This issue of Pepperdine Magazine highlights some of those diverse family units that we form in the places where we dedicate our time and abilities. For Alan Beard (’94, MPP ’99) and Alec McNayr (’00) of McBeard Media, family is about creating a close, cooperative environment at work. For Mara Leigh Taylor (MA ’03, MA ’06), family is found in the encouragement among prison inmates as they struggle to alter their actions. For John Standley (’85), family is demonstrated in the thoughtful gift his father gave him and how Standley used that gift to help others through attentive customer service.


An elusive species of fish unique to the California coast has captured the interest of Seaver College biology professor Karen Martin, her students, and the entire seaside community.
Clever content crusaders at McBeard Media are a close-knit family where nearly half of the employees are Pepperdine alumni.
Prison inmates helped Mara Leigh Taylor (MA ’03, MA ’06) find freedom and happiness.
A new book by Graziadio School of Business and Management professor Mark Allen (MBA ‘90) breaks down 13 talent management principles that serve to help corporations unleash greater potential from their employees.


Students gather at 7 a.m. on Zuma Beach to participate in Surf Chapel, a new Convocation program that takes place on the Malibu shore.


Rite Aid CEO John Standley (’85) has helped revitalize the drugstore giant using the values he gained as a student.
Religious Freedom v. United States Law: Michael Helfand champions both sides.
Steven Sawalich (’99) shines a light on organizations around the world through philanthropic docuseries Operation Change.
Christine Tinberg (’89, MS ’00) combines passions for athletics and ministry to help the blind experience the excitement of bicycling.
With an established career in traditional psychotherapy, Graduate School of Education and Psychology alumna Erin Shannon (MA ’98, PsyD ’01) also treats athletes using energy medicine.
Professional tennis player Alex Sarkissian (’14) takes tools learned at Pepperdine on the ATP Pro Tour.
Cosima Luther (’06) uses her violin to inspire disadvantaged youth in Los Angeles.
From Broadway to ballet, lighting designer Ben Pilat has gathered the tools necessary to becoming a valuable teacher.


The Waves finished with a 43-18 record, winning more games than any other season since 1999, and the seventh most in Pepperdine baseball’s 75-year history.
To help incoming full-time MBA students prepare for the fall recruitment season, the Graziadio School of Business and Management Career Management Center hosted an MBA Diversity Conference Panel.
Last spring, United States Army lieutenant general Flora Darpino provided a special presentation at Pepperdine University School of Law.
New regents Bill Ahmanson, John Lewis (’83), and Dee Anna Smith (’86) will help shape the direction of the University.
Five recent Seaver College graduates have joined the elite rank of Fulbright Scholars, sponsored by the United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Two Pepperdine faculty members have received research grants through the core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program, which offers teaching and research awards to U.S. faculty and professionals in over 125 countries.
Last spring, over 120 people attended Pepperdine Law Review’s annual symposium in Malibu, California, and dozens more viewed it live via Internet streaming.
For the second time in three seasons, the Pepperdine women’s sand volleyball team raised the AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Championship trophy after defeating Florida State University (FSU) 3-2 in Gulf Shores, Alabama, last spring.
Several thousand people visited the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art to experience the inventive, original artwork on display in the exhibit, Bob Peak: the Movie Poster and Beyond - Four Decades of American Illustration.
Jonathan See, Pepperdine University chief information officer, was named 2014 CIO of the Year at the annual Los Angeles Business Journal CIO/CTO Awards on June 11.


Thank you, Dr. Rowe, for sharing your grandfather’s story and spirit that I hope will further the healing process for people of African American descent through vehicles such as Emotional Emancipation Circles.
Beyond DNA, what makes a family a family? Perhaps it is the qualities of support, caring, empathy, trust, and loyalty that allow us to create family in many environments.


While counterintuitive, recent statistical studies note that graduates with liberal arts training are not only employable, but they ultimately “out-earn” colleagues by mid-career.

In Focus

We rounded up a list of some of this fall’s coolest classes across Pepperdine that, beyond capturing the attention of students itching for more than just another lecture, allow professors to express their own passions and spirit for the subjects.