In 2007, in recognition of the faculty’s 25th anniversary, Dan Laplante (BMgt ’88), Kevin Nugent (BMgt ’88) and Dean Setoguchi (BMgt ’89) started a unique initiative to recruit 25 management alumni to give a minimum of $25,000 each to support Markin Hall.
In its first two years, the project gained the support of 17 alumni. Enthusiasm continued to grow, and since then eight more alumni have committed to the project, bringing the total to 25 and marking the end of the Power of 25 initiative.
“It started with a vision and a goal to assemble a group of twenty-five management alumni to support the capital campaign for Markin Hall, but in the end we raised more than $2 million, including matching dollars and additional contributions from the participants,” explains Setoguchi.
“More importantly, it united a group of successful leaders who share the same passion, appreciation and pride for the University of Lethbridge. I thank the Power of 25 group for their support, and I hope that their generosity inspires others to give something back.”
Power of 25 donor comments:
“I’m very proud of my U of L education because it gave me a great start. My contribution to this campaign allows me to give back to the U of L in a way that will impact future students.
Raj S. Bhogal, B Mgt ’95, CA CPA
“My wife (Stefanie (Hunter) Forward, BA ’87, BMgt ’90) and I both attended the Faculty of Management and are very grateful for the opportunities that resulted. I would also like to acknowledge my employer, Provident Energy, for demonstrating a strong commitment to education by generously matching our contribution.”
Bill Forward, BMgt ’88, CA
Director, Financial Reporting and Performance Measurement
“I chose to participate in this venture as a way to give back to a school that I have nothing but fond memories of. My education gave me the tools and underlying confidence to believe in myself, allowing me to move directly into the financial services business after graduation. Thanks for the opportunity to give back.”
Bert Griffin, BMgt ’94, CFP
Senior Financial Advisor
Manulife Securities Inc.
“My motivation for participating in the Power of 25 appeal was to give back to an institution that has done so much for our family. I have two degrees, my wife has one and our daughter has one, all from the University of Lethbridge. The U of L has truly enriched the lives of our family.”
Gord Jong, B Mgt ’82, CA
Jong and Company
“I am delighted by the opportunity to support the Faculty of Management Power of 25 initiative. My time as a U of L student opened a world of possibilities to me. I was challenged but, more significantly, I was inspired. The experience was a tremendous gift for which I am forever grateful.”
Cindy LaValley, BMgt ’95, MBA
Owner, Strategies NOW Ltd. Calgary
LaValley Farms Ltd. Lethbridge
“I hope my contribution, and that of others, will collectively assist the University of Lethbridge in continuing to offer high-quality academic programs to its growing student body.”
Glen Mackey, BMgt ’89
Director, Financial Risk Management
“It is an honor to support the University of Lethbridge, and in particular the development of Markin Hall. I am grateful for the education I received and I feel it is important to continue to support the University so other students can have the same positive experience, both academically and socially, that I experienced during my time at the U of L.”
Kelly R. H. Shannon, BMgt ’94, CIM, FCSI
Vice President & Investment Advisor
RBC Dominion Securities Inc.
“My U of L education has opened doors for me that I never thought possible. I am proud to support this great university and its dedication to helping others unlock their potential.”
Roger Swierstra, BMgt ’91, CRM
Executive Vice President
Iridium Risk Services Inc.
The success of the Power of 25 initiative demonstrates the commitment of management alumni to the faculty that gave them their start. Markin Hall opened officially in September 2010.