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This Week: 9/11 Day of Service Reflection and Banned Books Week

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9/11 Day of Service Reflection

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This resource is intended to help groups look back on their accomplishments and process the event's meaning for their development as a human being and its influence on their secular identity. Heavy stuff, right? Don't worry - we've made it easy for you!

The 9/11 Day of Service Reflection Guide was created to guide you through the process.

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Banned Books Week

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The origins of Banned Books Week goes all the way back to 1982 when it was first launched in response to a growing number of book censorship cases.

Typically held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week celebrates literature that has been censored at some point in time, or is presently being challenged.

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Tip from the Campus Organizing Team

Jessika says . . . don't clutter your table!

Having too much stuff on your table makes it difficult to choose what's important.

Keep your table organized and clean. Choose only the most relevant items to display.
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The Secular Student Alliance at University of Central Florida kicked off the year with bowling!

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This Week: Scholarships and Brand New Group Running Guides

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The Secular Student Alliance is proud to offer scholarships for individual secular student activists! Any current SSA student member enrolled in a United States university, college, or equivalent program (including graduate programs!) is welcome to apply!

We will accept applications until September 30. Winners will be announced by October 31.

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Brand New Group Running Guides

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While you were hanging out on the beach all summer (that's what you did, right?) the SSA summer interns created new and improved Group Running Guides!

They're not printed yet, but they are pretty awesome. You can pre-order a copy so you'll be one of the first to use the new guides.

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Tip from the Campus Organizing Team

Nick says . . . When you send group emails, use the BCC field.

"Blind Carbon Copy" means that each recipient is unable to see the other BCC recipients - so you're not sharing everyone's information with everyone else, and mobile devices don't have a pile of email addresses to scroll past. Item

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The Secular Student Alliance at George Mason University hosted the first annual Young Atheist Conference

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This Week: Graveyard of the Gods and Group Info Updates

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Update Group Info

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Does your group have new leaders?

Do you need to update your email forward (yourschool@secularstudents.org)?

It's easy!

Just submit a leader update form and we'll do the rest. 

 

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Graveyard of the Gods

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Would you like to join dozens of SSA affiliates around the country this Halloween in Graveyard of the Gods?

Here are two tips to get prepared:

1) Find out your school's rules about posting in the ground.

2) Reach out to other groups. Maybe the religious studies department will have a relevant speaker or discussion around the same time!

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Brag It Up!

How do I get my group featured in an SSA This Week email?

Submit a Brag It Up or email group photos to photos@secularstudents.org 



New Leaders?

No longer a leader of an SSA Affiliate Group? Have the new leaders submit a Leader Update



Facebook Leaderspace

Join SSA leaders from all over the country in our SSA Leaderspace Facebook Group!

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SSA at the University of Nevada-Reno

 

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This Week: Your First Meeting and Fundraising

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Your First Meeting

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1) Get People There - Sure it seems obvious, but advertising your first meeting is the most important step! Use flyers, chalk, a table, announcements, etc.

2) Have Fun - Ice breaker games may sound cheesy, but they work. Anything to get people talking to each other is a plus.

3) Inspire - You want people to leave the first meeting feeling excited to get involved. Talk about the history of your SSA group and how it's a part of a larger movement of SSA groups across the country.

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Fundraising

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Fundraising is one of the most important activities that your group can engage in. It is also one of the most overlooked activities by many groups.

If your group has some money in the bank, it makes it much easier to pull off bigger, more fun, and more creative events!

There are many funding avenues available to student groups. We've created a listing of the most popular ideas and activities you can engage in.

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Brag It Up!

How do I get my group featured in an SSA This Week email?

Submit a Brag It Up or email group photos to photos@secularstudents.org 



New Leaders?

No longer a leader of an SSA Affiliate Group? Have the new leaders submit a Leader Update



Facebook Leaderspace

Join SSA leaders from all over the country in our SSA Leaderspace Facebook Group!

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Cal Poly Pomona Secular Student Alliance tabling at freshman orientation

 

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