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This Week: Join The Rethink Prize Contest & Win Money!, Humanist Service Corps Taking Applications, Student Press Release Resource

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Join The Rethink Prize Contest & Win Money!

 

Lex Bayer and John Figdor, authors of the book Atheist Mind, Humanists Heart: Rewriting the Ten Commandments for the Twenty-first Century, are running the ReThink Prize contest. As part of the promotion for the book, they are asking members of the general public who identify as secular to submit ten top beliefs to live life by in the 21st century. Participants can also vote for their favorite beliefs of other contestants. Ten contestants with the best beliefs will win $1,000 each. All the rules for the contest can be seen on their page. Submission ends November 30th, so enter soon!

Want more chances to win money? The Openly Secular Remove Your Mask video contest (which also ends November 30th) is still going on!

Humanist Service Corps Taking Applications

Beginning in the summer of 2015, the Humanist Service Corps will support Songtaba and other Ghanaian human rights organizations working to restore dignity to women who have been accused of witchcraft and banished to "witch camps." Although the women are relatively safe from violence once they are in exile, the living conditions are deplorable. They do not have access to basic education and health care, and they are unaware of or are unable to exercise legal protections under Ghanaian and international laws.

Applications for this service trip end December 15th. Go to the Foundation Beyond Belief website for more information on this great opportunity.

Student Press Release Resource

If your group has a really cool event coming up, or you’ve done something noteworthy, not only should you Brag It Up to us, you should also send out a press release! Press releases can seem rather daunting, but no worries - we have an exceptionally comprehensive resource for you on how to write press releases. We even have a fill in the blank press release for you model your own after!

If you’re still stumped on how to write or send a press release, we also have a real live human being for you to talk to! Kelley Freeman is our Communications Associate and can answer any questions you have about media, proofread your press release, and get you local contacts you can send us your press release! Feel free to email her with any questions at communications@secularstudents.org.

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Members from Occam's Razors (at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville) tabling even when it's cold. Now that's dedication!

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Jason Heap

Jase (Jason) is the current applicant to become the first Humanist Chaplain in the history of the United States armed forces. After being away from America for nearly 15 years, he has recently returned to serve as the National Coordinator for the United Coalition of Reason, based in Washington, DC. Through his work with UnitedCoR, Jase nurtures nearly 80 local Coalitions of Reason, in addition to supporting nearly 800 cooperating and affiliated groups within these local coalitions.

Jase is a Humanist celebrant, a regular contributor to Humanist.com, and gives regular volunteer time to chaplaincy work with student organizations at major American and British universities.
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This Week: Remove Your Mask Deadline Extended!, American Atheists Scholarships Announced, Winter Celebrations

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Remove Your Mask Deadline Extended!

The deadline for the Remove Your Mask video contest has been extended to December 1st!

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 winners. There are separate student and non-student categories so feel free to tell your non-student friends about the contest with no added competition.

Videos featuring individuals and groups of two or more people are allowed, however all people must be 18 years or older. Don't let this opportunity pass you by! Win money simply by sharing your story with the world.

Check out the website for more information and to submit your video.

American Atheists Scholarships Announced

Each year, American Atheists awards three scholarships to recognize student activism: two $1,000 O'Hair Scholarships, four $500 President's Scholarships, and two $500 Chinn Scholarships for LGBT Atheist Activism. The 2015 Scholarship Application is available for download on their website. The scholarships will be presented at their 2015 National Convention in Memphis, TN. Winners will receive free convention admission.

Applications and essays are due February 1, 2015. Send your essay to scholarship@atheists.org.

Winter Celebrations

There are many ways secular winter holidays to observe. Check out the page on our website detailing a list of winter celebrations welcoming to secular people.

Want more? Openly Secular has a toolkit on being secular during the holidays and the American Humanist Association has a full calender year worth of secular holidays to check out. These are great resources so check them out!

Group Photo of the Week

Members from the Secular Student Alliance at the University of Texas at San Antonio and their beautiful lawnless GotG display!

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Lake Superior State University Secular Student Alliance
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Stephanie Guttormson

Stephanie joined the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science in March of 2013. She is a trans woman, living full time as her proper gender in Feb 2014 and began her medical transition in March 2014. Was the leader of an award winning student group at the Metropolitan State University of Denver that developed widely successful unique events such Food for Freethought and The Pseudoscience Fair. She also brought in notable names such as Michael Shermer and James Randi to speak on campus.
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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

Group Photo of the Week

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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