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This Week: SSA 2014 Annual Conference Excitement!, FFRF Secular Prayer Contest, Why Groups Die and How to Avoid It

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SSA 2014 Annual Conference Excitement!

If you've never been to one of our Annual Conferences, check out the excitement you've been missing from past participants. You'll love our 2014 Annual Conference all the same!

You can still register for both conferences here!

FFRF Secular Prayer Contest

Our friends at the Freedom From Religion Foundation just launched the Nothing Fails Like Prayer award. The award comes as a response to the Supreme Court decision in Greece v Galloway sanctioning sectarian prayer for city and county governments.

While the religious can give sectarian prayers, so can you! The FFRF will reward the best secular invocation at a government meeting every year. Winners will be invited to repeat the invocation at the opening of the FFRF's annual convention. All expenses will be paid to bring you to the convention and you will receive a plaque and $500 honorarium. Visit their website to learn more details about the award.

Why Groups Die and How to Avoid It

Even if it looks like your group is doing all of the right things, it may just be a couple years from death. You may be seeing your group on the decline and simply not know how to break the death spiral.  Here we will walk through some of the problems that you may not see right now, and how to overcome them before it is too late.

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Group Photo of the Week

Student leader from Boise State University Secular Student Alliance in response to a campus preacher. Check out our resource for campus preacher bingo!

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Andy Norman

Andy is a humanist activist, a philosopher, and a dynamic presenter. His provocative presentation "Out Your Doubt: Freeing Your Closet Humanist" has thrilled audiences and galvanized a thriving humanist community in Pittsburgh.

Andy is a sought-after speaker who can paint a vivid picture of the moral imperative to dismantle destructive religious ideologies. He can delight and challenge an interfaith crowd, elicit latent humanism, and demonstrate that religious ethics is incoherent.
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This Week: Housing for SSA West, FREE Admission to Lobby Day & Secular Summit, Center for Inquiry is Hiring!

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Housing for SSA West

Dorm housing for SSA West ended yesterday but you are still free to register for the conference! You might be able to find a deal on a hotel or hostel near the area. This looks like a good place to start. See you at the conference soon!

FREE Admission to Lobby Day & Secular Summit

Breaking news! The Secular Coalition for America is now offering free admission to their Lobby Day and Secular Summit events until registration closes on June 1st for all students. Be sure to tell your friends! All you have to do to get free admission is check the "Student/Scholarship Participant" box when you register.

Already registered and paid money out of your pocket? SCA will reimburse you if you simply contact Austin Cooper to get a refund.

Center for Inquiry is Hiring!

The Center for Inquiry is looking to hire a Campus/Community Organizer and a Database Administrator. You can find details of the positions on their website. You can always find job, internship and volunteering opportunities on our jobs page.

The Campus and Community Organizer position's application deadline is May 27th. CFI is apparently accepting applications for the Database Admin. position indefinitely.

Group Photo of the Week

Members from UW-Whitewater Secular Student Alliance invite Hemant Mehta to speak!

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Dave Muscato

Dave Muscato is the Public Relations Director for American Atheists, a 501(c)(3) national non-profit advocating for total separation of church & state, defending the civil rights of atheists, and encouraging atheists to be out & proud about their beliefs. He is a writer, musician, and activist from the United States. He writes for the University of Missouri Skeptics, Atheists, Secular Humanists, & Agnostics (SASHA) blog, The Humanist Community at Harvard University (HCH) blog, and SkepticFreethought.com.
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This Week: Early Bird Registration Ends May 15th!, Sunday Assembly Summer Volunteer Opportunity, Free 6 Month Amazon Prime Membership

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Early Bird Registration Ends May 15th!

Want to spend a weekend making friends and meeting leaders in the secular movement? Our Annual Conference is coming up, with two locations: ‪#‎SSAEast‬ in Columbus, OH, and ‪#‎SSAWest‬ in Phoenix, AZ! Early registration discounts end Thursday, May 15th!

Register now and take advantage of early bird pricing!

Sunday Assembly Summer Volunteer Opportunity

The Sunday Assembly, which started in the UK and now has 26 locations worldwide, is trying to expand even more. They're planning on having 100 locations worldwide by the end of 2014. To reach that goal, they need the help of volunteer organizers during the summer to help. If you are interested then be sure to contact them about this opportunity.

Find full details about this opportunity on our jobs page.

Learn more about the Sunday Assembly on their website.

Free 6 Month Amazon Prime Membership

Students get a free 6 month Amazon Prime membership. That means for six months you get free 2 day shipping, special deals and promotions specific to students and a $10 credit for every friend referred. All you need to do is sign up with an .edu email address or by various other means to prove you are a student and bask in the free Prime membership.

This would go great with the Amazon smile and special link for SSA!

Group Photo of the Week

Members from the Secular Student Alliance at the University of Akron in a billboard ad from our friends at Freedom From Religion Foundation.

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Monster On Sunday
Monster On Sunday is an Atheist Rock band, formed 2012 in Portland Oregon, now based out of San Diego California. Songs range from punk-rock styles by artists such as Bad Religion and NOFX, to inspirational songs like "Imagine" by John Lennon. Monster On Sunday performs great live shows driven by the passionate voice of a female lead singer Tally Cass and backed by the heavy handed alternative guitar style of Steve Cass. Monster On Sunday has performed with Shelley Segal, and they are very active in their local atheist community.  Book this awesome show today!
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This Week: SSA Con West Be The Match Service Project, Freedom From Religion Foundation Scholarships, Affiliation Renewal Results

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SSA Con West Be The Match Service Project

Be The Match is an organization that supports leukemia and lymphoma patients by managing the largest and most diverse bone marrow registry in the world. They assist doctors and those in need in finding donors that meet the needs of the patient.

There will be a table with reps from this organization at SSA West so you can sign up and get a check swab done. They will be available Friday afternoon (June 20th) so look out for their logo and say hello when you get a chance.

Freedom From Religion Foundation Scholarships

The Freedom From Religion Foundation scholarship deadlines are coming up! FFRF gave away over $33,000 in scholarships to secular students in 2013. The contests are for students in high school, college and graduate level or age 25-30. Each have their own essay topic and offer prizes of up to $3,000. Learn more about the contest, check out previous winners, and get submission details at the FFRF website.

If you are a member of SSA or Freedom From Religion Foundation at the time of submission and win, our friends Dean & Dorea Schramm will provide an additional $100 to your winnings.

The first essay deadline is June 1st 2014.

Affiliation Renewal Results

What We Found: Looking at the data from the affiliation renewals you-all filled out, we noticed that the groups that didn't survive the 2013-2014 school year had smaller than average attendance at events and smaller formal memberships as well as smaller Facebook groups and/or pages. The school year is basically over for most of you but it's still never too late to plan group promotion for the next school year. If your group is promoted well, recruitment and retention stays high and the group will last.

Check out our resource for group promotion and plan ahead for next year! Also check out the Quick Start Guide.

Group Photo of the Week

Members from the Boise State University Secular Student Alliance put on a Pro-Choice demonstration in response to Survivors who showed up on their campus.

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Ashley Miller

Ashley F. Miller is a writer, activist, and communications scholar from South Carolina, who has worked for LGBT, secular, and women's rights for over a decade. She is one of the leading young women in the secular movement, speaking regularly at schools and conferences across the country about feminism and communications.
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