The Seaver 200 program aims to bring first and second-year students closer to their faith on campus and propel them toward pursuing their faith journey once they are no longer required to do so, said Associate Chaplain Rachel Collins. The spring semester will be the first opportunity for students to experience the new format.
Colin Storm, assistant professor of Communication, began his first year as a tenure-track faculty member at Pepperdine in August 2021. With goals to teach his students in a meaningful and enthusiastic way — while promoting mental health and wellness and cultivating personal relationships — Storm said Pepperdine allows him to pursue his life’s calling: teaching.
With only a few years of teaching under her belt, Assistant Professor of Political Science Karie Riddle has discovered how to connect her three passions: faith, feminism and education. As a tenure-track professor, Riddle said she hopes to bring passion and mentorship into the classroom.
Following the dropped Convocation chapel requirement for upper-level students and the launch of the Hub for Spiritual Life, students explore their faith in different ways on campus. While some are involved in student-led ministries or meet with chaplains at the Hub, others find themselves struggling to make the time.
Words have significance in everything people do — they can change the mind of oneself and the minds of others. Effects of the rhetoric people use in daily life can be long-lasting, and some words, like the word “normal,” can have more meaning than many people realize.
As Omicron cases around the world rise, Pepperdine’s International Programs begin the spring semester under unique circumstances. Although the experience looks different from what students, like sophomore Florence participant Melanie Tadros, expected, they said they are finding the bright side to finally being abroad.
Stigmas surrounding mental health and therapy affect Pepperdine students in various ways. Breaking that stigma, both within oneself and for the benefit of others, is a challenge and a mission among students who aim to change the conversation about mental health on campus.
In a sculpture for the Junior Thesis Exhibition in Payson Library, junior Art major Luke Knox displayed a printer with money coming out of it, not expecting the money to be gone within hours. Following the return of the money and an investigation by DPS, the focus of Knox’s installation began to evolve.
Sophomore Elija Gatling said social media creates a trap for young people to constantly seek validation from others. He discusses his experience separating himself from an unhealthy obsession with social media and how others can do that too.
Hope Lockwood, a Pepperdine junior who identifies as non-binary, discusses the difference between gender and sex, as well as the importance of freedom to explore and express gender identity without the weight of societal constructs.