tmiToday WEB EXTR AS • SUMMER 2009 Bibi’s gifts B y C I n Dy S C H n E I D, Community partners Two TMI faculty members recently Director of Public Relations and Financial Aid were honored for community-service Outdoor clay Before she left TMI for her home efforts above and The Clay House is in Afghanistan, Bibi (a pseudonym beyond their teach- the newest addition to for her safety) had several tasks she ing duties. English TMI’s Fine Arts facilities, wished to complete. The first was Department Head offering a new covered to plant a tree as a lasting gift to the Kay Parke, above, outdoor work space for school that had embraced her during seeing American soldiers, but her contact with them was lim- received an award art classes. Completed her year of study here. Bibi’s Friendship Tree now stands at the ited. With the assistance of Tres Kleberg ’60, above, a civilian for Outstanding over the summer, the top of the amphitheater. As the years go by, its branches will aide to the Army who has served as a yES host parent, Bibi’s Community Organi- covered deck “opens up grow, providing shade for generations of TMI students. final wish was granted. zation in May at the a space for students to Bibi also enjoyed developing her artistic talents while at TMI. Tres was one of the adults who accompanied Bibi when north Side School work outside,” says art She designed an original artwork and presented it to TMI Head- she met with Maj. John Meyer, Executive Officer, and Master District Partnership teacher Allan Rupe ’80, master Jim Freeman. It now hangs in his office, a reminder of Sgt. Antwan nicholson, noncommissioned Officer in Charge, Awards, recogniz- who envisions the space the young girl with the huge smile and big dreams. She is the both assigned to the Warrior Transition Battalion at the War- ing TMI’s Priceless being used for outdoor second student to attend TMI through the yES program, spon- rior Family Support Center in San Antonio. Both men had People mentorship sketching and technical sored by the U.S. State Department to enhance understanding served in Afghanistan and agreed to meet with Bibi. She program with Leon theater projects, as well between the United States and expressed her appreciation for what they did to keep her Springs Elementary as by students in ceram- countries with large Muslim popula- safe from Taliban and learned that their mission was to train School. The program, ics classes, whose kiln tions. Our first Afghan yES student, Afghan soldiers to become a stabilizing influence. which marked its Photo courtesy Winfield little and pottery wheels are Roya, also donated a piece of art, The journey from Bibi’s home to TMI was measured not only fifth anniversary housed nearby. starting a lovely tradition. by miles, but by cultural, socioeconomic and religious markers last year, matches Bibi, who hopes to become a as well. Getting to know her was a valuable experience for our students from both journalist, also was interested in meeting with some Wounded students, faculty and staff. After a year at home in Afghanistan, schools who have Warriors who had served in Afghanistan. She had grown up Bibi hopes to return to enter college in the United States. been identified for their leadership qualities. Foreign-language Extreme make- Top fliers tive of San Antonio – whose teacher Claudia over: Lab edition A former TMI headmaster middle name is a nod to Clark, below, Students studying reports that two alumni are the air base where his pilot received the Private chemistry in 2009-2010 featured in the national Air father was stationed – Scott School Teacher of will learn in a completely and Space Museum, part of is a graduate of San Antonio the year Award in renovated labora- the Smithsonian Institution in Academy who attended TMI June from the San tory, built to optimal Washington D.C. and completed high school Antonio Rotary Club safety and educational Mark D. Desjardins, Ph.D., in California after his father’s at The Dominion. standards. Judging from who headed TMI from 1999 to transfer. Clark teaches Latin photographs, the config- 2004 and is now headmaster During a July 23, 1971, and Spanish at TMI, uration of the chem lab, of Holland Hall in Tulsa, Okla., “Dave Scott Day” visit to San where she also above, “hadn’t changed visited the museum with his Antonio, he was honored by serves as faculty much since it was in Old family earlier this year. “It was both his local schools. Besides sponsor for the Ju- courtesy of sAn Antonio AcAdeMy Main (on the former with great pride,” he writes, a welcome at his namesake nior Classical League, Alamo Heights campus),” “that we found that two base, a downtown parade and Met by a tMi honor guard, astronaut david r. freshman-class form says Science Department TMI alums were part of the ceremony at the Alamo, the scott ’49 touches down at san Antonio Acad- leader, a student ad- Chair Rob Friedrich. Dur- exhibits.” astronaut made a dramatic emy during a 1971 ‘dave scott day.’ visor and trip coordi- ing the summer, the lab’s One was the late David helicopter landing on the nator for TMI Travel. floors and plumbing were Lee “Tex” Hill ’32 (TMI Today, Academy campus and was rank of colonel and more than 5,600 hours of She also was cited replaced, and new state- Summer 2008), a decorated met by a TMI saber guard. flying time. for her participation of-the-art lab benches pilot in the Flying Tigers/ For his nASA service Scott also has served as technical consultant on several films, in projects of TMI’s were installed, including American Volunteer Group in the Gemini and Apollo including Ron Howard’s “Apollo 13,” HBO’s series “From the Earth chapter of InterAct, one compliant with the and commander of the first jet programs, Scott earned two to the Moon” and on the Tom Hanks IMAX film, “Magnificent a Rotary-sponsored Americans with Disabili- unit in the Army Air Force. Distinguished Service medals Desolation.” youth community ties Act. A mobile fume The other was David and an Exceptional Service Says Desjardins, “It was with great admiration and a large service organization hood that can be used in Randolph Scott ’49, Apollo Medal, as well as many Air dose of patriotism that I pointed out these names and stories to and for serving twice other classrooms replaces 15 commander and the first Force honors for his service my sons and my father. (The displays are) a wonderful tribute to as a host parent three older built-in units, astronaut to drive a surface as a test pilot. He retired from TMI and her legacy of producing servant-leaders who really have for Rotary youth and an instructor’s lab vehicle on the moon. A na- the Air Force in 1975 with the impacted how our nation has evolved.” Exchange students. bench was removed, “because we don’t teach by demonstration any- Middle passages more,” says Friedrich. The new lab features more B y WA LT E R S P E n C E R , floor space and individual Middle School Division Head work stations to accom- modate more students Middle School traditions mingled than before. With the new with innovations last year. The coinciding with the Corps’ retreat configuration, instructors Middle School Science Challenge to Camp Bullis, evolved into Green will have a more effective celebrated its 20th anniversary, led Day, when the entire civilian student line of sight and increased by science teacher Leland Goertz, body joined together to construct walk-through space. who has been involved with the TMI’s new nature Center. Good fit The new lab, below, was hands-on learning event since its The Middle School also marked Last year, TMI students completed more designed by Friedrich inception. Repeats of our retreats to some firsts. Under the guidance of than 680 hours of community service, says and retiring chemistry Camp Capers, Friday-night football band director Michael Palermo, Kathy Walsh, coordinator of the school’s teacher Roger Kramer tailgaters, Middle School dances, the first-ever Middle School Band chapter of Interact, a Rotary-sponsored youth in collaboration with lab Peer Mentor lunches and Wednesday performed twice with the Middle service organization. suppliers VWR. family-style meals were once again a School Choir, newly resurrected Members collected food for Hill Country tremendous success. after an almost 10-year hiatus. Most Daily Bread, worked on a Habitat for Humanity We also expanded some events significantly, we had our first Middle house, took part in the Susan G. Komen Race for to include more of the TMI commu- School chapel service, a time dedi- the Cure, raised funds for the American Heart nity. Last year, the Science Challenge cated to imparting a message to Association with a Heart to Heart Ball, collected enlisted the assistance of freshman students in grades 6-8. Through this prom dresses, above, for girls in a peer mentor- physics classes to aid us in testing chapel, we’re able to create more of ing program at the Good Samaritan Center and project theories. Our annual on- our own identity and to grow stron- made dinner at a Ronald McDonald House. campus Community Service Day, ger as a “school within a school.” In 2009-2010, the number of hours is ex- Spirit Who’s who pected to rise, as TMI launches a new require- scavenger hunt Dave Knapp ’58, ment of two community-service activities a Take a quiz on left, catches up at Home- year for students in grades 9-12. Students may the contents of this coming‘08 with retired participate in an InterAct project, volunteer page to compete for teacher Virgil Espino, with the Green Club or Panther Animal Welfare the Panther Pride Walter Sims ’58 and Society, clean science labs or work the scoring Package of TMI spirit George M. Martin ’58. table at middle-school athletic events. items. The reader The new requirement will help students live who sends the first the mission of TMI, says Walsh: “Encouraging all-correct response and modeling servant leadership is at the heart to p.allen@tmi-sa. of what we do as a school and who we are as a org wins the pack- community.” age. 1. How many years has TMI had a Middle School Sci- ence Challenge? Speaking of TMI tions and distribute admissions material during the 2. Which country is At Episcopal congregations in the Diocese of Sunday School or fellowship period. home to TMI’s yES West Texas, TMI is becoming part of the Sunday- “The trustees’ visits make the churches of the program students? morning message. diocese feel as if they are part of the TMI community 3. What subject will Members of the school’s Board of Trustees are mid- and vice versa,” says Dirk P. Mosis III, executive direc- be taught in the way through a three-year plan to visit every church in tor of the Board of Trustees. “This is the essence of classroom remod- of the diocese, providing information about its flagship our ambassadorship role.” eled over the sum- school – the only one to offer grades nine through 12, Most recently, trustees have brought TMI to the mer? as well as a boarding program. attention of members of Christ Church, St. David’s, St. 4. How many hours At the request of the Rt. Rev. Gary Lillibridge, Margaret’s and St. Philip’s, San Antonio; St. Chris- of community bishop of West Texas, trustees will visit all 91 West topher’s, Bandera; St. Mark’s, San Marcos; and St. service did TMI stu- Texas congregations. They give a brief overview of Stephen’s, Wimberley. dents perform last TMI’s mission during the announcements period of Alumni in the areas of each parish also are year? the service and remain on hand to answer ques- contacted to join trustees at these informational ses- 5. Who are the sions. not for Episcopalians only, this opportunity is teachers who won trustee ernest Brown iV answers questions about tMi open to all alums who’d like to share their enthusi- awards recently? during a visit to christ episcopal church in san Antonio. asm for their alma mater with interested families.