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SSA Con costs less until Friday! :: This Week


This is the one time we’re going to do this: SSA Con registration rates are going DOWN! But ONLY THIS WEEK!

You’ve got until Friday, May 12, to enjoy our early bird registration costs one last time! That’s $34.99 for a single student or $124.99 for a group of 5 students!

After this week, you’ll still be able to register, but you’ll spend that much more to be a part of the most fun, educational, and inspiring conference secular students could ever attend!

If you’ve thought at all about coming to SSA Con this July 7-9 in Columbus, Ohio, THIS is the week to register for it!

Don’t put it off any longer! Register for SSA Con today with this-one time early bird rate offer!

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After you’ve registered for SSA Con, don’t forget to apply for Travel Aid! We’ll help you with the costs to get to Columbus, Ohio - you just have to tell us you want us to. That’s FREE travel money! The deadline to apply is May 31, however, which only gives you a few days left. Apply for your SSA Con Travel Aid soon!

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University of West Florida Secular Student Alliance!

"We learned that having a 'master to-do' list that all E-Board members can see helped us get things done. All you have to do is have a Google Document shared among all those who should see it. It allowed all Board members to see what still needed to be done, who was doing what, and provided a sort of 'fact sheet' for us so we could limit the number of questions like, 'What was decided on this?'"

Chase Baker, Former President

This year, the SSA at UWF hosted the second annual Southeast Secular Student Regional Conference (S3RC)! They had local and national speakers come to the UWF Pensacola campus on April 16 to talk about STEM, legal activism, sociology, humanism, and more. Even six months in advance, the group discovered that’s hardly enough time to get everything done! Their Campus Organizer, Gordon Maples, was a primary source of support. He provided resources to help them set up the conference, contacted the speakers when requested, and offered general advice throughout the planning. If your group ever wants to run its own conference, UWF has one piece of advice for you: START EARLIER!

The Real Stars of SSA Con :: This Week


Have you seen our speaker lineup for SSA Con? It’s pretty great. We’ve got an awesome assortment of professional speakers with a wide array of expertise, from PEW Research Center and Dogma Debate to Americans United and the Satanic Temple. But we’re just as excited about all the student speakers!

Matt Enloe
, Sam Farooqui, Sean Rivera, Nicole Niebler, and many more! All of these students have done awesome things, are frequently featured in mainstream and secular media, and are respected by the SSA as leaders, experts, and activists. If you want to learn how to run your group better, you NEED to come to SSA Con to hear these student speakers. View our complete SSA Con lineup and register today!

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We just finished our Affiliation Renewals last week. However, we know some of your elections still haven’t happened yet, which means we’ll soon have the wrong information for your group! If your group is one of those who are about to select their new leadership, don’t forget to tell us who they are! Fill out a Leadership Update at any time of the year so we can redirect our communications to them!

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Service is one of the pillars of the SSA, and Foundation Beyond Belief has an excellent opportunity for you to practice that. Join the Humanist Disaster Relief team and be part of the rebuilding efforts in Louisiana after storms and flooding. Between May 27 and June 7, 2017, you can provide vital relief efforts, and they'll provide you with breakfasts, lunches, and lodging! Do some good without a god and apply to be on the Humanist Disaster Relief Team!

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We had so many groups join the March for Science last week, and we’re stoked! There was great domestic and international participation in this important show of support for science, and you were a part of it! Here are some of the pictures we’ve gotten from some of our groups. Send your own by replying to this email or submit a Brag It Up!

Southeast Missouri State University SSA!

Secular Humanist Association of University of Puerto Rico!

Secular Students and Skeptics Society at the University of Colorado - Boulder!

The Ohio State University SSA!

University of Michigan SSA!

Sam Houston State University SSA!

Let us share your story! :: This Week


Last week was Ask An Atheist Day and the March for Science! Did you do one, or both?! Did you create a great table? Did you make some witty signs? Did you have some great interactions with people? We want to hear your stories about this past week, and see your smiling faces! Send us a Brag it Up with photos of your group, table, and signs for us to share!

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THERE IS ONLY ONE WEEK LEFT TO COMPLETE YOUR GROUP'S AFFILIATION RENEWAL. Every group that wants to retain its affiliation with the SSA MUST fill out its form by April 30. If we don’t get it, your group will lose access to our Speakers Bureau, tabling supplies, and funding! This form also helps us keep our leader contact information updated, and see how your group is doing. Fill out your group's Affiliation Renewal today!

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Our programming lineup for SSA Con is complete! We’ve got a fantastic assortment of student and professional speakers with a wide array of expertise to make this one weekend you don’t want to miss! Find out who you should be getting excited about when you come out July 7-9 for SSA Con!

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Furman University Secular Student Alliance!

"Wanting change and taking action to make that change are two separate entities, but I really feel that this event palpably created change, and I am very grateful to have been a part of that."

Kristen Murdaugh, President

FUSSA held an “Atheism for Lent” event discussing why religious people should adopt atheism for Lent. Since the purpose of Lent is to help one come closer to the god Yahweh and understand why they believe what they believe, giving up the religion and seeing how one lives outside of it can be extremely beneficial. The non-religious can also adopt a religious tradition temporarily to help them better understand the practice and perhaps even benefit from adding it to their secular lifestyle. Members of the Furman Philosophy Club, Mere Christianity Forum, and Jewish Student Alliance attended the event alongside FUSSA members, other students, and faculty. When the topic of good and evil came up, and how those moral ideologies are not strictly dictated by religion, many of the students' long-held opinions on the illegitimacy of atheism were immediately reversed. As the attending faculty seemed to be enjoying the event, the students became less shy and asked questions they might not have otherwise. The overall feedback was that it was a really interesting event on an important subject and that the event should be an annual thing.

Affiliation Renewals Due April 30 :: This Week


AFFILIATION RENEWALS ARE GOING ON RIGHT NOW. Every group that wants to retain its affiliation with the SSA MUST fill out its form by April 30. Why keep your affiliation? If you’ve ever used our Speakers Bureau, ordered tabling supplies, or received funding, then you've taken advantage of services that are available only to Affiliates or Chapters. This form also helps us keep our leader contact information updated, and see how your group is doing. Fill out your group's Affiliation Renewal today!

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The SSA now offers branded postcards that your group can order! Postcards are widely regarded as one of the best ways to make your voice heard by lawmakers. Postcards allow for quick reading and counting of constituents' opinions, and are easy for you to write. Order your group some SSA postcards!

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Join Kristin Wintermute, Executive Director of The Humanist Institute, and Chris Stedman, Humanist community organizer, at SSA Con for a conversation about how to build, and be in, a community. In building Humanist communities, you will look at defining the purpose of community as an essential element to understanding members' needs, desires, and wants. This is a special day-long session on Friday, July 7 from 10 AM to 4 PM, that’s only $15 for students (and lunch is included!). There is limited seating, so you must register in advance.

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Missouri State University Secular Student Alliance!

"Everyone loves puppies - so everything was positive. This is the time of year when things start to pile up and students get stressed, so being able to slow down and play with a dog for a little bit made everyone's day."

Hayley Werth, Secretary

MSU SSA partnered with a local animal rescue to have a Rent-a-Puppy on their campus! People paid a small donation and were given a rescue puppy to play with for a short period of time. Not only did the rescue get their name out there, the rescue dogs got lots of attention, too! The group had never worked with the rescue group before and both did a lot of collaboration and logistics work together. The event went so well that both groups want to partner up to run an even better event next semester!


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