Fourth president William Banowsky, at the 1975 dedication of the Malibu campus, expressed a "spirit of place" that would honor and envelop the soul of the institution and invigorate all who would come to study, teach, and live on its acres. The idea of "place" is essential to a true community. The Campaign for Pepperdine takes that spirit of place to heart.
Approaching "build-out" between mountains and sea, the nearly 40-year-old Malibu campus is ripe for renovation and renewal, particularly in spaces where students congregate, relax, and study. The campaign will literally transform our Malibu campus, enabling the expansion of residential and recreational facilities and enlivening both academic and community venues.
To strengthen the undergraduate experience, the campaign will make possible a new 458-bed residence hall and commons building for Seaver juniors, many of whom have spent their sophomore year abroad at one of Pepperdine's six international campuses and return to reconnect with classmates. We know that authentic campus friendships nurtured during the college years provide vital building blocks to maturity, career building, and abundant lives. Tomorrow's Seaver juniors deserve a unified community on campus in which such lasting relationships can grow.
The $150 million sought for facility enhancements will also create an incomparable new university events center, expand and renovate the existing Seaver College residential community, beautify the "Town Square" plaza and pedestrian thoroughfares, and revitalize Pepperdine's international campuses. Capital improvement goals also include a major renovation of Payson Library and the law school's Henry J. and Gloria Caruso Auditorium and the atrium.
The main reason that I give back to Pepperdine is my passion for this university. To me, it's more than a career; it's more than a place to work; it's a lifestyle. For me, Pepperdine is the longest-running movie, and I just want to buy some popcorn and watch it happen. I love this place; I love every aspect of it—I love the mission, the vision, the values. And I will do whatever I can to support Pepperdine University.
Professor, Education Division, Graduate School of Education and Psychology