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.
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.
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.
Surf Convo remains despite the introduction of Seaver 200, which replaces the previous convocation requirement. The group meets every Wednesday at 7 a.m., on Zuma Beach, for those looking to worship, have spiritual conversation and surf!
Pepperdine’s Hub for Spiritual Life hopes to act as a connection for students in their faith and community. The Hub is accomplishing this through Seaver 200 and community service.
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.