Recent visitors to Pepperdine University’s Malibu campus may have noticed a flurry of beautification activity, including a lot of fresh paint. As I write, our iconic Phillips Theme Tower is cocooned in tarp and scaffolding, preparing to emerge afresh for Pepperdine’s upcoming 75th anniversary. Few students, staff, or faculty would deny that the unique beauty of the Malibu campus—situated in the Santa Monica Mountains overlooking the Pacific Ocean—adds a special depth to their relationship with Pepperdine. Indeed, for the visionaries that brought the university to Malibu, it was this idyllic setting that inspired a “spirit of place” that opens students’ minds through a dynamic education and a sense of higher purpose.
It is in this spirit that we’ve compiled a selection of images from the University Archives Photograph Collection that offer a historical perspective on the special beauty that endows Pepperdine University in Malibu. Taken over the course of its nearly 40-year history, these photos range from scenic vistas to quiet moments in unexpected corners of campus.
As a bonus feature to Today’s Featured Digital Object, I encourage you to view this excellent student-produced documentary on the men and women who work tirelessly each day to keep the Malibu campus looking beautiful. Click here to view Behind the Beauty: A Pepperdine Worker Documentary produced by the Latino Student Association, which is available in our iTunes U podcast channel.