News and Events
News & Events Recaps
- Pepperdine University mourned the Dec. 26 passing of Gerald R. Ford, the 38th President of the United States. President Ford was a Life Regent of Pepperdine and long-time friend of the University. He served also as Honorary Chair of the Graziadio School’s Board of Visitors.
- President of daytime for the Disney-ABC Television Group, Brian Frons, spoke at Pepperdine's Graziadio School of Business and Management's Dean's Executive Leadership Series. As president of daytime for the Disney-ABC Television Group, Frons is responsible for the creation, production, and delivery of programs on ABC Daytime, SOAPnet, and Buena Vista Productions.
- Pepperdine commemorated the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by observing the national holiday and celebrating his demonstration of Christian values. Copies of Dr. King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech were available in the atrium of the law school. The celebration continued the next day with a special program honoring Dr. King and his achievements. An excerpt from the “I Have a Dream” video was shown, and Ken Starr, dean of the School of Law, read selections from Dr. King's revolutionary “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” as well as his acceptance speech for the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize.
- The Pepperdine men's tennis team's national championship victory over undefeated Georgia last May was named one of Southern California's top sports moments of 2006 at the Greatest Moments in Sports Awards Show, presented by the Los Angeles Sports Council.
- Chamber Music Palisades, a six-member classical music ensemble comprised of some of Los Angeles' top musicians, including flutist and Seaver College adjunct professor Susan Greenberg, performed at the Raitt Recital hall as part of the University's 2006-07 Stotsenberg Recital Series.
- The Seaver College Dean's Office presented Dr. Richard A. Muller as the third speaker in the 2006-07 Distinguished Lecture Series. Muller’s lecture, titled "Military Secrets of the Oceans, Atmospheres, and UFOs," took place in Smothers Theatre. Muller is a professor of physics and a faculty senior scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, and is well known for the diversity of his scientific work, which spans particle physics, astrophysics, and geophysics.
- The School of Law had another strong showing on the California Bar Exam. According to the official results for the July 2006 exam, of the twenty American Bar Association-approved California schools, Pepperdine holds the fifth highest overall passage rate among first-time takers.
- Jeffrey Krivis, adjunct professor at the School of Law, was awarded the Book Prize for his book, Improvisational Negotiation: A Mediator's Stories of Conflict about Love, Money, Anger—and the Strategies that Resolved Them, at the 24th Annual Awards for Excellence in Conflict Resolution presented by the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution.
- Alexander C. Diener, assistant professor of geography at Seaver College, published "Transnationalism and Minority Territorialization in Kazakhstan" in The International Journal of Central Asian Studies, Vol. 11, 2006 pp. 86-102.
- Tom Stipanowich, academic director of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the School of Law, and Maureen Weston, professor at the School of Law, were among 18 recognized scholars to speak at a symposium on the future of arbitration law at UNLV Law School in Las Vegas.
- Otis Baskin, professor at the Graduate School of Business and Management, delivered the keynote address titled "Strategies for Successful Transitions in Family Business" for the California Family Business of the Year Awards. The awards, sponsored by the Fresno Business Journal, were presented at a luncheon in Fresno.
- Ken Starr, dean of the School of Law, discussed his experiences in Washington, D.C. and other personal lessons learned during his high-profile career at Lipscomb University’s Business Leadership Speaker Series.
- John Jones, associate professor of communication at Seaver College, had two articles selected for publication in the Encyclopedia of Political Communication: one on Barack Obama and the other on Ronald Reagan.