BHSU students in the front row-
left to right: Keenan Justice,
 Shalayne Mowry, Zachary Zenk, Rachel Solano, Kelsey Dalzell, Jason Gifford and BHSU professors, back row--left to right: Hui Ma, Jill Trimble, Daluss Siewert, Kristel Ehrhardt.
 BHSU student Rachel Solano, chapter president, signs the charter for the math honor society.
Six Black Hills State University students and four professors were inducted into the Kappa Mu Epsilon math honor society marking their place in BHSU history. The recent ceremony was the inaugural induction ceremony of Kappa Mu Epsilon at the University.

“This is one of those things that are a benchmark for the University. When the community and outside organizations such as the National Honor Society recognize BHSU, it is a big deal,” said BHSU President Kay Schallenkamp.

The ceremony recognized the excellence of the mathematics program at BHSU as well as students who excel in math and who have satisfied all of the requirements to be a part of Kappa Mu Epsilon. These students included: Rachel Solano, math education major from Rapid City, president; Zachary Zenk, mathematics major from Riverton, Wyo; vice president; Kelsey Dalzell, mathematics major from Spearfish, secretary; Kennan Justice, math education major from Belle Fourche, treasurer; Jason Gifford, mathematics major from Rapid City; and Shalayne Mowry, mathematics major from Spearfish. The faculty included: Hui Ma, assistant professor of mathematics; Kristel Ehrhardt, instructor of mathematics; Daluss Siewert, professor of mathematics; and Jill Trimble, instructor of mathematics.

“I felt quite honored to be recognized along with fellow faculty members and deserving mathematics students. Although I am a member of several honor societies due to my college coursework, I felt that this ceremony was even more special than those as this was the inaugural induction ceremony of Kappa Mu Epsilon at BHSU,” said Ehrhardt. “When Kelsey Dalzell signed the charter book as the first member ever, and I signed as the seventh member ever, I realized what a special moment it was and that our names would linger for prosperity as the first inductees into KME.”

“The Kappa Mu Epsilon National Honor Society illustrates the way that BHSU’s math program has progressed over the past several years,” Ehrhardt said.