2005 In Review
Howard A. White Award
Ten full-time faculty members representing all five of Pepperdine University's schools were recipients of the 2005 Howard A. White Award for Teaching Excellence. Named in honor of Pepperdine's fifth president who skillfully served for 30 years as teacher and administrator, the award recognized Douglas Kmiec, Gordon Lloyd, Priscilla MacRae, Farzin Madjidi, Marshall Nickles, Milton Pullen, Christopher Soper, Kendra Killpatrick, Regan Schaffer, and Ariff Kachra.
The World's Greatest Classical Guitar Competition
The Ahmanson Charitable Community Trust provided major funding to help Pepperdine create the world's preeminent guitar competition—the Parkening International Guitar Competition, named for and directed by Distinguished Faculty member Christopher Parkening.
An Outpouring of Response
Pepperdine's dedication to service produced large-scale relief efforts from the entire University community. The devastation caused by the tsunamis in Southeast Asia in December 2004 spurred students, staff, and faculty to fundraising action. Six Pepperdine students raised money and flew to Sri Lanka to volunteer for a month with the nonprofit organization Children of Joy. And following Hurricane Katrina, Pepperdine provided support, food, and clothing to hurricane victims. At its annual Step Forward Day, students delivered donations of 300 $50-gift cards plus water and toiletries to evacuees at the Los Angeles Dream Center. Pepperdine athletics assisted with collections and donations. Pepperdine's Rotary Club sponsored "Pepperdine 4 Katrina," a nonprofit eBay auctioning organization created to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Students Testify Before Congress
In April, an unprecedented event took place when two undergraduates from Seaver college testified on Capitol Hill within hours of each other, on the same topic: federal student aid funding. Ileana Abreu and Trinity Thorpe shared how they had personally benefited from assistance.
Building a "Pepperdine House"
Pepperdine joined with the Wood-Claeyssens Foundation to cosponsor funding for one of six Habitat for Humanity (HFH) houses called "Pierre's Place: The Pepperdine House." The Pepperdine House will be a legacy to two men of service and vision, Pierre Claeyssens and George Pepperdine.
Pepperdine People on the Move
In May 2005, Christopher Soper, chair of Seaver College's Social Science Division, became director of Pepperdine's Center for Faith and Learning. The center was created six years ago, thanks to the efforts of its visionary founding director, Distinguished Professor of Religion Richard Hughes, who is devoting his time to teaching and to a major book project. The center provides support for faculty in all five schools of the University as they seek to engage in cutting-edge, original scholarship and classroom teaching within a framework of Christian values and beliefs. Support from The Lilly Endowment allows the Pepperdine Voyage, a Lilly vocation project, to continue its work under the direction of University Chaplain D'Esta Love.
Payson Library Upgrades
Enhancements designed to assist students and faculty with their learning, teaching, and research needs have been added to Payson Library. Services now include new computers, a new electronic course reserve option, a virtual reference service, a new federated database, an improved article linker service, expedited delivery service, and an enhanced online catalog.
Connections to Community
Improving services to students, faculty and staff through enhanced functionality and more efficient access to information is what the new "Connections 2 Community" (C2C) project is all about. Groundwork has begun and implementation will take place in phases from July 2006 through August 2008 replacing existing student, human resources, and finance applications with Oracle-PeopleSoft software.
After days of pounding rain, the skies cleared for Pepperdine's Homecoming 2005 festivities in February. The event united a record number of alumni from all of Pepperdine's schools, including George Pepperdine College, and for the first time, a special London International Program reunion took place.
Tim Russert Delivers Keynote Address
Tim Russert, moderator of NBC's Meet the Press, was the keynote speaker at Pepperdine University's 29th annual Pepperdine Associates Dinner whose theme was, "Celebrating the Human Spirit." The black-tie event honored the University's extended family of friends, alumni, and benefactors in April at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.
Emilio and Gloria Estefan Honored
Pepperdine's Hispanic Council hosted its second annual American Spirit Awards Dinner and Scholarship Benefit in August at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, recognizing leadership and service that exemplifies compassion, tolerance, and understanding.