May 5, 2017

OKU Presents Awards and Welcomes New Members

On April 5th, the College of Dentistry's Theta Chapter of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) honor society welcomed this year's new members at a banquet that included the presentation of two student awards. 

The keynote speaker was William Clark, PhD, an Emeritus Professor from Ohio State's Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Dr. Clark spoke about his collaborations with dentistry faculty members and the significance of the professional partnerships between materials science engineers and dental researchers.

The new D4 student inductees also were introduced:

  • David Eldredge 
  • Nicole Gettings 
  • Mary Griffith 
  • Kylen Hughes 
  • Victoria Pennington
  • Daniel Schmidt
  • Kellie Schwallbach
  • Katherine Seymour
  • Spencer Starley
  • Cody Strahler
  • Benjamin Wallace
  • Jeremy Warn

This year's faculty inductee also was introduced: Zongyang Sun, DDS, MS, MSD, PhD; Associate Professor, Division of Orthodontics.

The William S. Kramer Award of Excellence was presented to D3 James Zimmerman. The Orville E. Russell Award of Excellence was given to D2 Nathan Loughridge. Both students were honored for their demonstrated scholarship, outstanding character, and their potential for contributing to the advancement of dentistry and service to humanity.