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The information in this handbook is not a contract and is subject to change at any time without notice. Copies are available at the Alkek Library, Dean of Students Office (LBJ Student Center, Suite 5-9.1) or online at www.dos.txstate.edu. Questions regarding updates may be directed to the Dean of Students at 512.245.2124.
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Welcome, Bobcat Class of 2018!
I would like to welcome you to your new home, Texas State University! By choosing to attend this extraordinary university you have made a life-changing decision. Your best years are ahead of you.
You are beginning your journey at Texas State during its prime. We just set a new record for enrollment, and we have recently become a Hispanic Serving Institution, an Emerging Research Institution, and we moved our football program to Division I. You are the third class who will have the opportunity of enjoying football games at our newly renovated Bobcat Stadium. You will be the first class to fully enjoy our new state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center.
Take the opportunity to get involved in your university. Getting involved in student organizations has countless rewards from making new friends to growing as a leader and as an individual. For me, getting involved in a student organization helped me find my voice and gave me the opportunity to meet many influential people. In addition, getting involved on campus tends to ease the transitional period between leaving home and coming to college.
Your Student Government is always happy to help you with any road bumps you may encounter. Our office is located on the fourth floor of the LBJ Student Center in Room 4-5.1. Please feel free to stop by and introduce yourself. The Senate meets every Monday night in the LBJ Student Center Teaching Theater at 7 p.m. I encourage all of you to attend so you can hear about what is going on at our university and help us represent your interests to campus administration.
Remember that your academics should always remain your number one priority, and Texas State gives you many resources to make sure you do just that. Our famous alumnus, President Lyndon B. Johnson, once said, “The noblest search is the search for excellence.” Every day that you are here at Texas State pursue excellence, because there is no greater reward than that of success.
Cherish your time here at Texas State and take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way. We are excited to have you join our Bobcat family!
Eat ’em up cats!
Student Body President
Welcome to the Texas State community. I am excited that you have chosen to become a Bobcat. We are committed as a university community to provide you with the assistance, encouragement and support necessary for you to become a successful graduate of Texas State.
We strongly believe in the concept of total education and development. As Bobcats, we have developed behavior expectations that we all live by as members of the campus community.
WE ARE BOBCATS
We are Academically Successful
We are Caring
We are Healthy
We are Responsible
We are Proud
We want you to be fully prepared to leave Texas State with all the tools necessary to lead a productive life. Texas State offers a myriad of opportunities for growth and leadership experience through your involvement in student organizations and activities. Your success will be dependent on your interactions both in and out of the classroom, and we hope you make the most of this exciting time in your life. As your Bobcat partners, we will make every effort to ensure that our student support services assist you to become successful academically, socially and personally.
Best wishes for an exciting academic year!
Joanne H. Smith, PhD
Vice President for Student Affairs