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Personalized Academic and Career Exploration Center

Our Commitment to First-Year Success

At Texas State University, you begin your educational journey at the PACE Center, a one-stop location where you will receive help setting career goals and building a specific educational plan to achieve those goals.


Your PACE Success Team

Your Success Team is a group of dedicated faculty, staff, and student employees (undergraduate and graduate) working together to support you in your first-year transition into college life and Texas State. Your team includes your academic advisor, academic coach, career counselor, peer mentor, and your University Seminar faculty member.

Academic Advising

Your academic advisor will provide you with guidance to help you make the best choices regarding your degree requirements and academic goals.
Academic advisor advising first-year student in office
Academic Coach meeting with first-year student

Academic Coaching

Your academic coach will empower you to take an active approach to your own learning and become a self-advocate for your education.

Career Counseling

Your career counselor will help you assess your interests, abilities and goals relating to your potential career; explore the future of the work world; and choose appropriate pathways and opportunities to support your success.
Career Counselor meeting with first-year student
Peer Mentor meeting with a first-year student

Peer Mentoring

Your peer mentor will be an upper-level student who provides continued positive peer support to help you socially and academically transition to Texas State.

University Seminar (US 1100)

Your University Seminar (US 1100) faculty member will help meet your transitional needs as a new Texas State student.
US 1100 Faculty member teaching a group of students outside

Upcoming PACE Events

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Location:
LBJ Student Center Ballroom; Ballroom
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Laramie McWilliams
Assistant Dean of Students
lm41@txstate.edu
512.245.5321
Campus Sponsor:
Leadership Institute, Dean of Students Office, Common Experience
Official Common Experience Event
 
Free Registration (required)
 
The Dean of Students Office will host the Texas State Leadership Institute Annual Conference on February 28-29, 2020, with a theme of Exploring the Truth in Leadership. The primary purpose of the conference is to bring together students to learn leadership skills, engage in values-based activities that foster personal leadership development, build a unified community, cultivate social responsibility, and inspire students to adopt a new way of life while expanding their leadership potential.
 
Website
Leadership Institute Annual Conference
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Luma Mufleh

Location:
LBJ Student Center Teaching Theater; Teaching Theater
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Laramie McWilliams
Assistant Dean of Students
lm41@txstate.edu
512.245.5321
Campus Sponsor:
Leadership Institute, Dean of Students Office, Common Experience
Official Common Experience Event
Leadership Institute Annual Conference Friday Keynote

 
Free Conference Registration (required)
 
Luma Mufleh is the CEO and Founding Director of Fugees Family, Inc., a nonprofit organization that uses the power of soccer, education, and community to empower refugee children to successfully integrate into the United States. She is part principal, part tutor, the head of the first accredited private school dedicated to refugee education in the country, which encompasses a summer camp and a college prep program — and she’s building a community and support network that could be the national model the United States' needs.

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Location:
LBJ Student Center Ballroom; Ballroom
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Laramie McWilliams
Assistant Dean of Students
lm41@txstate.edu
512.245.5321
Campus Sponsor:
Leadership Institute, Dean of Students Office, Common Experience
Official Common Experience Event
 
Free Registration (required)
 
The Dean of Students Office will host the Texas State Leadership Institute Annual Conference on February 28-29, 2020, with a theme of Exploring the Truth in Leadership. The primary purpose of the conference is to bring together students to learn leadership skills, engage in values-based activities that foster personal leadership development, build a unified community, cultivate social responsibility, and inspire students to adopt a new way of life while expanding their leadership potential.
 
Website
Leadership Institute Annual Conference
more about event

Polo Sandoval

Location:
LBJ Student Center Ballroom
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Laramie McWilliams
Assistant Dean of Students
lm41@txstate.edu
512.245.5321
Campus Sponsor:
Leadership Institute, Dean of Students Office, Common Experience
Official Common Experience Event
Leadership Institute Annual Conference Saturday Keynote

 
Free Conference Registration (required)
 
Polo Sandoval is a CNN correspondent based New York. He covers a wide range of breaking news stories across the country for CNN and its sister networks CNNI, HLN, and CNN Español. During his time at CNN Newsource in Washington, D.C., Sandoval's responsibilities included daily custom coverage of national and international headlines for CNN's 800 English- and Spanish-speaking affiliates. He's also worked regularly with CNN U.S. on high-profile stories. Sandoval's work has been recognized by the Texas Associate Press Broadcasters and the Lone Star Emmy chapter. In 2018, Sandoval was awarded Texas State University's Young Alumni Rising Star. He earned a bachelor's degree from Texas State in mass communication with a concentration in electronic media.

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Dr. Sherri Benn

Location:
LBJ Student Center Ballroom
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Laramie McWilliams
Assistant Dean of Students
lm41@txstate.edu
512.245.5321
Campus Sponsor:
Leadership Institute, Dean of Students Office, Common Experience
Official Common Experience Event
Leadership Institute Annual Conference Closing Keynote

 
Free Conference Registration (required)
 
Dr. Sherri Benn is Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, Director of Student Diversity and Inclusion, and ADA Coordinator at Texas State University. She was born and raised in Oklahoma by a single mom of three children. As a first-generation college student, she was the first in her family to obtain a bachelor's degree. She is an inspiring, charismatic leader, teacher, and spiritual activist who understands the complexities and challenges of life. Her approaches to leadership and teaching are fresh, practical, and well-received, and she is skilled and authentic in her ability to apply critical theory and theology to real-life experiences. Dr. Benn's research focuses on race, the successful educational experiences of black students matriculating in Historically White Institutions, and trans-racial conversations about race. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees at Texas State University and her Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin.

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The Truth About Social Media

Location:
Undergraduate Academic Center (UAC)
Conference Room 124
; Conference Room 124
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Erika K. Nielson
Assistant Director of the Common Experience
erika.nielson@txstate.edu
512.245.3579
Campus Sponsor:
Common Experience
Official Common Experience Event
Part of "The Truth About Things" Series

 
The “Truth About Social Media” discussion event will provide a space to ask questions of experts about social media. These experts will share who they are and offer valuable information about websites and applications that enable us to network with others. Audience members will have opportunities to ask questions throughout the discussion in order to understand how to read, interpret, and navigate social media.

Discussion Experts:
  • Dale Blasingame, assistant professor of practice, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Texas State University
  • Allison Jones, social media coordinator, University College and PACE Center, Texas State University
  • Anna Martin, social media coordinator, Common Experience, Texas State University
  • Vanessa Villescas, social media coordinator, Office of University Marketing, Texas State University
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The Truth About Your Legal Rights

Location:
Undergraduate Academic Center (UAC)
Conference Room 124
; Conference Room 124
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Erika Nielson
Assistant Director of the Common Experience
erika.nielson@txstate.edu
512.245.3579
Campus Sponsor:
Common Experience
Official Common Experience Event
Part of "The Truth About Things" Series

 
The “Truth About Your Legal Rights” discussion event will provide a space to ask questions of experts about your legal rights, including criminal defense, debt settlement, and rental properties. These experts will share who they are and what you need to know about your legal rights. Audience members will have opportunities to ask questions throughout the discussion in order to understand more about your rights, how to exercise them, and what to do when your rights are violated.

Discussion Experts:
  • Kama Davis, J.D., attorney at law, Attorney for Students Office, Texas State
  • Angelica Coronado, J.D., attorney at law, Attorney for Students Office, Texas State
  • Additional experts to be added
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