This issue of Pepperdine Magazine showcases the exemplary efforts of champions who provide a voice for some of society’s most vulnerable communities. GSEP professor Adel Najdowski and her students apply scientifically-proven training techniques to coach individuals diagnosed with autism; US Foreign Service officers Benjamin Kauffeld (’92) and Leah Pease (MPP ’01) travel nonstop to promote global outreach; and Caleb Scott ('17) plans to fulfill a three-year commitment to provide humanitarian aid distribution to families overseas.

Features

A pioneer in behavioral therapy spearheads a new psychology program focused on treating autism spectrum disorders.
As the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution celebrates 30 years, Pepperdine Magazine reflects on the principles and players that have led to its indomitable track record.
Two alumni travel around the globe to spread Pepperdine’s mission of purpose, service, and leadership as Foreign Service officers.
In a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Seaver College students learn from one of the best in the history of Major League Baseball.

Snapshot

At the 2017 Loqui: A Celebration of Diversity and Inclusive Excellence, the Dance in Flight troupe expresses the feelings of darkness, determination, and liberation associated with the American social justice movements throughout history.

Community

Seaver journalism students present social issues in new ways to promote positive community outreach.
A double alumnus is selected by the mayor of Los Angeles to bridge the gap between business and government.
After serving in ministry for 25 years in 20 countries, a spiritual director hones in on a life-changing approach to self-reflection.
An international refugee crisis inspires undergraduate Caleb Scott ('17) to a professional calling.
Golfer Sahith Theegala shines at the college level—and beyond.
Following a long and decorated career, a WNBA champion and Olympian takes the reins of Waves women’s basketball.
A group of Seaver students unite as alumni to elevate the level of praise and worship throughout Los Angeles.
An unexpected introduction to global flavors sets up a volleyball player with an international culinary career.

News

Volleyball coaching legend Marv Dunphy (’74) announced his retirement on June 19.
Caron, previously associate dean for research and faculty development and professor of law, formally began his responsibilities as dean on June 1.
The School of Law hosted the 2017 Nootbaar Conference focusing on the theme “Religious Critiques of Law.”
Ezekiel Emanuel, one of the leading practitioners shaping the future of healthcare, presented the keynote address.
Special guests included representatives from the Central Basin Municipal Water District, Muslim Public Affairs Council, and Pace Universal.
The Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art displayed Process and Reality: Works from the Permanent Collection, Celebrating 25 Years of Acquisitions.
Six recent Seaver College graduates have joined the elite rank of Fulbright Scholars, one of the most prestigious scholarly awards worldwide.
The Citizens’ Initiative Review (CIR) Demonstration Project brings Californians together to provide clear, useful, trustworthy evaluations of ballot measures.
The Pepperdine University theatre department presented the US premiere of the internationally acclaimed play The Interference at Smothers Theatre from April 5 to 8.
Niall Ferguson presented “Why Leaders of the Future Need to Study the Past: The Case for Applied History” at the School of Public Policy’s Patricia Tagliaferri Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series.
Nearly 250 guest speakers from around the world led over 360 inspiring sessions to explore the Old Testament.
The Graziadio School hosted the sixth annual Socially, Environmentally, and Ethically Responsible (SEER) Symposium on February 3.
Over 800 guests attended the 44th annual Pepperdine School of Law dinner on March 3.
Pepperdine University commencement ceremonies were held at the Malibu campus throughout April and May.

Letters

Champion. An advocate and a defender. A warrior. A winner.

Perspectives

Waves have a tradition of always pulling for other Waves. They know that others have gone before them.

In Focus

GSBM professor Darren Good (MA '02) shares tips from his research in workplace mindfulness.