The UW chapter of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) dental honorary society bestowed six scholarships and inducted new alumni and faculty members during its annual dinner on May 30 at the Husky Union Building.
New inductees from the graduating Class of 2013 were Brian Christensen, Stona Jackson, Liza Mathias, Kaitlin Poppe, Nick Raklios, Tyler Rachel Smoot and Bryan Swanson.
Dr. Art DiMarco, director of the Regional Initiatives in Dental Education program in Spokane, was inducted as a faculty member, while Dr. Susan Herring, Professor and Acting Vice Chair of Oral Health Sciences, was inducted as honorary faculty member.
Scholarship awards went to Allison Millard and Shane Drew of the Class of 2014, Kathryn Parker and Cameron Lasley of the Class of 2015, and Anisoara Begun and Chelsea Momany of the Class of 2016. Parker also received the chapter’s William S. Kramer Award for Excellence, which recognizes a rising third-year dental student who has demonstrated scholarship, character, and the potential for advancement of dentistry and service to humanity.
Those presenting the awards included Dr. Hai Zhang, chapter president; Sandy Phillips, chapter vice president; Dr. Sue Coldwell, Associate Dean of Student Life and Admissions; and Dr. John Evans, Acting Vice Chair of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
Dean Joel Berg also spoke briefly, expressing pride in the new alumni inductees, while Dr. Mats Kronstrom, chapter president-elect, delivered a brief history of OKU.