American Student Dental Association

e-Newsletter of the American Student Dental Association 
 March 2012
Congratulations to the Gold Crown Award Winners
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ASDA held the inaugural Gold Crown Award Ceremony during Annual Session. More than 400 students representing each of ASDA's 61 chapters walked the red carpet in anticipation of hearing this year's winners. For details on the ceremony and a full list of winners (including delegates of the year, ideal ASDA chapter, best website and more), click here.
A free chapter banner goes to...
The West Virginia chapter won a free chapter banner at Annual Session for participating in ASDA's annual information drive. This drive is held to collect current contact information of our members so they receive the benefits that they paid for. Each of the 26 chapters that participated earned $100 and checks will be mailed later this month.

Please remind members to update their contact information on, especially as we near graduation and summer months where many members move around.

Welcome ASDA's 2012-13 Board of Trustees
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ASDA elected its board of trustees at Annual Session a few weeks ago. Board members serve a one-year term that ends at Annual Session 2013 in Atlanta. Meet your 2012-13 ASDA board of trustees:

President: Colleen Greene, Harvard '13

Vice President: Alex Barton, Virginia '13

Vice President: Ben Youel, Illinois '13

Executive Director: Nancy Honeycutt, CAE

Speaker of the House: Jiwon Lee, Columbia '14

Editor-in-Chief: Katie Divine, Minnesota '13

District 1: Andrew Sholudko, Connecticut '13

District 2: Scott Levitz, Stony Brook '14

District 3: Dan Caban, Temple '13

District 4: Shiven Gandhi, Georgia '13

District 5: Fredericka Salbo, Nova Southeastern '14

District 6: Michael Pappas, Ohio '14

District 7: Becky Warnken, Marquette '13

District 8: Jenna Hatfield, Nebraska '14

District 9: Seth Brooks, Oklahoma '14

District 10: Tyler Rumple, Washington '14

District 11: Danielle Marquis, Pacific '13

Immediate Past President: Adam Shisler, Houston '12

National Lobby Day is April 16-17
The registration deadline was March 13, but you can still sign up to attend. The agenda and the issues we will lobby are being finalized and will be available on in early April. If you have questions, contact Meghan Keelean at
ADA Insurance Enrollment Challenge: Sign up by May 31
Congratulations to leaders from all the chapters that already have 80 percent or more of members enrolled in both the ADA life and disability insurance plans. Check your chapter's stats now. Even if you didn't get a $500 check in March, the enrollment challenge continues through May 31----so it's definitely not too late to shoot for the goal! Contact Leslie Franklin at ADA Insurance Plans for anything that might help put your chapter over the top----enrollment tips, handouts, an updated list of members who have not yet taken advantage of these valuable benefits. Then direct members to enroll online, which activates coverage immediately and enables you to get timely updates.
Chapter Resource of the Month: Chapter Communication Best Practices
During a workshop on chapter communications and resources held at Annual Session, attendees broke into groups to brainstorm unique and effective ways to communicate with members. Ideas focused on newsletter topics and authors, website content and design, social media and traditional means such as posters and PowerPoint slides. Download the list of best practices here.
ADA Dental Student Ethics Video Contest Deadline July 31
Have a great idea for an original video that promotes the ADA Principles of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct? Your original drama, comedy, documentary, or other video that is 4 minutes or less could be a winner! The grand prize winner receives $2000, the first honorable mention receives $1,000, and both winners will be on display at the 2012 ADA Annual Session in San Francisco, Calif. Submissions are due to the ADA by July 31, so start planning now. Find the ADA Code at Check out previous winning videos here. For entry form and complete contest rules, contact Mr. Earl Sewell at
2012 Membership Progress
As of March 13, ASDA has 18,232 members, including 17,611 predoctoral, 604 predental and 17 international dental student members. View the February 2012 Membership Report, click here. This will provide your chapter with a comparison of month-end membership numbers with those of the previous year. If you have any questions regarding your chapter's membership totals, contact Erin Kato, membership administrator, at
Membership FAQs

I am graduating from dental school in May. What happens with my ASDA and ADA membership?

Since ASDA's membership runs on a calendar year, you are still a predoctoral member of ASDA until Dec. 31, 2012. This means, you are still eligible for the full benefits of ASDA, including health insurance, free life and disability insurance and our publications. Be sure to update your contact information with ASDA so you can continue to receive your benefits (see below for instructions on updating your address).


ADA membership also runs on a calendar year so your student membership does not expire until Dec. 31. However, now is the time to start planning your conversion from student to active ADA membership. You have several options, depending on your next step after graduation: 1) graduate student membership if you are going into a graduate program or residency; 2) tripartite membership through your state society, if you will be an associate, starting a practice, or faculty of a dental school; 3) federal dental service membership for those going into the armed forces or becoming a federal employee; and 4) provisional membership if you have graduated but haven't started a professional career yet. All categories have reduced rates. For details, visit   


How do I update my contact information?

There are three ways to update your contact information, including email 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?

Quote of the Month
"When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world."
----George Washington Carver

This e-newsletter is sent to ASDA's national leaders, first and second delegates and dental school deans.
In This Issue
-Gold Crown Award Winners
-A free chapter banner goes to...
-2012-13 Board of Trustees
-National Lobby Day
-ADA Insurance Challenge
-Communication Best Practices
-ADA Ethics Video Contest
-2012 Membership Progress
-Membership FAQs
March ASDA News
March ASDA News
Winter Mouth
Winter Mouth

Upcoming Events

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

Nov. 2-4, 2012
National Leadership Conference
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