Pepperdine University 2003 Annual Report A Heritage of Faith
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The Year in Review
The Heritage Continues: Initiatives

GSEP implemented a research initiative that will provide $450,000 over the next three years to support new and ongoing faculty research. A database of the in-house clinic will be funded to provide data for scholarly activity
among faculty and also opportunities for doctoral students to work with faculty in clinical research projects.

Seaver College began an initiative this year called "Greater Expectations." This will include implementation of a new general education curriculum all the way to the Phi Beta Kappa application. A college honors program, led by Professor Dan Caldwell, will identify and prepare students to win national and international scholarship competitions.

The School of Law entered into an exchange program with the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, thereby expanding the offerings in international law programs. Future programs are on the horizon with the University
of Augsburg, Germany, and with Universidad Peruana de Ciencas Aplicadas, in Lima, Peru.

The Graziadio School introduced an initiative to expand global impact by adding programs in Brazil and Argentina. The school now has a network of twenty-one partnerships with schools around the world, providing Graziadio School students with even more opportunities for international study.

Christopher ParkeningA $50,000 contribution was made by Paul Newman to the Christopher Parkening Endowed Chair in Classical Guitar at Seaver College recently. The gift came from the after-tax profits of Newman's Own, the all-natural food company founded by Newman. The gift will help provide scholarship funds to support the University's prestigious classical guitar program led by Parkening, a distinguished professor of music.

In 2002, the School of Law instituted a Master of Laws Degree in Dispute Resolution for lawyers, and the first class graduated in spring 2003. This is a terminal degree for lawyers and is taken after receiving a juris doctorate. Another degree, the Master's in Dispute Resolution, has been offered for several years and can be taken before the J.D.

Seaver College announced the 2003 Awards for Teaching Excellence in March. With the end of the Luckman Awards program in 2002, the Center for Teaching Excellence initiated a similar program with the same purpose:
to recognize and reward outstanding teaching. The program annually provides five grants to faculty who have exemplified excellence in teaching in the classroom, tutoring, and advising.