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This Week: SSA West Annual Conference

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SSA West Annual Conference

The first half of our Annual Conference in Las Vegas was a big hit! We could not have done it without the help of all the students, volunteers, speakers, members and supporters who played their part in the conference! We had about 130 attendees at the conference empowering secular students to become leaders in the secular movement.

Did you miss SSA West? SSA East is still available for registration through July 7th. If you want a conference shirt for Columbus, register or order by June 30th.


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Students leaders and secular activists from all across the country at our 2013 Annual Conference - SSA West! Click the image for a higher resolution.

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This Week: SSA Annual Conference - Registration, Light The Night Fundraising Extravaganza, Atheist Florida Courthouse Monument

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SSA Annual Conference - Registration

We're excited with the number of students going to our conference in both Las Vegas and Columbus! If you missed the June 16 deadline for the conference in Las Vegas, don't worry, there is still day-of registration. Although online registration is over, you can register in person but we cannot guarantee housing or meals for in-person registrations. You can find these prices here.

Our Columbus registration is still up until July 7th. But you'll probably want to register by June 30th if you want our cool conference shirts.

Light The Night Fundraising Extravaganza

It's summer time, the perfect time to have fun fundraising. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society recently sent out a bunch of materials and activities you can participate in. We put them on our website so you can easily download them. Some are intended for individual fundraising and some are better suited for groups. Keep an eye out for other updates and ideas we'll be shooting in your direction. If you've yet to create a team for your group, what are you waiting for? Register now!

Atheist Florida Courthouse Monument

Did you hear about American Atheists latest court victory? Following a settlement with Bradford County, Florida, they were given the opportunity to put the nation's first atheist-sponsored monument alongside a monument of the Ten Commandments on government property. The atheist monument will be engraved with quotes from the founding fathers and other popular free-thinkers. The monument was made possible thanks to a generous donation by the Stiefel Freethought Foundation. The unveiling will be June 29th. Feel free to RSVP on Facebook for the unveiling celebration if you'll be in the area.

Group Photo of the Week

Andre Salais, the founder and leader of Mesa Secular Student Alliance, and future speaker at our conference in Las Vegas sporting a fan of our WIAA brochures.

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Ed Buckner

Ed is the former president and current board member of American Atheists. A leader in defense of secularism, he travels around the country and even abroad to speak or debate on Church/State separation. He is also the co-author of In Freedom We Trust: An Atheist Guide to Religious Liberty.
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This Week: Last Week to Register for Conference in Las Vegas, Secular Action Website, Freedom From Religion Foundation Scholarship Due

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Last Week to Register for Conference in Las Vegas

 

The final day to register for our conference in Las Vegas is June 16. You have a few days left to still register but it's best to register today if you want conference t-shirts at our Las Vegas location. Today is the last day to request a conference shirt for Las Vegas. You will be asked if you want a shirt during the registration process. You still have more time to register and request conference shirts for our Columbus location of course. Go to our conference home page for all the details.

Secular Action Website

After joining the secular movement during the end of 2012, Michael Trollan had trouble figuring out how to get involved. His contribution to the movement was to create a website, Secular Action, which lists all the ways in which secular activists can get involved through other secular organizations. Currently the website lists most conferences this year and donation information for different secular organizations but Trollan has plans to expand on the site. This is a great resource, so check it out!

Freedom From Religion Foundation Scholarship Due

The Michael Hakeem Memorial Scholarship essay contest from the Freedom From Religion Foundation is due this week. Eligible participants are college students under 25. You need to send your essay in by June 15th in order to be considered. First place wins $3,000 but there are about a half a dozen runner ups with monetary prizes as well. Go to the FFRF website for full details.

Group Photo of the Week

Hofstra Secular Student Alliance. Complete with benevolent floating head.

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Rob Boston

Rob is the Assistant Director of Communications for Americans United for Separation of Church and State. He is also the author of the book, Why the Religious Right Is Wrong About Separation of Church and State. Rob can speak on many topics relating to church/state separation and the Religious Right.
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This Week: Juan Mendez Speaks at 2013 Conference - Las Vegas, Meet Our New Intern, Fundraising

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Juan Mendez Speaks at 2013 Conference - Las Vegas

The Secular Student Alliance is proud to announce Juan Mendez as an additional speaker at our 2013 Annual Conference in Las Vegas. The Arizonan native and State Representative made headlines a few weeks ago when he used his turn to open the legislative session as an opportunity to reflect on the interconnectedness of humanity rather than on the divine. Registration for the Vegas conference location is only open for two more weeks - register today.

Meet Our New Intern

We are happy to have Tori Rehr as our new Resource Development intern for this summer. Tori is a junior majoring in in Psychology and minoring in Spanish and Gender Studies at Juniata College. Tori began to develop her interest in secular issues during high school. She worked in resource development at the Juniata College Office of Student Activities. Tori also studied in Quito, Ecuador during the 2012-13 academic year.

We always post jobs and internships in the secular movement at our jobs page.

Fundraising

Want to learn how to raise funds for your group? The SSA has got you covered at our fundraising page. Fundraising is one of the most important activities that your group can engage in. It is also one of the most overlooked activities by many groups.

Fundraising can often seem challenging, but rest assured that it can also be very simple and fun. Oftentimes, there is funding available that your group might not even be aware of; you might just need to ask for it from your respective campus official! Many SSA affiliates have pulled of very creative and fun events to raise money for their group. If your student group has some money in the bank, it makes it much easier to pull off bigger, more fun, and more creative events.

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August Berkshire

August co-founded the Twin Cities Chapter of American Atheists in 1984, which later became Minnesota Atheists. He is currently a member of Minnesota Atheist's Public Policy, First Amendment and Building Committees. His website is augustberkshire.com
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