Leader Update
News for the leaders of the American Student Dental Association
August 2014

National Leadership Conference update 

As of yesterday, 8 schools have registered a total of 75 ASDA members for the National Leadership Conference (Oct. 31-Nov. 2 in Chicago). If your chapter's members aren't signed up yet, please register by Aug. 25 to save $25/person. Registration closes Sept. 26.

Sign up for the virtual chapter idea exchange

ASDA will host the first Great Ideas Webinar on Thursday, Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. CT. This free virtual idea exchange will feature chapter leaders from Colorado, Los Angeles and Marquette sharing best practices and innovative ideas related to running their chapters.

Register now. Space is limited to the first 100 participants.


Topics will include:

  • Organizing a Summer Predental Academy presented by Kyle Larsen, Colorado '17, chapter president-elect and national Council on Communications associate and Christian Piers, Colorado '16, chapter president and national editor-in-chief
  • Creation of an Advanced Standing Committee presented by Anna Chamberlain, Los Angeles '15 and Pooyan (Ryan) Sadr Eshkevari, Los Angeles '15, co-chairs, Advanced Standing Committee
  • Planning an Advocacy Academy presented by Nathaniel Cook, Marquette '16, Legislative Liaison

Share ASDA resources for a chance to win $100    

websitecontestLast fall, national ASDA identified 10 resources to share with members. Many of you added these resources to your chapter website (thank you). Let's do it again!


For each webpage below that you link to from your ASDA website by Sept. 30, you'll be entered into a drawing for one of two $100 gift cards. The more links you add, the better your chances of winning. You must integrate the links into your existing website content or navigation (dropping all of these links onto one page called "ASDA links" won't count).


To enter: E-mail AMaron@ASDAnet.org by Sept. 30 with a list of links to your chapter's website that feature the content below. Describe which links you posted and where. Winners will be selected at random on Oct. 1. 


Here are the webpages to add:
  1. Non-traditional student resources
  2. What is a dental associateship?  
  3. Life after dental school 
  4. ASDA's national blog, Mouthing Off 
  5. Mouth 
  6. Write for ASDA's national publications

For additional resources to improve your chapter's website, download the Chapter Websites How-to Guide  

Nov. 26 deadline for membership incentives 

ASDA will open up the 2015 membership on Sept. 8. Chapter remittance processors will be emailed instructions for using the chapter portal. Training sessions on the portal will be given in September. Dates will be emailed to all chapters.


The incentive programs for membership remittance and predental recruitment will continue. Chapters who utilize the online chapter portal to process members and submit payment in full by Nov. 26 will receive $100. Cash awards for predental recruitment will be given at the 2015 Annual Session in Boston during the Gold Crown Awards ceremony. Chapters can begin recruiting predentals from now until Feb. 16. Contact Erin Kato at Erin@ASDAnet.org with any questions.

Start preparing for Gold Crown Awards 

It isn't too early for your chapter to start thinking about the 2015 Gold Crown Awards presented at Annual Session in Boston. Applications for the Chapter Achievements and Media awards are due Jan. 5, 2015. Note: The deadline is moved up from last year because Annual Session is earlier in the year. Download tips from previous winners to help get your chapter started in the right direction.


Applications and more details are available online. 

ASDA's Chicago Administrative Externs

Desseree Lysne, Midwestern-Arizona '17 and Alexandra Pierre-Bez, Midwestern-Arizona '17 spent four weeks at ASDA's central office in Chicago as administrative externs this summer. The two rotated through each department (including membership, marketing/communications and others), visited the UIC and Midwestern-IL dental schools, networked with staff from dental organizations and toured a dental manufacturing plant. They also got to experience living in Chicago (and the fun of being a tourist). Applications for the 2015 externships will be available this fall.


Welcome first-year dental students & earn money for your chapter

The ADA Office of Student Affairs is preparing to welcome first-year students this fall by kicking off the Freshman Welcome Drive. Here's how it works:

  • ASDA chapters can submit first-year students' contact information to the ADA in an Excel spreadsheet, or
  • First-year students can submit their contact information to the ADA via the online survey
  • The ADA will send an electronic welcome communication to every first-year student who we have collected contact information for
  • Every chapter that collects or submits at least 95% of their first-year students' contact information by Oct. 1 will receive $225

This contact information helps us introduce first-year students to ADA benefits and resources and welcome them to the dental profession. To request a copy of the Excel template to collect all the necessary information, please contact Andrew Willoughby in the ADA Office of Student Affairs at tempndc@ada.org.

Membership FAQs

When can I renew my ASDA/ADA membership for next year?

ASDA and the ADA's membership runs on a calendar year so your current membership will expire Dec. 31, 2014. Beginning on Sept. 8, 2014, you can renew your membership for the 2015 year. This is also the date that chapters can begin remitting dues for incoming first-year students through the online chapter portal. The 2015 dues will be $80/year for membership in ASDA and the ADA.


When you renew your membership, either with your chapter or online, be sure to update your contact information so you continue to receive your benefits.


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


Chapter Handbook
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August 28, 2014
Great Ideas Webinar
Oct. 9-14, 2014
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  3. Click "View My Account" and update your information 
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