Recap: District 6 & 7 Meeting 2019

Written by Amanda Waddle, Marquette ASDA Blog and Webmaster, District 7 Wellness Chair, and a member of the c/o 2022

From September 27-29, 2019, students from ASDA District 6 (Detroit Mercy, Case Western, Michigan, West Virginia, and Ohio State) and District 7 (Marquette, Louisville, Kentucky, Indiana, UIC, Midwestern-Chicago, and Southern Illinois) gathered in Indianapolis, Indiana for “ASDA Madness!” — the theme of this years meeting — to learn more about organized dentistry and network with fellow dental students. The weekend started with a welcome activity at the NCAA Hall of Champions on Friday night, continued to lectures on Saturday morning, a vendor fair on in the afternoon, followed by ASDA ESPYs that evening. Sunday morning finished the weekend with a few more presentations (including some led by our own members) and idea exchange opportunities, before loading up returning to our respective schools (comment below or ask an attendee if you want to see a more detailed line up of the presentations!).

Angela Schmidt (Social Media Chair) and Jesus Echezerreta (Treasurer) with Marquette’s District awards

Angela Schmidt (Social Media Chair) and Jesus Echezerreta (Treasurer) with Marquette’s District awards

At the ASDA ESPYs, Marquette was honored to win the awards for District 7 “Best Website & Social Media” and “Most Innovative Fundraising”. You, our members and followers, make these awards possible! So THANK YOU!! for your attendance and participation at events, and your social media follows, likes, and responses!

On Sunday, two Marquette students spoke in front of the group: Amanda Waddle (District 7 Wellness Chair) presenting about the upcoming Student Mental Health Solidarity Day on October 30th (be sure to keep an eye out for more information coming soon) and Janae Momchilovich (District 6 & 7 Legislative Liaison) explaining how legislation works its way through the House and Senate, and different bills affecting dentistry that are currently being discussed.

Janae Momchilovich and Grant Mikesh enjoying Saturday’s speakers

Janae Momchilovich and Grant Mikesh enjoying Saturday’s speakers

Read below what some of the attendees learned and loved about District Meeting this year!

My favorite thing about district was getting to reconnect with friends from other ASDA chapters and meet lots of new people throughout the weekend
— Melissa Drab (Marquette ASDA President Elect)
It was really cool to learn about how to expand ones practice by offering different cosmetic treatments!
— Carly Kirkpatrick (Class of 2022)
My most memorable part was reconnecting with old friends while making new ones. It’s awesome that ASDA brings us all together.
— Danielle Nghiem (Class of 2022)
The number one thing I learned/enjoyed was spreading the joy and importance of organized dentistry. The friendships made while learning more about our progression and leadership is a priceless experience.
— Amanda Witzlib (Marquette ASDA Secretary)
I enjoyed learning about incorporating CAD/CAM into an office and what the time lengths on procedures can be with that machine.
— Maddy Zastrow (Class of 2022)