- Pepperdine University
name = Pepperdine University
motto = Freely Ye Received - Freely Give.
established = 1937
type = Private
president = Andrew K. Benton
city = near Malibu
state = CA
country = USA
undergrad = 3,153
postgrad = 2,900
faculty = 366
endowment = US $734.9 million [cite web | title = All Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2007 Market Value of Endowment Assets with Percent Change Between 2006 and 2007 Endowment Assets | work =2007 NACUBO Endowment Study | publisher =National Association of College and University Business Officers | date = | url =http://www.nacubo.org/Images/All%20Institutions%20Listed%20by%20FY%202007%20Market%20Value%20of%20Endowment%20Assets_2007%20NES.pdf | format = PDF | doi = | accessdate =2008-08-29]
Suburban, 830 acres (3.4 km²)
nickname = Waves
Churches of Christ
website = [http://www.pepperdine.edu/ www.pepperdine.edu]
Pepperdine University is a private University of higher learning affiliated with the
Churches of Christ. The university's location overlooks the Pacific Ocean and is adjacent to the city limits of Malibu in unincorporated Los Angeles County, California, United States.
In February 1937, against the backdrop of despair and pessimism of the
Great Depression, George Pepperdinefounded the University as a Christian liberal arts college in the city of Los Angeles. On September 21, 1937, 167 new students from 22 different states and two other countries entered classes on a newly built campus on 34 acres at West 78th Street and South Vermont Avenue in the Vermont Knolls neighorbood of South Central, Los Angeles(coord|33|58|04.72|N|118|17|39.90|W),Aldore Collier, [http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1077/is_n2_v45/ai_8153049 FaithDome: "A grand-slam homer for Jesus."] , "Ebony", December 1989.] referred to later as the Vermont Avenue campus. [Vanessa Jahn, [http://gsep.pepperdine.edu/alumni/colleaguemagazine/spring2006/35thAnniversary.htm GSEP 35th Anniversary: A Celebratory Evening to Remember] , "Colleague Alumni Magazine", Spring 2006.] Tracy Domingo, [http://graphic.pepperdine.edu/news/2002/2002-11-14-miracle.htm Miracle at Malibu Materialized] , "Graphic", November 14, 2002] By April 6, 1938, George Pepperdine College was fully accredited by the Northwest Association.
Pepperdine had built a fortune founding and developing the Western Auto Supply Company which he started with a $5 investment, but his prosperity led to his greater ambition to discover "how humanity can be helped most with the means entrusted to my care. I consider it wrong to build up a great fortune and use it selfishly." Mr. Pepperdine voiced his two-fold objective for the college that bore his name, "First, we want to provide first-class, fully accredited academic training in the liberal arts . . . . Secondly, we are especially dedicated to a greater goal—that of building in the student a Christ-like life, a love for the church, and a passion for the souls of mankind."Fact|date=January 2008
Move to Malibu
By the 1960s, the young college faced serious problems. The area around the Vermont Avenue campus developed issues with crime and urban decay; tensions also arose due to the Civil Rights Movement and attempts to circumvent it such as
California Proposition 14, which challenged federal fair housinglaws. The situation exploded in the 1965 Watts Riots. In 1969 activists in the Watts area threatened to burn down the campus; however, they were talked out of it after all-night negotiations by then-President M. Norvel Young. In addition, the Vermont Avenue campus was running out of room to expand.
In 1967, the school put forth a multi-campus idea that would move the undergraduate campus to an alternative location; a committee formed and looked at numerous locations, including sites in Valencia, Orange County, Ventura County and
Westlake Village. Pepperdine favored the Westlake Village location until the Adamson-Rindge family, who owned hundreds of acres in Malibu, offered convert|138|acre|km2 of Malibu land; despite concerns over building costs on the mountainous site, the school decided to move forward based on its prime location and potential for raising donation. On April 13, 1971, the university broke ground to commence construction and in September 1972 the Malibu campus opened for student enrollment.
(The old Pepperdine University campus was sold to
Crenshaw Christian Center, whose Pastor, Frederick K.C. Price, then oversaw construction of the "FaithDome," the largest domed-church in the United States, seating over 10,000).
chool of Law
Pepperdine gained university status in 1971 when the School of Law was added and the business and education departments became separate schools. In the 1980s, Pepperdine rose to prominence as one of the United States' leading centers of conservative politics, attracting many conservative-leaning professors from nearby UCLA and USC. Prominent conservatives on the Pepperdine faculty have included
Bruce Herschensohn, Ben Stein, Kenneth Starr, Arthur Laffer, Douglas W. Kmiec, and Daniel Pipes.
In 1993 and 1996, massive brushfires threatened the campus with destruction, but firefighters succeeded in protecting almost all structures. On October 21, 2007, fast-moving wildfires forced campus residents to relocate and shelter in the Firestone Fieldhouse and Cafeteria, plus evacuations of local homes and businesses. [Associated Press according to CNN] Similarly, another November 2007 fire in Corral Canyon, accidentally set off by a group of Los Angeles youths sparked fear of another evacuation, though none was necessary.
Pepperdine is a filming location for the Nickelodeon television series “
Zoey 101”Fact|date=October 2008, as well as the 1989 Roy Scheiderfilm " Listen to Me"Fact|date=October 2008 and the 1970s reality game show “ Battle of the Network Stars.”Fact|date=October 2008 For a fee, Pepperdine allows filming in the following areas: Alumni Park, the baseball field, tennis courts, plaza, amphitheater and chapel on the Malibu campusFact|date=October 2008.
The main campus is nestled among several ridges that overlook the
Pacific Oceanand the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California. The main campus entrance road ascends a steep, well-groomed grassy slope past a huge stylized cross, known as the Phillips Theme Tower, symbolizing the university's dedication to its original Christian mission. Most buildings were constructed in a typical 1980s-style reinterpretation of classic Californian and Mediterranean architecture (red tile roofs, white stuccoed walls, large tinted windows). There are views of the Pacific Ocean, Catalina Island, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Long Beach and the westside of Los Angeles from numerous points. Graduations take place at Alumni Park, a broad expanse of lawn overlooking Pacific Coast Highway and the Pacific Ocean. The main academic plaza for undergraduate programs of Seaver College lies just above Alumni Park and includes Stauffer Chapel, Tyler Campus Center, Payson Library, and the Ahmanson Fine Arts Center. Undergraduate housing and athletic facilities sit to the north/northwest of the academic complex. The Law School exists even higher above these areas. The central campus is surrounded by a loop road consisting of Seaver Drive, Huntsinger Circle, and John Tyler Drive. Banowsky Boulevard separates Alumni Park from the main academic complex and is named in honor of William S. Banowsky, the 4th president of Pepperdine.
Spur roads to the east of the central part of campus lead to faculty housing. To the northwest, Via Pacifica winds uphill to the Drescher Graduate Campus, completed in 2003 and home to the School of Public Policy, the Villa Graziadio conference center, as well as the fulltime programs of the Graziadio School of Business and Management and the Graduate School of Education and Psychology. Housing for graduate students, undergraduate honors students, and faculty are also located here.
Seaver College is led by Dean Rick Marrs, who took over the Deanship upon the retirement of David Baird at the end of the 2008 Spring semester.
The Graziadio School of Business and Management and the Graduate School of Education and Psychology are headquartered in West Los Angeles at the
Howard Hughes Centernext to Interstate 405. These two schools also offer programs at graduate campuses in Encino, Irvine, Long Beach, Pasadena, Santa Clara, and Westlake Village. International programs of the University's various schools take place in London, Heidelberg, Florence, Buenos Aires, Paris, Madrid, Lausanne, Johannesburg, Tegucigalpa, Brisbane, Chiang Mai, Hong Kong, and Tokyo.
eaver College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
Seaver College (named for Mr. and Mrs. Frank R. Seaver, the largest single benefactors of Pepperdine) educates undergraduates in a liberal-arts environment. Seaver College comprises 8 divisions and 40 majors:
Business Division:Accounting,Business Administration, &International Business
Communication Division:Advertising,Communication,Integrated Marketing Communication,Journalism,Public Relations,Speech Communication, &Telecommunications
Fine Arts Division:Art,Art History,Music,Theatre Arts, &Theatre and Television
Humanities and Teacher Education Division:Creative Writing,English,Film Studies,History,Humanities,Liberal Arts, &Philosophy
International Studies and Languages Division:French,German,International Studies, & Spanish
Natural Science Division:Biology,Chemistry,3/2 Engineering,Computer Science/Mathematics,Mathematics,Mathematics Education,Natural Science,Nutritional Science,Physics, &Sports Medicine
Social Science Division:Economics,Political Science,Psychology, &Sociology
The college also offers master's degrees in History, Communications, American Studies, and Religion, in addition to teaching credentials. David Baird is the current dean.
Graziadio School of Business and Management
Pepperdine University's George L. Graziadio School of Business and Management enrolls approximately 2,000 students in its full-time and part-time degree programs. The school was founded in 1969, and has since graduated over 30,000 alumni. Dr. Linda Livingstone has served as Dean since 2002.
chool of Law
Pepperdine University School of Lawis located adjacent to the Seaver College Campus, and enrolls about 670 students who come from all parts of the country. It is fully approved by the American Bar Associationand is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. The School of Law recently has attained membership in the prestigious Order of the Coif. [ [http://law.pepperdine.edu/news/052008_coif.html News | School of Law | Pepperdine University ] ] [ [http://www.orderofthecoif.org/COIF-members.htm member chart ] ] Pepperdine's Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution is consistently ranked as the number one dispute resolution program in the country, offering LL.M., master's and certificate programs. Some of its other newer degree offerings include the juris doctor/master of divinity in conjunction with Pepperdine's Seaver College. Other joint degree programs include the JD/MBA, JD/MPP, and JD/MDR. The school offers both a summer session and a fall semester in London, England. Kenneth Starris the current dean.
Graduate School of Education and Psychology
With a focus on collaborative learning, leadership and academic excellence, the Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP) offers both masters and doctorate programs in education, educational technology, education administration, leadership, organizational change, organizational leadership, school counseling, psychology, and clinical psychology. Margaret Weber is the current dean.
chool of Public Policy
Approximately 120 graduate students are enrolled in the
Pepperdine School of Public Policy, which offers a two-year masters of public policy degree. Not simply the study of government, public policyis the study of how governments, non-profits, and even individuals and businesses address problems of public concern. Students specialize in economics, international relations, American politics, or local/regional policy in addition to their core studies and are required to complete a policy-related internship. James Wilburn is the current dean.
The School of Public Policy was recently given a generous grant by former Congressman Jack F. Kemp to establish an institute of political economy. Notable figures scheduled to lecture and join an advisory committee are: James A. Baker III (former Secretary of State), William J. Bennett, Edwin Fuelner (President, Heritage Foundation), Steve Forbes (CEO and Chairman, Forbes, Inc.), Larry Kudlow, Edwin Meese III (75th Attorney General of the United States), and Michael Novak. [ [http://publicpolicy.pepperdine.edu/kemp-institute/committee/ Jack Kemp Institute at Pepperdine University's School of Public Policy] ]
Notable faculty at the School of Public Policy are: Ted McAllister,
James Q. Wilson, James Prieger (Chief Economist, FCC), Gordon Lloyd and Robert Kaufman.
Notable graduates include at least two current members of the Bush Administration: Eryn Witcher, Director of Television [ [http://www.pepperdine.edu/pr/releases/2006/april/sppgraduation.htm Pepperdine University - School of Public Policy Celebrates 2006 Graduation ] ] , and Troy Senik, Speechwriter for the President [ [http://publicpolicy.pepperdine.edu/admission/testimonials/ Student Testimonials | Admission | School of Public Policy | Pepperdine University ] ] .
The current dean of the Public Policy School is James R. Wilburn.
Hugh M. Tiner(1939–1957)
M. Norvel Young(1957–1971)
William S. Banowsky(1971–1978)
Howard A. White(1978–1985)
Andrew K. Benton(2000-Present)
Pepperdine University participates in the
West Coast Conference, a conference made up exclusively of religiously affiliated schools in which it is the only member that is not Catholic. Appropriate for its location adjacent to the Pacific Ocean, Pepperdine's teams are known as the Waves.
Pepperdine University was recently ranked by the Sears Cup as having the most successful athletic program for non-football
Division Ischools. ( UCLAwas ranked the most successful Division I athletic program with football.) Pepperdine University sponsors fourteen NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletics teams: baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, tennis, volleyball and water polo teams for men; and basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, swimming, tennis and volleyball for women. There are also a number of intercollegiate sports clubs such as men's soccer, men's and women's lacrosse, Ultimate Frisbee and ice hockey.
NCAA Division I Team Championships:
*Men's Golf (1997)
*Men's Tennis (2006)
*Men's Volleyball (1978, 1985, 1986, 1992, 2005)
*Water Polo (1997)
NCAA Division I Individual Titles:
*Robbie Weiss (1988 Tennis - Singles)
*Carlos DiLaura & Kelly Jones (1985 Tennis - Doubles)
*Jerome Jones & Kelly Jones (1984 Tennis - Doubles)
Christopher Chetsanga(1965), Professor at University of Zimbabwethat discovered two DNA repair enzymes
Robert Landeros(1978) - Professor of Management at Western Michigan University[ [http://www.linkedin.com/pub/4/8a3/6a9] ] -
Robert Warrior- Professor and Director of American Indian Studies at the University of Illinois[ [https://netfiles.uiuc.edu/rwarrior/www/bio.html Robert Warrior Biography] ]
Laura Skandera Trombley(M.A., 1983) - President of Pitzer College
Paul L. Edmiston(B.S., 1993) - Associate Professor of Chemistry at The College of Wooster [ [http://www.wooster.edu/chemistry/faculty/edmiston.html College of Wooster Chemistry ] ]
E. Andrew Stenhouse(Ed.D., 1999) - Associate Professor of Leadership Studies at Vanguard University of Southern California
Lynn Clemons(M.A., 1981) - Assistant Professor of Organizational Leadership at Mercer University
Mark LeBar(M.B.A., 1988) - Associate Professor of Philosophy at Ohio University
Harmon M. Hosch(M.A., 1968) - Professor and Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas at El Paso
Scott A. Quatro(B.A., 1990) - Associate Professor of Management at Covenant College
R. Brandon Pratt(B.S., 1998) - Assistant Professor of Biology at California State University, Bakersfield
* Keith Sheldon (B.A., 1974) - Professor of business/marketing, California State University, Chico
Dwayne D. Simmons(B.S., 1980) - Professor of Physiological Science at UCLA[ [http://www.physci.ucla.edu/physcifacultyindiv.php?FacultyKey=9665] ]
Philip Molebash(B.S., 1993) - Assistant Professor of Educational Technology at the University of Utah
Bryan Vila(B.S., 1972; M.P.A., 1974) - Professor of Criminal Justice at Washington State University, Spokane
Alexander C. Diener(B.A., 1991) - Assistant Professor of Geography at Pepperdine University [ [http://seaver.pepperdine.edu/academics/faculty/member.htm?facid=alexander_diener Pepperdine University - Seaver College - Academics- Faculty ] ]
Janet Kerr(J.D., 1975; S.L., 1978) - Professor of Law at Pepperdine UniversityFact|date=June 2007
Steven Dimse(B.S., 1980) - Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of MiamiFact|date=June 2007
James M. McGoldrick, Jr.(B.A., 1966) - Professor of Law at Pepperdine University [ [http://law.pepperdine.edu/academics/faculty/mcgoldrick.html Pepperdine University - School of Law ] ]
Paul Egertson(B.A., 1955) - Senior Lecturer and Adjunct Professor of Religion at California Lutheran University
Sharon K. Deberry( MBA. 1970)Senior Instructor and Nursing Professor at WVOC , American Career College
Jeff Nessler(B.S., 1997) - Assistant Professor of Kinesiology at California State University San Marcos
Robert E. Dudley(Ph. D., 1975) - President and CEO, Anagen, IncFact|date=June 2007
James Edinski(1983) President of Salt on Demand, Inc. Fact|date=June 2007
Adam Firestone(J.D., 1993) - CEO, Firestone VineyardFact|date=June 2007
Kim Fields Freeman(1990) - President, Victory EntertainmentFact|date=June 2007
Carl Lambert(1978) - President, Lambert Investments [http://www.lambertinc.com/bio_carl.php]
John Lewis (business)(1983) - President, Eugene Lewis & Assoc.
Robert S. Moore(1984) - Vice Chairman, Paramount PicturesFact|date=June 2007
Joe Rokus(1976) - Chairman, Reid PlasticsFact|date=June 2007
Aaron Phillips(2002) - Founding Partner, Phillips & Sullivan
John R. Hall(B.A. 1997; MBA, 2002) - CEO, Greenwood & HallFact|date=June 2007
Teri Rokus(J.D., 1976) - Vice President, Reid PlasticsFact|date=June 2007
Tara Lawrence(B.A., 2004) - Founder/President, Hats Off For Cancer, Inc. Fact|date=June 2007 [http://www.hatsoffforcancer.org/ Hats Off For Cancer Web site]
Linda Ruffin(1987) - President, Opportunities PlusFact|date=June 2007
Rick J. Caruso(J.D., 1983) - CEO of Caruso Affiliated, former President of the Los Angeles Police CommissionFact|date=June 2007
Robert Tchenguiz(LL.B., 1982) - London-based Property Tycoon [http://www.managementtoday.co.uk/channel/Finance/news/561465/the-imt-i-interview-robert-tchenguiz/ The MT Interview: Robert Tchenguiz]
Karl Brauer- Editor-in-Chief, edmunds.com
Chace Crawford- Actor
Kim Fields(1995) - actress, U.S. TV sitcoms "The Facts of Life" and " Living Single"
Kimberly Forsyth- Miss Arkansas USA2006
Adam Housley- Fox News ChannelLos Angeles correspondent, former Milwaukee Brewersand Detroit Tigersbaseball player
Ashley Jones- American actress
Montell Jordan- R&B recording artist famous for his hit 1990s single, "This is How We Do It"
Tahj Mowry- Television actor best known for his role on the WB's "Smart Guy"
Tia Mowry- Television actress best known for her role on ABC's "Sister, Sister"
Tamera Mowry- Television actress best known for her role on ABC's "Sister, Sister" and Lifetime Television's "Strong Medicine"
Porntip Nakhirunkanok- Miss Universe 1988
Brandy Norwood- R&B artist and actress
Eric Christian Olsen- American actor
George Rowe(B.A., 1992; J.D., 1995) - Rocketown Records Christian recording artist
George Schlatter- Emmy-winning American television producer and director, best known for " Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In"
Matt "Money" Smith- Southern California sports radio personality
Clayton Snyder- Actor, on sitcom " Lizzie McGuire"
Bill Weir- Host of the ABC News" Good Morning America Weekend Edition"
Les Baxter- Soundtrack and exotica composer
* Stanley Cloud (1968) - Washington Bureau Chief of Time Magazine, author of "A Question of Honor: The Kosciuszko Squadron: Forgotten Heroes of World War II"
* Patty McConahay (B.A., 1976) - Television newscaster and talk show host
* Jack Mulkey (B.A., 1974) - Copy Desk Chief, South Bay Daily Breeze (Los Angeles)
* Scott Ostler (1970) - Sports columnist, San Francisco Chronicle
* David Ottalini (M.A., 1975) - CNN news producer, 1980-2003; Media relations officer, University of Maryland, 2003-present
* Chris Preimesberger (B.A., 1975) - Editor/Columnist, eWEEK, and sports correspondent, The Associated Press; IT blogger
* Bob Rose (B.A., 1975) - Media Relations Chief, Oakland A's
* Bridget Waldman (2003) - News Producer KLAS-TV CBS, Emmy winner 2005
Politics and government
James Hahn(J.D., 1975) - Los Angelesmayor, 2001–2005
Janice Hahn- Los Angeles City Councilwoman, 15th District
Bernard C. Parks- Los Angeles City Councilman, 8th District
Jami Miscik(1980) - Director of the Office of International Affairs, CIAFact|date=June 2007
Rod Blagojevich(J.D., 1983) - Governor of Illinois, 2003—
Todd Russell Platts- (J.D., 1991) U.S. Congressmanfrom Pennsylvania, (2001- )
Theodore Kanavas- Wisconsin State Senate, 33rd District
Michelle Park Steel- California Board of Equalization
Pierre-Richard Prosper(J.D., 1989) U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues
Andre Birotte Jr.- (J.D., 1991) Inspector General for the Los Angeles Police Commission [ [http://www.lapdonline.org/may_2003/news_view/21305 official website of THE LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT ] ]
Gregory D. Totten- (J.D., 1982) District Attorney of Ventura County [ [http://da.countyofventura.org/bio.htm Ventura County District Attorney ] ]
Hon. Eileen C. Moore- (J.D., 1978) Associate Justice, California Court of Appeal, Fourth District [ [http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/courts/courtsofappeal/4thDistrictDiv3/justices/moore.htm California Courts: Courts: Courts of Appeal: 4th District Division 3: Justices: Eileen C. Moore ] ]
Colleen P. Graffy- Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy [ [http://www.state.gov/p/eur/rls/or/57713.htm Biography of Colleen P. Graffy ] ]
Talis Colberg- (J.D.) Attorney General, State of Alaska
Stephen P. Beeler- (M.A. 1974) Best selling author - The Firestone Syndrome
Steven Baldwin- (B.A. 1979) Council for National Policy executive director. On a side note Steven Baldwin of the Baldwin brothers did not attend Pepperdine, and is often confused with this Steven Baldwin.
Alex Acker(2005) - Former professional basketball player (2005-2006; Detroit Pistons)
Brandon Armstrong(2001) - Former professional basketball player (2001-2004; New Jersey Nets)
Dain Blanton(1994) - 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist in Beach Volleyball
* Doug Christie (1992) - Former professional basketball player (1992-2007;
Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors, Sacramento Kings, Orlando Magic, Dallas Mavericks& Los Angeles Clippers)
Bob Ctvrtlik(1985) - 1988 Olympic Gold Medal Volleyball Team Member, Member of International Olympic Committee
Yakhouba Diawara(2005) - Power Forward for the Denver Nuggets
Jim Everett, Former NFLQB. Received his MBA from Pepperdine.
Mike Fetters- Former professional baseball player (1989-2004; California Angels, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles, Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Arizona Diamondbacks& Minnesota Twins)
Brad Gilbert(1982) - Professional tennis player, Andre Agassi's coach
Jason Gore(2000) - Professional golfer
Dan Haller(2001) - National Player of the Year; shot opening round 77 at Franklin Invitational & took 4th. Also a world renowned architect.Fact|date=June 2007
Dan Haren- Professional baseball player; 2007 A.L. All Star Starting Pitcher ( Arizona Diamondbacks)
Dennis Johnson(1976) - Former professional basketball player (1977-1990; Seattle Supersonics, Phoenix Suns& Boston Celtics)
Chad Kreuter- Former professional baseball player (1988-2003; Texas Rangers, Detroit Tigers, Seattle Mariners, Chicago White Sox, Anaheim Angels, Kansas City Royals& Los Angeles Dodgers)
Mike Leach- Texas Tech head football coach [ [http://texastech.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/leach_mike00.html Player Bio: Mike Leach :: Football ] ]
* Marcos "Marquinhos" Antônio Abdalla Leite - Basketball player;
FIBA World Championship: 1970 runner-up & 1978 bronze; Olympian 1972, 1980 & 1984; Former teams: Fluminense Football Club, Synudyne, Bradesco, Emerson Color, and EC Sírio
Noah Lowry- Professional baseball player ( San Francisco Giants)
* Carlos Luevano (B.A., 1977) -- Former professional baseball player, played in the U.S. minor leagues and the Mexican League, 1978-80.
Merrill Moses(2000) - Water polo goalie for USA National Team
David Newhan- Professional baseball player ( Houston Astros)
Will Ohman- Professional baseball player ( Atlanta Braves)
Rob Picciolo- Former professional baseball player (1977-1985; Oakland Athletics, Milwaukee Brewers& California Angels) [ [http://www.baseball-reference.com/p/picciro01.shtml Baseballreference.com] ]
* Steve Rodriguez, major league infielder for the
Boston Red Soxand Detroit Tigers, and a player and head coach for the Waves baseball team.
Dane Sardinha- Professional Baseball Player ( Detroit Tigers).
Duke Sardinha- Professional Baseball Player ( Colorado Rockies.
Terry Schroeder(D.C., 1981) - Olympian 1988, 1992 & 1996Fact|date=June 2007
* Mike Scott - Former professional baseball player (1979-1991;
New York Mets& Houston Astros) & winner of the 1986 NL Cy Young Award
Andy Stankiewicz- Former professional baseball player (1992-1998; New York Yankees, Houston Astros, Montreal Expos& Arizona Diamondbacks)
Andrew Sznajder- Professional tennis player
Derek Wallace- Former professional baseball player (1996-1999; New York Mets& Kansas City Royals)Fact|date=June 2007
Randy Wolf- Professional baseball player ( San Diego Padres)
Rankings and reputation
Princeton Review" ranked Pepperdine on the list of colleges with "Dorms Like Palaces" in 2004 and 2007 and #1 under "Most Beautiful Campus" in 2006 and 2007. Pepperdine also appeared on other lists including "Students Pray on a Regular Basis," and "High Quality of Life." Because of its Christian affiliation, many contend that the student body breeds a religious and politically conservative atmosphere. [ [http://www.townhall.com/columnists/MikeSAdams/2006/12/11/colleges_to_attend,_part_i Townhall.com::Colleges to Attend, Part I::By Mike S. Adams ] ] Princeton Review also ranked Pepperdine University #13 in its list "Alternative Lifestyles not an Alternative". [ [http://www.princetonreview.com/college/research/rankings/rankingDetails.asp?CategoryID=2&TopicID=25 Register for The Princeton Review ] ] In 2007 Pepperdine was named as "One of the Top Producing Colleges and Universities" by the Peace Corps of America. The 2005 edition of the " Fiske Guide to Colleges" has also noted Pepperdine as being one of the nation's largest conservative colleges. " U.S. News & World Report" (see “Pepperdine at Glance” in the external links section) has ranked Pepperdine as the 54th best national university for undergraduate education, its law school is rated as 59th among the top 100 law schools in the country by U.S. News and World Reports, and the Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution is currently ranked number 1 in the nation. [ [http://www.usnews.com/usnews/edu/grad/rankings/law/brief/lawrank_brief.php USNews.com: America's Best Graduate Schools 2008: Top Law Schools ] ] The Graziadio School of Business & Management has been consistently ranked by BusinessWeek as having one of the world's Top 25 Executive MBAprograms, and "US News & World Report" has ranked the Graziadio School's Fully-Employed MBA program in the world's Top 30 and its Full-Time MBA program in the world's Top 100.Fact|date=June 2007 Financial Times magazine has ranked the Graziadio School's EMBA in the world's Top 50.Fact|date=June 2007
* [http://www.pepperdine.edu/ Official website]
* [http://www.pepperdinesports.com/ Official Pepperdine athletics site]
* [http://www.usnews.com/usnews/edu/college/directory/brief/drglance_1264_brief.php Pepperdine Review] – US News, “Pepperdine at Glance”
* [http://www.businessweek.com/bschools/04/full_time_profiles/pepperdine.htm Pepperdine Graziadio School of Business and Management] – Business Week Review
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