American Student Dental Association

e-Newsletter of the American Student Dental Association 
 August 2012
Encourage Members to Apply for
Ryan Turner Memorial Scholarship
Each year, one ASDA predoctoral member is selected by the board of trustees to receive $2,500, along with $500 for his or her chapter. Please encourage deserving students at your school to apply. Application and other documents are due by Sept. 10, 2012. Read more here. Note: national leaders are not eligible for scholarship.

Membership for 2015 Graduates

ASDA membership runs on a calendar year, which means incoming first-year students are not officially members of ASDA and ADA until Jan. 1, 2013. However, we will start accepting applications for 2013 on Sept. 10, 2012. Students who join between Sept. 10 and Dec. 31, 2012, for the 2013 year can begin taking advantage of their benefits, such as signing up for free life and disability insurance, receiving publications and access to the website. Graduating seniors are still predoctoral members of ASDA and ADA and will receive full benefits (including health insurance, free life insurance, etc.) until Dec. 31, 2012. Please contact with any questions or concerns.

Membership Remittance Webinar

You are invited to participate in an ASDA remittance webinar the week of Sept. 10. Join ASDA staff and a chapter membership chair to review the remittance portal and learn how this link to live member data can help keep your chapter organized. An e-mail with sign up details will be sent to chapter leaders the first week of September from Erin Kato, membership administrator ( 

Register for NLC by Sept. 21
National Leadership Conference 

While 35 chapters have already registered for the National Leadership Conference, that leaves 27 chapters who need to sign up by the Sept. 21 deadline. Check out the full schedule of events. Need more reasons to attend? Watch the clip below to hear why Dr. Adam Shisler, immediate past president and NLC planning committee member, thinks attending can benefit your chapter (and career).  

NLC: top 3 reasons to attend
Top 3 Reasons to Attend NLC

If you have any questions or need to make changes to an existing NLC registration, contact Meghan Keelean.

Chapter Resource of the Month: Group Exemption

Chapters can apply to become part of ASDA's group exemption to make it easier to obtain tax-exempt status. ASDA can file taxes for those chapters that are part of the group exemption. To file for tax exemption, chapters need to apply by Aug. 30. To learn more about the application process click here or contact Danielle Bauer, director of membership.

Poster Session Application Due by Sept. 17
Encourage members from your chapter to apply to present their dental research at the 2013 Student Research Poster Session taking place at Annual Session in Atlanta. A completed application with dean's signature and abstract are due by Sept. 17 to Visit for full details.

Annual Poster Session 
2012-13 Membership Drive Update

The last shipment of materials for the membership drive were sent out the week of Aug. 13. Your chapter should have received your materials if you requested one of the first two timeframes. The following chapters have not responded to the drive survey or follow-up communications asking for information: Alabama, Creighton, Louisiana, Oregon and Puerto Rico. Please have a representative contact Erin Kato, membership administrator, at immediately to receive your materials.


Once you receive your shipment, please open it right away to find a perishable gift to thank you for all of your efforts with the membership drive. You will also find all the materials you requested to assist you with your membership drive events. If you need additional quantities of any of the materials, please contact


The instructions for the membership remittance process will be sent to all designated chapter remit processors at the beginning of September. Along with the instructions will be the username and password for the remit processor.

2012 Membership Exceeds 2011

As of July 31, ASDA had 19,692 members, including 18,782 predoctoral, 882 predental and 28 international dental student members. This total exceeds the membership numbers from July 2011 by 1,079 members. You can download a list of your chapter's current members using the Membership Directory. This list provides members' ASDA membership number and email address on file. If you have any questions regarding your chapter's membership totals, contact Erin Kato, membership administrator, at

New Chapter Leadership

This time of year, many chapters start electing their new officers for the year. Be sure to update the central office with this information so you receive important updates for your chapter. Please send the names and email addresses for your new leaders to Erin Kato, membership administrator, at

Help Your Chapter Earn Cash & Welcome First Years
The ADA Office of Student Affairs is contacting ASDA delegates about the Freshman Welcome Drive. Here's how it works:
  • ASDA delegates can submit first-year students' contact information to the ADA in an Excel spreadsheet
  • First-year students can submit their contact information to the ADA via this online survey 
  • Every chapter that collects or submits at least 95 percent of their first-year students' contact information by Oct. 1 will receive $225
  • The ADA will send an electronic welcome communication to every first-year student for whom we have collected contact information

Questions? Contact Isabella Horning via e-mail or at 312-440-4656.

Membership FAQs

When can I renew my ASDA/ADA membership for next year?

ASDA and ADA's membership runs on a calendar year so your current membership will expire Dec. 31, 2012. Beginning Sept. 10, 2012, you can renew your membership for the 2013 year. You can renew through your chapter or by going directly online here (for recruited chapters only). Our dues will remain the same at $75/year for joint membership in ASDA and ADA.


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 (see below for instructions on updating your address).


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
Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.
----Albert Einstein

This e-newsletter is sent to ASDA's national leaders, first and second delegates and dental school deans.
In This Issue
- Ryan Turner Memorial Scholarship
- Membership for 2015 Grads
- Membership Remittance Webinar
- NLC Registration Update
- Chapter Resource of the Month
- Student Research Poster Session
- Membership Drive Update
- 2012 Membership Numbers
- New Chapter Leadership
- $$ Freshman Welcome Drive
- Membership FAQs

August ASDA News

Summer Mouth

Upcoming Events

Nov. 2-4, 2012
National Leadership Conference
Chicago, Ill.

March 6-9, 2013
Annual Session 2013
Atlanta, Ga.
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