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Secular Student Movement Update 3/26/2015

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Every week, the SSA prepares a summary of what the secular student movement is doing. To hear this update and news from the secular movement, tune into the SCA's National Secular Movement Update every Thursday at 12PM ET.

Presented by Kelley Freeman, Communications Associate at the Secular Student Alliance

The massive success of our revamped Mission, Vision, and Values has shown us how many folks share our values and vision. In order to build a world, movement, and organization we envision, we need to grow the organization - in particular, among the students we support. The larger our base of student members, the more effective we will be in reaching our goals. Therefore, this week at the Secular Student Alliance, we are embarking upon a student membership drive! Membership is 100% free for students and includes a lot of fantastic benefits including awesome swag, discounts to our annual conference, eligibility for leadership travel aid funding, individual project grants and scholarships, and more. What's more, we're even offering prizes for individual students and SSA affiliate groups who sign up their group for membership. Interested in becoming a student member of the Secular Student Alliance? Check out secularstudents.org/membershipdrive. Not a student? That's okay! You can share the drive with students you know. :)

The Secular Student Alliance seeks two full-time summer interns for work in the areas of writing, graphic design, and resource development. The deadline for application is April 12, 2015. These internships are paid positions, each ten weeks long, based in our office in Columbus, OH. Internship dates are flexible between mid-May and early September. The only required working weekend is July 10-12. The internships are 40 hrs./week at $10.10/hr. and will take place during normal business hours except where otherwise noted. Interns are responsible for arranging their own housing while completing the internship. You can learn more at secularstudents.org/2015interns.

It's a month away until Openly Secular Day! Openly Secular Day is April 23rd, the Thursday following Ask an Atheist Day, and there are a lot of exciting events going on around the country. The University of Central Florida is holding the flagship event, so if you are in the Orlando area, please consider stopping by. We also ask that all students (and group members!) plan to pledge to Tell One Person that they're Openly Secular on April 23rd. More information can be found about Openly Secular Day and the #TellOnePerson campaign at openlysecularday.org

SSA's 2015 Student Membership Drive

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The massive success of our revamped Mission, Vision, and Values has shown us how many folks share our values and vision. In order to build a world, movement, and organization we envision, we need to grow the organization - in particular, among the students we support. The larger our base of student members, the more effective we will be in reaching our goals.

This is your chance to take part and show your support. Here’s how!

Alumni Spotlight: Stephanie Guttormson

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This is part of our new Alumni Spotlight series, where we highlight alumni of our affiliate groups and the awesome things they have been doing since they graduated. Are you a Secular Student Alliance alum? Tell us how you've been doing! We'd love to spotlight you!

StephanieOur first alumna for our Alumni Spotlight is Stephanie Guttormson. Stephanie is an alumna of Metropolitan State University of Denver, where she ran the Metro State Atheists, an award winning student group. While at Metro State, she studied linguistics and mathematics and graduated in 2011. While under her leadership, the Metro State Atheists developed widely successful unique events such Food for Freethought and The Pseudoscience Fair. She also brought in nationally recognized writers to speak at her campus.

Stephanie joined the staff of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science as their Operations Manager in March of 2013, where she works on projects such as Openly Secular alongside many Secular Student Alliance staffers. She's even joined our Speaker's Bureau and runs her own YouTube channel called Thinking Stephtically.

2015 Board Election Results

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The highest governing body of the Secular Student Alliance is its Board of Directors.  We are excited to announce that Matthew Bulger, Richard Stravinsky, and Jennifer Ibrahim were elected to four-year terms. Miri Mogilevsky was elected to a two-year term in one of the two student and recent student seats. Sarah Henry was elected to a one-year term in the other student and recent student seat. Additionally, Harry Shaughnessy, Alex DiBranco, and Evan Clark were re-elected to two-year terms, and Nancy Martin was re-elected to a one-year term.

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