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Megan Huard, Managing Editor, Pepperdine Magazine

Letter from the Editor

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

As production began on this issue of Pepperdine Magazine, we learned that the Council for the Advancement & Support of Education had honored our publication with an award in the category "General Interest Magazine—75k+ circulation" in our district. We are grateful for the distinction and proud of what it signifies. We think it means we’re doing something right, and hope you feel the same way.

On the heels of this recognition, we're especially excited to share the stories featured in this issue of Pepperdine Magazine and introduce you to some special people in the Pepperdine community: communication professor Tom Shadyac, an important Hollywood player who made a pretty uncommon decision; law alumnus Jay Wolf and his wife Katherine, who fill each day with love and faith that inspires us all; and Seaver College psychologist Jennifer Harriger, whose research grapples with crucial issues of self-identity in young girls.

You'll also meet Judge Tacha, new dean of the Pepperdine School of Law; GSEP students and alumni engaged in the healing work of art therapy; Graziadio students strengthening their skills in environmentally sustainable business practice; outstanding Waves athletes; and rising stars on stage (as well as their mentors behind the curtains).

Inside this issue is just a glimpse of the vibrant life of Pepperdine University. Thank you for letting us share it with you.

Megan Huard