Bobcat Bond is a mentoring program that matches all interested students (second year and transfer) with mentors who serve as role models, advisors, guides, and friends and whose 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.
The Bobcat Bond Program is structured to serve the student population at Texas State. Second year and transfer students that complete the Mentee Application are matched with peer mentors, staff or faculty. However, any upperclass student may join at anytime.
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 by expressing concern about a student’s well-being, you become a valuable part of the retention initiative of Texas State. You increase the prestige by helping our students maintain higher GPAs and higher satisfaction with our campus community. Remember that students with positive experiences will be more likely to make contributions of time and resources as alumni upon graduation.
The greatest benefit of mentoring is that a mentee has an opportunity to meet and spend time with someone who cares about his/her 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 involved on campus.
You may sign up for the program anytime during the academic year, but the best time is early in the semester. We are also present at New Student Orientation and Bobcat Preview. You can also obtain an application from this website. All you need to do is fill out the application, and the Bobcat Bond staff will contact you when a match is found.
You tell us about yourself so that we can appropriately match you. Please be as specific as you can and provide as much detail as you feel comfortable . You also can choose between a staff, faculty or peer student 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 either at the mentor’s home or office; and some go to university events such as football games or theatrical presentations. 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.