This issue of Pepperdine Magazine honors teachers: those from the Boone Center for the Family who mentor inner-city boys on their journey to becoming healthy and happy men; Pepperdine lawyers who equip Rwandan community leaders with the skills needed to serve their country; a media expert who applies her knowledge of top issues facing baby boomers to benefit that generation; and Steve Lemley, former provost and longtime member of the Pepperdine community, who takes us back to the earliest days of the University’s founding, and to the founder himself, George Pepperdine.

 

Features

As families recover from unmentionable losses and neighbors confront the brutality they inflicted on one other, the need for healing and peaceful conflict resolution is as strong as ever.
It was in this precarious environment that new Markham principals Tim Sullivan and Precious Taylor Clifton reached out to Pepperdine University last year.
Media expert Nancy Shonka Padberg turns the spotlight on top issues facing the baby boomer generation.
Nothing illustrates that line more than how the themes of Pepperdine's first 20 years, 1937-1957, shape what we think and what we do in this University today.

Snapshot

Participants enjoyed a robust schedule of lectures, classes, presentations, performances, and conversations centered on this year’s theme, “The Hero of the Story: The Book of Acts Revisited.”

Community

Compared to just a decade ago, the biographies of law faculties today reveal a significant increase in the number of professors who hold PhD degrees in addition to the juris doctorate (JD).
Seaver College students help heal the sick, serve the poor, and find their way at the Mission at Natuvu Creek in Fiji.
Alumnus Christopher Roos established the Cancer Hope Foundation, with the mission to enhance the lives of people affected by the disease.
The center, established with support from the Pepperdine University Libraries, is committed to the acquisition and preservation of these materials and to the promotion of research of this important religious movement.
Pepperdine Waves concluded another successful year of strength and agility, intricate teamwork, and national recognition.
On the court, Ayim knows the importance of communication—between her team, her coach, and her supporters. Her innate interest in the subject shined through her undergraduate work at Seaver College.
As the festival season kicks off nationwide, lovers of art song come to the Pepperdine campus in Malibu to see and hear the best artists and teachers of this specialized vocal art at a tradition known as SongFest.
Seaver graduate Alex Ashford pays tribute to family and memories with her award-winning poetry collection, Danke Schoen.

News

Through his nonprofit organization, Fretheim has helped the impoverished in that African nation obtain food, clothing, medical treatment, jobs and, hope for the future.
Pepperdine's Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution has been awarded a $250,000 grant by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation.
The Pepperdine community lost two dear friends: Art Linkletter, a much loved and admired figure at the University, and Flora L. Thornton, a longtime friend, benefactor, and life member of the Board of Regents.
This year seven recent graduates have joined the elite rank of Fulbright Scholars, one of the most prestigious scholarly awards worldwide.
This fall the Graziadio School will launch its new Social, Environmental, and Ethical Responsible Business Practice (SEER) Certificate Program.
The Palmer Center Microfinance Program will provide microenterprise training and microloans to impoverished individuals in downtown Los Angeles.
Pepperdine's international symposium of sacred a cappella music, The Ascending Voice II, took place in Malibu in May, featuring a variety of lectures and workshops, and daily concerts.
The Special Collections and University Archives of Pepperdine Libraries hosted a display of rare Bibles during the Bible Lectures in May.
The new Davenport Institute seeks to become the foremost training and educational resource for current and future civic and municipal leaders.
The Diversity Council of the GSEP explored how the "glass ceiling" is no longer an accurate metaphor for the limits women face in the workplace.
Pepperdine University has announced four new additions to its 40-member Board of Regents.

Letters

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Perspectives

In his State of the Union address in 1996 president Bill Clinton famously proclaimed, "The era of big government is over!"

In Focus

A public policy student's Indonesian teen survey yields hopeful trends in HIV/AIDS prevention.