University of St. Francis senior Matt Bisek is known around campus as a “natural leader.”
Bisek, a finance major originally from Chaska, Minn., also is known for being caring, dependable, positive, motivated, professional and respectful. All traits that helped earned him the designation as the university’s 2009-2010 Student Laureate of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois.
Governor Pat Quinn, President of the Academy, presented Bisek with the Student Laureate Medallion and a certificate of achievement during the 35th Student Laureate Award Ceremony held in at the Old State Capitol in Springfield in November.
“Matt has demonstrated outstanding leadership in his time at the University of St. Francis,” said Damon Sloan, dean of students. “He thirsts to learn and experience as much as life has to offer and will continue to seek out new challenges and opportunities for growth.” Bisek said being named the Lincoln Laureate means “he can accomplish anything.”
“I did not grow up in a privileged family and I never considered myself to be the brightest or best in any particular field,” he said. “Winning this award shows me that with hard work, determination, and a curiosity for learning there are no limits to what a person is capable of.”
Bisek is president of the Student Government Association, a leader in the Duns Scotus honors program and has held leadership positions on the Student Business Association and Student Alumni Association. He also has been a student member of the Alumni Association, Business Alumni Network, Strategic Planning Committee, and Student Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees.
Bisek also has spent two years as a peer minister for University Ministry. Peer ministers strive to lives out the core values of the university—respect, service, integrity and compassion—in all aspects of their life, and serves as a role model to all students.
“Some of the most educational and life-changing experiences I have had at the university have been directly correlated with the core values through mission trips and service opportunities,” Bisek said.
Bisek is set to graduate in May and plans to marry his fiancée—also a USF student—this summer.