Rock Valley College

RVC's Bindl Selected as 2015 Lincoln Academy of Illinois Student Laureate

Posted: Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Media Contact: Dave Costello, 815-921-4516

Matilyn Bindl, a second year student at RVC, has been selected to represent the Illinois Community College System as its 2015 Lincoln Academy of Illinois Student Laureate. The 2015 class of student laureates will be honored in Springfield on Saturday, November 7, at the Old State Capitol, followed by a luncheon at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel.

Bindl is enrolled in the RVC Running Start Program, which gives high school students the ability to obtain an associate degree and high school diploma simultaneously. Bindl holds a 4.0 GPA at RVC and at Belvidere North High School. She will graduate from both institutions next spring then transfer to the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Bindl will pursue a bachelor’s degree in astronomy or astrophysics after participating in the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison during the summer of 2016.

She has been heavily involved in community activities and extra-curricular activities at RVC and Belvidere North High School, holding officer positions in many organizations.

Some of her extracurricular activities are listed below:

Rock Valley College

  • Omicron Eta Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Vice President of Leadership
  •  Annual College Project and Honors in Action Project
  •  Relay for Life, Rockford’s Light the Night Walk, RVC’s 50th Anniversary Celebration
  •    Math, Engineering, Physics, and Astronomy Club RVC (Treasurer)



Volunteering at local food pantries, managing clothing and food drives at the school, and participating in roadside cleanups to fulfill requirements of several honor societies that she participates in through BNHS (while also attending RVC full time): Spanish Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, English National Honor Society, and the National Honor Society.