May 31, 2013

OKU inducts new members, awards scholarships

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.
Faculty members welcome the new alumni inductees. From left: Sandy Phillips, Brian Swanson, Nick Raklios, Kaitlin Poppe, Dean Joel Berg, Stona Jackson, Liza Mathias and Dr. Hai Zhang. Not shown: Brian Christensen, who was unable to attend.

Faculty members welcome the new alumni inductees. From left: Sandy Phillips, Brian Swanson, Nick Raklios, Kaitlin Poppe, Dean Joel Berg, Stona Jackson, Liza Mathias and Dr. Hai Zhang. Not shown: Brian Christensen and Tyler Smoot who were unable to attend.

Dr. Susan Herring (center) joins Dr. Sue Coldwell and Dr. Zhang after her induction as honorary faculty member. Dr. Art DiMarco, inducted as faculty member, was unable to attend.

Dr. Susan Herring (center) joins Dr. Sue Coldwell and Dr. Zhang after her induction as honorary faculty member. Dr. Art DiMarco, inducted as faculty member, was unable to attend.

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.

Phillips and Dr. Zhang present the William S. Kramer Award for Excellence to rising third-year student Kathryn Parker.

Phillips and Dr. Zhang present the William S. Kramer Award for Excellence to rising third-year student Kathryn Parker.

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.
Phillips and Dr. Zhang join scholarship winners (from left) Shane Drew, Allison Millard, Cameron Lasley, Kathryn Parker, Chelsea Momany and Anisoara Begun.

Phillips and Dr. Zhang join scholarship winners (from left) Shane Drew, Allison Millard, Cameron Lasley, Kathryn Parker, Chelsea Momany and Anisoara Begun.

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.

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