News and Events
NEWS & EVENTS Recap
- The Pepperdine women's sand volleyball team made history April 28 on the beaches of Gulf Shores, winning the first-ever AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Championship. The Waves defeated Long Beach State in the finals, 5-0.
- The Frank R. Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences hosted its 2012 commencement ceremony Apr. 28, at Alumni Park, Malibu. This year's Honorary Degree recipient was Lester Holt, weekend anchor for NBC Nightly News, and weekend coanchor for TODAY. Paul Perry (GPC '50), retired elementary schoolteacher and educator, addressed the graduates as Distinguished Alumnus.
- The Office of Intercultural Affairs (ICA) at Pepperdine hosted a graduation celebration, Loqui: A Celebration of Diversity and Inclusive Excellence, on Apr. 27, to honor and highlight the achievements of students whose commitment to advancing diversity and equity in higher education has enriched the Pepperdine community. The event featured student performances and presentations, as well as remarks by Seaver College dean Rick Marrs.
- Dennis Kuhl, chair of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, closed the Graziadio School of Business and Management's 2011-12 Dean's Executive Leadership Series on Apr. 24 at the Diamond Club at Angel Stadium in Anaheim.
- The School of Public Policy hosted its 2012 commencement ceremony Apr. 20 at Alumni Park, Malibu, with Honorary Degree recipients the Honorable Janice Hahn and her brother the Honorable James K. Hahn ('72, JD '75). Geoffrey F. Segal (MPP '00) was named 2012 Distinguished Alumnus.
- The master of fine arts (MFA) program in Screen and Television Writing at Seaver College will host prolific television writer Jane Espenson, whose career credits include Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Once Upon a Time, on Apr. 19. Espenson will discuss her career from 8 p.m. in the Hahn Fireside Room, Malibu.
- The Pepperdine Concert Choir and Pepperdine Orchestra performed a Masterworks Concert on Apr. 19, in Smothers Theatre, Malibu. The program, directed by Ryan Board and Tony Cason, feature performances of Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms and the 2012 Thomas M. Osborn Concerto Competition winner.
- The Geoffrey H. Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship and the Law hosted the Micro-Enterprise Program graduation ceremony Apr. 19, at the Villa Graziadio Executive Center, Malibu. Over the preceding several months, prospective entrepreneurs selected from the residents at the Union Rescue Mission, Hope Gardens, and Upward Bound House participated in a 24-week business training session.
- Pepperdine University acted as the inter-country adoption curriculum sponsor at the 36th Annual Child Welfare Symposium from Apr. 16 to Apr. 18, at the Conference Center in New York, NY. The event was hosted by the Joint Council on International Children's Services.
- Acclaimed writer Maxine Hong Kingston, author of The Woman Warrior and China Men, will discuss her memoir, I Love a Broad Margin to My Life, Monday, Apr. 16, at 4 p.m. in the Kresge Reading Room of Payson Library, Malibu. Joining her will be her husband, actor Earll Kingston, who will read selections from the book.
- The Fine Arts Division presented a jazz ensemble performance on Apr. 16, conducted by jazz ensemble program director Brian Scanlon. The Pepperdine Jazz Ensemble is composed of students and faculty from many different disciplines around the campus who have a passion for and love of performing and learning about the music genre.
- The Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art showcased the accomplished art work of Seaver College seniors majoring in fine arts in the Senior Student Art Exhibition "Caravan," on display from Apr. 12 to Apr. 28. Caravan featured works by eight artists graduating this spring with bachelor's degrees in art: Blair Berger, Emily Branch, Hudson Campbell, Lo Formaz, Jamie Pillsbury, Amanda Ponce, Cara Strever, and Alexandra Williams.
- The Pepperdine Chamber Music Ensemble performed a concert Apr. 9, featuring chamber music repertoire, coordinated by visiting instructor of music Sara Banta and performed by the university's string, guitar, and percussion ensembles. Performances included selections from Handel and Mendelssohn, as well as a special arrangement by junior music composition major Ian Cheung.
- The Graziadio School hosted a lecture by Zack Hicks, chief information officer and group vice president of Toyota Motor Sales, Inc., on Apr. 9 titled "How Social Media, Mobile, and Cloud Technologies Are Enabling Process Innovation at Toyota Motor Sales, USA." Hicks is responsible for the strategy, development and operation of all systems and technology that support the business goals of Toyota.
- The Fine Arts Division hosted a performance by the Pepperdine Concert Choirs and Collegium Musicum on Apr. 5 in honor of Easter weekend. Directed by Ryan Board and Lincoln Hanks, the performance was held in Stauffer Chapel, Malibu.
- Pepperdine hosted a performance by the Carducci String Quartet, as the final show of the 2011-12 Stotsenberg Recital Series, on Apr. 1, with a program that included Haydn's String Quartet, Op. 74, No. 3 ("Rider"); Ernest John Moeran's String Quartet in E-flat Major; and Brahms' String Quartet, Op. 51, No. 2, in A Minor.