American Student Dental Association

e-newsletter for members of the American Student Dental Association 
 November 2011
Happy Thanksgiving from ASDA
In the Loupe 

And We are Thankful for...       


By ASDA Central Office Staff


Many families have a tradition of going around the table and stating what they are thankful for. In keeping with that tradition, here is what ASDA's  central office staff is thankful for this Thanksgiving (in addition to having great members to work with each day.)  


Danielle Bauer, chapter relations manager: I am thankful that I am done traveling for the year and am looking forward to spending the holidays with family and friends.

Linda Cooper, meetings manager: I am thankful for a job I love, amazing colleagues and members, and a husband who supports me in everything I do.


Cheryl Graf, communications manager: I'm blessed to have had an amazing year. 2011 brought me a new job with ASDA, a fiancÚ and a nephew. I'm also thankful that I've made it through most of the items on my "30-before-30" list!


Nancy Honeycutt, executive director: I am thankful for my husband with whom I share a very fulfilling life. 


Erin Kato, membership administrator: I am thankful for my two biggest advocates, my sisters. I'm also thankful for my beautiful baby nieces and my amazing work family that put the best spin on a challenging year.


Meghan Keelean, meeting planner: I'm thankful to have amazing family and friends who support me through good times and bad, including helping me finish my first marathon this year.

Ruth Kerns, accounting manager: I'm thankful for friends, family and all things country. I'm thankful for today, because today is another opportunity to get it right and make a positive change.


Bart Lewin, sales and marketing manager: I'm thankful for my family, my health and exciting travel on the horizon!


Kris Okoskey, executive assistant: I'm thankful for my two beautiful children and for my amazing husband who will be celebrating his birthday on Thanksgiving this year!  


David Phelps, website administrator: I am thankful that I will be spending the holidays with my family.


Kim Schneider, assistant editor: I am thankful for my ever-supportive family and friends and for making it through the ups and downs of raising a puppy this year. 


Angie Wines, administrative assistant: I am thankful for the chance to cook our family recipes with my mom for Thanksgiving dinner. I'm also blessed to have such a strong connection with my cousins and siblings, despite being so far away.


On behalf of your staff in Chicago, we wish you and your families a happy Thanksgiving!

Member and Faculty Spotlight: Under the White Coat

Meet this month's student and faculty members to learn their unique hobbies, reasons for pursuing dentistry and more. For their full profile, click below.

Ilia OukhalovBrad Smith, DDS

Ilia Oukhalov
Case Western '13

Personal possession you can't live without:
Aussome Volume Hair Spray by Aussie Collections   

Brad Smith, DDS 
Midwestern University - Arizona, Assistant Dean for Preclinical Sciences


Last good book you read:
"The Journey of a Compassionate Adventurist" ---- Great book about the life of one of our faculty members who over a 60-year period has donated his dental expertise to the homeless and less fortunate in many countries.   

Registration is Open for Annual Session 2012
You can now register to attend ASDA's 2012 Annual Session, Feb. 29 - March 3 at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis. A list of sessions and a day-by-day schedule is available here. Start coordinating your chapter's attendees early so you can register and book your travel to get the best airfares.

New this year----register by Dec. 16 and save $25 per person. The regular registration deadline is Friday, Jan. 20. A $25 per person late fee applies after the deadline.


Questions? Contact Meghan Keelean, CMP, meeting planner, at 312-440-2845.

National Dental Student Lobby Day
Mark your calendar for 2012 National Dental Student Lobby Day, April 16-17, 2012 in Washington, D.C.
ADA President Interviewed for PBS Series on Barriers to Care
ADA President Dr. William Calnon was featured in a series on PBS focused on the millions of Americans without dental care. The series aired Nov. 15, but can be viewed online. In part 1, he speaks about barriers to care and in part 2, he speaks against midlevel providers. Click here for ASDA's policy on midlevel providers.
Predental Day at 2011 ADA Annual Session a Success
ASDA logoSeveral predental students attended the second annual Predental Day held Oct. 10 during the 2011 ADA Annual Session in Las Vegas. Students came from schools as close as UNLV and as far as Howard University and University of Texas-Dallas. This event was supported by ASDA and the ADA, as part of the ADA's Committee on Career Guidance and Diversity initiative to educate potential students of the advantages of a career in dentistry.

The program included activities such as viewing live-patient procedures, exploring the hundreds of exhibitors at the World Marketplace Exhibition to learn more about cutting-edge products and services currently on the market, and the opportunity to network with dental students and practicing dentists from across the nation and around the world. The group was led by Dr. Randy Fussell, member of the ADA's Council on Sessions. The pair led the group of enthusiastic students throughout the day and answered questions on the ADA and a career in dentistry.

Are You Getting ASDA News and Mouth?
ASDA logoIf you haven't received your printed copies of ASDA News and Mouth, it's probably because we can't find you! If ASDA has your address on file, printed issues will be sent to your home. If we do not know your address, hard copies are available through your chapter or office of student affairs. To make sure we send the issues to you directly, update your address here. You can also access past issues in digital format at under the communications tab.
Web Feature of the Month: Resources for the NBDE
Are you are preparing to take the National Board Dental Examination Parts I or II? ASDA has compiled a list of guidelines, study tips and resources to help. Click here to check out the resources.
Thinking about a post-doctoral program? The ADA can help.
Check out the new Understanding Advanced Dental Education section of Search the ADA's database of advanced programs to look for programs in your desired location. And be sure to use our checklist and expense tracking sheet so you can stay organized and within budget during the application process. Want to talk to dentists who've been there? Reach out to new dentists in your area ---- the ADA New Dentist Committee is a good place to start! And don't forget, as a graduate student, you can join the ADA directly for just $30. Contact the ADA Office of Student Affairs for more information on resources to help you transition to life after dental school at
ASDA Member Benefit of the Month:
Debt Management Services
ASDA logo

GL Advisor helps dental students and recent graduates manage their student debt burden. Go to to register for your free personalized assessment and receive:
  • An integrated financial plan designed to lower the cost of debt and improve your financial situation
  • Access to a personal advisor who can provide experienced support and answer questions
  • Federal and state tax preparation services tailored to individuals with student loan debt

ASDA members can also sign up for GL Advisor's services at a discounted annual fee. For more information, call 877-552-9907 or visit Only available to predoctoral members.


"GL Advisors did a lunch and learn at Marquette this year. They were extremely informative and really are looking out for the best interest of the student. The evidence is clear with their free assessment."

Emily Bugger, Marquette '12

Last Chance to Renew Before Your Benefits Expire
Membership in ASDA and ADA runs on a calendar year so your current membership will expire Dec. 31, 2011. Renew your membership for the 2012 year now so you don't miss out on any benefits, such as your publications and access to the website. You can renew through your chapter or by going directly online (for recruited chapters only). Annual dues are $75 per year, with $5 going to the 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.


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

  1. Go online 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
In This Issue
-Member & Faculty Spotlight
-Annual Session Registration
-National Dental Student Lobby Day
-ADA President Interviewed on PBS
-Predentals at ADA Annual Session
-Update Your Address for ASDA
-NBDE Resources
-Specializing? The ADA Can Help
-Benefit of the Month
-Renew to Keep Your Benefits

November ASDA News
November ASDA News

Fall Mouth

Upcoming Events

Feb. 29 - March 3, 2012
Annual Session

Apr. 16-17, 2012
National Dental Student Lobby Day
Update Your Address