The academic year began with two new deans
leading HPU colleges that have close ties to the local business
community: Business Administration and Communication. I will
have more to say about Dr. Steven Combs, the new dean of Communication,
in the next Kalamalama. This week I want to highlight some
of the innovations brought to the College of Business Administration
by its new dean, Dr. Charles Steilen.
At the undergraduate level, the College will be launching Business
Administration Day in March as a way for first and second year
students to become familiar with the global opportunities now
available for those who are planning on a career in business
or in some other type of organization. Topics will include the
opportunities and challenges of starting their own businesses
and how the new HPU Entrepreneurship Center can help them with
The Entrepreneurship Center is already helping students through
the Business Plan Contest, which is intended to provide students
from all disciplines the opportunity to use their creativity
to develop new ideas. Students are coming up with new products
and services, or they’re working with local businesses
to develop either new products or new markets for existing products.
Along these lines, the College is also partnering with the Career
Services Center to identify more internship opportunities in
the local business community.
At the graduate level, the Executive MBA program (EMBA) has recently
been the focus of a very different approach to graduate business
education. Participants in the program use their own companies
to create case studies that have a personal connection to their
lives. An important feature of the program is the way each course
builds upon the prior one, so students can experience firsthand
how their courses are integrated into a single program.
MBA students now have the opportunity to come together outside
the classroom with the formation of the new MBA Club that will
organize events and seminars designed to connect graduate students
to the business community. I want to congratulate Dr. Steilen
as well as his faculty and staff for coming up with innovative
ways to bring the world of business to HPU and its students.