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This Week: Remove Your Mask, Project Interfaith 2015 Internships, Secular Startup

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Remove Your Mask

Starting November 1st, Openly Secular is accepting entries for a #RemoveYourMask Video Contest! There are two categories - students and non-students. Submit your video by 11:59 PM EST on November 15th to be in the running to win!

There is a total of $3,000 in prizes! First place winners will win $1,000, second place winners will win $200, and there are three $100 prizes for runner up non-student winners, plus the same prizes are available separately to students!

Check out the website and this promo video from Seth Andrews for more information and to submit your video

Project Interfaith 2015 Internships

Our friends at Project Interfaith seek several motivated interns for spring semester 2014. The first 4 months are unpaid but if they choose to keep you another 4 months, you will be paid a stipend. These internships are perfect for college students, and those interested in getting non-profit or professional interfaith experience. Click on the corresponding links below for more information.

  1. Program Intern - This intern will assist the Training and Outreach Associate with various aspects of programming, including online programs and products, program planning and development, outreach support, and training logistics.
  2. Development Intern - This intern will expand development efforts to meet increasing funding needs for a non-profit.
  3. Communications Intern - This intern will focus on building social media, website and outreach efforts, which in turn will build a strong base of different types of supporters including members, students, donors, watchers, supporters and champions within the community.

You can always find more job, internship and volunteer opportunities at our jobs page.

Secular Startup

Gordon Maples and Kelley Freeman are both alumni of successful Secular Student Alliance affiliates. They've both spent time as SSA volunteers and current staff. Along the way, they've picked up some useful leadership skills. As an effort to help other groups and new leaders, they've started the Secular Start Up vlog. They have live videos more or less every week during the school year (ideally) and do exciting things like take questions from people watching. They also keep all the past videos there so you can watch them any time. Feel free to subscribe to their

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the Secular Student Alliance at University of Michigan - Dearborn sets up their Graveyard of the Gods display!

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Columbia Atheist and Agnostic Student Society
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Johnny Brothernton

“Jonny” Brotherton is the founder of Atheist Analysis. He actively host 2 live shows, produces original video content, and writes for the Atheist Analysis blog. Jonny comes from a southern Baptist background, a Sunday, Monday, Wednesday born again Christian with several outreach organizations and foreign mission trips under his belt. He was employed with the largest megachurch in the southeast as a video producer working in the missions department. Jonny’s education comes from studying Entertainment Technology and Marketing Management in college and a discerning role at one of the largest technology companies worldwide. Becoming an atheist only years ago, and the only atheist in his family, his parents continue to run overseas mission trips full time to some of the most hostile places for Christians. Husband, Father of 2, and recently announced baby on the way, Jonny takes family very seriously, second to that is his active A theism.
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This Week: SSA Seeks Student Programs Specialist, Leadership Transition Planning, Hug an Atheist

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SSA Seeks Student Programs Specialist

The Secular Student Alliance is seeking a Student Programs Specialist. This position focuses on developing and delivering services and resources to SSA’s individual student members, programs that normalize secular student identity (including Secular Safe Zone and Openly Secular), alumni support, and other programs that focus on secular students as individuals. Unlike most SSA campus organizing positions, this position does not involve working with affiliated campus groups, and instead focuses on support for individual students, including the role of Secular Safe Zone Coordinator.

This is a full-time position (40 hours/week) with some of those hours on nights and weekends.  This position reports directly to the Director of Campus Organizing. While this position is based in our Columbus, Ohio offices, we may consider delayed relocation or other accommodations for exceptional candidates.

To apply for this position, please send the materials found on the bottom of this page to hr.co@secularstudents.org by 11/9/2014. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Find more opportunities to break into the movement. Visit our jobs page!

Leadership Transition Planning

Winter break is upon academia and soon the New Year will follow and the next school term. It is important to plan ahead to elect or appoint new leaders for the group if necessary. Leadership transitioning, or having a plan in place for new leaders, is the number one thing you can do to keep your group alive - so read our resources on all things leadership to make sure you combat the #1 cause of group death.

Hug an Atheist

You want an easy and free way to show your group a film about atheism in the US? Need a quick event idea? Groups can borrow the film Hug an Atheist from SSA national for free, with screening rights! You can show the film in any of these three ways: as part of a meeting, a public event on campus or invite the community to a larger event.  Details on how all this works can be found on our website!

Group Photo of the Week

Member from the University of Nebraska at Omaha Secular Student Alliance preparing a response to campus preachers.

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Many SSA groups are participating in Graveyard of the Gods events. If your group is participating make sure to send us your awesome pictures!!
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Lamar University Secular Student Alliance
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Kate Donovan

Kate is pursuing her Masters in Social Work, and wants to be a therapist. When she was in high school she sat in on a college psychology class for fun, and has been reading and writing and studying it ever since.

Kate grew up believing in alternative medicine, but now spends her time making skeptical faces at it. She has worked for the Secular Student Alliance since June 2013, and was the president of her university's SSA affiliate group.

When she's not picking out couches for her future office, Kate likes bad puns, reading psychometrics research, and knitting.
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This Week: Last Chance to Order GotG Materials!, Interfaith Youth Core Looking for Student Leaders, Carl Sagan Day

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Last Chance to Order GotG Materials!

This is the last chance to order Graveyard of the Gods materials from us in time for the week of Halloween! You can request the tombstone prints by emailing Nick Stancato. Be sure to let Nick know which group you are representing.

Don't forget about our page that features everything your group will need to put on a Graveyard of the Gods event. Send us photos by emailing photos@secularstudents.org and if your event is truly successful, remember to Brag It Up! Remember that photos sent to SSA may be used in our publications.

If you're sending a press release to your local media, or need help finding media contacts, or have questions about press releases, email communications@secularstudents.org for help!

Interfaith Youth Core Looking for Student Leaders

Our friends at The Interfaith Youth Core are looking for student leaders to be a part of their National Leadership Team (NLT).

Members of the NLT will work on IFYC's Better Together Campaign and the overall Voice - Engage - Act model. If you are passionate about interfaith you should apply. A FAQ can be found on their website. Applications are due by October 30th.

Carl Sagan Day

Carl Sagan Day is Nov. 9th! Past events to honor the world renowed scientist have included Secular Humanism, Inquiry and Freethought (SHIFT) & SSA at Northwestern University. Sagan is famous for his Cosmos television series and many works contributing to our understanding of the universe. You could host a party (with apple pie) or watch one of his remixed autotuned videos.

Group Photo of the Week

Members from the The College of New Jersey Secular Student Alliance at their "Guess The Famous Atheist" table.

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Secular Student Alliance at Normandale Community College
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Featured Speaker
Thea Dely

Thea Deley clearly remembers the beginning of the end of her Christianity. It happened in college, when she and her boyfriend from Bible Study were dry humping. Suddenly a hairdryer in the next room inexplicably turned itself on. Her boyfriend flung her off his twin bed, fell to his knees, and said, “It’s a message from God! Don’t have sex!”

Thea captures this moment and many others from her religious past in her comedy show, “Jesus Loves You! (But Hates Me).” Throw in a pew’s worth of impersonations, a Jesus puppet, Mary’s first orgasm, a public stoning, and Voila! You’ll understand why she went from believer to blasphemer.
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This Week: Affiliation Renewal Due Soon!, Custom Facebook URL, Secular Coalition For America Internships

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Affiliation Renewal Due Soon!

Have you filled out an affiliation renewal form yet? All of our affiliates need to have a form submitted by the end of October 21st, or they risk losing SSA affiliation and all of the services and resources that come with it!

The form should only take 10-15 minutes to fill out. It is tremendously valuable for us on the SSA staff and allows us to see how we can better serve you.

Custom Facebook URL

If you are using Facebook as your group's main web presence, consider creating a custom URL. The custom URL option is available for both Facebook pages and groups. To create a custom URL in your group or page all you have to do is set up an email for the page or group. We highly encourage the use of group/page email even if you never use it. Creating a group email will provide a custom URL and will help people searching for the group find it easily. A tutorial on how to create a group email can found here. Keep in mind this option is only available for a one time use!

Want more nifty ideas on how to tailor your group's social media? Find ideas and tips on our social media and everything Facebook!.

Secular Coalition For America Internships

Want to work for the Secular Coalition for America in Washington D.C.? Get your foot in the door through their Spring 2015 Intership Program! The internship is unpaid and will generally run from Monday, January 5, 2014 through Friday, May 15, 2015 (dates are flexible). Interns must be available a minimum of 10 hours per week between 10 am and 6 pm, on a schedule to be set in coordination with the intern’s class schedule. Occasional weekend and evening hours may be expected. Transportation costs to and from Washington, D.C. will not be provided.

To apply, submit a resume and cover letter to Dan@secular.org by January 16, 2015. There are five positions available.

Keep in mind there are ways to get funding for unpaid internships so long as you secure them (epecially in the D.C. area). Check out some methods from the Huffington Post! Schools will usually have a department or center that will help provide funding for unpaid internships. Do a little research!

Group Photo of the Week

Members from University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma Secular Student Alliance participate in their first ever bake sale.

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Apex High School Secular Club
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Featured Speaker
Evan Clark

Evan Clark is the Vice Chair of the Secular Student Alliance Board of Directors and founder of the Humanist Community of Ventura County. He also is the founder of Spectrum Experience LLC, a brand consulting firm that helps socially conscious organizations, communities, and campaigns succeed.

As a student, Evan founded the Secular Student Alliance at California Lutheran University. This was the first SSA affiliate on a religious campus in America. He also was elected Student Body President (the first open atheist to ever hold the position) and served on the university Board of Regents.
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