The Spring 2019 issue of Pepperdine Magazine celebrates stories of resilience and positive social impact. President Andrew K. Benton reflects on his years as the University’s chief executive officer; Pepperdine community members share their perspectives on recovery in the aftermath of a local mass shooting and destructive wildfire; administrators from the Office of International Student Services partner with students to ease the transition to college life in America; Seaver College students examine how they discovered their life’s calling through the CrossWays program; relationship expert Kelly Haer explores some of the most common struggles and solutions that singles encounter in pursuit of romance; and GSEP alumna Meghan Owenz (MA ’08) discusses how she provides parents of young children with the resources to enjoy a screenless lifestyle.


From his formative years in Kansas to his final days in Malibu, President Andrew K. Benton’s legacy of leadership casts a long shadow on the future of Pepperdine
After enduring a devastating local mass shooting and a destructive wildfire, the Pepperdine community works together to demonstrate its capacity for resilience
A decades-long passion for assisting international students inspires an administrator to develop new programming at Pepperdine to ease the transition to college life in the US