American Student Dental Association

e-newsletter for members of the American Student Dental Association 
 October 2012

Nancy Honeycutt


In the Loupe 

Never Stop Learning      


By Nancy Honeycutt, CAE, 

executive director  

Dental students aspire to have three letters after their names: DMD or DDS. Like you, many of ASDA's central office staff have goals to achieve professional designations. ASDA strongly encourages its staff to seek out association certifications and other professional development opportunities so we could serve ASDA members the best we can.


The CAE following my name doesn't represent "Chief Awesome Executive" as one trustee kindly suggested during a recent board meeting. Instead, it signifies that I am a Certified Association Executive - a designation only bestowed on professionals who have undergone hours of training and exams related to the business of association management. ASDA is proud to have two other CAEs on staff: Director of Membership Danielle Bauer and Meetings Manager Linda Cooper. Sales and Marketing Manager Bart Lewin is currently enrolled in courses to pursue his CAE. In addition, both Linda and Program Manager Meghan Keelean are Certified Meeting Planners. CMPs are similarly certified like CAEs with a special concentration in meeting planning.


To help you add more credentials to your name, ASDA is now an approved PACE program provider by the Academy of General Dentistry. If you are an AGD student member, many of the sessions at the National Leadership Conference and at Annual Session can be applied toward credit hours for the AGD fellowship or mastership awards (FAGD or MAGD). You must be an AGD member to earn credit - click here to join for $16.


Learning shouldn't end after you graduate, whatever profession you choose. On behalf of ASDA, we wish you the best of luck and continued enthusiasm for your career!
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 here.

George Almaraz

Onika Patel
Arizona '14 


Favorite ASDA benefit: The discounts on different dental products and learning more about them. I love a good deal thanks to ASDA. Oh, and the freebies at exhibit fairs!    

Mark Ochs, DMD, MDMark Ochs, DMD, MD
Professor and Chair, Dept. of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, University of Pittsburgh

Words of wisdom for future dentists: Never stop learning and when making a treatment planning decision, ask yourself: " What would I want for my mother, son or family member to have?" Then just do that.
ASDA chapters recognized with Gold Crown Awards
Gold Crown Awards 
Your chapter can win a national award for being awesome! ASDA Gold Crown Awards are presented to chapters for their accomplishments during a given year. There are more than 30 awards presented during the Gold Crown Awards ceremony at Annual Session (including best newsletter, best website, predental involvement and more).Criteria and submission instructions are available online at Encourage your chapter to apply by Jan. 31, 2013!
Gold Crown Awards 2013
Who will win in 2013?
Poster session deadline extended to Oct. 31 

Presenters are still needed for the 2013 Student Research Poster Session taking place at Annual Session on March 8 in Atlanta. If you are currently doing dental research or have done so in the past, you are encouraged to apply by Oct. 31. For research criteria and guidelines, visit


Poster Session
Use the free NLC app for leadership takeaways     
NLC Mobile AppWhether or not you're attending the National Leadership Conference Nov. 2-4 in Chicago, you'll benefit from downloading the free mobile app. The app streams photos and videos with important takeaways, along with exhibitor contact details and other resources.
Upcoming scholarship deadlines

ADA Foundation Predoctoral Dental Scholarships

  • Applications due Nov. 30
  • 50 scholarships will be awarded at $2,500 each

ADEA/Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products Preventative Dentistry Scholarship

  • Applications due Nov. 1
  • 12 scholarships will be awarded at $2,500 each

ADEA/Crest Oral-B Laboratories Scholarship for Predoctoral Dental Students Pursuing Academic Careers

  • Applications due Nov. 1
  • Two scholarships awarded at $5,000 each
ASDA predentals attend ADA Predental Day 
For the third year, the ADA hosted ASDA predental members during Predental Day at their Annual Session in San Francisco. The eager group was welcomed by CAS Chair-Designate Dr. James Galati and CAS Alumni Dr. Robert Skinner before walking through the Exhibit Fair. They also observed a live patient demonstration about using lasers in the dental practice. The future dentists rounded out their day by attending the ADPAC reception and getting a chance to speak with leaders in dentistry like ADA President Dr. William Calnon.

Register for the 2013 ASDA membership year

If you are at a recruited chapter and need to renew your membership, click here. If you've paid your chapter for 2013, your chapter leader will renew for you. If you are at an auto bill school and dues are automatically submitted to ASDA, your chapter will also renew for you. ASDA membership runs on a calendar year (Jan. 1, 2013 through Dec. 31, 2013). You will receive some early benefits by renewing before Jan 1. Contact if you need your membership status or chapter leader contact information.

NBDE resources on NBDE Reprint
Taking your NBDEs soon? Click here for steps to sign up, tips for taking the tests and links to actual exam reprints.
Congratulations to the winners of the ADA Student Ethics Video contest

The Council of Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs of the ADA awarded the grand prize for their Student Ethics Video contest to students at Stony Brook for "Unprofessional 2." Vince Badali, Emily Kim, Ivan Lukachynets, Ali Mehrabian and Alex Sadak will share the $2,000 prize. The video was displayed at a special exhibit during the 2012 ADA annual session in San Francisco. See the winning video's prequel here.  

The Unprofessional - Stony Brook ASDA
The Unprofessional - Stony Brook ASDA
What makes you interesting?

Did you have a unique experience that has changed you as a person and as a dental student? Maybe you started a mobile health clinic or you were a dolphin trainer before dental school. Whatever sets you apart, ASDA wants to hear about it! Fill out this application and you could be featured on Member Monday on ASDA's blog, Mouthing Off.

"Like" ASDA on Facebook Facebook
Like ASDA on Facebook to win prizes, get dental news, see photos and videos, and to stay up to date with what's going on with all of ASDA's chapters.
Nominate your mentor for an ADA Golden Apple Award
Do you know a dentist who has provided exceptional guidance and mentorship to students? Recognize his or her dedication with a nomination for the ADA Golden Apple Award for Outstanding Leadership in Mentoring.To contact your state or local dental society and request that they complete the Nomination Form and submit to the ADA New Dentist Committee by Dec. 1, 2012.
ASDA benefit of the month  
Kaplan Test Prep  


Throughout their 70-year history, Kaplan has helped students by providing customized educational programs. Kaplan has pioneered new territory in online and on-site preparation with DAT & NDBE courses now available to students around the world. Kaplan provides a personalized approach to preparation to assist students reach their goals. 
ASDA members save 10% on Kaplan courses and services. Click here to access the members-only  promo code.

Understanding Organized Dentistry Resource from ADA

You've probably heard seasoned dentists describe the ADA as a member-driven organization. How, exactly, do the members do the driving?


Find answers to those questions in Understanding Organized Dentistry. Learn how the resolution process transforms ideas into policy, understand the tripartite structure, identify the councils, commissions and committees that govern the ADA, and much more.


Access the free PDF online at, or request a hard copy by contacting ADA Office of Student Affairs at or 312.440.7470.  

Are you getting ASDA News and Mouth?

ASDA News is mailed 10 times a year and Mouth is mailed four times. Are you getting these important member benefits? If not, we probably don't have your address on file. There are three ways to update your contact information, including e-mail address, with ASDA:

  1. Go online to, login as a member using your last name as your user name and ADA number as your password, and click on Update Your Address under the Quick Links
  2. E-mail 
  3. Call 800-621-8099, ext. 2795
Quote of the Month 
"Courage is the price that Life exacts for granting peace.
The soul that knows it not, knows no release from little things.

Amelia Earhart
In This Issue
-Member & Faculty Spotlight
-Gold Crown Awards
-Poster Session Deadline Extended
-NLC Mobile App
-Scholarship Deadlines
-ADA Predental Day
-2013 Membership Recruitment
-NBDE Resources
-ADA Student Ethics Video
-What Makes You Interesting
-Like ASDA = Win Prizes
-ADA Golden Apple Award
-Benefit of the Month
-Understanding Organized Dentistry

October ASDA News

Fall Mouth

Upcoming Events

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

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