2005 In Review
A Very Good Year
Pepperdine recorded a number of significant achievements in 2005 which reflect the University's excellence in academic enterprises, athletic competition, and other important areas which strengthen the foundation for continued success in the years ahead. Here is a sampling:
Welcome to Pepperdine University
Incoming Pepperdine freshman and transfer students in August 2005 numbered 837, chosen from among more than 7,800 applications—the largest applicant pool in Seaver College history.
Moving quickly in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the University created both the Wave Relief Web site (www.pepperdine.edu/waverelief), dedicated to relief efforts for Katrina victims, and the Student Assistance Program, aimed at providing housing and temporary enrollment for undergraduate and graduate students impacted by the devastation.
Thanks to an initial gift from an anonymous donor, the Chester H. McCall Endowed Scholarship Fund for doctoral students in the Organizational Leadership program was established at the Graduate School of Education and Psychology. Four new ethnic diversity scholarships were also developed. The School of Public Policy announced the establishment of the Forstmann Scholarships thanks to a generous gift of $1 million from the school’s longtime friend, philanthropist Theodore J. Forstmann. Twenty-four students will receive significant scholarship assistance over the next two academic years, and an additional 10 to 15 students will receive funding for research projects.
The prestigious Fulbright Scholarship was awarded to current full-time MBA student Kari Filerman and Seaver 2005 alumna Evelyn Baca. A total of over 30 Seaver undergraduates applied for nationally competitive fellowships, with Bryceson Tenold winning the Levy Fellowship at Hebrew University in Israel.
Law School Rising
The law school’s U.S. News & World Report national ranking jumped 22 places to Number 77. This was the most significant rise in the rankings of any law school in the nation.
A Global Perspective
The Graziadio School of Business and Management announced a partnership with Deutsche Bank. The two organizations plan to initiate global change through the European Foundation for Management Development’s global responsibility initiative program. Pepperdine is the only American university invited to join EFMD.
Teaching for America
Pepperdine had the highest acceptance rates in its region for applicants to the Teach for America program. Five out of nine Pepperdine students were accepted into this competitive program, which accepts less than 30 percent of applicants nationwide.
Pepperdine won the NCAA National Collegiate Men’s Volleyball Championship in May. The Waves, with their fifth national volleyball title, became the first team ever to defeat UCLA in a championship match on the Bruins’ home court.
A Presidential Wave
In a visit to the White House during NCAA Champions Day, the Pepperdine men’s volleyball team presented President George W. Bush with “Surfboard One,” a Dewey Weber surfboard. The custom-designed short board honored the President as “team captain” and the story and photos appeared around the world.
Praise for the Business School
The Graziadio School’s full-time MBA program in 2005 was ranked second in the world for its organizational behavior program based on alumni recommendations. In May, the Los Angeles Business Journal reported that the school was named the “Pacesetter” among all regional business schools.
Voted "Most Beautiful Campus"
According to The Princeton Review’s 2006 annual college guide, Pepperdine University has the “most beautiful campus” in the nation. This edition’s rankings were based on a survey of over 100,000 students nationwide.
Riding a wave of enthusiasm in support for Pepperdine, alumni chapters, affinity groups, and involvement by alumni at athletic events increased in 2005, along with alumni giving to the annual fund. From mentoring students to helping alumni with their careers, alumni at Pepperdine from each of the five schools continued to contribute to the University in a variety of meaningful ways.
Opera Students Shine
Several Flora Thornton Opera Program students are on the path to professional opera success like their Pepperdine predecessors. Seaver students Margaret Lane and LaShawna Ngadiuba were accepted into two prominent summer programs in Austria. Soprano Christin Wismann received a continued vocal study award from Conejo Valley-based Village Voices Chorale. Fellow soprano Kelsie Villahermosa was one of three Pasadena Fine Arts Club vocal competition winners and one of six national finalists in the National Opera Association (NOA) vocal competition held in New York at the organization’s 50th anniversary convention. Professor Henry Price presented a lifetime achievement award to Beverly Sills (in absentia) at the NOA’s Golden Anniversary Banquet.
N.T. Wright Launches Lecture Series
N.T. (Tom) Wright, one of today’s best-known and respected New Testament scholars and Bishop of Durham in the Church of England, launched the inaugural Frank Pack Distinguished Christian Scholar Lecture Program and Seaver College’s 2005 Distinguished Lecture Series in January.
BSLA Continues to Dominate
The Black Law Students Association’s (BSLA) national trial tournament was also held in the spring in Seattle where, for the second straight year, a Pepperdine team won the regional championship.