American Student Dental Association

e-Newsletter of the American Student Dental Association 
 September 2011
Orientation Photo Contest
Submit a photo (with caption) from your chapter's 2011-12 orientation event to before Sept. 30. The chapter who shows the most ASDA fever will win a $50 American Express gift card. 
Earn an Incentive for Your Chapter
ASDA is offering an incentive to our chapters this year for efforts to recruit predental members to ASDA. Predental membership helps ASDA by getting more students involved in organized dentistry early. ASDA needs chapters to help with this effort. In return, the top three chapters who recruit the most predentals will receive financial awards. First place earns $250; second place earns $150; and third place earns $100.

This incentive program begins now with the 2012 membership year and the award will be presented at Annual Session in March during the awards ceremony. In order for chapters to earn credit for their recruitment efforts, the predental students will need to select their chapter when completing the online application. ASDA can provide chapters with predental benefit materials and presentations to assist with the recruitment efforts. For more information or predental recruitment resources, contact Danielle Bauer, chapter relations manager.

Poster Session Abstracts Due Nov. 1
ASDA will be hosting a poster session at Annual Session 2012 in Minneapolis. If you or someone from your chapter is currently doing research or has done research in the past, submit an abstract for consideration by Nov. 1, 2011. For more information, click here.
Ryan Turner Memorial Scholarship
Ryan Turner was a fourth year dental student at the University of Michigan when he passed away suddenly in January 2007. He was passionate about dentistry and was a devoted member of ASDA. He held chapter leadership positions and was elected to ASDA's board of trustees as District 6 trustee. If someone from your chapter demonstrates leadership qualities and pitches in at your chapter and around your community, encourage them to apply for the Ryan Turner Memorial Scholarship. He or she could win $1,000 plus $500 for your chapter. Application materials are due by Nov. 1, 2011. Note: current and past national leaders are not eligible.
Western Regional Meeting Deadline Soon
Each regional meeting features sessions about hot topics in dentistry including midlevel providers. Learn from ASDA leaders about these alternative workforce models and their scope of practice. Know what's going on in each state and how you may be affected.


The Western registration deadline is Friday, Sept. 30. Don't miss out on great sessions and networking opportunities your regional meeting! A $25 late fee per person applies after Sept. 30.   

Eastern will have record attendance this month in Buffalo. Central will welcome East Carolina to ASDA. Remember, you can submit your chapter's registrations online. Contact Meghan Keelean if you have questions.


For the latest information on all three regional meetings, click on these links:

Chapter Resource of the Month: Chapter Newsletters and Websites
Is your chapter starting a newsletter this year? Are you looking to revamp your website? If so, check out ASDA's award-winning chapter newsletters and websites for some great ideas. ASDA also compiled a list of unique ideas from chapters on newsletter topics, website content, social media and other ways to communicate to members.

Get ideas for chapter communications here.

2012 Membership Year is Underway
On Sept. 12, ASDA opened up membership for the 2012 year. Those individuals at your school who are designated as the remittance processors should have received an e-mail with instructions and their user name and password for the online remittance system later.

ASDA is continuing its reward program for chapters who process their remittances by Nov. 23. If chapters submit their remittances and dues payments in full by this deadline, they will receive $100. There is an additional bonus of $50 for chapters that include e-mail addresses for ALL of their members with the remittance by Nov. 23. It is important that ASDA has members' e-mails so that they receive our monthly e-newsletter Word of Mouth and other announcements from the central office. We have a strict policy on the number of e-mails that we send our members (less than four e-mails per month).


Please be sure that your new first year students understand that our membership year runs on a calendar year from Jan. 1-Dec. 31 so their membership doesn't officially begin until Jan. 1, 2011. However, once we receive the membership remittance along with payment for all of your members, we will process their memberships and they will begin to receive some of their benefits early, such as their publications, access to the website and insurance benefits. Until we receive the remittance and payment from your chapter, they are not members and do not have an ASDA and ADA membership number.


If you have any questions on membership or the remittance process, please contact Erin Kato, membership administrator.

ASDA Well Represented on ADA Councils
Every ADA council and commission includes an ASDA student representative because the ADA values and appreciates the student perspective. The 2011-12 ASDA representatives begin their appointments in October following the ADA Annual Session. Congratulations!
  • New Dentist Committee
    Mark Hower, Los Angeles '12
  • Council on ADA Sessions
    Rick Andolina, Buffalo '13
  • Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations
    Tim Calnon, Buffalo '13
  • Council on Communications
    Colleen Greene, Harvard '12
  • Council on Dental Benefit Programs
    Ben Youel, Illinois '13
  • Council on Dental Education and Licensure
    Jack Huebner, Nebraska '12
  • Council on Dental Practice
    Ken Randall, Kentucky '12
  • Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs
    Christine Tiller, Midwestern-Arizona '13
  • Council on Government Affairs
    Veena Vaidyanathan, Pacific '12
  • Council on Members Insurance and Retirement Programs
    Stephanie Vlahos, Virginia '13
  • Council on Membership
    Alexandra Barton, Virginia '13
  • Council on Scientific Affairs
    Trent Lally, Detroit '12
  • American Dental Political Action Committee
    Aruna Rao, Minnesota '12
  • Commission on Dental Accreditation
    Joseph Eliason, San Francisco '13
  • Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations
    Ian Murray, Western '13

Read more about the ADA Councils and Commissions in Understanding Organized Dentistry found in the Dental Student Membership section of

2011 Membership Update
On Aug. 31, ASDA closed the 2011 membership year with and 87% market share, including 17,745 predoctoral, 821 predental, 104 associate and 30 international members. You may view membership reports here to see a comparison of month-end membership numbers with those of the previous year. You can also download a list of your 2011 members by going to and click on "Membership Directory" under the Member Resources tab. You select your chapter's name and it will bring up an up-to-date list of members. You are able to download the members (including their names, e-mail, graduation year and ADA #) into an Excel spreadsheet. 
Membership: FAQs
When can I renew my ASDA/ADA membership for next year?

ASDA's membership runs on a calendar year so your current membership will expire Dec. 31, 2011. Beginning Sept. 12, 2011, you can renew your membership for the 2012 year. You can renew through your chapter or by going directly online (for recruited chapters only). Dues are $75/year, of which $5 goes to ADA for student membership.


When you renew your membership, either with your chapter or online, be sure to update your contact information with ASDA so you continue to receive your benefits (see below for instructions on updating your address).


How do I change my address with ASDA?

There are three ways to update your contact information, including e-mail address, with ASDA:

  1. Go online to and login as a member using your last name as your user name and ADA number as your password
  2. E-mail 
  3. Call 800-621-8099, ext. 2795

Who should I contact with questions or concerns?

Please contact with any questions or concerns.

Quote of the Month
"Take time to be deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in."   
----Walt Disney

This e-newsletter is sent to ASDA's national leaders, first and second delegates and dental school deans.
In This Issue
-Orientation Photo Contest
-Earn an Incentive for your Chapter
-Poster Session Abstracts
-Ryan Turner Memorial Scholarship
-Western Regional Meeting
-Chapter Newsletters and Websites
-2012 Membership Year
-ASDA on ADA Councils
-2011 Membership Update
-Membership: FAQs
-Quote of the Month

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