Accomplishments of a Distinctive Community

The past fiscal year was so eventful and successful that it is difficult to know where to begin in reporting it to our alumni and friends. It is tempting to first report on the financial and administrative achievements or the accomplishments in planning, information, and technology. But Pepperdine is centered in academics, and it seems most appropriate to begin in that key area.


This fiscal year witnessed long strides in the University’s library system, in support of research and scholarship. A new extension library for graduate study opened on the new Drescher Graduate Campus at Malibu. And with the move of the Graziadio School of Business and Management and the Graduate School of Education and Psychology to a new location in West Los Angeles, the extension library at that new facility is now open and expanded.

During the year, nearly $1 million in new books were added to the libraries. In addition, the libraries provided library and information instruction to nearly 3,000 students. Payson Library hours were expanded for students, from 96 to 110 hours per week.

Dean of Libraries Mark Roosa Dean of Libraries
 Mark Roosa

A new dean of libraries was appointed on August 1 to lead an already strong library enrichment program, which had begun with President Benton’s inauguration four years ago. Mark Roosa brings almost two decades of expertise to his new role as dean of libraries at Pepperdine. For the past six years, Roosa was a director and chief at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., responsible for leading four divisions, two special programs, overseeing an $11 million budget, and coordinating key activities in three Capitol Hill locations, as well as multiple off-site facilities. He has also developed preservation, collection management, and access plans for such institutions as the Huntington Library, the Santa Monica Historical Society, and the Getty Center for Research in the Arts and Humanities.

In March 2003, the University’s Center for Faith and Learning hosted a conference on the theme, Religion and Public Virtue. Distinguished presenters included Robert N. Bellah, James Davison Hunter, Michael W. McConnell, and Richard Mouw.

Carnegie Magazine Cover

Again Pepperdine University ranked in the top quartile of the nation’s universities in the recent U.S. News & World Report survey. However, Pepperdine received an even higher ranking—Number 27—from college-bound high school students nationwide in Project Connect 2003, a study released by Carnegie Communications. The “Carnegie rank” is significantly higher than that of U.S. News for several universities, including New York University, Boston College, and Georgetown University, in addition to Pepperdine.

Academic Administration

A new teaching award was inaugurated in 2003-2004. The Howard A. White Award for Teaching Excellence is named for one of Pepperdine’s finest scholars and teachers, Dr. Howard White, the University’s fifth president. With total monetary awards of $27,000, the White Awards will help maintain the University’s attention to the critical area of successfully teaching students.

Pepperdine University received a Federal Wide Assurance designation for its protection of human research subjects, effective May 12, 2004. In order to receive this special approval, the Institutional Review Boards (IRB) were expanded so that all five schools at Pepperdine would have an IRB to report to, in compliance with federal law. These boards are faculty committees that review faculty/student research to ensure that human research subjects are properly protected. Also, standards for human subjects research were established and publications produced on the subject, such as Protection of Human Participants in Research: Policies and Procedures Manual.

Professor Lee KatzProfessor Lee Katz

Faculty have been expanding research activities during the past year, receiving funding from corporate, foundation, and government agencies totaling nearly $1 million. To mention only a few of the diverse projects receiving monetary awards: visiting education professor Margaret Riel is working on the design and development phase of the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future project, “Online Learning Communities to Support New Teachers”; biologist Karen Martin is monitoring grunion spawning activities while educating the public on the value of this species; and biologist Lee Kats is exploring the environmental impact of biological invasions of native communities and ecosystems, plus methods of minimizing long-term damage.

A first-ever dean's investiture welcomed School of Law Dean Kenneth W. StarrA first-ever dean's investiture
welcomed School of Law Dean
Kenneth W. Starr

Two important administrative appointments were made this year. Kenneth W. Starr was selected as the new dean for the School of Law, taking office August 1, 2004. Judge Starr presented twenty-five cases before the U.S. Supreme Court during his years as Solicitor General of the United States. He also has served in federal government positions, including his service as independent counsel and as judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit. Also this year, Dr. Carolyn Vos Strache was appointed the new director of London programs, after serving Seaver College as professor, divisional chair, and associate dean. Dr. Vos Strache has been a leader at Pepperdine since 1979.

Several distinguished visiting scholars added to the academic experience of Pepperdine University. Dr. Kenneth Elzinga, of the University of Virginia, worked as a mentor to students and faculty throughout the University, and presented classes such as “Teaching Through Lecture,” and “Microsoft and the Chicago School of Economics.” He spoke to student groups, and faculty from all five schools were invited to hear him speak on “Models for Faculty Ministry.” Dr. Rodney Honeycutt, of Texas A&M, taught a genetics course at Seaver College. And in June, Dr. William Doherty, of the University of Minnesota, conducted a free public workshop on “Help for Hurried Families: It’s About Time.” He also made presentations to students, conducted workshops, and consulted with the faculty of the Graduate School of Education and Psychology.

A new university-wide faculty orientation was introduced this year to encourage integration and collegiality among faculty members of the five schools. And a faculty conference was held jointly with the national Lilly Fellows conference. In addition, the Office of the Provost established a central review and clearinghouse for all school academic catalogs in an effort to unify academic information concerning Pepperdine.

Regarding filling faculty vacancies, the Graziadio School appointed seven new professors, half of which are women, with one underrepresented minority. Seaver College appointed eight tenure-track professors, also half of which are women, with two underrepresented minorities. The Graduate School of Education and Psychology is anticipating the addition of four new professors, with one pending offer to a woman from an underrepresented minority. Of the remaining eleven candidates, seven are women and two are from underrepresented minorities. The School of Public Policy, with a very small faculty, added its first female tenure-track professor in 2003 and appointed another professor for 2004-2005. There were no new faculty members at the School of Law this year. The new faculty additions strengthen Pepperdine academics and enhance the diversity of our community.

Academic Programs

The Graziadio School of Business and Management was ranked 19th in the world by BusinessWeek Magazine

The Graziadio School of Business and Management is appearing on prominent ranking lists with frequency. The school’s Executive MBA programs were ranked 19th in the world by BusinessWeek magazine. For the first time, the Financial Times ranked the Executive MBA programs among the best in the world. And also for the first time, U.S. News 2005 online edition of America’s Best Graduate Schools included the school’s full-time MBA programs, placing them among the top 18 percent in the nation.

Seven new business faculty members were appointed as the new year began. These professors brought with them degrees from universities such as UC Berkeley, the London Business School, University of Nebraska, Indiana University, Baylor University, and the Air Force Academy.

Several books were published by Graziadio School faculty, including: Margaret E. Phillips, associate professor of international business, co-authoring Crossing Cultures: Insights from Master Teachers; William O. Stratton, professor of accounting, who co-wrote Introduction to Management Accounting, 13th Edition; and Charles D. Kerns, associate dean of academic affairs and associate professor of applied behavioral science, penning Value-Centered Ethics: A Proactive System to Shape Ethical Behavior.

The Graziadio School’s Funds for Excellence helped finance two research projects. The first, “Implementing Web-based Portals at American Honda Motor Corporation,” paired Graziadio faculty Drs. Mark Chun and Charla Griffy-Brown with a University of Colorado colleague. And the second, “The Changing and Evolving Role of the Chief Information Officer,” paired Drs. John Mooney and Mark Chun, whose initial research findings were presented in New York earlier this year at the Americas Conference on Information Systems.

Perched high above the Pacific is the Gulls Way Courtyard outside the Villa Graziadio Executive CenterPerched high above the Pacific
is the Gulls Way Courtyard outside
the Villa Graziadio Executive Center

The Graziadio School dedicated three new campuses last year. The dramatic new buildings on the Drescher Graduate Campus in Malibu are home to the full-time MBA programs and also include a dean’s suite. A new Pasadena campus was launched to serve fully-employed students in the San Gabriel Valley region. And the gleaming new facilities in West Los Angeles at the Howard Hughes Center opened to approving reviews. This center serves as the main headquarters of the school. All executive program orientations were moved to Villa Graziadio, adjacent to the Graziadio School building on the Drescher Graduate Campus. The Villa Graziadio is Pepperdine’s executive retreat center, available to corporate management teams. It offers opportunities to integrate Executive MBA students with less experienced full-time MBA students, as it hosts the executive program orientations.

The Master of Science in Organization Development (MSOD) program successfully completed student consulting projects in Canada, Mexico, and China. The Graziadio School also added study-abroad programs in France and Switzerland.

The school developed partnerships with world-class advertising and public relations agencies during the year. And the faculty recruitment and selection process was professionalized by putting more emphasis on mission alignment and diversity.

In the full-time MBA programs, an entrepreneurship emphasis was added. And the first Pepperdine Business Symposium was conducted. A diversity scholarship initiative is supporting recruitment of students of outstanding quality.

Finally, a new “Education to Business” (E2B) program was implemented for fully-employed MBA students. Pepperdine students completed more than twenty successful consulting projects with companies. Grant funding of $150,000 went to the program’s development and facilitation.

The Graduate School of Education and Psychology also successfully relocated its headquarters to the West Los Angeles campus and opened operations in the GSEP academic center on the Drescher Graduate Campus in Malibu.

Enrollment continues to grow in the psychology programs, and the diversity scholarship initiative is supporting the recruitment of outstanding students. Two exceptional cohorts have been recruited for the new Drescher Campus program. And a strong doctor of psychology (Psy.D.) student body has been enrolled this year.

Dr. Diana Hiatt-Michael, professor of education, received the American Educational Research Association’s prestigious 2004 Outstanding Contributions Relating Research to Practice Award in the interpretive scholarship category. The award was based on her work as editor of a trilogy of monographs.

Dr. Edward Shafranske, program director for the doctor of psychology degree, received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Psychological Association Division 36: Psychology of Religion, at its annual convention. Shafranske served two terms as APA president.

Dr. Mercedes Fisher, professor of education, authored a new book, Designing Courses and Teaching on the Web: A “How To” Guide to Proven, Innovative Strategies. The book is written for new online Web instructors. Dr. Louis Cozolino, professor of psychology, wrote The Making of a Therapist: A Practical Guide for the Inner Journey. It is a look inside the mind and heart of a therapist, along with practical advice and wisdom for the practicing professional.

Dr. Doug Leigh, professor of education; Dr. David Levy, professor of psychology; and Dr. Edward Shafranske, professor of psychology, each co-authored important books with other experts in their respective fields. In addition, Dr. Linda Polin, program director for the Ed.D. in educational technology degree, wrote a chapter for a book on distance learning.

Dr. J. L. Fortson was selected as a member of the U.S. Department of Education’s Teacher Assistance Corps. She will join other education professionals, researchers, and practitioners in an effort to assist states in meeting the No Child Left Behind legislation requirements. Dr. Fortson is director of student teaching at GSEP.

Dr. Dennis Lowe, professor of psychology and founding director of the Center for the Family, partnered with the Oklahoma Marriage Initiative program commissioned by the governor to reduce the divorce rate in Oklahoma. Lowe presented the Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program at Tinker Air Force Base.

Dr. Marta Sanchez, professor of education, was appointed by Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn to the Commission on Children, Youth and Their Families. Sanchez will advise the mayor and city council on policy and legislative issues related to children and families.

In addition to introducing distinguished visiting professor William J. Doherty (mentioned on page 15), GSEP welcomed Kevin Cashman, author and founder of LeaderSource, who spoke to students in the doctoral program in organizational leadership. Barry Z. Posner, author and dean of the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University, also spoke to students of the organizational leadership program.

Call to Leadership program cover

Dr. Gerald Bracey was the keynote speaker for the tenth annual Call to Leadership Forum held in May 2004 and hosted by GSEP. The theme for the forum, for superintendents and other educational leaders, was What Moral Leadership Looks Like in Practice. And Dr. Wade F. Horn, assistant secretary for Children and Families for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, spoke at the 2004 commencement ceremony for psychology students. He also spoke at opening ceremonies for the new GSEP building on the Drescher Graduate Campus in October 2003.

GSEP alumni continue to win awards and receive prestigious appointments upon graduation. And 97 percent of teacher-credential candidates obtained important teaching positions upon graduation from the Masters of Arts in Education with Teaching Credential (MAE/TC) program.

School of Law student David Scott argues in moot court competition.School of Law student
David Scott argues in
moot court competition.

The School of Law celebrated the arrival of its new dean, Kenneth W. Starr, with a first-ever dean’s investiture. Held on September 13, 2004, the investiture began with a formal academic procession that included the faculty, visiting dignitaries, the four other deans of Pepperdine, and law faculty emeriti. After Dean Starr was invested by President Benton, he spoke briefly. The ceremony was followed by a reception in the law center atrium.

About a year earlier, acclaimed constitutional law scholar Douglas W. Kmiec returned to the law school as the Caruso Family Chair in Constitutional Law. He had spent the previous two years as dean and St. Thomas More Professor of Law at Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C. His return has brought many appearances on national and regional television and radio. The University celebrated the reuniting of this popular professor with the Pepperdine School of Law.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia helps dedicate the Henry J. and Gloria Caruso Auditorium.U.S. Supreme Court Justice
Antonin Scalia helps dedicate
the Henry J. and Gloria Caruso

Earlier in the year, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia spoke at the dedication of the Henry J. and Gloria Caruso Auditorium in the law center. The Caruso Auditorium was made possible through a gift from alumnus Rick Caruso and named in honor of his parents.

The Caruso name was also associated with the announcement in summer 2003 by the School of Law of a loan forgiveness program to better enable law school graduates to seek opportunities to serve the public interest. The loan forgiveness program was made possible through the generosity of Henry J. and Gloria Caruso and Rick J. and Tina Caruso.

The law school announced its first post-graduate degree program for lawyers, the LL.M. in dispute resolution. Offering the LL.M. is another indication of the school’s rising academic stature among the nation’s law schools.

A new joint degree with Seaver College was established during the past year. The juris doctor and master of divinity (JD/MDiv) joint degree program allows students to complete the two degrees concurrently, alternating semesters between Seaver College and the School of Law, and finishing in five years versus the six usually required. Students with both legal and theological training can use these critical tools in work not only for law firms but also for churches, nonprofit and public policy organizations, and legal advocacy clinics representing the poor and disabled.

During the 2004 academic year, the Pepperdine School of Law moved into the top one hundred law schools in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report. Law student advocacy teams continue to do well in competition, taking three national titles and three second-place titles in prestigious tournaments.

The School of Public Policy welcomed its largest class, representing a 136 percent growth in four years. A five-year reunion for the young school was held, with an amazing 70 percent of the class returning for the celebration. Student job placement is increasing, and of the most recent class, 30 percent of the students were placed in positions even before they had graduated.

Beginning this year, David Davenport, distinguished professor and sixth president of Pepperdine for fifteen years, will focus all of his teaching in the School of Public Policy. Davenport has co-authored two new books, Never a Matter of Indifference, with Pepperdine alumna Hanna Skandera, and Shepherd Leadership, with Blaine McCormick. He has also written several newspaper articles, many for the San Francisco Chronicle, with fellow professor Gordon Lloyd. He is a frequent commentator on radio and is in demand as a speaker for conferences and institutions across the nation.

New faculty members this year include Professor Robert Kaufman, who received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University, in addition to a J.D. from Georgetown University. Dr. Kaufman is a political scientist, specializing in American foreign policy, national security, international relations, and various aspects of American politics. He has taught at Colgate University, the Naval War College, and, most recently, the University of Vermont. He is author of two biographies, one on Senator Henry M. Jackson and another on President Richard M. Nixon. He is currently writing a new biography of President Ronald Reagan.

Also taking her place as a tenure-track faculty member is lecturer Angela Hawken, who is a Ph.D. candidate at RAND Graduate School of Policy Analysis.

Professor Ted McAllister was presented with one of the inaugural Howard A. White Awards for Teaching Excellence at the April 2004 commencement ceremony. He offered several special lectures, including one at an Intercollegiate Studies Institute Graduate Honors Colloquium held in Michigan. He also attended an Atlantic Bridge conference for conservative leaders from both the United Kingdom and the United States. The conference was held in London.

Professor James Q. Wilson accepts the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush at the White House.Professor James Q. Wilson accepts
the Presidential Medal of Freedom
from President George W. Bush
at the White House.

In July 2003, James Q. Wilson, Ronald Reagan Professor of Public Policy, received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, awarded to him by President George W. Bush in a White House ceremony. Dr. Wilson is the author of several influential works on the nature of human morality, government, and criminal justice issues. In October 2003, he lectured at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on “Who Becomes a Terrorist.”

Professor Gordon Lloyd, in conjunction with the Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs at Ashland University, has launched the most comprehensive Web site on the Constitutional Convention in the nation. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the site is designed to provide schoolteachers of kindergarten through high school the background information necessary to teach the roots of the American order.

Distinguished Fellow Bruce Herschensohn published a new book, Passport: An Epic Novel of the Cold War, and was lecturer for the 2003 Licata Lecture Series.

The Davenport Institute hosted its annual Faith and Public Policy Conference in March 2004. The topic, Immigrants, Religious Congregations, and the Civil Society, brought together a fascinating group of experts that explored the role of religious congregations in nurturing, educating, and encouraging the successful integration of immigrants into American society.

The new Seaver Honor Wall honors students and their faculty mentors.The new Seaver Honor Wall honors
students and their faculty mentors.

Seaver College dedicated the new Seaver Honor Wall in September 2004. Located in the hallway of Tyler Campus Center, the wall honors students and their faculty mentors who have achieved recognition from scholarly organizations. The college submitted its application for a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa honor society in the fall. A visit from officials is expected in early 2005, with approval for a chapter perhaps coming later in the year.

August 2003 saw Pepperdine’s appearance in Kaplan’s 2004 edition of The Unofficial, Unbiased Guide to the 328 Most Interesting Colleges. The University was named again as one of the hottest and trendiest schools in the nation. It topped the lists in three other categories: schools that are hidden treasures, schools with the most beautiful campuses, and schools with popular drug-free and alcohol-free activities for students.

At least thirty students submitted applications for prestigious national scholarships. Thus far, Ben Elliott was a state finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship, and he received the prestigious Coro Fellowship, a first for a Seaver College student. In addition, the U.S. Fulbright Commission nominated students Kelly Spann and Ashley Foster for Fulbright grants.

In order to accommodate a larger portion of the applicant pool, Seaver College’s 2004-2005 freshman class is 811, about 100 more than last year. Nearly 7,000 students applied for admission to the college, and the admittance rate was 25 percent, excluding international students.

Underrepresented groups accounted for 34 percent of the new class, and 89 percent have a Christian heritage. The high school grade point average (GPA) of the entering freshmen was 3.62,and the average SAT score was 1209.

The college revived its academic honor societies recently. About seventy-five freshmen were involved in the honors, each boasting a minimum 3.5 GPA. There are societies for various individual disciplines. Parents of the honor students are invited to the award ceremonies.

New books and increased hours have been added to Seavers College's Payson Library.New books and increased hours have
been added to Seavers College's
Payson Library.

Seaver College appointed nine new tenure-track faculty members, 20 percent from underrepresented minorities, and 44 percent women. These new faculty members have Ph.D. degrees from such universities as Duke University, Georgetown University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ohio State University, UC Santa Barbara, USC, Indiana University, and Cornell University. There were three newly-named chairs and professorships: Andrew Yuengert now occupies the John and Francis Duggan Chair in Business, Cindy Miller-Perrin occupies the Blanche E. Seaver Chair in Social Science, and Holden MacRae is the Frank R. Seaver Professor in Natural Science. Additionally, eight new visiting faculty were appointed for the new year.

During the 2003-2004 year, six Seaver faculty members published seven books. The college faculty are now averaging five books per year.

The Office of the Associate Provost for Research launched a pilot research project called the Cross-Disciplinary Undergraduate Research (CDIUR) program. It brought together both a student and a faculty member from each of these diverse disciplines: humanities, communications, and business. A second “research cluster” integrated art history, nutritional science, and art into an exceptionally informative research project. Working together intensely throughout the summer of 2004, CDIUR participants had the opportunity to present their significant research at the Summer Undergraduate Research Program banquet in late October 2004.

Students volunteer for highway cleanup at Step forward Day.Students volunteer for highway
cleanup at Step forward Day.

The sixteenth annual Step Forward Day on September 11, 2004, broke its own participation record with 1,380 volunteers, an increase of almost 200 over 2003 numbers. But the best news is that dozens of Southland nonprofit organizations received a concentrated three-hour’s-worth of free labor, thanks to Pepperdine students, faculty, and staff. Neglected projects that received much-needed attention ranged from gardening and beach and highway cleanup, to sharing with local detention center teens what college life is like as an encouragement to setting goals. Eight months in the planning by Seaver College’s Volunteer Center, the event is meeting its main goal: placing enthusiastic students into long-term volunteer positions.

A Leadership Development and Breakfast Colloquium series was inaugurated in August 2004 for Seaver College student leaders. Added to the existing first tier, the new second tier saw upwards of 250 participants in a day-long August seminar focusing on a strengths-based approach to leadership and facilitated by Dr. Edward “Chip” Anderson, who co-authored the book StrengthsQuest. The added third tier continues through the academic year with monthly breakfast seminars targeting 350 students with topics related to Helen and Alexander Astin’s “7 Cs” of leadership in their book, Social Change Theory: A Model of Leadership Development. Funded graciously through the Lilly Endowment, this program helps student leaders identify strengths and personal leadership style, increase impact on students they lead within the campus community, and ultimately, find their vocation and calling through their tenure as a student leader.

In addition to the international programs in Heidelberg, London, Florence, and Buenos Aires, the two new programs in Lyons, France, and Hong Kong, China, are up and running, with high hopes for their success. The program in Lyons entered its third year of operation with thirty students. It is the second Seaver College home-stay program (the other is Buenos Aires), where students live with selected families and classes are held at a local university. The students are enmeshed in the local culture of Lyons, using the second most commonly taught language after Spanish. To ensure health safety, the Hong Kong program was delayed until January 2004 but is now functioning well. It is expected to grow quickly as students learn of the cultural opportunities of this exciting Asian outpost on the Pacific Rim.

New Facilities and Facility Improvements

Doors open at new West Los Angeles Graduate CampusDoors open at new West
Los Angeles Graduate Campus

In January 2004, the Graduate School of Education and Psychology and the Graziadio School of Business and Management opened their new campus and headquarter facilities in West Los Angeles. The new facilities are at 6100 Center Drive at the Howard Hughes Center, adjacent to the I-405 freeway. The 112,466 square feet are spread over five floors and include 180 offices and twenty-seven classrooms, plus conference rooms, a library, and a bookstore. Parking is convenient, and the entire facility is across from shopping, restaurants, health club, and cinema. Public transportation serves the area Each classroom features a “smart panel” that controls audio-visual, computer-projection, and video-conferencing functions. This new state-of-the-art, wireless facility is a quantum leap in service to our graduate students.

A full year of graduate classes for Graziadio students was completed at the Pasadena campus. Originally open for class in January 2003, this pilot project continues to welcome students from the greater San Gabriel Valley region. The Pasadena Towers location, near the intersection of Lake Avenue and Colorado Boulevard, complements the geographical graduate study options that include Encino, Long Beach, West Los Angeles, Irvine, and Westlake Village.

An impressive list of upgrades have imporved Stauffer Chapel.An impressive list of upgrades have
imporved Stauffer Chapel.

During 2004, Stauffer Chapel, sometimes called “the little chapel on the hill,” was redesigned, upgraded, and renovated. This included installing air conditioning for the first time, which will help the chapel resist deterioration from weather. Special acoustics were designed and installed, and built-in audio-visual equipment was added—plus a large, high-quality organ replaced the small one that had been in the chapel for thirty years. Even the “foot-print” was improved, with the addition of special walkways and a prayer garden behind the chapel overlooking Malibu and Santa Monica Bay.

Smothers Theatre renovations include new water features...Smothers Theatre renovations
included new water features...

and an arts promenade between the theater and the Weisman Museum of Art...and an arts promenade between
the theater and the Weisman
Museum of Art

Summer 2004 saw the remodeling and renovation of the lobby and front of Smothers Theatre. The restrooms were enlarged, and the lobby was redesigned with greatly enhanced drama, including a beautiful Persian rug, domed ceiling lights, and a chandelier. Fountains and water features were added, and new stairs and a small plaza now grace the entrance to the theater. On September 11, 2003, the second anniversary of the attacks on America, Pepperdine University dedicated its Heroes Garden on the Drescher Graduate Campus. The garden honors the heroes of 9-11—firefighters, police, port authority personnel, and private citizens—who lost their lives trying to save others in the terrorist attacks. Among the heroes was Graziadio School alumnus Thomas E. Burnett, Jr., who was among the first to fight back and thwart the terrorists’ attempts to crash a fourth jetliner into a strategic target in Washington, D.C. The garden was made possible through the generosity of Pepperdine friends, Albert and Angie Strauss, in memory of their son, Gary.


Incredibly, for the third straight year, Pepperdine University won the Commissioner’s Cup of the West Coast Conference (WCC). This award, presented by the league at the end of each academic year, is given to the top performing school in conference play. The Waves also won the Men’s and the Women’s All-Sports Award. Dr. John Watson, director of athletics, said, “The remarkable accomplishments by our various teams this year are a direct result of the hard work put forth on a daily basis by our coaches and student-athletes.”

Dan Haren, former pitcher for the Waves (1999-2001), pitched two scoreless innings for the St. Louis Cardinals in this year’s World Series.Dan Haren, former pitcher
for the Waves (1999-2001),
pitched two scoreless
innings for the St. Louis
Cardinals in this year’s World

During the 2003-2004 school year, the Pepperdine teams captured WCC championships in six sports: baseball, men’s golf, women’s golf, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, and women’s volleyball. A single-season record of ten teams advanced to NCAA championship post-season play. Women’s volleyball head coach Nina Matthies was selected WCC’s Coach of the Year after leading the Waves to their third consecutive undefeated conference season with a 14-0 record. Nine Pepperdine student-athletes earned All-American honors. And three won their respective sport’s Player of the Year award. Two other athletes were selected as Freshmen of the Year in their sports.

In the past school year, Pepperdine teams compiled a .620 winning percentage. The Waves have won at least 60 percent of their athletic contests in twenty-two of the last twenty-eight seasons and surpassed 70 percent on six occasions. Since the mid-1970s, Pepperdine teams have earned a winning percentage of .644.

Waves spirit rules at Pepperdine's Homecoming 2004 men's basketball game.Waves spirit rules at Pepperdine's
Homecoming 2004 men's basketball

Individuals, corporations, and foundations all contributed to a successful fund-raising year for athletics. Led by senior advancement officer for athletics Sam Lagana, many people were involved in this best-ever year for securing funds to support the athletics programs and student-athlete scholarships. However, much more needs to be done if our support for athletics is to reach the excellence at which our extraordinary teams operate year-in and year-out.