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International Officer Named Illinois Student Laureate

Phi Theta Kappa's Division III International Vice President Trevor Mileur has been named a 2014 Lincoln Academy of Illinois Student Laureate. He was the only community college student in his state selected for this honor.

Division III International Vice President Trevor Mileur with Illinois Central College Vice Presdient of Student Services Dr. Tracy Morris, left, and Vice Chancellor of the Lincoln Academy William Bennett, right

"This is a huge honor and a humbling experience," Mileur said. "The award is well-known throughout the state, but it's not something you can set out to achieve. While I was recognized specifically, I think it's a reflection of the work of my college as well as the other community colleges."

Mileur was elected to international office during NerdNation 2014, Phi Theta Kappa's Annual Convention, in April in Orlando, Florida. He is serving a one-year term in office.

The Lincoln Academy recognizes students at the top of their class for excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities. The awards are presented to seniors from each of the state's four-year, degree-granting colleges and universities and to one student from among the community colleges in Illinois.

Mileur is a student at Illinois Central College (ICC). He was selected from among nominations from the state's 48 community colleges to the Illinois Community College Board to represent the Illinois Community College System as Student Laureate.

Each student receives a Student Laureate Medallion along with a $1,000 educational grant and a certificate of achievement. The Academy recognized students during the annual Student Laureate Convocation November 1 at the Old State Capitol State Historic Site in Springfield.

Mileur is an engineering student who maintains a 3.6 grade point average. He is highly engaged in campus and community affairs and participates in many activities that require state, regional and international travel. His accomplishments include the following:

  • Re-elected to an unprecedented third term as student trustee in a highly competitive race;
  • Led the restructuring of the ICC Student Government Association Constitution;
  • Created a Phi Theta Kappa service project where 35 students assisted with the Washington tornado cleanup and raised $3,000 for Tornado Relief Fund in conjunction with Phi Theta Kappa;
  • Invited to speak at the Illinois State Capitol on the importance of community colleges and the Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP) Grant on behalf of community college students across the state;
  • Served as the Illinois Regional President for Phi Theta Kappa;
  • Selected as one of the two recipients of the Student of the Year award in May 2014 based on his academic and extracurricular excellence at ICC.

During his time as the Student Trustee, Mileur has served as a member of the Illinois Community College Board Student Advisory Committee. He has completed Six Sigma Yellow-Belt Certification and has participated in the AQIP Regional Accreditation Review for Illinois Central College. He has advocated tirelessly on behalf of students for campus safety, better campus wireless service, and student engagement on campus.

"Trevor is an exceptional young man with a very bright future ahead of him," said Phi Theta Kappa Executive Director and CEO Dr. Rod Risley. "We are proud of the recognition he has received and wholeheartedly congratulate him on this achievement."

Upon graduation, Mileur will begin an internship with Caterpillar, Inc. He plans to attend Northwestern University and hopes to work in both the public and private sectors. Outside the classroom, he volunteers as a youth wrestling coach and works as a math tutor.

Learn more about the Lincoln Academy of Illinois here.



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