Bobcat Preview Namesakes
2018 Bobcat Preview Namesakes
This year we collected over 1,000 nominations recognizing a tremendous list of faculty and staff that have made an impact during their time at Texas State.
Check out our 2018 Bobcat Preview Namesakes below!
Department/Office: University College
Position: Director of PACE Peer Mentoring
Den Color: Purple
What Nominators Said: "Victoria is a staff member that is extremely interested in the well-being of freshmen students. She is the director of Peer Mentors and always wants the best for the freshmen students and even the Peer Mentors. She puts all of her dedication and hard work into making sure everything is going well and always emphasizes self-care to make sure all of her students and other staff members are well taken care of. I think she should be recognized for how hard she works to take care of others. This would be a great opportunity to showcase her dedication to Texas State and the students of Texas State."
Department/Office: Communication Studies
Den Color: Green
What Nominators Said: "Ms. Burney is the definition of dedication. She has never failed to impress me with her love and dedication in the classroom. Even though her class is considered required, I consider myself lucky for getting her as my professor. I would want to be in her class regardless of requirements. Thank you!"
Department/Office: Dean of Students, Greek Affairs
Position: Assistant Dean of Students (Greek Affairs)
Den Color: Yellow
What Nominators Said: "Bob has served as a guiding light to the Greek community, and an extremely helpful middle man between the school and Greek organizations. Using Bob as a Bobcat Preview Namesake would familiarize new students with Bob and shed a positive light on Greek life, encouraging new Bobcats to find their home in a Greek organization here on our great campus."
Department/Office: Career Services
Position: Career Advisor
Den Color: Baby Blue
What Nominators Said: "If you haven't met Bruce Howard yet, you are missing out. He is incredibly kind, generous, wise, and caring and serves as a mentor to many students and also staff. I am lucky to have had the opportunity to work with him while I was a Career Advisor in Career Services, and I can honestly say that he changed my life. The way that he is able to motivate people and encourage people to be the best that they can be is unmatched. Texas State is so lucky to have Bruce as a staff member. Bruce Howard is a great example of someone deserving this recognition."
Den Color: Royal Blue
What Nominators Said: "Best professor I've had. He made the class very easy even though it is a difficult course. Very knowledgeable and helpful. I ended up with an A in the class."
"He is a super patient professor who allows for a lot of mistakes, teaches us to fix them, and helps us learn from them."
Dr. Jeff McVey III
Department/Office: Chemistry & Biochemistry
Position: Senior Lecturer
Den Color: Red
What Nominators Said: “Dr. McVey is one of the most cooperative and close-to-heart people I have met in my first semester at Texas State. In his lectures, he uses the coolest analogies for students to help them understand the material. On a personal level, I was breaking down after I was informed that my grandfather had passed away and that I will have to travel to my hometown ASAP. The date of the plane ticket conflicted with the date of the final of his class. I went to his office and he was completely cooperative and understanding. He offered to let me take the final a few days earlier and let me choose a day when I did not have other finals to take. He then started asking me about my hometown and we had one of the most motivational conversations I had ever had. It helped me forget about my sadness. He is a great lecturer and an awesome human and he deserves to be recognized.”
Department/Office: University Police
Den Color: Orange
What Nominators Said: "He has been very helpful with resources concerning the Hispanic population on campus with Hispanic Policy Network."
"Strong leader in the community!"
Spring 2018 Bobcat Preview Namesake
Bobcat Preview is excited to announce that Jack Rahmann has been selected as the Spring 2018 Bobcat Preview Namesake! He will be represented by Den Rahmann, a unique collection of students and staff that will attend the January Bobcat Preview program.
Jack earned his undergraduate degree in Hospitality Management from Michigan State and later an MBA from DePaul University in Chicago. While a student at Michigan State, Jack was actively involved in student organizations, worked on the facilities crew in Residence Halls, and held positions in local restaurants. As a student at DePaul University, Jack served in a Graduate Assistantship with the School of Business.
Following college, Jack moved to Idaho to pursue a career in the resort industry and be closer to skiing, fishing and backpacking. At Sun Valley Resort in Sun Valley, ID, Jack managed the resort's food and beverage department, and eventually ran the resort's hotel operations.
After his work in the resort industry, Jack & his wife started what became a successful landscape services and property management company in Sun Valley. After ten years of business, Jack parted ways with his landscape business and pursued a new venture as the Assistant Director of Operations at the Boise State University Student Union in 2000.
In 2014, Jack and his family moved to Texas for his new position as the LBJ Student Center Director at Texas State University. We are so lucky to have such a wonderful Director and Namesake!
And now, a welcome message from Jack:
"I am very fortunate to work in the Student Union profession because I have the opportunity to work with and mentor students while providing a wide range of campus activities and learning opportunities outside of the classroom. My job keeps me young and there is so much to learn. I love Texas Sate and am excited to begin another new semester. Go Bobcats!"
In the Fall semesters, the Directors and their team of Co-Chairs spread out on campus to take nominations for Bobcat Preview Namesake. Students, faculty, and staff nominate members of the university community to be recognized for their incredible service to this university and for improving the collegiate experiences of students here.
Once nominations period has been ended, the Co-Chairs tally up and record all of the nominations. After the start of the Spring semester, the Leadership Team narrows down the candidates and selects the final seven Namesakes. The Bobcat Preview Steering Committee selects the Spring Bobcat Preview Namesake.
Nominations are now closed! Thank you to everyone who nominated a staff or faculty this year. Namesakes will be announced early in the spring!