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Eric Ramaekers
Veterans Coordinator
(740) 351-4441

November 11, 2020

Corporal Eric Boggs, an accomplished marine from South Shore, Kentucky, is currently working on a double major in Electromechanical Engineering and IT Systems Management at Shawnee State University. 

photo of Eric Boggs smiling

At 21, Boggs joined the Marine Corps. From there, he served four years of active duty, serving all over the world, including Thailand, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, and also Japan. After his active duty, Boggs came home to pursue higher education. When it came down to deciding what school to attend, Shawnee State was the obvious choice.

“I came to Shawnee to be close to home,” Boggs said. “The school is well accredited and has diversity when it comes to teaching methods and approachability of professors.”

As a non-traditional student, the approachability of a professor is important in making everyone feel comfortable in the classroom. The feeling of being comfortable on campus for Boggs is also attributed to Shawnee State’s programs for veterans. 

On campus, the Office of Military & Veteran Services helps student just like Boggs transition from active duty to civilian and campus life. This transition can often be difficult due to the stark differences between these two lifestyles.

“Shawnee provides both confidence and comfortability with going to school as a non-traditional student,” Boggs said. “I was elated when I found myself part of the vet group where stories can be swapped, and camaraderie could be shared.”

For Boggs and other veterans, Veterans Day is a day to pay homage to those who came before and after them in service. It is a day to honor those they served with and lost in the process. For many veterans, it is not the easiest day, but another day closer to closure.

To learn more about the services offered through the Office of Military & Veteran Services at Shawnee State University, visit