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News & Events Recaps
August 2005 Recap
- Becoming the first golfer to win three straight Nationwide Tour events, Jason Gore, the 2000 Pepperdine alumnus who made this year’s U.S. Open so interesting, earned an immediate promotion to the PGA Tour. His third straight title was earned on the second playoff hole at the Cox Classic in Omaha as he defeated Roger Tambellini.
- Pepperdine hosted the commencement ceremony for the Graziadio School of Business and Management on August 6 in Firestone Fieldhouse. The 2005 Honorary Doctorate recipient and featured speaker was Thomas J. Barrack, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of Colony Capital. Terry Mullin, founder and former chairman of the board of Terry Lumber, also received an Honorary Doctorate. The Distinguished Alumni award was presented to Sara Crosby-Hartman, director of Field Diversity for AstraZeneca.
- The Pepperdine University Crest Associates and Center for the Arts Guild presented a book signing by longtime Malibu resident and Pepperdine friend Dorothy D. Stotsenberg. Stotsenberg’s memoir, My Fifty Years in Malibu, captures the history and growth of Malibu.
- The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) awarded Pepperdine University the inaugural Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association All-Sports Trophy in the 2004-05 Sports Academy Directors' Cup. In being honored, Pepperdine was the top-ranked Division I-AAA (non-football) school in the nation.
- School of Public Policy professor Gordon Lloyd was elected to a two-year trustee position for The Philadelphia Society, a major national organization of scholars from a variety of disciplines who gather each year to discuss philanthropic, political and economic questions.
- John Watson, director of athletics, was named one of ten university athletics administrators to serve on the NCAA Division I Management Council.
- Pepperdine University’s Center for the Arts presented The Dave Brubeck Quartet on August 23 at Smothers Theatre. The sold out performance marked Brubeck’s eighth performance at the University.
- According to a survey released by The Princeton Review of more than 100,000 students at 361 top colleges in the U.S., Pepperdine University, overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Malibu, California, has the “most beautiful campus” in the nation. Lists of the top 20 ranking colleges in more than 50 categories are in the 2006 edition of The Princeton Review's annual college guide, The Best 361 Colleges.
- Pepperdine’s men's golf team was represented at the Buick Championship in the Tournament Players Club at River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut, as three former Wave All-Americans competed in the PGA Tour event. They included Jason Gore, who became a national story and fan-favorite at June's U.S. Open in Pinehurst, North Carolina; Jason Allred, who earned his Tour Card and has been competing in selected PGA Tour events this year; and Michael Putnam, who concluded a standout career at Pepperdine this past spring.