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Ken and Roberta Vance Pledge Starts
Fundraising Effort for Center for Leadership
MAILED: July 19, 2001

         EAU CLAIRE — Ken and Roberta Vance of Eau Claire have pledged $100,000 as the lead gift in a dollar-for-dollar match fundraising effort to benefit the UW-Eau Claire College of Business’s Center for Leadership.
         The Center for Leadership comprises two key programs: the Leadership Institute, now in its eleventh year of offering weeklong summer programs designed to enhance the leadership potential of precollegiate students, and the collegiate program, which offers undergraduate courses that can lead to a Leadership Certificate. The Center for Leadership also provides extension seminars and services to public and private corporations.
         “Ken and Roberta’s gift reflects their ongoing interest in young people and their personal development,” said Thomas Dock, dean of the UW-Eau Claire College of Business. “The gift helps ensure that the Center for Leadership at UW-Eau Claire will be there to serve student leaders into the 21st century.”
         “We decided to do this because we’re so impressed with UW-Eau Claire’s leadership studies program,” Ken Vance said. “This is a unique model that cannot be found in any other state schools that I’m aware of.”
         “Owning and operating a business requires leadership and dedication,” Vance added. “Doug Hallatt’s Leadership Institute gives students life skills that will not only develop them personally, but will also make them an asset to any company.”
         Doug Hallatt, founder and director of the Center for Leadership, stressed the value to society of the center’s work. “This is a proactive approach in trying to prevent the types of tragedies of teen violence we have seen in recent years involving middle and high school students across the country.”
         “We have 11 years of experience in helping teens learn decision-making skills, build their self-confidence, and develop a purpose in life,” Hallatt said.
         The Vances have been supporters of the Leadership Institute since it began in 1989, when their son attended the very first institute.
         “I’ve seen firsthand what can happen in young people who are not necessarily goal oriented or full of self-confidence once they attend the institute,” Vance said, adding that over the years he has encouraged friends and business associates to enroll their middle- and high-school-age children in the institute.
         This summer, approximately 220 middle and high school students and incoming university freshmen are participating in the weeklong Leadership Institutes. In June, institutes were held at UW-Milwaukee, the University of Minnesota, and UW-Eau Claire. In July, three more institutes at UW-Eau Claire were scheduled.
         “The leadership institute is an unbelievable way to challenge one’s morals, meet new people, share common experiences, and grow as a group,” wrote Megan Dooley, Sartell, Minn., in an evaluation after participating in a Leadership Institute earlier this summer.
         “The institute has the ability to change lives, to give meaning to life, and provides an environment in which an amazing amount of personal growth occurs,” wrote Mike Weber, a past institute participant from Durand.
         Vance, in addition to his support of the Leadership Institute, has been a guest lecturer for the college-level leadership studies classes offered by the Center for Leadership. “I’ve seen so many young people really blossom with a couple of years of leadership studies,” he said.
         Hallatt said that the Vances’ pledge and the matching funds raised will be critical to the future of the center. “It should allow us to really stabilize and advance what we’re doing,” he said.
         Hallatt said plans for the money from the Center for Leadership fundraising effort include expanding the number of precollegiate leadership programs, exploring the potential for an interdisciplinary leadership studies minor at UW-Eau Claire, and creating a more comprehensive follow-up research plan to determine the outcomes from the Center’s precollegiate and collegiate programs.
         Anyone with questions about Center for Leadership programs or the fundraising effort can contact Hallatt at 836-4364.

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Updated: July 19, 2001