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Hospitality students invited to join international honor society

The International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education (ICHRIE) has granted a charter to South Dakota State University in recognition of its hospitality program.

SDSU’s Eta Sigma Delta chapter received its charter April 25 at an installation ceremony. The following students were inducted into the chapter:

  • Seniors: Morghan Deiss, Aberdeen; Brittany Haberman, Olivet; Becca Herman, Sioux Falls; Danielle Stane, Council Bluffs, Iowa; and Thayer Trenhaile, Volga;
  • Juniors: Caitlyn Fluke, Aberdeen; Bailey Johnson, Bingham Lake, Minnesota; Masao Komazaki, Mibu, Japan; Wenfang Liu, Wuhan, Hubei, China; Cassandra Onnen, Brandon; Carson Pruett, Brandon; Michaela Simon, Tolstoy; Kristin Smith, Brandon; Hannah Swanson, Brookings; and Kasie Vollmer, Savage, Minnesota.

“We’re excited and proud to receive the charter and have our students be recognized for their efforts,” Kunsoon Park, an assistant professor in the Department of Consumer Sciences, said. “We’ve seen our students be among the nation’s first to receive certification in hotel industry analytics and look forward to seeing what our students can accomplish in the future as a result of this charter.”

Eta Sigma Delta was founded in 1978 by a group of students from the University of New Hampshire’s Whittemore School of Business and Economics, which identified a need to recognize hospitality and tourism students for outstanding academic achievement, meritorious service and demonstrated professionalism.

SDSU’s hospitality management program is within the consumer science department in the College of Education and Human Sciences.

International CHRIE (ICHRIE), a nonprofit professional association, provides programs and services to continually improve the quality of global education, research, service and business operations in the hospitality and tourism industry. ICHRIE, an inclusive, collegial association, values creative, ethical and progressive action and improvement of global hospitality and tourism education and research. With chapters in the United States, Hong Kong and Switzerland, Eta Sigma Delta is truly an international society that remains dedicated to recognizing the most outstanding students of hospitality, tourism and culinary arts. The professional benefits include an opportunity for outstanding students to distinguish themselves in the eyes of educators, recruiters and industry executives in an increasingly competitive industry.