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Secular Student Alliance Returns to its Roots

Columbus, OHThis spring, the Secular Student Alliance returns to its roots! After two years working alongside the Institute for Humanist Studies, the SSA is relocating its headquarters back to Columbus, Ohio.

Secular Student Alliance Seeks 2009 Summer Interns


Columbus skyline by Bcirker

The Secular Student Alliance (www.secularstudents.org) is seeking two college interns for the summer of 2009.

Internship Details
* These positions are ten weeks long and have a $200/week stipend.
* The start and stop dates are flexible, as are breaks, we only require a commitment of approximately ten weeks between mid June and late September.
* These positions are 40 hr./week positions and will take place during normal business hours except where otherwise noted.
* We are willing to be flexible in terms of time and stipend to meet academic requirements.
* The interns will work at our office in Columbus, OH.
* On a case-by-case basis, some work may be able to be done via telecommuting.
* Business casual dress is required.

Our mission is to organize, unite, educate, and serve students and student communities that promote the ideals of scientific and critical inquiry, democracy, secularism, and human based ethics. The bulk of our efforts go into organizing and supporting students and student groups who do not see theism as the source of morality or knowledge--this includes atheists, agnostics, humanists, rationalists and other non-theists. We have over 130 affiliates in nine countries--the vast majority of our affiliates are in the U.S.

The Secular Student Alliance is a 501(c)(3) educational, non-profit, public charity. We were founded in 2000 by students and recent students. We are headquartered in Columbus, OH.

Richard Dawkins to Speak at the University of Minnesota

For Immediate Release: March 2, 2009
CONTACT: Lauren Hayden
lauren AT cashumn DOT org

Richard Dawkins to Speak at the University of Minnesota

"The Purpose of Purpose"

Wednesday, March 4 - 7:00 pm

University of Minnesota , Twin Cities Campus - Northrop Auditorium

World-renowned evolutionary biologist, author and activist Dr. Richard Dawkins, Ph.D, will speak at the University of Minnesota Wednesday, March 4. During his visit, Dawkins will discuss "The Purpose of Purpose."

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The Secular Student Alliance is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. All donations are tax-deductible in the U.S.
2008 was a phenomenally successful year for the Secular Student Alliance. Most notably, our December affiliate count was 40% higher than in January. By the end of 2008, we had 129 active campus affiliate groups spanning twelve countries.

What sort of projects can you expect to see from our affiliates? Our 2008 Year-End Activity Report contains detailed information about all of SSA's projects and progress in 2008.

New Orleans service project

For example, the Atheists, Agnostics and Freethinkers (AAF) of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign exemplified what a successful secular campus group can accomplish with its charity project. Eleven members of the AAF, along with nineteen members of the school's Campus Crusade for Christ group, went to New Orleans to repair homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina. For this, the AAF was presented with the 2008 Best Service Project award. Chris Calvey, a member of the group who went to New Orleans on behalf of AAF, had this to say about the trip:

"We were able to spend a lot of time interacting with Christian students from all over the country. Many were happy, impressed, or even shocked to find out that we were atheists. After getting to know one another, it became apparent to both sides that it's possible to put aside our philosophical differences and work together for a greater good. If we want to improve the images of atheism in this country, I can think of no better way to do it than by volunteering alongside those who might disagree with us."

The AAF's service project is just one example of SSA's success in 2008. In addition, we witnessed several articles about our groups reported in the media, hosted a successful joint conference with the American Humanist Association, and worked with passionate interns in our Albany, NY, headquarters over the summer. More detail -- along with the full list of the SSA's "Best" award winners -- can be found in our 2008 Year-End Activity Report.

The Secular Student Alliance exists to support the activities of groups like the Atheists, Agnostics and Freethinkers at UIUC. If you're impressed with what one group can do, think of the impact we can have with 129 active, enthusiastic affiliates promoting secular values on campuses everywhere. And you can make our groups even stronger.

Please consider making a donation now using our secure online credit card process. (Or, if you prefer, use the links in the sidebar to create a recurring monthly donation or to contribute via U.S. Mail.) In these financially challenging times, your gift is more important than ever. As an independent organization, the Secular Student Alliance relies entirely on donations from atheists, agnostics, humanists, and others who want to safeguard the future of secularism. You are a critical part of that future.

We want to thank you for supporting the SSA last year. With your continued help, the SSA and our campus groups can celebrate even more success stories in 2009.

August E. Brunsman IV, Executive Director
Secular Student Alliance


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