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Las Vegas Waves Bring Christmas in July to Sunrise Children's Hospital

Las Vegas Waves with patients and families at Sunrise Children's Hospital

Members of Pepperdine's Las Vegas alumni chapter organized a "Christmas in July" event for critically and terminally ill in-patient children at Sunrise Children's Hospital. Led by Jason Rios ('05) and John Loomis (MBA '91), the group gathered hundreds of gifts and distributed them to the children residing in the Sunrise Children's Hospital in a festive celebration with full Christmas decorations and costumed volunteers. As a result of this event's success, it was covered by three local news stations.

"The idea is to really give the children a chance to really feel the Christmas spirit," said Loomis in an interview with Fox 5 News. "They get a chance to go in and sit with Santa and then they get a number of gifts they can take back to their families and open." Watch coverage from this event from Fox 5 News and KSNV's News3LV.


Two Alumni Travel the World as Foreign Service Officers, Representing Pepperdine's Mission

Young girl on the shoulders of an individual walking through a foreign country

The latest issue of Pepperdine Magazine profiles Benjamin Kauffeld ('92) and Leah Pease (MPP '01), Pepperdine Alumni working as United States Foreign Services Officers. Kauffeld and Pease each have over 20 years of experience teaming with numerous government organizations to conserve the cultural interests of American and international societies. In Kauffeld's role as a US foreign service officer, he's seen many examples of devastation and recovery, which have "opened [his] eyes to issues of global poverty and inequality." As a result, he "became very passionate about wanting to make a difference for people."

Pease currently works as a public affairs officer at the US Embassy in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Pease works to bring a unifying understanding of culture and customs, as well as to "help Americans who get in trouble in any way, whether it's medical or legal assistance." Read the full piece in Pepperdine Magazine to learn more about these accomplished alumni.


Pepperdine Senior Associate Director of Athletics Discusses her Role as Senior Woman Administrator

Karina Herold

In 1989, the NCAA established a requirement for a Senior Woman Administrator (SWA) position in each member university's athletics department, with a primary role of serving women's interests in these institutions. In a recent expert roundtable, Karina Herold, Pepperdine's Senior Associate Director of Athletics and SWA, provided her expertise on the lasting significance of the SWA role at the university level. During the interview, Herold articulated her dedication to ensuring that "the interests of our female Student-Athletes, coaches, and administrators are at the core of our decision making philosophy." Herold is a leader in her field, setting an example for the community of SWAs aiming to embed attentiveness to women's contribution into the athletics culture. Visit AthleticDirectorU to hear more from Herold and other leading administrators.


Pepperdine Volleyball Coach Marv Dunphy Retires

Marv Dunphy and Pepperdine Volleyball team celebrate after winning the 1992 Men's Volleyball NCAA Championship

Renowned Pepperdine Volleyball Coach Marv Dunphy announced his retirement earlier this week, concluding a comprehensive career as a professional volleyball coach and advisor.

Dunphy describes the reasoning behind his decision to retire, saying, "I've decided that it's time, it's just time, and there's not a lot more to it than that. I'm very grateful to Pepperdine for all that it's given me. I can't imagine any other institution being as supportive of a coach as Pepperdine has been to me."

Through 34 years as the head of Pepperdine's Men's Volleyball Team, Dunphy has lead the team to more than 600 victories. Dunphy's support also advanced the Men's Volleyball team to win the 1978, 1985, 1992, and 2005 NCAA titles, and under his leadership, the American Volleyball Coaches Association has granted six Waves the National Player of the Year Awards. In addition, eleven alumni who played for Dunphy competed in the Olympics, and among them have won two bronze and seven gold medals.

Steve Potts, director of Pepperdine's Athletics describes  Dunphy as, "the greatest teacher and coach with whom I have ever been associated. Through teaching and coaching volleyball, Marv has impacted the lives of countless student-athletes during their time at Pepperdine and even well beyond."

During Dunphy's time as head coach of the US Men's National team won, they won the 1985 World Cup, the 1986 World Championships, and the 1987 Pan American Games. In 1988, Dunphy lead the indoor US Men's Volleyball team to an Olympic Gold Medal. He has also been appointed an assistant or consulting coach for both the Men's and Women's National teams in a total of seven Olympics. As a member of the US Olympic coaching staff, he's aided the the national teams in winning gold, silver, and bronze medals.

Dunphy will continue with the Pepperdine Waves throughout the 2017-2018 school year to resume teaching his popular coaching class and assist with special projects for the department and men's volleyball program.

Read more about Dunphy's celebrated coaching career at and



Nominate an Alumnus or Alumna for "Pepperdine 40 over 40"

Pepperdine 40 over 40

We are excited to announce the first-ever "Pepperdine 40 over 40" campaign. Following the success and excitement from last year's search for "Pepperdine's 40 under 40," we're looking forward to seeing what our more seasoned alumni have been up to.

This campaign will highlight 40 notable Pepperdine alumni over the age of 40 who have excelled in their fields. We are looking for nominees from all areas of work, and strive for a balance between business and philanthropy in the final 40 honorees.




Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts New Season On Sale Now

Malibu residents Herb Alpert and Lani Hall to perform as part of the Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts 2017-18 season

Critically-acclaimed country music artist Kellie Picker, legendary jazz musicians Herb Alpert and Lani Hall, Grammy Award winner Shawn Colvin, and two Legendary Ladies of Motown, Mary Wilson of The Supremes and Martha Wilson and The Vandellas, are just a few of the artists set to appear at the Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts at Pepperdine University during its 2017-2018 season.



Six Seaver College Alumni Earn Prestigious Fulbright Scholarships

2017 Seaver College Graduates Stefanie Bartlett, Amelia Dal Pra, Micah Lambert, Kristopher Mazich, Julia Naman, and Natalie Aguirre selected as Fulbright scholars

Six recent Seaver College graduates have joined the elite rank of Fulbright Scholars, one of the most prestigious scholarly awards worldwide.

Stefanie Bartlett ('17), Amelia Dal Pra ('17), Micah Lambert ('17), Kristopher Mazich ('17), and Julia Naman ('17) will live out the Fulbright Program’s mission of promoting international goodwill through the exchange of students as they prepare to travel abroad to embark on a diverse array of experiences as English Teaching Assistants (ETA) and researchers. Biology major Natalie Aguirre ('17) will expand her scientific research experience working in a lab in Spain.

Meet the six Seaver alumni and hear how they will learn from their experiences, contribute to cultural research and relations, and fulfill J. William Fulbright's plan for his scholars to "bring a little more knowledge, a little more reason, and a little more compassion into world affairs and thereby to increase the chance that nations will learn at last to live in peace and friendship." Read more...


Pepperdine Professor Partners with Local Elementary School to Create New Science and Engineering Innovation Lab

 Dr. Anthony Collatos from Pepperdine's Graduate School of Education and Psychology partners with the Carol and James Collins Foundation and the Miles Elementary School in Huntington Park in creating a new STEM education initiative.

Pepperdine's Graduate School of Education and Psychology Associate Professor Dr. Anthony Collatos, along with representatives from the Carol and James Collins Foundation and Principal Cora L. Watkins, dedicated a new Science and Engineering Innovation Lab at the Miles Elementary School in Huntington Park on May 3, 2017. The celebration reflected the culmination of a year-long partnership between Pepperdine's graduate school, the Foundation, and the public school to serve the needs of Huntington Park children, fostering and supporting their exposure to STEM education and training.

With a $15,000 grant from the Carol and James Collins Foundation and under the supervision of Dr. Collatos, four GSEP graduate students and teacher candidates worked with Ms. Watkins and her staff to design and implement the lab itself. Dr. Collatos and his graduate students worked with Miles teachers to create new thematic science units to be taught within the lab setting that would reflect content informed by the Next Generation Science Content Standards, the new, research-based academic standards intended to improve science education for all students. Read More...


ABC Reboot “Battle of the Network Stars” Filming at Pepperdine University

The original Battle of the Network Stars was filmed on Pepperdine's Malibu campus from 1976 to 1985

Pepperdine University has announced that a revival of the hit ABC television series Battle of the Network Stars is filming on the Malibu campus from late May through June 10.

Host network ABC decided to return to the show's original location at Pepperdine where filming took place during the show's original run from 1976 to 1985. Produced by Glassman Media and IMG, the nostalgic 10-episode throwback show will once again assemble teams consisting of current and classic celebrities who will compete against one another in an array of physical challenges. Read more...


Sneak Preview: Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts 2017-18 Season

Herb Alpert and Lani Hall

Herb Alpert and Lani Hall will perform at Pepperdine on Sunday, October 22, 2017. With 11 Grammy Awards between them, this husband/wife duo infuses an eclectic mix of jazz, world, and American pop standards with their uniquely effervescent and joyful sound.

Tickets go on sale to the public on June 26 for this show and the rest of the Center for the Arts season. Join their mailing list to be notified of more shows and on-sale dates.


June Benefit of the Month: Dell Member Purchase Program

Pepperdine Alumni can take advantage of the Dell Member Purchase Program to save up to 30% on consumer PCs and tablets, plus additional savings on electronics and accessories. Along with discounts on the latest Dell products, benefits include free shipping and member-exclusive offers.

This deal is all part of the package of perks Pepperdine Alumni receive by signing up online. Log in or create your account today to discover local and national deals.


May 2017 Newsletter

Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and WNBA Champion DeLisha Milton-Jones Named Pepperdine Women’s Basketball Head Coach

DeLisha Milton-Jones

DeLisha Milton-Jones, who has achieved success on the court both in the US and overseas, is tackling a new challenge as the seventh head coach of the Pepperdine University women's basketball team. The basketball legend joined Pepperdine as an assistant coach for the 2016-2017 season following her retirement from professional basketball in the summer of 2016.

Milton-Jones had long held an interest in coaching even while in the WNBA. "It was a secret obsession of mine. I listened to everyone in my inner circle that I'd make a great coach one day. Everyone kept saying that," she said in a phone interview with Associated Press.

"DeLisha had an amazing collegiate, professional and Olympic basketball career," said Steve Potts, Pepperdine University director of Athletics. "She is a natural-born leader and has an unparalleled passion for the game."

Waves Women's Basketball hopes to reach new heights under the capable leadership of Milton-Jones. Read more about her career highlights on the Pepperdine Athletics website.


Pepperdine presents 74th Annual Bible Lectures: Spiritual Rhythms

74th Annual Pepperdine Bible Lectures

For the 74th year thousands of visitors will congregate at the Pepperdine University Malibu campus for the Pepperdine Bible Lectures to explore books in the Old Testament known in the Jewish tradition as the Scrolls of the Megilloth. From Tuesday, May 2, to Friday, May 5, nearly 250 guest speakers from around the world will lead over 360 inspiring sessions and unmatched moments of fellowship as they explore the deeper truths found in scripture.

Visit the Pepperdine Bible Lectures website to see the full schedule of events, including a keynote by New York Times best-selling Author Bob Goff, a special performance by veteran singing group Acappella, and "Love Lifted Me: Songs and Stories of Love and Lament" with University staff and administrators, including Andrew K. Benton, Jeff Walling, Ida Nicolosi, and Jeff Pippin.


BAVES Making Waves in Washington, DC

BAVES met at Creme for their fourth brunch on Febraury 19, 2017. Left to right: Ashli Owen, Ivy Brewer, Tiffany Johnson, Ashley Ross, and Karen DriscollBAVES met at Creme for their fourth brunch on Febraury 19, 2017. Left to right: Ashli Owen, Ivy Brewer, Tiffany Johnson, Ashley Ross, and Karen Driscoll.

Waves are forging new connections in Washington, DC, thanks to Ivy Brewer (’09), alumna and former Vice President of the DC Waves chapter. Her new informal alumnae group BAVES plans organic meetups, bringing together local black women to strengthen the Pepperdine support network in DC.

Formed in the summer of 2016 based on a common cultural connection, BAVES strives to provide a space for intentional friendship. Meeting seasonally over brunch, this group works to navigate life together, support one another, and "celebrate the wins" of personal and professional life.

Contact Ivy on LinkedIn if you are interested in attending the summer 2017 brunch or learning more about this group.

Do you have a group of Waves that regularly gets together? Let the Alumni Affairs office know to receive support and spread the word.


Waves Baseball Hosts the Cal Poly Mustangs and the Saint Mary's College Gaels

Pepperdine Athletics: Competing with Purpose

Pepperdine Baseball takes on fearsome challengers this month at Malibu's Eddy D. Field Stadium. On Tuesday, May 9, the Cal Poly Mustangs (18-20) come into town to face the Waves at home. Then, Pepperdine hosts the Saint Mary's Gaels (26-13) for a three-game homestand May 12 through 14.

Visit the Pepperdine Athletics website to keep up with the action this May, including Waves golf, tennis, and beach volleyball.


The Weisman Museum Celebrates 25 Years by Showing Selections from their Permanent Collection

Julian Stanczak, Quasar Light, 1974-78, acrylic on canvas, 80 x 60, gift of Neil Rector

Starting May 13, the Frederick R. Wesiman Museum of Art on Pepperdine's Malibu campus presents their latest exhibition, titled Process & Reality: Contemporary Art from the Permanent Collection. Including work by seminal artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Mike Kelley, and Ed Moses, this exhibition offers a fascinating overview of vital trends in the art of our time. Running through August 6, 2017, the exhibition is on view Tuesday through Sunday, 11 AM to 5 PM. Admission is free. For more information, visit the museum's website.

The Weisman Museum is part of the Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts, presenting a wide variety of high-quality performances and exhibitions each year. The Center for the Arts 2017-18 Season will be announced in June. Join the center's mailing list to get the scoop on upcoming events.

Photo: Julian Stanczak, Quasar Light, 1974-78, acrylic on canvas, 80 x 60, gift of Neil Rector


May Benefit of the Month: Orlando Vacations

Orlando resorts and vacation homes offer a great getaway

Waves can save big on hotels and vacation rentals in Orlando. Theme park-adjacent hotels and resorts are offering rates as low as $55 per night. Vacation homes, townhomes, and condos are also available with exclusive discounts. Some offers include discounted theme park tickets to round out the vacation.

This deal is all part of the package of perks Pepperdine Alumni receive by signing up online. Log in or create your account today to discover local and national deals.

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