American Student Dental Association

e-Newsletter of the American Student Dental Association 
January 2011
Greetings! 


This e-newsletter is sent to ASDA's national leaders, first and second delegates and dental school deans.
Apply Now to Become the Ideal ASDA Chapter
The 2011 Ideal ASDA Chapter Awards program recognizes the achievements of our chapters. There are eleven award categories in addition to the most prestigious Ideal ASDA Chapter award. Winners will be announced at the Ideal ASDA Chapter Awards luncheon held during ASDA's 41st Annual Session in Anaheim, CA on March 5.

The application is available on our website on the "Awards" page. You will also find the applications for the 2008, 2009 and 2010 winners to use as samples.

Applications must be submitted in electronic and hard-copy formats to Danielle Bauer, Chapter Relations Manager, 211 E. Chicago Ave., Suite 700, Chicago, IL 60611, Danielle@ASDAnet.org. All applications must be received in the central office by Monday, February 7. For more information, contact Danielle at Danielle@ASDAnet.org.

Earn Up to $400 for Your Chapter!
ASDA is holding our annual information drive during the month of February to update contact information for all of our members and we need your help. It is important that we have correct contact information so our members receive their benefits, such as our publications and our monthly e-newsletters Word of Mouth and The Legislative Ledger. We are asking each chapter to make an effort to collect updated mailing and email addresses of all your members and send to ASDA for our records. For your efforts, we will send your chapter a check for $100! The first two chapters that submit updates for at least 90% of their members by February 28 will receive an additional $300 from ASDA!

More details will be emailed to all first and second delegates. If you have questions, contact Danielle Bauer, Chapter Relations Manager, at Danielle@ASDAnet.org.
Registration Deadline for Annual Session is This Friday
The deadline to register for ASDA's 41st Annual Session in Anaheim, CA is this Friday, January 21. Register your chapter online or submit your forms to Meghan Keelean at Meghan@asdanet.org or fax to 312-440-2820.

Don't miss out on this great event:
  • Make new friends with dental students from around the country, and reconnect with those you met in Baltimore at last year's Annual Session and in Chicago at the 2010 Regional Meetings
  • Improve your leadership skills with help from the keynote speaker on Leadership Excellence from the Disney Institute
  • Network with dental companies and vendors at the Exhibit Fair to make valuable connections and enter to win great prizes
  • Friday evening visit Disneyland with discounted park tickets and extended hours after a full-day of sessions
  • Celebrate with your new friends and colleagues at the President's Dinner Dance on Saturday evening to close out The Best Week Ever
  • Stay in the newly renovated Disneyland Hotel, in the heart of Anaheim, steps from Downtown Disney and Disneyland

New Mobile App for this Year's Annual Session
ASDA is excited to announce the interactive smartphone application, EventLink, for this year's 2011 Annual Session.

The mobile app is available for iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, and any smartphone that has web-enabled browser capability. The mobile app puts the all meeting information right into the palm of your hand, and offers many useful year-round features. App users can:
  • Review sessions and add them to your calendar
  • Search for exhibitors and find them on the floor map
  • Download exhibitor brochures
  • Stay in-the-know with show alerts
  • Link with friends and share event photos
  • Find visitor information for Anaheim

The ASDA 2011 Annual Session Mobile App will launch in February and users will be able to download it for free through the iTunes library or by downloading it using a mobile browser. Once the app is live, downloading instructions will be available on our website.

Fundraising Opportunity for Your Chapter
We would like to offer chapters an opportunity to raise funds by selling the ASDA Guide to Postdoctoral Programs. There are three volumes of this guide: Volume 1 includes information about general practice residencies and advanced education in general dentistry programs; Volume 2 includes information about dental public health, endodontics, oral and maxillofacial pathology, oral and maxillofacial radiology, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, and prosthodontics; and Volume 3 features oral and maxillofacial surgery.   

We will offer the guides to you at a very low price so that you can sell them at a profit for your chapter. Download the flyer and order form for more details. Contact Danielle Bauer, Chapter Relations Manager, at Danielle@ASDAnet.org with any questions.

National Dental Student Lobby Day
Attend National Dental Student Lobby Day and make a difference in your profession and your future. Registration is now open. The deadline to register is Wednesday, February 23. The deadline to make hotel reservations is Friday, February 25. Registration forms and information are available here.

Questions? Contact Meghan Keelean, CMP, Meeting Planner, at 312-440-2845 or via e-mail at Meghan@ASDAnet.org.
Free ADA Online Leadership Course
Want to increase your understanding of organized dentistry and enhance personal leadership skills? Visit www.adaceonline.org and take a look at the free, members-only, online leadership course, Understanding the Association Series. This self-guided continuing education course can help you identify your leadership style, conduct effective meetings, set goals and gain a better understanding of the professional association's role in the political process. 

For more information about Understanding the Association Series and other ADA New Dentist Committee leadership development offerings, including webinars and workshops, contact us at 800.621.8099 ext. 2779 or newdentist@ada.org, or visit www.ada.org/newdentist.
2011 Membership Update
If our central office has not received your chapter's remittances, including full payment, the students at your chapter are NOT current ASDA members and therefore will not receive their benefits. In order to avoid complaints from members at your school, it is urgent that your chapter submit the remittance with full payment as soon as possible.

As of Jan. 11, 2011, the following chapters have not remitted or paid thus their students are not current ASDA members: Colorado, Detroit Mercy, Florida, Harvard, Howard, Illinois, Indiana, Loma Linda, Louisville, Maryland, Nova Southeastern, Puerto Rico, San Antonio, Southern California, Southern Illinois, Temple and Western. If you have any questions about the remittance process, please contact Erin Kato, Membership Administrator, at Erin@asdanet.org.

2011 Numbers are Steadily Growing
As of January 11, we have 12,659 members, including 12,342 predoctoral, 276 predental, 30 associate, 5 international members and 6 international dental student members. You may view membership reports online at our Membership Statistics page at http://www.asdanet.org/memberstats.aspx. This will provide your chapter with a comparison of month-end membership numbers with those of the previous year. If you have any questions regarding your chapter's membership totals, contact Erin Kato, Membership Administrator, at Erin@ASDAnet.org.
New Leadership
Many chapters elect their new leadership at the change of the calendar year. If your chapter has new leadership, please send the names and contact information to our central office. It is very important that we have correct contact information for our leaders so we can communicate important deadlines, upcoming initiatives, and any issues to you. Please send the information to Erin Kato, Membership Administrator, at Erin@ASDAnet.org.
Membership FAQs
Your new members will have many questions for you. Here are a few common questions and answers:

When will I receive my ASDA/ADA membership card and number? If the application or remit was received by Nov. 24, the ASDA/ADA card should be delivered this month. Applications and remittances received after Nov. 24 will be processed on a first-come, first-serve basis to receive benefits accordingly. Membership cards are mailed out the end of each month so members receive their cards 4-6 weeks after processing.

When can I access the members-only section of the website? Members will be able to access the members-only section of www.ASDAnet.org utilizing their ASDA/ADA number, as soon as their membership is processed. If you need your ASDA/ADA number sooner, contact the central office at (800) 621-8099, ext. 2795.

When will I start receiving publications? If the membership application or remit was received by the Nov. 24 deadline, members will start receiving their publications with the January issue of ASDA News and the Winter issue of Mouth. All others will begin receiving publications based on when their chapters' remittances were received and processed. Publications can also be accessed through http://www.asdanet.org/publications.aspx. Please remember to update your address to receive your publications at: http://www.asdanet.org/update-your-address.aspx.

Who should I contact with questions or concerns? Please ask members to contact Membership@ASDAnet.org with any questions or concerns.
Quote of the Month
'When was ever honey made with one bee in a hive?"
-- Thomas Hood

In This Issue
-Apply Now to Become the Ideal ASDA Chapter
-Earn Up to $400 for Your Chapter!
-Registration Deadline for Annual Session is This Friday
-New Mobile App for this Year's Annual Session
-Fundraising Opportunity for Your Chapter
-National Dental Student Lobby Day
-Free ADA Online Leadership Course
-2011 Membership Update
-New Ledership
-Membership FAQs
-Quote of the Month
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