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.
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 The outdated property needed an open floor plan, space for a laundry room and a dining area large enough for everyone.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.
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.
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."
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Interested in joining us for our next Waves Weekend?
Let us know HERE!
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 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.