News Around Campus
Recent alumni visits
Last school year, we enjoyed visits from alumni from all over the world, including Rabbi Nathan Spector ’64, above, who traveled from Israel with his wife and family. On a tour of TMI, they met Father Scott Brown, Head of School, and were pleased to see Rabbi Spector’s name on the Bishop’s Cup, an award still given to the graduating senior who has demonstrated the finest qualities of Christian citizenship.READ MORE
Taekyu Kim ’00, visiting from South Korea with his wife and young son, fit in a visit to TMI, where he reconnected with some of his former teachers – Patrick Davis ’94, Leland Goertz, Allan Rupe ’80 and Coach Chris Nelson, and toured the parts of the campus that were built since his time (All Saints Chapel, consecrated in 2008; and Abbott, Bailey and Ewing Halsell residence halls, opened in 2006 and 2009).
Alberto Ortega ’84, from El Salvador, dropped by during a family visit to San Antonio and asked to see a TMI-themed pyrography artwork made by his sister and presented to the school while he was a student – and was pleased to learn it had been kept in the archives and was hanging in the library.
We also welcomed alumni to “decade luncheons” for the classes of the 1940s, 1950s and 1970s, each with a State of the School talk by Father Scott Brown, Head of School. Alumni Relations had more decade lunches planned before the school had to close in mid-March, and we hope to see you again at in-person events as soon as it’s safe.
Vic Beck ’47, John Broocks ’45 and Charles Noble ’47 catch up at the 1940s Luncheon on Feb. 10.
Alumni who gathered at the 1950s Luncheon on Feb. 11 (not all pictured) included Ed Bondurant ’58, Clayton Conoly ’55, Mike Davis ’56, Tom DeBrooke ’58, Al Hartman ’59, Claude Hudspeth ’55, Manuel Lopez ’56, Joseph Maverick ’53, Day McNeel ’55, Scott Petty ’55, Forrest Robertson ’55, Bob Vielock ’54 and Ed Woolery-Price ’58.
Our 1970s Alumni Reunion Luncheon on March 2 was well-attended by (left to right) Vince Clark ’74, Chip Lieck ’74, Clark Collins (guest of Vince Clark and Alumni Clay Shoot regular), Hank Noble ’74, Rick Smith ’71, Richard Aguilar ’75, Marshall Major ’71, Patrick Garcia ’72, Patrick Norrgran ’70, longtime teacher/coach Mario Rivela, Mike Pitman ’72, Gary Eddy ’72, Bill Thompson ’72, Brian Smith ’71 (front), Oliver “Tim” Timmins ’71 (back row), Bill Sammis ’72 and Jim Montgomery ’71.
TMI started the school year on August 20 with a virtual Convocation Day, with remote instruction to continue until September 21. As a precautionary measure in response to the public health crisis, in-person alumni events, tours and visits will be postponed until we can safely welcome you back to campus. For more information, please see this Message from the Head of School.
When the campus is fully reopened, we will let you know and hope you will consider coming for an in-person visit, as soon as it’s safe to do so. In the meantime, you can can keep in touch through TMI Alumni Connections and TMI Alumni Facebook or by calling TMI Alumni Relations at (210) 564-6155 or sending a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re also planning some monthly virtual alumni events…stay tuned for an e-mail schedule! Some of the ideas already proposed include an alumni trivia social and fun and informative talks by faculty members.
This year’s theme
Announcing the new theme for our TMI community for the 2020-2021 year: Love Your Neighbor
- See The Light In Each Other, 2019-2020
- Respect the Dignity of Every Human Being, 2018-2019
- We Belong to Each Other, 2017-2018
Save the date!
Avery Kibbe ’00, second from left, led the first-place team at 2019’s 19th Annual TMI Alumni Association Modified Sporting Clay Shoot, which continued the event’s tradition of raising funds for scholarships.
Out of consideration for the health and safety of our participants, the 20th TMI Alumni Association Modified Sporting Clay Shoot has been postponed until September 10, 2021, when the event will again be held at the San Antonio Gun Club.
Founded and still chaired by Ernest L. Brown IV ’80, the Clay Shoot has raised close to $100,000 to benefit the TMI Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship, awarded annually since 2016 to close relatives of TMI alumni. If you’d like to support the scholarship fund this year, please use the form here. To serve on the committee to plan the next Clay Shoot or volunteer at the event, please contact Paula Allen, Alumni Relations Manager, email@example.com or (210) 564-6155.
Welcome to the ranks of alumni!
Congratulations to TMI’s Class of 2020, who graduated June 26 on campus! For social distancing, the class members graduated one at a time, each in cap and gown for a “red carpet moment” and recognition of their achievement.To see where they’re all going next — colleges and universities and gap year adventures — click here.
What’s new for TMI alumni? Besides reviving the TMI Today brand with this semimonthly newsletter, more innovations were introduced over the summer:
New TMI Alumni Association president and class reps
Class representatives will play an important role in improving communication between your classmates and your school, encouraging participation in alumni events and sharing alumni news. For an alum’s perspective on what it means to be a class rep and more about this new program, check out this video from Ryan Kohnen ’98, Alumni Association president.
We have volunteers from some classes already – thank you, Chris Adams ’99, Richard Aguilar ’75, Ryan Moe ’94, Jim Montgomery ’71, Andrea Greene Georgsson ’82, John Kennedy ’62, Ryan Moe ’94, Samantha Cox Owen ’12, Ray Rome ’72, Aubree Wilson Stinson ’95, Tom Turbiville ’66, Shane Winter ’12 and others for being among the first to step up! — and would welcome more participation from all classes.
New Alumni social platform
TMI Alumni Connections is our new social platform, exclusively for TMI alumni. Visit https://tmialumni.org and click on the “Get Started” button. Once you’re registered, you’ll be able to use all these features:
- Post your news and catch up with news from TMI and other alumni on the news feed.
- Start or join a group, where you can plan a class reunion, reminisce about “dear old TMI,” or share information about your profession or other interests.
- Share photos from your time at TMI or your life after graduation in a photo album.
- Volunteer to mentor younger alumni or those who are changing careers
- Check out the event board
- Post a job or look for one
- …with more features coming in the fall!
Will Oliver and Nico Planchet, who represented TMI at Texas Boys State 2018 in Austin, can be seen in “Boys State,” the recently released documentary about high-school juniors learning first-hand how government works.
Nico ー now a sophomore studying Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology Major at the University of Colorado at Boulder ー remembers his time at Boys State well:
“As for my experience at Boys State, I truly had a unique one. In other words, I had a blast. I expected nothing less of the amazing program the American Legion created for us young men to further our understanding of the political system as well as to create the opportunity to become more open-minded. Texas Boys State as well as TMI afforded me the opportunity to realize that, although democracy can be flawed as it is run by the people, it is the greatest system because it is for the people. This is proved as over 1,100 boys from all across Texas of completely different backgrounds all come together to form a running government within the span of only a week. I am fortunate to have been filmed in the documentary and I felt that the documentary portrayed Boys State in an accurate way. I would highly recommend any young junior to strongly consider attending Boys State or Girls State as it gave me several lasting friends, connections, and most importantly, a stronger sense of patriotism.”READ MORE
Elizabeth Holmes, who won state championships and established records as a TMI swimmer, recently was elected as one of the captains of the Harvard Women’s Swimming and Diving team for 2020-21 season! From the university’s announcement: “A versatile swimmer with the ability to swim all strokes, Holmes will utilize her upbeat personality from the team’s spirit and pump up committment to help guide the Crimson next season. Appearing in seven dual meets in 2019-20, she posted a personal-best in the 100-yard backstroke, clocking in with a time of 58.87 at the annual Harvard-Yale-Princeton meet.” For more on her collegiate swim achievements, click here.
Ana Paula Velasco, a senior at George Washington University, has been selected for the We Lead training program through American University’s Women and Politics Institute. The nonpartisan program serves to position young women to run for office or lead a political campaign. “I am thrilled to be part of such an empowering and timely program,” she writes, “and look forward to the lessons I will learn from the women who will indisputably influence me.” Ana Paula spent the summer as an advocacy intern at Issue One, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization in Washington D.C. that seeks to reduce the role of money in politics.
Former TMI lacrosse star Connor McMillian, who studied business at Texas A&M University, got engaged last month to Cait Householder, who also graduated from A&M. They’ll be married January 9, 2021, in Boerne. Connor works for Gartner, Inc., a research and advisory firm in Dallas, and hopes to get back into coaching lacrosse.
Scott Andrew Boyd, who works for Zealot, a New York-based company that produces movie trailers, shared this 30-second spot he cut for “Radioactive,” a feature film about Nobel Prize-winning scientist Marie Curie that recently debuted on Amazon Prime Video. A graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design, he also worked on spots for the Academy Award-winning “Parasite.”
Soprano Stephanie Lamprea, was chosen as a semifinalist in the Concert Artists Guild competition, open to young instrumentalists, singers and chamber ensembles. This year’s all-virtual competition will culminate in an October 13 online winners announcement.
Congratulations to Cassidy Luitjen and her husband Eric Minoff, who welcomed their son Eli J Luitjen-Minoff, above, into the world May 30. “He was born in NYC during the pandemic and right before the curfews began. Eli wasn’t born in Texas, but we’re trying to get him there as soon as possible!”
New York Times best-selling author Sophie Jordan – pen name of Sharie Michels Kohler, president of the class of 1994 – published her latest in June, “Kissing Lessons,” a contemporary young-adult romance. Click here for an interview with the author about the timing of this “flirty romp” for teens.
Ernest L. Brown IV and family recently finished rebuilding their cabin in the middle of Corpus Christi Bay at Port Aransas. They bought the original one in April 2017, used it for four months and “Hurricane Harvey wiped out the old one,” he writes. “It took us two years to build this one, one piece at a time…all lumber, fuel and food hauled out every weekend. Fun, but a lot of long hours.” He had help on “Casita Mojada” from family and friends, including an ex-contractor, and “Now I have something that is twice as good.”
Ernest Brown ’80 enjoyed his Port Aransas cabin before Hurricane Harvey…
…and after, in the rebuilt Casita Mojada 2.0.
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Thad Ziegler ’45 (Thad Ziegler Glass), Patrick Garcia ’72 (Division Laundry), above,and Cliff McLean ’89 (Dietz-McLean Optical) all won Family-owned Business Awards from the San Antonio Business Journal, and Patrick also won the Corazon de San Antonio Award, the contest’s top honor. Stories about all three businesses were featured in the July 3 issue.
At the Texas Republican State Convention, held in July, Steven K. Howell was elected a National Elector, representing Congressional District 02; he is now a member of the Electoral College.
Tom Turbiville “still beams at memories of a great Class of ’66 50th reunion that took place in May 2016 at TMI. Our class had 57 members; of the 41 surviving members, 22 attended. In my search for classmates before the reunion, I got email addresses for most, and we still communicate by group email. John Davenport ‘66 put together a Zoom meeting recently, which wasn’t largely attended but fun nonetheless.” Tom is retired in College Station after 45 years in sports journalism, the last 29 in radio broadcasting. “Still doing it in retirement and own my own online live-streaming company – on my terms and my schedule. Spend lots of COVID time with my wife Judy and get to Port Aransas as often as possible.”
Our TMI Panthers Spirit Store is now online and along with lots of fan gear, there are many ALUMNI DESIGNS to choose from…and it’s all 25 percent off until September 14!
Click the link below to start designing your own TMI shirt (items with class years and athletic numbers are customizable): http://sideline.bsnsports.com/…/tmi—the-epi…/design/picker
TMI remembers those members of our alumni community who have recently passed away. If you know of an alumnus who has passed, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the name, class year, and link to obituary or call us at (210) 564-6155.
Karyn Johnson Bartels ’75
John A. Bitter III ’56
Eugene Crosthwaite ’43
Jose R. De Leon, Jr. ’45
Sidney P. Dubose 1948
John A. Feagin ’51
Alexander K. Frost ’13
Phillips C. Huck ’45
Graham B. Knight ’42
John C. Lindsay ’55
Sharpe McCullough ’55
Bill H. Muldoon III ’53
Benjamin F. Pitman III ’48
Arnoldo R. Ramirez ’53
Don L. Sewell ’63
Laurence A. Wingerter, Jr. ’60
A.C. Tracy Wood ’68
Fred P. Woodley ’44
In the next issue…
– The Walker Innovation Center nears completion
– Reports from young alumni on the COVID college experience
– Alumni who are back at TMI – as faculty or as parents