News from Pepperdine University Seaver College of Letters Arts & Sciences. Read how the Pepperdine University Seaver College of Letters Arts & Sciences is making headlines. en-us Wed, 24 Apr 2019 05:39:28 -0700 Drupal Seaver College to Celebrate 2019 Commencement Andrew K. Benton, president and chief executive officer of Pepperdine University, will serve as this year's commencement speaker. Thu, 18 Apr 2019 08:45:00 PDT Andrew K. Benton - Pepperdine UniversityThe Pepperdine University Frank R. Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences spring 2019 commencement ceremony will take place at Alumni Park in Malibu on Saturday, April 27, at 10:30 AM. Andrew K. Benton, president and chief executive officer of Pepperdine University, will serve as this year's commencement speaker.

President Benton joined Pepperdine’s central administration team in 1984. Before becoming president in 2000, Benton served in a number of executive leadership roles, including vice president for administration, vice president for university affairs, and executive vice president. Among his many achievements as president are the successful completion of the Campaign for Pepperdine, which raised $470.8 million from more than 49,000 donors. He also shepherded the approval of Pepperdine’s Long Range Development Plan and the development of the Drescher Graduate Campus. 

A highly respected voice in higher education, Benton is among an elite group of university presidents who have been elected to lead our nation’s largest advocacy organizations for higher education. He is currently the chair of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) and former chair of the American Council on Education (ACE), both of which are based in Washington, DC. He is also past chair of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities and is an active member of many organizations, including the President’s Cabinet of the West Coast Conference and the Association of Presidents of Independent Colleges and Universities.

Benton will conclude his presidency at Pepperdine University at the end of the 2018–2019 academic year. With his approachable demeanor and friendly manner, Benton is often referred to as “the students’ president.” 

A Kansas native, Benton received his undergraduate degree from Oklahoma Christian University and his law degree from Oklahoma City University.

For additional information, visit the Seaver College Graduation website.


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Pepperdine University to Host Sixth Annual Climate Calling Conference Climate Calling explores climate change, its consequences, and the moral calling to respond to growing concerns about the future of the planet. Wed, 03 Apr 2019 08:45:00 PDT Climate Calling - Pepperdine UniversityIn partnership with the Malibu Public Library Speaker Series, the Office of the Vice Provost for Research and Strategic Initiatives and the Center for Sustainability at Pepperdine University will cohost the sixth annual Climate Calling conference at the Malibu campus on Wednesday, April 10. 

Led by a group of Pepperdine faculty members from diverse disciplines, Climate Calling explores climate change, its consequences, and the moral calling to respond to growing concerns about the future of the planet. 

This year’s conference will feature:

  • Arbor Day Celebration

9–9:30 AM

Teri Frahm Rokus Field

  • Sustainability Fair

11 AM–2 PM

Joslyn Plaza

  • Student Research Presentations

2–4 PM

Upper Mullin Town Square

Stephen Davis, distinguished professor of biology at Seaver College, will present the keynote address, “Environmental Stewardship Begins in our Backyard,” at Elkins Auditorium at 7 PM. 

At Pepperdine Davis has served as coordinator of the Summer Undergraduate Research Program in biology, has been a member of the board of directors for the Southern California Conferences for Undergraduate Research (SCCUR), and was the lead organizer for the 18th annual meeting of SCCUR in 2010. He has co-authored journal articles with over 50 undergraduate students, has directed over 30 undergraduate students in their honors theses in biology, and has been the principal investigator on over 15 government grants, primarily from the National Science Foundation. Davis is currently a principal investigator at Pepperdine on an NSF IUSE award that engages first-year students in authentic research during their first semester on campus. His personal research focuses on plant physiological ecology, including adaptations of chaparral vegetation to wildfire, drought, and freezing. 

The annual Climate Calling conference draws students, faculty, and community members together in a mutual effort to address the subject of climate change and to foster a more sustainable future. Attendees learn about topics such as species extinction, drought, flooding, marine impacts, sustainable food practices, and environmental justice and activism through lectures, documentaries, and student presentations.

For additional information about this year’s conference, visit the Climate Calling website.

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Beth M. Laux Named Executive Director of International Programs Laux, who has nearly 20 years of experience in the field of international education, will commence her new role on August 1, 2019. Mon, 01 Apr 2019 10:00:00 PDT Beth M. LauxBeth M. Laux has been named executive director of international programs at Pepperdine University. Laux, who has nearly 20 years of experience in the field of international education and currently serves as the director of learning abroad at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, will commence her new role on August 1, 2019.

“Pepperdine University has a national reputation of excellence, and Seaver College has positioned international programs as a cornerstone of the undergraduate Pepperdine experience,” said Laux. “Studying abroad was the most powerful experience I had in college. It influenced me academically, personally, and spiritually, which made a career in international education a natural fit. My continued commitment to international education stems from its impact on students.” 

Throughout her career, Laux has experienced the benefits of international programs firsthand as a student, faculty, and administrator, having witnessed that college students who participate in international programs gain intercultural competence, are more likely to graduate on time, are better positioned for career promotions, and are more engaged with their communities. 

“Beth is imminently qualified and prepared to lead international programs into the future. I am excited to work alongside her to advance our existing programs and to explore new opportunities that provide students with opportunities for intellectual, social, personal, and spiritual transformations,” explained Michael Feltner, dean of Seaver College. “Beth follows two prior deans, Dr. William Phillips and Dr. Charles Hall, both of whom are exceptional leaders. From them she inherits a program supported by outstanding faculty and staff, equipped with exceptional facilities across the globe. I am confident that from this foundation Beth will lead international programs to even greater heights.”

Hall, the current dean of international programs and associate professor of sociology at Seaver College, will continue to fulfill his role through July 31 before returning to the Seaver College faculty following a sabbatical next year. A special celebration commemorating his 14 years of service as dean will be held on May 17.

A recognized leader in the field of international education, Laux discovered her professional passions when she traveled to Costa Rica and Spain as an undergraduate student at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. After earning her degree in Spanish and political science, she returned to her alma mater to serve as the director of international education and programs. 

In 2004 Laux left her position at Aquinas and spent two years as a missionary in Guatemala and El Salvador, primarily focusing on educational programs and faith development in underserved communities. After completing her mission, Laux earned a master of public administration degree from the University of Toledo. She also served as an intern for the United States Department of State before transitioning back to international education.

Laux’s professional background includes education abroad policy development, curriculum integration, international education leadership, assessment, and program design. She has taught political science and Spanish, served as an onsite program manager in Latin America and Europe, and advocated for a wide range of international education initiatives at both the state and national levels. Her research interests include outcomes assessment and the intersection between course design and intercultural competence. 

Laux has also worked with nonprofit, government, and education entities in more than 18 countries. An active contributor in the national dialogue, she has delivered more than 25 conference presentations and frequently publishes on high-impact practices in a global context. In 2017 she received a Fulbright International Education Administrators Award in Germany and Belgium. 

Laux is currently pursuing a doctor of education degree from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Pepperdine Theatre Department to Present The Taming of the Shrew Shows will take place at Smothers Theatre from April 3 through April 6. Wed, 27 Mar 2019 08:30:00 PDT The Taming of the Shrew - Pepperdine UniversityThe Seaver College Fine Arts Division will present The Taming of the Shrew at Smothers Theatre in Malibu on Wednesday, April 3 through Friday, April 5, at 7:30 PM, and Saturday, April 6, at 2 PM. The actors and director will lead a talk back session after the Wednesday performance.

In this unbridled new spin on Shakespeare's comedic battle of the sexes, themes of cross-dressing, gender roles, love, power, relationships, and companionship will be explored and raucous heights will be reached when the shrew is truly put on the other foot. 

Scott Alan Smith will direct Andrew Borba's celebrated version that thrilled audiences at the famed Chautauqua Theatre Company. The student cast will feature Lauren Drake, Sara Eakman, Marcela Ferrarone, Dylan Forehand, Christine Galyean, Lauren Jennerjohn, Isabel Klein, Gabi Meacham, Brooke Moltrum, Julia Pankow, Chase Perry, George Preston, Evatt Salinger, Katy Semple, Eliahs Sumpter, and Indy Wilson.

“Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew is set up to continue a debate—what exactly is the nature of our relationships with each other? To say that our current times have us engaged in a very frank discussion of gender roles would be an understatement, but this discussion is hardly new. Shakespeare dealt with these very issues in his day and sought to explore the question: what would you do if the shrew were on the other foot?” Smith said.

The Seaver College Fine Arts Division offers students excellent training in the disciplines of studio art, art history, music, and theatre arts. A group of renowned faculty, who are revered in their fields as practicing scholars, artists and teachers, prepare students for careers in the arts and continued graduate study. With approximately 300 students in the division, the unique programs are designed to prepare and inspire students to develop critical thinking, nurture creativity, and create the highest level of art and scholarship.

Ticket prices range between $10 and $15. For additional information about The Taming of the Shrew, visit the Center for the Arts website.

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Philosophy Professors to Debate Christian Principles amid Academic Interests The event will take place at Elkins Auditorium on March 27. Tue, 26 Mar 2019 08:00:00 PDT Tomas Bogardus and Michael BrentTomas Bogardus, assistant professor of philosophy at Seaver College, and Michael Brent, assistant professor of philosophy at University of Denver, will engage in a debate to address the question “Are Christians closed-minded?” at Elkins Auditorium on Wednesday, March 27, at 6 PM.

Bogardus and Brent will explore Christian principles as they pertain to secular academic pursuits, and examine whether accepting the authority of the Bible or a church impairs critical thinking abilities. The two professors will also analyze whether academic freedom becomes limited when Christian colleges require additional faculty members to agree to religious statements or creeds.

For additional information about this free event, visit the Events page on the Pepperdine University website.

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NFLPA Executive to Discuss the Sports Industry and Labor Laws DeMaurice Smith will explore “The Ethics of Zealous Advocacy: Understanding the Business of Sports and Labor.” Thu, 14 Mar 2019 08:30:00 PDT DeMaurice SmithDeMaurice Smith, executive director of the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA), will present “The Ethics of Zealous Advocacy: Understanding the Business of Sports and Labor” at Pepperdine School of Law in Malibu on Thursday, March 21, at 5 PM.

Within the combined context of the sports industry and labor laws, leaders who represent players' interests are required to zealously advocate for their rights. During this fireside conversation hosted by Seaver College, Smith will share stories and provide examples of how he and other NFLPA executives have utilized multifaceted strategies to advocate for players' best interests.

In his current role with the NFLPA, Smith has led players through a 132-day lockout imposed by NFL owners to collectively negotiate and sign a 10-year collective bargaining agreement. Throughout his tenure, Smith has been a noted advocate for ensuring new health and safety protocols for football players. 

For additional information about this free event, and to register to attend, visit the Seaver College page on the Engage website.

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Former CIA Analyst Jami Miscik ('80) to Discuss Public Service at Pepperdine The event is part of the W. David Baird Distinguished Lecture Series at Seaver College. Wed, 13 Mar 2019 10:30:00 PDT Jami MiscikJami Miscik, former deputy director for intelligence at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), will present “The Enduring Need for Public Service” at Elkins Auditorium in Malibu on Wednesday, March 20, at 5 PM. The event is part of the W. David Baird Distinguished Lecture Series at Seaver College.

Miscik is chief executive officer and vice chair of Kissinger Associates, Inc., a New York-based strategic international consulting firm that assesses and navigates emerging market geopolitical and macroeconomic risks for its clients. Prior to joining Kissinger Associates in 2009, Miscik served as the global head of sovereign risk at Lehman Brothers.

Before entering the private sector, the Seaver College alumna had a distinguished 22-year career in intelligence, ultimately serving as the CIA's deputy director for intelligence. In this role, she was responsible for all of the CIA's intelligence analysts, the production of all-source analysis, and for determining the content of the President's Daily Brief. Miscik also served as the director for intelligence programs at the National Security Council, and from 2014 to 2017, served on the President's Intelligence Advisory Board as co-chair. 

Miscik holds a bachelor’s degree with honors in political science and economics from Pepperdine University and a master’s degree from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.

For additional information about this lecture, visit the Seaver College website.

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Students to Organize and Host Inaugural TEDx Event at Pepperdine University The inaugural TEDx event at Pepperdine University will feature four students, three alumni, and two innovators across diverse industries. Fri, 08 Mar 2019 09:45:00 PST  

Nine influential speakers, including four students, three alumni, and two innovators across diverse industries such as music, technology, branding, and leadership, will take the stage at Firestone Fieldhouse on Wednesday, March 13, at 11:30 AM for the inaugural TEDx event at Pepperdine University.

The student-organized, student-run event was developed under the leadership of Ryan Groves, director of strategic employer partnerships at the Seaver College Career Center, and in partnership with the Seaver College Career Center and the Pepperdine chapter of the national business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi. The event’s theme, Take the Leap, focuses on stories of bravery, culture, entrepreneurship, and innovation and was imagined by the student organizers to encourage those who need an extra push to step out of their comfort zone and do something exceptional.

“The planning and execution of this type of event is a great challenge that our students chose to undertake, but it’s exactly through that type of challenge that forms character, helps them to learn, and gives them those competencies that they need to succeed in the future,” says Groves. “Pepperdine offers students many opportunities to learn about great leaders and learn from great leaders. TEDxPepperdineUniversity is a chance for students to become great leaders by engaging them in the process.”

Last fall more than 120 applications were submitted in response to an open call for student speakers to be part of the first-ever event at Pepperdine. Each application was carefully considered by Groves and a team of student organizers, including Caitlin Fogg, partnerships/sponsorships; Daniel Kim, operations; Jacob Wolfe, curation; Kaung Khant Kyaw, marketing/communications; Russell Wijaya, production; Tak Chun Wong, operations; and sophomore Jerry Yang, who evaluated the content of the presentations, the diversity of thought presented therein, and how closely their messages aligned with the theme.

As the lead organizer, Yang applied for and received a license from the TED organization to facilitate a TEDx event on Pepperdine’s Malibu campus. His responsibilities included serving as the liaison between Pepperdine and TED Conferences, setting and executing a vision for the event while managing a team of more than 20 people, and making strategic connections to empower the planning team and enable the University to host the seminal event.

“It changed my life more than anything else ever has,” says Yang, who explains that he gained invaluable leadership, event planning, and cross-team communication skills as a result of his critical role. “This experience has shaped my understanding of what it means to be a leader and paying it forward to change the lives of others.”

Student speakers, including seniors Elijah Zoarski and Emma Johnson, junior Olivia Robinson, and sophomore Raymond Rider, will present on what they consider to be the endless possibilities of ideas within the realms of technology, entertainment, and design while examining how Pepperdine students fit into the bigger picture.

Other speakers include Clayton Blaha, global head of industry relations at Choon, the world’s largest blockchain-based music streaming platform; Irene Ashu (MBA 18), director, producer, writer, and creative strategist; Kim Perrell (’99), CEO at Amobee and award-winning entrepreneur, bestselling author, and angel investor; Matthew Helderman, CEO and cofounder of BondIt Media Capital and Buffalo 8; and Nathan Mellor (MDR ’05, EDD ’07), CEO of C3Brands and president of Strata Leadership.

“What TEDx and Pepperdine have in common is a similar pursuit of excellence,” says Groves. “The TEDx organization displays exactly the type of competency and character that we at Pepperdine are hoping to create in our students.”

TEDxPepperdineUniversity will be Groves’ fifth time participating in a TED event. His first experience was presenting “How to Save the World: Responding to Crisis with Creativity” during his senior year at Oklahoma Christian University, during which he represented the nonprofit organization Wishing Well: Water for the World, of which he is the cofounder and executive director.

“Pepperdine’s partnership with the TedX organization represents an investment in the future of our students,” says Groves. “It represents Pepperdine stepping onto the world stage and engaging in the global conversation and demonstrating thought leadership. Our hope and goal is to grow our capacity in this. It communicates to our students who they are and who they can become and communicates to our alumni and extended community what we can achieve.”

TEDxPepperdineUniversity will be broadcast live via Livestream the day of the event. 

Learn more about the inaugural TEDx event at Pepperdine University

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Seaver College Announces Fall 2018 Dean's List The Dean’s List recognizes students’ positive academic achievements and serves as an additional incentive for academic excellence. Wed, 27 Feb 2019 13:45:00 PST More than 300 students have been named to the Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences Dean’s List for the Fall 2018 semester.

The purpose of the Dean’s List is to provide recognition for the positive academic achievements of students at Seaver College, and to serve as an additional incentive for academic excellence to all students.

In order to earn Dean’s List honors*, students must be in the upper 10 percent of their class, complete at least 12 letter-graded units during the semester, and their grade point average (GPA) must not be less than 3.500.

Congratulations to the following students:

Rebecca AbrahamKaitlyn GarretsonAbrianna LawrenceHolly Reynolds
Bethany AdamskiJennifer GashKatia Lehnhoff LlarenaRaymond Rider
David AizenbergJack GerdingHunter LeppardThea Riley
Jordan AldrichLinda GlevyVictoria LevinsohnSavannah Rinker
Joshua AltrockNichola GloverErica LewisKevin Rios
Chelsea AmalfitanoKurt GoldiePeyton LewisDaniela Rizzo
Anastasiya AntonenkoElla GonzalezJijun LiScott Roberts
Gabrielle AntonioRaja GonzalezChenrong LiHee Joo Roh
Allyson ArmstrongTiana GoodallHelena LieMegan Rose
Sarah ArthurRebecca GoodmanMast LigeNicholas Rosenberg
Roline AttiaMiles GoosbyAnnika LileAlec Royal
Aurora AuthementSpencer GormanCatherine LindleyChristopher Russell
Lauren BarrettRaquel GroveAnn LittleJenessa Salanga
Emily BasseCindy GuoCody LiuChristian Sanchez
Rodelle BenitoeJenna HaleMilan LoiaconoSamantha Sanderson
Everett BoudrieauTiffany HallJiaxin LuMonaco Schmidt
Ashley BoxbergerMaya HammerMatthew LundChristine Schrader
Conner BraseCaroline HammettTalia MalekianMason Schubert
Tehya BraunAnemone HansenAileen ManoukianRebecca Schubert
Kimberly BrookingElisabeth HardingFilippo MargheritiniSydney Schultz
Haley BrouwerNatalie HardtLindsey MarianCollin Scott
Anna BrownKelsey HarmonNoah MassaroReagan Shane
Ryan BrownMadeline HassellRoarke MatchettCaroline Sharp
Jacob CalderShane HaufShea McCollumXuanning Si
Julia CampbellCheyenne Heath-WarrAudrey McKeeRachel Simmons
Talia CaoSamantha HehirJohn McKelveyAlexandra Skupin
Madeleine CarrDyani Heredia-UriasMadison McMurrayJillian Smith
Anahi Casas PerezMarlee HewittEmily McNuttSamuel Sommers
Giorgio CataniaLogan HicksGrace McPhaillNicole Son
Eric ChangJessica HinnesCourtney MerrillAlexa Sorokwasz
Alexandria ChastainCaleb HobbsCarson MerrillJordan St.Germain
Maria Chavez MendozaSummer HohmannBrooke MillerAubrey Stanchak
Shijing ChenTalya HolensteinBretton MillerEmma Stenz
Hannah ChengBritain HopeSophie MillerJessica Stomberg
Chandon ChhikaraKendall HornMackenzie MorrisonLuke Strauss
Morgan ClintonCourtney HoskinsonMichael MossuccoSamuel Sun
Holden CoffmanKaylee HoyEllie Munch ThoreTrevor Sytsma
Zachary ColemanElizabeth HsuehBrett MuramotoCalen Szeflin
Madison CookJia-Ling HuangRachael MurdockEric Tabuchi
Colin CormierMakena HueySophie NelsonKseniya Tarasenko
Carissa CoronadoElizabeth HydeSamantha NolanAngel Thairo
Paul CoxLauren ImbodyWynn NordlundKathryn Thompson
Joel CoxDiana InguitoIsabella OchoaRowan Toke
Cameron CratesLaura IshikawaBrandon OddoBrandon Tse
Naomi CuyuganMaria Iturralde ChiribogaAnita OkoroaforEmma Ujifusa
Clara DarlingtonEllie JacksonAlexis OlmsteadMadison Ulrich
Joseph DavidsonChristopher JenkinsNicholas OlsonGabrielle Valsaint
Courtney DeaverSydney JonesKatie OmalleyFernando Vargas
Addison DeisherMadelyn JonesAnnelies OndersmaKristin Vavaroutsos
Kiley DistelrathAine JonesJoshua OrtegaElyse Vetter
Rachael DominguezBeth JoyceAubree OuelletteAbigail Vigil
Siyu DongJulia KasbohmRachel PaiYiran Wang
Coleman DoyleDiana KeesterTaylor PalmerAvery Wannemacher
Lauren DrakeAudrey KeimMadeline ParentZachary Waterman
Grace DryerKarly KernMelanie PaulSavannah Welch
Nina H. DuchildLilia KerskiOlivia PerezLuke Whartnaby
Stephanie DuensingNoel KildiszewJoshua PerkinsMadelyn Whitaker
Joshua DutyIreh KimWilliam PerrinEleanor Williams
Darian DverisMichael KimTia PetersonMegan Williams
Shaun EdwardsMinji KimTyler PeytonAllison Williams
Katharine EmersonIsabel KleinSimon PilatoKarl Winter
Marijean EthingtonNicole KoskiKathryn PopeSavannah Wix
Daron ExcelAaron KramerHaley PowellBrandon Wong
Josephine FarmerCary KrumdieckDiandra PribadiMaggie Wood
Tess FarrarKeaton KrutenatHanna PriceCassidy Woodward
Colette FaulknerColin KubackiSimone PriebeSarah Woolard
Jackson FelkinsLauren KulaAlexander PriegerKyle Wurtz
Nicole FeltenDorothy KumpKatherine QuickHang Yang
Samantha FialloDrew KundeAlyssa RabieRuiman Yang
Madison FieldDanielle LaforceMaria RadixNicole Yee
Emilie FleckAshley LaheyTiffany RamseyDaniela Yniguez
Baylee FrankChantal LaingPaul RandallAmy Zelaya
Holland FreemanAmanda LangstonJulia RandolphKelly Zheng
Junajoy FrianezaGrace LankRyan RauchJessica Ziech
Amanda FrickerJennifer LauMelinda RaulinoJaiden Zimmer
Ashley FrickerKirsten LavertyEric ReedSophia Zummo
Tristan FurlongKatherine LawrenceTaylor Reusche 

*Please see the Pepperdine Seaver College 2018-2019 Academic Catalog for a full description of requirements to earn Dean’s List honors.

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Natural Science Chair Karen Martin and Student Researchers Highlighted in Hakai Magazine Hakai Magazine, a Canadian coastal science publication, recently highlighted professor Karen Martin's decades-long study of grunions. Fri, 15 Feb 2019 10:45:00 PST For 20 years Karen Martin, the Frank R. Seaver Chair of Natural Science and Professor of Biology, has studied the famously elusive California grunion, a small, sardine-sized fish found along the southern coast of California and parts of northern Baja California.

Hakai Magazine, a Canadian coastal science publication, recently highlighted Professor Martin and student researchers Olivia Le Sage and Danilo Martinez and took a closer look at the silvery seaside creatures and their struggle to survive along busy shorelines.

Read the full story on the Hakai Magazine website.

Photo credit: Zuma Press, Inc./Alamy Stock Photo

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Pepperdine Fine Arts Division to Present Die Fledermaus The production will be sung in German with supertitles and English dialogue. Wed, 13 Feb 2019 08:15:00 PST Opera Program - Pepperdine UniversityMembers of The Flora L. Thornton Opera Program will perform Johann Strauss's beloved operetta Die Fledermaus at Pepperdine University's Smothers Theatre on Thursday, February 21, and Saturday, February 23, at 7:30 PM. The production will be sung in German with supertitles and English dialogue.

Mistaken identities, love affairs, and lighthearted revenge are all tied together with the intoxicating rhythm of the Viennese waltz. Both nostalgic and progressive, Die Fledermaus captures the charm of cosmopolitan Vienna and imagines what would happen if for just one night, people were free of the bonds of their social status. 

Keith Colclough, assistant professor of music and director of opera, will direct the all-student cast, which will feature Danielle Adair, Bethany Adamski, Noah Archibald, Rebecca Calix, Jack Gerding, Brandon Gille, Joe Hebel, Andrea Hupman, Liam Nixon, Adrian Patiño, Alexis Raymond, Angelo Silva, Nathan Thompson, Emma Ujifusa, and Kaytlin Withers.

As Colclough explains, “Die Fledermaus is the kind of show that makes you want to get up and dance. Johann Strauss II, the ‘Waltz King,’ earns his title with a parade of intoxicating waltzes and polkas. The plot sustains a joyously cynical wit which makes the action bubble forth. If we play our parts well, the audience should have a hearty laugh and leave whistling their favorite tune of the night.”

The Flora L. Thornton Opera Program at Pepperdine University has developed a reputation as one of the nation's leading undergraduate vocal programs. It features an annual fully-staged opera, a biennial summer intensive in Heidelberg, Germany, and master classes with top industry professionals. A $1 million endowment from Flora Laney Thornton, one of Southern California's most beloved and honored arts philanthropists, ensures high-quality productions and often contributes scholarship aid for the summer opera program abroad. 

Pepperdine graduates have won scholarships to many of the nation's most prestigious graduate programs, including The Juilliard School, Yale Graduate Opera Program, Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, Northwestern University, Rice University, and USC. Pepperdine graduates are now gracing the rosters of America's leading opera companies, including The Metropolitan Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Santa Fe Opera, San Francisco Opera, and Seattle Opera.

Ticket prices range between $10 and $20, and are required for attendance. For additional information about Die Fledermaus, visit the Center for the Arts website.

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Seaver College Student Activities to Present Dance in Flight The 2019 theme will artistically express the challenges of college life, particularly in relation to transitioning into adulthood. Fri, 01 Feb 2019 08:00:00 PST Dance in Flight - Pepperdine UniversityPepperdine University’s resident dance company Dance in Flight will perform at Smothers Theatre at the Malibu campus from Thursday to Saturday, February 7 to February 11, at 8 PM, with a special matinee performance at 2 PM on Saturday.

The 2019 theme will artistically express the challenges of college life, particularly in relation to transitioning into adulthood.

“We go through many things individually, but at the end of the day, we are all in this together. Each piece in the show is a different emotion or experience the choreographer has personally felt during college,” explained Reagan Zimmerer, Dance in Flight student director and Seaver College business administration major. “We hope the audience will be able to feel that and relate to what we have experienced during these last four years.”

Dance in Flight embodies the diversity and essence of Seaver College and the liberal arts tradition. Members come from a variety of dance backgrounds, interests, and fields of study, and are united by their passion for the art of movement, as well as their dedication to presenting an impressive showcase of student artistry.

For over 20 years, Dance in Flight has provided an environment for emerging student dancers and choreographers to cultivate creativity, physical expression, and teamwork in a professional performing atmosphere. Through choreography, casting, rehearsals, and collaboration with lighting and costume designers, students develop significant leadership skills that become useful in all aspects of adult life. Performances spotlight Pepperdine students of all majors and backgrounds, and feature a variety of dance principles that include jazz, hip hop, tap, ballet, modern, theatrical, and ballroom.

Ticket prices are $20 for general admission, and are required for attendance. For additional information about the dance company, and to purchase tickets, visit the Center for the Arts website.

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Student Documentaries to Debut at ReelStories Film Festival X The event will showcase students’ documentary filmmaking techniques through the art of storytelling. Wed, 30 Jan 2019 08:45:00 PST Reelstories Film FestivalThe Pepperdine University Student Programming Board will host the 10th annual ReelStories Film Festival (RSFF) at Mullin Town Square on the Malibu campus on Friday, February 1, from 6 to 10 PM. The event will showcase students’ documentary filmmaking techniques through the art of storytelling.

This year’s RSFF submissions will demonstrate growth and diversity, particularly in fostering unity among the University community, Malibu residents, and professional filmmakers working in the entertainment industry.

Short films selected for screening will be produced only by Pepperdine undergraduate students. Feature films will run between three and 12 minutes long, including end credits. All films must demonstrate Pepperdine values, and contain content that can promote healthy discussions. 

This event is free to both the Pepperdine community and the general public.

For additional information about the event, visit the ReelStories Film Festival website.

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Seaver College Fine Arts Division to Present Production of Well This production contains mature themes and is recommended for ages 15 and older. Tue, 15 Jan 2019 08:15:00 PST Well - Pepperdine UniversityPepperdine University’s Fine Arts Division will present Well at Lindhurst Theatre in Malibu on Tuesday, January 22 through Friday, January 25, at 7:30 PM, and on Saturday, January 26, at 2 PM and 7:30 PM.

“This play is not about my mother and me,” explains playwright Lisa Kron in this hilarious, moving story that combines the genres of solo performance and experimental theatre with the timeless story of mothers and daughters. Written by the author of the Tony-winning musical Fun HomeWell marked Kron’s Broadway debut in 2006 both as a playwright and a performer.

Bradley Griffin, Fine Arts divisional dean and professor of theatre, will direct the cast, which will feature Seaver College students Leyla Dillig, Dylan Forehand, Christine Galyean, Isabel Klein, and George Preston. Cathy Thomas-Grant, Fine Arts divisional dean and professor of theatre, will also guest star in the production.

“The true beauty of Well is the simplicity of its complexity, or maybe it’s the complexity of its simplicity. With humor and heart, Lisa Kron has created a powerful story that weaves together narratives of racial integration, health and illness, and artifice and reality,” said Griffin. “By writing herself into the story, she invites the audience to look at these topics through her eyes, and then she forces us to ask if seeing really is believing. Well is the rare play that has the capacity to inspire even as it entertains.” 

This production contains mature themes and is recommended for ages 15 and older. No late seating will be allowed. A talk back session with the actors and director will be held after the Wednesday performance.

Ticket prices range between $10 and $15, and are required for attendance. For additional information about the performances, visit the Center for the Arts website.


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Musician Jeffrey Osborne to Perform Concert in Malibu This performance is sponsored by the Office of Andrew K. Benton, President of Pepperdine University. Wed, 09 Jan 2019 08:45:00 PST Jeffrey OsborneThe “number one hit maker of the 1980s” (Radio and Records), Jeffrey Osborne will bring his soulful sounds to Pepperdine University's Smothers Theatre in Malibu on Saturday, January 12, at 8 PM. 

Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Osborne was the youngest of 12 children and was surrounded by music as a child. His father, Clarence “Legs” Osborne, was a popular trumpeter who played as a session musician with the likes of Lionel Hampton and Duke Ellington. At the age of 15, Jeffrey joined the O’Jays when the group’s drummer was unable to perform to their standards, and he went on to play with them for two weeks. That was all the inspiration Osborne needed to pursue a career in music.

Osborne’s career began when he was introduced to the band Love Men Ltd. at a Providence nightclub. After receiving his mother's encouragement, Osborne left for Los Angeles to play with Love Men Ltd., who later changed their name to L.T.D. Osborne was originally brought on as the drummer and eventually became the lead vocalist. After more than 10 years with the band, he decided to pursue a solo career, which produced such Top 40 hits as “Really Don't Need No Light,” “Don't You Get So Mad,” “Stay with Me Tonight,” “You Should Be Mine (The Woo Woo Song)” and a duet with Dionne Warwick, “Love Power.”

Osborne’s solo career has brought him four Grammy nominations, five gold and platinum albums, including his debut self-titled album Jeffrey OsborneStay with Me Tonight, and Only Human. He scored an international hit with “On the Wings of Love” in 1982. After his six albums released on A&M during the 1980s, he moved to Arista for Only Human(1990), then switched to a series of independent labels. His releases during the 2000s included That's for Sure (2000) and Music Is Life (2003), as well as cover albums From the Soul (2005) and A Time for Love (2013). His latest project entitled Worth It All was released Friday, May 25, 2018 on Artistry Music. This project was written and produced by Jeffrey Osborne, with the exception of one song entitled “Work It” which was co-written with his son Jeffrey Osborne Jr., who also performed on the track with him. This project, inspired by the late great George Duke, has taken Osborne back to his deep R&B roots.

Currently Osborne is actively performing and touring around the world. In 2012 Osborne founded The Jeffrey Osborne Foundation and the Jeffrey Osborne Celebrity Classic. The primary mission is to benefit non-profit organizations who support a continued push for music and arts to children and their families, as well as those who provide a safe haven for families in need. In the past six years through his Celebrity Golf Tournament, the Jeffrey Osborne Foundation has donated over $750,000 to various charities in Rhode Island. 

This performance is sponsored by the Office of Andrew K. Benton, President of Pepperdine University.

Ticket prices range between $10 and $75. For additional information about this event, visit the Center for the Arts website.

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