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NEWS AND EVENTS Recap
- MySpace former CEO Michael Jones, now founder and CEO of Santa Monica-based tech startup studio Science, joined Larry Cox, Graziadio School entrepreneur program director, as keynote speaker for a Larry King-style interview and audience Q&A as part of the annual Business Plan Competition finals. The event took place Mar. 31, at the Drescher Graduate Campus, Malibu.
- The Seaver Dean's Office hosted the 2012 Undergraduate Research Banquet and Presentations on March 29. The banquet evening commenced with a reception celebrating the student participants and their faculty mentors in the Seaver Board Room.
- James Prieger, associate professor of economics at the School of Public Policy, presented his paper "Civic Engagement in California: Why Do We Lag?" on Mar. 27. Hosted by the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership, a discussion about how citizens can overcome obstacles to civic engagement in California followed; Victor Abalos, director of communication of California Forward, and Pete Peterson, executive director of the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership, lead the discussion.
- Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Edward J. Larson, University Professor and Hugh & Hazel Darling Chair in Law, presented the final Seaver Dean's Distinguished Lecture of the 2011-2012 series on Mar. 27, titled, "Greater Glory: Science and the Race to the Pole 100 Years Later."
- Pepperdine alumnus Shann Ray Ferch, fiction writer, poet, and scholar, returned to Malibu Mar. 27, to present two lectures about the craft of writing. Both events will take place in the Kresge Reading Room of Payson Library, Malibu. "Fiction Craft" explored the craft of writing fiction based on Ferch's career history, and "American Masculine" focused on the craft of writing and his collection of short stories, American Masculine.
- Kim Richter, research specialist at the Getty Research Institute, presented a lecture at Pepperdine on Mar. 26 at the Weisman Museum, exploring the art of the Huastec, one of the pre-Columbian groups following the cult of the Feathered Serpent. The event was hosted by the Pepperdine Art History Society.
- The Seaver College Business Administration Division and Nonprofit Leadership Speaker Series presented guest speaker and Waves of Service leader Mindy Lamont, vice president of wealth management services at One Capital Management, on Mar. 26. Lamont, who is also a board member at the Dubnoff Center, El Nido Family Centers, and Operation HOPE, led the discussion delineating what is a board of directors and how you can be an effective board member.
- Pepperdine's Center for the Arts hosted two performances of the original musical, Are You My Mother?, on Mar. 24 by the ArtsPower National Touring Theatre. Based on P.D. Eastman's enduring children's classic, the musical adaptation follows the adventures of Baby Bird from the time she hatches from her egg only to find an empty nest.
- Broadway's Liz Callaway and cabaret's Ann Hampton Callaway, both Tony Award-nominated performers, blended their voices in BOOM! on Mar. 23, in Smothers Theatre, Malibu. The concert celebrated the soundtrack of their childhood with unforgettable songs from the 1960s and '70s.
- The Pepperdine University Wind Ensemble, directed by Tony Cason, performed at Smothers Theatre on Mar. 22. The Wind Ensemble, the newest performing ensemble at Pepperdine, is comprised of the most talented wind, brass, and percussion students on the campus; its repertoire ranges from traditional band literature, one-on-a-part chamber works, and world premieres to contemporary works for wind band.
- The School of Public Policy's Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership hosted a conference on Mar. 22, to discuss the question, "Why Place Matters: Moving from Theory to Practice." The event followed-up on ideas discussed in the 2011 "Place in the World" conference, featuring academics and practitioners who discussed challenges policy makers face in fostering engaged and healthy communities.
- The Fine Arts Division presented "Baroque Music in the Galant Style," in a performance on Mar. 20. Conducted by N. Lincoln Hanks, associate professor of music, and Ryan Board, director of choral activities, the performance of vocal and instrumental music featured works by master composers Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (Italy) and Johann Joachim Quantz (Germany) and featured Hiroyo Hatsuyama on the organ.
- Pepperdine University Libraries, the Diane and Guilford Glazer Institute for Jewish Studies, and the Pepperdine Global Justice Program at the Herb and Elinor Nootbaar Institute on Law, Ethics, and Religion teamed up March 20 to 22, to present a series of events on the role of religion in American foreign policy. The "Borders of Faith" conference brought together leaders of the Christian, Muslim, and Jewish faiths to explore how these faiths impact national relationships in the Middle and Near East.
- Pepperdine University and the Ventura County Community Foundation hosted the fourth annual Nonprofit Leadership Institute, "Storytelling for Success," on Mar. 16, and 17. The event featured keynote speaker Holly Minch, founder of the nonprofit and philanthropic consultation group The LightBox Collaborative.
- Pepperdine's beloved annual tradition, Songfest, returned Mar. 13 to 17, as eight student groups performed 12-minute original sets of song and dance around the theme "Off the Clock."
- Ashley Ranger, founder, president, and CEO of social media company /excelamktg continued the Graziadio School of Business and Management's Marketing Society and Entertainment Club's speaker series on Mar. 12. Ranger was featured on Mashable.com for creating innovative social media strategies and was the youngest person to head up the social media division at Universal Music Group.
- The Graziadio School of Business and Management and Challenge 4 Charity hosted the eighth annual Run the Waves 5K and Kids Fun Run on Mar. 10 at Zuma Beach to benefit three sponsored charities: The Special Olympics, the Children's Lifesaving Foundation, and the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Monica.
- The Pepperdine School of Public Policy hosted author and actress Donzaleigh Abernathy as part of the Women in Public Policy Speaker Series on Mar. 8. Abernathy is the daughter of Juanita and Reverend Doctor Ralph Abernathy, who created with his best friend Martin Luther King, Jr. the Civil Rights Movement.
- Graziadio School of Business and Management hosted James Finlay, senior commercial appraisal manager at Wells Fargo Bank, for a discussion of market value and risk of high performance "green" design in the seven tribes of real estate on Mar. 6.
- The Graziadio School of Business and Management hosted Denise Pizzulli Kirwan, senior partner and founder of Tracks Global Business Consulting, for a workshop titled "Developing Global Leaders" on Mar. 6 at Pepperdine's Encino Graduate Campus. Kirwan is an executive with significant expertise in the practices of organization development, human resources, strategic consulting, and executive coaching.
- Pepperdine hosted the nonprofit organization Invisible Children and Ugandan student Pacooto Gabriel for a screening of the documentary KONY 2012 on Mar. 6. The film, about bringing Ugandan war criminal Joseph Kony to justice, is a 24-minute documentary aiming to raise awareness about civic engagement and shed light on world events to help stop one of the most notorious figures of our time.