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AEG partnership with Pepperdine

Pepperdine is the exclusive education partner of Staples Center, L.A. Live, and the LA Kings in an innovative partnership with AEG. With an extraordinary demand for talent in the sports and entertainment space, the two organizations will collaborate to offer postgraduate- and undergraduate-level educational experiences that combine AEG's expertise and international network of venues, sports properties and franchises, and live entertainment assets with Pepperdine University's academic excellence.

This new partnership will give students unprecedented access to the business acumen behind the world's leading sports and entertainment company as those enrolled in the program gain hands-on experience through an AEG "best-in-class" speaker series and are offered first-person experiences in one of the world's most successful arenas.

Additionally, Pepperdine will have the option to collaborate and produce alongside AEG a sports, music, entertainment, and business conference. The conference would be hosted in the heart of Los Angeles' preeminent downtown sports and entertainment district, L.A. LIVE.

AEG will also host Pepperdine alumni at a co-created networking night at one of the 250 events that comes through STAPLES Center each year. The event will focus on connecting the University's prestigious alumni—including many at a C-suite level—with top AEG executives.

Pepperdine Moore Haus unveiling

Over 100 Pepperdine faculty, staff, alumni, and friends gathered on June 3, 2016, to celebrate the unveiling of the newly renovated Moore Haus, the University's campus in Heidelberg, Germany.

The celebration marked the conclusion of more than two years of construction, though the building's historic stature and façade were preserved throughout the refurbishment process.

The new designs feature redefined and remodeled residential, study, and recreational areas with improved traffic patterns and increased student capacity, as well as improved technologies for academic, residential, and personal use. The living space for the resident-faculty family has also been expanded and relocated to the tower, which provides the family with additional privacy and brings all students into the main house.

"One of the real advantages is that this will allow more students to go to Heidelberg for their international program," says Charles F. Hall, dean of international programs and associate professor of psychology. "The building could hold only 40 students before, but now it can hold 56. It also allows more common public student areas for studying and relaxing."

Pepperdine purchased Moore Haus in 1965, and the facility serves as the first and oldest of the University's international properties.

Photo: Elya Pinkas

Bill McKibben

Environmentalist and climate activist Bill McKibben, founder of, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement, provided the keynote address at the third annual Climate Calling conference in April 2016. Presented by Pepperdine University and the Malibu Public Library Speaker Series, the three-day conference encouraged participants to work toward stopping climate change and to foster a more sustainable future.

The event also featured a screening of the film This Changes Everything. Directed by Avi Lewis and inspired by Naomi Klein's international non-fiction bestseller with the same name, the film presents seven powerful portraits of communities facing the vast challenge of climate change, from Montana's Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond.

Rounding out the conference was the sixth annual Earth Day Fair, where guests learned about what Pepperdine and organizations within the local community are doing to further environmental and social causes.

Michelle King

In January Michelle King (MS '92) was named superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the nation's second-largest public school district, after a historically unanimous vote. King is the first African American woman, and the first woman in more than 80 years, to head LAUSD.

"I believe that—as is the case for every superintendent—I have a responsibility to serve all students. I also believe that as someone representing multiple minorities, I can serve as a role model and as a source of inspiration for students of all backgrounds," she says.

The Graduate School of Education and Psychology alumna is a firm believer that the road to graduation begins in preschool, and her ultimate goal as superintendent is ensuring that all students are ready for graduation, college, and their career. King has led reforms to increase graduation rates, and her restorative justice program has successfully kept students in school and cultivated good citizenship at the nearly 1,000 schools in the district.

Election 2.016 conference

Technology innovators, academics, political strategists, democracy advocates, and students convened for "Election 2.016: Technology and Civic Engagement" to explore how technology has changed the way voters engage in political and election processes at the local and national government levels. The one-day conference was hosted by the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership at the School of Public Policy and examined topics related to the influence of technological advancements on the voting process, including informed voting in the information age, networking for engagement, how social media has changed the American campaign, and Election Day technology.

"Our goal was to encourage broader engagement in both discussion and action around elections, specifically to drive voter registration and election awareness within the Pepperdine community," says Ashley Trim (MPP '09), executive director of the Davenport Institute. "We did this in conjunction with a broader university effort to promote elections and draw connections between the worlds of technology and public policy."

Law school campus

Empowering women is key to solving many of the world's most challenging problems. While this powerful sentiment is echoed in boardrooms, council chambers, classrooms, and think tanks, there is a disconnect in American businesses, law firms, and courtrooms.

According to an NALP study conducted in 2012, women constitute just under 20 percent of law firm partnership ranks, with 2.16 percent being minority women. While many reasons account for this disparity, a body of empirical research points to a significant trend: women negotiate differently for themselves than for others.

In response to this staggering statistic, the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the School of Law hosted a two-day interactive workshop, "Women's Negotiation Academy: Creating Skilled and Sophisticated Negotiators," designed to equip both the beginner and the most experienced women negotiators in the legal field with techniques to increase their effectiveness in negotiations.

This recurring seminar is specifically designed to educate women working in the legal field and offer them insight from leaders in the Los Angeles legal and mediation communities.

Library renovation

Summer 2016 marked a new phase of the Campus Life Project as construction began throughout the Malibu campus to modernize the campus with new and upgraded facilities. Current construction projects include renovations of Payson Library, upgrades to Caruso Auditorium and the Lon V. Smith Atrium at the School of Law, development of a new residence hall for Seaver College students, and changes to the Marie Canyon debris basin.

During the Payson Library remodel, the project will update the physical spaces of the main library, Pendleton Learning Center, and Huntsinger Academic Center. The interior remodel will transform the library into a more open and collaborative environment and reinvigorate the surrounding spaces for academic use.

Upgrades to Caruso Auditorium will include state-of-the-art learning technologies and audio-visual equipment to enhance the modernly-appointed gathering and studying space. New furniture and finishes, ADA accessibility upgrades, and expanded facilities will provide additional support for students, faculty, and staff.

Responsive to student needs and preferences, the new 458-bed Seaside Residence Hall—to be built on the current site of the Upsilon parking lot and both Upsilon and Tau residence halls—is planned to include a community kitchen and lounge areas, a fitness room, a centralized study room, and ample outdoor gathering spaces.

The debris basin currently located in Marie Canyon at the back of Malibu campus will be relocated within the canyon to prepare the area for an updated and improved student recreation field to be built at a later date.

In needed and invigorating ways, these projects will help the University to better serve students and they represent important steps in its continued ascent as a preeminent Christian university.