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Release Date Monday, April 18, 2016

Fourteen SD Mines Students Initiated into Order of Omega

 

RAPID CITY, S.D. (April 18, 2016) – Fourteen South Dakota School of Mines & Technology juniors and seniors were recently inducted into the Order of Omega national Greek honor society.

Order of Omega has over 500 chapters throughout North America and recognizes juniors and seniors who have exemplified high standards in the areas of scholarship, leadership, involvement within their respective Greek organizations, their university campuses, and their local community. The Xi Tau Chapter was established at SD Mines on March 1, 1995. 

Students selected for initiation:

Logan Blackburn, Delta Sigma Phi

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Hometown: Yankton/Sioux Falls, S.D.

Activities: Served as President, activities chair, and song leader for Delta Sigma Phi and vice president of the Hardrocker Hockey Club; member of American Society of Mechanical Engineers; volunteered for Club for Boys

McKenzie Butcher, Alpha Delta Pi

Major: Civil Engineering

Hometown: Sheridan, Wyo.

Activities: Served as property manager and guard and helped plan fundraisers for Ronald McDonald House Charities for Alpha Delta Pi; member of the Wayne Echelberger Civil Engineering Honor Society, American Society of Civil Engineers, Women’s Track & Field team, freshmen honor society, and Circle K; volunteered for campus tours to visiting high school students, Girl Scouts events, Safe Halloween Carnival and Storybook Island events.

Trent Capraro, Delta Sigma Phi

Major: Civil Engineering

Hometown: Hugo, Colo.

Activities: Served as community service chair, recruitment chair, and pledge education chair for Delta Sigma Phi; served as an orientation leader; volunteered for Club for Boys, Habitat for Humanity, Terror in the Dark haunted house, and Storybook Island.

Jaylyn Derickson, Alpha Omega Epsilon

Major: Civil Engineering

Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colo.

Activities: Served as alumni secretary, vice president, Candidate Initiation Committee member, and Senior Committee member for Alpha Omega Epsilon; volunteered for highway clean-ups.

Jessica Dornbusch, Alpha Delta Pi

Major: Civil Engineering

Hometown: Milbank, S.D.

Activities: Served as Director of Standards and Ethics and standards chair for Alpha Delta Pi; member of American Society of Civil Engineers, Lutheran Campus Ministries, Phi Eta Sigma, Wayne Echelberger Civil and Environmental Engineering Honor Society, and Tau Beta Pi; volunteered for blood drives; lifetime member of the Girl Scouts.

Taylor Evans, Alpha Omega Epsilon

Major: Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management

Hometown: Rapid City

Activities: Served as athletic officer, treasurer, and member of Candidate Initiation Committee for Alpha Omega Epsilon; public relations chair, luncheon chair, and vice president for the Society of Women Engineers; fundraising chair for Institute of Industrial Engineers; marketing chair for the Professional Development Institute; vice president for Phi Eta Sigma; sophomore class representative and public relations committee member for Student Association Senate; member of the Love Your Melon SD Mines Crew and orientation leader; volunteered for local church events and highway cleanups.

Gannon Gilbraith, Triangle Fraternity

Major: Industrial Engineering

Hometown: Fargo, N.D.

Activities: Served as business manager, historian, executive board member, and Greek Council Representative for Triangle; member of Tau Beta Pi, Order of the Engineer, Orientation Leaders, Institute of Industrial Engineers, and American Society of Safety Engineers; volunteered for Mines Buddies, Shiloh Masonic Lodge, El Zagal Shriners, highway clean-ups, and blood drives.

Kyle Huntley, Delta Sigma Phi

Major: Civil Engineering

Hometown: Larimore, N.D.

Activities: Served as vice president, assisted with recycling initiative, attended Regional Leadership Academy and President’s Trip for Delta Sigma Phi; served as orientation leader and treasurer for Fitness Club; volunteered for the Club for Boys, Storybook Island, highway cleanups, Feeding South Dakota, blood drives and Wammen Ranch Cleanup.

Jin Kim, Lambda Chi Alpha

Major: Applied Biological Sciences

Hometown: Sheridan, Wyo.

Activities: Served as president, scholastic chair, Future Goals Committee Chair, Standards Chair, and Greek Council representative for Lambda Chi Alpha; served as junior class senator and member of the Government Relations Committee for Student Association Senate; secretary of the American Society for Microbiology; past president of Phi Eta Sigma; member of American Chemical Society, Circle K, Rowdy Rockers, Professional Development Institute, Student Ambassadors, Math Association of America, Future Health Science Professionals, Orientation Leaders and Student Peer Advisors.

Abby Labahn, Alpha Omega Epsilon

Major: Mining Engineering and Management​

Activities: Served as President and has served as co-historian, a member of the Fundraising Committee, and Athletic Officer for Alpha Omega Epsilon; member of Greek Council, Society of Mining Metallurgy and Explosives Engineers, International Society of Explosives Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, Orientation Leaders, and East of 5th community organization; served as secretary for the Pre-Law Club, public relations officers for Phi Eta Sigma and Love Your Melon; volunteered for the local humane society, highway clean-ups, Mines Buddies, and Storybook Island.

Alex Mischke, Triangle Fraternity

Major: Civil Engineering

Hometown: Woodinville, Wash.

Activities: Served as assistant scholastic chair, assistant house manager, summer house manager, and house manager for Triangle Fraternity; member of Rotoract Club and American Society of Civil Engineers; volunteered for blood drives, highway cleanups, Working Against Violence, Inc., Big Brothers Big Sisters and Habitat for Humanity.

Tyler Ryther, Alpha Chi Sigma

Major: Chemistry

Hometown: Gillette, Wyo.

Activities: Planned alumni event during All School reunion and assists with tutoring for Alpha Chi Sigma; served as president of American Chemical Society and the Society of Physics Students; volunteered for departmental outreach at local schools and university events, Boy Scouts, and served as judge for local science fairs. 

Nicole Thompson, Alpha Omega Epsilon

Major: Civil Engineering

Hometown: Fort Collins, Colo.

Activities: Served as assistant recruitment officer, recruitment officer, recording secretary, and Candidate Initiation Committee member for Alpha Omega Epsilon; secretary for Phi Eta Sigma; mentor for Women in Science & Engineering; orientation leader; member of American Society of Civil Engineers, Tau Beta Pi, Society of Women Engineers, Hardrocker Dance Team, Hardrocker Activities Program Now and Wayne Eckelberger Civil and Environmental Engineering Honor Society.

Jessica Wolf, Alpha Omega Epsilon

Major: Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management

Hometown: Gering, Neb.

Activities: Assisted with sisterhood events and served as candidate initiation officer for Alpha Omega Epsilon; treasurer for Institute of Industrial Engineers and Society of Women Engineers, vice captain for Hardrocker Dance Team; member of Orientation Leaders and Rocker Days Committee.

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About SD Mines

Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, S.D., offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university enrolls 2,843 students with a student-to-faculty ratio of 14:1. The SD School of Mines placement rate is 98 percent, with an average early-career salary for graduates of $62,300, according to the 2015-2016 PayScale report. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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About SD Mines  

Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, S.D., offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university enrolls 2,778 students with a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1. The SD School of Mines placement rate is 96 percent, with an average starting salary of $62,929. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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