The Spring 2019 issue of Pepperdine Magazine celebrates stories of resilience and positive social impact. President Andrew K. Benton reflects on his years as the University’s chief executive officer; Pepperdine community members share their perspectives on recovery in the aftermath of a local mass shooting and destructive wildfire; administrators from the Office of International Student Services partner with students to ease the transition to college life in America; Seaver College students examine how they discovered their life’s calling through the CrossWays program; relationship expert Kelly Haer explores some of the most common struggles and solutions that singles encounter in pursuit of romance; and GSEP alumna Meghan Owenz (MA ’08) discusses how she provides parents of young children with the resources to enjoy a screenless lifestyle.


From his formative years in Kansas to his final days in Malibu, President Andrew K. Benton’s legacy of leadership casts a long shadow on the future of Pepperdine
After enduring a devastating local mass shooting and a destructive wildfire, the Pepperdine community works together to demonstrate its capacity for resilience
A decades-long passion for assisting international students inspires an administrator to develop new programming at Pepperdine to ease the transition to college life in the US


Whether in quiet moments with undergraduate students or during public appearances with global figures, President Andrew K. Benton has left an indelible mark on Pepperdine history


Seaver College students reflect on how a nine-day Pepperdine experience for high schoolers guided them to explore their calling
A relationship expert explores some of the most common struggles and solutions that singles encounter in pursuit of romance
Scholars examine the impact of new leadership on an organization
A young entrepreneur takes the reins of the family business and lends his own personal style to an iconic brand
A logistics company founded by a group of former Seaver College student-athletes offers a first-of-its kind service for the dockless scooter industry
A GSEP alumna provides parents with the resources and the support to live a screenless lifestyle

Campus Notes

Pepperdine’s first lady shares bits of Benton history from the presidential couple’s 35 years at Pepperdine

Inside Voices

“[Suffering] provides communities with opportunities to demonstrate how much they care with true kindness and generosity.”

The Cut

A note of thanks from the Pepperdine Magazine staff to President Benton


Destroyed by the Woolsey Fire last November, the cross along the hiking trail just beyond Baxter Drive was replaced on December 1 by the brothers of the Sigma Chi fraternity.

Editor’s Letter

I’m incredibly proud to say President Benton has inspired my leadership through his humble approach, his gentle encouragement, and, perhaps most meaningfully, his implicit confidence in my abilities.