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Fall 2021

Volume 13   |   Issue 3

Degreed and Dedicated

A group of alumni-turned-employees share their unique Pepperdine stories of faith, unexpected twists, and the secrets behind their fulfilling decades-long careers

Team Drive

After years of preparation and with some of the nation’s best players, the Pepperdine men’s golf team’s second NCAA Championship title was no surprise

Curators of Culture

Through a comprehensive collection of art, artifacts, and relics from some of the most painful and poignant periods in history


Great Connector

For 20 years, Jimmy Azadian (JD ’01) has mentored more than a dozen law students throughout their pursuit of judicial clerkships and helped place them in prestigious legal positions—but he’s not stopping there

The Athletes' Advocate

Student-athletes, the NCAA, and the University itself, all rely on the behindthe- scenes efforts of the University’s faculty athletics representative

Yes, and . . .

The Pepperdine Improv Troupe is a comedic powerhouse that has been preparing its members for careers in acting, writing, and directing for more than 20 years

One Long Day

Five years after surviving a terrorist attack, alumna La’Nita Johnson (’14) continues to make sense of the unthinkable

Not The Same Old Song

Pepperdine Magazine is the feature magazine for Pepperdine University and its growing community of alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends.

Imagine That

As company cultures continue to evolve and businesses increase their reliance on technology alumnus Steve Ralph (’97, EdD ’17) explains how we can rely on our personal ingenuity to creatively solve problems, overcome disruptions, and manage a successful workplace.



Inside Voices

Keeping dunamis at the core of the work being done at the Office for Community Belonging will assist our efforts to treat each other as we should be treated.

Pepperdine People

The director of operations for Pepperdine Dining Services knows which ingredients create the perfect blend of food quality and safety standards.

Campus Notes

Editor's Letter


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