Dean of International Programs Beth Laux decided to step down from her role, wrote Dean of Seaver College Michael Feltner in a May 23 email to the Pepperdine community. The University and the International Programs office intend to search for a replacement, while providing students with a smooth transition in the upcoming year.
Pepperdine’s Malibu campus architecture creates barriers to equal access for students, faculty, staff and visitors. Community members shared their experiences in navigating campus, advocating for change and steps they want administrators to take to make campus accessible.
As masking mandates begin to lift in California schools, educators discuss how students have coped emotionally through the pandemic. Teachers discuss students who were stripped of basic social-learning skills and the consequences of isolation as they returned to classrooms.
As summer begins, students prepare for their summer abroad programs. Pepperdine offers a multitude of programs across the globe and encourages students to take advantage of these opportunities to travel and learn.
During their senior years, students make everlasting memories and celebrate their accomplishments, while trying to figure out what’s next. Three Pepperdine seniors share their feelings around their futures after graduation.
Laurie Nelson has retired after a 50-year tenure at Pepperdine. Nelson highlights her time with interacting with students and aiding them with their goals.
Seaver College celebrated the class of 2022’s graduation ceremony April 30 on Alumni Park. The ceremony honored the graduates achievements but also inspired hope for the future.
The second day of the three-day 2022 Climate Calling Conference included a keynote address from author Elizabeth Rush on April 7. Rush spoke about her book on rising sea levels, “Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore,” and how Malibu can adjust to climate change.
Pepperdine uses Christian ideals to inform its sustainability initiatives, yet does not take a stance on climate change. Faculty and students said they believe not taking a position on climate change goes against the University’s mission and science and is damaging to the surrounding area.
President Jim Gash updated the community in an April President’s Briefing via Zoom. Gash said the next briefing, in June, will hopefully be held in person.