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Bobcat Bond: Your Connection to Success

"We must open the doors of opportunity. But we must also equip our people to walk through those doors." - Lyndon B. Johnson

Mentor and Mentee

The Bobcat Bond Program was established in Fall 2012 to provide an opportunity for second-year students and beyond to learn from faculty, staff and student mentors who serve as coaches, role models, advisors and guides.

Research shows that students who receive mentoring are more likely to stay in college and graduate. We at Bobcat Bond believe that mentors truly do contribute to the success of students and we encourage all students to seek out a mentor.

"I enjoy mentoring because of the genuine connection and impact that can be made between a mentor and mentee. I value their grit, tenacity, and willingness to share a piece of themselves with me as their mentor. I love keeping in contact with my mentees as they continuously take next steps in their lives." - Kimberly Duncan-Ashley, 2017 Staff Mentor of the Year, Assistant Director, Student Involvement
"As a graduate student coming from New York to San Marcos, the transition was rough. I was very unfamiliar with the culture in Texas furthermore the culture at Texas State. My mentor was welcoming and open to hearing me out, as well as providing me with support and care." - Sean Hembrick, Student Affairs in Higher Education Graduate Student, 2017 Graduate Mentee of the Year
"The joy of mentoring isn't just in what I can offer to my student; it is also what my student teaches me." - Keith Needham, 2017 Faculty Mentor of the Year, Senior Lecturer, Department of English
"I signed up for Bobcat Bond because I was a transfer student looking to gain a friend. I got paired with a graduate student who was involved at Texas State. He was the perfect match for me. A mentor is someone who sees more talent and ability within you, than you see in yourself, and helps bring it out of you." - Priscilla Recio, Political Science major, Women's Studies minor
"I was a transfer student from a community college. Although I was excited to attend TXST, I was overwhelmed with the huge campus and endless opportunities. Having a mentor made me feel welcomed and part of the community. My mentor helped me explore clubs, resources and events when I didn't know where to look. Things are better when you do things together!" - Abby Dickerson, Special Education Major

Bobcat Bond Contact Information & Staff
512-245-5500
bobcatbond@txstate.edu

Terence Parker
Associate Director, Retention Management & Planning
tp11@txstate.edu

Alex Patlan
Graduate Assistant for Bobcat Bond
a_p539@txstate.edu