The fall 2015 issue examines the unique experiences that Pepperdine University offers its staff, faculty, and students. The “Eden Project,” a proposal to transition an existing sophomore residence hall into a sustainable or “green” residence hall, begins construction; thousands of miles from campus, professors from around the University reflect on the journeys that brought them to Pepperdine; and 10 first-year students involved in the Pepperdine Posse Scholars Program explore college through an exclusive lens.



A cross-disciplinary initiative brings together the University in a lifestyle shift.
Each year, 10 first-year students part of the Posse Scholars Program at Pepperdine experience college through a unique lens.
Thousands of miles from campus, professors from around the University reflect on the journeys that brought them to Pepperdine.
Communication professor Bert Ballard digs into his past to impact the future of intercountry adoption.


Since 2008 visitors to the Waves of Flags installation on the Malibu campus have paused to reflect on the lives lost in the 9/11 attacks.


The Pepperdine debate team transforms student lives one argument at a time.
Pepperdine professors are updating their teaching methods to meet the distinctive learning needs of today’s student.
The Graziadio School of Business and Management embarks on a partnership with a business powerhouse on the heels of being ranked one of the most entrepreneurial universities in the nation.
Andy Leaf (MA ’91) uses his entrepreneurial spirit to teach people with disabilities how to succeed in business.
A collection of photos taken by George Pepperdine College alumnus Hanson A. Williams (’50) depicts life as a student and a soldier.
Sisters Olivia and Erica Ogwumike bring a legacy of explosive talent to the Pepperdine women’s basketball team.
Meet some Waves baseball stars who traded their blue and orange jerseys to play in prestigious collegiate summer baseball leagues around the country.
Mike Johnson (MS ’97) leads recovering addicts up a mountain and onward to their new lives in the documentary feature film, A New High.

Inside Voices

No question is off the table. No line of inquiry is out of bounds. The only requirement is that the research meets the highest standards of academic excellence.

The Cut

Each year, approximately 900 new Waves make their way to the Malibu campus for Seaver College New Student Orientation.

Editor’s Letter

The beginning of the academic year is always an invigorating time to be working on a college campus.
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