News and Events
News & Events Recaps
Seaver College launched its newly created Bachelor of Arts degree program in Sports Medicine following endorsement by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). The program focuses on enhancing the capacity of individuals to move and adopt healthy lifestyles. The curriculum covers the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to prepare students for the ACSM Health/Fitness Instructor certification examination. With this endorsement, Pepperdine is one of only approximately 75 colleges and universities in the United States to have degree programs in sports medicine or exercise science endorsed by ACSM.
The Graduate School of Education and Psychology hosted the 2005 commencement ceremony for the Education Division on July 9. James M. Rosser, president of California State University, Los Angeles, received the Honorary Doctorate and delivered the commencement address. Donald H. Hubbs, chairman of the Hilton Foundation also was awarded an honorary doctorate and Ned E. Doffoney, president of Fresno City College received the Distinguished Alumni Award.
At a White House ceremony on July 12, President George Bush accepted a Dewey Weber surfboard dubbed “Surfboard One” from the Pepperdine University men’s volleyball team. Dewey Weber Surfboards in San Clemente made the 6’8” board especially for the President and donated it to Pepperdine for the occasion. A media storm followed the South Lawn presentation as the story and photos made news across the nation. Several major media outlets, including USA Today, Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, published a photograph of Pepperdine's Sean Rooney with President Bush and "Surfboard One."
Pepperdine University hosted the annual meeting of the Christian Scholars Conference at the Drescher Graduate Campus. The conference theme, “Restoration Tradition and the Emerging Academy” allowed participants to consider how their spiritual heritage can address, serve, and strengthen the Christian academy.
- Pepperdine’s three-time All-American and 2005 NCAA-runner-up Michael Putnam was one of 10 players selected to represent the United States at this year's Walker Cup Match that will take place in August at the Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton, Illinois.
- Mark Roosa, dean of libraries, was selected to participate in UCLA’s Senior Fellows Program for Librarians, which will be held on the UCLA campus. The Senior Fellows Program is a three-week, invitation-only symposium that brings together 15 library leaders from across the country to work on issues central to contemporary librarianship.
- The Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University opened The Eclectic Eye: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, on view until October 2, 2005. Drawn from the collection begun by Frederick Weisman and continued by Billie Milam Weisman, the exhibition of more than 40 works, offers an overview of the major artists and art movements over the last four decades.
- A total of 83 Pepperdine student-athletes were named to the 2005 West Coast Conference (WCC) Commissioner's Honor Roll for their work in the classroom during the 2004-05 academic year, the conference announced on Wednesday.