Spring 2006 Table of Contents
Celebrating Our Community
NYUCD is a Double First-Place Winner in ADEA Open Membership Challenge

NYUCD placed first among dental schools in two categories during the American Dental Education Association's (ADEA's) Open Membership Challenge in January. The program challenged dental schools across the nation to compete to see which school could enroll the highest number of students, faculty and staff in the ADEA during a free, one-month open enrollment period. Prior to the introduction of the open enrollment period, individuals wishing to join the ADEA paid dues of $125 each year.

The schools competed in four categories for 12 complimentary registrations at the Annual Session in Orlando in March. Between January 2nd and January 31st, the competition produced a total of 5,407 new ADEA members. NYUCD achieved the highest total number of new student members (802) and new faculty and staff members (392).

NYUCD's participation in this initiative was coordinated by Dr. Elise S. Eisenberg, Director of Dental Informatics & Digital Support Services, and Dr. Andrew I. Spielman, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

"Open membership is a great opportunity for students, faculty and staff to come together under the ADEA umbrella to advance dental education and take advantage of special programs and services, leadership training and networking opportunities," said Dean Alfano. "I'm proud that NYUCD contributed so significantly to the impressive increase in ADEA membership."