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This Week: Juan Mendez Speaks at 2013 Conference - Las Vegas, Meet Our New Intern, Fundraising

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Juan Mendez Speaks at 2013 Conference - Las Vegas

The Secular Student Alliance is proud to announce Juan Mendez as an additional speaker at our 2013 Annual Conference in Las Vegas. The Arizonan native and State Representative made headlines a few weeks ago when he used his turn to open the legislative session as an opportunity to reflect on the interconnectedness of humanity rather than on the divine. Registration for the Vegas conference location is only open for two more weeks - register today.

Meet Our New Intern

We are happy to have Tori Rehr as our new Resource Development intern for this summer. Tori is a junior majoring in in Psychology and minoring in Spanish and Gender Studies at Juniata College. Tori began to develop her interest in secular issues during high school. She worked in resource development at the Juniata College Office of Student Activities. Tori also studied in Quito, Ecuador during the 2012-13 academic year.

We always post jobs and internships in the secular movement at our jobs page.

Fundraising

Want to learn how to raise funds for your group? The SSA has got you covered at our fundraising page. Fundraising is one of the most important activities that your group can engage in. It is also one of the most overlooked activities by many groups.

Fundraising can often seem challenging, but rest assured that it can also be very simple and fun. Oftentimes, there is funding available that your group might not even be aware of; you might just need to ask for it from your respective campus official! Many SSA affiliates have pulled of very creative and fun events to raise money for their group. If your student group has some money in the bank, it makes it much easier to pull off bigger, more fun, and more creative events.

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Featured Speaker
August Berkshire

August co-founded the Twin Cities Chapter of American Atheists in 1984, which later became Minnesota Atheists. He is currently a member of Minnesota Atheist's Public Policy, First Amendment and Building Committees. His website is augustberkshire.com
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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.
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Secular Student Alliance at Riverside City College
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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 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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Western Brown Secular Student Alliance
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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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