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This Week: SSA Conference Speakers, Amazon Smile, Commuter School Resource

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SSA Conference Speakers

The speakers for the 2014 Secular Student Alliance Annual Conference have been announced! Check our page for speakers at SSA - West and speakers at SSA - East.

Amazon Smile

Amazon.com has started a new program called Amazon Smile that lets you donate to non-profits while you shop on their site!

To start using Amazon Smile, just follow the simple steps below:

  1. Go to www.smile.amazon.com and log in to your Amazon account.
  2. Type "Secular Student Alliance" into the search box where you can pick your own charitable organization.
  3. Select Secular Student Alliance as your charity.
  4. Bookmark www.smile.amazon.com as your new Amazon shopping hub so you remember to use it.
  5. Start shopping and supporting secular students!

Amazon Smile contributions stack with the special link we told you about, so feel free to use them both to give even more of your sale to the SSA!

Commuter School Resource

It can be hard to organize student groups at commuter schools. Commuter schools have less of a culture for community since there are little to no dorms in the area. If students don't live there, it can hard to organize meetings or events and what not on campus. Without community, a group is not serving its purpose.

Commuter schools often attract more nontraditional students than 4 year colleges, so meetings and events need to be designed with the specific needs of non-traditional students in mind. This guide will be a resource to help you make the most out of a commuter school or community college environment.

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Members from Secular Student Alliance at Indiana University - Kokomo tabling during Ask an Atheist Day.

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Auraria Secular Student Alliance
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Speakers Bureau

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Featured Speaker
Steven Martin

Steven Martin is a Professor of Communication at Ripon College, in Ripon, Wisconsin. He received his
Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Public Address from Penn State University. Steven
Teaches courses on the rhetoric of social movements, U.S public address, political campaign communication, public speaking, argumentation theory, and metaphor and social problems. He is also the advisor of Secular Student Alliance at Ripon College
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This Week: Conference Merchandise!, Anti-Discrimination Support Network, "That Guy" Resource

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Conference Merchandise!

A lot of the items available at our store will be also available to buy at both conference locations. Check out our website to see all the merch that will be sold at SSA - West & East!

Anti-Discrimination Support Network

Are you or has someone you know faced discrimination as a result of being non-religious? The Anti-Discrimination Support Network (ADSN) is collecting narratives highlighting instances of bigotry against the nonreligious and non-theist community. Stories related to students and young people - stories of students losing family and friends, harassment and bullying, discrimination against members of your groups, being kicked out of their house or cut off financially, etc. Submit your story just by clicking the link above and filling out the form.

By submitting your story you agree to have your story become a part of the Anti-Discrimination Support Network’s database, potentially referenced by secular lobbyists and by the media.

Contact them at [email protected] if you have any questions. You can also just contact us.

"That Guy" Resource

A person whose disruptive presence or behavior damages membership or may tarnish a group's reputation. "That Guy" can be a group member, an officer, or a non-member. In some cases "That Guy" may be a religious individual. "That Guy" can even be "That Gal"! Read over this resource to see some ways on how to deal with such a presence at your group.

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Members from the Secular Student Alliance at Butler University tabling.

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Southern Oregon University Secular Student Alliance
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Rebecca Markert

Rebecca became the first in-house staff attorney at the Freedom From Religion Foundation in 2008 and became the senior staff attorney in 2010. She primarily works on Establishment Clause cases.

She is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin, Dane County Bar Association, and is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin. She's also been admitted pro hac vice in courts across the country representing plaintiffs in First Amendment cases.
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This Week: Conference Schedule & Speaker Topics, Even MOAR Books!, National Day of Reason 2014

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Conference Schedule & Speaker Topics

Our 2014 Annual Conference finally has a detailed schedule for both SSA East and SSA West! Be sure to register before next month as early bird pricing ends sometime in May.

Even MOAR Books!

We have yet again added two new books for your reading consumption! Coming Out Atheist by Greta Christina & Death's Heretic by James L. Sutter. Of course to get these books free of charge all you have to do is fill out a brag it up form letting us know all the awesome things your group has been up. You can also just send us photos showing your group doing great things.

If you already received a Skeptics Annotated Bible or one of the other two books, you are free to request any other book so long as we get another brag or photo(s) from you. Nick will be happy to answer any of your questions and handle all book requests.

National Day of Reason 2014

The National Day of Reason is May 1st this year. The NDoR was started by the American Humanist Association and is observed the same day as the National Day of Prayer.

The constitutionality of the NDoP law has been challenged by the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

Find the National Day of Reason page on Facebook. You should also check out our Activity Packet for great ideas on how to celebrate the NDoR. Look at the events people are posting about the day on the website or create your own!

Group Photo of the Week

Members from Eau Claire Secular Student Alliance tabling at the Blugold Organizations Bash at the University of Wisconsin - EC.

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Gordon Maples

Gordon Maples is a former student leader of the Alabama Atheists and Agnostics, the Secular Student Alliance affiliate at the University of Alabama. During his time with the group, he began networking with other secular students throughout the south, ultimately forming the Southeastern Collegiate Atheist Alliance. "SECAA" has served as a prototype for what are now the Secular Student Alliance's Regional Networks.

Since beginning work with the national Secular Student Alliance post-graduation, Gordon has been developing the SSA's Regional Program while also meeting with countless secular student leaders and groups throughout the southeast.
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This Week: Affiliation Renewals Due Tomorrow!, Ask An Atheist Day is April 17th, SSA Lobby Day June 12th

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Affiliation Renewals Due Tomorrow!

Hello Secular Students! Tomorrow is the last day to renew your affiliation with the Secular Student Alliance on time. If you don't renew, you will lose your affiliation with us as well as the free access to all our services and the all the rest of the benefits of being part of the SSA. If you are not sure if your group is renewed, just check the list of outstanding groups. If your group is listed there, then be sure to fill out a renewal form by the end of the day tomorrow!!

Ask An Atheist Day is April 17th!

After your group's affiliation renewal form is complete, you can start planning for National Ask an Atheist Day on April 17th. Have you visited our page on Ask an Atheist Day? It contains all the things you'll need to plan the day including a FAQ, activity packet, promotional materials and more! We can even send your group posters and such. Just be sure to send in a tabling supplies request by April 10th so we know it will be shipped in time!

Ask an Atheist Day is a great opportunity to change and challenge a lot of people's misconceptions about secular people. Be sure to make the best of it.

SSA Lobby Day, June 12th

We're hosting a student-focused version of the Secular Coalition for America's Lobby Day and Secular Summit! Come join us on Capitol Hill for a great two-day event for secular activists on June 13th and 14th. At this event, you will:

  • Get involved with the secular movement at large
  • Learn how to lobby
  • Meet other student activists
  • Meet leaders of the secular movement

Registration is set at a reduced $50 for students. But we may help groups and individuals with expenses if they fill out a project grant. You can find more information for that and SCA's Lobby Day/Secular Summit on our website!

Group Photo of the Week

Members from Secular Student Alliance at California State University - Sacramento organized a panel with Chi Alpha at their school discussing various topics including morality and misconceptions of being Atheist/Christian.

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Featured Speaker
Barry Lynn

Born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Lynn graduated from Dickinson College and then went on to obtain a seminary degree from Boston University and a law degree at Georgetown. He is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and a constitutional lawyer. He is the author of several books including Piety and Politics and First Freedom First. Lynn was a First Amendment lawyer for the national office of the ACLU and has served for the past 20 years as Executive Director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
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