Pepperdine People Magazine
Pepperdine People Magazine Fall 2005
Message from the President
Within the covers of this magazine we enjoy highlighting Pepperdine people who epitomize the human spirit. Our leading article, for example, features University friends Terry and Sharon Mullin, people of principle who became involved with the University because of its emphasis on character development. It is a distinct honor for us to have encouragers like Terry and Sharon, who are not only successful individuals, but also are great Americans.
We also are proud to tell the story of alumnus Steve Olson, whose company constructed the dramatic Drescher Graduate Campus, the newest academic facilities at Malibu. I hope you will read about my colleague, Provost Darryl Tippens, the University's chief academic officer, and his educational philosophy. Further, the articles on Professor Edward Shafranske, Associate Dean Charles Kerns, and the profile on Associate Dean Jim Gash present some of our outstanding academicians. I think you will find the story that profiles our dedicated and talented women regents interesting as well.
We have so many stories that the pages of our magazine are literally packed with information—about building dedications, art exhibits, special events, and the achievements of alumni and friends. As we celebrate the human spirit, we pay tribute to the winning performances of our student athletes, especially our national championship volleyball team and coach. In an unusual feature, we present to you a montage of photographs that illustrate the many aspects of Pepperdine's own spirit, from scholarly and athletic achievements to service projects that help orphans halfway around the world.
Though I am deeply involved in the University on a daily basis, I nevertheless am dazzled at the diversity of people and accomplishments assembled in each issue of our magazine. Taken together, the stories paint an exquisite picture of a dynamic and dedicated University that we cannot take for granted. Many of us see the hand of Providence on Pepperdine University, and we thank you for your continued interest and involvement in this distinctive institution.
Andrew K. Benton