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This Week: The Unstoppable Secular Student Alliance!

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Mission Accomplished

Our annual conference was a complete success! A big thank you to all the students, volunteers, speakers, members and supporters for helping the SSA succeed! Despite derecho level storms, power outages, heat waves, and other unexpected twists last week, everything turned out well in the end.  We had about 300 attendees coming together and being empowered to become leaders in the secular movement. Together, we are a juggernaut of secular awesome.

Did you miss the conference? Well, there is always next year! We will have information about our 2013 conference early next year, so keep an eye out.

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Students and activists from all across the country at our SSA 2012 Annual Conference!

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Notice: Our website has recently come under attack! Functionality has been restored and security measures quickly put in place. The juggernaut can not be stopped!

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This Week: SSA 2012 Annual Conference, Omni-Funding, Foundation Beyond Belief Internships

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SSA 2012 Annual Conference

Notice: Online registration is now closed. We are letting extra late comers register at the door - day to day. Day registrations are $25 bucks each. We cannot guarantee catering options if you use this option.

Excited for our annual conference? The fun festive extravaganza starts in just a few short days! July 6th will be the largest gathering of secular students in the country. Hundreds have registered this year and those attending will not be disappointed at all the things we have planned ! Take a look at our conference schedule where you can take a gander at what activities we'll be up to. If you're going to be there, be sure to RSVP on Facebook!

Omni-Funding

 

We now have funding available specifically for student-led conferences and conventions. We have simplified the funding process to make it easier for your group to get funding and we have given you access to greater funding if needed. We offer it as a loan or as a grant, with loans available to offer more money in order to help facilitate the event. For more information, please check out our conference planning page and if you still have any questions, feel free to email Nick at [email protected]

Foundation Beyond Belief Internships

 Foundation Beyond Belief, a humanist charitable organization, seeks four disciplined, highly motivated interns for a five-month period beginning August 1, 2012. Work is done virtually and total hours are about 8 per week. These are volunteer positions, they are not paid. Desirable characteristics include:

  • Self-discipline, self-direction, reliability
  • High personal motivation and perseverance
  • Enthusiasm for and commitment to the Foundation's mission and approach
  • Demonstrated familiarity/involvement with freethought community
  • Clear written communication skills
  • Creative problem-solving abilities

To apply, send the following to Noelle George, Intern Program Coordinator, by July 23, 2012.

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Members from Secular Student Alliance at Texas State at Texas State University showin' their SSA pride.

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Important Notice: You may have heard of derecho wreaking havoc to the mid-atlantic region in the news. Because of the storms, the office is out of commission until further notice. Our work phones are inoperable, so be sure to contact us by email. Also we won't be able to send out any mail or packages until power is restored. Please be patient with us during this time.
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Australian author and blogger Edward Falzon is promoting his new satirical book, Women should Shut Up and Listen. He will be in the U.S. from July 2012 to February 2013 for a book tour. If you want him to come speak at your school, contact Nick. Check here to see if and when he will be in your area.

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Rev. Jonathon Weyer
Jonathan founded  a campus discussion group, The Thomas Society, at The Ohio State University. This group focused on dialogue between Christians and atheists. Such discussions prompted the university to award The Thomas Society and SSA at OSU with a Multicultural Award. Because of this work, the national Secular Student Alliance asked him to be on their speaker’s bureau, the only Christian minister to hold this distinction.
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This Week: SSA 2012 Annual Conference, Scholarships for 2013, Best Award Recipients

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SSA 2012 Annual Conference

Notice: Registration officially closes July 1st so this is the last week to register.

Our annual conference is two weeks away! Some quick updates: we are no longer taking orders for conference T-shirts and July 1st is also the last day to reserve housing (along with registration). The conference schedule is up so you can take a gander at what activities we'll be up to. Registration for student members is still only $50 (get free student membership). Housing rates are $54 for a private room and $21 per person for a shared room of 4. We have reached our budget for Leadership Travel Aid but you can still register and make it out in time. Learn more at the conference webpage and join us July 6th! Also if you're going make it be sure to RSVP on Facebook!

Our interactive conference book is available for download on pdf! Check it out!

Scholarships for 2013AA

The Secular Student Alliance does not endorse the National Atheist Party

The deadline for Freedom From Religion Scholarships may have ended but there are still scholarships open for 2013! First the National Atheist Party has four new scholarships for secular students: two for high school students and two for college students. They are all valued at $1,000. To be eligible students must be pursuing an education in research/applied sciences or demonstrate secular activism. The submission deadline for college students is November 1st 2012 and the deadline for high school students is March 1st 2013. For more information check out the NAP scholarships page.

Next we have American Atheists Annual Founder's Scholarship. If you have a demonstrated record for activism in atheism this scholarship is available to you. The scholarship is $2,000 for first place and $1,000 for the runner up. The Founder's scholarship is open to students currently enrolled in a university and to high school seniors who will be attending college next year. To apply, you must email AJ Johnson and ask for an application or you may call them at (908) 276-7300. The deadline for this scholarship is January 31st 2013. For more information go to AA's scholarship page. For more info on scholarships for secular students in general keep an eye out for our scholarships page.

Best Award Recipients

The winners of the 2012 best awards can be found below. If you see your name or group listed here, make sure to make it out for our conference as that's where awards and winnings will be presented.

Best Educator
Presented To
Atheists, Humanists, & Agnostics
@ University of Wisconsin - Madison
Best Service
Presented To
The Illini Secular Student Alliance
Best Activist
Presented To
Atheist Agenda
at The University of Texas at San Antonio
Best Community
Presented To
Alabama Atheists & Agnostics
at University of Alabama
Best Active Alumni
Presented To
Joshua Deaton
Atheists, Agnostics, and Skeptics
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Best Advisor
Presented To
Amy Young
Secular Student Alliance
at Central College
Best Individual Activist
Collegiate
Presented To
Amanda Brown
Best Individual Activist
High School
Presented To
Max Nielson
Collegiate Affiliate of the Year
Presented To
Secular Student Alliance at UNLV
High School Affiliate of the Year
Presented To
Secular Student Alliance at Smithson Valley
Freethought Backbone Award
Presented To
Annie Laurie Gaylor
In Recognition of Exceptional and
Enduring Commitment to Our Movement
 

 Congratulations to all our winners!

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Members from University of Mississippi Secular Student Alliance doing some serious tabling.

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The application deadline for a web manager position at Americans United for Separation of Church and State ends July 1st. Last chance to apply!

Shelly Segal is a singer-songwriter and a secular activist. She is having a tour around the country and would love to speak at your campus during the fall. If interested, contact Nick and he will get you set up with her. Check here to see tour dates and areas.

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a philosopher who is an authority on evolution, ethics, critical thinking, and more. He can speak on a wide range of topics of interest to student groups
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This Week: SSA 2012 Annual Conference, Group Running Guide Survey, Secular Coalition for America State Chapters

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SSA 2012 Annual Conference

Our annual conference is a just several weeks away! Join us for an awesome lineup of speakers found here! Our conference schedule is also online. Early registration rates ended yesterday. Registration for student members now costs $50 (get free student membership). Housing rates have stayed the same at $54 for a private room and $21 per person for a shared room of 4. We're no longer accepting applications for Leadership Travel Aid but you can still register and make it out in time. Learn more at the conference webpage and join us July 6th!

This is the last week we will be taking t-shirt orders so order your t-shirt by June 24th (shirt orders are made during registration).

Group Running Guide Survey

We are updating our Group Running Guide for the new generation of students. It's the fourth edition! A lot of student leaders lent their support by completing a Group Running Guide Survey last week but we could still use your help! We need current and former student group leaders to offer us advice on what to include in the new Group Running Guide to help keep the guide updated. If you could give us a small part of your day to fill out the survey (it takes 10 minutes or so) you'll be helping the SSA and secular students everywhere! Also, please pass the survey along to other group leaders in your network. We want to get as many suggestions as possible.

Secular Coalition for America State Chapters

The Secular Coalition for America, one of our partnering organizations, is expanding to the state level. In an effort to combat egregious violation of church & state at the non-federal level, (and since there are so many) the SCA has launched state chapters. The mission of the Secular Coalition for America is to increase the visibility of and respect for non-theistic viewpoints in the United States, and to protect and strengthen the secular character of our government as the best guarantee of freedom for all.

 For more information on state chapters and when there will be a state conference call for your state, check here. Also sign up for their custom emails.

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Members from Secular Student Alliance at SUNY Cortland at the Reason Rally.

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For those groups participating in the Light the Night effort, there is even more incentive to raise money for the cause. LLS and resturant.com are teaming up to provide groups free meals at various dining locations. If your group raised $250 or more between July 1st and August 31st, you will receive a free coupon code. More details here!

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Wesley Cray
Wesley Cray is a PHD candidate in Philosophy at The Ohio State University. His co-taught debate style class, on the existence of God, produced quite a bit of media attention.
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