News and Events
News & Events Recaps
- Tomas Martinez, professor of psychology at Seaver College, co-led a major research presentation with Carolyn Young at "Let's Rethink Aging," the Joint Conference of the American Society on Aging and the National Council of Aging. The presentation topic was "Familias Ayudando Familias: Volunteer Counseling Addresses Depression & Diversity In Older Latinos."
- Kenneth Starr, dean of the School of Law, discussed same-sex marriage at the Hotel Bonaventure in Los Angeles at an event cosponsored by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, the American Constitution Society, and the Federalist Society. Dean Starr also was the keynote speaker at the 12th Annual Development Banquet for Middle Tennessee Christian School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The dean also engaged in practice arguments before the public in preparation for the important free speech case, Morse v. Frederick, which he argued before the U.S. Supreme Court.
- Sam Lagana, senior advancement officer for athletics, was voted as the recipient of the annual “Mort Farberow Businessperson of the Year Award” by the Pacific Palisades Chamber of Commerce. The award is presented annually to a person who exemplifies three attributes Mort cherished: community, chamber and children.
- Michael Ditmore, associate professor of English at Seaver College, wrote an article titled "Bliss Lost, Wisdom Gained: Contemplating Emblems and Enigmas in Anne Bradstreet's 'Contemplations," which appeared in the most recent issue of Early American Literature (42.1 : 31-72).
- Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management and Challenge for Charity (C4C) joined with fashion designer Paige Mycoskie of Aviator Nation in hosting "Aviator Nation Running the Malibu Waves," a run that benefited The Special Olympics and The Children's Lifesaving Foundation at Zuma Beach.
- Michael W. Casey, professor of communication at Seaver College and Carl P. Miller Chair of Communication, authored a new book titled, The Rhetoric of Sir Garfield Todd: Christian Imagination and the Dream of an African Democracy, a logical commentary demonstrating Sir Garfield Todd's political contributions to African democracy.
- Pepperdine University earned a top 25 ranking on the Peace Corps list of "Top Producing Colleges and Universities," which announced the institutions that have the most alumni currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers. Pepperdine was ranked 21 among small colleges and universities.
- Pepperdine University’s Fine Arts division presented a Guitar master class with Christopher Parkening, Distinguished Professor of Music at Pepperdine University. Parkening is ranked as one of the world’s most preeminent virtuosos of the classical guitar.
- The Pepperdine University Student Alumni Organization attended the Association of Student Advancement Programs (ASAP) in Boise, Idaho and won third place for their presentation titled “Explosive Leadership for a Dynamite Brand.”
- Pepperdine’s Graziadio School of Business and Management hosted Dennis Tito, CEO of Wilshire Associates Incorporated, as the third speaker of the 2006-2007 Dean's Executive Leadership Series.
- The Seaver College chapter of International Justice Mission (IJM) presented Human Trafficking Awareness Week, inspired by the film Trade. The week included film screenings and guest speakers, as well as a sale of bags made by freed sexual slaves from Calcutta, India.
- Pepperdine University presented the 34th annual Songfest. With the theme of “Caught in a Tale Spin,” the musical variety show featured a cast of over 300 students and a live orchestra with performances focused on classic childhood fairytales.
- Daniel Pipes, William E. Simon Distinguished Visiting Professor at the School of Public Policy and one of the most highly regarded experts on Middle East affairs, presented "Radical Islam and the War on Terror." The discussion focused on the War on Terror, who the real enemy is, and what are the war’s goals.
- Pepperdine School of Law Moot Court team won the prestigious Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Hong Kong. Pepperdine competed in four preliminary rounds alongside teams from 46 law schools, representing 14 countries on 5 continents. In the final round, Pepperdine competed and won first place in a competition against the University of Monash from Australia.
- Pepperdine hosted the 2nd Annual Pacific Coast Undergraduate Mathematics Conference. Primarily for undergraduates majoring in mathematics, the conference included panel discussions about topics such as career opportunities for math majors and the benefits of graduate school for a math major. The conference also featured guest speaker Dylan Kohler, Academy Award winner and technical producer at Electronic Arts.
- Pepperdine hosted the Hero’s Journey Entrepreneurship Festival on the School of Law campus. The festival served as a useful event for those looking to start or launch a venture and incorporated renaissance values and epic story ideals to help students and teachers alike turn their passions into professions.
- Stan Warford, professor of computer science at Seaver College, presented a paper titled "Pep8CPU: A Programmable Simulator for a Central Processing Unit" at the Special Interest Group for Computer Science Education Technical Symposium in Covington, Kentucky. The paper describes a software program developed by Warford and coauthor Ryan Okelberry, recent Seaver College graduate, that teaches students the fundamentals of how the central processing unit of a computer is constructed. The program is designed to be used in conjunction with the third edition of the textbook Computer Systems, authored by Warford.
- Sam Levine, associate professor of law at the School of Law, discussed "Taking Ethical Obligations Seriously: A Look at American Codes of Professional Responsibility through a Perspective on Jewish Law and Ethics" at the University of Tulsa.
- Pepperdine University, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County, finished construction on an Oxnard home called Pierre's Place. The house was built with the support of a grant from the Wood-Claeyssens Foundation, named to honor the life of Pierre Claeyssens, former Pepperdine Seaver College board member and founder of the Wood-Claeyssens Foundation.
- Pepperdine University hosted AIDS Awareness Week from Mar. 26 through Mar. 30. Throughout the week, members of the Pepperdine and local communities learned about the ever-changing, worldwide fight against the AIDS virus at a number of informative events.
- The Seaver College Dean's Office presented Myrlie Evers-Williams and Jerry Mitchell for 'Stories of Justice and Redemption from Mississippi,' the fourth and final lecture in the 2006-2007 Distinguished Lecture Series, in Smothers Theatre.
- The Pepperdine Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP) presented clinical psychologist Dr. Aaron Hass at the Drescher Graduate Campus in Malibu. Hass discussed "The Aftermath: How Survivors and Their Children Have Lived With The Holocaust."
- Pepperdine University Libraries presented Reel Sessions on the University's Malibu Campus. The "Celebration of Surf Cinema Spanning 60 Years" benefited a new Pepperdine Libraries Malibu Collection. The three day event included the screening of over a dozen surf films and a silent auction. The Pepperdine University Library Special Malibu Collection will emphasize the development of Malibu's storied history and be a multifaceted research resource for students, faculty and the general public.
- The Graziadio School of Business and Management hosted Dennis Tito, CEO of Wilshire Associates Incorporated, at the Drescher Graduate Campus, as the third speaker of the 2006-2007 Dean's Executive Leadership Series.
- The institute on law, religion, and ethics hosted a discussion on human trafficking featuring one woman’s journey out of the sex industry. Moon, a woman from Burma who was trafficked at a very young age, participated in the discussion as well as Mark and Christa Crawford, who have spent the last six years helping women in Thailand and Burma out of prostitution.