COLLEGE STATION, April 7, 2014 — The Texas A&M Foundation inducted 17 new members into the seventh class of its student ambassadors organization, the Maroon Coats. New members received a signature maroon blazer during a ceremony Friday held on campus in the Foundation’s headquarters in Jon L. Hagler Center.
Maroon Coats enhance the impact of the Foundation through stewardship and service. Their duties include interacting with donors at special events, providing a student perspective during fundraising meetings, writing thank-you notes to donors and hosting donors or friends of the Foundation on campus visits. The group consists of Texas A&M student leaders involved in a range of activities and who are pursuing various educational disciplines. Each member volunteers a minimum of 20 hours each semester.
“This organization has truly made its mark on Texas A&M, connecting the student body with Aggie donors,” said Foundation President Ed Davis.
“That our Maroon Coat classes are consistently filled with student body presidents, Big Event directors, Corps commanders, and other campus leaders is evidence of the fact that these young men and women exemplify Aggie core values to the fullest.”
Candidates underwent a three-part selection process that began in January. Current Maroon Coats first reviewed 186 applications before advancing 97 students. The second phase of the process gave applicants a chance to socialize with Foundation employees, and during the third phase standing members interviewed the final 40 applicants.
Current Maroon Coats made the final selection by secret ballot; they sought to select applicants who are well-intentioned, passionate and who represent a diverse range of backgrounds.
“We had an exceptional pool of students apply this year,” said Maroon Coats President Ben Riner. “We looked for leaders on campus who have pursued their unique passions with enthusiasm and who are dedicated to serving both the Foundation and Texas A&M.”
Riner, a senior civil engineering major from Conway, Ark., was inducted into the fifth class of Maroon Coats in spring 2012.
“The Maroon Coats are the most capable and competent group of people with whom I have ever interacted,” Riner said. “Leading an organization comprised of so many high-caliber leaders is challenging, humbling and exciting. I have thoroughly enjoyed the responsibility of setting the vision of our organization. We look forward to welcoming the new members and seeing what next year has in store for us.”
The newest members of the Texas A&M Foundation Maroon Coats are:
-Cameron Blizzard ’16, a business honors major from Houston
-Chet Champion ’15, an applied exercise physiology major from Van Vleck, Texas
-David (D.J.) Cieply ’15, a supply chain management major from Fort Worth, Texas
-Morgan Cochran ’15, a sociology major from Pace, Fla.
-Kelsey Hammond ’15, a finance and business honors major from Kingwood, Texas
-Layeeka Ismail ’16, an accounting and business honors major from Houston
-Scott (Shep) Klinke ’14, an accounting major from Katy, Texas
-Daylon Koster ’15, an agricultural economics major from Cedar Park, Texas
-Patrick McGinty ’15, a biology and kinesiology major from San Antonio
-Tyler Moffett ’15, a finance major from Katy, Texas
-William Nereson ’14, an industrial distribution major from Boerne, Texas
-William (Michael) Powell ’14, a construction science major from Laredo, Texas
-Ulises (Uli) Robles ’15, an accounting and business honors major from Fort Worth, Texas
-Zachary Rozinsky ’15, an industrial distribution major from Rowlett, Texas
-William Tindol ’15, a petroleum engineering major from Midland, Texas
-David Trigg ’15, a finance and business honors major from San Antonio
-Andrew (Drew) Williams ’15, a telecommunication media studies major from Wichita Falls, Texas