The spring 2015 issue of Pepperdine Magazine celebrates the dreamers and the aspirations that the University is helping them live out. Through the University’s Microenterprise Program, students mentor disadvantaged entrepreneurs in establishing microbusinesses or finding employment; Ehsan Zaffar (JD ’07) envisions a world where all people have access to religious freedom and basic human rights; and Seaver College physics students travel to a desolate valley in Norway to further their aurora borealis research.

Features

At age 73, Jim White ('64) is in the spotlight for his quiet work in McFarland, California.
Seaver College faculty members provide insight into their personal journeys with intellectual doubt.
The Campaign for Pepperdine makes history and affirms the University's vision for transforming lives.
Pepperdine students use their education to help real-world enterprise.
A team of Seaver College physics students travels to a remote wilderness to further their research.

Snapshot

During an educational field trip while studying abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina, a group of International Programs students took a long and bumpy overnight bus ride to a place where the soil meets the sky.

Community

Pepperdine problem solvers are working hard to revolutionize plastic.
At the Department of Homeland Security, School of Law alumnus Ehsan Zaffar (JD ’07) champions civil rights close to home and beyond.
Ten years ago, then Seaver College senior Ileana Abreu headed to the Caribbean island of the Dominican Republic as a Project Serve volunteer for what would be a life-changing spring break.
A new program at Pepperdine aims to develop the leadership skills and enrich the souls of early-career pastors.
Pepperdine baseball coach Steve Rodriguez (’01, MA ’03) has come full circle after making history on the field as a student-athlete.
Lauren Gibbs (MBA '14) puts a lucrative career on hold to pursue a new dream.
Pepperdine Magazine talks art with Weisman Museum director Michael Zakian.
Backstage at Dance in Flight and Songfest, it is a flurry of action and a whirl of costumes, makeup, and props as multiple performers prepare for their turn in the spotlight.

News

Pepperdine continues to comply with the NCAA Committee on Infractions regarding self-reported violations that occurred between the 2007-2008 and 2010-2011 seasons.
Pepperdine's Executive MBA delivers a full MBA experience in 19 months with a format and curriculum that fits the needs and schedules of busy executives.
After a national search, Michael Feltner has been named the new dean of Seaver College.
Winners of Pepperdine’s second annual Waves of Innovation were announced at the Waves of Innovation Talks on February 5.
Pepperdine mourns the loss of Life Regents Hari Harilela and William "Bill" Waugh.
Pepperdine alumnus Scott Wong was named the Waves’ new head women’s volleyball coach last December.
The Davenport Institute at the School of Public Policy was awarded a grant by the James Irvine Foundation in support of its public engagement programs in California.
The conference considers how wisdom should influence deliberations in legislative chambers, courts, and lawyers' offices.
Pepperdine proudly hosted a distinguished lineup of speakers for its 2015 commencement ceremonies.
James R. Wilburn, who has served as inaugural dean of the School of Public Policy since its founding 18 years ago, will be named Dean Emeritus on August 1.
The Women in Leadership: Work-Life Balance conference at GSEP engaged scholars and business professionals in conversation about opportunities for women to live meaningful lives of purpose and leadership.
Industry leaders focused their presentations on the future of healthcare, changes to the system beyond the Affordable Care Act, the impact to payers, and needed improvements including affordability and quality.

Letters

Thank you for supporting all of the dreams that Pepperdine University makes possible for every member of its family.
Thanks for the kind write-up. I’m so honored to have a wealth of talent surrounding me, driving the whole company forward into the great unknown.

Perspectives

Almost everyone involved in the career mobility debate agrees that education is key to greater employment opportunities and personal wage growth.

In Focus

Pepperdine professors have unique interests beyond their expert academic knowledge.