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2010 Columbia Leadership Summit


Update! Friday evenings reception and registration will be held at the Clarion Town House Hotel, Room 219! If you go to Russell House, you will be sad and lonely. Thanks!

Pastafarians at USCThe Secular Student Alliance will be holding the 2010 Columbia Leadership Summit on November 12-14, 2010. The summit will be hosted by the Pastafarians at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. This weekend session is a great opportunity for student leaders to fine-tune their group-running skills, meet other leaders from the area, network with local off-campus organizations, and have a great time!

Get Information On:
Travel Grants
Program & Schedule
Keynote Presentation
Maps & Directions

This leadership summit is open to all students, leaders and members of SSA affiliates, off-campus supporters and leaders, and SSA members. Registration rates start at just $39 for the weekend! Registration includes admission to all workshops and sessions, Saturday evening's keynote presentation, a reception on Friday evening, and coffee and donuts/bagels/pastries on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Registration Rates (register online!)

  • Student SSA Members: $39
  • Student Nonmembers: $79
  • Nonstudent SSA Members: $99
  • Nonstudent Nonmembers: $149

Join the SSA and save: www.secularstudents.org/join.

Register online!

Housing Information
Housing at the Columbia Leadership Summit will be at the Clarion Town House Hotel on the north edge of campus. This classy venue is just a few blocks from Russell House (the USC Student Union), where summit events will be held. Rooms for this event can be split up to four ways and are only $89/night when you make your reservation and mention the 'USC Pastafarians.' You need to make your own reservations by calling 803.771.8711 (locally) or 800.277.8711 (toll-free). You must have your rooms reserved by October 29th to access the discounted rates.

Travel Grants
We have travel grants available to help defray costs of travel and lodging for the summit. Travel grants are available in the amount of $100 and may be limited to one grant per affiliate group. Students receiving travel grants must be SSA members and must be registered for the conference. Checks must be picked up in person at the conference.

Students who receive a travel grant are required to complete a short write-up (500 words or so) about their experience at the conference. We must receive these essays within one month of the conference. These essays may be published in our electronic newsletter, on our website, or in publicity materials.

Apply for a Travel Grant at http://www.secularstudents.org/columbia/travelgrants.

Program & Schedule
The Columbia Leadership Summit runs from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon, 11/12/2010 - 11/14/2010. We're excited to have a great lineup of speakers including Kevin Roose, Dale McGowan, Cecil Bothwell, SSA staff and affiliate leaders from the southeastern U.S.!

Friday, November 12
7:00pm - 10:00pm
Registration and Reception - Clarion Town House Hotel Room 219
Saturday November 13th
Events in Russell House 315
Day-Of Registration in Russell House Begins: Enjoy Coffee and Donuts with the SSA Staff
10:30amCheating Death: Why Groups Die and How You Can Save Yours: Lyz Liddell, Secular Student Alliance Campus Organizer
11:00amHow to Become a Campus Fundraising Ninja: August Brunsman, Secular Student Alliance Executive Director
11:30amHow to Be a Media Pirate: Jesse Galef, Communications Director, Secular Student Alliance
12:00noonMaking Group Leadership Transitions Work: Andrew Cedardahl
12:30pm - 2:00pm
Lunch - on your own (see attached map)
2:00pmWhen Good Beliefs Go Bad: Barry Markovsky Ph.D. Professor of Sociology, USC
2:30pmCommunicating with Creationists: Matthew LaClair, SSA Board Member
3:00pmIntegrating Hearts and Minds: Rev. James B. Miller, Ph.D.
3:30pmPeer Problem Solving
4:30pmTo Hell With the Baby, but Look at that Bathwater: Dale McGowan, Executive Director, Foundation Beyond Belief
5:00pmPolitical Activism 101: Don Sutterfield, SSA Board Member
5:30pmBelief versus experience in the "War on Drugs": Cecil Bothwell, Asheville City Council
6:00pmGroup Photo - Steps of Russell House
6:15pm - 8:00pmDinner - on your own (see attached map)
8:00pm - 9:00pm
Keynote Address - Kevin Roose: Author of The Unlikely Disciple (Note: Keynote will be held in Gambrell Hall Room 153)
9:30pmAfter Conference Socializing
Sunday, November 14

Events in Russell House Room 315
10:00amCoffee and Donuts: Wake up with the SSA Staff before Day Two
10:30amBridging the Divide - Interfaith Cooperation and Service Projects: Nate Mauger, SSA Assistant Campus Organizer
11:00amReligious Sensitivity in the South and the Non-Theistic Response: Kelley Freeman, Pastafarians at USC
11:30am"Unintentional Discrimination": Michelle Cote, Vice President in the Society of Free Inquiry at Furman University
12:00noonNontheism Beyond College: The Broader Movement and What You Can Get From It: Frank Bellamy, Former President and Founder SSA at RPI
12:30pmCamp Quest South Carolina: How Can Students and Student Groups Get Involved?: Matt Dean, President Secular Humanists of the Low Country
1:00pmIFYC Training Summary: Lyz Liddell, SSA Director of Campus Organizing

Keynote Presentation
Kevin RooseKevin Roose, author of The Unlikely Disciple, will be speaking about his experiences as a transfer student at Liberty University. This presentation is being hosted by the Pastafarians at USC.

Q: What would happen if a student at one of America's most secular colleges spent a semester at Reverend Jerry Falwell's "Bible Boot Camp" for young evangelicals?

The Unlikely Disciple answers that question, following Brown University sophomore Kevin Roose during his semester as a new transfer student at Liberty University, the world's largest evangelical Christian college.

Hoping to connect with his conservative Christian peers, Roose leaps across the God Divide and embeds himself among Liberty's 10,000 undergraduates, who call themselves "Champions for Christ." At Liberty, he sings in Rev. Falwell's church choir, takes classes like Evangelism 101, and makes surprising discoveries about the true nature of America's culture war.

The chronicle of Roose's journey is timely, hilarious, and thought-provoking, and will inspire and entertain believers and non-believers alike.

Maps & Directions
Columbia, SC is accessible by bus, by air, and via three major interstates.

By Air: You'll be flying into the Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE). From there, you can either take public transit or a courtesy shuttle to campus. The Columbia Airport bus route (Route 28A) is $1.50 and runs several times per day. If you are staying at the Clarion Town House Hotel, you can ride their free courtesy shuttle (but please still tip your driver if you have luggage) by calling (803-771-8711).

By Train: Amtrak trains can be much cheaper and more comfortable than flying. The Amtrak station in Columbia is right next to campus, making it another easy-to-travel option.

By Bus: Greyhound buses travel to Columbia for reasonable rates: www.greyhound.com. Bonus: the bus station is only three blocks from the Clarion Town House Hotel!

By Car: We recommend the USC website for driving directions: http://www.sc.edu/visitorcenter/jsp/Public/visitor_directions.jsp

We've created a map of the leadership summit event locations, our hotel, and nearby restaurants and points of interest. If the map below doesn't load or you want to play around, you can view a larger map.

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Advertising with the SSA

The Secular Student Alliance offers unique advertising opportunities for freethought organizations, businesses and authors. We offer opportunities to table at our regional leadership summits, and have opportunities for full-page, full-color advertisements in the conference proceedings booklets distributed to all conference attendees.

Tables for this event are $75.00 for the full weekend, including one free "Exhibitor" registration to the event. You can reserve a table at the 2010 Columbia Leadership Summit through our online webform.

You may place a 8.5 x 11, full-color ad in our conference proceedings at one of three levels. Placing your ad in the proceedings for one regional leadership summit (Columbia or San Diego) is $50.00 - ideal for local off-campus organizations! You may place an ad in the proceedings for our Annual Conference in the summer of 2011 for $75.00. Or, you can place your ad in all three for a discounted rate of $100.00 - a great solution for authors, online businesses and national organizations. Reserve your ad space using our convenient webform!

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