News and Events
News & Events Recap
- In support of World AIDS Day, the Pepperdine University student chapter of Acting on AIDS, also known as YIFTU (You and I For The Universe), carried out charitable activities and events throughout the day. The "Lives are at Stake" donation program allowed individuals to select a photo of a child infected with HIV from tree stakes placed around campus; those who participated agreed to sponsor the child for one year. The group also organized its first annual Pepperdine Acting on AIDS Charity Benefit held at the Villa Graziadio Executive Center.
- Pepperdine's University Communications department won three 2006 CASE Awards. Matt Midura, executive director of University Communications and Ed Wheeler, web and multimedia services director of University Communications, presented at the 2006 CASE Conference in downtown Los Angeles. Wileen Wong, associate director of Public Relations and News, also participated in the 2006 CASE Conference as a panelist for the advancement keynote panel in the New Advancement Professionals Workshop.
- Pepperdine University's Net Impact chapter received the prestigious award of 'Net Impact Rookie Chapter of the Year' during the 2006 Net Impact Conference in Chicago. Pepperdine's chapter, which operates under the Graziadio School of Business and Management, received the award in part because of the significant growth in membership—which now exceeds 70 members—since its inception one year ago. Net Impact is a global organization with a mission to improve the world by growing and strengthening a network of new leaders who are using the power of business to make a positive net social, environmental and economic impact.
- Dan Caldwell, distinguished professor of political science, was a speaker at UCLA's Symposium on U.S. Strategic Purpose. His presentation was based on the recently published book, Seeking Security in an Insecure World, which he co-authored with colleague Robert E. Williams, associate professor of political science.
- Robert Chandler, division chair and professor of communication, authored a new article, "Strategic Integrity Continuity: Managing the Risks for Corporate Integrity in the Post-Enron Business World," published in the November/December 2006 issue of Continuity Insights. The article addresses the alarming incidents of ethics scandals that disrupt and sometimes destroy companies, businesses, and organizations.
- Ed Larson, professor of law at the School of Law and professor of law and history at Seaver College, presented a lecture on the history of evolutionary theory in American schools titled "From Dayton to Dover: A Brief History of the Evolution Teaching Controversy" at Drexel University.
- David Davenport, professor of public policy at the School of Public Policy, and Tim Perrin, professor of law at the School of Law, participated in a roundtable colloquium on "Governance in Higher Education," sponsored by the Atlas Economic Research Foundation in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
- Michael Casey, professor of communication, published the article "Primitivism" in the Encyclopedia of Religious Revivals in America, Greenwood Press, 2007. This definitive, two-volume encyclopedia is the first academic reference work devoted specifically to religious revivals in North America.
- Robert Sexton, distinguished professor of economics, coauthored an article titled "Demand and Supply Curves: Rotation versus Shifts," which was recently published in the Atlantic Economic Journal.
- Adam Steinberg, men's tennis head coach, was honored at the ITA Coaches Convention in Miami, Fla. after receiving the Division I Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year honor in May. Steinberg, who holds a 96-25 record after four years with the Waves, led Pepperdine to its first men's tennis NCAA Championship when it upset Georgia, 4-2, in the title match.
- College Republicans, a Seaver College student organization, hosted Townhall.com columnist Mike Adams, a vocal critic of the diversity movement in academia. Adams, author of the Ivory Tower of Babel, has appeared on shows like Hannity and Colmes, the O'Reilly Factor, and Scarborough Country.
- The Graziadio School of Business and Management recently held the Fall 2006 commencement ceremony in Firestone Fieldhouse on the Malibu campus. Wesley G. Bush, president and CFO of Northrop Grumman Corporation, gave the commencement speech and received an honorary doctorate. Duane Denney, vice president and director of the Corwin D. Denney Foundation, also received an honorary doctorate. Distinguished alumni Richard D. Cordova, president and CEO of Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), was also honored.
- The Pepperdine Volunteer Center coordinated numerous service projects for the holiday season: the Pepperdine community collected toys and distributed them to impoverished children in San Felipe and Tijuana, Mexico for the annual Santa Run; Volunteers worked with the Dream Center of Los Angeles in wrapping over 10,000 toys for low-income children; and The Jumpstart program collected books for low-income families.