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Bobcat Preview Namesakes

2019 Bobcat Preview Namesakes


THANK YOU to our 2019 Bobcat Preview Namesakes for representing our seven wonderful Dens this August! We were so grateful to have each and every one of you involved with our new Bobcats' transition to Texas State! 

Dr. Kambra Bolch

Department/Office: University Seminar, University College
Position: Associate Dean, Academic Programs
Den Color: Royal Blue
What Nominators Said: "It is an honor to write this nomination letter for my colleague Dr. Kambra Bolch, Associate Dean, Academic Programs, University College as a possible recipient of the Bobcat Preview Namesake. Kambra has made a significant impact as the Associate Dean, leading Academic Programs for new students and the Peer Mentor program with her direct service, dedication and commitment to the academic excellence and success of roughly 6,100 first year students. She also provides leadership and support to a team of 180 individuals who teach and provide services to First Year students and those in the General Studies Program. She is genuinely interested and cares about students. Her open-door policy has provided her the opportunity to get to know first year students individually while also making them feel welcomed and important to this institution. She leads students by example, providing guidance and support when they are experiencing issues such as transitioning to a new environment, homesickness and academic stress. When possible Kambra joins students at peer mentor/mentee activities. Her genuine interest encourages students to be the best they can be. Her open-door policy has also cultivated a strong team and a positive working environment…"

Dr. Anica Debelica Lee

Department/Office: Biology Department
Position: Lecturer
Den Color: Green
What Nominators Said: “Dr. Lee really cares for her students and wants them to not only succeed but leave her classroom having learned something new and valuable. I've had the honor of being in her class twice, once my freshman year and now my junior year. Dr. Lee cares genuinely about students and their learning, and doesn't want to be an additional stressor in this already stressful time during our lives. She really works with us to help us be the best that we can be academically and mentally. She's been one of the most influential professors I have had at Texas State and I truly believe that my experience at this campus has been better because of her."

Stacie McGee

Department/Office: School of Social Work
Position: Lecturer
Den Color: Red
What Nominators Said: "Stacie McGee is an incredible professor and advocate for her students. She continually comes to class with a positive, accepting, and warm attitude that inspires students to be the best versions of themselves. Consistently, she wholeheartedly nourishes all students' mindsets and ideas while keeping her classes well disciplined and structured. Additionally, she loves Texas State and San Marcos and is well versed in the resources in the community and on campus that students can utilize. She upholds the values of Texas State everyday and would be a wonderful candidate and advocate for students transitioning to campus."

Laramie McWilliams

Bruce Howard

Department/Office: Dean of Students
Position: Assistant Dean of Students, Student Development & Leadership Programs
Den Color: Yellow
What Nominators Said: “Laramie McWilliams really goes above and beyond for each and every student she meets. She immediately makes them feel safe, welcome and loved. She leads with a servants heart, pushes her students to be their best but also makes sure they are okay. Not just grade wise, but mentally okay. She often spends her own money to give back to the orgs she advises, to help them with any of their events and just because she wants to. Laramie never asks for anything back. If it was not for her, I am not sure what kind of student I would be. I honestly do not think I would be as involved at Texas State, she is the reason I have met some of the most amazing people in my life. She is one of those amazing people. Laramie embodies what it means to be a Bobcat, what it means to be a faculty member and what it means to make an impact…"

Kyle Patek

Department/Office: Department of Health & Human Performance
Position: Lecturer
Den Color: Orange
What Nominators Said: “Mr. Patek is a Texas State Alum and is now one of the best professors in his department. He made me feel welcome and understood as a student. He made a very difficult class become understandable. He connected with his students and made me feel like professors actually care about their students. He is not only a great professor but a great mentor to anyone who needs the help. He takes time out of his busy schedule to sit with students and explain more of the class content or just to sit and chat. There is always a long line of students sitting outside of his office during office hours. He deserves to be recognized for all of the hard work that he puts into his classes."

Dr. Tara Newman

Department/Office: Department of Curriculum & Instruction
Position: Lecturer
Den Color: Purple
What Nominators Said: "I think Dr. Newman should be selected as a Bobcat Preview Namesake because she's willing to help students like myself become more connected with TXST. By far she's my favorite professor that cares for her students and she shows it everyday we are in class. She's able to help answer any kind of questions related to our major & being reliable to reach her in any way possible if we have any concerns or more questions. You can tell when someone cares based on their actions and Dr. Newman is someone I'll remember as I grow and strive throughout my college career!"

Tabitha Williams

Alex Villalobos

Department/Office: CAFÉ – Career and Financial Education | University College
Position: Student Development Specialist II
Den Color: Light Blue
What Nominators Said: “Tabitha is supportive of any and every student who crosses her path. She works long and hard hours to make sure that students are successful in their organizations and understand the organization conduct process. She is known across campus as an ally and is typically the first to volunteer for anyone in need. Tabitha is charismatic, encouraging, determined, and dependable. She will share the spirit of Texas State with all students and be a listening ear."

Spring 2019 Bobcat Preview Namesake

Tony Ghinelli

Bobcat Preview is excited to announce that Tony Ghinelli has been selected as the Spring 2019 Bobcat Preview Namesake! He will be represented by Den Ghinelli, a unique collection of students and staff that will attend the January Bobcat Preview program. 

Tony earned his Bachelor's degree in Marketing and his Master's in Education from Texas A&M University. As an undergraduate student, Tony was actively involved in orientation-focused student organizations and served as a marketing coordinator for the Athletics department. During his time in graduate school, Tony served as a Graduate Assistant for the Office of New Student and Family Programs. 

After college, Tony continued to work at Texas A&M in the Office of Off-Campus Student Support Services before finding his new home at Texas State University. Tony moved to the Austin area in January of 2015, serving as the Coordinator for Leadership and New Student Programs in the LBJ Student Center. In this role, he oversaw the Bobcat Preview program and conducted leadership curriculum for students and staff across campus. 

In January of 2018, Tony began his current position of Assistant Director within the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at Texas State University, overseeing New Student Orientation and the university's Bobcat Day programs. 

What are three things you love about Texas State?

  • The students. The students at Texas State are passionate and driven, creating a true community of scholars.
  • The campus. Texas State is a beautiful campus with amazing architecture. Plus, you get a built-in workout with all the hills!
  • The staff and faculty. Every person on this campus wants you to be successful, and we will work tirelessly to support you in any way we can.

Nomination Process

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.

Namesake Nominations for Fall 2020 will take place from November 4-22.