American Student Dental Association

e-newsletter for members of the American Student Dental Association 
 December 2011
Happy Holidays from the ASDA staff. The Central Office will be closed Dec. 30 - Jan. 2. Have a great New Year!
ASDA meetings manager Linda Cooper 
In the Loupe 

Looking Back at 2011 and Forward to 2012         


By Linda Cooper, CMP, CAE,
ASDA Meetings Manager


Tis the season for many things: parties, family get-togethers, eating and reflecting. Last month, I celebrated my fourth anniversary with ASDA. Plenty of changes have taken place in that time, including a shift in the timing of our national meetings, new innovations at Annual Session (including a mobile app in 2011), and a steady rise in attendance at National Dental Student Lobby Day. 2012 has more changes on the horizon.


As ASDA's meetings manager, I've worked with planning committees comprised of ASDA national leaders to provide meaningful content for members. I take pride in delivering events that runs smoothly and provide valuable information to dental students. Next November will bring the new National Leadership Conference open to all ASDA members. Watch for details soon.


On a personal level, 2011 has brought new travel adventures and bonuses while on ASDA business. In May, I had my first trip to Italy -- a country as exciting and beautiful as I had imagined. In September, while attending the Eastern Regional Meeting, my colleagues and I were treated to a trip to Niagara Falls and dinner at the home of the Buffalo Wing. (Thank you Rick and Tim!) What was even more special was my favorite NFL team staying in our hotel which provided the opportunity for me to get the autograph of the star quarterback. The ensuing game didn't go my way, but I will never forget that special weekend in Buffalo.


My wishes to all of you for a happy, healthy and successful 2012.

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.

Michael PappasJoen Iannucci, DDS, M.S.

Michael Pappas
Ohio '14

Favorite ASDA Benefit:

Joen Iannucci, DDS, M.S. 
The Ohio State University, professor of clinical dentistry
and director of admission


What made you pursue a career in dentistry?:
My love of diseases and my desire to teach made academic dentistry the perfect choice for me!.   

MobileGet the Annual Session Mobile App
ASDA logo
If you're coming to Annual Session in February (or can't make it but want to experience it from home), download the 2012 Annual Session mobile app on your iPhone, Android or BlackBerry:
  • Build a customized schedule
  • Review session descriptions
  • Download exhibitors' contact information and product/service details
  • Upload and view event photos
  • View videos and blog posts
  • Find visitor information for Minneapolis
  • View speaker information 

For more information, click here.

NIDCR Summer Dental Student Award

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) offers an 8-week summer training opportunity to give dental students hands-on research experience and exposure to the latest advances in oral health research. Selected candidates are assigned to mentors who conduct research in the students' areas of interest. Participation in the program may result in presentation of research findings at a scientific meeting or co-authorship of scientific publications.

The NIDCR provides a competitive stipend for all summer researchers. The nominating dental school must provide air or ground transportation for their students. Although housing is not supplied by NIDCR, student housing resource guides are provided. NIDCR will accept online applications until Jan. 17, 2012. For additional information on how to apply, please visit the website or contact Dr. Deborah Philp, program director, at

Apply for the Paul Ambrose Scholars Program
The Paul Ambrose Scholars Program exposes health professions students to influential public health professionals. It prepares them to be leaders in addressing population health challenges at the national and community level. Scholarships are awarded to students to attend a leadership symposium in Washington, D.C. and conduct a community-based health education project at their institution. The 2012 Washington, D.C. symposium will be held from June 21-24. Participants must be in attendance for all four days of the symposium. Deadline for applications is Feb. 6, 2012. For more information and application procedures, click here.
ASDA Action Alert: Write a Letter to Your Senator
A bill introduced last month to the U.S. Congress would make it easier for charitable programs to provide medically necessary dental care to low-income children and adults with serious medical conditions. Dental Lifeline Network, which oversees the Donated Dental Services program, is calling on dentists write their senators, urging them to support the proposed legislation. Get started here using ADA's capwiz system.


Member Benefit of the Month: Save 10% off T-Mobile 
T-Mobile stick together
Looking to stay connected? Considering a smart phone? Or looking for the latest Tablet? Learn about the ASDA Member Discount Program by checking out Deals include T-Mobile's G-Slate Tablet with Google for only $199.99 (8.9" screen with HD, more than 2X faster than the iPad2 running on Verizon and AT&T). To order or check out additional deals call 1-866-464-8662 provide promo code 11789TMOFAV and identify yourself as an ASDA Member. You will also receive free activation with new service activation and Free 2-day delivery. These special offers are not available in stores. Offers are subject to change without notice. Additional restrictions may apply. Any questions, please contact Monica Cantrell at T-Mobile at

"I have had T-Mobile as my cell phone provider since high school and was so excited that I got to save money on my cell phone bill every month just by being an ASDA member. It was so easy to notify them and it's even easier to save money. The ASDA benefits are endless!"

---- Laura Gioia, UFCD ASDA executive secretary

Three Cheers to Staying Healthy this Holiday Season

This time of year it can be especially challenging to maintain your health, stay fit and minimize stress. Did you know that the ADA has resources to help dentists (and future dentists) stay healthy?

  • The Managing Stress Infopak offers tips on minimizing common dental school stressors, like competition and time management and includes advice from other dental students.
  • The Health and Wellness area of includes information on ergonomics, ways to prevent and manage stress, support for disabled dentists as well as resources for those with questions about substance use. Local dental societies may also have wellness resources and ADA staff can offer assistance; all calls are handled with discretion.
  • Get peace of mind when you sign up for the free ADA Life and Disability Insurance, available from Great-West Life to all ASDA and ADA student members.

For more information on ADA health and wellness resources, contact Alison M. Siwek at 312-440-2622 or

Last Chance ---- 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 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 online at (for recruited chapters only). Annual dues are $75 per year, with $5 going to the ADA for student membership.

When you renew your membership, 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 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
In This Issue
-Member & Faculty Spotlight
-Annual Session Mobile App
-NIDCR Dental Student Award
-Paul Ambrose Scholars Program
-ASDA Action Alert
-Save 10% Off T-Mobile
-ADA Health & Wellness Resources
-Renew Before Your Benefits Expire
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