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Release Date Wednesday, December 5, 2018

SD Mines Students Initiated into Order of Omega Honor Society

The Fall 2018 inductees to the Order of Omega national Greek honor society at SD Mines are (left to right) Cole Osendorf, Darien Raymond, Perrin Salonek, Jacob Truxal, Kirsten Anderson, Alysia Rupp and Adrienne Kusek.

Seven South Dakota School of Mines & Technology students have been initiated into the Order of Omega national Greek honor society.

Order of Omega has more than 570 chapters throughout North America and recognizes juniors and seniors who have exemplified high standards in the areas of scholarship, leadership and involvement within their respective Greek organizations, their university campuses and their local community. The Xi Tau Chapter was established at SD Mines in 1995.

Students selected for initiation this fall are:

Kirsten Anderson, Alpha Omega Epsilon

  • Kirsten Anderson is a junior chemical engineering major with a minor in mathematics at SD Mines. She is an active member in Alpha Omega Epsilon professional and social sorority and has held leadership positions such as Risk Reduction Chair and Greek Council Representative. In the Greek Council, she also holds the role of Secretary. Anderson also likes to volunteer in the community through different programs such as Kids Against Hunger, Mines Buddies, Girls Inc. and Highway Cleanup. She has worked hard to improve her school and community and plans to do the same in the Order of Omega. Her hometown is Sturgis, SD.

  Adrienne Kusek, Alpha Delta Pi

  • Adrienne Kusek is a junior civil engineering major at SD Mines. She is the Executive Vice President of Alpha Delta Pi sorority. She is a member of the Steel Bridge Team and an Alpha Delta Pi Philanthropy Committee member.  She volunteers in the community at the Humane society and she works at the Rapid City YMCA. Her hometown in Yankton, SD.   

Cole Osendorf, Theta Tau, Omega Chapter

  • Cole Osendorf is a junior metallurgical engineering student at SD Mines. He is involved in the Bladesmithing Team, the Society of Metallurgical Engineers, and Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity. In the community he is active in helping the Habitat for Humanity in home building projects. In his spare time he enjoys snowboarding, hiking, mountain biking, and hanging out with my friends. His hometown is Bowman, ND.

 Darien Raymond, Alpha Chi Sigma

  • Darien Raymond is a senior chemical engineering major.   He is a member of American Institute of Chemical Engineering and the 3D Printing Club.   In the community he volunteers at the Black Hills Humane Society and Habitat for Humanity along with completing community service with Alpha Chi Sigma.   After graduating this spring, he plans to continue my education by pursuing a master’s degree in chemical engineering. His hometown is North Branch, MN.

  Alysia Rupp, Alpha Omega Epsilon 

  • Alysia Rupp is a senior industrial engineering and engineering management major. She has served on the Student Senate and in leadership roles in the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers and on the Professional Development Committee with Alpha Omega Epsilon. In the community she served with Black Hills Works, the United Way and the Frank Family Fund.  Her hometown is Marshall, MN. 

Perrin Salonek, Delta Sigma Phi

  • Perrin Salonek is a junior geological engineering major at SD Mines. He represents Mines as a member of the intramural hockey team, where he served as secretary of the Hardrocker Hockey Club.  He also served as secretary of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and he serves as the Community Service Chair with Delta Sigma Phi. Salonek’s community service includes work with the Rapid City Club for Boys and the Mines Buddies program at Black Hills Works.  He enjoys the outdoors and playing hockey.  His hometown is Plymouth, MN.  

Jacob Truxal, Triangle

  • Jacob Truxal, is a junior geological engineering major with a minor in petroleum systems at SD Mines. He is active in Triangle, where he serves as the steward. He serves as the Treasurer for Leaders for Environmental Adventure and Prevention. He is also a member of Tech Geological Association, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and the Society of Economic Geologists.  In the community he has volunteered for United Blood Services, Black Hills Works, feeding South Dakota and Circle K.  His hometown is Bellevue, ID.

  The initiation ceremony was held Dec. 3. 


About South Dakota Mines  

Founded in 1885, South Dakota Mines is one of the nation’s leading engineering, science and technology universities. South Dakota Mines offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees and a best-in-class education at an affordable price. The university enrolls 2,493 students with an average class size of 24. The South Dakota Mines placement rate for graduates is 98 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $70,036. For these reasons  South Dakota Mines is ranked among the best engineering schools in the country for return on investment. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on FacebookTwitter, LinkedInInstagram, and Snapchat.

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