close up 2LT Shaun Ferguson

Shaun was born in Cocoa Beach Florida and moved to Savannah Georgia at the age of 6. He graduated from Alfred Ely Beach High School in 1999 and began his first journey as an Eagle, receiving his degree in Public Relations in 2004. He enlisted in the Army in 2009 as a Combat Medic. After completing his training Shaun was assigned to 124 Infantry Battalion, completing a tour in the Zabul province of Afghanistan with them. After being stationed at Fort Stewart with 3rd Infantry Division, Shaun began working on his Master’s in Public Administration.

Shaun chose to become a Double Eagle, being a passionate alumni of the University, and knowing that the Eagle Battalion was the best in the nation. He would complete his Master’s of Public Administration in the Spring of 2016. Upon graduating he commissioned as an Armor Officer in the US Army. He is currently a Gold Bar Recruiter at Georgia Southern, with an eye for being in Congress.

When asked how he felt about his journey at Southern and in the military he says, “Life is an Occasion, Rise to it!”

Meador, JosephJoseph Meador

Joseph was born in Tennessee, but found himself as a student of Georgia in High School. He graduated from Harlem High in 2005. Both Joseph’s mother and grandfather served, and upon graduation, he took interest in the Navy Nuclear Program. After completing his training at the Nuclear Power School he would volunteer for submarine duty as a Navy Nuclear Technician. During his time in the service he would be awarded 2 Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, 4 Sea Service Deployment Ribbons, The Enlisted Submarine Warfare Specialist Badge and 4 Navy Overseas Service Ribbons.

Desiring new opportunities, Joseph would begin taking classes at Georgia Southern a mere ten days after leaving the service in the fall of 2011. He would complete his Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering in a mere 2 ½ years. In deciding his summer plans, he took a few business courses which opened him to the idea of pursuing an M.B.A. In the spring of 2016 Joseph graduated with his Masters of Business Administration and Masters of Science in Applied Engineering with Electrical & Electronic Systems Concentrations.

He recently served as a small business adviser with the Business Innovation Group in Statesboro, GA. His guiding mantra is to “Never stop learning, because knowledge is power.” He is currently looking into opportunities with NASA, Space X and other aerospace companies.

IMG_1114Kortney Gross

Kortney was born in Sylvania Georgia and graduated from Screven County High in 2011.  After high school she decided to join the Navy Reserve as a Construction Mechanic.  She is a Petty Officer 2nd Class at the Construction Mechanic Navy Corps Handling Battalion. However, her duties do not stop there as she is also the Medical, Dental liaison and a Section leader in her platoon.  

In fall the following year, 2012, she was accepted and began studying at Georgia Southern University.  Kortney is studying Sociology as her major with a minor in Justice Studies and is due to graduate this May. She will be graduating Summa Cum Laude and is the recipient of the Outstanding Sociology Student Award. While at Georgia Southern University she served as secretary for the Student Veterans Association from 2013 to 2015.

“Being a member of SVA has helped develop my personal and professional network. I’ve made friends that I wouldn’t have met otherwise, and it’s remarkable to see how SVA has grown from its beginnings to what it is today. I also look forward to what it will become.” – Kortney



Garrett Neidlinger

Garret is an Effingham County native. Joined the Air National Guard in 2009 where he specialized in Cyber Transport. He began college at Georgia Southern University in 2011, as an Information Technology Major. After volunteering to deploy 2013-2014, he returned to Georgia Southern in the fall of 2014. He will be graduating in May 2016 with his Bachelor of Science in Information Technology with a minor in Information Systems.

He utilized Career Services to tailor his military experience and education, connecting himself to the civilian job force. Mr. Bridges Adams worked with Garrett on translating his service, which resulted in him receiving 3 job offers, with him choosing to serve as an Information Security Specialist at General Motors.

“Just attending class isn’t enough. Career Services exists to help Veterans translate the skills we’ve gained through our service to potential future employers” –Garrett

Last updated: 2/20/2017

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