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Pepperdine Alumni Travel in Scotland

Pepperdine Alumni Traveled to Scotland

This August, the beautiful city of Edinburgh, Scotland was enjoyed by many Pepperdine alumni, students, faculty, and staff. At the Fringe Festival, an inspiring celebration of the best art and entertainment from around the world, students and alumni performed in two shows. The Abode, written by Scottish playwright Davey Anderson, produced by Alex Fthenakis, Edinburgh program alumnus and 2008 graduate, and directed by theater professor Cathy Thomas Grant, explored the depths of contemporary extremism in the United States. The Antiscians, written by 2013 alumnus Ryan Napier, is a mesmerizing rendering of grief, desire, and the strengths of our diversity. The all Pepperdine alumni cast had performed the Fringe First Award-winning production, Why Do You Stand There in the Rain?, in 2012 with fellow Pepperdine students.

Pepperdine alumni attended both performances which took place in the historic Edinburgh locations of Cowgate and the Royal Terrace. They also enjoyed exploring Edinburgh's Royal Mile, the Edinburgh Castle, Princes Street, taking in other Fringe Festival performances, and attending the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. They also enjoyed eating together at local eateries, trying haggis, learning about the Scots language, and gazing at beautiful art at the National Galleries of Scotland. It was a joy to experience this special city together in support of theatrical and storytelling talents of members of the Pepperdine family.


The Housleys

Adam Housley ('94) and Tamera Mowry-Housley ('03) on HGTV

The Housleys special aired on HGTV in May, showing off their renovation and design skills. This Pepperdine power couple helped a homeowner in Napa Valley create beautiful and functional home for a family of six. The outdated property needed an open floor plan, space for a laundry room and a dining area large enough for everyone. The pair also created a beautiful outdoor space so the family could enjoy the beautiful Northern California weather. 

Read more. 


Madison Leonard ('14) Wins Prestigious Award

Leonard was recently named as one of the five winners of the Metropolitan Opera National Council (MONC) Auditions, one of the most prestigious competitions in opera.

The MONC Auditions, established in 1954, is a program designed to discover promising young opera singers and assist in the development of their careers. The MONC Auditions feature competition at the district, regional and national levels throughout the US and Canada, and each level is judged by a panel of representatives from the Metropolitan Opera. Winners from the national level of the competition are awarded a trip to New York City, where they compete in the Grand Finals Concert on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera.

Read more. 

Sara Young Jackson

Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient Sara Young Jackson ('74)

Sara Young Jackson ('74) was the 2018 recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award. She had the honor of speaking at Seaver Commencement on Saturday, April 28 to the Class of 2018 on Alumni Park. She shared her Pepperdine story and challenged the new graduates to "go out every day and do some good."

Read more. 

President Benton

President Andrew K. Benton to Conclude Presidency in 2019

Pepperdine University president and chief executive officer Andrew K. Benton has announced his intent to conclude his presidency at the end of the 2018–2019 academic year. In a prepared statement to the University community, Benton said he and his wife have decided it is a good time for a change and that he has asked the Board of Regents to begin the process for selecting a new president.

"This is a significant change that, while difficult, we believe comes at just the right time - for Pepperdine, for our students, and for us," said Benton. "As president, I have always tried to make the hardest institutional decisions from a position of strength, and because of the talent and passion of our people throughout the last several decades, I can confidently say that Pepperdine has never been stronger academically, spiritually, and financially."

Read more at the Pepperdine Newsroom. 

Seattle Career Trek

The Seaver College Career Center and Graziadio Career Management Center hosted Pepperdine's first ever joint career trek to Seattle. 30 students (13 undergrad and 17 graduate) traveled to Seattle, WA for an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the headquarters of Microsoft, Amazon, T-Mobile, and Starbucks. During the two day "trek", students had the opportunity to hear from alumni about their experience and ask questions concerning career paths and professional opportunities. Seaver Board of Visitor emeritus, Steve Loring, hosted a lunch for the students to welcome them to the city and the Seattle Waves Alumni Chapter catered a networking mixer to connect students to local Pepperdine graduates.

For more information and to get involved in planning future treks to your area, contact Seaver Career Center's Director of Strategic Employer Partnerships, Ryan Goves at ryan.groves@pepperdine.edu


Joseph Maddalena ('84) Preserving Hollywood

Profiles in History founder, Joseph Maddalena ('84) is a self proclaimed man who "saved Hollywood." A plethora of Guinness Book of World Records for original motion picture memorabilia broken and being a former star on Syfy Show, Hollywood Treasure," are accomplishments that can speak for themselves.

Read his story by Seaver student, Kirstin Vartan, here. 



Graduation Luncheon - Alumni Volunteers - Saturday, April 28

Celebrate with the new graduates and welcome them into the alumni family by giving them a special alumni pin and words of encouragement. Make sure to select the free "Volunteer" ticket on the registration page.

Learn more and register HERE.

February Alumni News


I Met Mine at Pepperdine

Hear how Clayson "Clay" ('12) and Adeline ('12) Spackman met at Pepperdine as we highlight their story on our Pepperdine Sweethearts Facebook page. Let us know your Sweethearts story by commenting on the post!
Watch their story.

Courtney Brady at Times Square
Courtney Brady ('10) performs at Times Square NYE Celebration

Watch alumna Courtney Brady ('10) perform live at Times Square on New Years Eve, one of the largest celebrations in the world. Courtney, wearing red, is a New York City based actress, model, and brand ambassador. Her career has included performing Broadway musicals all across the country, sailing to 69 countries while performing on cruise liners, as well as touring nationally with the 12-time Tony award winning show, The Producers. Since 2014, Courtney has been a member of the official entertainment group for the USO. As a part of this group, she travels all over the world performing for America's troops, veterans, families, and the general public with the mission to connect our service members to their family, home and country.
Watch the video on the Seaver College Alumni Facebook page.

Professor shaking hang with alumna
Lost Touch with a Professor?

Let us help you reconnect to a Pepperdine faculty member that you have lost contact with! Fill out this form and we will do our best to assist you.
To reconnect, CLICK HERE.


December Alumni News

Alumni Recipes

Share your Favorite Holiday Recipes with your Fellow Alumni

Seaver Alumni Relations is creating a place for alumni to share their favorite food recipes with each other. To start things off, we are sharing a few recipes that we received at the Alumni Pre-Screening of Disney/Pixar's Coco in November. 

To share your favorite recipes, click HERE. 

Waves Weekend 2018
Mark October 12-14, 2018 in your Calendar for Waves Weekend

When you get your new calendar this holiday season, make sure to mark the dates for your alumni reunion in Malibu; October 12-14, 2018! It gets bigger and better each year, with hundreds of alumni reconnecting and celebrating together.
Interested in joining us for our next Waves Weekend?
Let us know HERE!

Green Team at Pepperdine

Alumna Donates Materials for Campus Community Garden

Marji Boething ('84) donated soil from her nursery, Boething Treeland Farms, to help the Green Team and the Center of Sustainability re-establish the community garden on campus. 
Read more HERE


George Pepperdine College Alumni Reunion in January

On Tuesday, January 23, 2018, we commemorated 80 years of Pepperdine with our George Pepperdine College alumni! This luncheon, started by Oly Tegner ('43), Darwin Horn ('50), and Harry Nelson ('50), nicknamed "M.I.T.A.Y.", has served as an annual gathering for all GPC alumni for the past 28 years.
Learn more HERE.

alumni travel

Alumni Travel trips to launch in the New Year

Seaver Alumni Relations will be launching new Pepperdine Alumni Travel trips in the new year! In order to build these trips around alumni wants and needs, please fill out this short survey to share what your ideal alumni travel trip would be.
To complete the survey, click HERE

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