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This Week: SSA Week, Group Running Guide Survey, Summer Group Ideas

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This Week: SSA Week, Group Running Guide Survey, Summer Group Ideas


 

SSA Week

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Help the SSA promote SSA Week! We have launched a full scale fundraising effort last week to help meet the demands of our students in the fall. Spread the word about SSA Week on Facebook, Twitter (hashtag #SSAWeek), Reddit, Youtube, blogs and on other social media sites. SSA Week lasts until June 16th. Click the link to see other ways to help and for more information. Our goal is to reach $100,000 and we can reach that figure with the help of everyone spreading the word. Help us make SSA Week a success!

Group Running Guide Survey

We are updating our Group Running Guide for the new generation of students. Dave and Ellen are hard at work putting in all the relevant information for its future and they could use your help! We need current and former student group leaders to offer us advice on what to include in the new Group Running Guide to help us stay up with the times. If you match this description, could you please take 10 minutes or so of your time to fill out the survey and help us update our Group Running Guide? If you could pass the survey along to other group leaders you're in contact with, it would be much appreciated.

We're also looking to update old group photos in the guide. Another way to help us improve the guide is to send us some of your group pictures or group logos used for branding.

Summer Group Activities

Just because the school year is over doesn't mean your group has to be in hiatus mode. In order to give your group a few ideas on how to stay active during the summer we dug up a few of our activity packets. Camp Quest is a great way to give back to the younger generation while also having fun doing outdoor activities. CQ is a network of camps for freethinking youth around the country. You can volunteer at CQ as a counselor or organizer. Your group can also go on a field trip or fruit picking.  Last but not least it is still not too late to start a team for the Light the Night Walk. A handy walkthrough on how to sign up can be found here. You can also ask Lyz to send your team fundraising materials to help start your efforts.

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Members from Secular Student Alliance @ Ohio State University Tabling for Ask an Atheist Day.

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Notice: Late registration pricing for our 2012 Annual Conference kicks off Monday June 18th. Register now by Sunday or pay the higher price!

The SSA annual leadership conference is in Columbus, OH from July 6-8.  This is a great opportunity to network with secular leaders from across the country, sharpen your leadership skills, improve your group, and have a ton of fun while you're at it.  There are even sessions specially tailored to advisers!  Find all the info you need here.

Shelly Segal is a singer-songwriter and a secular activist. She is having a tour around the country and would love to speak at  your campus during the fall. If interested, contact Nick and he will get you set up with her. Check here to see tour dates and areas.

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Ran and won a political office in North Carolina after repeated attempts by the Religious Right to enforce a law that prohibits non-Christians from holding office. He is a great speaker that can talk on a diverse range of topics.
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This Week: New Secular Jobs, Our Summer Interns, SSA's 2012 Annual Conference

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This Week: New Secular Jobs, Our Summer Interns, SSA's 2012 Annual Conference


New Secular Jobs

Do you have dreams of becoming a professional atheist? There are two new jobs up for grabs in the secular movement. The first position comes from American Atheists. They are hiring a public relations director "as soon as possible!" For information on eligibility, job requirements and application information check the American Atheists website. The deadline for this position is June 15th.

The other job offer comes from Americans United for Separation of Church and State. They're looking for a web developer or web designer to manage and upkeep their online resources. More information about this position can be found on their website. Deadline to apply is July 1st. Become a professional atheist and apply!

As always, look out for new postings in our jobs page which is constantly being updated.

Our Summer Interns

We hired two new interns! Ellen Lundgren is a a 4th-year student at Grand Valley State University in Michigan, studying Art & Design, with an emphasis in Visual Studies. She is also the president of Grand Valley Secular Alliance (previously CFI - Grand Valley).

Dave Muscato is a 3rd year student at the University of Missouri-Columbia, majoring in economics and anthropology and getting minors in classical Latin and philosophy. Dave is also the vice president of the University of Missouri Skeptics, Atheists, Secular Humanists, & Agnostics (SASHA) and blogs for several websites including Skepticfreethought and Harvardhumanist.

Together, Ellen and Dave will be revising the Group Running Guide. We sent out over 350 guides last year, and we're looking forward to improving it so we can continue to offer high quality advice to our student leaders.

SSA's 2012 Annual Conference

Our annual conference is a just a month away! Join us for an awesome lineup of speakers including Matt Dillahunty, Jessica Alquist, Greta Christina and much more! Our full list of speakers can be seen here. Registration for student members only costs $39 (get free student membership). Housing rates are $54 for a single room and $21 per person for a shared room of 4. Unfortunately we're no longer accepting applications for Leadership Travel Aid but you can still register and make it out. Learn more at the conference webpage and join us July 6th!

 

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Secular Students of Miami University (in Ohio) with the late Christopher Hitchens in 2010.

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Notice: We have reached our budget for Leadership Travel Aid and are therefore no longer accepting applications for them for our 2012 annual conference.

Shelly Segal is a singer-songwriter and a secular activist. She is having a tour around the country and would love to speak at  your campus during the fall. If interested, contact Nick and he will get you set up with her. Check here to see tour dates and areas.
Freedom From Religion Foundation has two scholarships left for college students under 25 and college students (or grad students) over 25. Both are due June 15th. The deadline for high school students has passed. Check our scholarships page for updates on scholarships for secular students.

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This Week: SSA's 2012 Annual Conference, The Best Awards, Freedom From Religion Foundation Scholarships

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SSA's 2012 Annual Conference

 
Our annual conference is a little over a month away! Join us for an awesome lineup of speakers including Matt Dillahunty, Jessica Alquist, Greta Christina and much more! Our full list of speakers can be seen here. Registration for student members only costs $39 (get free student membership). Housing rates are $54 for a single room and $21 per person for a shared room of 4. We're also accepting applications for Leadership Travel Aid (our student members are eligible) to help you get there! Learn more at the conference website page and make it out July 6th!
 
Leadership Travel Aid is given on a first come, first serve basis so apply and register now!

The Best Awards

It's not too late to turn in your Best Award application! You have two more days! If you or your group displayed excellence in activism during the 2011-2012 school year we want to hear about it and reward you for it! Affiliate groups and individual activists can apply for recognition through our Best Awards. Applications are due 5/31. The winner will be announced and presented with the award during our annual conference in July. To apply for one of the awards, click one of the following links:

Look at our awards page to see past winners and for further information.

Freedom From Religion Foundation Scholarships

The Freedom From Religion Foundation Scholarships are all due next month! There are three different scholarships: one for high school students (due June 1st), one for college students 25 years or older (due June 15th), and finally one for college students under 25 (also due June 15th). All applicants must submit an essay on a specific topic. Winnings range from $200-$3,000 for each scholarship category but there is no specific limit to how many could win (honorable mentions are awarded $200). If you are college-bound for fall, apply now!

Check our scholarships page to see if there are any new scholarships floating about for non-theistic students. Make sure you get the FFRF applications in by June 1st!

Group Photo of the Week

Secular Student Alliance at Winona State University at their first annual Skepticamp wearing cool t-shirts.

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Australian author and blogger Edward Falzon is promoting his new satirical book, Women should Shut Up and Listen. He will be in the U.S. from July to February 2013 for a book tour. If you want him to come speak at your school, contact Nick. Check here to see if and when he will be in you area.

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This Week: SSA New Team Members, SSA's 2012 Annual Conference, Light the Night

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This Week: SSA New Team Members, SSA's 2012 Annual Conference, Light the Night

Hey everyone!

My name is Kevin Butler and I'm the Regional Campus Organizer overseeing Texas.  I'm now at the University of Texas at Dallas after starting a group at my community college, Collin College.  I'm really excited to be here helping the secular students in Texas (and the rest of the country) be amazing! Make sure you sign up for Leadership Travel Aid for our annual conference in July and apply for the Best Awards. Time is running out!

I look forward to working with everyone!

Kevin
 

SSA New Team Members

The national SSA is growing fast, adding exciting new members to the team. Our first new hire is Jessica Kirsner (middle), who is our new Development Associate. Jessica just graduated from the University of Miami (hi SHAARKS!) and is supremely excited to be here!

We are also bringing in Gordon Maples (left) and Kevin Butler (right) as our Regional Campus Organizers. Gordon is the founder and organizer of the Southeastern Collegiate Atheist Alliance (SECAA), a network of secular student groups in the southeast formed to promote more stable vertical and horizontal networking between local college groups and national organizations. Kevin and Gordon will be providing hands-on support, group-starting assistance, troubleshooting, etc. for groups within their regions.

 

SSA's 2012 Annual Conference

 
Our annual conference is a month and a half away! We have a list of awesome speakers that you can see here. Registration for student members only costs $39. Housing rates are $54 for a single room and $21 per person for a shared room of 4. We're also accepting applications for Leadership Travel Aid (you are eligible for Leadership Travel Aid if you are a student member) to help you get there! Learn more at the conference website page and make it out July 6th!
 
Leadership Travel Aid is given on a first come, first serve basis so apply and register now!

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Participation for Light the Night Walk has grown a bunch - look at all the groups that are part of the Freedom Beyond Belief Team! We wanted to remind groups that LLS is rewarding teams that raise $100 or more are entitled to a free movie ticket. Each team gets 1 free ticket per $100 they raise. There is no limit to how many tickets you can get but you must raise the money by May 28th.

Want help fundraising for Light the Night? We sent out fundraising material to groups who have a demonstrated record of charity giving and community. If your group wants to order fundraising material, they can get it here. Happy giving!

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Members from East Carolina University Secular Student Alliance pose for their end of the year social.

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You have less than two weeks until the end of the month to apply for the Best Awards. If you or your group displayed excellence in activism during the 2011-2012 school year we want to reward you for it! Win money for excellence! Applications are due 5/31. To apply for one of the awards, click on the appropriate link on our awards page.


The Freedom From Religion Foundation Scholarships are all due next month! There are three different scholarships: one for high school students (due June 1st), one for college students 25 years or older (due June 15th), and finally one for college students under 25 (also due June 15th). All applicants must submit an essay on a specific topic. Winnings range from $200-$3,000 for each scholarship category including honorable mentions. Click here for details. If you are college-bound for fall, apply now!

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