American Student Dental Association

e-Newsletter of the American Student Dental Association 
 October 2012

Welcome ASDA's newest chapter, Lake Erie  

Congratulations to the ASDA chapter at Lake Erie in Bradenton, Fla. With the addition of Lake Erie to District 5, ASDA now has 62 chapters. President Colleen Greene and Director of Membership Danielle Bauer visited the school Sept. 20-21 to meet with students and the administration. Lake Erie held elections for their first and second delegates. Congratulations to President Jenna Weldon and Vice President Kayla Macri!


Submit dues by Nov. 21 to earn incentive

Chapters that submit their remittances and dues payments in full by Nov. 21 will receive $100. There is a bonus of $50 for chapters that include e-mail addresses for ALL of their members with the remittance. If you have any questions on membership or the remittance process, contact Erin Kato, member relations specialist, at

Dental student roundtable featured on ADA365

ADA365 offers a way to participate online in some of the programs held at ADA's annual session, such as live patient education in the round courses, the open clinical and science forums, and a variety of online-only elements. 


On Thursday, Oct. 18 from 4:30-5 p.m. PST, a panel discussion of dental students will be streamed live. Students will discuss topics such as student debt, leadership development, mentoring and career goals. ASDA members must register online after Oct. 16 to access content. 

Apply for a Gold Crown Award by Jan. 31    

Gold Crown Award applications for chapter achievements and media are due Jan. 31, 2012. Criteria and submission instructions are available online at Awards will be presented at Annual Session during the prestigious Gold Crown Awards ceremony. Don't miss your chance to the walk the red carpet and receive the prestigious honor this year!

Gold Crown Awards 2013
ASDA launches a donor program 

ASDA has created a program where former ASDA members, dental school deans and faculty, and colleagues within organized dentistry can contribute to the association. All monetary donations will be put towards ASDA operational costs and educational programs for its dental student members. Each contributor will receive an ASDA lapel pin as well as recognition on the website and in ASDA News. Please share information on this new program with your dean, faculty and other supporters in organized dentistry. Donations can be submitted online at  

ADAF offers grants for domestic and international dental student service  

Dental student groups are invited to submit applications for the Bud Tarrson Dental School Community Leadership Award or the Dr. Thomas J. Zwemer Award by Nov. 26. The Tarrson highlights significant dental student outreach to vulnerable communities within the United States. The Zwemer Award recognizes student programs that provide services to underserved populations in international communities outside of the United States. Each award provides $5,000 to a dental school in honor of the winning student outreach program.


For applications and award guidelines, visit  

ADA-sponsored insurance: no cost to your members and $500 for your chapter 

Help your chapter members prepare for a smart financial future with personal insurance sponsored by the ADA! When they take advantage by signing up for both ADA-sponsored life and disability insurance at no cost to them, you can earn cash for your chapter. ASDA and ADA student members sign up online to activate their coverage immediately - the cost, about $125 per year, is completely subsidized by ADA Insurance Plans through dental school and residency.


When 80 percent or more of members enroll in both insurance plans, your chapter will qualify for $500. To aid your efforts, your 2012-13 ADA insurance enrollment kit includes bright orange wristbands to help students remember to sign up. Have some fun by challenging them to wear the bands until they've enrolled in both plans. Talk about this important member benefit and send e-mail reminders with the link to sign up online. To track your chapter's progress or get more information, contact  Leslie Franklin with Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance Company.


Group Policy Nos. (104TLP Term Life and 1108GDH-SDP Student Disability) issued to the American Dental Association; insured by Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance Company. 

New ASDA scrub fundraiser 

ASDA is working with Career Uniforms to offer a discount on scrubs, lab coats, stethoscopes, etc. so that chapters can sell them as a fundraiser. There will be a website set up for ASDA chapters in November. In the mean time, you can review the pricing, order form and instructions. To view any of the products, you can visit their website at

ADA freshman welcome drive a huge success 

The ADA Freshman Welcome Drive of 2012 had more than five times the participation of 2011! Forty ASDA chapters collected at least 95 percent of their first-year student contact information and will receive $225 from the ADA. ASDA leaders play a critical role in the success of this program. Thank you for all your efforts! Stay tuned for another opportunity in early 2013 to earn money for your chapter and promote organized dentistry with the ADA Conversion Drive. Please contact the ADA Office of Student Affairs with any questions. 

2013 membership update 

On Sept. 12, ASDA opened the 2013 membership year. To date, we have 939 members, including 845 predoctoral, 89 predental and 5 international dental students. Congratulations to Oklahoma and Loma Linda for submitting their membership remittances by the deadline and earning the incentive! 

Membership FAQ 

How do I login to ASDA's website?
To 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 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
Nothing liberates our greatness like the desire to help, the desire to serve.
---- Anonymous

This e-newsletter is sent to ASDA's national leaders, first and second delegates and dental school deans.
In This Issue
- ASDA's Newest Chapter: Lake Erie
- Chapter Dues Incentive
- Student Roundtable at ADA365
- Gold Crown Awards
- ASDA Donor Program
- ADAF Grants
- ADA-sponsored Insurance
- ASDA Scrub Fundraiser
- Welcome Drive Success
- Membership Update

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

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Atlanta, Ga.
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