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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 free 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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Free Secular Woman Memberships for Student SSA Members

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Secular Woman LogoWhile most students were on summer break, a new secular organization was born. Secular Woman, whose mission is to amplify the voice, presence, and influence of non-religious women, is offering all SSA student members a free one-year membership.  Women, men, and genderqueer students are all welcome.  Join from through October 15th at www.secularwoman.org/ssa.

Chase Community Giving

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FINAL RESULT!

Thank you all so much for your support! We earned a $50,000 grant from Chase, coming in 27th place! We wanted to make sure you all knew how much we appreciated your votes, so we made you a video!

Click here to watch our thank you video!

Camp Quest and Foundation Beyond Belief each received a $20,000 grant as well.

This Week: Free Student Memberships - Group Edition, Use Blind Carbon Copy!, James Randi Scholarship

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Free Student Memberships - Group Edition

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