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This Week: SSA East - This Weekend!, SCA Action Alerts, Institutional Memory

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SSA East - This Weekend!

 

Our 2013 Annual Conference is nearing its big finale in Columbus! If you missed the deadline yesterday, you can still register if you show in-person. We can't guarantee housing or meals for in-person registrations however. In preparation for the big weekend, you might want to check out the schedule and download the conference book. Also be sure to RSVP on Facebook and show off to your friends. See you all later this week!

We are still selling SSA West (Las Vegas) Conference shirts for both Men and Women at our store. Get them before they're gone!

SCA Action Alerts

Do you love politics and secular issues and want an easy way to follow them both? Our friends at the Secular Coalition for America send action alerts that can be sent straight to your email. You'll receive a notice the moment something is happening on Capitol Hill, with the easy and immediate ability to contact your legislators.

Just click on the image and enter your email in the box to the right to sign up. You can unsubscribe at any time or even update preferences.

Institutional Memory

Institutional memory is the collection of facts, concepts, experience, and know-how held by a group of people. It transcends the knowledge held by any one member of the group and requires ongoing transmission to stay alive. Institutional knowledge is very important to student groups. It must be communicated from one set of leaders to the next, or it is lost. In an effort to save groups from being forced to reinvent the wheel - a process which some groups do not survive - the SSA publishes the Group Running Guide. However, as group leaders, you play the most vital role in passing along your group’s institutional memory and culture.

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Members from Morris Freethinkers and student organizers at The Midwest Science of Origins Conference.

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Missed the SSA's Annual Conference in Las Vegas? Didn't get to see all the talks? We're constantly posting new videos to our YouTube Channel so you can check them out! This latest video comes from Juan Mendez speaking on having a career in politics.

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James Croft

James Croft is the Research and Education Fellow at the Humanist Community at Harvard. He is a candidate for an Ed.D in Human Development and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) and an MA in Education from the University of Cambridge. He grew up on Star Trek, Sagan, and Shakespeare, and is a proud gay Humanist. James is happy to speak on topics relating to the secular movement, humanism and humanist education among other topics.
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This Week: SSA East Annual Conference, Meet Your New Regional Campus Organizers, Repealing the Rest of DOMA

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This is the last week to register for the conference! You'll need to register by July 7th if you want guaranteed access as well as housing and catering to our conference in Columbus. SSA West was already a big hit and we're expecting SSA East to be an even bigger hit. Don't miss out!

We also have some leftover Vegas t-shirts from SSA West. If you missed your chance to have one, you're in luck! Email us to see if we have your size available and for ordering details.

Meet Your New Regional Campus Organizers

The SSA's Campus Organizing is expanding! Our new Regional Campus Organizers (RCOs) Ellen Lundgren, David Fitzgerald and Jessika Griffin officially start today! Our Regional Program has been such a success that we've decided to expand it.

Ellen, our former intern,  is the new Texas RCO. You may email her at [email protected]. David, who is also on our Speakers Bureau is the RCO for both California and Nevada. You can reach him at [email protected]. Finally Jessika will be overseeing the Illinois, Kentucky and Indiana region. You can contact her at [email protected].

Check out a little more about our new staff here. You may also order David's book NAILED: Ten Christian Myths that Show Jesus Never Existed at All from our store (if you have your login). You can also email us if you prefer.

Repealing the Rest of DOMA

Representative Jarrold Nadler and Senator Dianne Feinstein introduced bills in their respective chambers, that would completely overturn DOMA on June 26th. If made law, they will strike down the 2nd Provision of the Defense of Marriage Act, making states recognize all marriages from any other state. If you want to encourage your representatives to support the bill, you can find their contact information at the House or Senate sites. Our friends at the American Humanist Association also created a form which allows you to email your House Representative and two Senators simultaneously.

Group Photo of the Week

Members from Secular Student Alliance at University of Central Florida at the Dedication of an Atheist monument at Bradford County, Florida. See all the pictures of the dedication here.

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Ethan Clow

Ethan Clow is best known in the skeptical community as the host of Radio Freethinker, a skeptical podcast and radio show on CiTR in Vancouver. And as the former Executive Director of the Centre for Inquiry Vancouver. Ethan received a B.A. in History at the University of British Columbia and has an active role with skeptical movements in Vancouver and British Columbia. He has written articles that have appeared in The National Post. Ethan is happy to present on topics ranging from pseudohistory, diversity in the secular movement and podcasting.
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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.


Group Photo of the Week

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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Secular Legal Society at UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law
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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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