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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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SSA Supplies

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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

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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!

 

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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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This Week: Last Chance for Early Registration, Jobs and Internships, Student Membership

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Last Chance for Early Registration

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We're so excited about the 2015 SSA Annual Conference!

The Early Bird prices for registration end on June 1st. We suggest getting registered as soon as possible so you don't have to worry about it later.

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Jobs and Internships

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Looking for jobs and internships in the secular movement?

SSA keeps a listing of jobs and internships with movement partners. It's regularly updated, so check back often!

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Student Membership

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Membership in the Secular Student Alliance is free for students! 

By becoming a member, you're joining a nation-wide network of secular student activists.

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George Washington University's Secular Society during Ask an Atheist Day
 

Featured Speaker
Valerie Tarico

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Dr. Valerie Tarico is a psychologist with a passion for personal and social evolution. As a social commentator, Tarico writes and speaks on issues including religious fundamentalism, gender roles, and reproductive rights. A primary focus is on improving access to top tier contraceptive technologies.

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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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Activity Packets

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We have developed a series of Activity Packets to walk your group through planning a wide range of events. They're great for new and old groups alike.

Activity Packets will help you break down and simplify the steps to activities to make them more manageable, and to give you a better idea of how and what you're doing.

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This Week: The SSA Con Experience, Officer Training, and How to Set Goals

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The SSA Con Experience

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Curious what SSA Con is like? Read about the experiences of the Virginia Atheists and Agnostics at the 2013 Annual Conference.

Overall, the conference was a great experience: not only did we have fun with cool people in a cool city, we also came back with a lot of great ideas to try for the next year.

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Officer Training

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College and high school groups have a high leadership turnover rate. You can use this to your advantage by learning how to effectively train leaders and delegate tasks to ensure the long term success of your group.

Check out the guide and please let us know if you have any questions.

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How to Set Goals

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Setting goals is possibly one of the most important activities that your group’s leaders should be engaged in. 

Goals bring focus to a student group, direct your group’s energy, can resolve potential conflict between leaders, and can make your group’s activities much more engaging and exciting.

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The University of West Florida SSA at the 2015 American Atheists Convention

Featured Speaker
Chris Johnson

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Chris Johnson is a New York-based photographer and filmmaker. He received his undergraduate degree in film production (along with a minor in religious studies) from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.Chris can speak on the journey of creating "A Better Life" (from concept to published book), crowdfunding, a new way of looking at atheism, and atheism and death.

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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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Media Relations

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Do you want more people to know about your group? Do you want to be a media pirate? Want to reach a larger audience? Our Media Relations resource can help!

Learn about general media relations, using social media, writing and using press releases, letters to the editor, and crafting talking points and message clarification

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This Week: Plan Ahead for Fall Recruitment, Summer Activities, Funding & Travel Resources

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Plan Ahead for Fall Recruitment

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"Recruitment should have been pushed in the fall cause it's too late to rope people in."

That's what we heard in one recent affiliation renewal, and it's a sentiment we hear a lot during the spring. Plan ahead now to avoid this critical oversight! Check out our promotional resources and lay the groundwork for an amazing fall semester!

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Summer Activities

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Summer is a great time for you to relax, clear your mind, and have some fun in between semesters. Does this mean that your SSA group should too?

Just because most of your members may not be in classes or in town doesn't mean that your group still can't be active over the summer! Even with smaller numbers, there is still a need to maintain a thriving secular community at your campus over the summer.

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Funding & Travel Resources

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Planning to travel to the SSA Annual Conference in Columbus, Ohio, but not sure how you'll get there? We've got resources for that!

And whether you arrive by car, bus, or plane, you can check out fundraising information. If you have questions about the below options or would like to ask about a different travel option, please feel free to contact us.

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Secular Student Alliance at Florida State University
 

Featured Speaker
Zack Ford

Featured Speaker

Zack's passions all intersect in his current work, analyzing the intersection of LGBT issues and politics and making sense of religious conservatives' opposition to equality. When he's not recording his own podcast, Queer and Queerer, about the intersection of faith and LGBT issues, he's a guest on radio shows across the country.

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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
Speakers Bureau

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The Bureau is made up of Secular Movement personalities who have graciously offered to speak, debate, or perform with discounted or waived honorariums for affiliates of the Secular Student Alliance.

The Bureau is reserved only to current SSA affiliates and we will do our best to get you a speaker to meet your needs. We offer funding and many of our speakers are very negotiable on their honorarium (if they charge one at all).

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