An Interview with Professor Michael J. Berntsen — Faculty Advisor, University of North Carolina at Pembroke SSA — Part 1

By Scott Douglas Jacobsen Was there a background in secularism for you? What were some seminal developmental events and realizations in personal life regarding it? Berntsen: While I spent my early teenage years as an active youth leader for St. Cecilia Church in Rockaway, NJ, I started questioning religion once a … Continue reading

An Interview with David McGinness — SSA President, California State University San Marcos

  By Scott Douglas Jacobsen Scott Douglas Jacobsen: What is your family background — geography, culture, language, religion/irreligion, and education? David McGinness: Good Morning, Scott: For the most part, I was raised Catholic because of my mother. My sister and I would attend Sunday school, the family would go to church … Continue reading

An Interview with Cayman Travis Gardner — President, University of North Alabama SSA

  By Scott Douglas Jacobsen Scott Douglas Jacobsen: What is family background — geography, culture, language, religion/irreligion, and education? Cayman Travis Gardner: Family background is where one derives a majority of their childhood moral compass. Depending of where in the country one grew up in, (Bible belt vs. northern states) they … Continue reading

An Interview with Kaeleigh Pontif — President, Yuba Community College SSA

  By Scott Douglas Jacobsen Scott Douglas Jacobsen: What is family background — geography, culture, language, religion/irreligion, and education? Kaeleigh Pontif: I was born and raised in Houma, Louisiana. As you can imagine, growing up in the southern bible belt has a certain set of challenges. The south takes cultural preservation … Continue reading

An Interview with Wade King — President, SSA of Clemson

Scott Douglas Jacobsen: What is family background — geography, culture, language, religion/irreligion, and education? Wade King: I grew up in Greenwood, South Carolina, a medium-sized town surrounded by even smaller towns. Most of my family came from more rural areas of the country, such as Estes Park, Colorado. Most would say … Continue reading

An Interview with Karma Alvey — Internal Relation Officer, SSA at Southeast Missouri State University

  By Scott Douglas Jacobsen Scott Douglas Jacobsen: What is your family background — geography, culture, language, religion/irreligion, and education? Karma Alvey: I was raised in rural Southern Illinois in a highly Christian, Conservative, and Poverty Stricken area. My family went to a Presbyterian church for a while, and we occasionally attended … Continue reading

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