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SkepTech 2013 (Presented by CASH & SSA@SCSU)

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In April 2013, Campus Atheists Skeptics and Humanists at the University of Minnesota and the Secular Student Alliance at St. Cloud State University was able to host SkepTech 2013 thanks to multi-speaker event funding from the national SSA. This article summarizes the experiences of that event for the group.

The execution of this event was extremely coordinated and almost everything went smoothly. We had a number of cool ideas that really panned out, including a twitter wall and making presentations available online.

SSA Funding allowed us to pay for audiovisual equipment and technicians, to pay for conference design materials and labor, and to bring in additional speakers. If we did not have SSA funding we would have either been over budget, or we would have had to make significant cuts that would have detracted from the both the content presented at the conference, and from the publicity it received. The SSA’s support was essential for our project. 

The conference set and achieved a number of goals which were presented in the “About us” section of our website:

1) What is SkepTech?

SkepTech is a mix of two words “Skepticism” (A disposition of systematic doubt) and “Technology” (The practical application of knowledge).

Reason on the Bayou (Presented by Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics at LSU)

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In April 2013, Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics at LSU was able to host Reason on the Bayou thanks to Multi-Speaker Event Funding from the national SSA. This article summarizes the experiences of that event for the group. This group also received our Award for Outstanding Activism for their accomplishment. 

Approximately 130 people made it out to the LSU Union Ballroom on Sunday, April 14. They were there for Reason on the Bayou, Louisiana’s first ever secular rally. As the attendees filed in, they were welcomed by an exquisite performance from The Jazz Souls. Indeed, the good vibes provided by the music augmented the warmth felt by those who had never seen so many likeminded individuals before. The event officially commenced shortly after the band stopped playing. 

The first two speakers focused on the secular movement itself. The president of Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics at LSU, Chad Thibodeaux, gave an opening address explaining the purpose of the event and its significance for the state. Gordon Maples followed him with a speech about the state of the movement in the region and in the country at large. He observed that our numbers are growing, and new groups are popping up all over the country. 

SSA Week 2013!

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Thank you to everyone who contributed during SSA Week 2013!  We are both excited and humbled by the enthusiastic response from the community.

We deeply appreciate all of you who made this week possible.  You were the bloggers and artists who promoted us in writing and in art, the supporters who made special financial contributions during this week, and the student leaders (for whom we exist!) spreading reason across campuses nationwide.

With the Jeff Hawkins and Janet Strauss match, SSA Week 2013 raised over $50,000 for secular students!  We're excited that many of our SSA Week 2013 supporters are now giving monthly.  In fact, the supporter making the largest monthly pledge in our history joined us during SSA Week 2013!

Members of Secular Student Alliance at Florida International University Brag It Up!

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SSA affiliates and members are doing awesome stuff on their campus all the time.  We brag about their work here on our website through the Brag It Up series.  If you or your affiliate group has done something awesome, Brag It Up!

Secular Student Alliance at Florida International University tabling next to Catholic Panthers during a debate on reason and religion.

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