Our Blessings Outnumber the Autumn Leaves

Blessing Categories

  1. Honors and Recognition

  2. Trips

  3. Samples of Academic Excellence 

  4. Celebrating Academic Excellence

  5. Support for MIMS Institute Fellows Inc.

  6. Significant Milestones Witnessed

  7. Media Coverage


Our 2018 Theme was "Be Kind and Celebrate Academic Excellence."


We practiced Kindness by sharing our 5 Ts (Time, Talent, Training, Thoughts, and Treasure) with others.  One of our key messages to students in urban public high schools was:  "People care about your education and you can go to amazing colleges and universities" (Quote from Abigail Martinez, Sam Houston High Class of 2018/University of the Incarnate Word 2022).

What we experienced in 2018 by using the Kindness Approach  was overwhelming samples of Kindness that we received in return.  We also witnessed significant movement of rocks related to the Eastside San Antonio's efforts to celebrate Academic Excellence.

Our report attempts to capture a sampling of the many blessings experienced during a great year of service to others.  

Honors and Recognition

  1. Military Veterans Resiliency Award

  2. First Pitch Notre Dame v. University of the Incarnate Word Game during the Shamrock Classic

  3. MIMS Institute Fellows Promotional Video produced by Kind Seniors at UIW

  4. Innovative Program of the Year Award by the SAISD Foundation

  5. SAISD Trip to Northeast Liberal Arts Colleges

  6. Invitation to Witness an Eastside family's Quinceanera Celebration

  7. Invitation to Witness an Eastside family's Grandfather's Birthday Celebration

  8. Invitation to attend Idea Public Schools Scholarship Fundraiser Luncheon

  9. Invitation to attend 100 Black Men of San Antonio's Annual Fathers' Day Awards


  1. Houston for a jury trial with a favorable outcome

  2. Dallas/Frisco for the Texas State Academic Decathlon Competition 

  3. Austin for fellowship with son, Jason II, and close friends

  4. Birthday Week trip to Atlanta, New York City, Highland Falls, and West Point

  5. Military Veterans Resiliency Award Trip to Highland Falls, NY

  6. Military Veterans Resiliency Award Appreciation Trip to Tampa Bay

  7. Trip to take two Eastside Scholars to Notre Dame for their junior and freshman year

  8. Trip to Notre Dame for the Triennial Black Alumni of Notre Dame Reunion

  9. Trip to Denver for Thanksgiving with students from ND and Metropolitan State U of Denver

Samples of Academic Excellence

  1. 2018 Sam Houston Academic Decathlon Team wins District and Region IV Competitions

  2. Sophie's 1300 SAT

  3. Taylor's 1300 PSAT

  4. Giselle's 1240 SAT

  5. Notre Dame, Wellesley College, and Middlebury College welcome Class of 2018 Sam Houston alumni into their Class of 2022

  6. Morehouse College Graduate with Degrees in Physics and Math Ibrahim Apata

  7. US Military Academy Graduate 2LT CJ Edwards

  8. 2LT Taylor English, USMA '18, assigned to Vicenza, Italy

  9. 2LT Simone Askew, USMA '18, Rhodes Scholar

  10. Anne Ortiz, MIMS Board Member, graduates from University of the Incarnate Word

  11. CPT Raphael Waruinge, USMA '15 and Board Vice-President, assigned as Diversity Outreach Officer (Northeast Region), USMA Admissions

Celebrating Academic Excellence

  1. Top 10 Class of 2018 Banner at Sam Houston High

  2. Academic Decathlon Team Recognition by SAISD, City, Spurs, CPS Energy, KENS 5, News 4, etc.

  3. 4th Annual PTSA Celebrating Academic Excellence Dinner for Top 10 (Fr-Sr)

  4. Friends of Sam Houston Annual Scholarship Breakfast and Luncheon

  5. Notre Dame Alumni Club of San Antonio Sendoff Dinner for the Class of 2022

  6. San Antonio Black Lawyers Association Scholarship Dinner

  7. Road Less-Traveled End of Year Spaghetti Warehouse Celebration

  8. Sophie's 1300 SAT Celebration at Spaghetti Warehouse

  9. Spaghetti Warehouse Celebration for Safiya and Daren Miller No Boundaries Scholars (American Express card recipients)

  10. Notre Dame Welcome Weekend for the Class of 2022

Support for MIMS Institute Fellows, Inc.

  1. Anonymous Sponsor for 10 Sam Houston students to attend the San Antonio Aviation and Aerospace Hall of Fame 2018 Awards Dinner

  2. University of the Incarnate Word HEB School of Business and Administration Senior Capstone II Team -- Promotional Video

  3. University of the Incarnate Word HEB School of Business and Administration Senior Capstone II Team -- Reorganization, Sustainability and Growth Analysis and Plan

  4. University of the Incarnate Word HEB School of Business and Administration Senior Capstone II Team -- Help Make Sam Houston The School of Choice Analysis and Strategies (The Kindness Project)

  5. Lodging during travel to Dallas, Austin, Highland Falls, New York City, Atlanta, and Black Alumni of Notre Dame Reunion

  6. Spaghetti Warehouse Academic Excellence Celebrations (Spaghetti Warehouse, RADM (US Navy, Retired) Eric and Candy Young, Dona Kotzur, Sandra and Ed Uribe)

  7. SAISD Department of College and Career Readiness - Funded-Trip to Northeast Elite Liberal Arts Colleges (Wellesley, Bates, Bowdoin, Middlebury, Union, Skidmore, Connecticut College, Amherst, Wesleyan University and Holy Cross)

  8. Safiya and Daren Miller No Boundaries Scholarship Sponsors: Safiya Miller, Daren Miller, Microsoft (matched Safiya's donation), and Google (matched Daren's donation), Sam Houston PTSA

  9. Call to Action Scholarship (Hillsborough County/Tampa, FL) -- Joshua Browne


"People care about your education and you can go to amazing colleges and universities"

Four Rocks That Moved

Eastside San Antonio...

  1. Starbucks

  2. Presence at Notre Dame

  3. Students from 78220 at Wellesley and Middlebury

  4. Banner Celebrating Top 10 Grads (Sam Houston Class '18)


The MIMS Institute Fellows, Inc. 

Academic Excellence Matters!

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