Another year comes to an end!

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Howdy fellow Zebras!

I hope everyone survived finals week and congratulations to those zebras who graduated this year! I wanted to write a quick post before I leave town to give a quick update about everything that has been going on and some of the plans for next year. I am very humbled to be able to serve everyone as the president for the upcoming 2013-2014 school year. There are a lot of exciting things that your new officers are wanting to do for the next year, so get ready for possibly the best zebra-ful year of triathlon yet! We have decided to simplify things this coming year. Instead of trying to continuously increment the number, we will return to ground zero: Project Podium. An idea that started as a goal to break into the podium on the national scene three years ago is quickly becoming a part of Texas A&M Triathlon. It still seems like yesterday that I was traveling back on the coach bus from Tempe, AZ. 

On the social media side, Sarah Pledger, your faithful new webmaster, and I are making huge additions to the website. In an effort to reduce listserv spam, we have implemented user login and forums as a medium for members, alumni, and friends to be able to trade ideas, sell or buy gear, or get together and train! Whenever you get the chance, please create an account and either Sarah or I will approve you. Team members and alumni will also get special access to deals and discounts. We are working on the best way to do this. Sarah will also be working on a new YouTube channel to give better race recaps!

On the partners side, our excellent partnership coordinator, Ciara Teter, has been hard at work! All Triathlon team members just need to mention their names at Muldoon's Coffee House to receive a $1 discount on every $3 spent there. This works through the summer too! We'll hopefully have more partners coming as fall semester gets nearer! Additionally, Ciara will be working as the race coordinator and we will maybe hopefully *fingers crossed* have other teams join us at our annual team time trials!

On the finance side, we started a Texas A&M Foundation account a little over a year ago with the goal of raising $25,000 in 5 years for scholarships and team expenses. Although we were not able to meet our goal of contributing $5,000 to the account this year due to extreme costs of nationals, we are still able to contribute $2,000 into the foundation. However, we still need help! If you are alumni of the team, please help us out. You can click the "Donate" link on the right to contribute to the team. All donations are greatly appreciated along with an invitation to our end of the year banquet next year!

On the fundraising and socials side, Julianne Newman is working on lots of exciting new socials and fundraisers in the form of more group rides, cookouts, and camping to name a few! We will be developing a new system for tracking volunteering that will ensure that if you volunteer more than others for the team, then you will for sure be paying less to travel to 2014 nationals, whoop!

Here's just a little bit of our past year as compiled by our very own Madeline Racine, who just walked the stage at graduation today!!

Cheers,
Sean Chang '13
President
Texas A&M Triathlon