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This Week: Conference Schedule Online!, Ask An Atheist Day 2014, Freedom From Religion Foundation Scholarships

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Conference Schedule Online!

The general programming for SSA's 2014 Annual Conference is now online. If you want to take a sneak peak at what will transpire this summer visit our West and East conference schedule pages. We will announce speakers, specific workshop and track information shortly so keep an eye out on those developments.

Ask An Atheist Day 2014

The spring break season is starting now but by the time it is over for most schools Ask an Atheist Day will be right around the corner! The day is intended to be an opportunity for the general public to approach nontheists and ask questions about secular life. This year, Ask an Atheist Day falls on April 17th so start thinking about reserving time for it now. You can learn more about the day on our website.

Freedom From Religion Foundation Scholarships

Every year, the Freedom From Religion Foundation offers thousands of dollars to students through their three scholarship essay contests. You can read how they gave away over $33,000 in scholarships in 2013. The contests are for students in high school, college and graduate level or age 25-30. Each have their own essay topic and offer prizes of up to $3,000. Learn more about the contest, check out previous winners, and get submission details at the FFRF website.

Don't wait for this opportunity to pass by, submit an essay for your scholarship now! The first deadline is June 1st 2014.

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Members from Penn Secular Society passing out logical fallacy bingo cards to attendees of a Ravi Zacharias talk on campus.

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Mary Johnson is a passionate advocate for civil discourse about life's big questions. In youthful passion, attempting to respond to what she believed at the time to be God's call, she joined Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity at age 19. She lived as a nun for twenty years in Rome, the South Bronx, Washington DC, and Winnipeg, often living with Mother Teresa for weeks at a time. For more details about her nun years, An Unquenchable Thirst makes a great read (with more sex and political intrigue than most would expect in a book about a woman who has been a nun).
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This Week: Last Call for Student Speakers, AAI seeks Social Media Administrator, AA 2014 Convention Video Contest

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Last Call for Student Speakers

The deadline to submit a student speaker form for the SSA Annual 2014 Conference ends March 2nd.

We have many options on what topics your potential speech can cover and you can also make up your own topic. If you're nervous about public speaking, don't worry! Visit our speaking prep page for tips on public speaking and other forms of preparedness. If you are picked to speak at our conference, you may be eligible for free monies to help you (and/or your potential group) attend and your registration fee (which goes up in May) is waived. So register to be a student speaker now!

The form is only for current students, recent alumni, and group advisors.

AAI seeks Social Media Administrator

Atheist Alliance International (AAI) seeks a candidate to manage its social media channels and campaigns and to assist in membership management. This is considered to be a part-time contract position consisting of 15-20 hours per week.

The position will be as a contractor to AAI and be paid a rate of US $800-$1,200 per month, depending on experience and other skills brought to the position.

Position to be open until filled. Interested candidates should submit a resume and up to a page explaining your interest and the background you bring to this position to: [email protected].

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AA 2014 Convention Video Contest

American Atheists is seeking to waive registration fees to their own convention (in Salt Lake City this year) to ten lucky students with their video contest. Jaclyn Glenn talks about the contest on YouTube. All you have to do is make a short video, upload it to YouTube and email American Atheists the link.

Suggested topics include what atheism means to you, why it is important to fight for separation of religion and government, and why we should choose you as one of the contest winners. You may cover all three topics, or any other related topic as you see fit, as long as you do within a one minute timeframe.

The deadline for submissions is February 28, 2014. See more details about the contest here!

Group Photo of the Week

Members from Secular Student Alliance at Arizona State University take a group photo with Seth Andrews. Seth is on our Speakers Bureau by the way, check him out.

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Victor Harris has been a staple on the Bay Area poetry scene since 1999, featuring at various venues in Oakland and Berkeley, he was on the finals stage in Oakland in 2003. He is the recipient of the 2001 Frederic C Fallon Award for poetry from Chabot College, and a 2006 graduate of Cal State University Hayward with a B.A. in Liberal Studies.
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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.

Group Photo of the Week

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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Originally a San Francisco Bay Area comic, Ian was a top headliner for years, touring nationally as well as a staple on the L.A. alternative scene, before moving into a full-time career writing and directing film and music videos. Ian is a winner of many major comedy competitions, has been seen/heard on Comedy Central, Comedy Time TV, SiriusXM Playboy Radio, the Skepticality Radio Show and writes for Jamie Kennedy’s HaHaJK, US Weekly.
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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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