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Submit a Program!

The Office of Student Life is pleased to announce that the Bobcat Compass December calendar is scheduled to publish on December 1st.

We encourage all UC Merced offices, divisions and student organizations who plan to host activities for first-year students during the month of December to submit your programs using the Bobcat Compass Event Submission Form (visit Intelform link below). All submissions will be placed in the Bobcat Compass Monthly Event Calendar. While this call is for December programs, you may also submit future programs now if you have all the details asked of in the submission form prepared.

Want to take part in Bobcat Compass, but don’t know what programming will help?

The Bobcat Compass Steering Committee has put together a monthly theme recommendation based upon student needs and trends that occur throughout the semester. December’s recommended programming theme is the “Finish Strong.” As part of this theme, we encourage you to think about how a student can holistically wrap up their Fall 2019 semester, prepare for their Spring 2020 semester, and have a safe and joyful winter season.

Please make sure to submit the Bobcat Compass Event Submission Form for programs scheduled to happen in December no later than 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, November 21, 2019 by logging on to

The Office of Student Life has been working very hard to plan fun and engaging educational activities for our students, and we know you all have been, too! We need your help to share all of the amazing programs happening on campus with our new students. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at or at (209) 228-2458.


After I Submit a Program, What Are My Next Steps?

1. Market Your Program.

After submission, your program will be listed within the monthly Bobcat Compass calendar, which will be posted on the Office of Student Life website, sent through Happenings via email, and posted in various places across campus. We encourage you to market your program individually, in addition to the collective calendar, to grow your audience’s awareness of the program.

2. Post the Bobcat Compass Signage At Your Event.

Attached, you will find a poster that designates your program as part of the Bobcat Compass program, meaning students can receive “CatLoot” points for their attendance and assessment of the program. The poster has a QR code on it that will allow students easy access to see the Bobcat Compass calendar and post-event survey online.


3. Tell Your Attendees About the CatLoot Program to Encourage Assessment.

CatLoot is essentially credit or points that students receive for their attendance at programs enlisted in the Bobcat Compass calendar. They can also receive CatLoot points for completing a post-event survey and by providing a testimonial about their experience at the event. At the end of the year, CatLoot totals will be calculated for each student who participated, and they will be able to “spend” their CatLoot by picking a prize, based upon how many points they received. Big ticket items, such as an iPad, Bluetooth speaker, and scooter will be raffled to those with the most CatLoot points. There will also be assorted prizes and promotional items donated from offices across campus and in the community, such as Padfolios, USB flash drives, reusable tote bags, water bottles, backpacks, shirts, and more.

4. Send UCMCIP@UCMERCED.EDU Your Attendance Sheet.

Students can only get credit for their attendance at your event if we receive your attendance sheet in order to track it. Our ask is that you please provide the attendees’ first name, last name, Student ID number, and UC Merced Email Address in an Excel spreadsheet, so that we can easily track and match the participants’ information to other submissions.

5. Provide Any Program-Specific Evaluation(s) to Your Participants.

The Post-event Survey & Testimonial Opportunity we provide to students is an assessment specific to the Bobcat Compass Program. The questions asked evaluate how your program has contributed to the Bobcat Compass program’s overall learning outcomes and students’ sense of belonging. We do not ask questions related to event satisfaction or event-specific goals and outcomes. If you have unique goals you would like measured for your event, we encourage you to send a separate assessment to your participants.