This issue of Pepperdine Magazine features faculty and alumni who have impacted their communities in unique and extensive ways. Communication professor Tom Shadyac is an important Hollywood player who made a pretty uncommon decision; Seaver College psychologist Jennifer Harriger conducts research that grapples with crucial issues of self-identity in young girls; and law alumnus Jay Wolf (JD’ 08) and his wife Katherine fill each day with a demonstration of love and faith that inspires everyone around them.


A girl's obsession with her weight begins earlier than you might imagine.
Jay and Katherine Wolf rise above impossible odds.
The filmmaker gave up his wealth and found that less really is more.
How a picture can be worth a thousand thoughts.


Hundreds of talented Pepperdine students came together this spring to produce the 39th Annual Songfest.


Seaver College alumnus Eric Burdullis joins the microfinance movement and sees its benefits firsthand.
A Conversation with Representative Frank Wolf
School of Public Policy alumni promote democratic transparency at the California State Auditor.
Graziadio School students experience environmentally sustainable business practice on location in Patagonia, Chile.
Senior forward Mychel Thompson shoots to win.
The Flora L. Thornton Opera Program stages a modern adaptation of an old classic.
Anna Picarelli shows off her American talent on the Italian national women’s soccer team.
Behind the scenes of every Pepperdine Fine Arts production is a team of designers, directors, and technical experts. Here’s a glimpse into the work.

Inside Voices

We want to give our students voices for change and societal good. We want the lessons of mind and heart to be absorbed deeply, and to impact indelibly.

Editor’s Letter

The Council for the Advancement & Support of Education had honored our publication with an award in the category "General Interest Magazine—75k+ circulation" in our district.
I loved reading this delightful story! I enjoyed this glimpse of Pepperdine's earliest history.