The spring 2017 issue of Pepperdine Magazine highlights the unexpected journey. School of Public Policy professor Christian McGuigan examines the strategic social, psychological, and political connections between culture and media; Peggy Grande (’89) unveils a behind-the-scenes look at the life and presidency of Ronald Reagan; and soccer player Lynn Williams (’15) shares how she secured herself a spot on the US Women’s National Team.



In her new memoir, Peggy Grande (’89) captures the intimate and inspiring moments she shared with President Ronald Reagan as his right-hand woman for a decade
The Graziadio School’s new dean reflects on his corporate odyssey and the future of business education
As the new director of the Center for Faith and Learning, John Barton helps set the “open table” of Pepperdine’s religious and academic mission
A professor reveals how new societal norms and government regulations are formed through strategic and scientific uses of airtime


Perched atop the vast, almost endless Camelback Ranch baseball facility in Glendale, Arizona, Seaver College students have traveled to hear baseball history come alive through the real-life stories, names, and numbers shared by Ned Colletti, senior...


Law alumnus David Baker (JD ’79) plays an integral role in promoting the values of the NFL and its heroes
Lynn Williams (’15) dominated on the soccer field for Pepperdine. Now she hopes to do the same for the US national team
A psychologists's lifelong desire to minister to families ignites a higher calling
After years of talking to God through pen and paper, a visual artist publishes a book that shares her innermost prayers
A psychologist reflects on his experiences as an Air Force officer to develop customized therapy treatments for active-duty military service members
At a federal digital consultancy in Washington, DC, School of Public Policy alumna Lindsay Young (MPP ’10) develops data technology inside the government for the government.
A Pepperdine visiting professor of art serves as Pearl Harbor’s first artist in residence and draws attention to the site’s historic significance
A former business major’s deep fascination with the afterlife inspires him to transform painful family hardships into award-winning Hollywood scripts

Inside Voices

Convicted civility means that we can hear and process words with which we do not agree and that we can be unafraid to refute them with truth, courage, and confidence.

The Cut

The monumental cross that warmly greets Pepperdine community members, friends, and guests alike is called the Phillips Theme Tower, a structure that captures the University’s fervent spiritual focus present throughout the Malibu campus.

Editor’s Letter

Think of the last time you cried in a movie theatre.
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