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SSA Week 2013!

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Thank you to everyone who contributed during SSA Week 2013!  We are both excited and humbled by the enthusiastic response from the community.

We deeply appreciate all of you who made this week possible.  You were the bloggers and artists who promoted us in writing and in art, the supporters who made special financial contributions during this week, and the student leaders (for whom we exist!) spreading reason across campuses nationwide.

With the Jeff Hawkins and Janet Strauss match, SSA Week 2013 raised over $50,000 for secular students!  We're excited that many of our SSA Week 2013 supporters are now giving monthly.  In fact, the supporter making the largest monthly pledge in our history joined us during SSA Week 2013!

Members of Secular Student Alliance at Florida International University Brag It Up!

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SSA affiliates and members are doing awesome stuff on their campus all the time.  We brag about their work here on our website through the Brag It Up series.  If you or your affiliate group has done something awesome, Brag It Up!

Secular Student Alliance at Florida International University tabling next to Catholic Panthers during a debate on reason and religion.

American Atheists Conference (Presented by Secular Student Alliance at University of Central Florida)

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In March 2013, Secular Student Alliance at University of Central Florida was able to attend the American Atheists Conference thanks to a project grant from the national SSA. This article summarizes the experiences of that event for the group.

First and foremost, thank you on behalf of the Secular Student Alliance at the University of Central Florida for giving us $250 to send our members to the American Atheists Convention in Austin, Texas. We brought a total of ten people by car and a few flew, and your funds allowed us to be the largest student delegation there. The money was spent towards reimbursements for gas; the members were all responsible for their own registration fee and our allocation from Student Government covered the hotel costs. With your project grant and fundraising we did as a club, we were able to reimburse members most of the cost for gas; the club fronted $150 to both cars and each member taking a car fronted $50. Of the $50 contributions, we were able to give those who donated their cars $45 back, those who took a turn driving $30 back, and the others $15. This, coupled with the registration fee, kept the cost at less than $100 per member for a three day trip to Texas, three nights in a hotel, and three day conference registration.

Members of The Secular Student Alliance at West Texas A&M University Brag It Up!

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SSA affiliates and members are doing awesome stuff on their campus all the time.  We brag about their work here on our website through the Brag It Up series.  If you or your affiliate group has done something awesome, Brag It Up!

Students at West Texas A&M University walking to class on a hot Monday afternoon were met with a particularly unpleasant surprise near the Buffalo statue in the pedestrian mall. A group of evangelists associated with Liberty Baptist Church armed with signs carrying messages such as “The wages of sin are death,” and “You deserve hell,” had set up shop in the middle of WT’s campus and begun loudly preaching to everyone in earshot. 

Among the first on the scene was Ashley Farren, a senior WT student and member of the SSA and local Atheist nonprofit Freethought Oasis, who began challenging the proselytizers and demanding to know who they were.
After a short while a crowd began to gather and the message was quickly circulated amongst the members of the SSA, “Crazy preachers on campus!”

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