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FREE Swag (No, Really!) :: This Week

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This month, we’re being extra generous with additional and FREE surprise swag when you fill out your tabling supplies request! Think of what events your group can table at, such as a Student Organizations Fair or events hosted by other student organizations such as LGBT or Women’s Rights. Supplies can take up to two weeks to arrive, so plan accordingly!
When’s the last time to you spoke with your advisor? Reach out to them with an update on how the group is doing and your plans for the year. Remember your school may need them to fill out required paperwork for your group. Include them on any email lists and invite them to your weekly meetings, or even to speak at one! They’re a great contact to help resolve issues and reserving rooms or speakers at your school. Send your advisor to our advisors page dedicated just for them to learn about the resources we offer!
Have you thought of fun, creative, or more effective ways to recruit new students? Many students are looking for groups to join and new friends to make. Not everyone may be comfortable identifying with atheism, some may be purely skeptical. Check out our promotion page to learn more creative ways to gain new members!

University of Texas San Antonio Secular Student Alliance!

"If the public doesn't learn about atheists from us, then they will learn from the man preaching hellfire from the pulpit and on street corners. We need to take command of our image to stop it from being distorted more than it already has by preachers and victims of indoctrination. We're thoughtful, moral, and willing to give believers more patience and love than they often give to us. It's important that we show it."

Sean Omar Rivera

Sean Rivera, President of the SSA at University of Texas San Antonio, held a successful Hug An Atheist event with his group at the Alamo on August 3rd. Their goal was to inform the public about what being secular means and have productive conversation. Their event was even picked up by local news as well as the United Coalition of Reason! They had great support from the public, even conversing with people who hadn’t knowingly interacted with atheists before. Krystal Solano, one of the students at UTSA SSA, said that events like these help people “see us as a community in a new light”. They are planning on doing another Hug An Atheist day later this school year.

12 Days Left :: This Week

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This is THE LAST WEEK to register for SSA Con online! Yes, the very last week!

If you’ve been waiting, you should register for SSA Con!

If you figured you’d register at the door, save yourself the hassle and cost by registering today online!

That’s pretty much it: REGISTER FOR SSA CON TODAY!

No __, no shoes, no service :: This Week

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SSA Con is an event to remember, and one of the best ways to remember it is with a t-shirt! Printouts will be filled and pens will be lost, but a shirt is something you’ll be able to carry with you for years! Why, just look at this handsome fellow in his 2015 shirt at the Reason Rally!

But this is the last week to order SSA Con 2016 t-shirts! We don’t order many extra, so pre-ordering one is the only way to guarantee you leave the Con with this most special souvenir. Plus, pre-ordered t-shirts are $5 less than the ones you’ll get at the table, and you’ll know for sure we have your size!

Register your group for SSA Con today by selecting the Group Package Plus to pre-order your group’s t-shirts today!

  

4 weeks until SSA Con! Some last minute things for you :: This Week

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During SSA Con, we do everything we can to make the entire weekend as fun, safe, and accommodating an experience as we can. That’s why we have a set of SSA Con policies for the protection of our attendees and continued good standing with our host site. Please review our Code of Conduct and help ensure that no one has a bad time.
As soon as people arrive at SSA Con and check in at The Ohio State Student Union, we always get this question: “so where are the dorms?” Park-Stradley Hall. Look it up, and save it on your phone. However, you check in at the desk at Smith-Steeb Hall starting at 3pm on Friday. If you are arriving Thursday, and have paid for the extra night, then you may check in on Thursday after 3 PM. There are provided sheets, towels, and a pillow, but you can bring extra if you want.
How do I get my travel aid check? Will t-shirts be on sale? How does parking work? Quick answers: At the SSA Table on Sunday! Yes, but you should pre-order one during registration! There is a garage by the Union or meters on the street! For all your other questions, check out our SSA Con Frequently Asked Questions!

Everyone at the Reason Rally!!

"There were so many students who came up to me raving about the Secular Student Alliance. That really showed me how important having these groups are, and their power to bring strangers together and form lasting bonds! I was continually impressed by their stories, and was glad the Rally gave them an opportunity to come together!"

Lyz Liddell, Reason Rally Executive Director

We saw so many students at the Reason Rally! Some even came from as far away as California! Not only were we amazed at how many showed up, by how many were there as an SSA group! Each student there embodied the spirit of the Reason Rally, and your stories from throughout the year impressed every person that stopped by our table for a free goodie bag. If you attended the Reason Rally, let us know about your experience!

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