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Mike Henneberger

An Outstanding Islander

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Dreaming Big

Island University Alumnus Mike Henneberger always knew he was destined for great things. The Digital Production Coordinator on the Comedy Central Digital Media production team recently won an Emmy for his work on Comedy Central’s “Night of Too Many Stars: America Comes Together for Autism Programs.”

Henneberger, who is originally from Kingsville, Texas, graduated from the Island University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. The New York transplant says he came from humble beginnings.

“I grew up pretty poor and my family never really had much,” said Henneberger. “I was always motivated to leave my hometown and do something big with my life. I've been able to do some cool things, but it's taken a lot of hard work.”

While Henneberger was a student, he said he took advantage of any opportunities he could find to hone his skills. He served as a Reporter and Entertainment Editor for the on-campus newspaper, Island Waves, and helped his brother create “The Vent” magazine.

“If there are no opportunities in your area, go out and make one,” said Henneberger.  “And, when you do get an internship, never think you are above working very hard.”

Henneberger believes hard work will eventually pay off and you will be recognized, or in his case, win an Emmy.

“This is not a nine-to-five job,” he said. “When my boss and I worked on Comedy Central's Autism benefit show "Night of Too Many Stars," I worked a total of 91 hours in seven days.”

Henneberger continues to work at Comedy Central on programs such as “Tosh.0” and “Workaholics.” He is also working on a book and his non-profit organization, Zero Platoon. The organization will eventually take bands on tour to military bases in order to help the youngest members of the military in coping with the difficulty of being away from their loved ones. Zero Platoon is on Facebook and has a YouTube channel. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/ZeroPlatoon and  www.youtube.com/user/zeroplatoonvideo?feature=watch