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Student Profiles - May 2017

Jasmine King
Jasmine King
UTSA student Jasmine King is pursuing sports alongside biomedical engineering research.
Freddie Cuellar
Freddie Cuellar 
UTSA finance major Freddie Cuellar is ready to help local businesses grow.
Brooke Balbuena
Brooke Balbuena
Graduate student Brooke Balbuena credits UTSA music faculty for strengthening her teaching methods.
Miguel Gonzalez
Miguel Gonzalez
Psychology major Miguel Gonzalez researched how personality impacts academic success.
Richard Giddens
Richard “Richie” Giddens

Honors student Richie Giddens researched the lives of queer Mexican-Americans in Texas as a UTSA undergraduate.

Caleb Thurmon
Caleb Thurmon
UTSA student Caleb Thurmon is gearing up to change minds and hearts in the classroom.

Student Profiles - December 2016

Bill Lutrell
Bill Lutrell
Former accountant earned his M.B.A. at UTSA alongside his undergrad son
Jacquelyn Reyes
Jacquelyn Reyes
Getting involved at UTSA changed Reyes' college and career paths
Jason Gonzales
Jason Eric Gonzales Martinez
UTSA graduate student wants to educate and inspire others through his art
Jocelyn Carnicle
Jocelyn Carnicle
Honors student developed her passion for health care at UTSA
Priyanka Petluru
Priyanka Petluru
Honors student pursued her love of engineering and the classics at UTSA
Rolando Garza
Rolando Garza
UTSA student who overcame diabetes now hopes to help others through research

Student Profiles - May 2016

Syahrir Idris
Syahrir Idris
Alumnus returns to UTSA to earn a Ph.D. in Culture, Literacy and Language
Ricardo Rosales
Ricardo Rosales
After a successful internship, UTSA mathematics major has a job waiting at Goldman Sachs
Mary Ledbetter Gallagher
Mary Ledbetter-Gallagher
57 year-old history major and mother of three wants others to know that learning is for life
Thilo Janssen
Thilo Janssen
German Air Force's mandatory retirement rule led electrical engineering major to new career
Charles Chikelu
Charles Chikelu
Nigerian native is preparing for a career in service with the U.S. Army's Military Intelligence Corps

Student Profiles - December 2015

Sarah Esserlieu
Sarah Esserlieu
Urban and Regional Planning major using knowledge to revitalize Downtown San Antonio
Valerie Rocha
Valerie Rocha
Mother of two persisted over 12 years to earn her interdisciplinary learning and teaching degree
William Cavanaugh
William Cavanaugh
Athlete and entrepreneur created an app to help students get organized
Jack Richey
Jack Richey
Army veteran is getting his engineering degree to give his children a better life
Justin Stout
Justin Stout
Army veteran endured two dozen surgeries to heal military injuries and earn his degrees
Dieter Cantu
Dieter Cantu
Public Administration graduate aims to change communities through leadership and respect
Megan Aumann
Megan Aumann
Student's epilepsy motivated her to help others through neuroscience
Paola Martinez
Paola Martinez
21-year-old honors student says culturally sensitive public health programs will help prevent malnourishment, obesity
Tawanda Kamucheka
Tawanda Kamucheka
Zimbabwe-born Honors student studied effects, prevention of cryptococcal meningitis while at UTSA

Student Profiles - May 2015

Barbara Warren
Barbara Warren
Master's student wants to use architectural knowledge for social justice
Edgar Ibarra
Edgar Ibarra
Entrepreneur will work with other UTSA business grads to grow their start-up, iSleepTech
Angelica Tello
Angelica Tello
Support from faculty and UTSA's diversity helped student earn doctoral degree
Marissa Wechsler a
Marissa Wechsler
First student to enroll in UTSA's biomedical engineering bachelor's program
Rob Saldaña
Rob Saldaña
A chance lunch invitation led Saldana to his high school chorus
Bryce Boddie
Bryce Boddie
Award-winning social worker responds to need at home and abroad
Julian Chavez
Julian Chavez
First-generation college student conducted research as an undergraduate
Happy Orere-Amadu
Happy Orere-Amadu
"I've been playing soccer since I was in my mother's womb," she quips
Alyssa Minwell
Alyssa Minwell
Richarte High School valedictorian built a jewelry business from an ordinary tub of beads

Student Profiles - December 2014

Teresa Barker
Teresa Barker
Finding structure in life
Nathan Hearn
Nathan Hearn
From Iraq to researching technology in workforce
Evelyn Hlebik
Evelyn Hlebik
From Iraq to the classroom
Manuel Lechuga
Manuel Lechuga
Grateful for family and UTSA support
Jonathon James
Jonathon James
Overcoming personal hardships
Marcus Gonzalez
Marcus Gonzalez
To serve and protect
Charissa Munteanu
Charissa Munteanu
First-generation graduate to doctoral degree
Shanice Mzava
Shanice Mzava
Accelerated graduation
Jade Heverly-Campbell
Jade Heverly-Campbell
A passion for preventive medicine

Student Profiles - May 2014

Xuhua Cheng
Xuhua Cheng
Merging cultures and styles
Luther Mayberry
Luther Mayberry
Putting family first
Yolanda Diaz
Yolanda Diaz
Reinforcing the good
Michael Lasch
Michael Lasch
Patent (not) pending
Daniel Crotty
Daniel Crotty
The Rhode to success
Trevin King
Trevin King
From grocery line to flight line
Romina Aznavaleh
Romina Aznavaleh
Elements of excellence
Shelby McCowen
Shelby McCowen
Triple-crown grad

Student Profiles - Fall 2013

Obi Okolo
Obi Okolo
Nigerian Obi Okolo found his path in life by studying architecture, interior design at UTSA
Michael D. Knoell
Michael D. Knoell
U.S. Navy’s Michael D. Knoell chose UTSA to help him reach next step in his career
Eduardo Perez
Eduardo Perez
Bilingual educator wants to serve as role model to young Latinos
Michou Kelley
Kathlene Hurt
Research focus at UTSA has given Kathlene Hurt great opportunity
Lorraine Schmitt
Lorraine Schmitt
Lorraine Schmitt overcame an autoimmune disorder to earn her college degree
Zaida Flores
Zaida Flores
Criminal justice honors student Zaida Flores aims to help immigrants become U.S. citizens
Cara Ward
Cara Ward
Cara Ward balanced hectic class and work schedules to earn her degree
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Viridiana Estrada
Viridiana Estrada finds a home with the UTSA Neurosciences Institute
Jesus Kristian Martinez
Jesus Kristian Martinez
First-generation student Jesus Kristian Martinez fulfills lifelong dream to earn college degree

Student Profiles - Spring 2013

Aleksandra Vucic
Brian Smith
Brian Smith
May 2013
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Michou Kelley
Michelle Park
May 2013
Michou Kelley
Michou Kelley
May 2013
Itza Carbajal
Itza Carbajal
May 2013
Nathanael Holliday
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Sharon Agold
May 2013