This issue of Pepperdine Magazine highlights how Waves explore new and important territory, some quite close to home and others as far away as the red planet. New hearing aids allow Austin Chapman (’11) to fully hear for the very first time; GSEP student Derek Pelland, who works with the Mars Desert Research Program, is helping shape the future of space exploration; and Pepperdine authors position themselves at the forefront of the emerging young adult literature market.


A GSEP student embarks on an out of this world journey to influence the future of space exploration.
The unique landscape of Pepperdine’s Malibu campus reveals the delicate role of fire in the local ecosystem.
After years on the periphery of cultural relevance, novels aimed at teenagers are suddenly front and center of popular fiction. We talk to three Pepperdine authors writing for the young—and the young at heart.
Pepperdine’s business and nonprofit management students provide real-world consulting services to nonprofits.


Pepperdine University proudly hosted the 2013 NCAA® Division I Men’s Basketball West Regional Championship at the STAPLES Center March 28 and 30.


For more than 25 years Gil Purcell (JD ‘83) has served as an advocate for victims of diseases caused by asbestos exposure.
Graziadio School professor Nelson Granados uncovers how new information changes the online retail space.
In 2009 Alezandra Russell (’03) declared war on sex trafficking in Thailand and hasn’t stopped fighting.
After 36 years heading Waves women’s tennis, Gualberto Escudero reigns as Pepperdine’s longest-serving coach.
A young filmmaker hears music for the first time and discovers the final piece of his puzzle.
A professor and a student life mentor discuss how Pepperdine students navigate their search for identity alongside their faith walk.

Inside Voices

Much has been written about challenges within American higher education. As one who has made a career of educating students, the criticism stings, especially when words are accurately aimed and hit their mark.

The Cut

Pepperdine professors are updating their teaching methods to meet the distinctive learning needs of today’s student.

Editor’s Letter

“I could never have prepared myself for the beauty of music.”
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