Students at the amphitheatre

LOVE

with an open heart

Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.

At Pepperdine, love is the purest expression of faith and the guiding force behind our mission—one that proclaims this place as an institution committed to the highest standards of academic excellence and Christian values, where students are strengthened for lives of purpose, service, and leadership. Love motivates our scholars, teachers, and supporters to live with hearts wide open to humbly giving and receiving gifts of knowledge—always mindful of the ethical and moral implications of scholarship. This interchange contributes to restoration of a world that sometimes seems to have lost its way, and brings about a cycle of gratitude, first toward God, then toward others.

Manifestations of God's love abound at Pepperdine, through our common pursuit of truth, our participation in interfaith dialog, and our engagement with deeper questions of meaning and purpose.

As we honor our steadfast commitment to the integration of scholarship and faith—an essential objective of our mission—we engender lessons of cross-cultural understanding that energize our local heroes to become global citizens; service-learning opportunities that enable our brothers and sisters to extend the reach of their compassion; and the sharing of our core beliefs, values, and traditions that encourages the world to open their hearts to the vast possibilities of love.

Every year, as we open our hearts to the world, we discover that our love is returned to us tenfold. Goodness in the world expands as our students, faculty, and friends freely give to neighbors in need and multiply that love further—a divine exchange that has the power to form our hearts as well as our minds.

Seaver College students spent 69,000+ hours engaged in community service.

Stories

Natasha Frazier

Seaver College senior Natasha Frazier was selected for the prestigious and competitive 2015 Humanity in Action Fellowship and spent the summer studying human rights, diversity, and active citizenship in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris, and Warsaw with the goal of encouraging future leaders to be engaged citizens and responsible decision makers.

Abraham Park

Assistant professor of finance Abraham Park attended the very first Veritas Forum held at Harvard University in 1992 as a graduate student, when he was first introduced to questions about God, truth, and the meaning of life through speaker Ravi Zacharias' compelling talk. For the next 24 years, these critical questions and the quest to discover their answers continued to shape the direction of Park's life.

As a new faculty member at the Graziadio School of Business and Management in 2012, Professor Park was invited to travel to Buenos Aires, Argentina, as part of the New Faculty Retreat led by the Center for Faith and Learning at Pepperdine, an experience he refers to as a turning point in his career. "Not only did it clarify my understanding of my own calling and ministry," he explains, "but it also gave me a clearer understanding and excitement for what God was doing at Pepperdine University."

Throughout the weeklong retreat, Park participated in group sessions with fellow faculty members whose testimonies confirmed to him that God had very intentionally brought each of them to Pepperdine, "not only as a great workplace, but a place where we had a chance to live out God's will both vocationally and ministerially." In the classroom, he hopes, through teaching, not only to inspire students to live as servant-minded leaders, but to encourage them to meet Jesus.

At the 2015 Veritas Forum held at Firestone Fieldhouse on Pepperdine's Malibu campus, Park took the podium to introduce this year's speaker, noted Christian apologist Michael Ramsden, and to share that his own spiritual awakening was due to being given answers to questions he wasn't asking yet. Park closed his talk by saying, "Through those 24 years, all of the questions of my mind and heart have been overwhelmingly answered by God through his son, Jesus Christ."

Billy Wagasy

After returning from his last deployment in December 2011, and after completing active duty in September the following year, former U.S. Navy SEAL, William "Billy" Wagasy (JD '00, MDR '01) now serves as the director of programs and outreach at the Gary Sinise Foundation, an organization that creates and supports unique programs in support of defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and others in need.