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This Week: BIG ANNOUNCEMENT, Shelley Segal, and Service Projects

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BIG ANNOUNCEMENT

 

So, you may have heard that we have a big announcement coming today. Are you finally ready for it? You know how we had an amazing, record-breaking conference last year? Well this year, we plan to do it again...TWICE.

You read that correctly: we're going to have TWO CONFERENCES this year. We're going to have our annual get together in Columbus, OH, and another conference in Las Vegas, NV.

I know, you need a minute to process how amazing this all is. Take a deep breath and take it all in. Here's the main page for both conferences. You can get tons of information there.

Are you super stoked about this? So stoked you want to tell the world? Do it! Tell your friends! Ask your parents for a plane ticket to the greatest secular student conference ever for Christmas! Apply to speak! Get your group ready by fundraising or submitting a Leadership Travel Aid application! We can't wait to see you there!

 

Shelley Segal US Tour

Our favorite up-and-coming Australian  singer/songwriter is going on a tour of the U.S. again, and she wants to stop at your campus! You can find out more info about her tour here, and if you fill out the speaker request form linked on the page, we'll try to get her to your campus!

If you aren't familiar with her work, check out her performance at the Reason Rally earlier this year.

 

Service Projects

The holidays are a great time to show your atheist cheer! Many local non-profits need a lot of help at this time of year, so if you group is interested, try getting everyone together to go help out at a soup kitchen or an animal shelter. Everyone could use a break from studying for finals, and why not take a break and help the world at the same time?

We have lots of activity packets for community service if you need help! Let us know if you decide to do any fun things, and as always, send pictures!

 

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Members from Secular Student Alliance at North Carolina State University and East Carolina University Secular Student Alliance participate in their local Light the Night Walk!
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WE'RE HAVING TWO CONFERENCES OH MAN THAT IS SOME BIG NEWS
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David Niose
  David Niose has served as president of the American Humanist Association since 2009, and he also serves as vice president of the Secular Coalition for America. He is author of Nonbeliever Nation: The Rise of Secular Americans, which was released in July 2012.
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This Week: End of the World, End of the Semester, and Big Announcement

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It's the End of the World As We Know It!


And I feel fiiiiine! (No REM fans?) As you've probably heard from numerous sources, the world is totally, seriously, and completely ending next month, because some very real scholars think that a Mayan calendar predicts that the world as we know it will be destroyed on Decemeber 21st, 2012 (spoiler alert: not really).

But hey, just because the world isn't ending doesn't mean it's a bad excuse for a party! You can use this as an excuse to teach people about skepticism on world-ending claims. Or you can just go ahead and make it a fun time and do all the things you'd do if the world were really ending (well...the legal ones, anyway). Either way, have some fun with it!
 

End of the Semester Care

The end of semester is coming! Have you taken the time to be thankful for the people in your life? It's the end of semester, and morale and effort can easily be falling with all the piled-on stress of exams, moving back home, etc. Now's a good opportunity to take the time to write handwritten notes or personal emails to your other officers (or even good group members, or your faculty advisor) and let them know how much you appreciate them. Even a short note can go a long way for motivation!

Don't forget, while your group is getting ready to rest over the holidays, you can still request tabling supplies! That way you'll have them ready to go when next semester starts, and you'll have a head start on all the other groups on campus!

It's also a good idea to hold some kind of end-of-semester social event, rather than just letting the group putter out. Leave everyone satisfied with how the past semester went and excited about next semester!

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!!

We here at the SSA have a GIGANTIC, HUGE, SUPERBIG, AMAZING ANNOUNCEMENT...that we'll tell you next week. :P What, you didn't think we'd just tell you now, did you!? If you have any really cool guesses, you can send them to us. :) Chances are, you'll be wrong, and even if you're right, we won't tell you...but hey, worth a shot, right?

Stay tuned for next week's email where we will BLOW YOUR SOCKS OFF with our AMAZING ANNOUNCEMENT. And if you aren't wearing socks...well then you'll just be REALLY EXCITED.

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Amanda Marcotte is a Brooklyn-based political writer who primarily covers feminism, sexuality, the religious right, atheism, and reproductive rights. She speaks regularly on topics ranging from reproductive rights to right wing extremism to the links between secularism and feminism.
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Secular Students in Interfaith - Conference Call Recap

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IFYC & SSA logosOn behalf of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) and the Secular Student Alliance, we'd like to thank the students who attended or expressed interest in the recent conference call for Secular Students in Interfaith.  We were honored to have Chris Stedman, author of the newly released book, Faitheist and an IFYC alum, on the call with us to share his personal story as an atheist finding common ground with the religious. His story, along with many others we heard on the call, exemplified the interest and need for secular involvement within the interfaith movement.

With over 25 students registered for the call, it was an energetic and optimistic discussion. Students shared success stories and challenges from secular-engaged interfaith work at the University of Texas, Tufts University, Brigham Young University, California Lutheran University, Concordia College, Harvard University and Augsburg College, among others.

Whether you were on the call with us and are geared up to take the next steps, or weren't able to make it and want to learn more about getting involved, here are some actions you can take next:

Happy Thanksgiving from the Secular Student Alliance!

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Dear Friends,

I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving! Our students are especially grateful for a few things this time of year:

  • Access to free tabling supplies and group-starting resources
  • Our Speakers Bureau to help them bring secular voices to their campuses
  • Grants to hold incredible events and travel to conferences across the nation
  • The hands-on support they receive every day from our hard-working staff

And, of course, they are thankful for the support they get from all of you, our Active Supporters. You allow us to create incredible communities for Secular Students all around the country. Thanks to your support, the SSA is growing faster than ever!

We may not be able to say thanks with a Black Friday sale, but we can tell you this: your support makes a difference to these students every day. Thanks to you, these students have the resources they need to impact their communities.

Now is a great time to support to the SSA. We have a matching offer from Supporter Ron Verstappen, so anything you give over your 2011 gift will be doubled! You can help support twice as many secular communities by giving today.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving, and know that your support enables secular students to give back!

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