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Monthly Alumni Newsletters


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April 2017 Newsletter


Awareness to Break Barriers



Lisa Bloom will lead the next Executive Briefing Lecture for the Center for Women in Leadership. Bloom, a highly acclaimed civil rights attorney and a host of her own national live daily talk show on Court TV, is determined to demolish the barriers preventing women the ability to lead. Her goal is to enlighten the audience about overarching barriers and explain how change can occur with awareness. Learn more about how you can become a part of the conversation.


  First-Ever Giving Day Raises $562,049



Pepperdine's first-ever Giving Day was a success! During the 37-hour campaign, students, alumni, parents, staff, faculty, and more were able to raise more than half a million dollars toward hundreds of initiatives. In addition to raising money, the goal of the day was to magnify alumni engagement and enrich the lives of students. The immense success of the day demonstrated the Pepperdine communities determination to help the students of today to become the leaders of tomorrow. Click here to learn more about Give2Pepp.


  Commencement Speakers for 2017 



Pepperdine recently announced the list of 2017 commencement speakers. All graduations for Pepperdine's five schools are held on the Malibu campus throughout April and May. Learn more about the complete list of speakers and graduation details. Speakers include the Mayor of the City of Malibu, the President and chief executive of the US Chamber of Commerce, and the president of California State University, Fullerton.


  Athletics Events

April Athletics

Whether your favorite sport is basketball, tennis, volleyball, or baseball, you will have plenty of opportunities to head back to Malibu to cheer on your Pepperdine Waves. View the full list of April sporting events here

4/12/17 - Women's Tennis vs. Stanford
4/18/17 - Men's Baseball vs. UC Santa Barbara
4/22/17 - Men's Baseball vs. LMU

  Center for the Arts

Center for the Arts

Mark Nizer 4D

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Whether he's juggling laser beams at 1000 RPMs, playing piano with interactive 3D backgrounds, or jumping into a video virtual world in a robot suit, it's clear why Performance Magazine calls Mark Nizer's original comedy, world-class juggling, movement, music, and technology "nothing less than brilliant." Alumni can use the discount code WAVES2017 to buy tickets for just $17 (normally tickets are up to $35). To purchase tickets, click here.



  Benefit of the Month

April Benefit of the Month

This deal is sweet! David's Cookies is the leading provider of fresh-baked cookies on the Internet, making it too easy to share this delectable treat. Fulfill your cravings, while saving 15% on all purchases from David's Cookies through the Pepperdine Perks program.


March 2017 Newsletter


A Secret Recipe for Developing Business Leaders

LA Times Article

"I believe higher education potentially will undergo disruption" - Deryck J. van Rensburg. Recently, the Los Angeles Times profiled Graziadio School of Business and Management, dean van Rensburg, shedding light on the trajectory of his life and career and his plans for the business school. Growing up in apartheid-era South Africa and moving on to jobs at Unilever and Coca-Cola Co, where he assessed emerging brands, van Rensburg has a lifetime of experience. Read more about his path to Pepperdine and his task to reinvigorate the business school's vision and strategy. Read more.



The American Project Launches

The American Project

Pepperdine's School of Public Policy is creating waves with the launch of "The American Project: On the Future of Conservatism". This new two-year program will propel innovative ideas for reimagining the future of America's conservative movement. Led by Dean Pete Peterson, conservative activists and thought-leaders, produce essays and media pieces containing influential findings on conservatism in America today. Read more.



President Benton Announced NAICU Vice Chair 

President Benton

President Andrew K. Benton has accepted the position of vice chair for the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU). The NAICU is the only national organization that represents private, nonprofit higher education institutions on public policy issues. In his new role as vice chair, President Benton will be working with the newly appointed chair of the NAICU board of directors, Christopher B. Nelson, president of St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland. Together, they are responsible for setting the agenda on the federal higher education policy, supporting the goals of the association members, and overseeing the financial administration of the organization. Additionally, they will work to fulfill the NAICU's mission of addressing concerns that affect student financial aid, tax policy, and government regulation. President Benton's term will be for one year, ending in February 2018. Read more.


Athletics Events

Athletics March Schedule

Whether your favorite sport is basketball, tennis, volleyball, or baseball, you have plenty of opportunities to head back to Malibu to cheer on your Pepperdine Waves. See below for our favorites happening this month and check out the full list of March events here

3/4/17 - Women's Beach Volleyball
3/11/17 - Men's Baseball vs. California
3/25/17 - Men's Volleyball vs. UC Irvine

Center for the Arts

Smother's Theatre March 21

A Prairie Home Companion

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Juno Award winners and frequent guests on A Prairie Home Companion, The Wailin' Jennys are "the darlings of the North American roots music arena" (Toronto Star), with three distinct voices that combine to make an achingly perfect vocal sound. The Wailin' Jennys will be performing at Smother's Theatre on Tuesday, March 21 for an evening of folk-pop sound — all delivered with the irresistible vocal power of three. To purchase tickets, click here



Benefit of the Month

Universal Studios

Need help planning your next getaway? Make your vacation memorable at Universal Studios Hollywood. Explore Hogwarts in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, see zombies in the newest Walking Dead attraction, and play around in the Despicable Me Minion Mayhem world. Save 20% on your ticket through the Pepperdine Perks Program. Register today to get this exclusive deal.


February 2017 Newsletter


On March 8, Discover Your Inner Hero!

Pepperdine Giving Day 2017 - Give 2 Pepp

Since 1937, Pepperdine has prepared tens of thousands of students for lives of purpose, service, and leadership. Now we're setting aside 37 hours to come together, celebrate our great heritage, and launch into the next 80 years. Join us on March 8 for our first-ever Pepperdine Giving Day! Visit to learn more and to sign up to be a Give2Pepp ambassador!


Pepperdine Opera Students Win Prestigious National Opera Association Award

Pepperdine Opera Program Win

The performance of a scene from Mozart's two-act opera, Don Giovanni earned Seaver College students in the Flora L. Thronton Opera Program took home a first-place win in the Opera Division I category of the National Opera Association's Collegiate Opera Scenes Competition. However, these Pepperdine students weren't the only ones to be recognized. Opera Program director and music professor Henry Price III was presented with the National Opera Association's "Lifetime Achievement Award" at the national convention. Read more



Pepperdine Launches New Masters Degree Program

GSBM Master of Real Estate Investment and Finance

Become a real estate industry expert with the new Master of Science Real Estate Investment and Finance degree program at the Graziadio School of Business and Management. This program is part of the Fred Sands Institute of Real Estate which launched last year. Here students from all backgrounds will learn the ins and outs of real estate investment and financial analysis. The one-year program is experience-driven and cross-disciplinary, with "best of breed" technology. Build acumen in finance, law, economics, and decision-making and gain a noticeable edge in today's burgeoning real estate and debt/equity markets as an in-demand analyst. Learn more about this new degree.



Pepperdine Athletics February 2017 Schedule

Whether your favorite sport is basketball, tennis, volleyball, or baseball, you have plenty of opportunities to head back to Malibu to cheer on your Pepperdine Waves. See below for our favorites happening this week and check out the full list of February events here

2/8/17 - Men's Volleyball vs. UC Santa Barbara
2/9/17 - Men's Basketball vs. BYU
2/11/17 - Women's Basketball vs. San Diego
2/12/17 - Men's Tennis vs. California

Center for the Arts

Family Arts Fest 2017

Enjoy a family-friendly day of art, food, and fun at Family Arts Fest. Experience all the fun you can imagine with activities including face-painting, museum tours, backstage tours, dance lessons, and a free public performance by L.A.-based Versa-Style Dance Company This dynamic troupe of some of the hippest street dancers in L.A will wow you with their energetic and uplifting show. They will break it down with hip-hop specialties like popping, locking, breaking, and house, then spice it up with salsa, West African, and merengue.Get the VIP experience for free! Reserve free VIP seating for the Versa-Style Dance Company performance here



Benefit of the Month

February 2017 Benefit of the Month Pepperdine Perks Program

Treat your Pepperdine sweetheart (or yourself) to flowers this Valentine's Day! Best part? You'll be saving up to 50% off through the Pepperdine Perks Program. Both your loved one and your wallet will be thanking you. Register today to access this exclusive offer


 January 2017 Newsletter


Pepperdine's Landmark Study: "The State of Pastors"

Pepperdine and Barna Group Present: State of Pastors

10,000 pastors from 40 denominations will come together at Pepperdine University to discuss the needs, well-being, and challenges faced by today's pastors. Pepperdine and Barna Group are partnering to present the study "Pastoring in an Age of Complexity: The State of Pastors 2017 Research Release". This is a free event taking place January 26, 2017, at the Malibu campus. Can't make it to the 'bu? It will also be available to stream online. Read more



Graziadio to Launch Business Incubator For Entrepreneurs

Peate Institue for Entrepreneurship

It's no secret that students flock to Pepperdine's Graziadio School of Business and Management in hopes of developing their entrepreneurial skill set. To help give these students a competitive edge, the school is launching a business incubator dedicated to student success in startup and early-stage companies. The incubator, named the Peate Institute for Entrepreneurship, is set to begin in the fall of 2018. Dan and Coco Peate made this generous donation to initiate an institution that will be a place for what Peate called,"young visionaries who will inspire and lead transformational change in the global business environment." Read more



Pepperdine Alumnus Enlisted to Write Script for 'Enchanted' Sequel

David Weiss Writes Disenchanted

David Weiss ('81) joined forces with David Stem to pen the script for Disenchanted, the sequel to Disney's Enchanted. With Amy Adams expected to return, and Adam Shankman enlisted to direct, Disney is hoping to get this major motion picture before cameras in summer of 2017. The original movie enchanted audiences with its story of an animated Disney princess being thrown into the real (live-action) world. Sources told the Hollywood Reporter that Disenchanted is set 10 years after the first movie, with Giselle finding herself questioning her life post-happily-ever-after. Read more


Cheer the Waves on wherever you are! All 36 men's and women's basketball conference games over the next two months will be available to watch via a variety of television networks and the West Coast Conference's digital network, If you can't make it to Firestone Fieldhouse or want to watch the Waves on the road, log on to for broadcast information and links.

Center for the Arts

center for the arts

Best known as lead guitarist for Sir Paul McCartney, Rusty Anderson's musical resume is unsurpassed. From playing the national anthem at Dodger Stadium on solo guitar to joining a host of other artists in the studio to record multi-platinum hits, his melodically rich and diverse sound reflects his eclectic career. Unannounced musical guests will be joining Rusty at Smothers Theatre in this evening of musical brilliance. To purchase tickets, click here >



Benefit of the Month

January Benefit of the Month: Regal Entertainment GroupTake some time to treat yourself after the chaos of the holiday season. Catch that critically-acclaimed movie you've been meaning to see or just relax at a feel-good film with movie tickets for only $9 at Regal Entertainment Group® theaters nationwide. The Pepperdine Perks Program is also offering Pepperdine alumni savings up to 8% on Regal gift cards. Register today to access these exclusive offers


December 2016 Newsletter


Pepperdine Establishes Partnership with AEG

AEG Pepperdine Partnership

AEG and Pepperdine have established a unique partnership that will allow students access to the business insight behind the world's leading sports and entertainment company. The partnership includes opportunities for the University such as participation in AEG's "best-in-class" speaker series; production of a sports, music, entertainment, and business conference alongside AEG; and development of a series of events and custom content with the LA Kings. Pepperdine is now the sole partner of STAPLES Center, L.A. Live, and the LA Kings, which will help reinforce the school's place within the Los Angeles community. Read more



Pepperdine Professor and Alumnus Team Up on Police Psychology Book

Mitchell Dorian

Pepperdine professor at the Graduate School of Education and Psychology, Dr. Cary L. Mitchell partnered with LAPD psychologist, Dr. Edrick H. Dorian, ABPP (PsyD '03) to edit the new reference book "Police Psychology and Its Growing Impact on Modern Law Enforcement." Chapters in the book include information on health and wellness programs, peer support interventions, and strategies for helping first responders during mass casualty events. The book is designed to be a resource for current police psychologists, graduate students, scholars, and law enforcement executives. Mitchell and Dorian's superb scholarly contribution are helping to keep the position of the school as national leaders within the field of psychology. Read more



How Pepperdine Alumna Christie Hsiao Became a Bestselling Author

Christie Hsiao

Christie Hsiao (MBA '04) decided to follow her dream to become a movie producer by creating a Hollywood production company called Serendipity Media Group in 2012. However, after she was left displeased by colleagues not fulfilling their obligations, Christie decided to take fate into her own hands by writing a novel titled Journey to Rainbow Island. After eight months of writing, she had developed a 385-page young adult novel with the message of following one's dreams. The book immediately became a New York Times bestseller, and Christie was able to form a partnership with MBC, a top Korean broadcaster, to produce a stage musical and TV series in Korea. Christie is currently working on a sequel to the book as well as negotiating a film adaption, while she continues to assist writers in publishing their own books and adapting them into movies. Read more



Pepperdine Athletics

Basketball Mini-Ticket Package 2016

Roll Waves! Snag the Pepperdine men's basketball West Coast Conference mini-ticket package for as little as $199. With this package, you can cheer on the Waves at all nine WCC contests in January and February. For more information or to purchase your mini-ticket package, call 866-WAVE-TIX today!

Center for the Arts

Robert Cray Center for the Arts

Five-time Grammy award-winning artist Robert Cray is headed to Smothers Theatre this Thursday, December 8! In his 40-year career, Robert Cray has created a sound that has garnered him a spot in the Blues Hall of Fame and a suitcase full of Blues Music Awards. To purchase tickets, click here



  Benefit of the Month

December 2016 Benefit of the Month

'Tis the season to hit the slopes! The Pepperdine Perks Program is offering alumni savings up to 50% off on lift tickets and ski equipment at ski resorts nationwide. From California to Maine, save big on ski products across the country through the Perks Program. Register today to access this exclusive offer.


 November 2016 Newsletter


Lynn Williams ('15) Scores Goal Less Than a Minute into Her National Team Debut

Lynn Williams

What can you do in one minute? Well, only 50 seconds into her debut, Pepperdine alumna Lynn Williams became the 20th player in U.S. Women's National Team (USWNT) history to score in her first international appearance. These past few weeks have been quite the whirlwind for Williams. She was called up to the full U.S. Women's National Team from the Western New York Flash in the National Womens Soccer League (NWSL). Her stellar performance in this league not only caught the attention of the USWNT, but also earned her the 2016 NWSL Golden Boot as the top scorer in the league, and the NWSL MVP title. To top it all off, she proved to be a game changer for the NWSL championship match, when she saved her team in the final minute of stoppage time during the second overtime period with a dramatic header that flew into the back of the net resulting in a penalty shootout. You're going to want to keep an eye on this soccer star. Read more



 Taylor Kalupa ('13) Costars in Pure Flix Film, I'm Not Ashamed

Taylor Kalupa in I'm Not Ashamed

I'm Not Ashamed tells the inspirational true story of Rachel Joy Scott, the first victim of the Columbine High School shootings. Pepperdine alumna Taylor Kalupa ('13) costars in the film as Rachel's best friend, Gabby. The movie, which opened in more than 500 theaters on October 21, 2016, is already winning over the hearts of its audiences. The film currently has a 93 percent audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes and is now being heralded as the most popular new film in America. Read more



 The Graziadio School of Business and Management Considered One of the Best By the Princeton Review

GSBM Princeton Review

Not only did The Princeton Review recognize the Graziadio School of Business and Management for being one of the best 294 business schools in the nation, but once again, the business school's online MBA program received a high rating in the top 25 online MBA programs. The program's excellence in several areas earned it a spot at number 18. In addition to having one of the best online MBA programs, The Princeton Review also recognized the students of the business school for the first time for being some of the most motivated and driven. The school came in at number seven on the list of "Most Competitive Students." Finally—and not surprisingly—The Princeton Review also recognized the beauty of the business school, giving it a number 8 spot on the list of "Most Beautiful Campuses." Read more



 Pepperdine Athletics

Pepperdine Men's Basketball

The Pepperdine men's basketball team  is coming off back-to-back winning seasons and you'll want to be part of the action as the Waves continue their climb to the top of the West Coast Conference. A reserved season ticket is just $370 and comes with multiple benefits, including chalk talk dinners and at-the-half hospitality, reserved parking, discounts at the Waves Team Shop, and an all-sports pass to every other regular-season event. Purchase season tickets 

 Center for the Arts

Estampas Portenas Pepperdine

Straight from Argentina, Estampas Porteñas celebrates the indomitable tango and the athletic malambo of the gauchos with their newest piece, Deseos...Stories of Longing and Desire told through Argentine Tango and Music. This dazzling show is filled with flawless and emotive dancing, and ardent, soul-filled music performed by live musicians. Exclusively offered to Pepperdine alumni, use the discount code 'OLAS2016' to snag tickets for only $25.



 Benefit of the Month

Pepperdine Perks Program

Pepperdine alumni have exclusive access to discounts from hundreds of businesses locally and nationally as part of the Pepperdine Perks Program. Register today to access these exclusive offers. Happy savings!


October 2016 Newsletter


 Meet the Voice of the Rams: Sam Lagana

Sam Lagana

Pepperdine's very own Sam Lagana, associate vice chancellor, sat down with the Los Angeles Times to discuss his role as the new public address announcer for the Los Angeles Rams. Lagana told the Los Angeles Times that when he first heard about the Rams' return to Los Angeles, he expressed to friends that he would be interested in announcing the games. Lagana is no stranger to the microphone; he was the voice of the former L.A. Avengers of the Arena Football League, and his voice is widely recognized among the Southern California volleyball community. Word traveled fast, and after sending in a recording as an audition of sorts, Lagana was offered the job. Hoping to raise the energy and elicit a crowd response during games, Lagana did just that. A tweet from the Rams' exhibition opener read, "May we all live our lives with the enthusiasm of the Coliseum PA announcer." To read more, click here



 Pepperdine University Rises to Top 50 in 2017 U.S. News Best Colleges Rankings

Pepperdine Top 50

Rising in the rankings, Pepperdine grabbed the number 50 spot in the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings. Making this list of "Best National Universities," Pepperdine rose two spots higher than its 2016 ranking of number 52. Pepperdine's Seaver College also advanced in the rankings of "Best Undergraduate Business Programs," moving to number 48 from last year's ranking of 50. Additionally, Pepperdine advanced in the publication's rankings for "The High School Counselor's Top College Picks," "Best Value Schools," "Best Colleges for Veterans." The University was also recognized for maintaining an 84% graduation rate and a high freshman retention rate of 93%. Lastly, Pepperdine's International Programs was included on the publication's list of "Best Programs to Look For." For more information, click here



 Pepperdine Alumna, Shannon Urtnowski, Nominated For Emmy

Shannon Urtnowski

You may have watched celebrities strut down a long red carpet, outfitted in dazzling gowns and crisp suits this September for the 68th Annual Emmy Awards. But what you may not know, is that a few weeks after the telecasted show, the National Academy of Television Arts And Sciences recognized television and news media industry executives, news and documentary producers, and journalists at the 37th Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards. One of these nominees included Pepperdine alumna Shannon Urtnowski ('09). Urtnowski was nominated for her work as an NBC Nightly News producer on a series of reports called "The Trail of Tears." Narrated by Lester Holt, Richard Engel, and Bill Neely, the series highlights the growing refugee crisis in Europe. The series was nominated for an Emmy in "Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast" and "Best Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast." To learn more, click here



Pepperdine Athletics

Pepperdine Athletics Hall of Fame 2016

These all-time Pepperdine greats are officially joining the Pepperdine Athletics Hall of Fame. The 2016 honorees will include Scott Doerner (men's tennis), Anna Picarelli (women's soccer), Michael Putnam (men's golf), Steve Rodriguez (baseball), and Julie Rubenstein (women's volleyball). These all-star athletes will be inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame this fall, joining 115 already-enshrined individuals. To purchase tickets for the 2016 Hall of Fame Dinner and Ceremony, click here

Center for the Arts

Pepperdine Center for the Arts Time Jumpers

Get ready for a toe-tapping, foot-stomping good time because the Time Jumpers are headed to Smothers Theatre! This Grammy-nominated group's western swing tunes are sure to transport your mind cross-country to Nashville. Come out for a night of classic country sounds as the Time Jumpers take center stage! Exclusively offered to Pepperdine alumni, use the discount code 'PEPALUM' to snag tickets for only $40. To purchase tickets, click here



Benefit of the Month

Pepperdine Executive Education Programs

Enrich your skills and knowledge to advance your career! The Graziadio School of Business and Management encourages a continual quest for learning while developing values-centered leaders. As an alumnus/a of Pepperdine University, we invite you to explore our Executive Education programs. These programs provide the critical business skills you need to enhance your career and generate leadership solutions that drive organizational growth. To learn more, click here


September 2016 Newsletter


  Platinum Selling Artist, Rachel Platten, Scheduled to Headline Waves Weekend

Rachel Platten Waves Weekend Concert Artist

Pepperdine is excited to announce that platinum-selling, singer/songwriter, Rachel Platten, will headline the 2016 Waves Weekend Concert. Performing her hit single, "Fight Song," Platten will take the stage at Alumni Park on October 15! In addition to the concert, Waves Weekend is a time for alumni to come home to reconnect with friends, rediscover the meaning of Pepperdine, and relive Pepperdine memories. Head to Waves Weekend for even more of your favorite activities and events, like Blue & Orange Madness, surfing lessons, hikes, and more. Learn more



  Waves of Appreciation Celebrates a Successful Five Years

Waves of Appreciation

There's not enough thank you cards in the world to accurately show our gratitude for the work service members do, but making sure they don't go hungry while traveling home for the holidays is a good start. Over the last five years, the San Diego Waves have shown their thanks for active-duty military members traveling through USO San Diego Neil Ash Airport Center by handing out thousands of drawstring bags filled with snacks and thank you cards as part of the Waves of Appreciation initiative. The process begins every November when Pepperdine alumni, United Service Organizations (USO) members, and volunteers gather to pack 4,000 Waves of Appreciation bags. These bags—packed with granola bars, fruit snacks, nuts, and beef jerky donated by Jack Links—are then handed out to active-duty military service members who pass through the San Diego International Airport the days before Christmas Eve. Learn more



  Pepperdine Family Camp Partners with Hats Off for Cancer

Pepperdine Family Camp

To celebrate Pepperdine's mission and make a difference in the lives of children with cancer, Pepperdine Family Camp partnered with Hats Off for Cancer this year to make no-sew hats and "get well soon" cards for kids. 51 families from across the United States participated in this family service project as part of their all-inclusive stay on the Malibu campus. Each family worked together and created over 100 creative and heartfelt cards and warm hats. Hats Off for Cancer was founded by Pepperdine alumna, Tara Bracher ('04), who wanted to turn a negative situation into a positive one after losing her grandfather to prostate cancer. This special activity was one of the many highlights for the families as they all worked together to bring cheer to the courageous children who lose their hair due to cancer treatments. Learn more



Pepperdine Athletics

Kim Hill

19 Olympic medals and counting for Pepperdine. Kim Hill ('12) fought alongside the USA women's volleyball team to earn a bronze medal at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Hill's Olympic medal is the third ever by a Pepperdine alumna and the first medal since 1984. Hill—a mainstay on the team for the past couple years—started all eight matches for the team during the games. Hill was joined on Team USA by Pepperdine men's volleyball head coach Marv Dunphy ('74), who was working as a scouting coach; Pepperdine men's volleyball assistant coach David Hunt, who was an assistant; and Pepperdine men's volleyball volunteer assistant Kayla Banwarth, who was the starting libero. Learn more.

Center for the Arts

Sara Evans

Pepperdine's Center for the Arts is offering alumni three times the savings this month with a 10 percent discount on Price A tickets for Bria Skonberg, Sara Evans, and Parsons Dance Company. Take in the sounds from award-winning trumpeter, vocalist, and composer Bria Skonberg. Then, experience Sara Evan's compelling body of work filled with slice-of-life vignettes, empowering songs, and life-affirming music. Finally, see Parsons Dance Company's uplifting, energized, and family-friendly contemporary ensemble work. Be sure to use the alumni-exclusive discount code 'WAVES16' to receive the 10% off of Price A seats. Purchase your tickets today!



Benefit of the Month

Pepperdine Perks Program

Pepperdine alumni have exclusive access to discounts from hundreds of businesses locally and nationally as part of the Pepperdine Perks Program. Register today to access these exclusive offers. Happy savings!


August 2016 Newsletter


  The Road to Rio starts in Malibu

Road to Rio 2016

Pepperdine will have 13 athletes and coaches representing the Waves in this year's summer Olympics. Hitting the water to compete for Team USA on the men's water polo team are Jesse Smith ('05) and current assistant men's water polo Merrill Moses ('99). This will be Smith's fourth time competing in the Olympics and Moses' third. Alex Rodriguez ('98) and former Pepperdine men's water polo head coach Jack Kocur ('97) will be helping lead the USA men's water polo team to victory as assistant coaches.

Making her first Olympics debut is Kim Hill ('12), who will be playing for Team USA on the women's indoor volleyball team. Hill will be joined by Pepperdine women's volleyball volunteer assistant, Kayla Banwarth. Also headed to the volleyball courts are Pepperdine men's volleyball coaches Marv Dunphy ('74) and David Hunt. Marcio Sicoli, women's beach volleyball assistant coach, will be an assistant coach for the USA women's beach volleyball team.

Playing for Canada are Miranda Ayim ('10), who will be joining the women's basketball team, and Fred Winters ('04), who will be playing on the men's volleyball team. Roxanne Barker ('13) will be playing for the South Africa's women's soccer team. To round off this list, Sarah Attar ('14), who made history in the 2012 Olympics as one of the first female athletes to compete for Saudi Arabia, will be returning for her second consecutive Olympics to run for Saudi Arabia again.
Be sure to mark your calendars to catch these Waves in action this summer!



  Running to Remember 9/11

Remembering 9/11

For the last eight years, almost 3,000 flags have stood rippling in the wind each September at Alumni Park to commemorate the lives lost during the attacks on September 11. This year, in honor of the 15th anniversary of that day, the Pepperdine community will join forces yet again to raise the flags and remember those whose lives were lost. The Pepperdine community is invited to come home to Malibu on Saturday, September 10 to "let freedom wave" and hear School of Law professor Michael A. Helfand reflect, remember, and honor the lives that were lost that day 15 years ago.

However, the passion to give back because of 9/11 extends beyond just the Waves of Flags display and ceremony at the Malibu campus. Two Pepperdine alumnae who are passionate about this cause have taken on race director roles for 5k races in Newport Beach and Dallas to honor those who gave their lives to serve during 9/11.

Heather Sarver (JD '11) attended the School of Law while her husband, Rob, was stationed in Iraq. Sarver first got involved with the 9/11 Heroes Run in 2011, when she ran in San Diego in honor of her husband's teammate and friend, Brendan. Sarver jumped at the chance to be a race director for the Dallas 9/11 Heroes Run to help honor and remember the heroes of 9/11, the wars since, and all those who bravely serve our communities every day.

Another alumna, Michelle Cook (MPP '15), was inspired to run in the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers 5k in New York after hearing the story of Stephen Siller, a heroic firefighter who gave his life on 9/11. Shortly after the race, the organization contacted Michelle about being a race director for a new location in Newport Beach. Both of Michelle's parents are Air Force veterans, so she felt compelled to help support this organization that supports our nation's first responders and helps the families of fallen heroes.

If you are interested in participating in either of these races, you can register for the 9/11 Heroes Run here or the Stephen Sillers Tunnel to Towers 5k here.



Campus News

Christine Goodman

Pepperdine School of Law Professor Christine Goodman hopes to "inspire, inform, and illuminate" as the newly elected President of the California Women Lawyers Association (CWL). CWL is a Sacramento-based organization that promotes the advancement of women in the legal profession. The organization also is an active advocate for the concerns of women in society. In her new role as President-Elect, Professor Goodman will attend events up and down the state of California to speak to groups and advocate for women lawyers. Click here to learn more about Professor Goodman and CWL.

Center for the Arts

Sara Evans

Pepperdine's Center for the Arts is offering alumni three times the savings this month with a 10 percent discount on Price A tickets for Bria Skonberg, Sara Evans, and Parsons Dance Company. Take in the sounds from award-winning trumpeter, vocalist, and composer Bria Skonberg. Then, experience Sara Evan's compelling body of work filled with slice-of-life vignettes, empowering songs, and life-affirming music. Finally, see Parsons Dance Company's uplifting, energized, and family-friendly contemporary ensemble work. Be sure to use the alumni-exclusive discount code 'WAVES16' to receive the 10% off of Price A seats. Purchase your tickets today!


July 2016 Newsletter


Benefit of the Month

PerksConnect Card

Starting today, Pepperdine alumni have exclusive access to discounts from hundreds of businesses locally and nationally as part of the Pepperdine Perks Program. Register today to access these exclusive offers. Happy savings!



  Pepperdine Alumna, Dr. Kip Glazer (EdD '15) Takes Home Award at New Media Consortium

 Kip Glazer

Pepperdine Graduate School of Education and Psychology alumna Dr. Kip Glazer (EdD '15) just added another accolade to her name. This recent Learning Technologies alumna received an award for her project submission, based on her dissertation, at the 23rd Annual New Media Consortium (NMC) Summer Conference in Rochester, NY. Her Idea Lab session, "How to Leverage Tabletop Role-playing Game Creation to Improve Literacy" discussed the Kennedy Center ArtsEdge program, which offers modules designed to assist classroom teachers in improving literacy. Dr. Glazer's presentation reported on the progress of the project and showcased the product. Additionally, attendees learned how teachers at various grade levels can leverage the game creation to improve many skills that are required for the Common Core era. Dr. Glazer is no stranger to awards; in 2014, she was named the Kern County Teacher of the Year and, in 2009, she won the Outstanding Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) Advisor Award for the State of California, in addition to countless other awards. She is a former high school teacher and is currently an instructional technology coach in California. Click here to read more about Dr. Kip Glazer and her many accomplishments.



  Research by Pepperdine Graziadio School of Business and Management and Dun & Bradstreet Gives Insight on the State of Small Business

Craig Everett

A recent study by the Pepperdine Graziadio School of Business and Management and Dun & Bradstreet is currently making waves in the business world. The Private Capital Access Study, which took four years to complete, showed that even though new forms of finance are on the rise, small businesses are still relying on personal resources, friends, and family to fund growth. One of the most significant finds from the study reported that crowdfunding is emerging as a major alternative source for small businesses seeking capital. Overall, the authors of the study state that the economic climate for small business remains uncertain. As Dr. Craig R. Everett, director of the Pepperdine Private Capital Markets Project stated, business owners are still feeling the impact of the recession, and are wary about the future. Read more about the study here.



  Kansas City Royals Select Pepperdine Baseball Pitcher A.J. Puckett in the Second Round of MLB Draft

A.J. Puckett

Pepperdine Baseball Pitcher A.J. Puckett is headed to the Kansas City Royals! The defending World Series champions recognized Puckett's talent—he was recently named All-American by, Collegiate Baseball, and Baseball America—and selected him in the second round (67th pick overall) of the Major League Baseball draft. He was the Royals' top overall selection, and he has since signed with the club. The junior right-hander is coming off of one of the most remarkable seasons in Pepperdine history after leading the Waves to their third straight appearance in the WCC Tournament. To top it all off, he was also named WCC Pitcher of the Year, is currently a finalist for the National Pitcher of the Year award, and was named a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award. Congratulations A.J. Puckett!



  Center for the Arts

Sara Evans

Multi-platinum-selling country singer and songwriter Sara Evans is headed to Smothers Theatre! Experience her compelling body of work filled with slice-of-life vignettes, empowering songs, and life-affirming music. Be sure to use the alumni-exclusive discount code 'WAVES2016' to receive 10% off of Price A and Price A4 seats. (Discount code expires July 31, 2016) Purchase your tickets today!

June 2016 Newsletter


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PerksConnect Card

Coming soon! Pepperdine alumni will be able to get discounts from hundreds of businesses locally and nationally as part of the Pepperdine Perks Program. Keep an eye out for important information that will allow you to register and access these exclusive offers. Happy savings!



  Former Pepperdine Student-Athlete Amanda Rowe ('16): Making Waves Through Adversity

Amanda Rowe 

Dive into the story of recent Pepperdine graduate and former student-athlete, Amanda Rowe. Rowe, formerly a member of the Pepperdine swim and dive team, underwent three brain surgeries over the course of her collegiate career due to a genetic condition called Dandy-Walker syndrome—a rare condition which causes a buildup of fluid in the brain. However, Rowe fought through and chose to continue swimming as soon as she was able to. Since Rowe's final surgery, she achieved multiple lifetime bests in her college swimming career and graduated from Seaver College with the class of 2016 with a bachelor's degree in nutritional science. To read more about Rowe's inspiring story, click here.



  Weisman Museum to Host David A. Leffel Art Exhibition

Weisman Museum 

Immerse yourself in Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art's new exhibition entitled David A. Leffel: The Mastery of Light—A Retrospective. Stop by to view 84-year-old Leffel's first major retrospective, which will be on display from May 14 through August 7. Leffel was in attendance for a special opening reception on May 14. Michael Zakian, director of the Weisman museum, planned for Leffel's retrospective to follow the Andy Warhol exhibit due to their fascinating parallels. Although the two artists share similarities, Warhol focused on reusing images from advertising to create Pop Art, and Leffel focused on reviving forgotten techniques and learning to paint like the Old Masters. To read more about the exhibition, click here.



  Adam Crepelle (MPP '15) Publishes MPP Capstone on an Ethical Solution to Organ Shortage

Adam Crepelle

Finding solutions to shortages is never an easy task. However, School of Public Policy alumnus Adam Crepelle (MPP '15) recently published his 2015 MPP Capstone paper, "A Market for Human Organs: An Ethical Solution to the Organ Shortage," in the Indiana Health Law Review. This paper examines the national organ shortage and proposes an organ market, modeled after Iran's kidney system, as an ethical solution.

May 2016 Newsletter


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Library Services

Brush up on your book smarts by utilizing Pepperdine library resources! The Pepperdine University Libraries have partnered with the Alumni Association to provide alumni with continued access to educational materials and resources. Your Pepperdine degree keeps you connected to a wealth of valuable information, both online and in-person.
Click here for more information.



  Former Coca-Cola Executive Named Graziadio School Dean

Deryck Rensburg

Former president of global ventures at The Coca-Cola Company, Deryck J. van Rensburg, has been named dean of the Graziadio School of Business and Management. Van Rensburg will assume his new responsibilities as dean on November 1, 2016. With 32 years of leadership experience with The Coca-Cola Company, and formerly with Unilever PLC, Van Rensburg will bring a "wealth of real-world corporate experience and business acumen to the Graziadio School and the University," as Pepperdine University provost Rick R. Marrs said. Van Rensburg holds a DBA from the University of Manchester in England and an MBA with distinction from the University of Bath in England.



  Commencement 2016 Speakers

Commencement 2016

Let graduation season for the class of 2016 commence! Here are all the speakers for this year's commencement ceremonies. Raymond W. Smith, founding partner of Arlington Capital partners, spoke at the Graziadio School of Business and Management Commencement; Donald R. Knabe, Los Angeles County supervisor of the Fourth District, spoke at the School of Public Policy Commencement; Michael K. Powell, a former chair of the Federal Communications Commission (FSCC) spoke at the Seaver College Commencement; Linda A. Klein, a distinguished attorney, will speak at the School of Law Commencement; Michelle King (MS '92), superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) will speak at the Graduate School of Education and Psychology, Education Division Commencement; and Reverend Andrew J. Bales, CEO of the Union Rescue Mission in downtown Los Angeles' Skid Row, will speak at the Graduate School of Education and Psychology, Psychology Division Commencement. To read more about the commencement 2016 speakers, click here.



  Seaver College Student-Athlete Breaks Multiple Women's Track Records 

Izzy Connell

Seaver College Student-Athlete Izzy Connell is breaking records and taking names. The Pepperdine university track athlete broke her own records in the 100- and 200-meter races at the Bruin Legends Invitational at UCLA on April 2. Connell has already broken multiple school records for the women's track team, including the 6200 and 4x400 indoor records, as well as the 400 and 4x400 outdoor records. Keep an eye on this one! Connell is currently a junior at Pepperdine with another year of track ahead of her. To read more on Connell and her accomplishments, click here.

April 2016 Newsletter


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  Pete Peterson Named Dean of School of Public Policy

Pete Peterson

Pete Peterson (MPP '07), who most recently held the position of interim dean for the Pepperdine University School of Public Policy, has officially been named dean of the public policy school. Peterson has held many roles for the school over the years including leading the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership as executive director since 2010 and teaching classes for Pepperdine since 2007. Peterson is also a leading national speaker and an accomplished writer. To read more about Peterson and his accomplishments, click here.



  Pepperdine Director of Global Justice Program Featured for His Work in Uganda

Jim Gash

Jim Gash (JD '93), director of Pepperdine's Global Justice Program and professor of law, was recently featured in the Washington Post for his criminal justice work with Tumusiime Henry, an unjustly accused Ugandan. Gash and Henry have been touring the U.S. to spread the message of stepping out on faith and helping others. On a trip to Uganda in 2010, Gash met Henry, who was facing a false accusation of murder. Inspired to help, Gash spent a week interviewing Henry and 20 other prisoners to build the legal cases in hopes of getting them released. This faith project became the inspiration for Gash's book Divine Collision and the documentary, Remand. To read more about this inspiring story, click here.



  Pepperdine Alumnus Seth Haye Named a Top Advisor Under 40

Seth Haye

Seth Haye ('02) was named one of the top advisors under 40 in 2016 by On Wall Street Magazine. Haye is an executive director, financial advisor in a  major wealth management firm. Haye ranked number 40 on the list of these top advisors. This list of a select group of individuals who are 39 years or younger represents the best of the best when it comes to philosophies, best practices, and work ethics of advisors in the wealth management industry. To read more about Haye and the 2016 listing of "Top Advisors Under 40," click here.



Center for the Arts Upcoming Shows

Kamikaze Firelies
The Johnny Clegg Band
Kamikaze Fireflies Johnny Clegg

Whether spinning gigantic metal cubes, juggling, stilt-walking, performing daring stunts, breathing fire, or breaking into contortionist backbends, the two-person modern vaudeville act The Kamikaze Fireflies instigate mischief, awe, and laughter for the whole family.
Save 50% on select seats for this performance with the promotion
code ALUMNI16.

South African singer, songwriter, and activist Johnny Clegg's infectious crossover music, a vibrant blend of Western pop and African Zulu rhythms, exploded onto the international scene carrying a message of social justice and toe-tapping beats that traverse cultural barriers. Opening for The Johnny Clegg Band will be Jesse Clegg, a South African alternative rock artist whose 2008 debut album, When I Wake Up, and his 2011 follow up, Life On Mars, have both made the 26-year-old a platinum-selling success in his home country. Save 50% on select seats for this performance with the promotion code ALUMNI16.

March 2016 Newsletter


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Howard A. White Award for Teaching Excellence

Howard A. White Award

Meriam-Webster may define a professor as "a teacher at a university," but here at Pepperdine, we know that being a professor means so much more. Was there a teacher who inspired, challenged, and motivated you as a student? Did a professor help you develop the skills to think critically and creatively about the world? Was there a teacher who instilled in you a lifelong love of learning? Recognize that professor by nominating him or her for the Howard A. White Award for Teaching Excellence. This award recognizes outstanding teachers who embody Pepperdine University's commitment to excellence. Nominations for the 2016 awards will be accepted through March 31, 2016 and the results will be announced in October. For more information about the Howard A. White Award for Teaching Excellence, and to nominate a professor, click here.



170 Pepperdine Students Recognized as Scholar-Athletes

Scholar Athletes

Pepperdine athletes have both brains and brawn! One hundred and seventy Pepperdine students were honored as Scholar-Athletes during halftime of the final home game for the men's basketball team. To qualify as a Scholar-Athlete, the students must maintain a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average. During the ceremony, the Scholar-Athletes were given a white, bronze, silver, or gold lapel pin to represent the number of years the student has maintained a 3.0 GPA. About 60 percent of the total number of student-athletes at Pepperdine are Scholar-Athletes. This year's top performing teams included tennis, cross country and track, and volleyball. Read more.



W. Oren Parker Undergraduate Scene Design Award Goes to Seaver Student

Paul Dufresne

Seaver College senior Paul Dufresne was recognized with the prestigious W. Oren Parker Award by the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT). Nominated by Pepperdine assistant professor of theatre and resident lighting designer, Ben Pilat, the W. Oren Parker Award honors exemplary undergraduates in their junior or senior year for their creative application of scene design in the performing arts. Students must be nominated by a member of the USITT and the nomination must include examples of the nominee's work. The examples are assessed based on their excellence in areas such as composition skill, graphics ability, craft work, and more. Read more.



  Days At The Ballpark

Pepperdine Baseball

The Pepperdine 2016 season has begun and there are plenty of ways to get your family and friends involved. Any baseball or softball team with participants 7th grade and under are welcome to join the team during the National Anthem. Kids will be able to jump in on the pre-game huddle and join their favorite Wave on the field before the start of the game. In addition, kids 7th grade and younger have the opportunity to serve as bat kids for home baseball games. Post-game autograph sessions take place every Sunday to meet and greet with the baseball team! Click here for more information.



Center for the Arts Upcoming Show

Rhythmic Circus: Feet Don't Fail Me Now!
Sunday, March 6, 2016

Rhythmic Circus

In this joyous parade of genre-hopping music and hard-hitting percussive dance, these homegrown hoofers from Minneapolis hit the stage with inventive rapid-fire tap numbers, funky costumes, a human beatbox, and a big brass band. All seats are $22 for alumni with the use of discount code: WAVES2016. Find out more.

February 2016 Newsletter


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Willie the Wave

Let Pepperdine save you money! The Pepperdine Alumni Association provides alumni discounts from Hertz, National, Avis, Alamo, Auto Europe, Budget and 11 hotel chains. Coming later this month, alumni will receive up to a 50% discount at more than 60,000 additional hotels worldwide and special rates at Hilton, Holiday Inn, Marriott, Sheraton, Radisson, Kimpton, Omni, Drury, and Hyatt hotels, among others. Discounts and rates may vary by location. Learn more.



Andy Warhol Exhibit Pops into the Weisman Museum

Andy Warhol

Lucky for us, this exhibit will be here longer than 15 minutes. "Andy Warhol: Life & Legends" opened Saturday, January 16 at the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine. The exhibit features Warhol's portfolios, including his famous Campbell Soup Cans and Marilyn Monroe. Provided by Bank of America Art, the exhibition features 83 items, taking up both floors of the museum. "Andy Warhol: Life & Legends" will be on display from January 16 through April 3. Read more.



Accomplished Author and International Speaker Ravi Zacharias Announced

As 2016 Veritas Forum Presenter

Ravi Zacharias

Ravi Zacharias, founder and president of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM), is slated to speak at the 2016 Veritas Forum hosted by Pepperdine's Office of the Chaplain and held at the Firestone Fieldhouse on Tuesday, February 16 at 7 PM. An accomplished author and international speaker, Zacharias will discuss the theme "What Gives Humans Value?" and how it relates to spirituality and Christian values. Zacharias has been honored with the conferring of six doctoral degrees, including a Doctor of Laws and a Doctor of Sacred Theology; he has authored or edited more than twenty books; and he has spoken at numerous universities, including Harvard, Princeton, and Oxford University. The annual Veritas forum encourages members of the University and guests to gain a deeper understanding of faith by exploring basic truths of God and humanity together. Read more.



Peek Beyond the Horizon at the 2016 SEER Symposium

Seer Symposium

At the 2016 SEER Symposium, Beyond the Horizon, attendees will have the chance to delve into complex issues such as sustainability, corporate social responsibility, and ethics and discuss business strategies that tie these disciplines with entrepreneurship, innovation, and developing products that generate financial growth. The Symposium will explore next generation business strategies and hear experiences from world–changing innovators, executives, thought leaders, and entrepreneurs whose unique views land on all sides of the spectrum. SEER Symposium attendees will have their views both challenged and inspired by this thought-provoking forum. Find out more.



Center for the Arts Upcoming Shows

The Jones Family Singers
Friday, February 5 at 8pm

Jones Family Singers

The Jones Family Singers, have been tearing up churches and festivals alike for over two decades. Called a "must-see act" at SXSW 2014 by both Rolling Stone and NPR, their high-energy performances showcase the indelible connection between gospel and its rock and soul offspring. Find out more.

Little River Band
Monday, February 29 at 8pm

Little River Band

One of Australia's most significant bands, Little River Band has been topping worldwide charts since the 1970s with their powerful vocals, high-energy guitar harmonies, and classic hit songs such as "It's a Long Way There," "Reminiscing," and "Lady." Find out more.



Graziadio School of Business and Management Named One of the Best Online Programs

 US News and World Report

Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business and Management's online MBA program is ranked number 15 on the U.S. News & World Report list of 2016 Best Online Programs. This new ranking is an increase of nine positions from last year's ranking of number 24. For the 2016 rankings, the U.S. News & World Report evaluated 228 schools with online MBA programs and evaluated them based on student engagement, admissions selectivity, peer reputation, faculty credentials and training, and student services and technology.



Graziadio School of Business and Management 2015: Year in Review

Year in Review

The Pepperdine Graziadio School harnesses innovation in new locations. The vibrant business hubs of the Dallas-Forth Worth and Silicon Valley communities are now home to our globally-ranked Executive MBA. Leverage our Refer a Friend initiative to help build our community with a $2,500 scholarship.

Stay on the pulse of business education and explore the ingenuity, entrepreneurship, and leadership Graziadio brought to 2015 in our Year in Review capstone feature.

January 2016 Newsletter


Merry & Bright: Holiday Night with Los Angeles Waves Recap

LA Holiday Party

Over 350 festive LA Waves celebrated the holidays at Merry & Bright on December 9, 2015 at the Petersen Automotive Museum. Attendees explored the second floor of the museum—home to the museum's "Industry" exhibit—and enjoyed live music from alumnus-led band, Jonny Come Lately. Attendees were also able to climb into a 1962 Ford Rambler for photos, sneak a peek at the Cars exhibit, and test out their racing skills in a state-of-the-art driving simulator. Pepperdine Associates had the opportunity to take a tour of the museum's vault, where they were able to get an exclusive look at the future home of cars waiting to go on exhibit. Watch the video recap of this festive event.



Granados: Why It Makes Sense For Time Warner To Invest In Hulu


Dr. Nelson Granados, Pepperdine Graziadio Business School associate professor of information systems, regularly contributes to, covering digital trends in travel, media, and entertainment. Granados' recent post on discusses the possibility of Time Warner investing in streaming TV destination Hulu. Granados believes upsides to this deal could include Hulu coming closer to being a "one-stop shop" and Time Warner expanding its consumer base and becoming more appealing to millennials. Click here to read more of Granados' post on 



Author and Educator Sharon Draper Leads GSEP Distinguished Lecture Series

Sharon Draper

Award-winning author and educator, Sharon M. Draper ('69), discussed her book, "Teaching from the Heart" on Tuesday, December 8 at the West Los Angeles Graduate Campus as part of the Margaret J. Weber Distinguished Lecture Series at the Graduate School of Education and Psychology. During the lecture, Draper discussed her challenges and successes of working with children. Draper also lectured on how both novice and longtime teachers can affect the education and lives of their students in a positive manner to help them reach their dreams. Draper has been honored as National Teacher of the Year, and is a five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Literary Award, and a New York Times bestselling author. Draper has been honored at the White House six times, and in 2011, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions to the field of adolescent literature from The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the National Council of Teachers of English.



Pepperdine Ranks No. 1 in the Institute of International Education's
2015 Open Doors Report

International Locations

Pepperdine snagged the desirable top spot of several of data sets released in the 2015 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, released in November by the Institute of International Education (IIE). Pepperdine advanced to number one from its 2014 ranking of number 6 for undergraduate participation in U.S. study abroad programs at doctorate-granting universities. Pepperdine also maintained its number two ranking on the list of longest term durations of U.S. study abroad at doctorate-granting universities. Read more.

December 2015 Newsletter


Pepperdine To Establish Satellite Campus in Calabasas


Pepperdine will expand its list of satellite campuses to include a location in Calabasas! The vacant 107,000-square-foot will house classrooms, operational departments, and a community and family therapy clinic. Pepperdine plans to lease the site for at least 10 years. Operational and administrative transitions will begin early 2016 and some classes could begin fall 2016. Read more.



Pepperdine Professor Lectures on the Power of Positive Psychology

Cindy Perrin

Pepperdine professor Cindy Miller Perrin, a licensed clinical psychologist, gave a lecture to Malibu residents entitled, "The Power of Positive Psychology". Miller Perrin explained that the field—established by Martin Selgman, president of the American Psychology Association—focuses on human strengths and virtues. Miller Perrin hopes that educating her students on the power of positive psychology will better equip them to achieve optimal human functioning and help them understand their own psychological health. Read more.



Institute for Entertainment, Media, and Culture Hosts West Coast Premiere

of Einstein's Light

Einstein's Light

The Institute for Entertainment, Media, and Culture at Pepperdine University hosted the west coast premiere of Einstein's Light, a new documentary from award-winning international filmmaker Nickolas Barris, Tuesday, November 10 on the Malibu campus. Barris traveled from Holland to present the film and participated in a post-screening discussion along with Pepperdine physics professor Gerard Fasel. Einstein's Light examines Einstein's discoveries, as well as modern discoveries from the likes of Dutch Nobel Laureate, Hendrik Lorentz. To demonstrate the symbiotic relationship between music and science—another major theme of the film—Barris commissioned composer Bruce Adolphe to write a score for the film. Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell performs on the soundtrack. Read more.



Pepperdine Named a Top University By The Economist in First-Ever Undergraduate Rankings

The Economist

Out of 1,275 four-year non-vocational American colleges, Pepperdine University was ranked number 32 for students that receive above-average pay after graduation. According to The Economist, "The Value of University" rankings are based on a "simple, if debatable, premise: the economic value of a university is equal to the gap between how much money its students subsequently earn, and how much they might have made had they studied elsewhere". Read more.



Alumni Save 10% on Spring 2016 Center for the Arts Performances

Center for the Arts

Alumni save 10% on Spring 2016 performances. This spring will feature returning musicians Marc Cohn and Tommy Emmanuel; family fun with Cat in the Hat and Rhythmic Circus; Broadway classics with Andrea McArdle and Defying Gravity: The Music of Stephen Schwartz; and vocal thrills with The Jones Family Singers, Cherish the Ladies, and Take 6. Through December 31, Pepperdine Alumni can use the password WAVES2015 to receive a 10% discount online and over the phone on select seats for CFA presentations.* Throughout the year, alumni can receive the same discount in person with their alumni ID. *Discount applies on up to two "Price A" seats per show, excluding student and community events. Limited availability, prior sales excluded.

November 2015 Newsletter


BAC Sound Investment Scholarship Concert 2015 Recap


The Pepperdine Black Alumni Council sounded off on scholarship at the 3rd Annual Sound Investment Benefit Concert. Scholarships were awarded to five deserving African American students at all five schools of Pepperdine who demonstrate leadership and involvement within the African American community. Attendees enjoyed an evening of ocean-side entertainment from Mark Felton and the Groove Alliance at the Hotel Maya. Pepperdine Black Student Association joined in on the fun and volunteered to run the raffle, which will provide funds for future scholarships. Watch the recap video.



Pepperdine Announces Launch of Institute for Entertainment, Media, and Culture


Pepperdine launched the Institute for Entertainment, Media, and Culture this past month. The Institute aims to prepare Seaver College, Graziadio School of Business, and School of Law students to hold impactful leadership roles within the media and entertainment sectors and commit to stewardship of its cultural and societal impacts. These students will use pathways created by the Institute to become business savvy creatives, creatively minded executives and entrepreneurs, and entertainment industry focused lawyers. Read more.



Pepperdine Men's Basketball Coach Marty Wilson Spoke Highly of His 2015-16 Team at the Wooden Award Preseason Tipoff Luncheon


Talking hoops with Pepperdine men's basketball coach Marty Wilson includes praise for his 2015-16 team. At the Wooden Award Preseason Tipoff Luncheon at the Los Angeles Athletic Club on Tuesday Afternoon, Wilson joined coaches from all 13 of Southern California's Division I programs, as well as a crowd of boosters, fans, and media. Wilson highlighted seniors of Wilson's first recruiting class, Stacy Davis, Atif Russell, and Jett Raines. Wilson finished his speech by commenting on Pepperdine's large group of fans in attendance at the luncheon, stating that if the Pepperdine group keeps growing, the luncheon will end up being just Pepperdine and the coaches. Read more.



The Smothers Theatre at Pepperdine University Will Present Rogers and Hammerstein's "South Pacific"as its Luciana and Daniel Forge Fall MusicalSouth Pacific

Bali Ha'i is calling you to Smothers Theatre to watch Pepperdine's Luciana and Daniel Forge Fall Musical, South Pacific. One of the most celebrated and beloved musicals of all time, South Pacific combines the sights and sounds of mustical "Bali Ha'i" with a tale of love and lessons learned during America's involvement in World War II. Come see why this Rodgers and Hammerstein show won a Pulitzer Prize and broke box office records in the 1950s. Buy tickets here.


  • Thursday, November 12 – Saturday, November 14, 2015, 7:30 PM
  • Sunday Matinee, November 15, 2 PM
  • Thursday, November 19 – Saturday, November 21, 7:30 PM


  • $20 / $10 for Pepperdine students
  • $16 for Pepperdine faculty and staff

October 2015 Newsletter


Waves of Flags - 2015

Waves of FlagsPepperdine honored the victims of 9/11 with its 8th Annual Waves of Flags Display. Around 3,000 flags represented each American life lost and 90 international flags represented the home countries of those from abroad who died in the 9/11 attacks. A group of over 250 volunteers joined together to raise the flags, which were open for public viewing and visitation from September 10 to September 24. Read more.



Pepperdine Presents The Mesmerizing Dance Troupe MOMIX


You might not believe your eyes, but mesmerizing dance troupe MOMIX will be bringing their ground-breaking Alchemia to Smothers Theatre on Tuesday, October 20. MOMIX will use exceptional invention and physical beauty to manipulate the four classic elements of earth, air, fire, and water in a show sure to thrill. .

This month only, Pepperdine Alumni can use the code WAVES2015 to receive a 10% discount online and over the phone on select seats to see MOMIX.
More Information.



Join us for SavvyChic XII on November 11

Vin ScullyBeloved Los Angeles Dodgers sportscaster Vin Scully and his lovely wife, Sandra, will be honored at Pepperdine's popular SavvyChic XII, to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, November 11, 2015, at the Beverly Hilton. Highlights include a gourmet luncheon; designer fashion show; raffle/silent auction; and boutique shopping from high quality vendors. The Scullys will receive the Friends of the Family Award for exceptional dedication to marriage and family. Proceeds to benefit the Pat and Shirley Boone Center for the Family. For information, tickets, or to donate, visit or call 310.506.4115.



United Airlines Names Graziadio Alumnus Oscar Munoz Chief Executive Officer

Oscar MunozCongratulations to Pepperdine University Graziadio School Alumnus Oscar Munoz (MBA '86) for being named president and chief executive officer of United Airlines! Munoz will continue to serve on United's board of directors. Prior to joining United Airlines, Munoz served as president and chief operating officer of CSX Corporation. Read more.



Step Forward Day 2015 Recap

Step Forward DayOn September 12, Waves around the world joined forces to give back to their local communities for Step Forward Day. Hundreds of Pepperdine alumni served in a total of 28 projects in the United States and Japan. Projects included organizing food donations, harvesting produce, preparing meals, serving the homeless, and landscaping.

September 2015 Newsletter


LeAnn Rimes to Perform at Pepperdine University


GRAMMY-winning artist since the age of 11, LeAnn Rimes was destined for stardom. With 44 million albums sold, two GRAMMY Awards, three Academy of Country Music Awards and 12 Billboard Music Awards, it's no surprise Rimes has spent two decades topping the charts. Catch Rimes at Smothers Theatre on Sunday, December 13 at 7 PM. She will be performing her new album, "Today is Christmas", which is due out this fall. Tickets, priced starting at $40 for adults and $10 for full-time Pepperdine students, are available now by calling 310.506.4522 or online at



Princeton Review Names Pepperdine One of Nation's Top 10 Schools for Community Service 


While Pepperdine consistently tops "Nation's Most Beautiful College Campuses" lists, this year, Princeton Review recognized the Pepperdine community's dedication to service. Princeton Review ranked Pepperdine number 10 for "Students Most Engaged in Community Service" in Princeton Review's The Best 380 Colleges: 2016 Edition. This recognition comes as no surprise to the members of the Pepperdine community as 68% of students during the 2014-2015 school year participated in service activities which equated to 69,700 hours of service in organizations nationwide. Pepperdine students also chose to devote their time to Jumpstart, an organization that serves preschool children in low-income neighborhoods--Pepperdine students devoted a total of 20,067 hours! Of course, students, staff, faculty, and alumni around the world unite to participate in Step Forward Day, a 27-year-old tradition of engaging in community service. Read more.



Pepperdine Men's Basketball Schedule Announced


The Pepperdine Men's Basketball team is gearing up for another exciting year as it comes off its most successful season in more than a decade. The Waves will kick off the 2015-2016 season facing league favorite Gonzaga on Monday, December 21 at Gonzaga. The West Coast Conference (WCC) released each school's 18-game conference schedule Tuesday, August 18. This is the first time that the WCC will open league play before Christmas. The Waves' WCC home opener will take place on Saturday, January 2, against rival Loyola Marymount. Click here to view the rest of the 2015-2016 schedule.

August 2015 Newsletter


Dr. Robert Kaufman on Christian Denominations That Divest From Israel


Robert Kaufman, July 6, 2015, The Daily Caller
On Fourth of July, Americans celebrated the freedom embodied in the Declaration of Independence our founders fought heroically to achieve in the American Revolution. Never take that freedom for granted. Nor be indifferent or hostile to the fate of free peoples struggling against tyranny or the threat of annihilation. That goes for America's democratic allies, Ukraine, Taiwan, and democratic Israel, which is surrounded by fanatical regimes bent on eradicating it.
Americans of goodwill should therefore deplore the invidious campaign to divest from and delegitimize Israel, which the Obama Administration has aided and abetted fecklessly. On one hand, the administration has doubled down on conciliating America's repressive enemies, such as revolutionary Iran, using negotiations to tranquilize us from the gathering danger of its nuclear arsenal. On the other, the president has perversely intensified his already strong distaste for Israel. Read more.



Pepperdine Athletics 2014-15 Year in Review


Spending time in championships seems to be second nature for the Waves nowadays. Highlights for the 2014-15 school year for Pepperdine Athletics include several conference championships and a few best-in-a-decade performances. Teams that were vying for championships include both the men's and women's golf teams, who rallied for titles at Saticoy Country Club; the women's tennis team which won both the regular season and tournament crowns; and the baseball team, which rallied for its second straight WCC Tournament title. The best-in-a-decade performances include the women's soccer team, which advanced to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2005, and the men's basketball team, which made its first postseason appearance since 2002 at the College Basketball Invitational. Click here to view the video highlights for the 2014-15 school year.



Pepperdine University Celebrates Launch of Fred Sands Institute of Real Estate


The Fred Sands Institute of Real Estate at the Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University launched on Wednesday, June 24 at the Beverly Wilshire with over 350 friends, faculty, community leaders, and longtime associates.This dedication and celebration event recognized Fred Sands, an industry icon and entrepreneur, and commended his commitment to giving back to future generations of real estate professionals through the University's business school. Read more.



Pepperdine's Online MBA Named One of Nation's Top 10 Programs ranked Pepperdine University's online MBA program as the seventh best in the country in its annual ranking of the top online programs. Pepperdine's full AACSB accreditation in addition to the vast array of financial aid opportunities were cited as primary reasons for its position on the list. says that at Pepperdine University, "students have the option to work alongside company executives on live case studies taken directly from the business world." Other top online MBAs included programs from Carnegie Mellon University, George Washington University, the University of Florida, and Villanova University. Read more.