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.


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.
A Conversation with Representative Frank Wolf
Seaver College alumnus Eric Burdullis joins the microfinance movement and sees its benefits firsthand.
Anna Picarelli shows off her American talent on the Italian national women’s soccer team.
Senior forward Mychel Thompson shoots to win.
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.
The Flora L. Thornton Opera Program stages a modern adaptation of an old classic.


Deanell Reece Tacha, a Scandia, Kansas, native with a distinguished career in the federal judiciary and higher education, has been named dean of the Pepperdine University School of Law.
The School of Law celebrated Ron Phillips’ 40 years at Pepperdine at the 34th Annual School of Law Dinner on March 5 in Beverly Hills, California.
George Pepperdine College alumna Marylyn M. Warren (’58) and former ambassador to Jamaica Glen A. Holden have been named the campaign’s cochairs.
Seaver College has been awarded a four-year grant by the W. M. Keck Foundation for the enrichment of undergraduate scholarship.
The Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership will host “A Place in the World: Geography, Identity, and Civic Engagement in Modern America.”
Two diverse art exhibits opened on Pepperdine’s Malibu campus this spring, inviting viewers to explore both the method and meaning of cultural preservation.
Pepperdine mourns the recent loss of beloved members of the University community: Virginia Braun, Frau Drehsel, and Elinor Nootbar.
The Pepperdine Private Capital Markets Project at the Graziadio School of Business and Management released its first economic forecast in January.
Pepperdine’s Encino Graduate Campus reopened this spring after a three-month-long renovation project.
Men’s basketball coach Tom Asbury is retiring and associate head coach Marty Wilson (’89) has been named the Waves’ new head coach.
Seventy parents visited Pepperdine University in March in an effort to plan for their children’s educational future.


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.
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Waves senior forward Gus Clardy will begin to shift gears and court his passion beyond the buzzer.
Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State (2005-2009), visited Pepperdine on February 9 as a special guest at the School of Law.