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Friends’ Generosity Supports UW-Eau Claire’s
Center for Leadership
MAILED: Dec. 20, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — It is often said that good friends bring out the best in each other.
That’s certainly been the case for Jon and Maureen Homstad, Ken and Roberta Vance, and their mutual longtime friend, Doug Hallatt, founder and director of the Center for Leadership in the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire College of Business.
Recently, the Homstads made a $25,000 gift to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation in support of the Center for Leadership. The center has enhanced the leadership potential of more than 2,700 precollegiate and collegiate students over the past 12 years through weeklong summer Leadership Institutes and through undergraduate courses. The center also provides extension seminars and services to public and private corporations.
The Homstads’ gift adds momentum to a dollar-for-dollar match fund-raising effort for the Center for Leadership, which started in 2001 with a $100,000 pledge from the Vances. It also is recognized as a contribution to Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence, UW-Eau Claire’s ongoing comprehensive fund-raising campaign to secure $35 million in private support by July 2005 for the university’s people and programs.
“Jon and Maureen Homstad’s generosity stems from a concern they share with their longtime friends — a concern that today’s young people be prepared to serve as effective leaders in our communities,” said Thomas Dock, dean of the UW-Eau Claire College of Business. “This gift to the Center for Leadership will help to ensure that we continue and enhance our programs for these leaders of the future.”
The Homstads have designated their recent gift to support the summer Leadership Institute sponsored by the Center for Leadership. They also have supported the Leadership Institute in past years through a memorial fund named for Jon Homstad’s father, Erwin E. Homstad, who was from Black River Falls. The fund has provided scholarships to pay Leadership Institute fees for qualifying students from the Black River Falls area.
“I’ve really appreciated what Doug Hallatt’s program has done for kids from that area,” Homstad said. “Additional funding will help that continue for years to come.”
Ken Vance has supported the Center for Leadership since 1989, when their son attended the very first Leadership Institute. He also has been a guest lecturer for the Center’s college-level leadership studies classes.
“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,” Ken Vance said at the time of the 2001 leadership gift. He added that he encourages friends and business associates to enroll their middle- and high-school-age children in the institute.
Hallatt said that the Vances’ pledge, the Homstads’ matching gift and all additional matching funds raised will be critical to the future of the Center for Leadership.
“It will allow us to really stabilize and advance what we’re doing,” he said.
Plans for the money from the Center for Leadership fund-raising 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 fund-raising effort can contact Hallatt at 836-4364.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: December 20, 2002