American Student Dental Association

e-Newsletter of the American Student Dental Association 
 October 2011
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ASDA Welcomes Three New Chapters
Congratulations to the new ASDA chapters at East Carolina University, Midwestern University-Illinois and Roseman University of Health Sciences! With the addition of these three new schools, ASDA now has 61 chapters. East Carolina and Roseman held elections for their first and second delegates and we welcome the following students into ASDA leadership: Credle Harris, East Carolina '15; Alisha Huria, East Carolina '15; Nathan Hoffman, Roseman '15; and Khealynn Harris, Roseman '15.

Visits have been made to Midwestern and Roseman by national leaders and staff to meet with students and the administration. In October, ASDA leaders and staff will visit East Carolina. The association looks forward to continued growth with the addition of three strong chapters.

Need content for your chapter newsletter?
Did you know that you can reprint your favorite ASDA News and Mouth articles in your chapter's newsletter? To reprint an article from one of ASDA's national publications, just include the following attribution line: "This article, originally published in the [year and month] issue of [publication title], is reprinted with permission from the American Student Dental Association." Next, notify Communications Editor Kim Schneider of the reprint and send a copy of your newsletter via e-mail to or mail a printed copy to 211 E. Chicago Ave., Suite 700, Chicago, IL 60611.  
Eastern Regional Awards Presented
Eastern Regional Award WinnersAt the Eastern Regional meeting in Buffalo last month, trustees recognized one chapter and one individual member from each district for their contributions to ASDA. The individuals and chapters that were honored demonstrated a genuine passion for ASDA. Congratulations to the following winners:

District 1

Outstanding Chapter Contribution: Boston

Outstanding Individual Contribution: Rob Kievit, Connecticut '13


District 2

Outstanding Chapter Contribution: Buffalo

Outstanding Individual Contribution: Lauren Jain, Stony Brook '13


District 3

Outstanding Chapter Contribution: Pennsylvania

Outstanding Individual Contribution: Boris Kleyman, Howard '12

ADAF Award for Dental Student Outreach
The ADA Foundation Bud Tarrson Dental School Student Community Leadership Award annually highlights significant dental student outreach to vulnerable communities. The goal of the award is to recognize one exemplary volunteer community service project organized and/or conducted by a group of dental students.

One application from each dental school will be accepted. One award of $5,000 per year will be made to the students' dental school/college in his/her honor; award funds must be expressly used to continue to enhance student service learning and outreach to underserved populations.

The application deadline is Nov. 2. Visit the ADAF website for the application and guidelines.


ASDA Delegation Convenes in Las Vegas for ADA Annual Session
A delegation of ASDA leaders convened in Las Vegas on Oct. 10-13 to bring the student voice to the American Dental Association's Annual Session. With five seats on the ADA House floor, the group of ASDA members alternates voting delegates based on which category of resolutions each is assigned to review.

Representing ASDA at this year's ADA Annual Session were delegates Brittany Bensch, chair, Washington '12; Colleen Greene, Harvard '13; Tim Calnon, Buffalo '13; Nipa Thakkar, Temple '12; Stephanie Vlahos, Virginia '13; Dusty Pfundheller, Florida '13; Trent Lally Detroit, Mercy '12; Ken Randall, Kentucky '12; Jack Huebner, Nebraska '12; Adam Shisler, Houston '12; Stephanie Cappiello, Los Angeles '13; and Executive Director Nancy Honeycutt.

Chapter Resource of the Month: Direct Deposit and Incentives
ASDA now offers chapters the option to receive funds from chapter dues and incentives as a direct deposit. To participate, chapters need to complete a form with their bank account information and send to Danielle Bauer  along with a copy of a voided check.

ASDA offers various incentives throughout the year to support chapters. Chapters can earn money for submitting their remittance by the deadline, recruiting predental members and providing updated contact information for members.


For information on chapter finances click here.

Submit Dues by Nov. 23 to Earn Incentive
The deadline to earn the remittance incentive is Nov. 23. Chapters that submit their remittances and dues payments in full by this deadline 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.

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

Earn Cash Courtesy of ADA Office of Student Affairs

Your chapter has received the ADA Freshman Welcome Packets and, hopefully, has begun distributing them to the first year students at your school. Distributing these packets is a great way to promote your chapter and help introduce a new class of dental students to the ADA! Your chapter also has the opportunity to earn funds by helping the ADA collect first year students' contact information. Chapters who submit 95% of the enclosed "Keep in Touch" cards or the first year students' contact information to the ADA will win prizes, courtesy of the ADA Office of Student Affairs. Students can also update their contact information online at    


The first chapter to collect 95% of the cards or contact information will win $300. Any chapter who collects 95% of the cards or contact information before Nov. 1 will win $100.


If you have any questions about the Freshman Welcome Packets, contact Isabella Horning in the ADA Office of Student Affairs at 800-621-8099 ext 4656.

2012 Membership Update
On Sept. 12, we opened the 2012 membership year and so far, we have 189 members, including 141 predoctoral, 46 predental and 2 international dental student 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 2012 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 ASDA #) into an Excel spreadsheet.
Membership: FAQs

How do I login to ASDA's website?
To login to ASDA's website, go to and use your last name as your user name and ASDA number as your password.


What is my ASDA number and how do I obtain this number?

Every dental student is assigned a number by the ADA after they receive an official enrollment list from your school. This number does not change and is your ADA number throughout your career in dentistry.


ASDA and ADA use this number as a unique identifier for each member. This number is included in your record in both ASDA and ADA's systems. You will receive your membership number and benefits booklet 4-6 weeks after joining ASDA. ADA will mail a membership card after January. If you misplace your number, you can contact ASDA at 800-621-8099, ext 2795 or  


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 ASDA number as your password
  2. E-mail 
  3. Call 800-621-8099, ext. 2795

Who should I contact with questions or concerns?

Please contact

Quote of the Month
"Reason and judgment are the qualities of a leader."   

This e-newsletter is sent to ASDA's national leaders, first and second delegates and dental school deans.
In This Issue
-ASDA Welcomes New Chapters
-Chapter Newsletter Content
-Eastern Regional Awards
-ADAF Award
-ASDA at ADA Annual Session
-Direct Deposit and Incentives
-Submit Dues to Earn $100
-Earn Cash Courtesy of ADA Office of Student Affairs
-2012 Membership Update
-Membership: FAQs
-Quote of the Month

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