Recruitment & Retention
Texas Tech Arts & Sciences Day
The Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures participated in the 2016 Arts & Sciences Day on August 31 on the south grounds near Holden Hall.
Students were presented information on the languages, majors and minors, numerous faculty-led study abroad programs offered through the Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures. Students' interests peaked when learning the impact knowing foreign languages may increase one's marketability in the workforce.
The Arabic Language Student Organization also set up a display where instructors and current students of Arabic were onsite to provide information on the organization and encouraged students to get involved!
CMLL faculty and advisors made their way to the South lawn of Holden Hall where they engaged in the campus-wide Arts & Sciences Day on August 31, 2016. Students were presented information on the languages, majors and minors, study abroad programs offered through the Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures. Interesting discussions immerged as information on the benefits of learning foreign languages and how a double or dual major and a minor can increase their marketability in the workforce.
Texas Tech Preview Day
Approximately 1,200 students from area high schools filled the United Supermarkets Arena on October 9-10, 2016. Faculty and advisors from all disciplines, student organization, and campus services were present to showcase Texas Tech University. Parents and students engaged in conversations with CMLL faculty and advisors on the language programs offered as well as the importance of language skills in the global economy.
Texas Tech Majors & Minors Fair
The future of hundreds of Texas Tech students got a little sweeter at the 2016 Majors & Minors Fair on October 20th in the SUB Ballroom. Meandering from table to table, student gathered information on the wide selection of majors and minors offered at Texas Tech University.
CMLL advisors, faculty recruiters and language majors and minors engaged in interesting dialogues regarding majoring or minoring in one or more of the twelve languages offered by the Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures.
An increased interest in learning a foreign language relevant to their prospective careers seemed to be the main focus of the students this year. A partnership is forged with students as they study languages with the purpose of being ready to enter the workforce upon completion of their degrees. The fair provides students the wonderful opportunity to meet with all of the Texas Tech departments to explore options to enhance their fields of study or to explore new options.
Recruitment at the Local High School Level
Lubbock High School College and Career Fiesta
CMLL advisors, Carla Burrus and Shelly Whitelonis represented the Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures at the Lubbock High College and Career Fiesta on September 23rd. The high school cafeteria was abuzz with over 100 organizations reaching out to approximately 2000 students as they made their way through the maze of tables and displays. Burrus and Whitelonis were thrilled when eager students competed in a quick game of "identify that language" for small prizes. Students discovered that Texas Tech University offers twelve foreign languages, 5 majors, fourteen minors, and the importance language will play in their future careers.
Estacado High School College & Career Fair
The Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures was represented at the Estacado High School College & Career Fair on November 10, 2016. The high school gymnasium was transformed into a maze of colleges, universities, and businesses where 9th to 12th graders from Dunbar CPA learned about the wonderful possibilities awaiting them after graduation from high school. Carla Burrus distributed information on the foreign languages, majors and minors that are offered at Texas Tech University to students and highlighted the importance of learning multiple languages now and the impact it can have on their future career paths.
Coronado High School College & Career Fair
The College of Arts & Sciences and the Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures hosted a table at the Coronado High School College & Career Fair on November 15, 2016. Emphasis was placed on the twelve languages offered at Texas Tech University and how learning one or more of them can have a positive impact on their ability to communicate with other people groups and how new doors could open as a result. While targeting seniors is always of foremost importance in regards to recruitment, raising awareness on the value of learning one more foreign languages in regards to its benefits is of foremost importance for all levels of students.