News and Events
News & Events Recaps
- The Pepperdine women's volleyball team received an at-large bid to the NCAA Women's Volleyball Tournament, and will play host University Southern California (USC) in the first round on Friday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. at the Trojan's Galen Center in Los Angeles. The Waves, who finished the regular season at 18-10, will make the short drive to Los Angeles to face the Trojans in a rematch of the September 5 match earlier this season that the Trojans claimed, 3-0. The winner will face the victor of the University Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) (24-5) vs. Long Beach State (25-6) match on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m.
- Dr. Michael Levi, one of the United States' most respected authorities on the threat of nuclear terrorism, will visit Pepperdine on Wednesday, Nov. 28, to speak about his newly published book On Nuclear Terrorism. Dan Caldwell, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, will also comment on the book. The presentation will begin at 12 noon and will take place in the Kresge Reading Room in Payson Library on the Malibu campus. Levi is currently a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.
- The Seaver College Student Government Association (SGA), in conjunction with Intercultural-Affairs, will host Iraq War Week beginning Monday, Nov. 26, through Friday, Nov. 30, on Pepperdine's Malibu campus. The event, which includes an expert panel and debate, will be the first major forum related to the war hosted by a student organization at Pepperdine since the conflict began four years ago. Pepperdine professors Dan Caldwell, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, and Robert Kaufman, professor of Public Policy, will debate the issue of U.S. involvement in Iraq on Monday, Nov. 26, at 7 p.m. in Smothers Theatre. Also giving his unique perspective on the war will be Richard Nye, a Seaver college student who recently returned to Malibu after a tour with his Army unit in Iraq. The panel will be moderated by Andy Canales, SGA president.
- Acclaimed cell biologist and author Kenneth Miller spoke at Pepperdine University on Wednesday, Nov. 14, as the third lecturer of the 2007-08 Seaver College Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series. As part of Pepperdine's continuing effort to make lectures available to the public, the audio version of Miller's lecture, titled "Darwin and Christian Faith," is now available online. Listen to the lecture. Miller completed his undergraduate work at Brown University, and earned a Ph.D. in biology at the University of Colorado. He served on the faculty at Harvard University until 1980, when he returned to Brown as professor of biology.
- The Pepperdine women's basketball team will host the second annual Time Out 4 HIV/AIDS Tournament on Friday, Nov. 23, and Saturday, Nov. 24. In the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday, the theme is appropriately, "Count your blessings and help thy neighbor." The first game will take place on Friday, Nov. 23, at 1 p.m. with Ol' Miss vs. Wisconsin. At 3:30 p.m., Pepperdine takes on Texas-Arlington. The Time Out 4 HIV/AIDS Tournament has traditionally focused on promoting HIV/AIDS awareness. However, this year in conjunction with the Time Out 4 HIV/AIDS theme, the team has chosen to use the tournament to raise funds for Malibu Presbyterian Church, whose building was completely destroyed in the Malibu Fires on Sunday, Oct. 21.
- Pepperdine Graziadio School of Business and Management (GSBM) MBA students Alina Topala, Nicholas Merriam, Elizabeth Passaretti, and Zachary Pond earned first place honors, and a $2,500 purse, in Baylor University's National Case Competition in Ethical Leadership last week. The team triumphed over University of Florida in second place, Baylor University in third place and six other business schools. Over a three-day period, the teams studied an ethical business dilemma and were given the opportunity to present their solutions before a panel of judges. The case focused on the company Acme, Inc., a group purchasing organization that had been criticized in the media for "conflicts of interest" in their purchasing behaviors.
- The Pepperdine men's basketball team will play its first home game of the 2007-08 season when the Waves take on No. 2 Cal State Northridge on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. in Firestone Fieldhouse on the University's Malibu campus. In honor of the 60th anniversary of Waves football winning the small college national championship, Pepperdine will recognize the 1947 champions at the game. The first 1,000 fans will receive a rally towel with the championship banner.
- Approximately 250 guests gathered at the Beverly Hills Hotel Wednesday, Nov. 7, for Savvy Chic IV, Pepperdine's fourth annual fall fashion-show fundraiser in support of the Pat and Shirley Boone Center for the Family at the Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology. Emmy-winning fashion designer Brenda Cooper served as emcee while Pepperdine volunteer models (including two mother-daughter duos) strode the runway alongside the pros.
- The Pepperdine community will join other college campuses in participating in National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week beginning Sunday, Nov. 11, through Saturday, Nov. 17. During this week, numerous schools, communities, and cities take part in a nationwide effort to create awareness about the hunger and homelessness crisis in the United States. Members of the Pepperdine community will take part in service opportunities organized by the University's Volunteer Center, some of which include Habitat for Humanity builds, a Lego house fundraiser, and a Salvation Army shopping spree with local low-income children.
- Members of the Pepperdine community have come together to support those impacted by the wildfires that raged through Southern California during the week of October 21. The Pepperdine Volunteer Center is coordinating efforts with Pepperdine officials and the City of Malibu to provide assistance to local community members affected by the fire.
- Pepperdine Theatre Department Presents Fall Musical Brigadoon: Inspired by Friedrich Gerstacker's 19th-century story "Germelshausen," Brigadoon tells the story of two American tourists who stumble upon a Scottish village that disappears into the Highland mist and returns for only one day each century. Performances of this 1947 Tony Award-winning musical run Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 8 to 10 and 15 to 17, at 7:30 p.m. in Smothers Theatre on the Pepperdine University campus in Malibu. A matinee performance will show at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11.
- Pepperdine University was awarded the Ambassador of Education Award from the Millennium Momentum Foundation, Inc. on Friday, Nov. 2, at the organization's 4th Annual Opening Doors Scholarship Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner. The award, presented to an institution of higher education that is committed to educating and professionally developing a pool of diverse public policy scholars and practitioners, was accepted by Edna Powell, chief business officer at Pepperdine University. Previous recipients of the Ambassador of Education Award include California State University, Dominguez Hills, and USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development.
- Pepperdine University will host the official dedication of the Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion, and Ethics with a dedicatory address by Dr. Os Guinness on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 4 p.m. in the Mendenhall Court Room at the School of Law in Malibu. A renowned author and speaker, Guinness was previously a freelance reporter with the BBC. He has written or edited more than 25 books, including his latest publication Unspeakable: Facing up to the Challenge of Evil, and his upcoming release, The Case for Civility: And Why our Future Depends on It. Guinness will serve as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Pepperdine in the spring of 2008.
- Pepperdine University's Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion, and Ethics will host a conference examining religious-based claims for asylum titled "Asylum: A Home for the Oppressed," on Nov. 9 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Graziadio Executive Center on Pepperdine's Malibu campus. The continuing war on Christians in Sudan and Eritrea, the Iranian crackdown on all religious practice except certain forms of Islam, and tales of religious persecution worldwide have a common thread: religious oppression of a kind not found in the United States.