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Monday, March 20, 2006

US Military? Illinois? Get Your MBA FREE!!!

This is not a scam, I'm not on the take, and yes the title is true! If you want to get your MBA but have been hemmin'-N-hawin' about the cost, or the time, or which school, the answer is right here!: University of Illinois!

I was contacted by the Assistant Dean at the University of Illinois, Mr. Robert van der Hooning. They are actively recruiting for candidates to receive a FREE RIDE MBA! And, this offer is for US Military personnel. And, no, not from just today's active duty ranks but from Guard and Reserves as well. There is one hitch (uh-huh, you had that in the back of your head) and it is a small one: you must have been a resident of Illinois during your tour. That means you had to have lived in Illinois (like, you know, the IRS can find you in Illinois via an actual address!) six months prior and six months after your duty/tour.

Now, that really isn't a big deal, right?! That is YOUR BIGGEST OBSTACLE to getting an MBA! And, you don't have to pay for the MBA, it is already covered. Get it? Someone's got your six if you can say you had six-before and six-after!

Helll-oooo ... are you there ... ??? :)

Here is a link that provides the background on this program:

Illinois Veteran Grant (IVG) Program

Here is the quick version of eligibility:

To be a qualified applicant, you must:
  • Have served at least one year of federal active duty service in the Armed Forces of the United States, unless you:
  • served in a foreign country in a time of hostilities in that country, or
  • were medically discharged and the medical reason for discharge was service related, or
  • were discharged prior to August 11, 1967.
  • Have received an honorable discharge for each period of federal active duty service, and/or be honorably serving.
  • Not be a member of the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC).
  • Have resided in Illinois within six months before entering federal active duty service or within six months prior to entering the service.
  • Have returned or plan to return to Illinois within six months after leaving federal active duty service unless you are residing with a spouse in continued military service and establish or plan to establish Illinois residency within six months of his/her leaving federal active duty service.
  • Be enrolled at an Illinois public 2 or 4 year college.
  • Reside in Illinois unless you are serving federal active duty service at the time of enrollment in college or residing with a spouse in continued military service who is currently stationed outside of Illinois.
  • Not be in default on any student loan, nor owe a refund on any state or federal grant.
  • Maintain the minimum grade point average (GPA) required by your college.
If you are currently serving in the Illinois National Guard you may also be eligible for the Illinois National Guard Grant Program.

If you receive benefits from the IVG Program while serving federal active duty service, upon discharge you will be required to verify that your service has been characterized as honorable.

Now some of you may be asking, "But, isn't this a statewide program?"

Yeah, but I was contacted directly to help spread the word, by two very dedicated gentlemen looking to help our brave fighting men and women. I believe that the University of Illinois deserves the bulk of this post for that alone. It took a cold call to me, a short conversation, and some exchanging of LinkedIn connecting to seal the deal. No other college or university has done that with me, until now. Lion's share goes to the one to execute and follow through.

Ya know the saying, "To the victor goes the spoils."

I have all the contact information for the Assistant Dean, Mr. Robert van der Hooning. I've provided his name in case you already have contact information for the university. Since web-bots are disgusting and snag e-mail addresses out of blog content, I'll refrain from dropping his e-mail in this post. Please contact me directly and I'll get you alllll the info!

Oh, the other reason University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign is gettin' all the press here is because my heart has two special places for this effort: this program helps all US Military personnel and my best friend growing up is an Illini.

My best friend, in 7th Grade, was taking advanced courses at Cal Berkeley during the regular school year as well on his summer vacation. And, to top it all off, he was holding down a job working at Lawrence Livermore Lab during the summer months. Yeah, during middle school he was far beyond folks actively enrolled as freshmen at Cal. He went on to get tons of offers after he graduated Cal - he went to U of I in Urbana/Champaign.

His field, you might ask? Nuclear Astrophysics. No small feat, wouldn't ya say? :)

I remember the day I was in the Reserves and went to visit him at U of I. He took me to his lab where he had a "small" program running on the Cray. It wasn't too complex, he said, just begins with the formation of a small planetary body from particulate matter in space, drawn together. After years that I cannot count on fingers and toes, the body that he had formed, a star, then goes through the "death cycle" to final implosion. No biggie, we just need to come back and check all is well later after dinner and a few beers.

Found out later, he kinda "whacked" the Cray with his analysis and needed to schedule a new run. Seems the Cray had a little trouble with, time and space? :) Or, maybe it was fact that the heat coefficient function was too aggressive - I forget. One Cray down, two more to go! (I think they had three back then, I need to check on that)

Well, get on over and make yourself an Illini! You sacrificed your time and put your life on the line, the Great State of Illinois wants to pay you back. And, from my seat here in front of my computer, the University of Illinois should be your first stop!

(sorry Illini - I hunted all over the UIUC for a column!
I "borrowed" and "modified" to get this one)

Stay Tuned to ...


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At 6/16/2006 08:21:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 12/14/2007 11:57:00 AM, Anonymous Dan said...

Pat Quinn pens the Mitchell report on cheating and discrimination at U of I. Truth eventually finds the light of day, doesn’t it?

Students cheat on papers and tests. Athletes use steroids. Politicians lie. University of Illinois deans cheat by changing admissions procedures to discriminate against veterans. What is the difference? Who cares? Everybody does it, right?

Now Univ of Illinois gets caught and it’s out in the open. All those denials and now you get busted.

Univ of Illinois – you get an asterisk for cheating in my book.

I wonder if anyone will have the guts to clean house in Champaign.

See http://marathonpundit.blogspot.com/2007_11_01_archive.html

At 12/20/2007 10:33:00 AM, Anonymous Juan said...

This military scholarship scandal reveals a cesspool of cheating, discrimination and unethical behavior at University of Illinois – not by students or athletes – but by a Dean, President and Board of Trustees. These are the grown ups in charge, right? I tell my kids to play by the rules, don’t call people names, and never to cheat. Oh, but this does not apply to the so-called grown ups running University of Illinois that supposedly take care of our kids.

They call veterans jarheads and their professors high-priced hookers. They change admissions procedures to target veterans and break their promise. They let in full-paying civilians not on scholarship instead of those men and women that served their country. They lie to a Lt. Governor and US Congressman with impunity. They cover for their friends and give them $300,000 jobs. This is our PUBLIC University paid for with taxpayers’ money? Aren’t these the same people that got rid of the Chief because they wanted to be “sensitive” to certain groups? Well what about the men and women who fought and died for our country? Do they get your respect, too?

At 12/20/2007 10:50:00 AM, Blogger LinkedInUSAF Founder said...

Juan - don't take pot-shots at MY RESPECT FOR THE MEN AND WOMEN IN THE MILITARY!!!

You dolt, you don't know me at all, and if you look AT THE DATE ON THIS FRIGGIN' POST, you'd see that it is almost 2 YEARS OLD!!!

Sheesh, no one knew this was going on then, and now they do. So, gimme some slack.

I served too. Don't EVEN get on my back.

At 3/01/2008 01:59:00 PM, Blogger Gerald said...

Wow this is interesting. All of University of Illinois’ internal files - documents, emails, letters and photographs - on the military scholarship scandal are available on the internet now that show exactly what happened in their own words before the mess went public. Here are the links to the documents:

http://uploadline.com/files/1617608/Vets_Education_and_U_of_I.pdf.html - dossier 80 pages as a pdf file
http://uploadline.com/files/4750433/veterans_lawsuit_30_exhibits.pdf.html - vet lawsuit (includes actual documents from U of I)
http://uploadline.com/files/9239834/u_of_i_lawsuit_response.pdf.html - u of I lawsuit response (read if you can’t sleep)
http://uploadline.com/files/4330813/Quinn_letter_Nov_20_2007.jpg.html - protest letter from Lt. Governor (read if you are still looking for corroboration of what went wrong)

I heard this came from someone at the Alumni Association in Champaign.

There are about 150 documents, letters and emails from U of I to U of I that show how the former Dean, Avijit Ghosh, and senior associate deans Larry DeBrock and David Ikenberry tried to reduce the military scholarship program by changing admissions standards AFTER veterans applied. They even forged the signature of the guy they fired to take the fall for them. It's all documented in their own words!

Everything is shown through U of I’s own emails, letters, pictures and documents from University of Illinois’ own files.

The top PR people at U of I - Robin Kaler and Tom Hardy - made wholesale denials of wrongdoing to ABC News and Associated Press. The dossier shows their emails, too, and it's not pretty. They knew all the facts early on and then denied it when the press cornered them later.

What a bad lesson to students who are told to play by the rules.

Worst of all the Board of Trustees knew about it and did absolutely nothing. Who is the Board protecting? This should be required reading for any college ethics class.

Maybe the veterans in this state will get fair treatment after all is said and done. Wouldn’t that be just sweet as pie?

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