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.
Pepperdine reorganized the Department of Student Affairs over summer 2021. Administrators said the changes were made with operations, budget and strategic priorities in mind, but affected personnel share confusion and hurt following the changes.
With the close of Seaver 200’s first semester, students look back on their experiences with the RISE Program. However, not every student said they look at their experience fondly.
Pepperdine restructured its Convocation program for first-years and sophomore students and eliminated the requirement for juniors and seniors. Chaplain Sara Barton and Associate Chaplain Rachel Collins shared the vision behind the restructuring in an exclusive interview with the Graphic.
President Jim Gash announced changes to the Chaplain’s Office and a rebrand for Spiritual Life coming Aug. 1. The University will release more details regarding the Convocation program May 6.
It has been over a year since students gathered for Convocation, and a decision has not been announced about the future of spiritual life at Pepperdine. While students like the spiritual aspect of the University, they don’t want to feel forced to practice religion.
The University has provided several sporadic updates in the past year regarding COVID-19 related changes. In a remote setting, students need clear, timely communication to assess their future plans.
Convo cuts, SGA’s growing new council and the public policy professor running for state office.
Convocation staff members Gus Peterson and Anneleise Graf were let go days before the start of the spring 2021 semester. Administration has yet to comment on the staff’s departure from Pepperdine but promises more information in the coming months regarding spiritual life programming.
A major part of Pepperdine’s identity as a university lies in its Christian tradition and faith-centered atmosphere. However, not all students who choose to attend share this faith.