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