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This Week: Why the SSA Annual Conference Is So Great!, SSA Resources for Individual Students, SCA's Lobby Day - Early Bird Registration Extended!

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Why the SSA Annual Conference Is So Great!

This article was written by Rolph Recto, a member of Virginia Atheists and Agnostics.

For me, waking up early on a Friday morning usually means a long day ahead at work or taking classes. Instead, on this particular Friday, I woke up early to go on an adventure: I was going to Columbus, Ohio with my fellow VAA friends Scott and Tori to attend the 2013 Secular Students Alliance conference. Needless to say, we were excited, as none of us had attended a VAA-related conference before.

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SSA Resources for Individual Students

We know that not every secular student has the opportunity or the time to devote to participating and/or starting a secular student group on their high school or college campus. We have put together a page of resources to better support individual secular student activists, who might otherwise feel like there is no support for them in the movement.

Check back on said page often, as it will grow as we are able to develop and get new resources online to better serve you. If you have any questions or if you would like to submit an idea, please feel free to email us!

SCA's Lobby Day - Early Bird Registration Extended!

The Secular Coalition For America has extended their early bird registration rates for their upcoming Lobby Day and Summit until February 28th.

Last year they were addressed by a sitting U.S. Senator Stark and a sitting U.S. Congressman. This year they are planning an event filled with speakers, thought leaders, panels, and workshops. There will also be a lobbying training before being brought to Capitol Hill to directly lobby their representatives (in groups). The event is from June 12th-June 13th.

Student registration is actually just $25. You can find more details on the SCA website.

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Members from GCSC Center for Inquiry On Campus take a group photo during a recent Christmas party they held in 2013.

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This Week: Conference Registration Live!, Voss Visuals Discount, Meet the Campus Organizing Team

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Conference Registration Live!

Our registration is now live (for both Phoenix and Columbus locations), so sign up now!

Early bird registration is $39 for SSA student members or $125, for a group of five and it covers room and several free meals! You can't beat that deal but it gets even better! If you are picked to speak at our conference, you will get free monies to help you (and/or your potential group) attend and your registration fee is waived. You can even pick your speaking topic. So register to be a student speaker now, as we will stop taking proposals in just a few short weeks.

Register for you and your group ASAP as the early bird rates will end in May!

Voss Visuals Discount

Partner and friend to the secular movement Voss Visuals is offering a discount to all SSA affiliate groups! They specialize in branding and marketing and as student groups, those are very important things do be doing year round. Here is a very minor list of their products:

  • Bumper Stickers
  • Buttons
  • Brochures
  • Calendars
  • Collectors Cards
  • Door Hangers
  • Fliers
  • Posters
  • Postcards
  • Stickers
  • Banners
  • Posters
  • Window Clings
  • Yard Signs

They offer 50% off design fees and 25% off printing services if you use the promo code: godless. Visit their website or contact Adam Brown for more!

Meet the Campus Organizing Team

We'd like to reintroduce ourselves to you all at our Campus Organizing Staff Team page. Feel free to check things out and learn interesting things about us you may not have known before. After you get to know us, be sure to return the favor (especially if you are a new officer). We are never too busy to talk with our affiliates!

Group Photo of the Week

Members from Texas Secular Humanists at their 2nd annual Secular Santa gift drive. They raised $450 to purchase holiday gifts for Austin Children's Shelter.

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Jessika enjoyed her four years with the Secular Alliance at Indiana University so much that she now works with the Secular Student Alliance as a Regional Campus Organizer for Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky. Jessika enjoys empowering students to make the world a better place. Jessika gained experience in group organizing through various means while attending Indiana University, and can provide workshop style  training for most aspects of group running. She is also available to speak to groups via Skype and Google+ Hangouts; this means it's a very inexpensive event to set up!
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This Week: 2014 Con Student Speaker Reminder, SCA Lobby Day, Group Bank Accounts

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2014 Annual Conference Student Speakers Reminder

The deadline to submit a proposal to speak at our 2014 conference is in less than a month! If you are a student, you can apply to speak at our conference by just filling out our simple form. If you feel like you have important things to say to your peers about leadership and secularism, sign up! Also check out our prep page for tips on public speaking and preparedness.

Remember that the form is only for current students, recent alumni, and group advisors. Again, the sooner you fill it out, the better your chance to speak at our conference.

SCA 2014 Lobby Day

The Secular Coalition for America is hosting another Lobby Day and Policy Conference in D.C. in order to help get secularists a chance to talk to their representatives in Congress. The event is from June 12th-June 14th.

SCA's annual Lobby Day and Policy Conference will include lobbying training, scheduled lobbying visits with the offices of legislators on Capitol Hill, and a Policy Conference, featuring top thought-leaders and decision makers on the issues most important to secular minded Americans.

Students registration is $50, half off the regular price of registration. You can find more details on the SCA website.

Setting Up a Group Bank Account

Want access to SSA funding? Then you'll need to get a group bank account! Seriously, it takes just a few simple steps and is an amazingly useful tool for most all groups to have. If you don't have a group bank account, your group can't receive a single cent from the SSA in the form of project grants, speakers bureau funding et al.

Group Photo of the Week

Members from Atheists, Humanists, & Agnostics @ UW-Madison proudly displaying their fsm display in their state capitol building.

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Candace’s religious background is varied, included Jehovah's Witnesses and Methodist. Her time in nondenominational/charismatic churches led to her involvement in casting out demons, fasting, and tongue-talking. Struggling with severe mental illness and financial hardships caused Candace to study the bible even closer for answers but it only led to more questions and doubt. Today an atheist, Candace started the Ebony Exodus project out of her own pain and anguish as a highly religious black female who was not getting adequate support for her severe struggle with mental illness.
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This Week: SSA Con East Blood Drive Service Project, Individual Project Grants, Bill Nye vs. Ken Ham

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SSA Con East Blood Drive Service Project

Service is a big component of many SSA affiliates and secular students, and it's one of our four Focus Areas at SSA National. We're excited to be collaborating with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive as part of the Friday afternoon activities at SSA East. You can participate in the drive as a blood donor or as a volunteer to make the drive run smoothly!

The blood drive will take place from 11am - 4pm on Friday, July 11.  If you'd like to participate as a blood donor, allow about 45 minutes - 1 hour for your appointment.  We'll be scheduling volunteers to help us run the blood drive in 1-hour blocks.  Everyone who participates gets snacks!

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Individual Project Grants

The SSA now allows individuals access to project grants! These are basic requirements for individual secular students (unconnected to an SSA affiliate group) who would like to apply for a project grant. If you have any questions about them, let us know!
 

  • The individual student must be a member of the national Secular Student Alliance.
  • The student must have submitted all required paperwork for any other funding from the SSA, including funding allocated to a student group of which the student was a leader at the time such funding was issued.  (Leadership Travel Aid requirements, other Project Grants, Speakers Bureau funding, etc.)
  • The project must be enacted by an individual student, and not via a SSA affiliate group.
  • A given student is eligible for no more than one Project Grant per semester.
  • A follow-up report is required to be submitted within 30 days of the event or the conclusion of the project.

Bill Nye Creationist debate

On February 4, 2014, Bill Nye will debate Ken Ham, from Answers in Genesis, at the Creation Museum. The debate will start at 7 P.M. Eastern.

You can watch the live stream of the debate free. You'll just need an email to sign up* and an estimate of how many will watch. Try to watch the debate with your group or possibly with a religious group on campus.

Signing up for the debate may automatically subscribe you to emails from Answers in Genesis but you can unsubscribe at any time.

Group Photo of the Week

Members from Atheists Skeptics and Humanists (ASH) at the University of Texas at Dallas got permission to paint a giant rock on campus and put it to good use!

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Bridget was born into a very devout Jehovah's Witness family. A young Earth creationist and Bible literalist, it wasn't until college that she finally rid herself of religious belief. After attaining her masters in public administration which focused on nonprofit management Bridget has assisted several freethought organizations with their development and administration. Bridget currently works as the Director of Development for Foundation Beyond Belief.
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