Bobcat Bond is a mentoring program that matches all interested students (sophomore, junior, senior, graduate, doctoral, and transfer) with faculty, staff or peer mentors who serve as role models, advisors, guides, and friends. Their primary function is to help Texas State students succeed.
The University Mentoring Program was first established in 1992 by the Division of Student Affairs as a part of the University's retention plan. The program's mission is to increase the retention and academic success of students by providing incoming freshmen and transfer students an opportunity to learn from mentors who who serve as coaches, role models, advisors, guides and referral agents.
In summer 2012, all freshmen mentoring moved to the Personalized Academic and Career Exploration (PACE) Center. Beginning in Fall 2012, the name of the program sponsored by the Retention Management and Planning office was changed to the Bobcat Bond.
Bobcat Bond is structured to serve the student population at Texas State. Returning (sophomore, junior, senior, graduate, and doctoral) and transfer students that complete the Mentee Application are matched with a faculty, staff, or peer mentor. Students will find the greatest benefit by applying early in the semester, but applications are accepted at any time.
Mentors are students, staff, and faculty who have been at Texas State for at least one long semester, have a working knowledge of the campus and its various resources, and have the desire to help new Texas State students get adjusted to college life on our campus.
By assisting a student to become better acquainted with our campus and supporting their well-being, you become a valuable part of the retention initiative of Texas State. You increase the prestige of Texas State by helping our students maintain higher GPAs and achieve a higher satisfaction with our campus community.
The greatest benefit of having a mentor is the opportunity to meet and spend time with someone who cares about students' well-being. It has also been proven that mentored students have higher GPA’s and stay at Texas State longer than the general student population. It’s also a great way to get connected and involved on campus.
You may apply for the program anytime during the academic year, but the best time is early in the semester. You can submit an application from this website. Once an application is complete, the Bobcat Bond staff will contact you regarding your new mentor.
In the application, we ask for a variety of information about interests, hobbies, expectations of a mentoring relationship. Bobcat Bond staff uses that information to match you with someone who shares similar interests. The more detail you provide, the better a match is likely to be. You also have the opportunity to request a faculty, staff, or peer mentor.
Depending on the number of mentors we have in the program, we try to pair you as soon as we have a match. Our ideal pairings come at the beginning of each Fall and Spring semester; however, we are not always able to pair everyone immediately. In that case, we advise you to contact the Bobcat Bond staff to receive an update on your application status.
Although each mentoring relationship is different, there are a variety of activities for mentees and mentors. Some go to lunch together; others visit at the mentor’s office; and some go to university events such as football games or theatre performances. Mentors have been involved in goal setting for the mentee, and referring mentees to campus resources when they cannot help in a situation. Also, the Retention Management & Planning office offers numerous programs throughout the year for mentors and mentees to participate in.