Profiles in Philanthropy: Jim and Madeleine Haine

Jim and Madeleine Haine 

Throughout his 32 years of teaching in the School of Business and Economics (SBE), Jim Haine was able to achieve professional and personal success at the highest levels. From 1976-2008, the business law professor inspired many students to reach their own highest potential while learning so much from them in return.

"Teaching at UW-Stevens Point was one of the most enjoyable things I've ever done," he said. "I never thought of it as 'work.' My students were some of the best people I’ve ever gotten to know."

While he was always aware of students' needs, it was when he served as division chair in the mid-1980s and again in the early 1990s that Haine became mindful of a high demand for departmental funding that wasn't included in the operating budget. In 2002, he decided he wanted make sure the department wouldn’t be strapped for funds in the future.

His wife, Madeleine, also felt a responsibility to give back to the College of Professional Studies, but for a different reason. "I believe our university strongly prepared me for my career as a middle school teacher," said Madeleine, who earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in education as a nontraditional student.

Committed to giving, the Haines took advantage of creative giving opportunities that significantly benefit them, CPS and SBE. They founded the Jim and Madeleine Haine Fund in 2002 that directly impacts the department.

"We know our gifts are used in the most meaningful and effective way possible," Madeleine said. Funds are used for such things as social events, student and faculty awards ceremonies, recruiting, accreditation, or anything else the associate dean deems appropriate.

The Haines said they established an endowment with the UWSP Foundation, "because of the great need that UWSP has. State support for the university has been declining at a steady rate for over 30 years and is a trend that will continue."

"Those of us who are friends of UWSP must contribute to make up for this loss or see our university's programs decline," Professor Haine said, who encourage others to join them in making a gift. "The need is great and the need is now. Your gift will make a difference now and well into the future."