CASA Volunteers Stand Up for Children

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) serve as advocates for foster children in the Ventura County Dependency Court System who are victims of abuse and neglect. With a string of people, often including their own parents, in and out of their lives, these children are in desperate need of a stable adult. A CASA Volunteer becomes that adult—the one adult who stands up for them and commits to advocating for them until the child is placed in a safe, permanent home.

CASA currently needs more volunteers! To learn how you can make a difference in the life of a child in our community, consider attending the next CASA Informational Session on Wednesday, February 20 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. For more information or to reserve your seat, contact Rebecca at 805.389.3120 or Address will be provided upon registration.

Local Landscape Artist Presents “A Walk with Nature”

A Walk with Nature Art Exhibit and Sale at the Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center features more than 30 paintings by local landscape painter Russell Hunziker. His original watercolor, acrylic and oil paintings of the beautiful landscapes in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and Channel Islands National Park are coordinated with a map of their locations and inspirational quotes by naturalist John Muir. Located at 26876 Mulholland Hwy in Calabasas, the exhibit runs through Feb. 27, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Parking and admission are free; a portion of the funds from art sales will be donated to further arts programs in the Santa Monica Mountains. For more information, call 805.370.2302.

Memorial Fund Impacts Future

On November 7, Pepperdine first-year student Alaina Housley was killed in the mass shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks. The entire University community—students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends—grieves the loss of this bright, compassionate young woman taken well before her time.

Though Alaina was unfairly prevented from achieving her dreams of completing a college education, we at Pepperdine have chosen to honor her memory by ensuring that those dreams stay in sight for other students now and into the future. With $100,000 seed funding, the University established the Alaina Housley Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund to create an enduring legacy for Alaina—by supporting generations of future Pepperdine students in perpetuity.

Though Alaina’s time at Pepperdine was short, she created a lasting impact for her classmates and teachers alike. Through this scholarship fund, we hope to ensure that, even in her death, she will always continue to change lives for the better.


Life After Death Examined

Classicist and expert Greek mythology, religion and magic Radcliffe G. Edmonds III, the Paul Shorey Professor of Greek in the Department of Greek, Latin & Classical Studies at Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania, discusses the ancient Greeks’ ideas regarding death and the afterlife. Complementing the exhibition “Underworld: Imagining the Afterlife,” on view at the Getty Villa through March 18, the talk takes place Sunday, February 10, at 3 p.m. in theAuditorium at Getty Villa. Tickets are free; reservations required.