News and Events
News & Events Recaps
- Pepperdine University presented the 64th annual Bible Lectures on the Malibu campus. This year's program, themed "Hear the Word of the Lord: Jeremiah’s Call to Renewal," was the largest program in Pepperdine history, with 272 classes and fifteen singing and drama groups. Nearly 5,000 visitors attended from 40 states and more than 20 countries around the world. Seven lecturers—Glenn Pemberton, John York, Harold Shank, Yukikazu Obata, Dan Rodriguez, Monte Cox, and David Fleer led attendees on a journey through the challenging prophecy of Jeremiah. Additional lecture series included the Family Builder Series, the Teen Series, and the For Kids Series. Classes explored such challenging and varied topics as marriage, premarital concerns, church worship, parenting, and bible study.
- The Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP) held its annual commencement ceremony for psychology graduates on the Malibu campus. Paul Faulkner, founder and owner of Resources for Living, gave the commencement speech. Distinguished alumnus Dr. Bradley Hudson, a 1990 GSEP graduate, was also honored.
- The Pepperdine School of Law celebrated its 2007 graduation in Alumni Park. The Honorable Johnnie Blakeney Rawlinson, who sits on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, gave the commencement speech. Distinguished Alumna Katherine K. Freberg was honored.
The Graziadio School of Business and Management hosted Kawanna Brown, managing partner and chief operating officer of Magic Johnson Enterprises, as part of the Dean’s Executive Leadership Series. Brown spoke on the topic of African-American entrepreneurship.
The Seaver College International Studies and Languages Division presented Dr. Kiki Munshi, a senior foreign service officer in U.S. Department of State. Munshi spoke on the topic “Not in a Sound Bite: The Situation in Iraq.” The lecture was presented by the Seaver College International Studies and Languages Division on the Malibu campus.
A nine-member delegation from Korea's Governmental Assembly, Education Council, visited the Malibu to learn about how Pepperdine manages its facilities.
In conjunction with the Bible Lectures, the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art on the Malibu campus exhibited original paintings by Cuban artist Rolando Diaz. Diaz's art is a personal variant of bold, colorful expressionism, and many of his paintings are filled with memories of Old Havana.
The Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University opened up its newest exhibition, A View Within: Selections from the Permanent Collection of the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art. The exhibition offers visitors a chance to see the art and movements that helped establish L.A. as a major force in contemporary art.
Pepperdine Seaver College students Brendan Groves, Savannah Overton, Noel Paasch, John Michael Chapman, Brandon Reilly, Caitlin Oyler, Kevin Mills, John Deniston, Eryn Hutchison, Clayton Carter, and Ryan Sawtelle appeared live on Hardball with Chris Matthews from the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley. The segment aired in advance of the Republican debate that Matthews moderated at the Reagan Library.
Pepperdine Seaver College students Savannah Overton and Noel Paasch spoke on KPCC's Patt Morrison Show about their experience at the Ronald Reagan Library during the Republican debates.
The School of Law hosted the Floyd Landis/United States Anti-Doping Agency Arbitration Hearings in the Darling Trial Courtroom on the Malibu campus. The hearing received a considerable amount of worldwide media attention and was the first time the USADA has agreed to hold such an arbitration hearing in a public setting.
Steve Lemley, associate professor of communication at Seaver College, served as the 2007 commencement speaker at his alma mater, Lubbock Christian University.
Cynthia Ferrell, senior special projects officer, wrote an original stage play series titled "3 on Water," which was selected for production at Penn State in spring 2008.
James Q. Wilson, professor at the School of Public Policy, was awarded a 2007 Bradley Prize by the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation. The prizes honor outstanding achievements consistent with the foundation’s mission, which includes “strengthening American democratic capitalism and the institutions, principles, and values that sustain and nurture it.”
Mike Shires, associate professor at the School of Public Policy, compiled the rankings for an annual survey of the hottest cities for entrepreneurs in “Boom Towns ’07,” published in the May 2007 issue of Inc. magazine.
Doug Kmiec, professor at the School of Law, moderated the 5th Annual John M. Templeton, Jr., Lecture on Economic Liberties and the Constitution at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
N. Lincoln Hanks, associate professor of music at Seaver College, finished a week-long residency with the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic. The orchestra premiered his new work, Reverie: through a mountain of buried night, at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. The new work, reflective of this Pennsylvania region and its people, was given its second performance at the Scranton Cultural Center. As a part of his residency activities, Hanks made several presentations of his music to area schools and community organizations, including an interview with orchestra conductor Lawrence Loh on NPR affiliate WVIA 89.9 FM in Scranton.
The Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) honored 37 student-athletes from nine universities, including three from Pepperdine, Jon Grobe, J.D. Schleppenbach, and Jonathan Winder, as part of the All-Academic conference team.
Pepperdine University men's volleyball junior setter Jonathan Winder was named the 2007 the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division I-II Men's National Player of the Year. He was joined by sophomore opposite hitter Paul Carroll as a first team All-American.
Pepperdine men's volleyball advanced to the NCAA Championship tournament for the 14th time in program history as a result of its 25-1 regular-season record before ending the year at 26-3.
Angela Hawken, assistant professor at the School of Public Policy, delivered a talk titled “Improving Probation Compliance: What California Can Learn from Other States” at the annual meeting of the California Association of Drug Court Professionals in Sacramento.
Cynthia Ferrell, senior special projects officer, wrote a comedic stage play called "Holy Cows," which has been selected for development by Los Angeles-area theatre Theatrical Botanicum.
James Prieger, associate professor at the School of Public Policy, delivered a paper titled “An Empirical Analysis of Indirect Network Effects in the Home Video Game Market,” at the NET Institute Annual Conference at NYU/Stern School of Business in April.
Both the Pepperdine men and women's tennis teams earned automatic bids into the team NCAA Team Championships after winning their respective West Coast Conference (WCC) Championships.
Pepperdine baseball player Barry Enright was named a third team All-American by Collegiate Baseball. He was one of 10 pitchers named to the third team.
Pepperdine Director of Athletics John Watson was named one of 27 members to the newly created Division I Men's Basketball Academic Enhancement Group. The group includes presidents, chancellors, head coaches, commissioners, directors of athletics, and faculty athletics representatives, and is charged with developing strategies to enhance academic performance and graduation rates in Division I men's basketball.
Pepperdine women's golf player Misun Cho, who recorded the sixth-best single-season stroke average in Pepperdine history, was named a second team All-American by the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA). Cho, along with sophomore Jayvie Agojo, was also named to the NCAA West Region team after helping the Waves to a seventh place finish at the qualifying tournament in Tempe, Arizona, on May 12.
The fifth-ranked Pepperdine women's golf finished seventh at the 2007 NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championships that took place at the par-72, 6,351-yard LPGA Legends Course in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Graduate School of Education and Psychology doctoral students Lani Fraizer, Kai Dupe, and Cathleen Deckers, along with Farzin Madjidi, have been invited to present at the Paris International Conference on Education, Economy & Society in summer 2008 in Paris, France. Fraizer and Deckers will present on topics related to increasing female participation in IT. Fraizer, Farzin, and Dupe will present on leadership topics.
Graduate School of Education and Psychology doctoral students Lani Fraizer, Kai Dupe, and Vicki Suter, from the Educational Technology program have been invited to present "Improving Distance Education through Second Life?" at the ED-MEDIA 2007 World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications.
The nationally ranked Pepperdine baseball team made its school record-tying fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance after receiving an at-large bid to the 64-team 2007 NCAA Championships.
Willie the Wave appeared at the Riptide Game at the Home Depot Center along with nine other mascots. The celebration included a pre-game village, lacrosse clinics for kids, and food. Willie was a favorite among the 4000 fans in attendance, who requested Willie in more photos than the other mascots.
Michael Warder, Pepperdine University vice chancellor, and Bruce Herschensohn, public policy professor at the School of Public Policy, traveled to Taipei, Taiwan, to promote Herschensohn's new book, Taiwan: The Threatened Democracy.