A University of Wisconsin-Stout student recently was honored with an Award of Merit from the National Business Education Association for excellence in the classroom, involvement and leadership.
Allison Rigotti, a junior from West Salem, is incoming president of the university’s student chapter of the Marketing and Business Education Association and is involved in the state association. She also is co-director of the Saturday, Jan. 12, DECA District One high school regional competition at UW-Stout and was director of the 2018 event.
She wouldn’t have been in the position to be recognized without the constant support of her professors, she said.
“So many people in my time here at Stout have been so influential in helping me find my place on campus. I feel like this award speaks highly of their ability to nurture future leaders. I’m just happy to be one of those leaders,” Rigotti said.
She cited professors Debbie Stanislawki, Urs Haltinner and Diane Klemme.
“The teachers and mentors are amazing. They are all so devoted to seeing students succeed. That makes it easy to get excited about the major and get excited about teaching,” Rigotti said.
Stanislawski, director of the marketing and business education program, said Rigotti is a leader and committed to excellence. Rigotti has received several scholarships from Stout University Foundation, including the MBEA Endowed Scholarship last fall.
“Since starting at UW-Stout as a freshman she has displayed an attitude of seeing the possibility and demonstrating professionalism that always exceeds expectations,” Stanislawski said. “There is no doubt that she is already establishing herself as an emerging leader in the field of marketing and business education.”
Experiences through UW-Stout beyond the classroom have helped Rigotti prepare to teach when she graduates in spring 2020. She recently taught Junior Achievement at Downsville Elementary and keyboarding to sixth-graders at Menomonie Middle School. “You’re really able to get experience in marketing education before even setting foot in the classroom,” she said.
In the most recent survey of UW-Stout graduates, 100 percent of marketing and business education students were employed or continuing their education within six months, part of an overall 98.2 percent employment rate for graduates.
Rigotti competed in the DECA competition at UW-Stout for four years while at West Salem High School, and that piqued her interest in becoming a marketing and business education teacher, she said.
With the award Rigotti received a professional membership to NBEA and subscription to NBEA publications for one year, and she was recognized in NBEA’s Business Education Forum magazine.
Allison Rigotti is presented with the NBEA Award of Merit from Professor Debbie Stanislawski.