Bobcat Buddies Ambassador Program

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What is Bobcat Buddies?

Starting a new job can be an exciting, but sometimes overwhelming experience. With a new and unfamiliar workplace and dozens of names to remember, learning the ropes can feel harrowing.

Bobcat Buddies is an ambassador program that connects new Bobcat employees with current staff to help familiarize them with Texas State, experience TXST culture, and expand their social network.

The program's purpose is to support our New Hires as they transition into their new career at TXST, reduce the learning curve, and increase staff retention.

How does Bobcat Buddies work?

Bobcat Buddies and New Hires will be matched based on your common interests and intersection of roles at TXST. Once matched, you will welcome your New Hire and keep in touch with them during the first 90 days of employment.

Throughout your time as their buddy, you'll help promote a positive new hire experience by introducing them to TXST culture, resources, events, and more!

This includes meeting up (either virtually or in person) and checking in via email, Teams chat, or whatever way works best for you and your New Hire. The time commitment may vary, but the estimated minimum is 20 hours over 90 days.

Bobcat Buddies Experience Timeline
Bobcat Buddies Application Process, Complete the Bobcat Buddies Interest Survey, Human Resources will verify that you are eligible to participate, Your supervisor will complete the Supervisor Approval Form indicating they support your participation, Complete the Matching Survey and online training course in SF Learning, Attend a live Zoom session, Get Matched

How do I join Bobcat Buddies?

Interested in being a new hire ambassador and helping our new Bobcat employees become familiar with different aspects of campus? There are three ways to join the Bobcat Buddies program—volunteering, being nominated, or via referrals—all begin with completing the Bobcat Buddies Interest Survey.

Once submitted, the Bobcat Buddies committee will review and select applicants who meet the following criteria:

  • Regular part or full-time staff
  • No disciplinary actions or document performance concerns within the preceding 12 months
  • 6 months continuously employed at TXST or a TXST Alum
  • Supervisor approval
  • Ability to commit 20 hours over 90 days on an ongoing basis

Are You Interested?

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Bobcat Buddies Resources:

  • Did you miss the Bobcat Buddies info session? We've got you covered! Check out the Info Session video recording to learn more about participation requirements and goals of this new program.

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For more information about this program, please contact hr@txstate.edu or call 5.2557.