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Truth, having nothing to fear from investigation, should be pursued relentlessly in every discipline.

Students join our community at a critical time in their lifelong process of growth and change. As they discover knowledge here, their lives intersect with faculty whose presence makes them stronger, more aware, more caring, and more feeling than ever before—they become people who experience the world fully.

This rich engagement cultivates curiosity and instills the confidence they need to imagine and shape their own vocational path.

Pepperdine students do not simply take in information from books and lectures; they are active inquirers who raise and explore hard questions, conduct research with faculty-mentors in pursuit of discovery and fresh insight, experience "other ways of knowing" in global contexts by studying abroad, apply theory in real-world settings through internships, and deepen their faith through lectures, worship services, and volunteer opportunities.

The open dialogue between reason and faith we prize at Pepperdine enables our intellectually engaged students to explore questions and convictions honestly and without reservation. At the same time, we uphold always the touchstone of our unchanging foundational principles.

In such a context of true academic freedom, uncommon in Christian higher education, students build intellectual virtue and an authentic self-discovery that empowers them to respond to God’s call with courage and faith—they are rewarded not only with professional success, but also by deeply satisfying lives.

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As Namibia develops its economic and democratic institutions, Eric Hamilton, professor of education at the Graduate School of Education and Psychology and one of the leading authorities in America on the reform of mathematics education, is working on helping education leaders, teachers, and learners in the 25-year-old country change their educational system.

This year, in collaboration with the Namibian Ministry of Education, Hamilton continued his leadership of a 16-member consortium of Finnish and U.S. research groups focusing on the science of learner engagement through cutting-edge technologies. He also began a three-year Fulbright research project based in Namibia and with partners in several sub-Saharan countries focusing on the implementation of new technologies in the young country's schools and teacher education programs.

Between February and April 2015, approximately 100 teachers and students in Namibia participated in workshops around the country, and Pepperdine graduate students are slated to participate in upcoming Namibian visits. Four GSEP students also participated in workshops and research meetings in Sweden and Lapland in June 2015. Pepperdine's visibility and leadership in international research communities was recognized when Hamilton was asked to serve on a team of formal external evaluators of the National Science Foundation's Office of International Science and Engineering.

The Eden Project

Construction on the Eden House, the University's first sustainable, "green" residence hall, began in May, launching the implementation of sustainable building-retrofits and a comprehensive educational campaign wherein students learn by example and through peer-to-peer modeling. Behavioral campaigns led by a student sustainability staff are intended to create a culture of conservation and environmental awareness, as well as social connectedness between all of the residents and across the campus.

Institute for Entertainment, Media, and Culture

The launch of the Institute for Entertainment, Media, and Culture in October of this year ushered in a highly collaborative initiative that facilitates the education and development of a new generation of multidisciplinary graduates who are uniquely positioned for impactful leadership roles within the media and entertainment sectors.