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Last Day to Renew!
The deadline for the fall affiliation renewal is October 22nd! You have until the end of that day to fill out the form or you will no longer have the perks of being an affiliate of the SSA. If you like being affiliated with the SSA, you'll want to fill out a form right now! Check to see if you are on our outstanding affiliation renewals list and if so, please fill out an affiliation renewal form. For those of your who already filled out a form — congratulations! If you have not, do it now!
Freethought Poetry Contest Update
We announced the Freethought Poetry Contest several weeks ago. Unfortunately, not too many of you signed up. Dean and Dorea Schramm, the sponsors of the contest, released this statement:
The Freethought Poetry Contest has been cancelled due to lack of participation. The number of prizes exceeded the number of contest registrants by ten to one. Those groups who registered before the deadline will be given $100 dollar prizes and will not need to submit an entry.
Though the contest is no longer going on, Dean and Dorea have still expressed interest in working with SSA groups and their members. Remember their names and look out for other opportunities they may provide in the future!
Group Photo Best Practices
You know one of our favorite things here at the SSA? Group photos. We never have enough! We feature them in our newsletters, and share them on our face-tweets, and when people ask about what our students are doing, we can actually show them!
That's why Ellen Lundgren created this fantastic resource to provide a few pointers on student photography. Follow the five simple steps (coordination, framing, lighting, closeness and efficiency), and you'll be a pro! Your pictures will look great too!
Brag It Up!
Tell us about the awesome stuff your group has done!
Missed the SSA's Annual Conference in Las Vegas or Columbus? Didn't get to see all the talks? We're constantly posting new videos to our YouTube Channel so you can check them out! This latest video comes from Jesse Galef
speaking about the dark arts of persuasion.
Newest AffiliateThe Secular Student Alliance at Chantilly High SchoolCheck Them Out!
Valerie Tarico, author of Trusting Doubt
, is a psychologist and former fundamentalist. Tarico writes regularly for the Huffington Post and ExChristian.net about psychology of religion and other topics of interest to nontheists. A recent series, God's Emotions
, explores what happens if we apply cognitive science to the mind of God.Learn More