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This Week: Back to School Planning, Light the Night Fundraising, 2013 Scholarships

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Back to School Planning

There is about a month left until our high school and semester students go back to school. Be prepared! Make sure you reserve rooms, order tabling supplies and business cards and sign up and participate in for your campus' activity fair. We have all kinds of pretty and eye catching material to use at our design exchange that will attract new members to your group. If necessary, reregister your student organization at your school's student life department (or other relevant office) and get all the necessary student officer training requirements done for your group.

Rein in the new school year with our new multi-speaker event funding. This funding process makes it easier for your group to get funding and provides access to greater funding if needed. Instructions and ideas on running such an event can be found here. If you have any questions about multi-speaker funding, feel free to email Nick at [email protected].

Light the Night Fundraising

We are proud of our 24 Light the Night teams representing secular students across the US! The Light the Night effort is year long however, it is still not too late to sign up and create your own team or join an existing team. If you create a team, don't forget to incorporate FBB and SSA in your team name. And finally let us know!

If your LTN team is raising money, they will get free food! LLS and resturant.com are teaming up to provide groups free meals at various dining locations. If your group raised $250 or more between July 1st and August 31st, you will receive a free coupon code. More details here!

Getting these goodies should be no problem for University of Chicago Secular Student Alliance as they have raised over $566 as of today. Congratulations on your contribution to helping fight cancer, guys! And a big thanks to all our affiliates who created teams!

2013 Scholarships

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The Secular Student Alliance does not endorse the National Atheist Party

The National Atheist Party has four new scholarships for secular students: two for high school students and two for college students. They are all valued at $1,000. To be eligible students must be pursuing an education in research/applied sciences or demonstrate secular activism. The submission deadline for college students is November 1st 2012 and the deadline for high school students is March 1st 2013. For more information check out the NAP scholarships page.

American Atheists has an Annual Founder's Scholarship. If you have demonstrated a record for activism in atheism this scholarship is available to you. The scholarship is $2,000 for first place and $1,000 for the runner up. The Founder's scholarship is open to students currently enrolled in a university and to high school seniors who will be attending college next year. To apply, you must email AJ Johnson and ask for an application or you may call them at (908) 276-7300. The deadline for this scholarship is January 31st 2013. For more information go to AA's scholarship page. For more info on scholarships for secular students in general keep an eye out for our scholarships page.

 

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The Buffalo State Freethinkers crew pose for their 2011-2012 year portrait.

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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! The latest video comes from David Fitzgerald speaking on atheist world domination.

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This Week: Group Running Guide Cover, Humanist Researcher, How to Interact With Theists

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Group Running Guide Cover

Is your group active in the summer? Do you want to be on the SSA's new Group Running Guide 2012 edition cover? We need your group photos! Get creative and have fun with it! One idea we came up with is a group photo with all the members of the group literally running. But you can also simply send us any and all the photos of your group where you will be imortalized in our publication.

All Group Running Guide photo inquiries should go to our design intern Ellen.

Humanist Press Researcher

Humanist Press, a subsidiary of the American Humanist Association is seeking a student interested in researching various holy books in a project similar to the creation of the Jefferson Bible, except with more holy books, which will be published and sent to members of Congress.

Applicants should be enthusiastic about this project and be willing to read and analyze large amounts of text critically. To apply email Luis Granados a brief summary of why this project is something of interest and demonstrate the reasons you can complete this project. The research needs to be complete by November (or earlier). This position is not paid per hour but the researcher will be credited and paid a percentage of profits from the book depending on the amount of work. For more information about this opportunity go to our jobs page.

How to Interact With Theists

Many SSA affiliates often encounter theists at their group's meetings and events. Some groups encourage such attendance and some don't. Often, theists who attend regularly can help make discussions more interesting and lively; however there are a few ways they can negatively impact the group. There are several different ways your group can handle theists in positive or negative ways. We created this article as a resource for our affiliates to use as a go to on how to interact with theists.

 

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Members from East Carolina University Secular Student Alliance tabling at student orientation.

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We have 24 affiliates with Light the Night teams! Now, if you have an iPhone or Android, you can download the new Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's phone app LLS mTools. It helps you keep track of your team's fundraising and donor info.

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This Week: Website Secure, Job and Internships, SSA Light the Night Participants

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The This Weeks are back! We are sorry for the delay in getting some of our online services back and running. Due to the relentless attacks we had to take extra security measures to make our website secure. Functionality has been fully restored however and our website is now fully accessible.

Job and Internships

We have 2 internships and 1 job in the movement. The first comes from the Secular Coalition for Arizona. This is a part-time internship, it is also a paid position. To be considered for this position the applicant must be a student and resident of Arizona. To apply for the SC Arizona Fall 2012 Internship Program, please fill out the application and send all materials to [email protected]. Applications are due July 27th. For more information check their website.

Foundation Beyond Belief has four intern positions over the course of five-months beginning August 1st. All work is done virtually. This is not a paid position. To apply, send a CV, letter expressing interest, email references and any relevant work demonstrating skills to Noelle George, Intern Program Coordinator, by July 23, 2012. More information can be found on their website.

Atheist Alliance International is seeking a new editor for their flagship magazine Secular World. This is a contract, self-managed position that involves securing content for each issue, cover design and management of advertising and production. Application deadline is August 20th. For further information and application details please click here.

As always go to our jobs page to see all the latest news on secular jobs!

SSA Light the Night Participants

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We have at least 22 affiliate groups participating in the Light the Night fundraising event. You can go here to see if our list is up to date. Don't hesitate to let us know if your group is not being represented or if anything is not accurate. The list is based off of SSA affiliate members being part of the Light the Night teams. Not all LTN team members are necessarily affiliate members of an SSA group.

We know of one Light the Night/Foundation Beyond Belief team which has one of our student members and another which is a group starting, but these people have yet to be a part of an affiliate group. Once they are affiliated we will add them to the list.

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Members from the Secular Student Alliance at University of Central Florida at their T-shirt committee meeting.

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Notice: Over the past week, our website has been attacked four times, and three of the attacks forced our website offline.  Someone out there knows that we make a difference at the SSA, and is trying to stop us.

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This Week: The Unstoppable Secular Student Alliance!

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Mission Accomplished

Our annual conference was a complete success! A big thank you to all the students, volunteers, speakers, members and supporters for helping the SSA succeed! Despite derecho level storms, power outages, heat waves, and other unexpected twists last week, everything turned out well in the end.  We had about 300 attendees coming together and being empowered to become leaders in the secular movement. Together, we are a juggernaut of secular awesome.

Did you miss the conference? Well, there is always next year! We will have information about our 2013 conference early next year, so keep an eye out.

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Students and activists from all across the country at our SSA 2012 Annual Conference!

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Notice: Our website has recently come under attack! Functionality has been restored and security measures quickly put in place. The juggernaut can not be stopped!

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