Tau Kappa Omega Honor Society Inducts New Pacific Dugoni Members

June 5, 2015


University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry's chapter of the Tau Kappa Omega (TKO) Honor Society inducted 52 new members and three honorary members at its annual TKO convocation and dinner held on June 2, 2015, in the William Dorfman Hall at the school's San Francisco campus.

The inductees were second- and third-year students who have shown outstanding achievement in scholarship, service and character.

Amanda Rae Kronquist, TKO president and DDS Class of 2015 student, delivered a welcome message and presented an overview of the honor society's history. Dean Patrick J. Ferrillo, Jr. addressed the inductees and highlighted their achievements. Following the induction of student members and honorary members, Dr. Alan W. Budenz, TKO faculty advisor and Pacific Dugoni professor, led the recitation of the TKO pledge. The inductees are listed below.

DDS Class of 2016 Inductees
Dana M. Baba, Brian M. Benyammi, Alina Borchardt, Tyler J. Canales, Matthew C. Christie, Ryan C. Courtin, Nicole Endo, Johnny Evanson, Trevor M. Fujinaka, Nisa Goshtasbi, Storm Hagen, Jesse Han, Shulamit S. Harkavy, Dallin N. Harris, Stephen G. Kim, Milen Krastev, Grace S. Lan, Daniel R. Larsen, Michael J. Lawrence, Vicky Nguyen, Raymond P. Pandez, Benjamin D. Robinson, Nicole M. Rottjakob, Curtis L. Roundy, Lauren E. Shin, Marisela Sinclair, Alan K. Tanner, Navid A. Torabian, Jonathan R. West, Alex B. Yee and Sascha E. Zandevakili

DDS Class of 2015 Inductees
Evan A. Demko, Cooper T. Differding, Woojae (Eric) Kim, Stephanie M. Kroll, Peter J. March, William J. Milcovich, Daniel J. Mingrone, Eric S. Muff, Brandon J. Nakken, Tina T. Ngo, Kaitlyn P. O'Brien, Marlene A. Sadek, Emily M. Vaccarezza and Yige Zhao

IDS Class of 2015 Inductees
Basil Al Shaikhly, Omar A. Gabr, Katerina Koleva, Ching Lue, Jhankhana M. Shah, Sergio G. Souza and Namrata J. Upadhyay (pictured at left)

Honorary Inductees
Mr. Jeff Rhode, Dr. Raymond Scott and Mr. Shree Shrestha

Pacific Dugoni organized its Tau Kappa Omega dental honor society in 1927 in an effort to promote honor and service to the alma mater. Students are admitted on the basis of ideals, scholarship and character. At the end of the seventh quarter of study, the top 20% of students are selected for membership; and at the end of the 11th quarter, another 10% of the class is selected for membership. Additionally, the top 30% of the graduating International Dental Studies Program are selected following their seventh quarter. Students elected to Tau Kappa Omega graduate with honors.


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