The Year in Review The Heritage Continues: Drescher
Perhaps the highlight of the year for Pepperdine University was
the completion, ahead of schedule, of the Drescher Graduate Campus,
which opened for classes in August 2003. Entering and returning
students found state-of-the-art classrooms and bright new facilities
to greet them in the fall, along with stunning seascapes and dramatic
landscapes. The campus features balconies, plazas, dining facilities,
and beautiful open spaces, framed by giant palm trees, planters,
boulders, and special paving appointments. This is the largest build-out
of the original campus master plan since the central Seaver College
campus was constructed in 1971-72.
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The Drescher Graduate Campus comprises 50.4 acres and boasts 96,000
square feet of facility space. The campus includes residences for
300 married and graduate students and 56 faculty-staff residences.
A parking structure and parking lots accommodate 560 vehicles on
the new campus. The campus was designed by the architectural firm
of Neptune Thomas Davis.
Several major facilities are included in the academic complex.
The Beckman Management Center houses the Graziadio School
of Business and Management. The Braun Center houses the
School of Public Policy. And a center that will be named
in honor of Norvel and Helen Young houses the Graduate School
of Education and Psychology and the Center for the Family.
In addition, the George L. Graziadio Executive Center, with
fifty guest rooms, conference rooms, and dining room, is now ready
to meet the conference needs of various corporate groups and academic
activities. Finally, a building housing the library and the Learning
Technology Center provides important support facilities for the