This issue of Pepperdine Magazine features students, alumni, and faculty who continually strive for excellence at every stage of their lives. Throughout his 60-year career, photographer Lawrence Schiller (’57) has captured the incredible true stories of some of the most fascinating people in modern history; At 71, Seaver College professor Laurie Nelson is a recent national and international weightlifting champion; and former real estate broker Dylan Hood (MPP ’17) uses his business expertise to help previously incarcerated individuals overcome the risk of recidivism.


From Marilyn to Nehru, photographer Lawrence Schiller (’57) captured the incredible true stories of some of the most fascinating people in modern history.
See how extraordinary Pepperdine alumni are making a difference in their communities and careers.
Alumnus Robert Kyncl (MBA ’97) is devoted to digital evolution at one of the world’s most dynamic, creative, and disruptive entertainment destinations.
During a summer internship program in Israel, a group of students explores the rich politics, culture, and history of the Middle East.


Since 2007 Pepperdine students have been living in the Maison du Lac facility in Switzerland.


A chance encounter transforms an entrepreneur’s hunt for a second career.
Christopher Doran (‘98, MDiv ’02) strives to make his university a leader in sustainability.
A professor demonstrates the power of the human body when she sets an Olympic world record.
Volleyball player Heidi Dyer overcomes major surgery to become a star—and inspire others.
Russian-American comedian Yakov Smirnoff heals relationships through the science of laughter.
Michael Zakian reflects on the Frederick R. Weisman Museum’s contemporary art collection.


The $8 million contribution is the largest single endowment gift ever to the School of Law.
Board members set the association’s agenda on federal higher education policy.
Remand was also the featured film at the African Film Festival awards night in Texas.
Longtime assistant coach David Hunt is the eighth head coach in the program’s history.
Nancy De Liban has been elected as a new member of the Pepperdine University Board of Regents.
The moot court program at Pepperdine School of Law has been ranked number two in California.
Larry Donnell Kimmons was fatally shot at age 15 on the George Pepperdine College campus.
The commencement ceremony was held on the Malibu campus on August 12.
The class of 2017 was inducted into the Pepperdine Athletics Hall of Fame on October 15.
The play was presented by the Seaver College Fine Arts Division Theatre Department.
Dr. Jill Biden, former second lady of the United States, presented the keynote address.
Nearly 1,400 volunteers joined partner organizations to serve their local communities.
The pieces on display showcase key works of California art from the 1960s to the present.


As an editor, I know my best work is inspired by the threat of impending deadlines.


The great strength of Pepperdine is its faith-fueled caring community.

In Focus

Kevin McGowan (MPP ’10) offers tips for navigating through potential dangers and the fallout.