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Game Changers: Tim Tebow, Adam Housley Inspire at 37th Annual Pepperdine Associates Dinner

By Nate Ethell ('08)

Dinner Chair Bui Simon ('96)

It's a new game for higher education at Pepperdine University. Pepperdine hosted its 37th annual Pepperdine Associates dinner on April 6, 2013, exploring the theme "Changing the Game." The sold-out event at the storied Beverly Hilton Hotel was chaired by Pepperdine regent and alumna Bui Simon ('96), president and founder of the nonprofit Angels Wings Foundation International, with husband Herb, Chairman Emeritus of the board of Simon Property Group and owner of the Indiana Pacers NBA basketball team.

"'Changing the Game' represents the relentless drive of the University … to make a difference," Bui shared with the audience of 850. "Pepperdine Associates, through your steadfast support, are enabling Pepperdine to be that game-changing institution."

Heisman Trophy

Galvanizing this call to change was NFL player Tim Tebow in conversation with alumnus and Fox News Channel correspondent Adam Housley ('94). Tim shared his ascent from his remarkable career at the University of Florida, where he became the first sophomore winner of the Heisman Trophy, to his position last season as quarterback for the New York Jets. Adam, whose résumé includes news coverage worldwide, was a pitcher for Pepperdine's 1992 NCAA Championship baseball team and later joined the Milwaukee Brewers and Detroit Tigers MLB teams.

"We aspire for Pepperdine to be the ultimate game changer" said Keith Hinkle (JD '97), senior vice president for advancement and public affairs. "Through our extraordinary scholarship, student life, and Christian heritage, we are moving the goal lines of the academic enterprise and how the educational game is played."

Seaver student
Seheri Swint with
President Benton

Pepperdine's own quarterback-in-chief, President Andrew K. Benton, concluded the evening with a message on the Campaign for Pepperdine and the University's Campus Life Project, including news on the Mullin Town Square, student housing and recreation facilities, and the University Events Center.

"We envision the University Events Center as providing a heartbeat of student and alumni pride where, as with the Mullin Town Square, social capital is built," President Benton reflected.

"Tonight, we turn the page to the next chapter of one of the most provocative stories in higher education. If the first chapter was about procurement, this chapter is about promise—promises made and promises fulfilled."