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This Week: More LTA for 2013 Conference, New Tabling Supplies, No Dinosaurs in Heaven

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More LTA for 2013 Conference

 

Good news everyone! Even though early bird pricing for our conference is up, you still have funding available to you. If you're in need of funding then you'll first need to become a free student member and then apply for our Leadership Travel Aid. Several spots have opened up and so there is no waitlist for the time being. Aid for our Columbus and Las Vegas conference locations are available, so apply today!

New Tabling Supplies

With our tabling supplies service, we can send your group many supplies that would be useful if you'd ever want to table for an event or just generally for your group. We have handouts, bookmarks, brochures, pens, banners*, buttons, and literature from dozens of different organizations. Our latest item comes from our friends at Interfaith Youth Core showing appreciation for non-theist leaders in the interfaith movement like A. Philip Randolph. Feel free to request tabling supplies from us by filling out a request form.

*SSA Banners are free to affiliates who have completed our branding agreement.

No Dinosaurs in Heaven

You want an easy and free way to show your group a fun and engaging documentary about evolution? SSA affiliate groups may now borrow the film No Dinosaurs in Heaven from our office at no cost, complete with public screening rights.  You can show the film in any of these three ways: as part of a meeting, a public event on campus or invite the community to a larger event.  We include a copy of the public license agreement so that your campus has the documentation it needs. This opportunitiy is available now through February 28, 2014 - a great opportunity for Darwin Day events!

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Group Photo of the Week

Speaking of Dinosaurs, check out the members from Secular Alliance at Indiana University and the Purdue Society of Non-Theists at the Creation Museum, near the brontosaurus statue.

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Atheist Pride Day is June 6th. Learn about Atheist Pride Day here, like their Facebook page here.
Newest Affiliate
Secular Student Alliance at Riverside City College
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Featured Service
Tabling Supplies

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Scott Forschler

Scott has a PhD in Philosophy and teaches at St. Cloud Technical and Community College. His upcoming book, The Logic of Morality, explores secular morality and its basis in logical consistency. Scott is happy to speak on or debate topics based on ethics, the ethics of belief and evolutionary ethics among other things.
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This Week: Meet Our New Design Intern, LLS Pizza Party Winners, Service Projects

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Meet Our New Design Intern

We are proud to announce Liz Dudek as our new graphic design intern for this summer. Liz grew up as a devout Christian around the area of Dallas, TX. It wasn't until she found the Secular Students at Collin College that she felt comfortable exploring her doubts and skepticism. She has her Associate of Science from Collin College and plans to attend the University of North Texas and major in either Public Relations or International Relations.

LLS Pizza Party Winners


The Secular Alliance at IU hosted a Flying Spaghetti Monster Feast as a fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, raising $266 so far this year.. They are the winners of the free pizza party for their whole group. Congratulations! Secular activism is a rewarding experience.

While this incentive is over, it is still never too late to start your own Leukemia & Lymhoma Society/Light The Night fundraiser. Visit our Light The Night Walk page for information on how to start giving.

Service Projects

Service is something that every group should get involved in. If we're going to say we're good without god, we better do some good to back it up. Additionally, service projects build group solidarity, improve the image of freethinkers on and off campus, and make you eligible for awards from your school and the SSA.

Use our service projects activity packet for general ideas on how to complete service projects. You can also check out our service meta-packet which includes different activity ideas. More activity packets will be added related to service soon so keep an eye out.

Group Photo of the Week

Members from Secular Student Alliance at IUP tabling during Ask an Atheist Day 2013 lookin' spiffy!

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Featured Service
Email and Web Forwards

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Featured Speaker
Ashley Paramore

Ashley is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a BA in Psychology. She was also President of the SSA group there for two years. She has been very active in skeptic and atheist communities since 2006. She is the former Development Director for the Secular Student Alliance and is currently the Development Manager of Individual Giving for the Alliance for Climate Education. You can also find her on her Youtube channel with her trusty bird.      
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This Week: American Atheists Seeks Public Policy Director, Various Deadlines, Update Your Group Leadership

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American Atheists Seeks Public Policy Director

American Atheists is a non-profit and nonpartisan educational and advocacy organization dedicated to the separation of religion and government and the equality of atheists. They seek a qualified individual to take a leadership role in the development and implementation of its public policy activities.

To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample related to public policy or a public policy issue to [email protected]. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until June 3, 2013. Learn more about this position.

Various Deadlines

You should know by now that registration for our Annual Conference this summer is going up in two days for both locations! Don't miss the early bird pricing of $39/student or $125 for a group of 5 students. Register for both locations here before May 15th.

The scholarship essay contests from the Freedom From Religion Foundation are coming up. Those of you in high school need to submit essays by June 1st. College students under 25 need to send their essays in by June 15th but graduate/mature college students can wait until July 15th. Don't miss this opportunity for free school money! Learn more about the contest at the FFRF website.

The SSA affiliate teams who held their first Light The Night fundraiser and told us about it, via Brag It Up Form, will be entered into a drawing for a pizza party for their entire group. Make sure to send us photos and let us know your Light The Night team information. The winners will be contacted May 15th, so make sure to get the form in by that date.

Update Your Group Leadership

It is important for us to know your group's current leadership's contact information so that we know the right people to send important information to relay to their respective group. If your group recently changed leaders, you can always use our Group Leadership Listings Update form.

You may also take the liberty to add any new leaders from your group to receive these emails. Simply enter their email(s) here.

Group Photo of the Week

Members of SSA at the University of California - San Diego (and Jesus) during their last supper at Round Table Pizza.

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Stay active during the summer with the help of our summer activities page!
Newest Affiliate
Western Brown Secular Student Alliance
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Featured Service
Funding Finder

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Featured Speaker
Chris Highland

Chris is an instructor in 'natural spirituality' and an instructor for Cherry Hill Seminary. He received a Master's Degree through the Graduate Theological Union - Berkeley. He also published nine books including Life After Faith. Chris can speak on the need for Natural Chaplains and many other topics.
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This Week: Light The Night Supplies Request, Stay Active During Summer, Join Leadership Space

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Light The Night Supplies Request

The Light the Night fundraising materials are finally available! Please go here to request leaflets, posters, goal thermometers, and donation boxes for your team. You will have to verify your team with us to get the materials, so make sure you either create or join a team. You are always welcome to join the Secular Student Alliance National Team as well. Don't forget the drawing for a pizza party. If you hold a Light the Night fundraiser at your school and tell us via Brag It Up Form, you will be entered into a drawing for a pizza party for your group. Winners will be announced May 15th so get those forms in before then!

Stay Active During Summer

The summer solstice is fast approaching but luckily you don't have to waste the year's biggest and brightest days without the company of your group. Just because most of you are heading into your summer break, doesn't mean your group should go inactive until the fall. There are many ways to stay active over the summer.

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. Search our activity packets for more ideas.

Dave Muscato has also written a beautiful article detailing many things your group can do to stay strong during the summer.

Join Leadership Space

Add your group's new leaders to the SSA LeaderSpace on Facebook.
One of the greatest services we offer is for our affiliates to get in contact with each other, so we started our Facebook LeaderSpace group. Join today and keep in contact with other SSA affiliate leaders all across the country. This service is a great way to get advice from your peers who have had much of the same experiences as you. This is also a great way to spread the advice of your own leadership experience.

Group Photo of the Week

SSA at WestTexas A&M University during an impromptu counter protest when a preacher invaded their campus shouting hateful things about women, homosexuals, minorities, and science. Read more about this story.

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Students applying for Leadership Travel Aid for our Columbus location are being waitlisted as of today. You are still free to request aid for our Vegas venue however. Also keep in mind that registration rates go up May 15th for both locations, so don't miss the early bird pricing!
Newest Affiliate
Secular Student Alliance at Knox
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Featured Service
Project Grants

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Featured Speaker
Dale McGowan

Dale McGowan Ph.D. edited and co-authored Parenting Beyond Belief and Raising Freethinkers, the first comprehensive resources for nonreligious parents. He also serves as executive director of Foundation Beyond Belief
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