American Student Dental Association

e-Newsletter of the American Student Dental Association 
 November 2012

First National Leadership Conference is a success   

385 students, including 19 predentals, attended the first ever National Leadership Conference held Nov. 2-4 in Chicago. Students chose from more than 45 sessions on topics ranging from interviewing and selecting an associateship to health care reform and marketing for your chapter and practice. The conference was approved by AGD's PACE program so participants were able to earn up to 16 CE credits towards a fellowship or mastership award. Students also had the opportunity to network with 60+ vendors during the exhibit fair and earn prizes like the iPad 3 and NBDE reprints.


Watch this video to see what attendees had to say about the event:
ASDA's 2012 National Leadership Conference

Annual Session 2013 registration opens Nov. 30

Annual Session will take place at the Sheraton Atlanta March 6-9, 2013. Attendees can impact ASDA policy, vote on resolutions at the House of Delegates and elect national leaders. Plus, there are a variety of educational sessions, district caucuses, an exhibit fair and President's Gala. Registration opens Nov. 30 and if you sign up your chapter by Dec. 20, you can save $25 per person. Instructions and logins will be e-mailed to delegates next week. Visit for more information.

House of Delegates  

ASDA provides grants for chapter outreach and lobby day events

Your chapter can apply for two new ASDA grants by Jan. 4, 2013. Visit for applications.

  • Taking Oral Hygiene Awareness to Rural & Underserved America - Chapter Event Grant (five $500 grants available): supports the funding of oral hygiene education initiatives organized by predoctoral ASDA members with faculty supervision.
  • LGN State Lobby Day Grant (six $500 grants available): supplements the funding for a chapter to organize a state lobby day.

Encourage members to apply for national leadership role

Applications are now available for 2013-14 national leadership roles. Visit for position descriptions and to apply by Jan. 4, 2013. New opportunities this year include positions for predental members. To see how the board, councils, editorial board and other national leaders work together, check out this diagram of the structure of ASDA. Please share these opportunities with your chapter.

Watch this video to hear how volunteering with ASDA can impact your career:
Become an ASDA national leader

ASDA staff receives ADA President's Citation     

During the National Leadership Conference, Dr. Calnon, immediate past president of the American Dental Association, awarded a presidential citation to the ASDA staff. Each year the ADA President awards "presidential citations" to individuals or organizations that have made a significant/outstanding contribution during his/her tenure. The recipients are solely at the discretion of the president. Dr. Calnon's reason for recognizing ASDA is "for [staff's] unwavering commitment to the future leaders of the profession."
ADA Presidential Citation
ASDA delegation outcomes at ADA Annual Session  

A delegation of ASDA leaders convened Oct. 18-23 to bring the voice of dental students to the American Dental Association's Annual Session. With five seats on the ADA House floor, the group alternated voting delegates based on which category of resolutions each is assigned to review. Representing ASDA at this year's event were delegates Colleen Greene, Chair, Harvard '13; Tim Calnon, Buffalo '13; Martin Smallidge, Pittsburgh '14; Alex Barton, Virginia '13; Dusty Pfundheller, Florida '13; Mike Pappas, Ohio '14; Ben Youel, Illinois '13; Aaron Bumann, Minnesota '13; Jiwon Lee, Columbia '14; Tyler Rumple, Washington '14; and Stephanie Cappiello, Los Angeles '13. 

ADA Presidential Citation

For a summary of ASDA's efforts and outcomes at the ADA House of Delegates, please click here.


For questions on ASDA's ADA Delegation, contact Andrew Smith, governance and advocacy manager, at  

Nov. 21 deadline to earn incentive   

Reminder that the deadline to earn the remittance incentive is Nov. 21. Chapters that submit their remittances and dues payments in full by this deadline will receive $100. There is an additional bonus of $50 for chapters that include e-mail addresses for all of their members with the remittance. For questions on membership or the remittance process, contact Erin Kato, member relations specialist, at

Dec. 1 deadline for ADA New Dentist Committee awards 

The Golden Apple Award for Outstanding Leadership in Mentoring recognizes an ADA member dentist who has made a difference in helping dental students and new dentists thrive professionally. Award recipients will be notified in advance, and recognized in-person at the ADA 27th New Dentist Conference, July 18-20, 2013 in Denver, CO.


To be eligible, the mentor must be nominated by a state or local dental society (you can find a list of those societies here) and your letter of appreciation can help make the difference! For more information and to download nomination forms, visit Contact the ADA New Dentist Committee office at 800-621-8099, ext. 2779 or for more information.

Chapter website and newsletter templates 

Looking for ideas to start or revamp your chapter's communications? Check out the award winners from ASDA's Gold Crown awards for excellent examples. ASDA also compiled a list of creative communication ideas gathered from chapters at our national events. You can find these resources at

2013 membership update 

As of Nov. 13, there are 5,370 members, including 5,182 predoctoral, 184 predental and 4 international dental students. Congratulations to Baylor, Florida, Howard, Iowa, Las Vegas, Loma Linda, Los Angeles, Louisiana, Meharry, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pacific and WesternU 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


Quote of the Month
Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.
---- Dale Carnegie

This e-newsletter is sent to ASDA's national leaders, first and second delegates and dental school deans.
In This Issue
- NLC was a Success
- Annual Session Registration to Open 11/30
- New Chapter Grants
- Encourage National Leader Applications
- ASDA receives ADA Presidental Citation
- ASDA at ADA Annual Session
- Chapter Remittance Incentive Deadline Nov. 21
- ADA New Dentist Committee Awards
- Chapter Website & Newsletter Templates
- Membership Update

Chapter Leadership Handbook

November ASDA News

Fall Mouth

Upcoming Events

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

April 15-16
National Dental Student Lobby Day
Washington, D.C.
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