American Student Dental Association

e-Newsletter of the American Student Dental Association 
 December 2012

Recruit predentals to earn cash for your chapter

The top three chapters who recruit the most predentals will receive $250 for first place, $150 for second place and $100 for third place. This incentive will be based on predentals recruited from Sept. 10, 2012 through Feb. 28, 2013 for the 2013 membership cycle. In order for chapters to earn credit for their recruitment efforts, the predental students must select the chapter when completing the online application. For more information or predental recruitment resources, contact Erin Kato, member relations specialist, at .

Apply for a Gold Crown Award by Jan. 31

Gold Crown Award applications for chapter achievements and media are due Jan. 31, 2013. 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!

Watch this video for a sneak peak of the ceremony:

National leader applications due Jan. 4

There are a variety of national leadership opportunities available for 2013-14, including the executive committee, speaker of the House of Delegates, councils, editorial board and the new predental positions. Apply for an elected position by Jan. 4, 2013. District trustee applications are due by March 7, 2013 (positions are voted on at Annual Session). Click here to see all of the elected and appointed positions along with application requirements.

ASDA chapter grant applications due Jan. 4

Chapters can earn $500 by applying to the grant programs below. 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.

Earn money for your chapter and support ADA membership for new graduates      

The 2013 ADA Conversion Drive will begin in January. Your chapter can earn up to $500 by helping fourth-year students transition to ADA membership as dentists.


Distribute the Where Are You Going? forms (included in your forthcoming Conversion Drive kit) to all fourth-year students and return the completed forms to the ADA by April 1. The Where Are You Going? form is the first step in transitioning to ADA membership after graduation-it allows the ADA to send new graduates the appropriate membership application. Direct all questions about the conversion drive to the ADA Office of Student Affairs at or 800-621-8099 ext 7470. 

Promote Annual Session at your school

Spread the word about Annual Session at your school! Post black and white or color fliers on bulletin boards or at events, and add a banner to your website or Facebook page. For the full promo toolkit, visit Remember to register your chapter attendees by Dec. 20 to save $25 per person.  

Resolution-writing resources & process

A resolution is a formal request or action that is presented to the House of Delegates for consideration (here's an example). Resolutions aim to improve, streamline, clarify, update or otherwise revise existing ASDA policy or operations. If you or someone from your chapter has an idea for a resolution to put to House vote at Annual Session 2013, contact your trustee or e-mail Speaker of the House Jiwon Lee for assistance soon. Resolutions submitted by Jan. 15 will be reviewed by the board of trustees at their Jan. 19-20 board meeting. Submitting by this deadline gives you a unique opportunity to collaborate with national leaders who know ASDA policy best. After board review, you may be contacted with suggestions to improve your submission before it goes to the House in March. Resolutions received after Jan. 15 will be assigned to a reference committee onsite at Annual Session as is.
For resolution-writing resources and a list of existing resolutions, click here. Important: it's essential that you review existing resolutions so you are not submitting a similar or duplicate resolution. Resolutions can have one or more authors and it is highly encouraged that at least one author attends Annual Session to advocate for that resolution. 
2013 membership update 

As of Nov. 30, ASDA has 11,846 members, including 11,584 predoctoral, 255 predental and 7 international dental students. Congratulations to the following chapters who submitted their membership remittances by the deadline and earned the incentive:

Alabama, Baylor, Boston, Colorado, Columbia, Creighton, Detroit Mercy, Florida, Georgia, Howard, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Las Vegas, LECOM, Loma Linda, Los Angeles, Louisiana, Marquette, Meharry, Midwestern-AZ, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pacific, Pittsburgh, Roseman, San Antonio, San Francisco, South Carolina, Southern California, Virginia, West Virginia and WesternU. 
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
Leadership is doing what is right when no one is watching.
---- George Van Valkenberg

This e-newsletter is sent to ASDA's national leaders, first and second delegates and dental school deans.
In This Issue
- Recruit Predents, Earn $$
- Gold Crown Awards: Application Due Jan. 31
- National Leadership Positions: Application Due Jan. 4
- Chapter Grant Program: Application Due Jan. 4
- Earn $$ for Your Chapter
- Annual Session Materials
- Resolution Writing Resources
- Membership Update

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

April 15-16, 2013
National Dental Student Lobby Day
Washington, D.C.
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