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The Secular Student Alliance at Jacksonville State University is Outstanding!

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Every year, the National Secular Student Alliance hears about amazing things that our students, affiliate groups, Secular Safe Zone Allies, and advisors are doing. When we hear of an individual or group doing something especially awesome, we present them with an Award for Outstanding Activism for their exemplary work. 

The Secular Student Alliance at Jacksonville State University in Alabama is one of our newest affiliates, with this being their first semester on campus, and they have been kicking butt! To close out the year, they held a toy drive event to support the Jacksonville Regional Medical Center. As a result, this RMC will open a toy closet so other organizations can also donate toys for children who will be celebrating a holiday (or their birthday) in a hospital bed.

The event was also included a free showing of holiday-themed movie, and SSAJSU sold popcorn, drinks, and hot cocoa as an extra fundraiser. Around 20 people came, including several new faces!

"People seem to think that what we're doing is pretty awesome," Ben Williams, President of SSAJSU says, "I want everyone to know that they can make an impact on their local community. You will meet many people that you didn't even know would be your closest friends!"

Thank you!!!

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You did it!

We were blown out of the water when David Smalley at Dogma Debate told us that he thought they could raise $40,000 for us.  To be here now, with over $105,000 raised from the Broadcastathon, is just incredible.  

The Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are Outstanding!

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Every year, the National Secular Student Alliance hears about amazing things that our students, affiliate groups, Secular Safe Zone Allies, and advisors are doing. When we hear of an individual or group doing something especially awesome, we present them with an Award for Outstanding Activism for their exemplary work. 

Sometimes it's the traditional things that win friends on campus, like a bake sale! Nothing more innocent than a bakesale, right? Well, in the case of the Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, you'd be wrong. AHA held a "Blasphemy Bake Sale" where they baked and decorated cupcakes and brownies, and made little flags with swear words or sexual slang terms  and sold them for $1 each. The proceeds then went to the Women's Medical Fund!

Officers bought ingredients ahead of time and set a time for baking and then advertised it to members. At their baking nights, they made the flags out of toothpicks and paper and went through all the swear words they could think of, then sexual terms, and then sex acts - AHA at UW-Madison ended up with quite a variety of flags. They planned to meet up at a location to sell on a Friday/Saturday night when lots of people are out and advertised that they were raising money for the Women's Medical Fund.

"We learned that being really enthusiastic and full of energy is easy for a few hours, but by the end of the night the officers who had been there the whole time were tired and not as enthusiastic. Officers need to be in shifts to keep sales up throughout the night," said Cassidy Slinger, Volunteering Chair of AHA at UW-Madison. 

Regardless of how tired some of their officers may have been by the end of the night, AHA at UW-Madison still raised $120 for the Women's Medical Fund - that's 120 different cupcakes (and swear words)! AHA at UW-Madison says this is the most they have ever raised at one time. 

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