The first certificates of recognition were presented during the Supreme Chapter luncheon, March 26, 1968, in San Francisco, California, when President William Gilmore cited the outstanding service rendered to the Supreme Chapter by the members of the Constitution and Bylaws Committee.
Another first in Supreme Chapter history was the presentation of a Past-President’s plaque to Dr. Charles M. Pearce, Jr., following the business meeting in Toronto, Canada, on July 27, 1965. The customary procedure had been the presentation of the Past-President’s gavel.
In 1969, the Supreme Chapter was honored to have in attendance Dr. Arthur E. Hurt, one of the original founders of our Society. The luncheon, March 25, in Houston, Texas was dedicated in his honor.
Dr. Williams S. Kramer was honored at the 1986 Annual Business Meeting of the Supreme Chapter. Dr. Kramer served Omicron Kappa Upsilon in an exemplary manner for over 25 years, the last 17 of those years as an officer of the Supreme Chapter. An award was established in his name to annually honor a second year student at all component chapters in the United States and Canada in recognition of scholarship, character and professional promise.
Dr. Robert Sausen was honored at the Annual Business Meeting in 1991 when he retired after 25 years as Chairman of the Constitution and Bylaws Committee.
At the annual meeting in March of 1997, a new award was established to recognize and reward dental educators who demonstrate exemplary standards in dental pedagogy. The award, known as the Dr. Stephen H. Leeper Teaching Excellence Award, honors individuals who have implemented innovative techniques and have exhibited consistent excellence in dental education. The award is used to recognize creativity and teaching energy while challenging others to strive for excellence in dental education. It was established in honor of Dr. Stephen Leeper, Dean, Univeristy of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry upon completion of 22 years of service in a position of leadership within the Supreme Chapter of Omicron Kappa Upsilon.
In March of 1999, two new awards were approved by the Supreme Chapter at the annual meeting in Vancouver, B.C. The first of these awards, The Omicron Kappa Upsilon-Charles Craig Teaching Award was created to recognize dental educators who have been teaching less than five years, and have demonstrated new and innovative teaching techniques in the art and science of dentistry. Faculty at the undergraduate, graduate and residency training levels are eligible and emphasis will be placed upon creativity, motivation and innovation. This award was established to honor Dr. Charles Craig who served as president of the Supreme Chapter in 1954 and secretary-treasurer from 1960-1970.
The second award-The Omicron Kappa Upsilon Chapter Award recognizes an OKU component chapter that has created exemplary programs promoting academic excellence at the local level. The award honors a dental school chapter that has created innovative programs fostering academic excellence in the spirit of OKU.
At the 2001 annual meeting of the Supreme Chapter of Omicron Kappa Upsilon incoming president, Dr. James Delahanty, recommended the establishment of the "OKU New Educator Research Grant" with the provision that the awarding of the first grant be deferred until the necessary funds are raised to finance the award. Pursuant to this motion the Board of Directors has begun the task of soliciting the necessary money to begin the funding of the "OKU New Educator Research Grant".
The goals of the OKU New Educator Research Grant are twofold; first, to enable junior faculty to develop research skills with an established mentor and second, to provide junior faculty with the opportunity to initiate a research project that can develop into a larger, extramurally funded study. It is expected that the recipient will present the results of his/her research at the annual business meetings of the Supreme Chapter of Omicron Kappa Upsilon and the American Dental Education Association immediately following completion of the project.