The East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine is pleased to announce that Keaton Mash, Doctor of Dental Medicine Candidate 2016, has been named District 4 Delegate of the Year by the American Student Dental Association (ASDA).
Originally from Jefferson, North Carolina, Keaton has served as the ECU ASDA First Delegate and as a student member of the North Carolina Dental Society Board of Trustees. As an ASDA delegate, he has focused on helping pre-dental students learn more about the dental profession and on providing oral hygiene instruction and screening for older adults through a program called “Smiles for a Lifetime.” He has been instrumental in building ASDA membership nationally and hosting national ASDA leaders at ECU.
While as the ASDA First Delegate, Keaton represented the ECU ASDA Chapter at National Leadership Conferences in Illinois, California, and South Carolina. Besides his work as an ECU dental student, he has also been active in Centershot Ministries and Cross Trail Outfitters.
“ECU’s ASDA Chapter has become stronger and has gained momentum under Keaton’s leadership,” said Dr. Margaret Wilson, ASDA faculty advisor and vice dean of the School of Dental Medicine.
“Upon hearing that I was receiving the Delegate of the Year award, I felt very honored. I couldn’t have done it without the support of great students and faculty advisors who worked alongside me during my term as First Delegate,” said Keaton.
Each year, ASDA recognizes the significant accomplishments of one student from each of its 11 districts across the country and awards those students with the title of District Delegate of the Year. The award is based on nominations selected by national leaders prior to ASDA’s annual session. Mr. Mash was recognized at ASDA’s Annual Session Gold Crown Awards ceremony earlier this spring.
The American Student Dental Association is a national student-run organization that protects and advances the rights, interests and welfare of dental students. It introduces students to lifelong involvement in organized dentistry and provides services, information, education, representation and advocacy. Visit ASADA at http://www.asdanet.org/mission.aspx.
About the ECU School of Dental Medicine
The ECU School of Dental Medicine is dedicated to addressing North Carolina’s ongoing shortage and misdistribution of dentists. The school educates primary care dentists who desire to meet the challenges of providing care in rural and underserved areas of the state. Programs include the pre-doctoral program leading to a doctor of dental medicine degree (DMD), two post doctoral residency programs in general dentistry, and a pediatric dentistry residency program. A key component of the DMD program is the fourth-year experience in community service learning centers in rural communities across the state. The school leverages the latest educational and patient-care technologies to maximize student learning and patient care. Visit the ECU School of Dental Medicine at http://www.ecu.edu/dental.