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Omega Delta Sigma Helps Ease Transitions for Veterans

11 Sep

Former United States Marine Shane Stodghill is currently completing a bachelor’s degree in government at the University of Texas at Austin. In addition to his studies, Shane Stodghill has completed extensive volunteer work, some most notably with the Omega Delta Sigma National Veterans Fraternity.

The Omega Delta Sigma National Veterans Fraternity is a resource organization dedicated to assisting with the transition from military service to student life for servicemen and servicewomen. The organization established its first chapter at the University of Florida in 1999, with the second chapter established nine years later. This second chapter established Omega Delta Sigma as a statewide fraternity, paving the way for its subsequent national recognition.

Nowadays, Omega Delta Sigma not only maintains membership, but also fosters relationships with the educational institutions with which it is affiliated. This includes contributions to these universities and colleges, as well as the surrounding areas and communities that house members. Activities and events sponsored by the fraternity in the past include Toys for Tots drives, Veterans Day ceremonies, and tough mudder competitions.

To maintain membership in Omega Delta Sigma, members must sustain a minimum grade point average of 2.5, as well as complete a minimum of 10 community service hours each semester. Members are also required to pay national and chapter dues, as well as attend chapter meetings.


Cleaning Up Okinawa Beaches

21 Aug

As a legislative aide in the Texas House of Representatives, Shane Stodghill performs such duties as drafting and tracking correspondence from state representative Chris Turner’s constituents and researching legislation relating to veterans’ issues. A recent graduate from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in government, Shane Stodghill stays active in his community and as a former member of the United States Marine Corps. His extracurricular activities include participating in cleaning up the beaches of Okinawa, Japan.

A number of organizations, including OCEAN, Okinawa International Beach Club, and the United States Marine Corp participate in annual events to clean up the coastline in Okinawa. Organized coastal cleanup efforts represent an international challenge to remove debris from the world’s oceans.

In September of 2011, more than 30 Marines and sailors gathered at Konbu Beach in Uruma City, Okinawa. Volunteers attached to the 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division spent several hours cleaning and removing 30 bags of garbage from the beach. While cleaning, the volunteers separated the debris into piles of plastic, metals, recyclables, and other materials. The beach cleanup crew selected Konbu Beach because it is located close to stables where Marines also volunteer.