To call Joe Hogan a leader is an understatement. The senior, who is double majoring in film and video production and English, is a writing fellow and lead writing consultant at the Fred Meijer Center for Writing and Michigan Authors, a member of the Frederik Meijer Honors College, a columnist for The Lanthorn, Grand Valley’s student newspaper, and founded and is editor of Cinesthesia, a student film journal.
Additionally, Hogan is also one of 40 fellows in the Cook Leadership Academy, a program through the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies that helps students explore their passions as they become confident and capable leaders.
Hogan described Grand Valley as a university where professors and mentors like Ralph W. Hauenstein, a longtime supporter of Grand Valley who the Hauenstein Center is named for, take students seriously and are invested in their growth. He and other Cook Leadership Academy fellows follow Hauenstein’s example of leadership.
“Ralph Hauenstein had to deal with a lot of challenges living through the major events in history, but he was able to develop a vision and implement it in the world,” Hogan said. “He provides an example for addressing the hardest, most difficult issues, and doing it boldly.”
Hauenstein knows that supporting student leaders like Hogan is important, since they are the next generation of leaders for their communities.
“We’re seeing the fruits in the young people who have been mentored in the program and are out taking their place in the world,” Hauenstein said. “I have ample opportunities to invest in many worthwhile programs and projects, but I can think of no better investment than the one to ensure our future leaders are wise and ethical.”