Profiles in Philanthropy: 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
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.
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
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."