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This Week: Affiliation Renewal Deadline, Darwin Day Early Planning, Secular Coalition Seeks Development Manager

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The deadline for the affiliation renewal is upon us! You have until the end of today to fill out the form if you haven't already or else we will be forced to start chasing groups down to find out what happened. Check to see if you are on our outstanding affiliation renewals list and if so, please fill out an affiliation renewal form. For those of your who already filled out a form - congratulations! If you have not, you will be getting a lot more calls, emails etc. from us until we know what your group's official status is. Don't wait, fill out the form now!

Darwin Day Early Planning

February 12th, 2013 is Darwin Day - this is a great time to celebrate science, life, and one of the greatest scientific minds of all time. You can also use the day as an excuse to throw huge events for your group and to share the appreciation!
 
Planning early for the event is the key to running a successful one.  Check out our Darwin Day Activity Packet - it'll help you plan the festivities with ideas for all kinds of events.  Many speakers get booked up fast around Darwin Day, so start working with Nick now if you're planning to find someone through the SSA Speakers Bureau.
 
We're here to help with whatever you may have planned for the day.  Check out our resources and contact us if you need any hands-on assistance with your event!

Secular Coalition Seeks Development Manager

The Secular Coalition for America, the national lobby representing secular Americans, including atheists, agnostics, and humanists, is seeking a Development Manager.  Under the direction of the Chief of Staff, the Development Manager is in charge of crafting strategies that regularly expand fundraising success, and offering strategic leadership in development.  The Development Manager will also maintain the fundraising infrastructure of the organization, including managing donor databases, drafting appeal letters and promotional materials, and ensuring the timely follow-up with donors and potential donors.

The Secular Coalition for America, a non-profit corporation, is an equal opportunity employer.  Salary is commensurate with experience.  Benefits package includes generous paid time off, health insurance, retirement contribution matching, and life and disability insurance. To apply, email resume AND cover letter to[email protected].  They don't want any phone calls.

For more information on this job, visit the SCA website. As always, to find the latest jobs in the secular movement go to our jobs page.

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Members from Scent of Reality: An Affiliate of the Secular Student Alliance at United World College.

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Missed the SSA's Annual Conference? 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 Kathy Goodman speaking on how to make campus friendly to the non-religious.
Newest Affiliate:
Secular Club at Cox Mill High School
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Featured Speaker
Massimo Pigliucci
Massimo has a doctorate in genetics and is the chair fo the Department of Philosophy at CUNY-Lehman College. He is the author of several books including Nonsense on Stilts: How to Tell Science from Bunk and Making Sense of Evolution. His talks focus on Creationism, Intelligent Design and the nature of science.
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This Week: One More Week for Affiliation Renewal, Light the Night Updates, New Branded Affiliate Policy

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One More Week for Affiliation Renewal

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The Fall 2012 Affiliation Renewal is over in a week - that's October 22nd! Only about 40% of our groups have filled out the form, so don't wait until it's too late! Many of you have affiliated recently but if your group affiliated before October 8th, you still need to fill this form out! We need each and every SSA affiliate group to renew, so lend us 15 minutes to get your affiliation renewed.  Learn more, check outstanding groups, use the FAQ, complete the renewal form and more at www.secularstudents.org/renewal.

Light the Night Updates

If you haven't already heard, the FBB team has raised $297,566.36 which is about $200,000 short of the $500,000 match from the Stiefel Freethought Foundation to reach the end goal of one million dollars. After a bit of numbers crunching, we know that of the 138 teams or so, our affiliates account for 38 of them! That's a hefty chunk! If your group is not being represented in the 38 let us know!

The bottom line is that secular students across the country are making a big difference in this effort. We are less than $150,000 away in matchable donations from beating the record for most money raised by a first-year national partner. SSA affiliate teams have raised thousands so far and are raising more money every day. Congratulations guys!

New Branded Affiliate Policy

We have made a change to our branded affiliate program. Now only groups officially named some variation of Secular Student Alliance [CAMPUS NAME] or [CAMPUS NAME] Secular Student Alliance can get free banners with our tabling supplies service. Groups that use the subtitle option: An Affiliate of the Secular Student Alliance can no longer request free banners. For more of an in-depth understanding of our Branded Affiliates Program, check out this page. As always branding your group using our name provides these benefits:

  • Association with a nationally-recognized name
  • A professional brand and logo (which you can customize for your group)
  • Support from and to other groups who share the name
  • Brochures, business cards, and other tabling swag (as available)
  • No exclusivity - you are welcome to maintain all ties with other organizations (in fact, we encourage it!)

It is worth reading the whole thing to become familiar with how things are. Also check out pages for alternative logo use and the name use agreement if you ever want to brand your group. Finally, if you don't want to change your name and still want a banner, you can buy one at our new store (must have student membership to login).

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Secular Students at the North Carolina Secular Student Leadership Summit. Schools represented: Irmo High School, ECU, UNCP, UNC-CH, UNCG, Duke, NCSU, Clemson, USC, College of Charleston et. al.

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Want to be a part of the SSA Annual 2013 Conference? We are taking applications from any student who is interested in speaking to their peers and helping out the student movement. We have a list of topics to choose from, but you can also suggest your own. Simply fill out this form to apply. You must be a student in the U.S. to qualify. Let Nick know if you have any questions!

Missed the SSA's Annual Conference? 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 Jen McCreight speaking on creating diversity in your group.
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Secular Student Alliance at Biotechnology High School
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David Fitzgerald is a writer, public speaker and historical researcher based in San Francisco. He is the author of  NAILED: Ten Christian Myths that Show Jesus Never Existed at All. His presentations include "Ten Beautiful Lies about Jesus," "The Complete Heretic's Guide to Western Religion: Mormonism" among others. David Charges a $100 honorarium from any group hosting him.
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This Week: Fall 2012 Affiliation Renewals, Project Grants, 2013 SSA Annual Conference Student Speakers

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Fall 2012 Affiliation Renewals

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The Fall 2012 Affiliation Renewal is happening right now!  All leaders and advisors should have gotten an email about this required form.  We need each and every SSA affiliate group to renew, so lend us 15 minutes to get your affiliation renewed.  Learn more, check outstanding groups, use the FAQ, complete the renewal form and more at www.secularstudents.org/renewal.

Project Grants

Who wants money for group projects? Use project grants to take your group on an excursion to freethought conferences, collaborate with other groups to help run an event or simply to make custom club  t-shirts. Alls you have to do is go to our grant page and fill out the form at the bottom. We will get back to you with further details.

Make sure your group is eligible! Your group must have a constitution and a bank account to receive this funding. We can help you with any to these requirements or any other questions you may have. Just contact us!

This year's Skepticon is coming fast! If your group is interested in receiving travel funding for this event, make sure to fill out a project grant application by the end of this week!

2013 SSA Annual Conference Student Speakers

Next year's conference is a wee bit away, but you can be part of the magic now!  We are taking applications from any student who is interested in speaking to their peers and helping out the student movement. We have a list of topics to choose from, but you can also suggest your own if you think it belongs at our conference. Simply fill out this form:

http://www.secularstudents.org/2013con/speakerapp

There are no requirements other than being a student in the U.S. Let Nick know if you have any questions!

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Members from the Atheist Student Organization at University of Texas - Pan American welcoming new members at their Great Godless Gathering – Reprise event..

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Missed the SSA's Annual Conference? 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 Derek Miller speaking on the perception of atheists in American society.
Newest Affiliate
Secular Student Alliance of Mercersburg
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Featured Speaker
Nate Phelps
Nate Phelps is the son of Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church. He escaped the Church himself when he turned 18 and has dedicated his life to helping others in similar situations. Nate is on the board of directors of Recovering from Religion and the Executive Director of the Centre for Inquiry Canada in Calgary, Alberta. He can speak on growing up in a cult, LGBT rights and other issues.
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This Week: Shop at Amazon.com & Support the SSA!, Free Secular Women Membership for Students, Endorse Secular Coalition for America

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Shop at Amazon.com & Support the SSA!

Did you know that every time you shop on Amazon you could be giving back to the SSA? By simply using this link instead of the normal Amazon address, the SSA will receive a percentage of your purchase at no cost to you! This is a completely free way for you to pass on the services you receive to other students— now and for the future.

So, update your Amazon bookmark and start supporting the SSA today!

Free Secular Woman Membership for Students

While many of you were on summer break, a new secular organization was born. Secular Women, whose mission is to amplify the voice, presence, and influence of non-religious women, is offering student members of the SSA and its campus affiliates free annual memberships from now through October 15th. Women, men, and genderqueer students are all welcome.  Join now at: http://www.secularwoman.org/ssa.

Secular Woman maintains an all-female speakers bureau, awards travel grants, and hosts a members-only Facebook group for lively discussion of feminism and secularism. Partnering with the SSA for this membership drive is one way Secular Woman hopes to make secularism more accessible and rewarding for women both on-campus and off. Don't miss your chance for a free annual membership!

Endorse Secular Coalition for America

The mission of the Secular Coalition for America is to increase the visibility of and respect for nontheistic viewpoints in the United States, and to protect and strengthen the secular character of our government as the best guarantee of freedom for all.  Now local groups - including campus groups! - can sign on to endorse this mission.  Campus groups endorsing SCA's mission statement helps SCA make the case to lawmakers that the secular movement should be taken seriously.  Endorsing the mission statement is free and easy, and your group is listed along with dozens of other organizations here.

SCA would be honored to have your campus group endorse their mission statement.  You can sign up in just a few minutes here.

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Members from Atheists, Humanists and Agnostics with Jerry DeWitt.

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Want to show off your secular student pride? Visit our store to find gear and other items that you can wear or use everyday. Our shirts are only $5 each but there is a lot more there. Check it out! To access the catalog simply log in with your free student membership info.
 The Fall Affiliation Renewal is officially starting on 10/8. Get ready to fill out the forms to stay affiliated with the Secular Student Alliance!

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Hemant Mehta
Hemant Mehta is a high school math teacher based in Chicago. He is the former Chair of the SSA Board of Directors and is the current Chair of Foundation Beyond Belief. He is the Author of I Sold My Soul on eBay and also manages the Friendly Atheist blog. He can speak on the rise of high school atheism, his book and other topics.
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