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This Month in ILINKY

Monthly news, emails, and group-running articles for student leaders in the Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky region. Check in every month for new postings!

This Month ILINKY (April 2014): Internships, Google Hangout, Ask an Atheist Day

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Jessika FaceGreetings, ILINKY Region!

The school year will come to a close pretty soon. It's been a great year! Please email me if you would like help coordinating a leadership transition, figuring out summer plans for your group, or anything else.

Jessika Griffin
Regional Campus Organizer
jessika.griffin@secularstudents.org
Skype: Jessika_ssa
Twitter: @SSAJessika
Phone: (614) 441-9588 x 115

SSA Internships

SSA is hiring two summer interns! All the information you need is on the 2014 Interns page. The deadline for applications is April 14th; don't miss this great opportunity! If you have any questions please let me know. 

google hangoutGoogle Hangout

On Wednesday, April 9th we'll be having another ILINKY Region Google Hangout. This time the topic is leadership transitions. I'll be there from 7pm-9pm Eastern Time. Drop in any time you want. The link will be posted on the Facebook event the day of. If you'd like to attend, please email me so I can send an invite to the hangout. 

Ask an Atheist Day

National Ask an Atheist Day falls on Thursday, April 17th this year. Tabling on campus and hosting discussion panels are just two ways SSA affiliate groups participate. It's a great opportunity for secular groups across the country to work together to defeat stereotypes about atheism and encourage courteous dialogue between believers and nonbelievers alike. Go here to learn more and get activity ideas. 

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ILINKY Group Photo of the Month

If you have photos to share, email them to [email protected] 
Be sure everyone in the photos are OK with it being shared.

Check out our resource for taking group photos!

U of L

Secular Student Alliance at University of Louisville

ILINKY FB Group
ILINKY Weekly Challenge

Sign your group up for Amazon Smile! 
More info on Facebook
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Join the ILINKY Region on Facebook!
Click Here
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Support SSA by using our 
Amazon Affiliates Link!
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Check out the SSA
Youtube Channel

Upcoming Events in the ILINKY Region


April 9, 2014 - ILINKY Region Google Hangout 

April 17, 2014 - Ask An Atheist Day @ Everywhere!

April 22, 2014 - Chipotle Donates to SSA at U of L @ Louisville, KY

July 11-13, 2014 - SSA Annual Conference @ The Ohio State University

Have an upcoming event? Email me to include it next month.

This Month ILINKY (March 2014): SSA Con, Ask an Atheist, Week of Action

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Jessika FaceGreetings, ILINKY Region!

Spring affiliation renewals will be here before you know it! Look out for announcments via email and Facebook. We have been working on making the form shorter, let me know what you think after you sumbit it.

If you would like to set up a time to meet with me over Skype or Google Hangout, please email me or sign up for a meeting on this form. I'm here to discuss group issues, event planning, transition planning... anything to help you run your SSA affiliate group!  

P.S. Check out the upcoming events on the right side of this email to see if anything cool is happening near you!

Jessika Griffin
Regional Campus Organizer
jessika.griffin@secularstudents.org
Skype: Jessika_ssa
Twitter: @SSAJessika
Phone: (614) 441-9588 x 115

SSA Conference 2014 

The SSA Annual Conference is an excellent opportunity to meet secular students from accross the country, learn skills to help you run your group, and have a lot of fun. The Virgia Atheists and Agnostics wrote a great post describing their time at the conferece, click here to read it. If you have any questions about the conference please let me know. 

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Ask an Atheist Day

National Ask an Atheist Day falls on April 17th this year. Tabling on campus and hosting discussion panels are just two ways SSA affiliate groups participate. It's a great opportunity for secular groups across the country to work together to defeat stereotypes about atheism and encourage courteous dialogue between believers and nonbelievers alike. Go here to learn more and get activity ideas. 

Week of Action

The Foundation Beyond Belief is organizing a Week of Action April 24th - 30th. If you choose to participate, remember to promote your events while you're doing your Ask an Atheist Day activities! Check out the list of ideas for action. You can also submit your activity to their calendar to let others know what you're doing.

ILINKY Group Photo of the Month

If you have photos to share, email them to [email protected] 
Be sure everyone in the photos are OK with it being shared.

Check out our resource for taking group photos!

SNT

The Society of Non-Theists at Purdue University

ILINKY FB Group
ILINKY Weekly Challenge

Take a group photo with your school mascot!
More info on Facebook
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Join the ILINKY Region on Facebook!
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Support SSA by using our 
Amazon Affiliates Link!
youtube
Check out the SSA
Youtube Channel

Upcoming Events in the ILINKY Region

March 12, 2014 - Talk by Richard Carrier @ Purdue University

March 13, 2014 - YMCA Benefit Concert @ U of I at Urbana-Champaign

March 26, 2014 - Are Science and Belief in God Compatible? @ Indiana University

March 26, 2014 - Talk by Phil Ferguson @ Purdue University

April 17, 2014 - Ask An Atheist Day @ Everywhere!

Have an upcoming event? Email me to include it next month.

This Month ILINKY (February 2014): Weekly Challenges, Free Books, SSA Con Registration

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Jessika FaceGreetings, ILINKY Region!

Everyone is back from break, and your group should be back in the swing of things. If you've had any trouble after break please don't hesitate to contact me. And, as always, feel free to post questions in the Facebook group

Jessika Griffin
Regional Campus Organizer
jessika.griffin@secularstudents.org
Skype: Jessika_ssa
Twitter: @SSAJessika
Phone: (614) 441-9588 x 115

Weekly Challenges 

The ILINKY region is having weekly challenges! The first one was last week. Participate each week to get points for your state, and in April all the groups in the winning state will get recognized. There will be some sort of prize! I don't know what the prize will be yet, so let me know if you have suggestions. Check out more info in the ILINKY Facebook Group.

Free Books for Brags

You can submit a Brag It Up form and get one of three books for free! If your group has done something interesting lately, just click here to fill out the form. Please take the time to fill out the form with as much info as possible. Include pictures, links, etc. 
so we can brag about how awesome your group is!

Need help planning something awesome to brag about? Check out the Activity Packets resource for ideas. 

Registration for SSA Con is Live!

The SSA Conference in July is always awesome, come be a part of it! It's a great chance to learn about group running, hear from great speakers about a variety of topics, and meet with secular students from all over the country. Last year we split the conference into East and West and it went so well that we're doing it again. The east conference is in Columbus, Ohio. The west conference is in Phoenix, Arizona. Check out the east conference details here and get your group registered

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ILINKY Group Photo of the Month

If you have photos to share, email them to [email protected] 
Be sure everyone in the photos are OK with it being shared.

Check out our resource for taking group photos!

Butler

The Secular Student Alliance at Butler University 

ILINKY FB Group
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Join the ILINKY Region on Facebook!
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Video of the Month
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Diversity Discussion
 
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Upcoming Events in the ILINKY Region

February 12, 2014 - 
Darwin Day @ Everywhere!

February 27, 2014 - Kentucky Groups Google Hangout 

March 12, 2014 - Talk by Richard Carrier @ Purdue University

Have an upcoming event? Email me to include it next month.

This Month ILINKY (January 2014): Apathetic Leaders, Secular Start Up, Bank Accounts

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Jessika FaceGreetings, ILINKY Region!

I hope your winter break was restful. If your group has struggled so far this school year, now is a great time to kick back into gear! You can ask me any questions you have – really!

Remember to check the sidebar for affiliate events, youtube videos, and other info.

Jessika Griffin
Regional Campus Organizer
jessika.griffin@secularstudents.org
Skype: Jessika_ssa
Twitter: @SSAJessika
Phone: (614) 441-9588 x 115

Apathetic Members and Leaders

After our Google + Hangout I worked on a resource for Dealing with Apathetic Members and Leaders. Check that out, or see notes that are specifically from our Google + Hangout on the Facebook Group.

Secular Start Up

Gordon and Kelley


You may have seen some Secular Start Up videos posted in the ILINKY Facebook Group. The channel has officially been integrated as an SSA resource! The hosts, Gordon and Kelley are very experienced group leaders. Check it out on the SSA website.

There is also a Facebook Page to stay connected and ask questions for future episodes. On Twitter, use #HelpMeAtheists to ask questions, too! 

Bank Accounts 

Free moneyDoes your group have a bank account? It's a really good idea to have one. This Setting up a Group Bank Account resource has everything to point you in the right direction. 

After you have a bank account, you'll be able to apply for free money from the SSA! Part of being an SSA affiliate is getting resources from us to do amazing things on campus. Sometimes those things cost money, and we can help you out! If you already have a bank account be sure to check out the Funding Finder to get what you need. 

ILINKY Group Photo of the Month

If you have photos to share, email them to [email protected] 
Be sure everyone in the photos are OK with it being shared.

Check out our resource for taking group photos!

Chicago Meetup

A Chicago-Area SSA Leaders Meetup on November 23rd

ILINKY FB Group
FacebookJoin the ILINKY Region on Facebook!
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2014 Annual SSA Student Leadership Conference!

Con East

See more info here

See a wrap up of the 2013 conference

RSVP on Facebook here 
(not the same as registration)
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Amazon Affiliates Link when making purchases!
Upcoming Events in the ILINKY Region

January 23, 2014 -
Con Man Interrupted by Katherine Hilden @ Loyola University Chicago

Feburary 8, 2014 -
CFI Indiana Civic Day @ Indiana State House 

February 12, 2014 - 
Darwin Day @ Everywhere!

Have an upcoming event? Email me to include it next month.
SSA Video of the Month
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James Croft on
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