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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.
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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 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 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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This Week: Last Chance to Help SSA Win $50,000!, CFI Hires Director of Outreach, SSA LTN Team Fundraising Recipients

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Last Chance to Help SSA Win $50,000!

The national Secular Student Alliance has been nominated for the Chase Community Giving Program! We are currently in 42nd place: just four away from losing $30,000 in grant money! Help make sure the SSA receives $50,000 from this amazing opportunity.

From now though Sept. 19th, everyone gets two votes that they can use on Facebook: simply click here to go to our page and vote! Be sure to let the members of your group know, so they can vote as well! SSA national needs your support to hold onto a $50,000 grant. We have lots of tools for you to spread the word available at

http://www.secularstudents.org/chasecommunitygiving

If you "share" the Chase Community Giving page, you will be granted an additional vote that can be used to vote for the SSA again! For your extra vote, Camp Quest and Foundation Beyond Belief are also nominated. Also if you bank with Chase, you get two additional votes.

Voting runs until Sept. 19th. Vote for the SSA now and spread the word!

CFI Hires Director of Outreach

The Center For Inquiry is hiring! The director of outreach will be responsible for organizing, managing, and supporting CFI’s grassroots groups, including CFI branches, CFI On Campus student groups, and independent groups that are part of the CFI Network.

This position is based at CFI headquarters in Amherst, NY. It provides competitive salary and health benefits and provides intellectually stimulating work with opportunities for travel, writing, and public speaking.

To apply, send a resume, writing sample, and cover letter to [email protected] with subject heading "Outreach Director". The application is due Friday Sept. 21st 5:00 P.M. Eastern Time. For a list of duties, qualifications and other important information please go to CFI's employment page.

You can always check out the latest jobs in the movement by visiting our jobs page.

SSA LTN Team Fundraising Recipients

As per our promise, we will send a box of goodies to all of our affiliates who created teams and raised $100 or more for Light the Night. Congratulations to all our affiliates who raised money for the cause! You will find below the list of groups who raised $100 or more. Let us know if your group raised the amount and is not featured and we will send you a box as well:

 

Alabama Atheists and AgnosticsUAH Non-TheistsSecular Student Alliance at CLU
Secular Students and Skeptics Society (SSaSS)UGAtheistsDePaul Alliance for Free Thought (DAFT)

Secular Student Alliance at Northwestern University (NU SSA)
University of Chicago Secular Student Alliance Illini Secular Student Alliance (ISSA)
Society of Non-Theists at PurdueSecular Alliance of IU (SAIU)Freethought Society at Tufts

Secular Student Alliance at the University of Michigan
Center for Inquiry on Campus - Grand ValleySecular Student Alliance of the University of New Mexico
Secular Student Alliance at NCSU
East Carolina University Secular Student Alliance (ECU SSA)

Secular Student Alliance at The Ohio State University
Secular Student Alliance at USCSecular Student Alliance at Presbyterian CollegeWindsor / Essex County Atheist Society

 

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Members from The University of Nebraska at Omaha Secular Student Alliance with Darrel Ray at The Midwest Freethought Conference.

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We've dedicated an entire catalog to you so you can go to one place to get all your SSA stuff! Get custom t-shirts, wristbands, buttons, banners, lapel pins and more! We buy the products in bulk so prices are super low and you can benefit. If you are a free student member, you have access to the catalog. Check it out!

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 Kenny Flagg speaking on how important social media is to the movement and how to effectively use it to promote your group.

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Author of Moral Combat: Black Atheists, Gender Politics, and the Values Wars, Sikivu Hutchinson received her Ph.D. in Performance Studies. She is also the founder of Black Skeptics in L.A. She can speak on women's rights & humanism, the religious right and the black church, and other topics.
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This Week: Student Memberships - Group Edition, Use Blind Carbon Copy!, James Randi Scholarship

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Student Memberships - Group Edition

Want sign your entire group to have student membership benefits? We now offer a seamless process for you to sign your members up just for that! As always, student memberships provide members with these benefits:

  • Membership in the nation's largest network of secular students
  • Membership card and awesome SSA swag
  • Discounts to our annual conference
  • Eligibility for Leadership Travel Aid funding
  • Access to our Affiliate and Member Store

If your group uses the affiliate student membership, it will also receive extra swag on top of all the other benefits!

Use Blind Carbon Copy!

E-mail is the most popular way to communicate across the inter-webs, but just like any other form of communication, there are some courtesies you should follow.  Today, we're talking about BCC - the Blind Carbon Copy!

You probably wouldn't hand out sheets of all your members' email addresses while tabling, would you?  So why would you hand them out when emailing your entire list?  But every time you send an email with 142 addresses in the "To:" field, that's exactly what you're doing - every single recipient now has contact information for all your members.  Not cool, buddy.

Fortunately, there's an easy and universal tool to solve this problem.  It's called the BCC: field, which stands for "Blind Carbon Copy" - from the dark ages when everyone used typewriters.  It usually appears beneath the CC: field, and might appear as a link in your normal display.  Dump your 142 email addresses in that field, and presto!  Now your recipients don't have to scroll through 142 email addresses to access the message, and everyone's contact information is protected.  Everybody wins (except Nigerian spammers, and we're ok with that).

James Randi Scholarship

The James Randi Educational Foundation has released information for their Critical Thinking Educational Scholarship Awards for the 2012-2013 school year. There are two scholarships available for $1,000 each: one for graduate students and the other for undergraduate. To apply you must fill out their application (pdf, doc), type a 500-word essay and include your college transcripts. All required materials must be received by January 10, 2013. Winners will be announced February of that year. Click here for more info.

For more information on secular student scholarships please visit our scholarship page.

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Members from USAFA Freethinkers at a tabling event spreading the good news.

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Corrections and Updates
: In the 9.17.12 edition of the ThisWeek we mistakenly said Humanists at UIUC raised $100+ toward LTN. Illini Secular Student Alliance (ISSA) was the group intended to deserve the praise. We are also proud to announce Secular Students of Charleston and Atheists, Humanists & Agnostics raised $100+ toward LTN. Check out their pages!
Thank you for voting for us for Chase Community Giving! We ultimately received 6,116 votes landing us in 27th place and securing our $50,000 win. We could not have done this without you so here is our video of appreciation for your viewing pleasure.

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 Andy Cheadle speaking on dangers to a first-year group.

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Darrel Ray
Dr. Darrel Ray is an organizational psychologist and the author of 3 books including Sex & God: How Religion Distorts Sexuality. He is also the founder of Recovering From Religion. Darrel can speak on sex & secularism and the god virus, among other topics.
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