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Pepperdine Sweethearts are married couples who both attended Pepperdine. These couples share special memories and experiences that connect them back to Pepperdine in a unique way.

We asked alumni to share how they met and here are their stories.


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"My best friend was working at One Stop at Pepperdine and Kelly was a student worker in the department. She was also roommates with a friend of mine from my church growing up. We hung out often in groups from Campus Ministry going to events and just hanging out. I finally mustered the courage to ask her out on our first official date over A.I.M. to a Dodger baseball game, I knew she was a big Dodger fan. She didn't realize it was a date until she started asking friends of ours what time we were all meeting up, I guess I left out one minor detail.

Thankfully she stuck with it and we've been together ever since. We were married in 2007 and went to an Angels vs Dodgers game the day after our wedding. We now have a couple of future waves who love the Orange and Blue, Ayo Waves!"

-Ryan Loftis ('06)


"We initially met in the Seaver apartments when Tracey first arrived at Pepperdine to join Won By One and Kevin was on campus for a few days before heading over to Heidelberg for the semester. We the "re-met" when Kevin returned from Heidelberg the next semester and we had a Marketing class together. We had both graduated from neighboring high schools in Edmond, Oklahoma and had mutual friends, but didn't actually get to know each other until that Pepperdine Marketing class in the spring of 1997. Our relationship moved from friends to more serious on a cross-country drive from Malibu back home to Oklahoma that summer, and then we dated our junior and senior years and were engaged watching the Waves of Malibu at Point Dume in March 1999. Pics and video link to the proposal below!

https://youtu.be/MyNEmEy9DEM

Celebrated 21 years of marriage (with our 3 kids) earlier this month with a sunset toast in Newport Beach. Happy to share a current video of us talking about our Pep memories if of interest too! Go Waves."

-Kevin Clem ('99)

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"In June of 1978, I attended a Pepperdine play "Cinderella" held in The Café. That night I watched the star of the performance Tarianne Gottelli and made it a point to talk to her after the play. Two years latter, I truly married Cinderella."

-Guy Cotton ('78)


 

"Tracy and I have been married for 14 years and the best part is when we were at Pepperdine together, she wouldn't go on a date with me. We knew each other, had mutual friends...heck, she even dated my roommate....but she wouldn't go out with me.

When Tracy graduated in 1992 and I in 1993, we saw each other once or twice the next year, but always for fleeting moments. She moved back to Northern California in the mid '90's and I would visit friends in the area and always wonder what happened to her and where she was. I never acted on my impulses to find her because I was traveling and playing basketball professionally in Australia and I knew I wasn't ready for a relationship.

On April 30, 2005 - 11 years later - our fates changed forever and our lives finally came together. While in Las Vegas, I was literally walking into the Treasure Island hotel when Tracy and I nearly ran into each other. When you hear the saying "timing is everything", our story is the epitome of that saying. Tracy was in town with friends and I was in town for a basketball tournament when our lives changed. I was shocked to see her standing in front of me, but not shocked enough to see that she didn't have a wedding ring on....we talked and did the normal stuff after not seeing each other for so many years and it was great to see her. After a few minutes we went on our way without exchanging phone #'s or email addresses....nothing.

Thank goodness for the Pepperdine alumni website! After doing some research and finding her info through the alumni association I was able to find her email address. Emailing back and forth for a few weeks led to phone calls. Weeks of phone calls led to me visiting Tracy in June 2005 for what was supposed to be a long weekend, but it actually became a long week. It was over for me and I knew I was going to marry this woman!

I moved to Northern California in the fall of 2005 to be closer to her. We got engaged in November, 2005 and got married on April 8, 2006. After not seeing each other in 11 years, we were able to reconnect, be engaged and get married in less than one year. When you know, you know!

We now have two growing boys who complete our family and a love story I am proud to tell anyone. Not a day goes by I don't think about that chance meeting in Las Vegas and how much better my life is because of Tracy. And not a day goes by when I don't think about where it all began....#pepperdinelovestory!"

-Byron Jenson ('93)

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"My older sister Erin Bay Carroll (Class of 2009) was excited for me to meet her good friend Pat when I started at Pepperdine. She teased that we'd be a great match, but as a younger sibling, I of course laughed it off and wasn't interested. Pat was on the volleyball team, and I on the soccer team, so athletic functions led us to meet a few times.

After an away trip with the soccer team, the 2007 Malibu wildfire had come and prevented us from returning to campus safely. Pat offered up his MCA apartment, so my sister and I would have a safe place to stay until the fire was under control. Pat and I instantly clicked as friends, and began dating soon after. We were married in 2011, and currently live in Texas with our 3 children."

-Casey Powers ('11)


 

"We are Pepperdine Sweethearts who have been married for almost FIFTEEN YEARS, and we have THREE TINY HUMANS! We met at Pepperdine in 2003 and were friends for a year. We were totally not interested in each other AT ALL until a dirt bike riding trip changed everything. For our first date, Jon took Dana to dinner at Applebees and a movie (so fancy) all the way in this city called Westlake Village. Jon asked Dana to be his girlfriend that night under the theme tower, and word of our relationship traveled via "the Peppervine" and AOL Instant Messenger all the way to Heidelberg within 24 hours. A few weeks later, we had our first kiss right before 1am in Dana's dorm room, where she was the RA in a freshman hall! We had to run downstairs at 1am so we didn't break the rules!

Jon graduated in 2005 and got a job at Pepperdine as he wanted to stay close by because Dana still had a year to go. We had dinner together most nights in Dana's Lovernich apartment. Dana's roommates loved that! Honestly though, he did all the dishes for the apartment. In 2006, Dana graduated in April, finished her teaching credential in May, and we got married in June! We got our first apartment in the same city as our first date, and now we own a home here in Westlake Village with our beagle and three kids. Jon continues to work at Pepperdine, Dana works for LVUSD right nearby, and we are so grateful for the role Pepperdine played in our love story."

-Dana Weber ('06)

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"Meredith and I first met at an NSO event on Zuma Beach and became great friends. Meredith went on to study abroad in Heidelberg during her fall semester sophomore year. During that time, we didn't keep in touch, however she returned to Malibu for her spring semester, and we continued our friendship. My feeling for her began to grow into something more during this period of time. We began to become inseparable.

From movie nights, to study dates, coffee chats and KBBQ runs, I began to notice her caring heart, unwavering friendship and beautiful red hair. One night, on the famous DTR bench, we reflected on our friendship over the years and talked about our plans after college. It was during this conversation where I wondered if we could take our friendship to the next level. During our junior year, on Valentine's Day, I finally got the courage to ask if she was interested in dating. I asked her at Heroes Garden, and she said yes! We said "I do" in 2015, and the rest of our story is history in the making!"

-Jonathan Lancaster ('14)


 

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"We met for the first time in front of the rock, on assignment to paint it for Youthfest, Thanksgiving weekend of Josh's freshman year (2003). Both of us were involved in campus ministry and went on a lot of non-dates or group events. It wasn't until we spent a summer in Florence, studying art at SACI, that we really even considered the other as a prospect. July 14, 2005, our group had taken a trip to Rome, toured all over the city all day and found ourselves in front of the Trevi Fountain around dusk. It was packed with hundreds of mid-summer tourists. Throughout that day we had remarked with our friends how romantic Italy was and how it was a shame we didn't have anyone to share it with.

As a joke, Josh decided to get down on one knee, in front of the fountain, and propose to me. We laughed and hugged in exaggerated jest, but apparently more people had heard than we thought. Before we let go from the hug, the entire square was in thunderous applause and whoops, congratulating our "engagement". Afraid to disappoint the crowd, each of us decided that we would need to kiss, to make it look real, and explain later (that was our first kiss). We remained good friends and often laughed about our fake engagement. Back in Malibu, we'd meet up at chapel on Sunday nights, have long talks about life up at Hero's Garden and hang out in the studios of the art department. But we didn't even start dating till the following summer, after Hilary graduated. We got engaged, for real, in front of Bridal Veil Falls in Yosemite Valley, on July 14, 2008, exactly 3 years after that silly fake proposal in Rome. We've been happily married for 11.5 years now." - Hillary Dildine ('06)


 

"We both worked at the Pepperdine Volunteer Center. We had office hours at similar times and would often see each other in passing. Jorge tried to make some moves, but Ashley wasn't picking up what he was tossing down. That year came and went, but the following year they were both chosen to be members of the PVC Executive Board. The first day in their orientation, they were paired up to work together on a project.

Every day after work, Jorge would walk with Ashley from the PVC to Lovernich, awaiting the opportunity to be invited inside to hang out. That day came when Ashley invited Jorge to help her make cupcakes, but first she needed a ride to Ralph's. They went and got all the ingredients needed, but realized they had forgotten to get measuring cups and Ashley's were all in storage. Ashley confidently said they could just eyeball it, which resulted in the most horrible cupcakes they both had ever tasted. Jorge, still trying to impress Ashley, pretended like they were delicious and ate a few. Jorge and Ashley ended up spending most evenings after work together for the rest of the week making dinner, hanging out with friends, and talking in Heroes' Garden.

Jorge finally worked up the courage to ask Ashley if she wanted to officially start dating in Heroes' Garden and the rest is history. They graduated from Pepperdine in 2015, got engaged and married in 2016, bought a puppy in 2017, and welcomed a baby boy in 2019 (who is already committed to Pepperdine)."

-Ashley Bojorquez ('15)

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"Gui was the captain of the tennis team while Tori was the captain of the track team and on the dive team as well. They met hanging around with other athletes in the cafeteria. They started dating Junior year and were together 3 years before they got married May 12, 2019. Now, they have been together for over 5 years and live in Dallas, Texas."

-Victoria (Tori) Hadlich ('17)


 

"Zach and I started dating freshman year after being paired as lab partners (thanks Dr. Fritsch) our first semester of General Chemistry. We later turned out to be next-dorm neighbors in Knott and Eaton. We've been together since and both graduated from medical school last year.

We're now resident physicians in psychiatry and anesthesiology at the University of Virginia! Pepperdine will always be our favorite place."

-Kristen Coffman ('16)

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"Phil and I met on the first day of freshman orientation, in Firestone with other Biology majors. He was so cute, but without any of the same classes, we didn't see each other much after that. I guess I made the first move a few weeks later when someone was going around asking to switch Chemistry lab sections. When I found out that Phil was already in that section, I decided to switch in. Somehow I got in his lab group, and we discovered a mutual attraction, intellect, and love of games.

We've had chemistry ever since! We dated all four years at Pepperdine, and got engaged our senior year. We married two years later on Westward Beach in Malibu. It's been about 17 years since we first met as freshmen. But two kids, two dogs, and one pandemic later, we're still Pepperdine sweethearts."

-Celeste Johnson ('07)


 

"Khalil and I served on the same team as student leaders in Housing & Residence Life in 2015. I was in my first year of graduate school at the Caruso School of Law, and he was in his last year at Seaver College. This time of working together taught us the true importance of purpose, service, and leadership. After he graduated, he asked me on our first official date, and the rest is history.

We were engaged in January of 2019 and planned to have our wedding in June 2020, but the celebration was postponed due to COVID-19. We still made it official at a courthouse on June 5th, 2020. We are both so grateful to Pepperdine and God for giving us each other."

-Stacey Lee Gobir ('15)

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"We met as friends in 2016 at a Pepperdine event. In April of 2017 (shortly before graduation), we started dating. Fast forward to 2021, we are engaged to be married and could not be happier.

Pepperdine holds such a special place in our hearts. We are so lucky!"

-Jessica Alfonso ('17)



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 "We met at a Pepperdine send-off picnic in the summer before starting at Pepperdine in 2008 where Sarah instantly knew Kevin was the 'one'. Kevin was oblivious. After Sarah told herself she was clearly delusional (after all, who really knows after meeting the person once?), we started at Pepperdine together as technical theatre majors and proceeded to spend A LOT of time together.

After three years of countless classes, rehearsals, pints of ice cream, studying abroad together and many late night study sessions (in which Kevin did his best to teach Sarah the French language and Sarah proofread most of his papers) we were best friends. Our senior year, Kevin looked at Sarah and said, 'Hey wait, I'm in love with you!' and well, Sarah was still in love with him! We've been together since. Kevin proposed at the same park where we met at that send off Picnic, got married in 2018 and we are living happily ever after."


 

"I actually saw him [Nathan St. Cyr ('95)] the very first day I stepped foot on campus. I was unloading all my belongings from my truck as Nate was walking down dorm row. He waved and said "Hi". One day, I was looking for one of my other friends, and passed by his open door and said "Hi." We started chatting, and I noticed his football jersey hanging on the wall, with the"St. Cyr" side facing out. I said, "Wow! Awesome last name!"

"Be careful, I might just have to marry you for it!", he responded. I think I had literally said maybe five words to him before this encounter and I remember feeling like something shifted. I can't really explain it, and don't want to sound too eccentric or "universe-y" but I truly felt an unusual connection from that very first moment.

Nature stepped in and brought heavy rains and mudslides, which led to closing school for a week. I, being from Maui, and he from Minnesota, were relegated to the dorms, while many of students went home. We had a chance to really spend time together and get to know each other, and the rest is history."
- Tia Anderson St. Cyr ('95)

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"My decision to attend Pepperdine was one of the best of my life. I got a great education, made enduring friendships, had amazing life experiences and met my wife [Dawn Asis ('97)] in my senior year. I'm blessed with so much and know God was looking out for me when I prayed about where I should continue my education. Roll Waves!"
- Christian Asis ('95)


"Daniel and I met our first week at Pepperdine at a little event you may know called "My Tie". We bonded over strawberry smoothies and President Benton's band playing "The Middle" by Jimmy Eat World. We dated all four years of college, which included a lot of travel and Skyping; we both studied abroad in different international programs our sophomore year (me in Lausanne, him in Heidelberg), plus Daniel's family lived in Japan and he went back every summer and Christmas break. We decided we wanted to stop the time zone calculating once and for all, and got engaged our last week of college on the Santa Monica Pier, where we had one of our first dates. We have been married and living in Santa Monica for almost 5 years." 
- Shannon Clark ('11)

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"I loved my time at Pepperdine! My husband [Chris Geiger ('06)] was a Sigma Chi and I was a Delta Gamma. Our fraternity and sorority did many things together. We had many mutual friends which led to us meeting each other. We started dating in 2004, my sophomore year and his junior year. We got married in 2008 and now have two wonderful little boys. Our Pepperdine years are some of my most memorable! We hope one day our boys will get to experience Pepperdine too!"  
- Shannon Geiger ('06)


"Brian and I started dating my freshman/his sophomore year at Seaver. We then learned from our families that we were the third generation of Himes and Dilbecks to attend Pepperdine together. After two generations of unrequited love before us, we finally got our families together. Our first date was on Valentine's Day. Celebrating our 16th Valentine's together today!"  
- Erin Dilbeck Himes ('04)

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"I met Luke Love ('00) during RLO training; he was a head RA and I was an SA. We started dating just before he graduated and just before I left for Florence for the summer. He sent me real love letters while I was there! We married at Malibu Pres in 2002, went to grad school together, and now we have a future Wave!"    
- Jill Winquist Love ('02)


"I guess Lovernich is an appropriate name because that's where we first met. Mutual friends drew us together, but the proximity of our apartments made it easy to get to know each other (even though Brittany wasn't looking for a relationship.) Persistance, however, is key and a stubbornly confident Alex managed to win over a curiously reluctant Brittany with a little humor, charm, and a lot of text messages."    
- Alex Skinner ('09)

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