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This Week: Light The Night Pizza Promo, IFYC Leadership Institutes, SSA Design Exchange

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Light The Night Pizza Promo

Want to end the year on a really good note? Then register for a Light The Night Walk by creating a team. You can also join the national Secular Student Alliance Team. All SSA affiliate teams who hold their first fundraiser and tell us about it, via a Brag It Up form, will be entered into a drawing for a pizza party for their entire group. Hold the fundraiser, fill out a form, tell us how much you raised, send us a photo and let us know your Light The Night team information.

The winners will be announced May 15th. So make sure to get everything in before that date.

Learn more about the Light The Night Walk at our Light The Night page.

IFYC Leadership Institutes

Our partner and friend, the Interfaith Youth Core is having Interfaith Leadership Institutes (ILIs) across the country. ILIs equip undergraduate students, staff, and faculty with the skills to engage diverse religious and non-religious identities to build the interfaith movement on their campuses.

Upcoming ILIs - The standard fee to attend an ILI is $299 (lodging and travel not included). Make sure to check the registration pages for discount and scholarship information.

  1.     Chicago ILI: June 21-23, 2013
    •     Early Bird Deadline ($50 off): April 16, 2013
    •     Final Registration Deadline: June 6, 2013
  2.     NYC ILI: August 11-13, 2013
    •     Early Bird Deadline ($50 off): June 6, 2013
    •     Final Registration Deadline: July 30, 2013
  3.     Atlanta ILI: January 31, 2014 - February 2, 2014
    •     Los Angeles ILI: February 15-17, 2014
    •     *Official Registration Launch on August, 15, 2013
Email [email protected] for questions. Click the image to learn more.

SSA Design Exchange

The Design Exchange is our library of flyers, tabling supplies, advertisements, t-shirt designs, and more that students in freethought groups like yours across the country have successfully utilized on their campuses. Use these resources for catchy and eye-grabbing material you can post all over your campus.

If you would like to submit one or more of your designs to the Exchange, feel free to use our flyer submission form or e-mail your design to [email protected]. Please remember that while a PDF is lovely to look at, it is difficult to edit - please send us the original file format whenever possible so that borrowers may make the most of it!

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Brag It Up!
Tell us about the awesome stuff your group has done!
SSA Leaderspace
You DON'T want to miss our awesome two location conference this year. Click the image to learn more!
Newest Affiliate
Illinois Wesleyan University Secular Student Alliance
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Group Running Guide
Learn every topic under the sun relating to how to run a student group on campus.
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Featured Speaker
Michael Shermer
Dr. Michael Shermer is the Founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine and editor of Skeptic.com, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, and an Adjunct Professor at Claremont Graduate University and Chapman University. Dr. Shermer's latest book is The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies-How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths.

Dr. Shermer charges an honorarium in the range of $5,000 to $10,000. This speaker has special requirements and takes a lot of preparation work to bring in. Only experienced groups should consider bringing him to their campus.
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This Week: Participate in SSA Week, 2013 Light The Night Walk and Group T-Shirts

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Participate in SSA Week

Hey Students! Coming up April 29th-May 6th, the SSA is holding SSA Week! During this time, members of the secular community will be coming together online to celebrate the awesome work you all do and show their support of secular students and the Secular Student Alliance.

We want you to be involved! If you write a secular blog, participate in blogathon! We also have a bunch of images—Facebook and Twitter banners and profile pictures—for you to use to help us spread the word as it gets closer. If you want to participate by blogging, or have another idea to help the SSA raise awareness and funds, please contact our Development Associate Jessica Kirsner for more information.

2013 Light The Night Walk

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Light The Night Walk

Last year, the Secular Student Alliance allied with Foundation Beyond Belief to participate in the Light The Night Walk for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  Our teams raised over $430,000 in that first year, the largest amount ever raised by a first year non-corporate team and the 4th largest amount raised by any team in the nation in 2012, including corporate teams.

We're back in action for 2013, providing awesome ways for you and your group to get involved in the largest fundraising activity in the secular movement!  There are several ways you can get involved:

  • Find a walk near you and register your affiliate as a team
  • Partner with an off-campus group or a nearby campus group to register a joint team
  • Register a "virtual" team if there's no walk nearby
  • Join the SSA's National Walk Team 
Learn more about all these options, how to register your team, and much more at our Light The Night page.

Group T-Shirts

An awesome way to build group recognition and interest is to have group t-shirts. Group t-shirts are also a great way form a greater bond between your fellow group members. There are many ways to make your group shirts clever, intriguing and get other people's attention but not all groups have the time and skills for that. If you are a branded affiliate, you have the option of ordering our own shirts for your group for just $5 each (plus shipping) with the SSA store. If you have any troubles accessing the store read the instructions here.

Group Photo of the Week

Members from Loyola Chicago Secular Student Alliance after watching the Jesus Camp documentary.

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Brag It Up!
Tell us about the awesome stuff your group has done!
SSA Leaderspace
You DON'T want to miss our awesome two location conference this year. Click the image to learn more!
Newest Affiliate
CMU Humanist League
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Email and Web Forwards
Create a private group forward as a public facing email and much more!
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Featured Speaker
Bobbie Kirkhart
Bobbie Kirkhart is a member of Atheists United and the former president of Atheist Alliance International. She became a part of the freethought movement some time after being a social worker in Los Angeles and losing her faith.
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This Week: Last Day for Renewals, 2013 Light The Night Walk, SSA Board of Directors Elections

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  • Last Day for Affiliation Renewals!
  • Ask-An-Atheist Day Supplies (Last Chance!)
  • SSA Board of Directors Elections

Last Day for Affiliation Renewals!

 Renew It or Lose It

Is your group on this list?  Then you need to renew today! If we don't hear from you, your group will lose its SSA affiliation - bad news, bears!

If your group is already renewed and you want to lend us a hand, pick a group from that list and give them a nudge to renew.  The more groups that renew, the more staff time we have to focus on things like booking speakers, developing resources, and helping you run your group.  Thanks!

Ask-An-Atheist Day Supplies (Last Chance!)

Ask-an-Atheist Day

National Ask-An-Atheist Day is coming up fast - less than three weeks!  To be sure you have all your tabling supplies, stickers, and other gear ready to go, place your orders this week!

There are lots of ways you can celebrate National Ask-An-Atheist Day: hosting a speaker or a panel, tabling on your campus, proudly wearing your Ask-An-Atheist Day stickers, or many other ideas.  Join the Facebook event and share your plans and ideas!

Evan Clark, Chair of the SSA Board of Directors
Evan Clark, Chair of the SSA Board of Directors

SSA Board of Directors Elections

The SSA is a democratic organization led by a Board of Directors elected by our paid membership.  Our board elections are happening right now!  If you're an active supporter of the SSA (only $10/year for students!), you should go cast your votes.  The voting period ends this Saturday, April 6!

If you are a Free Student Member, this is a great time to step up and become an active student supporter.  Affiliate members also have the opportunity to become active student supporters, so take a moment to share this opportunity with them.  This is a great way to get involved in the high-level direction of the organization you love!
 

Group Photo of the Week
SOMA members with board games
The Society of Open-Minded Atheists and Agnostics at KU from their first meeting of the spring semester - board game night!

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Brag It Up!
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SSA Leaderspace
SSA 2013 Annual Conference
Newest Affiliate
Secular Student Alliance at Lake Forest College
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Funding Finder
Find the right funding for your project!
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Featured Speaker
Rev. Steven Baines
Rev. Steven Baines
Rev. Steven Baines is Director of Religious Outreach at Americans United for Separation of Church and State where he is responsible for the organization's national engagement with and mobilization of people of faith. He is an accomplished speaker on church-state separation, religion in politics, and a wide range of related topics.
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This Week: Affiliation Renewals, FFRF Essay Contest, SSA Con T-Shirts

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One Week Left to Renew!

Affiliation Renewal Logo

The Spring 2013 Affiliation Renewal is over in a week - you only have until April 1st to renew!  Only about one-third of our groups have filled out the renewal so far, which means that a lot of you still need to renew.  Don't wait until it's too late!

We need each and every SSA affiliate group to renew, so lend us about 20 minutes to get your affiliation renewed.  Groups that don't renew will be have their affiliate status revoked!  Learn more, check outstanding groups, read the FAQ, complete the renewal form and more at www.secularstudents.org/renewal.
 

Freedom From Religion Foundation Announces 2013 Essay Contest Topics

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Every year, the Freedom From Religion Foundation offers over $20,000 to students through their three scholarship essay contests.  The three categories of high school, college and graduate/age 25-30 each have their own essay topic and offer prizes up to $3,000.  Each category has its own deadline, starting June 1 for high school contestants.

Learn more about the contest, check out previous winners, and get submission details at the FFRF website

2013 SSA Annual Conference T-Shirt Designs Announced

Conference T-Shirt Designs

We're super excited to show off the designs for our Annual Conference T-Shirts!  Since we have two conference locations, we have two shirts, designed specifically for this year's events.  You can preorder your shirt when you register, or you can preorder them separately from either our Columbus or Vegas conference location webpage.  Shirts are only available via preorder, so grab one before they're gone!

Other conference reminders!  We're still taking applications for Leadership Travel Aid if you need funding to attend.  Registration is now open for Columbus and Vegas locations.  Check out our conference website for information about fundraising, FAQs, housing, travel and other details.

Group Photo of the Week
Michigan Secular Student Alliance
The University of Michigan Secular Student Alliance volunteered at a local ice rink putting on fun activities for children in the area.  They braved the cold and had a blast!

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New Leader?
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Brag It Up!
Tell us about the awesome stuff your group has done!
SSA Leaderspace
Ask An Atheist Day is coming up on April 18th.  We just got a restock of our awesome 2013 supplies, so order yours now!
Did you know that you can sign up your group for FREE SSA student memberships?  Members get discounts to our conference, swag, and more!  Check it out.
Our Speakers Bureau now has a section on speakers by organization.  Get a speaker from your favorite freethought org today!
Newest Affiliate
Oviedo Non-Theist and Skeptic's Alliance at Oviedo High School.
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Featured Service
Project Grants
Get funding for awesome events, projects, and more!
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Featured Speaker
Dr. Matt McCormick
Matt McCormick
Dr. McCormick is a philosophy professor at CSU Sacramento, where he developed and has been teaching one of the only university-level courses on atheism in the U.S., which has made Dr. McCormick the subject of numerous printed interviews and news articles. He is also the author of a thriving blog, Atheism: Proving the Negative.  Dr. McCormick is happy to speak about proving the negative, the problems with evidence for life after death, and comparing the historicity of Jesus to the Salem Witch Trials.
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