The summer 2016 issue of Pepperdine Magazine celebrates the circumstances that help determine the rest of our lives, the mentors who nurture our journeys of discovery, and the passion that fuels our every inquiry. School of Public Policy professor Wade Graham discusses his lifelong exploration of the landscapes that define our lives; Michelle King (MS ’92) shares her thoughts on education following her appointment as superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District; and Megan Marcus (MA ’11) combines her knowledge of psychology and therapy to train teachers in the science of relationships.

 

Features

A childhood curiosity about the world around him propelled School of Public Policy professor Wade Graham into a lifelong exploration of the landscapes that define our lives.
Brought up in the very school system that she now leads, alumna Michelle King (MS ’92) is uniquely positioned to impact the same community that helped shape her career and decades-long passion for education.
Caught between the choice to become a veterinarian or medical doctor, a scientist contributes to both worlds as a disease ecologist.
Singles and couples receive relationship and marriage insights from Christian therapists versed in science and scripture.

Snapshot

Christians from around the world congregated at Stauffer Chapel in Malibu to participate in fellowship and worship by singing sacred hymns a cappella together during The Ascending Voice IV.

Community

A neuropsychologist debunks a popular myth about substance abuse and explains how different personality types dictate certain drug addictions.
A Pepperdine alumna combines her knowledge of psychology and therapy to train teachers in the science of relationships.
After over a decade of study, the Christian Spiritual Research Institute at Pepperdine has discovered how students’ religious attitudes and behaviors evolve over time.
A former investment banker finds purpose in a more creative pursuit with a higher calling.
At USA Track & Field, School of Law alumnus Norman Wain (JD ’96) is fueled by a passion for sports and a knack for the law.
A double legacy for Waves volleyball, Sarah Seiber has still managed to forge her own path.
An art historian’s passions merge in a Technicolor dream.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but each year Great Books and fine arts students team up to find out how many words it takes to paint a picture.

News

Pepperdine University mourns the loss of Jerve Jones, a longtime member of the University community.
The School of Law announced Sukhsimranjit Singh as associate director of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution and assistant professor of law and practice.
School of Law dean Deanell Reece Tacha announced that Al Sturgeon, Steven Schultz, and Selina Brandt have assumed new roles in administration.
The School of Public Policy launched a new summer seminar, “The Roots of American Order: Thinking Historically About Public Policy."
Craig Detweiler, professor of communication and creative director of IEMC, was selected as Variety’s Education Mentor of the Year in the magazine’s "2016 Education Impact Report."
The Pepperdine School of Public Policy ranked in the top 10 MPP degree programs west of the Rockies, and top five in California in the latest edition of "Best Graduate Schools for Public Affairs" by U.S. News & World Report.
Pepperdine faculty, staff, and alumni gathered to celebrate the unveiling of the newly renovated Moore Haus facility, the University’s International Programs campus in Heidelberg, Germany.
The exhibition was the first major retrospective for the 84-year-old Leffel, who is regarded as a modern-day Rembrandt by art critics and collectors alike.
The Graziadio School of Business and Management presented its symposium, The Future of Healthcare, at the Concourse Hotel in Los Angeles on April 28.
The California Psychology Association (CPA) awarded Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP) associate dean Robert deMayo with the 2016 Silver Psi Award.
Two recent Seaver College graduates have joined the elite rank of Fulbright Scholars—one of the most prestigious scholarly awards worldwide.
For the 73rd year, thousands of visitors flocked to the Malibu campus to experience the powerful story of Christ's life, death, and resurrection at the Pepperdine Bible Lectures.
Pepperdine recently hosted commencement ceremonies for the Graziadio School of Business and Management, School of Public Policy, Seaver College, School of Law, and Graduate School of Education and Psychology.

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