Xi Omicron Chapter of Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) at the University of Florida College of Dentistry announced their 2016 nominees who will be inducted during the 40th Annual Convocation on May 19, 2016 at the Gateway Grand Hotel in Gainesville. The 10 senior UF dental students who were selected for induction are Angelika Marti Bagdasarov, Kenton Brandimore, Tamra Culp, Jacqueline Dorociak, Eugenia Monoghan, Matthew Novak, Jillian Porto, Karin Schey, Kristofer Sears and Violeta Trenkova.
Three faculty members are also being inducted: Marcelle Nasimento, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., and Marc Ottenga, D.D.S., who are both in the department of restorative dental sciences, and Patricia Xirau-Probert, Ph.D., with the college’s Office of Education and is on faculty in the department of community dentistry and behavioral science.
Asher Adamec will receive the William S. Kramer Award, given each year to a third year dental student. This award is based on potential for future leadership in the dental profession and scholarship and ethical behavior during the first three years of dental school.
OKU was founded at Northwestern University School of Dentistry in 1914 when a group of students petitioned the dean, Dr. G.V. Black, to form an honor society of dental students. Xi Omicron Chapter at UFCD was chartered in 1974.
To be eligible students must be in the top 10 percent of their class academically and exhibit strong character and ethical traits with the potential to be future leaders in the dental profession. The active membership of Xi Omicron Chapter reviews those students that are eligible and makes recommendations for induction into alumni membership.