Join JSerra as we welcome Pepperdine University’s president Andrew Benton, as part of the Distinguished Speakers Series. Benton will be speaking on the value of a Christian education, Wed. April 25 at 11 a.m. in the Pavilion.
Andrew K. Benton has served as the seventh president of Pepperdine University for a decade, and continues to lead Pepperdine to prominence among the nation’s top universities. A lawyer by training, President Benton cares deeply about the students, and is often called “the students’ president.”
Benton currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the National Commission on Higher Education Attainment, the president’s cabinet of the West Coast Conference, and is past chair of the American Council on Education (ACE), the major coordinating body for all of the nation’s higher education institutions.
President Benton is a 1974 graduate of Oklahoma Christian University with a degree in American Studies and was recently honored with the university’s distinguished alumni award. Benton earned his law degree from Oklahoma City University in 1979 and practiced law in Oklahoma City until his move to Pepperdine University in 1984. Prior to his presidency, Benton served in several key leadership roles at the university including executive vice president and vice president for university affairs and administration.
President of Pepperdine University, Andrew Benton, along with several members of his staff met with JSerra President, Frank Talarico, and JSerra Board Member Chris Cox in late August. The visit extended well into the afternoon at the university’s gorgeous Malibu campus. The same day UCLA’s esteemed Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, Janina Montero, met with both gentlemen at the Bruins’ Westwood campus.
“We are incredibly fortunate to be located near some of the finest higher educational institutions in the world. The obvious dedication to education at all levels exhibited by President Benton and Vice Chancellor Montero is inspiring,” said Frank Talarico, JSerra President. “The time they took to meet with us and brainstorm regarding future projects was exceptionally uplifting and showed what excellent stewards they are of their discipline.”
JSerra will continue to turn to both institutional resources for advice as we persistently look for ways to refine and improve all aspects of JSerra’s operations. This is one of the ways we will fulfill our desire to give the best educational experience possible to each of our students.
Board Member Cox traveled to New York and met with Shawn Felton, Senior Associate Director of Admissions for Recruitment at Cornell University. “The meeting was very productive. Sr. Assoc. Director Felton was exceptionally helpful in his discussion with me and offered valuable insights which will benefit JSerra,” said Cox. “We are very grateful Cornell is sending an Admissions Representative to meet with JSerra students, faculty and administrators this September. I encourage all students interested in UCLA, Pepperdine, Cornell, or any other universities to reflect their interest on Naviance as soon as possible.”
JSerra seniors who are registered on Naviance had a special opportunity to meet with Pepperdine’s new admissions director, Laura Kalinkewicz.
Arriving on campus for her first visit to JSerra in mid-August, Kalinkewicz was very impressed with the grand tour she was given by JSerra faculty member and Pepperdine alum Laura Kennedy. During an interactive luncheon with administrators, academic department heads and faculty, Kalinkewicz pointed out how much JSerra and Pepperdine have in common.
“All agreed our Christian faith, its application to our curriculum and manifestation to serve our communities and the world at large, unite us in a similar educational purpose, vision and mission. Opportunities for future collaboration are a natural outcome of this tremendous visit,” said Frank Talarico, JSerra president.
JSerra Alum and Pepperdine University Freshman Corey Miller received a tribute as he was named to the West Coast Conference All-Freshman Team.
Miller, a reliever who appeared in 19 games, was at his best this season vs. conference opponents, ending the year with a 1.08 earn run average and 10 strikeouts. He also notched his first career save in a game at Portland, blanking the Pilots over the final three innings with a game-high of four strikeouts. Miller matched this strikeout total a second time verses Santa Clara.
Miller didn’t make his collegiate debut until mid-March, but started his career with 9.1 consecutive scoreless innings out of the bullpen, silencing the likes of Louisville, Coastal Carolina, Dayton, Cal Poly and BYU.
Pepperdine finished 2011 with an overall record of 22-34 and a 7-14 mark against the West Coast Conference. The Waves are currently in Italy, interspersing their sight-seeing schedule with games verses the Montepaschi Orioles Grosseto and Rome’s Nettuno Italian Baseball League. Pepperdine faced the Orioles on Tuesday night and will take on Nettuno on June 4.
Class of 2010 JSerra alumn, Miller, a three-year varsity letter winner and pitcher for head coach Brett Kay and helped lead the Lions to the 2009 Trinity League championship. Miller also received two coaches awards and two of his team’s Cy Young Awards, set the school’s record for most saves in a season with four.