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

Pepperdine Law professor Kris Knaplund counts these words of wisdom from Mark Twain among her favorite quotes: “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”

In this issue of Pepperdine Magazine, we’re exploring that second, crucial day for some inspirational members of the Pepperdine community. For Seaver nutrition professor Loan Kim, it came on a disabled boat under desperate circumstances while escaping Vietnam as a child. For GSEP’s Daryl Rowe, it was learning about his grandfather, who disappeared in the 1930s while helping fellow African Americans register to vote. And for alumni Jared (’01) and Natalie (’01) Hankins, it started with the realization of how to meaningfully share the lessons of Christianity with their children.

Through their stories and others, we meet fellow Waves living with purpose. If their stories impact you as they have us, visit magazine.pepperdine.edu to share your comments. We’ll print them here in the next issue of the magazine.

Megan Huard Boyle