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This Week: Last Day for Renewals, 2013 Light The Night Walk, SSA Board of Directors Elections

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  • Last Day for Affiliation Renewals!
  • Ask-An-Atheist Day Supplies (Last Chance!)
  • SSA Board of Directors Elections

Last Day for Affiliation Renewals!

 Renew It or Lose It

Is your group on this list?  Then you need to renew today! If we don't hear from you, your group will lose its SSA affiliation - bad news, bears!

If your group is already renewed and you want to lend us a hand, pick a group from that list and give them a nudge to renew.  The more groups that renew, the more staff time we have to focus on things like booking speakers, developing resources, and helping you run your group.  Thanks!

Ask-An-Atheist Day Supplies (Last Chance!)

Ask-an-Atheist Day

National Ask-An-Atheist Day is coming up fast - less than three weeks!  To be sure you have all your tabling supplies, stickers, and other gear ready to go, place your orders this week!

There are lots of ways you can celebrate National Ask-An-Atheist Day: hosting a speaker or a panel, tabling on your campus, proudly wearing your Ask-An-Atheist Day stickers, or many other ideas.  Join the Facebook event and share your plans and ideas!

Evan Clark, Chair of the SSA Board of Directors
Evan Clark, Chair of the SSA Board of Directors

SSA Board of Directors Elections

The SSA is a democratic organization led by a Board of Directors elected by our paid membership.  Our board elections are happening right now!  If you're an active supporter of the SSA (only $10/year for students!), you should go cast your votes.  The voting period ends this Saturday, April 6!

If you are a Free Student Member, this is a great time to step up and become an active student supporter.  Affiliate members also have the opportunity to become active student supporters, so take a moment to share this opportunity with them.  This is a great way to get involved in the high-level direction of the organization you love!
 

Group Photo of the Week
SOMA members with board games
The Society of Open-Minded Atheists and Agnostics at KU from their first meeting of the spring semester - board game night!

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SSA Leaderspace
SSA 2013 Annual Conference
Newest Affiliate
Secular Student Alliance at Lake Forest College
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Rev. Steven Baines
Rev. Steven Baines
Rev. Steven Baines is Director of Religious Outreach at Americans United for Separation of Church and State where he is responsible for the organization's national engagement with and mobilization of people of faith. He is an accomplished speaker on church-state separation, religion in politics, and a wide range of related topics.
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This Week: Affiliation Renewals, FFRF Essay Contest, SSA Con T-Shirts

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One Week Left to Renew!

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The Spring 2013 Affiliation Renewal is over in a week - you only have until April 1st to renew!  Only about one-third of our groups have filled out the renewal so far, which means that a lot of you still need to renew.  Don't wait until it's too late!

We need each and every SSA affiliate group to renew, so lend us about 20 minutes to get your affiliation renewed.  Groups that don't renew will be have their affiliate status revoked!  Learn more, check outstanding groups, read the FAQ, complete the renewal form and more at www.secularstudents.org/renewal.
 

Freedom From Religion Foundation Announces 2013 Essay Contest Topics

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Every year, the Freedom From Religion Foundation offers over $20,000 to students through their three scholarship essay contests.  The three categories of high school, college and graduate/age 25-30 each have their own essay topic and offer prizes up to $3,000.  Each category has its own deadline, starting June 1 for high school contestants.

Learn more about the contest, check out previous winners, and get submission details at the FFRF website

2013 SSA Annual Conference T-Shirt Designs Announced

Conference T-Shirt Designs

We're super excited to show off the designs for our Annual Conference T-Shirts!  Since we have two conference locations, we have two shirts, designed specifically for this year's events.  You can preorder your shirt when you register, or you can preorder them separately from either our Columbus or Vegas conference location webpage.  Shirts are only available via preorder, so grab one before they're gone!

Other conference reminders!  We're still taking applications for Leadership Travel Aid if you need funding to attend.  Registration is now open for Columbus and Vegas locations.  Check out our conference website for information about fundraising, FAQs, housing, travel and other details.

Group Photo of the Week
Michigan Secular Student Alliance
The University of Michigan Secular Student Alliance volunteered at a local ice rink putting on fun activities for children in the area.  They braved the cold and had a blast!

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SSA Leaderspace
Ask An Atheist Day is coming up on April 18th.  We just got a restock of our awesome 2013 supplies, so order yours now!
Did you know that you can sign up your group for FREE SSA student memberships?  Members get discounts to our conference, swag, and more!  Check it out.
Our Speakers Bureau now has a section on speakers by organization.  Get a speaker from your favorite freethought org today!
Newest Affiliate
Oviedo Non-Theist and Skeptic's Alliance at Oviedo High School.
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Project Grants
Get funding for awesome events, projects, and more!
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Dr. Matt McCormick
Matt McCormick
Dr. McCormick is a philosophy professor at CSU Sacramento, where he developed and has been teaching one of the only university-level courses on atheism in the U.S., which has made Dr. McCormick the subject of numerous printed interviews and news articles. He is also the author of a thriving blog, Atheism: Proving the Negative.  Dr. McCormick is happy to speak about proving the negative, the problems with evidence for life after death, and comparing the historicity of Jesus to the Salem Witch Trials.
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This Week: Conference Schedule, Regionalization, Affiliation Renewal!

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Conference Schedule



I'm sure you've already heard about the fact that we're hosting our conference at two amazing locations this year, and that the speakers are announced, but did you know the schedule is already up? If you're attending SSA West in Las Vegas, you can view the schedule, and if you're attending SSA East, you can also view the schedule.

You can even view it on a mobile device! In fact, it's optimized for that! This will help make it easier to know what's going on during the conference when you can't look at a computer. What are we gonna do, print the schedule on paper? What year is it, 1997? (Although yes, there will be a printed schedule—we like living in 1997! :)

Regionalization

The SSA has been expanding at an outstanding rate! To provide groups with a consistently high level of awesomeness, we have split the country up into regions.

There might be a region already in your area, or maybe you can start one! Go to our Regionalization Page to learn more about our regions!

Affiliation Renewal

It's almost time to re-affiliate your group! Our affiliation renewal will start next week Monday, so take a look at your schedule for next week and set aside a time to fill out the Affiliation Renewal! It's the Spring Renewal, so it should take about 30 minutes or so (it's longer than the Fall Renewal).

You should also review with your group what you've accomplished this past year, and what you're still planning to do in the upcoming semester(s). That way, the Affiliation Renewal will go nice and smoothly for you!

Group Photo of the Week

The Secular Alliance of Indiana University tables for Ask an Atheist Day!
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SSA Leaderspace
The Secular Coalition of America is hosting a Lobby Day! Check it out.
Newest Affiliate
Secular Student Alliance at Texas A&M University-Kingsville
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Featured Service
Funding Finder
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Featured Speaker
Greta Christina
Greta Christina is one of the most popular and well-respected bloggers in the atheist blogosphere. She is author of Why Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless, as well as a regular correspondant for AlterNet. She writes and speaks on topics including sexuality and sex-positivity, LGBT issues, politics, culture, and whatever crosses her mind.
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This Week: New Group Running Guide, Speaker's Bureau Page Update, Good News Club Documentary

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New Group Running Guide

Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our 2012 interns, Ellen Lundgren and Dave Muscato (who is the new American Atheists' Public Relations Director!), we are able to present to you: the updated Group Running Guide! This is the book group leaders get when they apply for a Group Starting Packet, or newly affiliate with us.

You can download your own copy of the Group Running Guide in .PDF form, or you can request a physical copy. Either way, this book was created from the combined experience of many people who have run their own secular groups. Treat it as your group's bible (ha).

Take a look at it! We guarantee you'll learn something! 

Speakers Bureau Page Update

You know our Speakers Bureau? We have over 80 national speakers (and that's not even including our student speakers or our regional speakers) on our Speakers Bureau...in fact, we had so many speakers, our Speakers Bureau page was getting a little cluttered! So, we updated it!

Check out our new /Speakers page, where you can learn all about the Speakers Bureau, how to get someone at your school, how to apply for funding, and many other things!

Good News Club Documentary

Katherine Stewart (a member of our Speakers Bureau) wrote a book investigating the Good News Club, which is an Evangelical Christian club that focuses on children ages 5-12. One of the founders of a Secular Student Alliance affiliate group investigated the Good News Club and made a 30 minute documentary about it on YouTube. This would be a great idea for a meeting, because it allows time for discussion afterward. We're very proud to see our students being activists and publicly showing what they've discovered and accomplished.

Group Photo of the Week

The Secular Student Alliance of University of Nevada-- Reno. They had some interesting conversations and a few odd looks, but also about 10 new members!
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New Leader?
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Brag It Up!
Tell us about the awesome stuff your group has done!
SSA Leaderspace
Have you applied for Leadership Travel Aid to our conference yet? Get on it!
Newest Affiliate
Corning Community College Secular Student Alliance
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Branded Affiliate Benefits
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Featured Speaker
Ted Cox
Ted Cox garnered international media attention for his undercover reporting on gay-to-straight therapy programs. A journalist who frequently covers religion, Ted has toured the country speaking to packed rooms about ex-gay programs, the Mormon temple ceremonies, the pro-life movement, and various other forms of religious quackery.
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