BIMS Students Inducted into Maroon Coats Program
Posted April 27, 2017
Two students from the Texas A&M College of Veterinary
Medicine & Biomedical Sciences are among the 20 selected to
serve in the latest cohort of the Texas A&M Foundation’s Maroon
Coats ambassador program.
Junior biomedical sciences majors Ryan Bindel, from Mansfield,
and Elizabeth Nevins, from Plano, were welcomed into the 10th class
of Maroon Coats during the foundation’s coating ceremony on April
As student ambassadors to the Texas A&M Foundation, Maroon
Coats aim to increase the culture of philanthropy at Texas A&M
by thanking donors and educating their peers on the importance of
More than 300 students applied for the prestigious position, and
the selection process was rigorous, including multiple rounds of
interviews, according to the students.
“I'm humbled and excited for the opportunity; I am really glad
to bring the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
to Maroon Coats and the foundation, because I want to support this
college in any way that I can,” Bindel said. “I know in previous
years, there have not been many Maroon Coats from this college,
and, so, I really was looking forward to the opportunity to say,
‘Hey, we're doing incredible things, and we can grow in these ways.
Please help us get there.’ It's really just exciting.”
The organization includes Texas A&M University student
leaders involved in a range of activities, and Bindel and Nevins
are no exception.
Bindel is a U.S. Navy contract in the Texas A&M Corps of
Cadets who plans to become a physician in the military. An avid
runner on marathon and triathlon teams, he’s active in the Ross
Volunteer Company and tutors his fellow cadets. He also is involved
in undergraduate research, working on a NASA-funded project
studying colon cancer with Dr. Nancy Turner's lab.
Nevins, who plans to become a pediatric hematologist or
oncologist, is actively involved in Fish Camp, her sorority Delta
Gamma, and Big Event. She is involved in an undergraduate research
project in Dr. Kevin Cummings’s lab, studying the transmission of
Salmonella by examining fecal samples from animals in feed
Both students also are scholarship recipients, Bindel through
the military and Nevins through the Terry Foundation, which also
impacted their decisions to apply for the Maroon Coats program.
“I actually had two scholarships that allowed me to come to
A&M. If I didn't have these scholarships I probably wouldn't be
here,” Nevins said. “Through Maroon Coats, I'm able to give back
just a little bit of my time. In the future, I want to give back
monetarily like these donors have, but for right now, giving my
time and my Aggie spirit and wanting to make something of myself
is, I feel like, giving thanks to them.”
In the decade since the organization’s inception under the helm
of former Texas A&M Foundation president Ed Davis, more than
180 Texas A&M students call themselves Maroon Coats.
“The Maroon Coats grew tremendously fast,” said Shannon
Zwernemann, the group’s adviser and a 2003 A&M alumna. “We were
already where I thought we would be in 10 years by year five.”
Maroon Coats log many volunteer hours each semester interacting
with donors at special events, hosting tours, and giving speeches
at Foundation receptions. In 2014, the Maroon Coats began hosting
the Student Organization Advancement Conference (SOAC) to provide
student organizations the opportunity to learn about fundraising
Over the past decade, the group has devoted more than 7,300
service hours, provided over 200 campus tours, written thousands of
thank-you letters, and made hundreds of phone calls.
In celebration of the organization’s 10th anniversary, all
former members were also invited to the event.
The Texas A&M Foundation is a nonprofit organization that
solicits and manages investments in academics and leadership
programs to enhance Texas A&M’s capability to be among the best
Read more about Bindel and Nevins in the next edition of CVM
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