Meet the Parents Program 


2018-2019 National Co-chairs forster family national co chairs

Linda and Egerton Forster are honored to serve as Co-chairmen of the Seaver Parent Council for the 2018-19 academic year. They have two children, one of whom is a "Wave". Their son, Aristacus and their daughter, Renaissance, who is a junior at Pepperdine, majoring in Sports Medicine. She is also a member of ROTC.

Dear Pepperdine Parents,

Congratulations on your student becoming a Wave! This is an achievement in and of itself, as we received more than 12,000 outstanding applications to join a freshman class of fewer than 900. Pepperdine will provide your son or daughter with many opportunities and discoveries during their time at Seaver College.In the mid-1970s, when I was about five years old, I attended a Church of Christ retreat on the Malibu campus. Twelve years later, when I was a senior in high school, my college guidance counselor asked me the name of the college I wanted to attend. All of a sudden, beautiful images of the sea and hillsides flooded my mind. Long story short, I earned my bachelor's degree in sociology from Seaver College in 1990. Today, our daughter, Renaissance Ajua Forster, is majoring in sports medicine at Seaver College. Renaissance is European for rebirth; her African middle name, Ajua, means love is amongst us. Both names represent things I felt while I was a student. I sincerely believe that no student attends this University by accident—it is divine providence that directs our families' paths to Pepperdine.As the new national co-chairs of the Seaver Parents Council Executive Board, my husband and I would like to introduce you to the Parents Council and all of the information it can provide about your student's experience at Pepperdine. Now that your child is a Wave, the council will give you the opportunity to connect with other Pepperdine parents and people throughout our University community. We invite you to learn more about the Parents Council at seaver.pepperdine.edu/parents.This year, the executive board's theme is "Total Body Wellness." One of my favorite bits of scripture is 1 Peter 5:7—Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. As a social worker, I'm mindful of the various things that create and contribute to life's anxieties. We aim to equip our students with the tools to address them, and in doing so, ease the anxieties of the parents who have sent their children off to college.We want you to know that we at Pepperdine truly care about our students and their families. It is an honor to have you as a part of the University community. Now that you know a lot about our family, we look forward to knowing and caring for yours.

Sincerely,

Linda Forster and Egerton Forster
National Co-Chairs

The Parents Program TeamkimsaralouContact Us

Parents Program Team Members
Left to right:
Willie, Lou Drobnick, Kim Barkis and Sara Jackson

Kim Barkis     310-506-6110     l     kimberly.barkis@pepperdine.edu
Director, Parents Program
Senior Officer 

Lou Drobnick   310-506-6432    l     lou.drobnick@pepperdine.edu
Senior Vice Chancellor
Crest Board Member

Christine Galvin  310-506-6334  l    christine.galvin@pepperdine.edu
Manager, Parents Program

Sara Young Jackson 310-506-7790 l sara.jackson@pepperdine.edu
Senior Vice Chancellor

Cristopher Powell 310-506-6587 l cristopher.powell@pepperdine.edu
Assistant Vice Chancellor and Senior Director of Development, Seaver College