Biology Professor Stephen Davis Named Finalist for Prestigious Teaching Award
Stephen Davis, Distinguished Professor of Biology and member of the Pepperdine faculty since 1974, was selected as one of three finalists for the Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching sponsored by Baylor University. Because of Davis' selection as a finalist, the Seaver College Natural Science Division will host a special Cherry Award lecture in the 2007-2008 academic year.
First Lady Laura Bush Delivers Seaver College 2007 Commencement Address
First lady Laura Bush delivered the 2007 Seaver College Commencement speech and received Pepperdine's highest honor, the honorary doctor of laws degree. In her speech, Mrs. Bush commended the call to service that so many Pepperdine students answer, and invoked the University motto as she encouraged the graduates to make the most of their blessings. "I can tell you one thing that's certain," she said. "You won't waste your talents and education if you ‘freely give' them in service."
Peace Corps Recognizes Pepperdine Participation
Pepperdine University earned a Top 25 ranking on the Peace Corps list of Top Producing Colleges and Universities, which announced the institutions that have the most alumni currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers. Pepperdine was ranked 21 among small colleges and universities.
Seaver College Introduces New Study-Abroad Opportunity
Seaver College students and faculty traveled to beautiful Lausanne, Switzerland, in January for the inaugural semester of Pepperdine's newest international program. The Lausanne program serves as the University's French-speaking study abroad opportunity.
Chair of the National Endowment for the Arts Speaks to Students
Dana Gioia, chair of the National Endowment for the Arts, presented "Poetry as Enchantment in a Disenchanted Age," a poetry reading and discussion, to an audience in Raitt Recital Hall. Poet, critic, best-selling anthologist, and winner of the American Book Award, Gioia is one of the nation's leading contemporary men of letters.
Communication Professor Michael Casey Authors New Book
Michael Casey, Carl P. Miller Chair of Communication, wrote a new book titled, The Rhetoric of Sir Garfield Todd: Christian Imagination and the Dream of an African Democracy. Published by Baylor University Press, Casey's book is a logical commentary demonstrating Sir Garfield Todd's political contributions to African democracy. (Ed. note: the Pepperdine community was saddened to learn of Professor Casey's passing in October after a battle with cancer. He was 48.)
Biology Professor Receives Grant from National Geographic Society
Karen Martin, professor of biology and Frank R. Seaver Chair in Natural Science, was awarded a grant by the National Geographic Society for her project, "The Expanding Range of the California Grunion: A Southern California Icon Surfs North."
Seaver College Presents the 2006-2007 Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series
Former Democratic presidential nominee and senator John Kerry shared his personal faith and perspective on the role of faith in public life as he kicked off the 2006-2007 Seaver College Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series. The series also presented laparoscopic surgeon and author Dr. Leonard Shlain; physicist Dr. Richard Muller; and Myrlie Evers-Williams (left), former chair of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, along with investigative reporter Jerry Mitchell.
Prominent Entrepreneurs Share Stories, Advice with Pepperdine Community
Pepperdine presented a series of lectures exploring what it takes to be a successful business entrepreneur during Entrepreneurship Week. The week began with a special lecture by Josh Berman, cofounder and COO of MySpace.com. John C. Bogle, founder and former CEO of the Vanguard Group, delivered the keynote address. Elliot McGucken, visiting assistant professor at Seaver College, concluded the week with "Hero's Journey Entrepreneurship," an online lecture.
Dean David Baird Inducted into Oklahoma Historians Hall of Fame
Historian David Baird, dean of Seaver College, was inducted into the Oklahoma Historians Hall of Fame at a banquet in Oklahoma City.