Spring Bobcat Preview Schedule
Bobcat Preview General Information
Bobcat Preview is a mandatory new student program designed to introduce students to all the university has to offer through 'just-in-time' information. Our goal is to help acclimate students to student life and university culture here at Texas State University. Bobcat Preview is required of all incoming students with less than 30 credit hours on file with Texas State or who are a part of the PACE cohort. Not sure if you are a PACE student? Follow this link for more information: PACE Student information. If you have any questions or concerns regarding credit hours, please contact the Office of the Registrar. The following link will take you to their website: Registrar.
Bobcat Preview Check-In & Program Information
The Spring 2019 Bobcat Preview program will take place on Friday, January 18th, 2019.
Check-In will be held in the LBJ Student Center Teaching Theater at 8:00 AM. The program will immediately follow Check-In and conclude at 4:45 PM.
Lunch: Students will have a 45 minute lunch break during the day. Students are responsible for providing their own lunch.
Parking: Parking is available at the LBJ Student Center Parking Garage adjacent to the Student Center. For information about rates, visit the Parking Services website.
**Bobcat Preview is geared towards incoming students and there will not be any programming for parents or family members. This is a student-only program**
Texas State Events App/Guidebook
The Spring 2019 Bobcat Preview guide is available via the Texas State University Events (TXST Events) app on your smartphone.
You can download the guide by visiting your app store and searching for the Texas State University Events (TXST Events) app. Once downloaded, search for the 'Bobcat Preview 2018-2019' guide. In that guide, you can find detailed information about the Spring 2019 program.
A web version of the app is also available here: Bobcat Preview Guidebook
University Welcome & Namesake Introduction
Hear from our Spring 2019 Namesake, Tony Ghinelli, as he welcomes you to life as a Bobcat. Please note that Check-in will begin at 8:00am.
Stand Up, Speak Up
This presentation will encourage you through videos, interactive polls and discussions how to make safe, informed and responsible decisions about alcohol. You will also learn to go from being a bystander to an upstander while navigating your way through college.
There are many adjustments to be made in the first year of college that can be stressful and interfere with achieving goals. With awareness about mental health and by using prevention skills, college stress can be turned into success!
Protecting & Serving
During this session, the Texas State University Police Department will give you “Just the Facts” on how to stay safe on campus. Topics include using the Bobcat Bobbies service, how you can learn Krav Maga-Self Defense, and how you can get involved with Campus Crime Stoppers. Campus Violence Prevention training will be discussed. You will also learn the who, why, when, where and what to do during an emergency on campus.
Every Texas State Student is protected under Title IX which prohibits sex-based discrimination in education. Students will learn what Title IX means for all students and the responsibility Texas State University has under the law. The presentation will discuss multiple ways a Title IX policy could be violated, who the student could report to if a Title IX violation has occurred, and what to expect from the process. Students will also recognize the role alcohol can have and the importance of understanding enthusiastic consent in every situation.
Hip Hop Congress will take the stage for a performance centered around diversity education and how it relates to your experience as a Bobcat. This group is sure to please, and you won’t help but be moved by their performance.
Lunch is not provided as part of the program so please plan to bring food with you or you may purchase food in the LBJ Student Center. For dining options, please visit the dining website.
Computers...Time to Get Online!
All Texas State students have access to the campus computer resources, including an email account and access to the internet. Much of your communication, research, information, and creativity will be connected to computers on campus. In this presentation, you will learn the basics of TRACS, Bobcatmail, and CatsWeb.
Alkek Library Orientation
Librarians from Texas State's Albert B. Alkek Library will share with you the wealth of resources and support offered at Alkek. From assistance with research, support in your academic courses, the ability to borrow books, DVDs and other equipment- Alkek is full of resources to help you during your time at Texas State!
College Note Taking
Experience a sample lecture from some of Texas State’s most popular faculty as they take you into the world of a student in one of their classes. Presenters from the Student Learning Assistance Center (SLAC) will finish up this presentation with tips, details, and strategies to help you get the most out of your classes.
Discussion Groups allow students to meet in a small group setting with Bobcat Preview staff members. These groups are designed to give incoming students an opportunity to meet their new classmates, gain knowledge and ask questions to the Bobcat Preview staff.