BATON ROUGE – Jason Shaw, an academic advisor at the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletics (CCACSA), recently participated in the 2013 Eastern Recruiting Region Educators' and Key Leaders' Workshop hosted by the Marine Corps Recruiting Command (MCRC).
“Having the opportunity to participate in the Marine Officer training workshop was both an enlightening and humbling experience,” Shaw said. “Witnessing first-hand the intense training, dedication, leadership and sacrifice that goes into training our Marine Officers in their effort to serve and protect our countries rights and freedoms as well as those around the globe evoked a strong sense of pride and gratitude. I hope to incorporate what I have learned from this unique experience into my professional interactions with both university personnel and student athletes alike.”
The five-day workshop highlights the education and training men and women undergo to become Marine Officers capable of leading Marines in combat.
During his time with the MCRC, Shaw learned combat leadership skills while practicing patrolling with lieutenants. He viewed a sunset parade at the Marine War Memorial in Washington, D.C. in addition to getting the opportunity to tour Marine Helicopter Squadron 1 (HMX-1), the president’s squadron. Shaw also partook in training at the Officer Candidates School among other events.
Shaw’s participation marked the second consecutive year that LSU’s CCACSA has had a member of its staff attend the MCRC event. Matt Dahlke, another CCACSA academic advisor, attended the 2012 MCRC workshop.
Shaw was nominated by Walt Holliday, LSU’s CCACSA Director of Academic Affairs, to participate in the Eastern Recruiting Region Educators' and Key Leaders' Workshop
“We are always looking for ways to enhance our life skills programming,” Holliday said. “This was a perfect opportunity for Jason to not only represent LSU but to gain valuable training in leadership and character building which he will be able to share with our coaches, administrators and student athletes.”