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.

 

Features

A professor reveals how new societal norms and government regulations are formed through strategic and scientific uses of airtime
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

Snapshot

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,...

Community

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 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
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 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

News

The Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art displayed the art exhibition Larry Bell: Pacific Red from January 21 through April 2.
The Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership at the School of Public Policy was awarded a $300,000 grant from the James Irvine Foundation.
The Graziadio School of Business and Management launched the Peate Institute for Entrepreneurship, an innovative new initiative supported through a long term, multiyear donation from Dan and Coco Peate.
Deanell Reece Tacha was honored with the Tacha Endowed Scholarship at her retirement dinner on Friday, April 7, at the Malibu West Beach Club.
Pepperdine University and Barna Group, a leading research organization at the intersection of faith and culture, partnered to present “The State of Pastors,” a groundbreaking study, research report, and live event.
Seaver College students in the Flora L. Thornton Opera Program were awarded First Place in the Opera Division I category of the National Opera Association’s Collegiate Opera Scenes Competition.
As part of his public mission “to keep alive the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.—a legacy of telling the truth and bearing witness to love and justice”—noted speaker, professor, author, and activist Cornel West addressed the LA community.
Miroslav Volf, international speaker, theologian, author, and public intellectual, was the special guest speaker at the 2017 Veritas Forum hosted by Pepperdine University’s Office of the Chaplain.
In the grand ballroom of the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, members of the Pepperdine community near and far gathered for the 41st annual Pepperdine Associates dinner held Saturday, April 8.
On March 8, the Pepperdine University community united in support of future generations of Waves during Give2Pepp, the University’s first-ever Giving Day.
Herbert V. Nootbaar, longtime friend and benefactor of the Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion, and Ethics at the School of Law, passed away on December 18, 2016.
Seaver College senior Cecilia Arteaga was recognized by the Hispanic Public Relations Association, Los Angeles chapter (HPRA-LA) as the winner of the HPRA-LA Scholarship and Esther Renteria Community Service Scholarship.
The Graziadio School of Business and Management fall 2016 commencement ceremony took place at Firestone Fieldhouse in Malibu on December 10.
Thema Bryant-Davis (MDiv ’16) was selected as a speaker and panelist for a joint White House, Department of Health and Human Services, and American Psychological Association Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs conference.

Letters

Think of the last time you cried in a movie theatre.
YOUR FUTURE. UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

Perspectives

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.

In Focus

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.