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Wondering what to do for Spring 2017 or how to do it? Why not have a chat with our crack team of Campus Organizers? Gordon Maples and Pete Zupan are here to help your group live long and prosper. They have a wealth of knowledge about group running and would be happy to pass it along. Reply here to set up a time to talk with your campus organizer!

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Darwin Day is coming soon, and one thing that will be perfect for advertising your awesome event is Darwin Day tabling supplies! We’ve got posters, stickers, and a bunch of other stuff your group can order that people will naturally select as they pass by. Order your tabling supplies today!

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Also coming up around Darwin Day is Valentine's Day. Help all those budding young couples out by running a condom distribution with your group! It’s not nearly as hard as it sounds. Look at our Condom Distribution Guide for pointers on running your own!

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Secular Students and Skeptics Society!

"All the tabling for this event was great: 'What do you mean you're bringing Satan to CU?' 'What's this all about?' Many people were wary at first, and it was fun to inform people about Satanism, to teach them to not judge a book by its cover."

Shawn Polson, President

SSaSS brought Lucien Greaves, leader of the Satanic Temple, to their campus at the University of Colorado - Boulder. Greaves event was their first major speaker in years, and the group was surprised at the work it took to coordinate the event. However, they came together, even through finals week, to get funding, a venue, and poster around campus. The school was wary about letting their name be on posters for the controversial speaker, but the group used that controversy to their advantage by getting into the local paper and tabling around campus. Lucien talked about Ten Commandments statues and the After School Satan Club to the 75+ attendees, and afterwards went out to eat wings and sing karaoke with the group at a local bar. The entire event went off without causing the apocalypse. To learn more about what The Satanic Temple actually promotes, check out their FAQ.

Happy Birthday Chuck! :: This Week

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Darwin Day is February 12! If you didn’t start planing last semester, you need to get a jump on it now! Darwin Day is a celebration of Charles Darwin’s birthday. You can use this day to talk about evolution, creationism, abiogenesis, church/state separation, and the sciences in general. We offer special tabling supplies, posters, and a guide to help you make your Darwin Day awesome. Look at our Darwin Day page and download the guide to get started!
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Did you know we have a Speaker Bureau? These are speakers from various professions who have proficiency on various topics and who will come out to  address student groups for cheap or free! Many of these speakers would be great for Darwin Day if you want to organize a lecture, debate, or even just something lighter! But they are always in great demand, so if you want a speaker, browse through our Speaker Bureau page and send in your request soon!
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The SSA offers student groups Project Grants so that funding your project is the least of your worries! You want a speaker? There’s a grant for that. You want to travel to a conference? There’s a grant for that. You have some super awesome idea and can't use school money for it? You guessed it, there’s a grant for that too! Find out about the funding we offer so you can put on your awesome project!
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Sebastian Hama of San Angelo Central High School!

Sebastian is running Pennies for Reason to send two underprivileged kids to Camp Quest Texas! He set up a YouCaring fundraiser to raise $1200, and has already reach his halfway point of $600! He started by collecting pennies at his booth at the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts on Family Day, and is now working with the faculty sponsor of Angelo State University's Secular Student Alliance to set up a Darwin Day event to publicize it! Great job, Sebastian! You can help Sebastian reach his goal on his YouCaring Fundraiser page.

Keep 2017 from being like 2016 :: This Week

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This Week for Student Activists
Tabling supplies are critical to tabling! They make your table look more professional, give prospective members something to read and take home, and will be usable for any event you organize. If you’re an SSA Chapter, you can order as much as you want whenever you want. If you’re still an SSA Affiliate, you’ve only got one supply request per semester, so make sure you get everything you need in that one order. Order your tabling supplies today!
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Countless local governments and schools use Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service as their primary day of service. Take advantage of the opportunity to use this coming January 16 to create the better world Dr. King dreamed of. Because it is the most celebrated service day of the year, opportunities to participate should abound in your community. If nothing seems to be planned, don’t just sleep in! Use our Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Guide to plan an event for your group!
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If there’s one page of our website you should have bookmarked, it’s our Group Running Library. If you have a question about your group or a resource, or need to learn a how-to, this is the page for you. It’s an amalgamation of all our knowledge from multiple years and multiple groups about what to do and how to do it. Find the answers to questions you didn’t even know you had on our Group Running Library!
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University of Michigan Secular Student Alliance!

"The SSA first brought Chris to our attention, so we owe them this event in the first place. Nick Stancato, our campus organizer, was very helpful in aiding us with planning and helping to secure funding for travel costs."

Loren Heubert-Aubry, Vice President

UM SSA brought in Chris Johnson to talk about his project exposing people to the ways atheists find meaning in life, and in each other. Chris was charming and intelligent the whole way through, and provided a fresh take on atheism. Rather than focusing on what atheists don't believe in, he looked at what they do, and that made a huge difference. Members and audience alike seemed to enjoy the talk, and participated readily in the Q&A. Chris was extremely patient and understanding throughout the experience, even in light of some minor technical difficulties.

HO HO HO MERRY SOLSTICE! :: This Week

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Axial tilt is the reason for the season, and that means something is coming up: Winter Solstice. While the real one is on December 21 this year, you can still celebrate it early with your group before winter break. Find out about various secular holiday traditions with our Secular Solstice Event Guide!
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On Wednesday, December 30, your campus organizers, Gordon and Pete, will be doing a Facebook Live to go over your questions about group running. Can’t catch it at 1:00 pm EST? Email your questions ahead of time at organizer@secularstudents.org and you can watch us answer them later!
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Are these questions keeping you up at night about next semester: Do you know what your group will be doing? When is Darwin Day? When is Ask an Atheist Day? When is the next Affiliation Renewal? To find out, use our Academic Year Planning Calendar to plan your Spring Semester!
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