Leader Update
News for the leaders of the American Student Dental Association
May 2013

Apply for new chapter grant by May 31

Chapters are encouraged to apply for a Membership Outreach Grant to help fund local events that promote membership and involvement in ASDA. ASDA will award up to $500 to five chapters. Full criteria and application requirements are available online. Applications are due May 31 and events must be held by Dec. 31, 2013. If you have questions on the grant, contact Danielle Bauer, director of membership, at Danielle@ASDAnet.org. 

National Leadership Conference registration open  

Registration is open for ASDA's National Leadership Conference, Nov. 15-17, in Chicago. More than 380 students attended the inaugural event in 2012 for leadership training and development opportunities. Instructions will be sent to delegates this week. Register by July 12 to save $25 per person! If you are registering eight people by 7/12, that's $200 off. Not sure who to send but want to take advantage of the discount? Chapters can make changes/substitutions to registration for free until Nov. 1. If you have questions or issues, e-mail Meghan Keelean, education manager, at Meghan@ASDAnet.org

ASDA's executive director recognized

Nancy Honeycutt Congratulations to ASDA's Executive Director Nancy Honeycutt, CAE, for receiving Honorary Membership in the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) for her outstanding service and commitment to future of the dental profession. Nancy will receive a plaque during opening session of the AGD House of Delegates on June 27 in Nashville, Tenn.

Win VIP seating at the Gold Crown Awards Ceremony



ASDA is holding a Gold Crown Photo Contest for chapters during the month of May. Chapters can e-mail up to three photos of members wearing a paper gold crown, with captions, by May 31 to Kim@ASDAnet.org.  


Photos will be posted on ASDA's Facebook page and the executive committee will select a winner in June. The winning chapter will receive VIP seating during the 2014 Gold Crown Awards Ceremony held during Annual Session 2014 in Anaheim, Calif.


If you would like to participate and need a gold crown to be mailed to you, contact Danielle Bauer, director of membership, at Danielle@ASDAnet.org.


Lia Kalliath, Alabama '14, chair, Council on Communications, with Senator Bussman (wearing crown) and Ross Isbell, Alabama '14.

Ryan Turner Memorial Scholarship - apply by July 1 

Ryan Turner was a fourth-year dental student at the University of Michigan and a former board member when he passed away suddenly in 2007. ASDA remembers Ryan Turner and his dedication to organized dentistry through an annual memorial scholarship in his honor. The recipient will be chosen by the board of trustees and will receive $2,500, along with travel expenses to accept the award at the 2013 National Leadership Conference. The recipient's chapter will also receive $500.   If there's a rising star at your chapter, please encourage them to apply by submitting the following via e-mail to Apply@ASDAnet.org by July 1:  

  • Application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Academic letter of good standing from your dean (may be faxed to 312-440-2820)
  • One letter of recommendation (from a professor, administrator or ASDA member)

Discontinuation of ASDA benefit contract   

ASDA no longer has an agreement with THE NEXT DDS to offer their services as a benefit of membership. Please be sure that your chapter's websites and membership materials reflect this and promote only active benefits. For a list of the current member benefits, visit ASDAnet.org/benefits.

Curious what other ASDA chapters are doing?

Check out this list of ASDA chapter websites. You might get ideas for your next vendor fair, lunch & learn, recruitment drive, newsletter and more.   

Spotlight a member at your chapter

Each month, ASDA highlights dental students and faculty from chapters across the United States in our Word of Mouth e-newsletter and on the website


If you would like us to feature a student or faculty member at your chapter, contact Erin Kato, member relations specialist, at Erin@ASDAnet.org.  

ADA New Dentist Conference in Denver on July 18-20

This three-day conference kicks off with a day of leadership programming, including a hot topics in the round session featuring Q&A with officers and members of the ADA Board of Trustees and the ADA New Dentist Committee. Invite your fellow students to join you at the conference. Advance registration is $275 for dental student members. Visit ADA.org/newdentistconf to register for the conference, find information on travel and hotel reservations and to select your courses.


Questions? 312-440-2779 or newdentist@ada.org. For more information on ADA resources for new dentists, visit ADA.org/newdentist.

Membership FAQs

I am graduating from dental school in May. What happens with my ASDA and ADA membership?

ASDA membership runs on a calendar year, so you will be a predoctoral member of ASDA until Dec. 31, 2013. This means, you are still eligible for the full benefits of ASDA, including health insurance, free life and disability insurance and our publications. Be sure to update your contact information with ASDA so you can continue to receive your benefits (see below for instructions on updating your address).


ADA membership also runs on a calendar year so your student membership does not expire until Dec. 31. However, now is the time to start planning your conversion from student to active ADA membership. You have several options, depending on your next step after graduation:  

  1. graduate student membership if you are going into a graduate program or residency;
  2. tripartite membership through your state society, if you will be an associate, starting a practice, or faculty of a dental school;
  3. federal dental service membership for those going into the armed forces or becoming a federal employee; and
  4. provisional membership if you have graduated but haven't started a professional career yet. All categories have reduced rates. For details, visit www.ada.org/goto/join.

How do I update my contact information?

There are three ways to update your contact information, including e-mail address, with ASDA: 

  1. Go online to www.ASDAnet.org/update-your-address.aspx and login as a member using your last name as your user name and ADA number as your password
  2. E-mail membership@ASDAnet.org
  3. Call 800-621-8099, ext. 2795

Who should I contact with questions? Membership@ASDAnet.org


Chapter Handbook
Upcoming Events & Deadlines
May 31, 2013
Deadline for Gold Crown photo contest
Update Your Address
  1. Go to ASDAnet.org 
  2. Login as a member
  3. Click "View Profile" and update your information 
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Danielle Bauer, director of membership
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