When Beverly Wallace moved with her family to Newton, Wis., in 1945, she was struck by the kindness and strong values of next-door neighbors Carl and Margaret Stockmeier.
The Stockmeiers, devout members of the United Church of Christ, strong Mission House proponents and longtime Lakeland employees, left quite an impression on young Beverly and her family.
“My mother actually wanted me to attend Lakeland, but UW-Whitewater was the only school at the time that offered the business education program I was interested in,” Bev says.
She never attended Lakeland, but Bev has been an important member of the school’s family for many years and continues to support it generously.
“I think Lakeland is really coming into its own, and I’ve always felt really good about the way Lakeland continues to acknowledge its relationship with the church,” says Bev, who’s been a UCC member for about 50 years. “It has really established itself as a good, Christian institution.”
After, Bev worked at Lakeshore Technical for 28 years, mostly as a counselor. Feeling a special affinity for students who faced financial hardship, she wanted to help those young men and women who wanted to continue their education at a four-year school.
“Lakeland was one of the first schools to accept credits from LTC, which definitely provided impetus for me to help those students,” Bev recalls.
That was more than two decades ago, and Bev has been supporting Lakeland students who transfer from a technical school ever since.
“It feels really good helping that way, and meeting the students,” she says.