Omicron Kappa Upsilon had its inception with the class of 1914 at Northwestern University Dental School. A committee from this group submitted a petition to the faculty of the school which stated they were “desirous of organizing and funding a national honorary fraternity similar to other honorary fraternities now existing in the leading universities…but which shall consist of dental students exclusively; admission and membership to which shall be based upon scholarship and character as manifested by election by the faculty.”
OMICRON KAPPA UPSILON was to have as a standard for its membership certain ideals which are found in the preamble of the first Constitution. It reads as follows--“To encourage and develop a spirit of emulation among students in dentistry, and to recognize in an appropriate manner those who shall distinguish themselves by a high grade of scholarship.”
2014 marked the 100th anniversary of the establishment of Omicron Kappa Upsilon, dentistry's honor society, by the Northwestern University School of Dentistry's Class of 1914. To celebrate our Centennial Anniversary all OKU members were invited to join the Supreme Chapter on Sunday March 16, 2014 from 6:30 to 8:00 PM at the Grand Hyatt Hotel (Room: Crocket A/B) in San Antonio, TX.
President, Dr. Sharon Siegel, was on hand to welcome over 160 members, representing our 60 active component chapters. As part of the celebration a centennial banner and ice sculpture were featured at the reception. After members satisfied their appetite and thirst with a tasty buffet and cocktails, they were surprised to find cupcakes for dessert, which featured the OKU logo.
Each OKU member who attended the reception received a commemorative lapel pin similar in design to the medallion featured above.