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Each year at graduation, awards are given to two exceptional seniors, one graduating from the traditional day program at the main campus, and one from the Kellett School. In May and June, Muskie Mail will spotlight these 2010 award winners. This month, we focus on Markus Savaglio `10, the recipient of the Clarence H. Koehler Award. In June, we will focus on Cinnamon Harley `10, the recipient of the Robert W. Lope Award.
Since 1965, this award, named for the Rev. Clarence H. Koehler `37, has been awarded to a full-time student at Lakeland's main campus who qualifies academically and who "best exemplifies Lakeland's spirit" through his or her engagement in campus activities and exemplary commitment to the college. The winner of the Koehler Award is determined by a two-part balloting process involving faculty, staff and graduating seniors, so it truly comes from the heart of the Lakeland community.
This year's awardee, Markus Savaglio, received a Rath Distinguished Scholarship and the coveted J. Garland Schilcutt Scholarship. He was a member of Who's Who in America for the past two years, and he won two business division awards: the 2007-08 Outstanding Student in Business Administration Award, and the 2008-09 Outstanding Student in Resort Management Award.
Markus held numerous leadership positions on campus including: vice-president, pledge master, service chair and social chair for the Zeta Chi fraternity. He also served as founding president and vice-president for the Lakeland Chapter of Circle K International.
Markus was a member of Concert Choir, Lakeland Singers and Schilcutt Handbell Ensemble. He also found time to volunteer at the Children's Museum in Sheboygan, Camp Anokijg in Elkhart Lake and the Movers and Shakers Gala on campus.
Markus was very surprised to win the award, but he did have an inkling that his name would be called when he saw that the presenter was associate professor of resort management Chuck Stockman, who had served as Markus's academic advisor. "I was so thrilled to receive this award, however, my excitement was dwarfed in comparison to the pride that my mother was showing."
Along with the wonderful memory of winning the award, Markus knows that he will never forget saying good bye to his friends outside the Wehr Center immediately after the commencement ceremony. "It was bittersweet. I enjoyed the moments of conversation, taking pictures, giving hugs and singing my fraternity song; but in the back of my head it was sad, knowing I may never see some of my friends again. Even with those sad thoughts, it is still my favorite memory of graduation, because I was surrounded with people I care about, and who also care about me."
Markus is working as the reservations supervisor at Abbey Resort in Fontana, Wis. He used lessons learned in Stockman's hospitality human resources class when he interviewed potential summer staff. He looks forward to putting to use many more of the skills he learned from Stockman and others during his Lakeland years. Congratulations Markus! Keep in touch!