We start learning early, at home and in preschool. Then there is kindergarten; elementary, middle, and high school; and college. But if we really desire to see what we are made of, to explore our greatest potential, we attend graduate school. However, the education you receive at the Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP) is not meant to be completed when you walk across the stage at graduation. At GSEP we hope to instill in you a passion for lifelong learning.
This issue of the Colleague highlights several members of our GSEP family who have dedicated their lives to educating themselves and others. These members include the beloved Mrs. Pat Lucas, formerly the director of student teaching for the master of arts in education with teaching credential program, and Dr. Jim Hedstrom, previously the associate dean of psychology and codirector of the doctor of psychology program. Both served GSEP’s students for more than 20 years before retiring, and recently passing. We mourn their departure, but continue to honor their legacy and tremendous commitment to teaching.
The alumna featured in “Working Toward A Cure,” five alumni spotlighted in “Ready for Anything,” and three alumni appearing in our “Perspectives” pieces are also great examples of learning beyond the classroom. Each of these students has applied his or her GSEP degree to engage in unique research and projects to further their own education and impart it to others.
We encourage you to do the same with your degree. Education does not end with a piece of paper, the closing of a year, or the assignment of a new title. Learning is a lifelong endeavor enjoyable in and of itself. We hope that you experience the pleasure of gaining and sharing knowledge as much as we do.
Margaret J. Weber, PhD