December 2008 Edition

Research/Academic Showcase

Texas Tech Researchers Counter Chemical Warfare with New Technology

New Synthesis Approach Could Create More Durable and Elastic Materials

License Plates Provide Scholarships for Students

"Portals of Discovery" Creator Receives National Medal of Arts

Campus Connection

Chancellor's Council Announces Outstanding Teaching, Research Awards

Texas Tech Receives National Science Foundation Funding for New Teaching Program

Professor Honored by Sigma Delta Pi

President Bush Appoints Vietnam Center Director to Education Foundation

Texas Supreme Court Recognizes Texas Tech with First-ever Service Award

Meat Judging Team Wins National Championship

Livestock Judging Team Shatters Record in National Championship Win

McCain, Hance Set to Address Fall Graduates


College of Engineering Named For Former Regent and AT&T CEO Edward E. Whitacre Jr.

Thompson Named to New Endowed CASNR Chairmanship

Alumni News

Alumni Association Hosts Carol Of Lights Pre-lighting Festival

Holiday Gift Ideas

Get Your Red Raider MasterCard

Featured Tradition

50 Years of Shining Bright

What It Feels Like...

To Recruit Chess Players in Dresden Germany

University Wallpaper

December Wallpaper

Featured Alumnus

Angela Braly


Jones AT&T Stadium Expansion Officially Underway

Kipyego Runs into History Books with Third-Straight NCAA Cross Country Title

Harrell, Crabtree Headed To Home Depot ESPNU Awards Show

Harrell Named Wuerffel Trophy Finalist

Texas Tech Places 18 on Academic Big 12 Squads

Texas Tech University Press News

Texas Tech Press Book Wins Texas Writers' League Award

Holiday Calendar

The end of the fall semester is a busy time on the Texas Tech campus

Texas Tech Ornament

Get Your Guns Up this Holiday

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Holiday Gift Ideas

Written by Chad Elrod


You do not have to fight the crowds this holiday season because the Texas Tech Alumni Association has many different gift ideas for your friends and family. All proceeds go towards the Texas Tech Alumni Association Scholarship Fund.

The Official Texas Tech Class Ring

The Official Texas Tech Class Ring would make a great gift for any graduate of Texas Tech. The Official Texas Tech Class Ring is a tradition that has been brought back from the 1950s. This ring evokes special memories of the occasions and traditions of Texas Tech: the “Fight Song” sung at the stadium with the Masked Rider going hell-bent for leather along the sidelines, Raider Red giving fans the “Guns Up” and firing his shotguns and the unforgettable images created during the Carol of Lights where the red, white and orange holiday lights cast their spell over the campus. The ring is a symbolic, continuous link with classmates, friends and generations of alumni.

To order an official class ring, visit or contact the Texas Tech Alumni Association at (806) 742-3641.


Texas Tech Merchandise

The Texas Tech Alumni Association also offers a wide variety of clothing, gifts and merchandise for Red Raider fans of all ages through the Tech Traditions Gift Shop. To purchase your Texas Tech holiday gifts you can go by Tech Traditions housed in the Merket Alumni Center located at 17th and University or you can visit them online at


Personalized Items

personalized stone pavers

Courtyard bricks, bronze pavers, stone walkway markers, stone parkway benches, and cornerstone markers.

You walked through the Texas Tech campus every day. Going to class, meeting new people and gaining new friends along the way. Undoubtedly, it made a lasting impression on your life and perhaps your loved one as well.

So on this holiday season, give that special someone in your life a permanent gift with a personalized courtyard brick, bronze paver, stone walkway marker, stone parkway bench or a cornerstone marker.

These permanent markers may be inscribed with your name or they may be purchased in honor of your child's or relative's graduation, as a memorial to a friend or to recognize others.

For more information or to schedule an appointment to view the Alumni Association facilities, contact the Alumni Association at (806) 742-3641.


The Texas Tech Coffee Table Book

Strive for Honor

The “Strive for Honor” coffee-table book is an amazing keepsake that is sure to bring a smile to any Red Raider this holiday season.

This beautiful leather bound book makes the perfect addition to your home or office and will provide hours of enjoyment as you flip through the pages of beautiful photography and memorable stories.

This gift not only will serve as a great conversation piece for years to come but will insure amazing memories of Tech will live forever.

“Strive for Honor” is available in hardbound and the Deluxe Limited-Edition Leather-Bound Collector’s Edition.

Currently the Collector’s Edition, regularly valued at more than $200, is being offered for a one-time price of $125.

Call toll-free (866) 923-8618 for pricing, information, and promotional discounts or order online now.


The 2008 Official Texas Tech Ornament

2008 Official Texas Tech Ornament

The 2008 Official Texas Tech Ornament is finished in 24-carat gold and represents the "Guns Up" salute of our university.

Each year a new ornament is available so that Texas Tech supporters can collect the entire set. You can order ornaments from 1997 through the current year.

Order the 2008 Official Texas Tech Ornament online at:

If you need more information on ornaments, please contact Cathy Kay, director of presidential events at (806) 742-2121.



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