This issue uncovers how the members of the University community have found and fulfilled their own unique purpose by venturing beyond the worlds they know and exploring their calling away from home. In our cover story, we learn of the hundreds of international students planting new roots on campus; former US Navy SEAL William “Bill” Wagasy (JD ’00, MDR ’01) discovers a more personal mission that sends him on four tours of duty; and for almost 40 years, artist-educator Joe Piasentin has encouraged students around the world to expand their curiosity.


The School of Public Policy summer internship program enables students to explore their passions in Washington, D.C., and beyond.
Pepperdine aims to provide campus-wide support to meet the unique challenges faced by international students.
A Pepperdine project explores how women worldwide cope with the increasing demands of work and personal life.


The men’s basketball team met Charles “Buck” Smith (’47), a 94-year-old alumnus who played basketball at Pepperdine during the 1941–1942 and 1942–1943 seasons.


Alumna Marcia Newman (MA ’86) draws on her 30 years of experience in the mental health field and writes a fresh response to our anti-aging culture.
Professor Susan Helm and her team are working hard to make Pepperdine’s nutritional science program a leader in the field.
U.S. Navy SEAL William Wagasy (JD ’00, MDR ’01) retired from active duty with a new mission: to serve those who have served their country.
Janis Spire (MBA ’87) serves Los Angeles’ most vulnerable children by leading the Alliance for Children’s Rights.
A record-breaking swimmer motivates her team with a clever blend of skill and spunk.
Stacy Davis exercises his natural flair for leadership on and off the court.
Rock and Roll High founder Aaron Burch’s (’02) life is a love song to rock music, now with a B-side of politics.
Seaver College Professor of Art Joe Piasentin encourages students around the world to stay curious.


President Andrew K. Benton has been elected to a three-year term on the board of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.
The gathering celebrated the rise of today’s Latina entrepreneur–considered the fastest growing segment of business owners in America.
Twelve members of the School of Law Class of 2015 acquired prominent judicial clerkships.
Adams will focus on cultivating existing relationships and developing new partnerships to extend Pepperdine’s reach throughout Southern California and around the globe.
The Parkening International Guitar Competition concluded on May 30 in front of a sold-out audience at Smothers Theatre in Malibu.
Pepperdine University named Rick Hirtensteiner head coach of the Waves’ storied baseball program.
Thousands of participants gathered on Pepperdine University’s Malibu campus in May for the 72nd annual Pepperdine Bible Lectures.
Over 350 friends, faculty, community leaders, and longtime associates gathered for a dedication and celebration dinner to launch the Fred Sands Institute of Real Estate at the Graziadio School.
The Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art presented On Location in Malibu 2015: Paintings by the California Art Club from May 23 to August 2.
SPP is partnering with the United States Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance to launch the Swift Certain Fair (SCF) Resource Center based at Pepperdine’s Malibu campus.


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