Lakeland College sophomore Luke Runge walked into Charlie Krebs’ Bradley Building office, looked around the crowded room and asked, “What’s going on?”
Gathered in the office in addition to Krebs – Lakeland’s associate professor of theatre and speech – were Lakeland College Manager of Student Employment Rose Provencher along with Runge’s girlfriend and others.
The surprise ceremony was called to honor Runge as Lakeland’s Student Employee of the Year.
“You’re amazing,” said Krebs directly to Runge, who’s from Gillett, Wis. “You do anything and everything above the call of duty. You really care and you have a lot of great ideas. You deserve this!”
Of the roughly 350 student employees at Lakeland College, five were nominated for this award. In addition to Runge, those nominated were Jacob Simonson from Greenfield, Wis. (human resources), Hollie Blum of Brodhead, Wis. (Student Success and Engagement Office), Naoki Murikami from Chiba, Japan (dining services) and Danielle Livingston from Mayville, Wis. (Academic Resource Center).
Runge serves as a jack-of-all-trades for the Bradley Theatre. His duties include operating the lighting and audio, working with staging and providing technical support for all events at the Bradley.
“Luke is the most reliable student employee I have supervised in my eight years at Lakeland,” wrote Krebs on his nomination form. Krebs praised Runge for his quality of work, work ethic and innovative stage scenery ideas.
Provencher presented Runge with balloons and an Amazon gift card. Krebs then sliced and divvied up a cheesecake to mark the special occasion.