May 24, 2019

Honorary society recognizes outstanding students, faculty

The School of Dentistry’s chapter of Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU), which is the dental equivalent of Phi Beta Kappa, inducted seven new student members and two faculty members on May 22.

2019 Inductees

Flanked by Dr. John Evans (far left) and Dr. Greg Huang and Dr. Natasha Flake (at right) of the School of Dentistry faculty, the inductees from the Class of 2019 are (from left) Kerry Streiff, Anoop Gill, Anmol Gill, Lauren Blanchard, Mari-Alina Timoshchuk, Stephen Siew, and Elizabeth Floodeen.

At the Sigma Sigma chapter’s annual dinner at the UW Club, scholarships also were awarded to six students, while another student received OKU’s annual award of excellence.

Faculty member Amy Kim inducted

Dr. Amy Kim (center) is inducted by Dr. Flake and Sandy Phillips of the School of Dentistry faculty.

Dr. Richard Presland (center) is inducted by Dr. Daniel Chan and Dr. Flake of the faculty.

Dr. Richard Presland (center) is inducted by Dr. Daniel Chan and Dr. Flake of the faculty.

Robert Rosenthal receives the Dr. William S. Kramer Award of Excellence from Dr. Flake and Dr. Randy Maebo of the faculty.

The student inductees, all from the graduating Class of 2019, were Lauren Blanchard, Elizabeth Floodeen, Anmol Gill, Anoop Gill, Stephen Siew, Kerry Streiff, and Mari-Alina Timoshchuk. Dr. Amy Kim of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, who also holds an appointment in the Department of Periodontics and is associate director of the Regional Initiatives in Dental Education (RIDE) program, was inducted as a faculty member. Dr. Richard Presland, graduate program director of the Department of Oral Health Sciences, was inducted as an honorary member.

Robert Rosenthal, a RIDE student in the Class of 2021, received the Dr. William S. Kramer Award of Excellence. The award recognizes a rising third-year student who has demonstrated scholarship, character, and the potential promise for advancement of dentistry and service to humanity.

Standing with Dr. Flake and Dr. Andy Marashi (far right) of the faculty are the OKU scholarship recipients (from left): Asher Chiu and Samuel Snipes of the Class of 2021, Calvin Panah and Fang Sun of the Class of 2022, and Nadia Grishin and Kayla Casebier of the Class of 2020.

Standing with Dr. Flake and Dr. Andy Marashi (far right) of the faculty are the OKU scholarship recipients (from left): Asher Chiu and Samuel Snipes of the Class of 2021, Calvin Panah and Fang Sun of the Class of 2022, and Nadia Grishin and Kayla Casebier of the Class of 2020.

Dr. Jon Suzuki of Philadelphia’s Temple University, professor of microbiology and immunology in Temple’s School of Medicine and professor of periodontology and oral implantology in its School of Dentistry, presented the keynote speech, relating lessons he had learned over the course of his career.

Dr. Jon Suzuki

Dr. Jon Suzuki

Interim Dean Gary Chiodo, who is an OKU member, welcomes guests at the dinner.

Interim Dean Gary Chiodo, who is an OKU member, welcomes guests at the dinner.

OKU scholarships went to Kayla Casebier and Nadia Grishin of the Class of 2020, Asher Chiu and Samuel Snipes of the Class of 2021, and Calvin Panah and Fang Sun of the Class of 2022.