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Weekly news, emails, and group-running articles for student leaders. Check in every week for new postings!

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This Week: Brag It Up!, SSA Con, Working with the Veritas Forum

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Brag It Up!

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Anytime your group, or an individual student, does something that you think is pretty cool, brag about it! 

As a thank you, you'll get a book or other swag to share with your group.

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Are You Coming to SSA Con?

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The 2015 Annual SSA Conference is just around the corner! Be sure to get registered, reserve dorm space, and order a t-shirt.

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Working with the Veritas Forum


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It has become common for us to hear that the Veritas Forum has reached out to our affiliate groups, to co-organize ‘discussions’. We've listed out some best practices if you decide to get involved.

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Members of the Secular Students of Berea College with Regional Campus Organizer Jessika Griffin at the 2015 Kentucky Freethought Convention.
 

Brag It Up!

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

Submit a Brag It Up or email 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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This Week: Amazon Smile, Why Groups Die, and Full Con Schedule

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Amazon Smile

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Amazon will donate a portion of any purchase made on smile.amazon.com to the non-profit of your choice, including the Secular Student Alliance.

After selecting SSA as your chosen non-profit, just make sure to always use smile.amazon.com instead of standard amazon.com!

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Why Groups Die

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Even if it looks like your group is doing all of the right things, it may just be a couple years from death.

We have a resource that walks you through some of the problems that you may not see right now, and how to overcome them before it is too late.

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Full Conference Schedule

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We're excited to present the full schedule for the 2015 SSA Annual Conference!

If you're attending with a group, we recommend looking at the schedule together and splitting up a bit so that you can gather more information to help you run your group.

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Members of the University of Kentucky SSA with Regional Campus Organizer Jessika Griffin at the 2015 Kentucky Freethought Convention.


Brag It Up!

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

Submit a Brag It Up or email 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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This Week: Alumni Membership, Leadership Travel Aid, Sample Year

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Become an Alumni Member

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Did you graduate recently? Do you know of members who have? Our SSA Alumni Membership is a great way to stay connected!

Secular Student Alliance Affiliate Alums who have left school in the past twelve months are eligible for a first-year discounted SSA membership rate of $15 (normally $35)

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Leadership Travel Aid Waiting List

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You can still apply to be on the waiting list for Leadership Travel Aid to get to the SSA 2015 Annual Conference!

Students who have received funding and didn't register have forfeited their funding and it will go to those on the waiting list. Don't wait any longer if you want to apply!

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Sample Year

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Many groups find it difficult to envision the long-term planning needed to have a successful and active school year. 

For that reason, this Sample Year is designed to give you some idea of how to balance planning time for events. Keep in mind that this sample is idealized and fictional - don't think of it as a prescription, or as a minimum standard for success.

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Featured Group Photo

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The Secular Student Alliance at the University of Central Florida attended the American Humanist Association Conference in Denver
 

Featured Speaker
Gleb Tsipursky

Featured Speaker

Gleb is the the Co-Founder and Chief Insights Officer of Intentional Insights. He would be glad to present to your group about research-based strategies on effective decision-making, goal achievement, and stress management, as well as on how secular people can find meaning, purpose, and happiness, and interact well with interfaith social justice.

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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 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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Campus Organizers

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Did you know that the SSA has 8 staff members who are here to help you and your group succeed?

Check out our staff page! If you're in a state included in a region, you have a specific staff member to contact. Otherwise you can reach out to Nick for group running questions or Pete if you're an individual student member.

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This Week: Prep for the Annual Conference, Alumni Spotlight, SSA Supplies

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Get Ready for the Annual Conference!

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Haven't registered for SSACon yet? Not sure what you need to do to get prepared? In this week's Secular Start Up, Kelley and Gordon answer all of your questions. And even if you still have more questions, you can email us at organizer@secularstudents.org 

Our Annual Conference will be July 10-12 in Columbus, Ohio on the campus of the Ohio State University.

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Alumni Spotlight

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We regularly highlight alumni of our affiliate groups and the awesome things they have been doing since they graduated.

If you are an alum, check it out and fill out an interview. We'll let you know when it's online! Know someone who graduated? Let them know about this opportunity!

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Interested in purchasing SSA branded materials to show your support? We're working with EvolveFish to offer more materials! Students can also order very low cost SSA shirts which are great to wear as a group.

Modification idea: purchase SSA shirts for your group and take them to a local screen printer to get the name of your group on the back.

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Students from University of Michigan Flint Students for Free-Thought at graduation, Kevin is in his SSA graduation stole.

Featured Speaker
Peter Boghossian

Featured Speaker

Dr. Peter Boghossian is a full time faculty member in the philosophy department at Portland State University and an affiliated faculty member at Oregon Health Science University in the Division of General Internal Medicine. Peter can speak on atheism, new atheism, critical thinking and reasoning, faith, the eradication of faith, anti-apologetics, dialectical interventions to separate faith from its host, and science fiction.

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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 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!

 

Featured Service
Speaker Planning Checklist

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One of the most popular events that SSA affiliates put on is bringing a speaker to their campus. These events, if done well, can engage communities, spark discussion, educate the public and build momentum for your group on campus.

We understand that planning such an event - especially for the first time - can be daunting. That's why we've developed a new resource to help your group plan its event.

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