News and Events
News & Events Recaps
- Pepperdine University achieved the best record yet as they ranked 36th in the final 2005-06 Sports Academy Directors' Cup for Division I, marking the ninth consecutive year the Waves have been in the top 75 nationally. Additionally, the Athletics Department was named the top Division I-AAA (non-football) program once again.
- The Graduate School of Education and Psychology's (GSEP) education division recently held their commencement ceremony on the Malibu campus. William F. Austin, founder and chief executive officer of the Starkey Hearing Foundation and Starkey Laboratories, delivered the commencement address. John C. Holmes, director of government affairs of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), was honored as the Distinguished Alumnus.
- Israel Rodriguez, director of the Office of Hispanic Affairs, was presented with a special service award by the Agoura/ Oak Park/Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce for his contribution to young people.
- Chic Fojtik, professor at the Graziadio School of Business and Management, and Hamid Ait-Ouyahia, practitioner faculty member at the Graziadio School of Business and Management, recently presented a paper to the Global Conference on Business and Finance in San Jose, Costa Rica. The paper, titled "A Modest Proposal for Aiding Marketing Education," introduced their NTVR structure for teaching marketing courses.
- Kathleen Wenger, manager of the Clinical Training and Professional Development master’s program and faculty member of the Graduate School of Education and Psychology, authored an article in the June 2006 issue of Family Therapy magazine. Titled "Marital Minefields," the article discussed second marriages with stepfamilies, waiting too long to seek marital assistance, and marriage friendly therapy.
- Chet McCall, dean of the education division at the Graduate School of Education and Psychology, authored an article titled "Common Mistakes in Survey Data Analysis" in The Respondent, a newsletter created by the Special Interest Group on Survey Research in Education of the American Educational Research Association. The article addressed selected statistical analysis procedures and potential pitfalls for those who conduct such research.
- Jerry Rushford, director of church relations, and his wife Lori Rushford, professional education program administrator for the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, were awarded the Barnabas Award. The Barnabas Award is presented annually by Lipscomb University to individuals who have provided encouraging ministry to the Churches of Christ community.
- Over 100 high school students, youth ministers, and youth workers visited Pepperdine University in July for YouthWAVE, a Churches of Christ summer program. YouthWAVE, short for "Youth with a Vision for Evangelism," helps students learn how to delve deeper into their faith. Joined by adult leaders who participated fully in the week's events, the students gained experience and confidence to share their faith with their friends.
- Darlene Rivas, associate professor of history at Seaver College, participated in leading a roundtable discussion titled "The Caudillo and the Cowboy: Hugo Chávez and George W. Bush in Contemporary US-Venezuelan Relations and the Historical Antecedents" at the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Annual Meeting at the University of Kansas in June. Dr. Rivas drew on her recent essay, "Patriotism and Petroleum: Anti-Americanism in Venezuela from Gómez to Chávez" published in Anti-Americanism in Latin America and the Caribbean, edited by Alan McPherson (Berghahn Press, 2006). She also presented a paper on anti-Americanism in Venezuela at the Latin American Studies Association International Congress in San Juan, Puerto Rico in March.
- Robert Radnoti was hired as the new head cross country and women's track coach. Radnoti will take over the running programs after serving the past year as an assistant coach for the Waves track team.
- Phillip Thomason, professor of Spanish at Seaver College, and Dinora Cardoso, associate professor of Spanish at Seaver College, recently presented papers at the 88th Annual Conference of the American Association of Teacher of Spanish and Portuguese in Salamanca, Spain. Phil Thomason's paper was titled "The Audience of Madrid's Coliseo de la Cruz (1737-1856)," and Dinora Cardoso presented "Cinematographic Influences in Zoé Valdés La Eternidad del Instante."
- Dinora Cardoso, associate professor of Spanish at Seaver College, presented "Analogias en 'La caverna' y 'El árbol'" at the IV Congreso Internacional of the Asociación Hispánica de Humanidades, which took place in Madrid, Spain, at the end of June.
- Recent Pepperdine graduate Alex Coe recorded a five-shot victory during the final round of the 31st annual Fuji Xerox USA vs. Japan Collegiate Golf Championship at Sun Hills Country Club in Japan's Tochigi prefecture. This victory helped the Americans claim their 11th straight win in the series.