American Student Dental Association

e-Newsletter of the American Student Dental Association 
 December 2011
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Deadline Approaching for National Leadership Applications
There are a variety of national leadership opportunities available for 2012-13, including the executive committee, speaker of the House of Delegates, council members, editorial board and more. Apply for an elected position by Jan. 4, 2012. District Trustee applications are due by March 2, 2012 (positions are voted on at Annual Session). Click here to see all of the elected and appointed positions along with application requirements.
New Feature on ASDA's Blog Mouthing Off
You can now read all of the blog posts about your chapter on Mouthing Off. Click on the chapters tab for an interactive map, then find your school. Kudos to Los Angeles, Virginia, Connecticut and Minnesota for having the most posts. If you are interested in posting on the blog, fill out this form and an editor will be in touch with you shortly.
Recruit Predentals to Earn Cash for your Chapter
Recruit predental students for a chance to earn a cash incentive for your chapter. The top three chapters who recruit the most predentals receive $250 for first place, $150 for second place and $100 for third place. This incentive will be based on predentals recruited from Sept. 1, 2011, until Annual Session (Feb. 29, 2012). In order for chapters to earn credit for their recruitment efforts, the predental students must select the 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, at
Watch your Mailbox for New Membership Cards
Student Member Card
The ADA has a new student membership card and distribution process. As ASDA collects membership dues and sends them to the ADA each month, the ADA will produce and mail the cards to your address on file. Questions about your membership card can be directed to the ADA Office of Student Affairs at 312-440-7470 or at
Nominate your Faculty for an ADA Golden Apple Award
The American Dental Association's Golden Apple Awards (GAA) program provides a unique opportunity to recognize its leaders, members and staff. The "Inspiring Careers in Dental Education" award is given annually to one faculty member who is an outstanding mentor to dental students and/or junior faculty interested in academic careers.

Take this opportunity to nominate faculty members from your dental school who have been outstanding mentors to students. The recipient receives the prestigious GAA Trophy and funding for transportation costs, one night's lodging and two days per diem at the ADA's 2012 Annual Session. Entries include a letter of nomination, letters of support from students, faculty and administrators and candidate's CV. Nominations are due April 1, 2012. Contact Nanci Yokom at 312-440-2703 or  or Ron Polaniecki at for an entry form or if you have any questions regarding the award or the nominating process.

Register for Annual Session in Minneapolis, Minn.
Register your chapter to attend ASDA's 2012 Annual Session, Feb. 29 - March 3 at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis. Information and forms are available here. The registration deadline is Friday, Jan. 21.

Come to annual session to:

  • Learn about the latest dental products and technology from more than 70 vendors  (perfect place to make lunch & learn contacts)
  • Hear from prominent speakers within dentistry addressing hot topics such as licensure, midlevel providers and financial matters
  • Help set association policy by participating in the business meeting of ASDA's House of Delegates (find out what the House does here)
  • Get your professional headshot taken at the exhibit fair
  • Attend ASDA's first ever student research poster session and  vote for the poster to receive the Student Choice Award
  • Elect the 2012-13 national leaders
  • Celebrate with your new friends and colleagues at the president's dinner dance on Saturday evening to close out "The Best Week Ever"

Need more reasons to attend? Read the student recaps from last year's annual session on Mouthing Off or check out photos.


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

Interim Policy Adopted by Board of Trustees
At its November 12-13 meeting, the Board of Trustees discussed changes to ASDA's A-1 and L-1 policies on postgraduate education and licensure. The policy changes were adopted, pending approval by the House of Delegates during annual session. To read the interim policies, go to
Chapter Resource of the Month: Promote Annual Session at your School
ASDA Annual Session Flyer
Spread the word about Annual Session at your school! Print out this flier in black and white or color and tack it up to your ASDA bulletin board or distribute at your next event. To download the flier and other information about Annual Session, go to:


ASDA Chapters Win ADA Prize

Congratulations to all the ASDA chapters who participated in the Freshman Welcome Package distribution this past fall. The first chapter to provide contact information for all their first-year students was Stony Brook----the chapter wins $300!


The following ASDA chapters also provided contact information for all of their first-year students and will receive $100: Arizona, Harvard, Marquette, Meharry, Buffalo, Illinois and Virginia.


Thanks again to everyone who helped welcome the class of 2015 and promote organized dentistry.

2012 Membership Update
As of Dec. 13, ASDA's 2012 membership includes 9,034 members, including 8,863 predoctoral, 163 predental and 8 international dental student members. You can 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, email, graduation year, and ASDA #) into an Excel spreadsheet.
Membership: FAQs

How do I 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
Quote of the Month
"If you command wisely, you'll be obeyed cheerfully."
----Thomas Fuller  

This e-newsletter is sent to ASDA's national leaders, first and second delegates and dental school deans.
In This Issue
-National Leadership Applications
-New Feature on ASDA's Blog
-Earn Cash for your Chapter
-New Membership Cards
-ADA Golden Apple Award
-Register for Annual Session
-Promote Annual Session
-ASDA Chapters Win ADA Prize
-2012 Membership Update
-Memberhip FAQs
-Quote of the Month
December ASDA News
December ASDA News

Fall Mouth

Upcoming Events

Feb. 29 - March 4, 2012
Annual Session

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