News and Events
News and Events Recap
- Members of the Seaver College class of 2015 experienced their first official days as Pepperdine students during New Student Orientation (NSO), held on the Malibu campus from August 22. Classes began Monday, Aug. 29.
- The Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art presented "California Art: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation," from August 27, through December 4, with an opening reception on Sept. 24. Exhibited works ranged in date from the early 1960s through the present and included contemporary California artists from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation.
- The Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine University School of Law, hosted a five-day conference—Mediating the Litigated Case—from August 8 to 13, to offer a unique opportunity to learn about the mediation process in a format geared specifically toward civil litigation cases.
- Pepperdine's chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, was named an "Honor Chapter" for its outstanding activities in 2010-11. This is the third consecutive year that Pepperdine has received the same award, which was awarded to only 11 of 581 chapters nationwide this year.
- The Graziadio School of Business and Management hosted its 2011 August commencement ceremony August 6. Richard G. Newman, chair and former chief executive officer of AECOM, addressed the graduates and received an Honorary Doctorate, while the Honorable Bernard Kinsey (MBA '72), a Los Angeles-based philanthropist and entrepreneur, was honored as the Distinguished Alumnus.
- Pepperdine University Libraries hosted a lecture and conversation with Dianne van der Reyden, the director for preservation at the Library of Congress, on August 5, in which she discussed her behind-the-scenes work at the Library of Congress, where she is responsible for Library-wide activities relating to preservation, conservation, restoration, protection, and maintenance of the Library's collections.
- The School of Public Policy announced that it has become an educational partner with the Millennium Momentum Foundation, Inc. (MMF) to act as an academic resource for its state-of-the-art Leadership Development Institute. The program provides practical leadership development and employment skills training, mentoring, and professional development support services for students pursuing higher education and careers in public policy.
- The Pepperdine women's soccer team kicked off the 2011-12 athletics season on August 4, beginning a series of two-a-day practices in preseason camp and playing their first away game on August 19, at California, and first home game on August 21, against Arizona. As the first team to report for the 2011-12 school year, they came armed with 10 highly touted freshmen, 15 returning letterwinners, and nine starters back.
- The Graziadio School of Business and Management hosted a two-day Executive Next Practices Forum (ENP) on August. 3 and 4, featuring keynote speaker Mark Allen, Practitioner Faculty of Organization and Theory Management. "Creating a Learning Organization for Exceptional Growth and Profitability" took place first at the West Los Angeles Graduate Campus and was repeated at the Irvine Graduate Campus the following day.
- Pepperdine University's Department of Athletics announced that it will add women's sand volleyball as an intercollegiate sport under the direction of indoor volleyball coach Nina Matthies, one of the best beach volleyball players in the history of the sport.
- The Graziadio School of Business & Management welcomed three visiting faculty from the Warsaw School of Economics-SGH in Poland, for teaching terms between August 2011 and February 2012: Zbigniew Krysiak, a finance and risk professor; Piotr Zaborek, a professor of international marketing and management; and professor of management and finance, Cezary Suszynski.