— John C. Brogan to receive Honorary Doctorate–

HONOLULU—May 4, 2011— Approximately 400 students are expected to receive their degrees from Chaminade University this May, with more than 300 of them participating in the Spring 2011 Commencement ceremony on Monday, May 9, at 7 p.m., in the Neal S. Blaisdell Arena. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. The event is free with no tickets required. John C. Brogan will also receive the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa from the university. Student salutatory speakers include Tatiana “Tanya” M. Alvino (undergraduate speaker), and Xianglin “Shirley” Ma (graduate speaker).


JOHN C. BROGAN— In recognition of his service, the university will confer the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa upon John C. Brogan at the May 9, 2011 commencement event. Brogan has led a distinguished professional career in the tourism industry including serving as President-North America, ITT Sheraton Hotels and Resorts; President-Hawaii, Starwood Hotels and Resorts; and Chair of the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau. This service has led to numerous honors including being named a Wall of Fame International honoree by the School of Hospitality Business of Michigan State University, his alma mater.

Since 1998, he has served with distinction on Chaminade University’s Board of Regents including two terms as Chair of the Board of Regents from 2001-2005. Brogan spearheaded the Transformations campaign, serving as its chair and providing leadership which resulted in Chaminade’s exceeding the established goal of $50 million to raise a total of $66 million when the campaign was concluded in April 2008.  While chairing the campaign, he also led by example in ensuring that all board members personally contribute; together with his wife, Mary Lou Brogan, he committed to a $1 million gift toward the advancement of Chaminade’s education program and work with Hawaii’s Roman Catholic Diocese.

Brogan’s service to Chaminade and to the Hawaii community through his work with the Diocese, the Boy Scouts, the American Heart Association, and numerous other organizations was lauded and publicly acknowledged when he was recognized as a 2010 Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Hawaii Chapter. Brogan also provided invaluable counsel to the late Chaminade President Mary C. Civille (Sue) Wesselkamper through his roles as a regent and close friend.

GRADUATE SPEAKER — Xianglin “Shirley” Ma, a native of China, a Hogan Entrepreneurial Scholarship Recipient, completed her Master of Business Administration at Chaminade this spring. She was an associate researcher and the director of the International Exchange & Cooperation Department at Modern Management Center, Shanghai, China. At Chaminade, she served as a student worker for Graduate Services where she was involved in the educational program collaboration with China. She is an active coordinator who promotes student exchange between China and the Hogan Entrepreneurial Program.

UNDERGRADUATE SPEAKER — Tatiana “Tanya” M. Alvino, a California native, graduates with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting with honors. Heavily involved with numerous Chaminade service learning projects, she was honored by Hawaii Pacific Islands Campus Compact (HIPICC) with its 2010 Community Impact Student Award.  Chosen as Chaminade’s Outstanding Graduate in Business for her academic performance and community service, she also has been a starting setter for four years on the women’s volleyball team, team captain in her junior and senior years, and chosen as the 2010 Scholar-Athlete Award.  She served as president for Chaminade’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee and is an active member of the Accounting Club, Delta Epsilon Iota Honor Society, and Students Engaging in Free Enterprise (S.I.F.E.) team.