News and Events
News & Events Recaps
- David Holmes, associate professor of humanities at Seaver College, was published in the January issue of the journal College English. His article was titled “Cross Racial Voicing: Carl Van Vechten's Imagination and the Search for an African American Ethos.”
- A team of students from Pepperdine’s Graziadio School of Business and Management competed against students from the UCLA Anderson School and the USC Marshall School in the southland’s inaugural investment banking case study competition. Sponsored and designed by the Association for Corporate Growth-Los Angeles (ACG-LA), the case study competition provided business school students with a simulated real-world investment banking scenario. The case was written by the Los Angeles investment-banking firm of Houlihan, Lokey, Howard & Zukin. Cash prizes in the amounts of $10,000, $6,000 and $4,000 were awarded to UCLA, USC and Pepperdine respectively, according to place.
- Associate professor of music at Seaver College N. Lincoln Hanks’ composition "Before the Stars Peep" was performed in Vassar College's Martel Recital Hall in Poughkeepsie, NY. The concert was part of Modfest, an annual festival of new music hosted by the college. Hanks' piece for 12-part choir sets the final movement of the poem "The Blue Symphony" by American Imagist poet, John Gould Fletcher. The new choral work was performed by Vassar’s 12-member choral group, Ensemble in Flore, and was conducted by Vassar College's Christine Howlett.
- Paul Whittemore, adjunct professor of psychology at the Graduate School of Education and Psychology, published an article in the latest issue of the American Psychological Association's Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Society. The article is titled “If Kant Was Director of Clinical Training.”
- A conference called “Comm Connection: Character, Calling and Careers was hosted by the Communication Division.” The event presented distinguished speakers including award winning Jerry Mitchell, investigative reporter for the Jackson Clarion-Ledger; Rick Schirmer, who spearheaded the marketing and advertising efforts for The Chronicles of Narnia; and many others. Conference speakers addressed issues of vocation and calling within the media industry.
- Gary Selby, associate professor of communication at Seaver College, saw his essay titled "Scoffing at the Enemy: The Burlesque Frame in the Rhetoric of Ralph David Abernathy" published in the most recent issue of the Southern Communication Journal. In addition, Selby's essay, "The Hermeneutic Circle: Myth and 'History' in Martin Luther King Jr.’s 'Birth of a New Nation' Sermon" received a "Top Paper" designation by the Rhetoric and Public Address Division of the Southern States Communication Association. Selby will present this paper at the association's annual convention in April, 2006.
- Michael Zakian, director of Pepperdine’s Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Seaver College was interviewed by gallerist Molly Barnes as part of her monthly Sunday Afternoon Art Talk series at the Ambrose Hotel. The discussion covered exhibition programs at the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, emphasizing highlights from the last ten years.
- Seaver College junior Kaitlin Murray became the second Waves Speech and Debate team member to qualify for the National Forensics Association (NFA) National Tournament at the Sunset Cliffs Classic tournament at Point Loma University. Murray took second place in the informative speaking category and was a semi-finalist in the impromptu speaking category. This was Murray’s first semester competing with the Speech and Debate Team. Murray joined freshman Robin Nasby in qualifying for the national tournament.
- The Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP) hosted a one-day workshop at Pepperdine’s Irvine campus that covered legal, ethical, and clinical aspects of child abuse issues. It included mandatory methods of identifying victims of abuse, prevention and intervention techniques, treatment techniques, and mandatory reporting statutes. Workshop participants received seven hours of continuing education credit.
- David Foy, professor of psychology at the Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP), was selected by the California Psychological Association (CPA) as the recipient of the 2006 Distinguished Scientific Achievement in Psychology award. Foy was honored at the 2006 CPA convention in San Francisco. In addition to his 14 years of service at GSEP, Foy also served as senior research consultant for the Veterans Administration’s National Center for the Study of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, in Menlo Park and Honolulu.
- Gary Selby, associate professor in the communication division of Seaver College, delivered a guest lecture entitled "The Power of a Good Story: Martin Luther King, the Exodus, and the Civil Rights Movement," to faculty and students of Milligan College in Tennessee in February 2006.
- The Pepperdine University School of Law hosted Shadow a Law Student Day. This event was intended to help interested undergraduate students answer the question: "Is law school for me?" During the day, students took a tour of the law school, attended a regular law school class, enjoyed a free lunch with current law students, and attended a question and answer session with professors, students, admissions assistants, and representatives from financial aid.
- Formerly known as the Aerobathon, Campus Recreation hosted Rec/Fit Day, encouraging the Pepperdine Community to be active and stay healthy. Activities included group exercise classes, whiffleball, a swim class taught by Nick Rodionoff, Pepperdine women’s swimming and diving head coach, a volleyball clinic taught by Marv Dunphy, Pepperdine’s men’s volleyball coach, a “walkabout” of Pepperdine’s Malibu campus as well as a health and wellness expo.
- The Graziadio School of Business and Management (GSBM) in conjunction with the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), Academy of Orange County and Management Partners, presented a special breakfast seminar on the state and future of energy prices held on Pepperdine’s Irvine campus. Participants gained an understanding of which way energy prices are heading, and learned how to capitalize on the changes to protect business and personal interests from energy market volatility.
- Gerry Simila, professor of geological sciences at California State University Northridge, presented "Earthquakes of the Santa Monica Mountains” at Pepperdine’s Malibu campus.
- Chris Worley, professor of organization theory at the Graziadio School of Business and Management (GSBM), has co-authored with Edward Lawler III, a new book titled Built to Change: How to Achieve Sustained Organization Effectiveness. The book examines today's competitive business environment and explains how to design changeable organizations to last and succeed in the global economy.
- Clariza Mullins, Pepperdine University treasurer, recently spoke on investing in private equity at the Investment Management Forum for Endowments and Foundations in Scottsdale, Arizona. In a panel with the treasurer of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the chief investment officer of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, she shared insights relating to Pepperdine University’s endowment investments in venture capital and private equity. Mullins also co-authored a paper on investing in alternative investments, its merits, challenges and implications for endowments under $500 million.
- California Lawyer magazine announced that Kenneth Starr, dean of the School of Law, and Jeff Kichaven, adjunct professor at the School of Law, were recipients of the prestigious Attorney of the Year award. The award, given annually by the magazine and now in its tenth year, recognizes attorneys who have “substantially influenced public policy or a particular industry, brought about a significant development in their field of practice or in law-firm management, or achieved a notable victory for a client or for the public in a difficult, high-stakes matter.” Each year, 47 attorneys in California receive the prestigious award. The recipients include sole practitioners, public interest attorneys, attorneys from international law firms, district attorneys, and law professors.
- Khalil Jahshan, executive director of Pepperdine’s Washington, D.C. Internship Program, delivered a lecture on U.S.-Saudi relations at the Janadriyya Conference held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Titled "The Arab Address to America," the lecture was aired live on various Saudi and other Gulf TV networks.