News and Events
News & Events Recaps
- The Eddy D. Field Baseball stadium was featured prominently on the ABC Network’s “Happy Days 30th Reunion Special,” which aired on Feb. 3. Pepperdine cheerleaders and students were seen in the stands.
- William D. Eggers, global director for Deloitte Research and senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, discussed his new book Governing by Network: The New Shape of the Public Sector, on the Malibu campus.
- Journalist and media expert Andrei Zolotov spoke at the School of Public Policy on Feb. 9 as part of the school’s “Asia-Pacific in World Affairs” class.
- Mercedes Fisher, professor at the Graduate School of Education and Psychology, received an Earthwatch Education Award for “team O8,” a group that includes Professor Fisher and various teachers from the Los Angeles area. The group’s research in Brazil is made possible through a generous grant from the Ford Motor Company Fund and Earthwatch.
- Michael Novak lectured on positive alternatives to tyranny for the peoples of the Middle East on Feb. 1 at the Drescher Graduate Campus.
- Russell Lingerfelt, a Seaver graduate, published a book titled The Warrior of Ephes Dammim: When Teenagers Overcome their Giants, which sold 1,200 copies within the first four months.
- Carol Chase, professor at the School of Law, participated in a panel on Feb. 16 at Van Nuys City Hall. The panel explored “Covering Celebrity Trials: Does the Public Need to Know?” The Greater Los Angeles Pro and California State University-Northridge chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) were hosts. Kitty Felde, an award-winning journalist and host of KPCC-FM's “Talk of the City,” moderated.
- The Seaver 2005 Distinguished Lecture Series featured Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist Mr. David Leeson on Feb. 14. Hosted by the Dean of Seaver College, Leeson spoke about “Finding Your Mission.” Since 1984, Leeson has been a staff photographer with the Dallas Morning News. His assignments have included covering events in Central and South America, Africa, China, Bosnia, Turkey and the Middle East. He won the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage during the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
- The former U.S. ambassador to South Africa and Nigeria, Princeton N. Lyman, visited professor Dan Caldwell’s class on February 16. Lyman served for over three decades in the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development, completing his government service as Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs.
- Dr. Deborah M. Khoshaba, psychology adjunct professor at the Graduate School of Education and Psychology, co-authored the book, Resilience at Work: How to Succeed No Matter what Life Throws at You, published by the American Management Association. The theories and techniques discussed in the book are based on numerous research studies, including a 12-year examination of Illinois Bell Telephone employees as they experienced the stress and uncertainty of their company's drastic organizational changes.
- Longtime friend and benefactor John Raitt passed away Feb. 20 at the age of 88. Mr. Raitt had been ill for several months and his death was attributed to complications from pneumonia. In spite of his poor health, John—the consummate performer—sang on the Smothers Theatre stage with daughter Bonnie Raitt on Dec. 19 in a performance that was a special tribute honoring him and his long musical career.
- The TV Guide Channel filmed the show “Campus Pulse” at the Seaver campus. Each two minute episode was hosted by a Pepperdine student and featured interviews with other students.
- Pepperdine hosted annual Homecoming activities Feb. 10-13. Hundreds of alumni from all of Pepperdine’s schools, Seaver College, and George Pepperdine College united at athletic games, Greek reunion booths, and class reunions in the most well-attended Homecoming in years.
- For the second straight year, a Pepperdine team won the regional championship for the Black Law Students Association's national trial tournament, earning the right to compete in the national finals. Second-year students Milt Foster, Paul Smith, Troy Thomas, and third-year student Martin Walker took top honors at the regional competition, which was held in Seattle this year in conjunction with the annual regional BLSA convention. Paul Smith earned the Best Individual Advocate award. The team, coached by Professor Christine Goodman, will travel to Denver in March for the national finals. Last year, Pepperdine's team won the national title.
- Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky presented “Steps Toward Democracy: Observations from the Ukrainian Elections” on Feb. 23. Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky represents the 3rd District. He formerly served on the Los Angeles City Council, from 1975 to 1993. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the L.A. Coliseum Commission, and as a governor’s appointee to the state Board of Corrections.
- International Justice Mission (IJM), a human rights club on campus based on Biblical concepts of justice, held a benefit concert on Feb. 23 and also screened “Invisible Children.” The film portrays child soldiers in Uganda and how children in the country are being abducted and forced into the army. After the screening, the filmmakers answered questions from the audience and shared ways to help end this problem.
- The Graduate School of Education and Psychology presented the 2nd Diversity Speaker Series event Feb. 28 at the West Los Angeles Graduate Campus. Keynote speaker, Maria Pilar Aquino, associate professor of theology and religious studies at the University of San Diego, discussed “The Function of Religion(s) Today: Justice and Reconciliation.” The event was co-sponsored by the Center for Faith and Learning.