Shidler College celebrates 60 years of mentorship and awards at Business Night

2021 Business Night Committee.
Caption: 2021 Business Night Committee, (from left) Faye Miguel, president of the Inter-Business Council; Justin Yago, co-director of recruitment & registration; Alex Tyau, executive director of Business Night; Noah Okamoto, co-director of recruitment & registration; Natalie Kwon, director of marketing.

For the past 60 years, Business Night, the University of Hawai‘i Shidler College of Business’ premier mentorship and awards event, has played an important role in preparing students for the workplace. The annual event recognizes top students for their achievements and pairs students with business professionals for an evening of learning and sharing. This year, because of the pandemic, the 60th anniversary of Business Night was held virtually on May 6.

Shidler College senior Alexandria Tyau, who served as executive director of this year’s event said, “It was an honor to continue the 60-year legacy of Business Night to ensure that students are recognized for their achievements and given opportunities for professional development.” Tyau also received the Special Senior in Finance award. “As an award recipient, I was recognized for my years of hard work and used this leadership opportunity at Business Night to prepare me for life post-graduation.”

In keeping with tradition, the virtual program featured an announcement of award recipients and their sponsors as well as an opportunity for students to meet with professionals. The college also featured a special 60th-anniversary video highlighting the impact Business Night has had on students throughout the years.

This year, with support from Hawai‘i’s business community, alumni and friends, the college presented 47 awards to top undergraduate and graduate students totaling $87,000. First Insurance Company of Hawaii served as title sponsor for an unprecedented 15 years and Hawaii Business magazine served as media sponsor. 

“Despite economic challenges caused by the pandemic and the cancellation of the in-person event, 37 companies graciously continued their award sponsorship to honor top undergraduate and graduate students,'' Shidler College Dean Vance Roley said. “We are truly grateful to have the support of companies, organizations, alumni and friends who believe that investing in students is an investment in our community.”

First Insurance Company of Hawaii President and CEO Jeff Shonka said, “First Insurance has been the title sponsor of Business Night for 15 of its 60-year run. I attribute the longevity of this event and our support to the positive influences on everyone involved. I’m excited for all of the students and I’m hopeful for their future and our future as a community.”

To see a list of award recipients and their sponsors and a video of the event visit Business Night website starting today.

About Business Night
Since 1961, Business Night has paired students with business professionals for an evening of learning and sharing. Each year, Business Night has successfully led to internships, job opportunities, life-long mentorships and business partnerships. More than 40 awards, sponsored by companies, organizations and individuals, are presented to top Shidler College of Business undergraduate and graduate students. The event is organized in partnership with students.