The summer 2016 issue of Pepperdine Magazine celebrates the circumstances that help determine the rest of our lives, the mentors who nurture our journeys of discovery, and the passion that fuels our every inquiry. School of Public Policy professor Wade Graham discusses his lifelong exploration of the landscapes that define our lives; Michelle King (MS ’92) shares her thoughts on education following her appointment as superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District; and Megan Marcus (MA ’11) combines her knowledge of psychology and therapy to train teachers in the science of relationships.

 

Features

A childhood curiosity about the world around him propelled School of Public Policy professor Wade Graham into a lifelong exploration of the landscapes that define our lives.
Brought up in the very school system that she now leads, alumna Michelle King (MS ’92) is uniquely positioned to impact the same community that helped shape her career and decades-long passion for education.
Caught between the choice to become a veterinarian or medical doctor, a scientist contributes to both worlds as a disease ecologist.
Singles and couples receive relationship and marriage insights from Christian therapists versed in science and scripture.

Snapshot

Christians from around the world congregated at Stauffer Chapel in Malibu to participate in fellowship and worship by singing sacred hymns a cappella together during The Ascending Voice IV.

Spotlight

An art historian’s passions merge in a Technicolor dream.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but each year Great Books and fine arts students team up to find out how many words it takes to paint a picture.
At USA Track & Field, School of Law alumnus Norman Wain (JD ’96) is fueled by a passion for sports and a knack for the law.
A double legacy for Waves volleyball, Sarah Seiber has still managed to forge her own path.
After over a decade of study, the Christian Spiritual Research Institute at Pepperdine has discovered how students’ religious attitudes and behaviors evolve over time.
A former investment banker finds purpose in a more creative pursuit with a higher calling.
A neuropsychologist debunks a popular myth about substance abuse and explains how different personality types dictate certain drug addictions.
A Pepperdine alumna combines her knowledge of psychology and therapy to train teachers in the science of relationships.

Inside Voices

Often when I interview prospective faculty members, I inquire if they know higher education terminology, and specifically if they are familiar with “high-impact practices.”

The Cut

Learn more about the evolution of the Pepperdine University mascot.

Editor’s Letter

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