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This Week: Dedicated Day of Service, N.O.S.S. Volunteer Positions, Buy SSA Stuffs

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Dedicated Day of Service

Since many of our groups express an interest in volunteering, we thought we would bring this to everyone's attention. Now, we already know there is a national day of service coming up (Sept. 11th) but if you would rather do community service a little later, Redditgifts has a growing list of meet ups you can find (around Sept. 22nd). You can join a separate meet up or host your own service idea. Our affiliates who are also a part of Volunteers Beyond Belief should seriously consider being a part of this.

Of course one way to get involved is to start a Light the Night group. There are simple instructions here and a more in depth activity packet here.

N.O.S.S. Volunteer Positions

The National Organization of Secular Scholarships (N.O.S.S.) is a scholarship fund set up to assist atheist, agnostic, secular humanists, freethinkers, and skeptics alike find the funding they need for their education. The award will be given to multiple individuals based on community involvement, and atheist activism in their community. The scholarship requires an essay, and the subject varies from time to time.

N.O.S.S. is a start-up organization which is looking for volunteer positions in web developing and Facebook organizing. Multiple positions in each category may be hired. These positions could later turn into full time hires in the future.

Check out our jobs page to for more information on these positions.

Check out their Facebook page.

Buy SSA Stuffs

See anyone wearing our lapel pin during the 2012 annual conference? Now you can buy one on our buy supplies page! The lapel pins are $5 each and look fantastic fastened to just about anything. Other items for sale are our SSA stamps which cost $10 bucks each (available for a limited amount of time). Use them to stamp forms, hands or other objects with relatively flat surfaces. We also have baby blue gel wristbands which you can buy. Every $3 gets you 10 fashionable bands. You can wear them anywhere and show off your SSA pride!

Buy them today! By the way, Don't forget - you can get still standard tabling supplies for free (if you are affiliated) at www.secularstudents.org/tablingsupplies.

 

Group Photo of the Week

Members from Secular Student Alliance @ San Jose State University with speaker Ted Cox.

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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! The latest video comes from Herb Silverman speaking on the religious landscape in America.

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Ted Cox
A Journalist and ex-Mormon. Ted Cox received international attention after his undercover reporting of gay-to-straight 'therapy' programs. Which he loves to talk about. He covers several other topics as well.
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This Week: School Start, CFI Hires, Recover From Religion

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School Start

This week is the first week of classes for most of you. Make sure you take advantage of all of our services to keep your groups going strong.  In particular, you should be tabling like mad this week - it's probably the  most effective way to publicize your group to your peers. Fill out our tabling supplies form and we'll be happy to send those out. Also look at our activity packet for awareness tabling.

CFI Hires

Two positions are open from the Center For Inquiry office headquarters in Amherst, New York. Beyond their Web Developer position, which has yet to have a deadline, there is a new Campus Organizer position. The campus organizer will assist in the implementation of CFI's campus outreach initiative, working in coordination with other outreach department staff and CFI branch leaders. The deadline to apply for the campus organizer position is August 27th at 5:00 PM (EST).

To apply, send a résumé, writing sample, and a cover letter [email protected]. For more information about this position, visit the CFI website or contact Campus Outreach Coordinator Debbie Goddard at [email protected] or call (716) 636-4869 ext. 421.

As always, check out our jobs page for more information about jobs in the secular movement.

Recover From Religion

After seeing a level of interest we've completed a new activity packet for those de-converting from a religion with help from Recovering from Religion. You can read more below.

The transition to secularism can be a difficult one in many ways. Recovering from Religion is an organization that brings together people who have been through (and are going through) similar hardships on the road to non-theism. Student groups often include members who are either still closeted with their non-theism or are dealing actively with coming out to their families; which makes them ideal hosts for Recovering from Religion meetings.

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Group Photo of the Week

Members from Atheists Community of Bellevue College pose in the spotlight.

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Get ready for our Affiliation Renewal Extravaganza in October! October will be here before you know it but until then feel free to email us about any changes in your group's leadership, contact info or status.

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 video comes from Jessica Ahlquist, who talks about the secular movement and her personal experiences in it.

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Phil Ferguson
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Phil is an investment advisor representative. He is a longtime supporter of the secular movement and a member of the SSA Board of Directors. He can speak on homeopathy, skeptic investing and the bible according to legos among other topics.

This Week: Student Memberships, Speaker Tours, and Checking In

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Student Membership

Did you know that the SSA offers free memberships to students? It's different than being a member of a group that's affiliated with us (which is, of course, awesome). Being a student member gives you a freaking membership card with your name printed on it-- oh, and discounts to our annual conference and eligibility for Leadership Travel Aid (aka free money for you to go to cool secular events).

If you aren't a Student Member already, you should fix that right now by signing up here! And once you've done that, you should email that link to all of your group members so they can become Student Members as well.

Speaker Tours

Two members of our Speakers Bureau are touring around the US currently. Edward Falzon wrote the satirical book "Being Gay is Disgusting" and is able to talk or debate any topic relating to religion, morality, and sometimes evolution. He will be visiting all 50 states, plus six Canadian provinces until February of 2013.

Shelley Segal is an Australian singer-songwriter who performed at the Reason Rally in March. She will be travelling around the US until April of 2013, so see if she's available in your area!

Checking In With Campus Organizers

The school year is rapidly approaching! With new classes, moving in to the dorms, and other various back-to-school issues, running a group can seem extra daunting! Don't worry, the campus organizers have got your back.

If you have any idea for something to do this year (or worse, no ideas!), but aren't sure how to start it-- send us an email or give us a call! Our campus organizers all have experience and knowledge in running groups and activities, and can certainly help get you started. Sometimes the first step is the hardest, and we can get you going so you can have an extra-successful year!

 

Photo of the Week

Having fun with lightsabers at our conference- who said conferences aren't any fun?

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Are you a gamer? Join secular students all over the world in our Steam Community Group!
 
 

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Abby Hafer
As a professor of Anatomy & Physiology, Abby Hafer quickly realized the "Intelligent Design" argument was political, not scientific. With this figured out, she realized that what we need is political-style arguments in defense of evolution. Her presentation "Unintelligent Design" contains bulletproof science, but is short, easy to understand, easy to repeat, and makes the opposition look bad.
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This Week: Light the Night fundraising, Alumni Program, Alexander Aan Petition

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Light the Night Fundraising

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Has your group created a Light the Night team yet? It's easy and a great charity effort-- not to mention, all the money your team raises will be matched by the Stiefel Family. The Light the Night effort is year long, so it isn't too late to sign up and create your own team or join an existing team. If you create a team, don't forget to incorporate FBB and SSA in your team name. And let us know, too! We are proud of our 25 Light the Night teams representing secular students across the US-- can we make it 50 teams?

If your LTN team is raising money, you will get free food! LLS and Resturant.com are teaming up to provide groups free meals at various dining locations. If your group raised $250 or more betweenJuly 1st and August 31st, you will receive a free coupon code. More details here!

Alumni Membership!

Did you know the SSA now has an Alumni program? If you know of any recent graduates from your group, let them know they can stay involved with the SSA!

Alexander Aan Petition

 Alexander Aan is an Indonesian national who posted on his Facebook page that he doubted the existence of god. He was mobbed and put into jail for doing so. A WhiteHouse.gov Petition has been started, calling on the President to make a statement denouncing the actions of the Indonesian government in regards to jailing Aan. You can sign the petition here. Share it with your group members and hopefully we can reach the goal of 25,000 signatures.

 

Group Photo of the Week

The SSA at University of Central Florida took some time to do a 'running' photo shoot for us. They held still long enough to send us this photo!

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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! The latest video comes from Margarette Shegog, who led an impromptu discussion on diversity in groups.

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Richard Carrier
Richard Carrier is a professional historian, published philosopher, and prominent defender of the American freethought movement. Dr. Carrier has appeared across the country and on national television defending sound historical methods and the ethical worldview of secular naturalism.
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