Almost every Wednesday evening, Hogan students meet for 90-minute off-the-record discussions with entrepreneurs and other business and guest leaders. The lectures are held during the fall and spring terms. For more information, please contact Valery Baranets at (808) 440-4280 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chaminade University's Hogan Entrepreneurs celebrated the graduation and induction of its students on April 23rd in the Mystical Rose Oratory. This marked the 12th graduation for a special program that encourages its students to link their entrepreneurial passion with academic achievement so that they might maximize their contributions to the economy and to the communities where they live. The program's motto "doing business things that make social sense; doing social things that make business sense," is taken very seriously. Thirty-three student-entrepreneurs were granted certificates and twenty new student-entrepreneurs were inducted. Since its inception in 2002, the program has graduated more than 200 student entrepreneurs.
The April ceremony included a special presentation of the Hogan Program's Lifetime Entrepreneurial Achievement Award to David Cohen, former president of Common Cause, co-founder of the Advocacy Institute and one of the nation’s most respected public interest lobbyists. This award was presented by Ed Hogan, Chairman of the Hogan Family Foundation and Bro. Bernie Ploeger, President of Chaminade University. This is only the fourth time that the award has been given. David Cohen was the keynote speaker.
The event provided an opportunity to recognize eight outstanding student-entrepreneurs. They included:
Outstanding Hogan Entrepreneur
Alexandra Copney from Honolulu, Hawaii (majoring in History and Political Studies)
Bernardo Equila III from Honolulu, Hawaii (majoring in Accounting)
Peter Cheng from Honolulu, Hawaii (majoring in Accounting)
Rebekah Schlessman from Portland, Oregon (majoring in International Business-Trade)
Aloha Awards were given to:
Fabian Lewis from San Antonio, Texas (MBA student)
Jon Ilao from Barrigada, Guam (majoring in Business Administration)
Kaelani Demapan from Saipan Northern Marianas Islands (majoring in Psychology)
Melyn Yamaguchi from Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia (majoring in Accounting)
Every few months, we try to bring Hawaii's opinion leaders together in small closed-door discussions of important issues. In this way, we hope to help build a better understanding on matters that significantly impact the economic and social climate of where we live and where we conduct our business.
The Hogan Program sponsors a job preparation workshop for the homeless, on campus, once a year in October. This year will be our 9th Homeless Workshop. There are usually about 25 participants who will spend the day with a volunteer Hogan Student, to prepare them for future employment. Time will be spent creating a resume, preparing for job interviews, and learning about employment resources available to them.