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Meet a Roadrunner: UTSA's Michael Huebner is committed to helping veterans

Michael Huebner

Michael Huebner

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(Nov. 6, 2013) -- Meet Sergeant Michael Huebner, a veteran of the U.S. Army. He's committed to bettering the lives of his fellow veterans.

As president of the UTSA Student Veterans Association (SVA), he leads the premier advocacy organization for the nearly 3,000 student veterans, their families and service members at UTSA.

Michael ran for president of SVA because he is aware of the many needs and challenges veterans face when returning home.

"I know how a lot of veterans feel right after coming back home and to school," said Huebner. "I have been there, too. I have experienced PTSD and getting shot at in combat, then returning home from the black-and-white world of the military to a more grey world."

In 2004-2005, Huebner was stationed as a combat medic at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan. He worked in the operating room and trauma center as both medic and non-commissioned officer in the radiology department.

"I saw everything you could possibly see in that operating room," said Huebner. "Blood, guts, gore and death in southern Afghanistan. There were a lot of sleepless nights."

As a result of his experiences, Michael developed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). When he came home, he found it difficult to continue working in the medical field. Often, he would get sick simply from walking into a hospital, but he knew he still wanted to help heal people.

It took him several years of counseling, therapy and support from his fellow veterans to get where he is today, Huebner said. When he enrolled at UTSA, he decided to pursue a psychology degree in order to learn to better serve veterans with PTSD.

For Huebner, being a part of the SVA is the least he can do to honor the service of his fellow veterans at UTSA. Next spring, he will graduate with honors. In the future, he plans to pursue his master's and doctoral degrees at UTSA, while continuing his work as an advocate for veterans.

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Sandhu, the Lutcher Brown Distinguished Chair in Cyber Security in the College of Sciences, and Ram Krishnan, assistant professor of electrical engineering in the UTSA College of Engineering, are funded by a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to improve cloud security.

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Aug. 1, 9 p.m.

"Inside Peace" documentary screening

This documentary, presented by the San Antonio Film Festival, documents the experience of re-entry after incarceration. The film features Michael Gilbert, associate professor in the department of criminal justice and director of the Office of Community and Restorative Justice program at UTSA.
Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle

Aug. 4, 6 - 8 p.m.

Free Teacher Tuesday: Los Tejanos Workshop

Discover resources and strategies for teaching Tejano history and culture and get a special educator's tour of the new long-term exhibit, Los Tejanos.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.

Aug. 6, 5 - 7 p,m,; 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

6th Annual Texas Higher Education Symposium

This annual symposium is an opportunity to discuss Texas higher education issues and trends with Texas higher education scholars, state and local government officials, students, and campus and local community members.
Downtown Campus

Aug. 9, 12 - 5 p.m.

Vaquerocation 2015

This cowboy-themed programming, offered in conjunction with Our Kids Magazine's Kidcation Week, gives families the opportunity to visit with cowboy docents, enjoy readings and visit activity tables.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.

Aug. 17, 11:30 p.m.

Midnight Light

Join President Ricardo Romo, The Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band, students, faculty and staff to light the monument at the Main Campus entrance at the stroke of midnight.
John Peace Boulevard Entrance, Main Campus

Aug. 18, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

President's BBQ on the Plaza

Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Bill Miller Plaza for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Bill Miller Plaza, Downtown Campus

Aug. 18, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

President's BBQ on the Lawn

Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Convocation Center lawn for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Convocation Center East Lawn, Main Campus

Aug. 22, 6 p.m.

UTSA Alumni Gala

The UTSA Alumni Association hosts this annual gala honoring the Alumna of the Year, Alumnus of the Year and the Alumnus of the Year Lifetime Achievement award winners.
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa, 9800 Hyatt Resort Dr.


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