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The Benefits of Joining the U.S. Marine Corps

10 Jan

Shane Stodghill is a former United States Marine who is currently using the earnings from his GI bill to help pay for an education at the University of Texas at Austin. Shane Stodghill previously attended the University of North Texas, where he studied political science and served as an Omega Delta Sigma national veteran fraternity recruitment officer.

One of the most common questions an individual has before joining any military branch is what kind of benefits are given. The United States Marine Corps provides a number of benefits that many Americans are struggling to obtain in a crowded job market. These benefits include complete medical and dental healthcare at zero cost, affordable life insurance, between 30 and 60 days of paid vacation every year, and tax advantages.

The Marine Corps also provides members with clearly defined, knowledge-based steps for advancing up the ranks and receiving important promotions. Similarly, marines are often provided choices when it comes to training and placement, allowing them to gain education and experience in fields that relate to their desired profession outside of the military. Finally, marines are supported in their higher learning efforts with the Montgomery GI Bill and additional tuition assistance.

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Libraries at the University of Texas at Austin

27 Dec

Shane Stodghill is a student at the University of Texas at Austin, where he studies government. Currently, Shane Stodghill also performs as a legislative aide with the Texas House of Representatives.

Established in 1883, the University of Texas at Austin is one of the largest institutions of higher learning in the country, providing education to students from more than 100 countries. In addition to offering high-level academic training, the university houses the fifth-largest academic library in the country with 17 buildings on campus, including several dedicated to American history. These include:

The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History: Students and researchers will find a wealth of books, newspapers, manuscripts, and more important historical documents at this library.

The Harry Ransom Center: Noted for holding the world’s first photograph, this library also stores the Watergate papers of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein and some of Norman Mailer’s personal writings.

The LBJ Library and Museum: More than 40 million documents on the career of President Lyndon B. Johnson can be found here.

Individuals can learn more about these libraries by taking a trip to the University of Texas at Austin.

National Society of Collegiate Scholars to Host ScholarCon 2014

20 Nov
A former personnel clerk with the United States Marine Corps at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) in Parris Island, North Carolina, Shane Stodghill is currently pursuing his bachelor of arts in government at the University of Texas at Austin. Previously, he studied political science at the University of North Texas in Denton. In recognition of his academic achievements, Shane Stodghill earned membership in the National Society of Collegiate Scholars in 2012.

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) recently announced the dates for ScholarCon 2014, which will be held July 24-27, 2014 in Orlando, Florida. Described as an “unconventional convention,” this event will unite the highest achievers in the country for four days of keynote speakers, Spark Sessions, and the opportunity to network and give back to the community. Speakers scheduled for ScholarCon 2014 include Jerry Greenfield, co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc.; Eric Kuhn, considered the first social media agent in Hollywood; and Grammy Award-winning singer and philanthropist, John Legend.

Established in 1994 at The George Washington University, the NSCS is a nonprofit organization that honors academic high achievers. A valuable resource for its members, NSCS provides career counseling, service and leadership opportunities, and annual scholarships.