News and Events
News & Events Recaps
- Pepperdine's Office of Hispanic Affairs and the Hispanic Council presented its third American Spirit Awards Dinner and Scholarship Benefit. Award recipients included award-winning filmmaker Moctesuma Esparza, environmental advocate Erin Brockovich, and Orange County philanthropist Jack Shaw.
- Paul Contino, professor of literature at Seaver College and associate director of the Center for Faith and Learning, was awarded first place in the category of "Personality Profile" by the Catholic Press Association (2006 Magazine Award Winners, 11B) for his essay, "The Writer's Life: Irony and Faith in the Work of Tobias Wolff." The essay appeared in the October 21, 2005 issue of Commonweal magazine.
- Pepperdine University, the Institute for Student Services Professionals (ISSP), and the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) sponsored a workshop titled "Integrating Student Services: Fulfilling Our Student-Centered Mission."
- The men's golf team concluded play at the 2006 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships tied for 22nd with a 22-over par total of 886. Senior Alex Coe fired a 1-under par 71 and Pepperdine posted an 8-over par 296.
- June Schmieder-Ramirez and Jack McManus, professors at the Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP), have signed a book contract with Kendall Hunt Publishing to produce The Accreditors Are Coming, The Accreditors Are Coming!, a monograph on the evaluation of experiential learning. The text focuses on experiential learning, the SPELIT model, the Pretest, Experiential Activity, Reflection, Adjustment, and Evaluation (PEAREA) model and assessment to support learners in non-conventional settings.
- After advancing to the championship match of the NCAA Tennis Doubles, senior Scott Doerner and sophomore Andre Begemann were named to the 2006 ITA All-America Team. The Waves duo finished the season with a 31-6 record and a No. 2 national ranking.
- Pepperdine's Weisman Museum hosted the Crest Associates "Community Art Day.” Guided tours, hors d'oeuvres, art activities, and musical entertainment were offered during this complimentary reception, sponsored by the Crest Advisory Board.
- Edward Shafranske, professor of psychology at the Graduate School of Education and Psychology, was recently named a Fellow of the Society of Clinical Psychology of the American Psychological Association (APA). APA also released a video titled Addressing Issues of Spirituality and Religion in Psychotherapy, which features Shafranske in its distinguished clinician training series.
- Chad Tracy (Texas Rangers), Paul Coleman (Los Angeles Dodgers), and Justin Tellman (Houston Astros) were selected during the first day of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Nick Kliebert and David Uribes were selected during Day 2 of MLB's First-Year Player Draft.
- Pepperdine senior Alex Coe, finalist for the 2006 Bryon Nelson Award, and former Waves All-American Jason Allred each qualified for the U.S. Open during sectional qualifying.
- Gary Stager, adjunct professor of education at the Graduate School of Education and Psychology, was a panelist at "Closing the Achievement Gap in Harlem: A Call to Action," a symposium hosted by New York City Public Schools Region 10 and District 5. The panel discussion focused on mathematics and science education. Stager's fellow panelists included noted NYU education professor Pedro Noguera and American civil rights hero Robert Moses.
- Jeff Jasperse, associate professor of sports medicine at Seaver College, recently co-authored an article titled ""Mechanical compression elicits vasodilatation in skeletal muscle vasculature," published in the Journal of Physiology (Clifford, P.S., H.A. Kluess, J.J. Hamann, J.B. Buckwalter, and J.L. Jasperse, Journal of Physiology 572(2):561-567, 2006). This article was mentioned in the June issue of Physiology, a bimonthly journal published by the American Physiological Society, in a section entitled "Highlights from the Literature."
- Freshmen Chase d'Arnaud and Brett Hunter were named Freshman All-Americans by Collegiate Baseball yesterday. The selections mark the fourth straight year at least one Waves player has earned the honor.
- Nick Kliebert was named West Coast Conference Scholar Athlete of the Year.
- Educational Leadership Academy (ELA) graduate students presented on their field experience and course work, judged by a panel of professors and ELA alumni. Twenty-one ELA students demonstrated the leadership they learned from their field experience and course work via media presentations, which were evaluated by a panel of professors and more than 50 ELA alumni.
- Kathleen Eldridge, assistant professor of psychology at the Graduate School of Education and Psychology, co-authored two articles that have been accepted for publication: "Demand-withdraw Communication in Severely Distressed, Moderately Distressed, and Non-distressed Couples: Rigidity and Polarity During Relationship and Personal Problem Discussions" (Journal of Family Psychology); and "Cross-cultural Consistency of the Demand-withdraw Interaction Pattern in Couples" (Journal of Marriage and the Family).
- Seaver College students Ashley Jay, Kristine Sward, and Aaron VanDerMaas, under the direction of Susan Salas, were awarded first place for their video imitation of the Good Day LA TV show and its hosts.
- The Center for Faith and Learning Concluded a Summer Seminar Series in June. The series included seminars on the “Character and Practices of the Intellectual Life;” the “Image of Christ in Art;” “Reflecting on Faith” and the “Lives of the Professional School Academic.”
- Pepperdine University ranked No. 10 on the Sports Illustrated All-Sports rankings for the spring season. Pepperdine was the lone West Coast Conference school on the list, and the only Division I-AAA (non-football) institution to make the rankings.
- The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) has granted full approval of the Standards Document prepared by the Educational Leadership Academy (ELA): Master of Science in Administration and Preliminary Administrative Services (Tier I) Credential program at the Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP) and the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy (ELAP). This approval results in full accreditation by the CCTC for both programs.
- Michelle French, an Organizational Leadership doctoral student at the Graduate School of Education and Psychology, attended the invitation-only Organizational Behavior Teaching Society Doctoral Institute at Nazareth College in Rochester, New York. French gave a presentation developed in collaboration with GSEP faculty member Doug Leigh, at the Organizational Behavior Teaching Conference, sponsored by the Doctoral Institute. The presentation, "Aligning Personal Meaning and Organizational Mission: Implications for Teaching and Learning," addressed emotional well-being.
- Members of the GSEP and GSBM communities joined together to participate in the Revlon Run/Walk for Women. Team members ran or walked to raise funds for important research into the cause and cure of women's cancers, as well as prevention, education, and support service programs.
- The Geoffrey H. Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship and the Law at the School of Law gathered some of the country's leading attorneys for a fast-paced, informative series of discussions about the rapidly changing technology industry and emerging legal challenges.
- Pepperdine honored its athletics program at the Waves Club Dinner. Keynote speaker Bob Ctvrtlik (SC '85), reflected on the evening: "A night like that just confirms that Pepperdine is made up of quality people, matched with a quality institution."
- Pepperdine hosted the 19th Annual Professional Skills Program.
- The Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine School of Law hosted more than 240 participants for ten three-day courses addressing distinct dispute resolution processes.
- Seaver College senior Daniel Armstrong was accepted as a member of the Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program with the Los Angeles Opera Company.
- Karen Gabler, adjunct professor of employment law at the School of Law, was awarded the Milton M. Teague Award at the United Way's Spirit of Community Impact Awards on.
- Kenneth Starr, dean of the School of Law, participated in Lipscomb University's new Institute for Conflict Resolution.
- Two hundred sixty-two high-achieving high school leaders from throughout Southern California attended the 29th Annual Youth Citizenship Seminar, founded and hosted by Chancellor Charles Runnels.
- Reyna García Ramos, associate professor of education at the Graduate School of Education, was elected to serve as a member of the board of directors for the California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE). CABE is a non-profit organization incorporated in 1976 to promote bilingual education and quality educational experiences for all students in California.
- Pepperdine men's volleyball players Jon Grobe and Jonathan Winder were named to the 2006 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Academic All-Conference.