News and Events
News & Events Recap
- Twenty students from the Seaver College Business Administration Division flew to Omaha, Nebraska, at the end of October for a Q&A session with legendary investor Warren Buffett. The students also ate lunch with Buffett and accompanied him on a tour of two of his companies in Omaha.
- The Graziadio School of Business and Management reconvened the Dean's Executive Leadership Series with Randy Pond of Cisco Systems on October 28 at the Silicon Valley Center at Techmart in Santa Clara.
- Nearly all of Pepperdine University’s 275 student-athletes gathered on the Malibu campus on October 27 for the first annual Drug & Alcohol Awareness Night, a one-hour series of seminars sponsored by the CHAMPS/Life Skills class.
- Rhetoric around global warming has become very heated, with ordinary citizens of the world left confused about what necessary and beneficial steps they should take to protect the environment. The Center for Entertainment, Media, and Culture screened the new documentary, Cool It, on October 25, which explores the issues of climate change from a rational and practical perspective, followed by a Q&A with producer Terry Botwick.
- On October 20, the Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP) debuted the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series with speaker, Jerr Boschee, executive director of The Institute for Social Entrepreneurs. Boschee presented "The Global Rise of Social Enterprise" at the RAVE Motion Pictures Theater at the Promenade, Howard Hughes Center in Los Angeles, across the street from the Pepperdine West Los Angeles Graduate Campus.
- The Office of Intercultural Affairs, Middle East Peace and Awareness, and the Center for Entertainment, Media, and Culture partnered to present a screening of the ground-breaking documentary, With God on Our Side, on October 20, followed by a Q&A with director Porter Speakerman Jr. and theologian Stephen Sizer.
- Dyron Daughrity, assistant professor of religion, recently authored the book, The Changing World of Christianity: The Global History of a Borderless Religion, and on October 19, Provost Darryl Tippens and assistant professor of religion Ronald R. Cox offered their thoughts on the work in the Kresge Reading Room of Payson Library.
- The Glazer Institute for Jewish Studies and the Center for Entertainment, Media, and Culture (EMC) partnered to present the powerful detective story, A Film Unfinished, on October 18 at 6 p.m. and hosted Michael Berenbaum, from the American Jewish University of Los Angeles, to answer audience questions. The film presents raw, previously lost footage shot by the Nazis in 1942 in the Warsaw Ghetto.
- To coincide with the one-of-a-kind exhibit "The Art of Ancient Greek Theater," the Getty Villa invited five students from the Pepperdine University theatre program to perform scenes from The Persians in different galleries within the museum on Saturday, Oct. 16, and Saturday, Oct. 23.
- The Center for the Arts had a busy weekend on Friday, Oct. 15 to Monday, Oct. 18, beginning with the improvised comedy sketch outing by the cast of Whose Live Anyway?, and closing with the Celtic music band made famous in the film Titanic, Gaelic Storm. In between, Don Felder of The Eagles performed “An Evening at the Hotel California,” and acclaimed pianist Daria Rabotkina performed a recital.
- The Fine Arts Division hosted American tenor Charles Castronovo, the star of the Los Angeles Opera's new production Il Postino, for a performance on October 13. Castronovo performed a program of popular Neapolitan and Sicilian songs, accompanied by Pepperdine students Austin Grant, mandolin, Anastasios Comanescu, guitar, and Tyler Kimmel, double bass.
- The Seaver College Natural Science Division continued its lunchtime seminar series with an October 12 lecture by Alejandro Rooney, a research geneticist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, titled "Molecular Subtyping of Foodborne Pathogens”; an October 19 lecture by Robert Loberg, of Amgen Inc, titled “Tumor-stromal Interactions in Prostate Cancer: A Multi-faceted Mole for CCL2 in Growth and Metastasis”; and an October 26 lecture by Erika Raven and Todd Tishler from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), titled "Hysterectomy is Associated with Increased Brain Ferritin Iron Levels.”
- The Office of Intercultural Affairs and the Center for Entertainment, Media, and Culture partnered to host a Latino Heritage Month screening of the documentary film, The Garden, followed by a Q&A with director Scott Hamilton Kennedy, on October 11, in Elkins Auditorium.
- Childsplay, Arizona's professional theatre company for young audiences and families, brough its musical production of Ferdinand the Bull, based on Munro Leaf's classic story of individuality and courage, to Pepperdine University's Smothers Theatre on October 9.
- The 2010 recipients of the Howard A. White Award for Teaching Excellence were announced Friday, Oct. 8, during the University Faculty Conference. The award, named in honor of Pepperdine's fifth president who served the University as teacher and administrator for almost 30 years, is given to full-time faculty members each year in recognition of their distinguished record of teaching excellence.
- J.B. Priestly's 1945 thriller An Inspector Calls kicked off a new season of performances by Pepperdine's Theatre Department from October 5 to 9 in the Helen E. Lindhurst Theatre, Malibu.
- The second annual Veritas Forum at Pepperdine University on October 5, featured author and professor Mary Poplin as the keynote speaker. Poplin presented “Do You Have Eyes to See? Life Lessons from Mother Teresa," in Elkins Auditorium, Malibu, sharing her life experiences and memories of two months spent with Mother Teresa at the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, which formed the basis of her book Finding Calcutta: What Mother Theresa Taught Me About Meaningful Work and Service.
- The Seaver College Natural Science Division kicked off its lunchtime seminar series for the 2010-11 academic year with a lecture assistant professor of mathematics Kevin Iga. Iga's lecture, "The Search for a Theory of the Universe" took place on October 5, in the Keck Science Center.
- The Monday at the Movies series at the Center for Entertainment, Media, and Culture continued on October 4 with a screening of Amish Grac, followed by a post-screening Q&A with producer Larry Thompson. Amish Grace is based on the real life events of the tragic 2006 Amish schoolhouse shooting in Nickel Mines, Lancaster County, in which five young girls were killed. Kimberly Williams Paisley (Father of the Bride, According to Jim) stars as grieving mother, Ida Graber, in the story of a community committed to reconciliation, redemption, and faith in the face of such darkness.
- Earl Lavender, director of the Institute for Christian Spirituality at Lipscomb University in Tennessee, presented "Redemptive Spirituality (What God Intended in Creation)" at Pepperdine's 31st annual William M. Green Distinguished Christian Scholar Lecture on Monday, Oct. 4, in Stauffer Chapel on the Malibu campus.
- Betty Buckley, the show-stopping vocal powerhouse who has starred in theatre, movies, and on television, brought her acclaimed show "Broadway by Request," accompanied by pianist and radio personality Seth Rudetsky, to Malibu's Smothers Theatre on October 1.