Chapter spotlight: Iowa

The ASDA chapter at Iowa is an auto-enroll school with 100% market share. This outstanding chapter holds a wide range of events each year offering each member something interesting.  Social events, philanthropic drives, fundraising and lunch and learns—Iowa has it all!

Previous Iowa President Jenna Hopkins is most proud of their successful annual vendor fair. This last year, ASDA Iowa hosted their most successful vendor fair yet. 45 vendors participated and close to $20,000 was raised. “These funds are crucial to our success as a chapter. It allows us to send members to national meetings and hold social and networking events for members,” Hopkins said.

Iowa kicks off the year with an annual Welcome Social in downtown Iowa City at The Airliner. All students are welcome but the event is especially geared toward the D1s.  Introduction into the organization of ASDA and providing a meet-and-greet is the ultimate goal.  Before the winter break Iowa ASDA sells University of Iowa College of Dentistry apparel, consisting of sweatshirts, T-shirts and pullovers. Lunch and learns are held (almost) every Wednesday, offering members great educational and personal development.

Philanthropy events are planned by members Lauren Harvey and Katie Anfinsen. This year, many events were successfully executed, one of which was a bone marrow drive.  “Be The Match” included a lunch and learn presentation on the importance of bone marrow donors. A quick and painless cheek swap was given to dental students and their information was filed in a national database. There is also a blood drive being planned for May 2013.

Iowa is successful with their predental involvement as well. This year they are planning their first ever fundraiser for predental students wishing to receive mentorship in their application process. ASDA Iowa members held sessions on resume development and provided tips on getting into dental school. Participants also got hands-on experience by being exposed to various waxing exercises.

One of the most exciting events Iowa ASDA throws is their talent show. The moral committee, headed by Abbie Bagenstos and Katy Cook, worked to develop this hilarious event now two years running.  Most recently they held it at the local performing arts center where student and faculty were on stage in front of a crowd of 400 of their peers.

Current Iowa ASDA president Taylor Zmoos says “I am proud of what Iowa ASDA has accomplished thus far and look forward to continuing to improve students’ experiences here at our school.”

~Eve Lofthus, District 9 trustee

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