policy’s parking lots always have ample space for visitors. Self-parking at the Sheraton Agoura Hills Hotel is $10 per night.

A complimentary shuttle will make one Sheraton Hotel-to-campus trip before the Welcome Reception on Friday, February 23, 2018 and one return campus-to-Sheraton Hotel trip following the Welcome Reception.  On Saturday, February 24, 2018 one complimentary Sheraton Hotel-to-campus shuttle trip and one return trip will be made before and after the competition. A schedule will be provided to all competition participants in advance of the competition. It is the participant’s responsibility to ensure they have made all necessary travel plans.

The entire Pepperdine School of Public Policy community looks forward to you joining us in Malibu.  If you have any questions, do not hesitate reaching out to Carson Bruno, your site leader.