orangeleader.com (Orange, Texas)

May 5, 2013

Texas A&M Foundation Welcomes Sixth Maroon Coats Class

Special to The Leader
The Orange Leader

COLLEGE STATION — The Texas A&M Foundation inducted 18 new members into the sixth class of its student ambassadors organization, the Maroon Coats. New members received a signature maroon blazer during an initiation ceremony in March at the annual Texas A&M Legacy Society gala, held in the Memorial Student Center Bethancourt Family Ballroom.

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, 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.

“Since their formation in 2008, the Maroon Coats have become the identifiable link between Aggie donors and the incredible benefit they provide to Texas A&M students,” said Foundation President Ed Davis. “They increase awareness and understanding of the Texas A&M Foundation and emphasize the importance of philanthropy as the fuel of future excellence at Texas A&M.”

Candidates underwent a three-part selection process that began in January. Current Maroon Coats first reviewed 193 applications before advancing 81 students. The second phase of the process gave applicants a chance to socialize with Foundation employees, and the third phase brought the final 40 applicants in for interviews with the standing members.

Current Maroon Coats made the final selections by secret ballot, by which they sought to select applicants who are well-intentioned, passionate and who represent a diverse range of backgrounds.

“We had numerous outstanding applicants this year,” said Maroon Coats President Carly Hilley. “In the end, we looked for Aggies with passion for the university, dedication and selfless service who stand out from their peers.”

Hilley, a 2011 graduate in sociology, is now pursuing a master’s degree at Texas A&M’s Bush School of Government and Public Service. She has been a Maroon Coat for three years.

“I have developed relationships with incredible donors and Maroon Coats that I would not have been able to do elsewhere,” Hilley said. “As Maroon Coats, we get the honor of meeting Aggies who have gone above and beyond their calling to serve and give back to Texas A&M. We admire what our donors do and we hope one day to have the capacity to give to this great place.”

Orange resident Sarah Jane Moerbe, class of 2013 and civil engineering major is one of the new members of the Texas A&M Foundation Maroon Coats.