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Free Secular Woman Memberships for Student SSA Members


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



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


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

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


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


Group Photo of the Week

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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