Resources and Facilities
As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Big 12 Conference, Texas Tech provides intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women. Both programs operate under NCAA and Big 12 rules and regulations as well as under the auspices of the Texas Tech Athletic Council whose membership represents the faculty, student body, Alumni Association, and a member-at-large appointed by the university president.
Athletic activities are organized under the Director of Athletics with head coaches in each of the sports responsible to the director. Texas Tech began competing in the Big 12 Conference in 1996 after a 35-year membership in the former Southwest Conference.
Female athletes compete in intercollegiate volleyball, soccer, cross country, basketball, golf, tennis, softball, and track and field. The women’s program has grown rapidly since 1974 with teams participating in state, regional, and national competitions. In 1993 the Lady Raider basketball team claimed the school’s first NCAA National Championship. The men’s program includes football, basketball, cross country, track and field, baseball, golf, and tennis.
Jones AT&T Stadium is named for Texas Tech’s late President Emeritus Clifford B. Jones and his wife Audrey and for SBC Communications. While SBC’s gift of $20 million enabled renovation of the stadium in 2003, the Jones family provided the initial funds to permit construction of the stadium in 1947. Because SBC Communications acquired AT&T in 2005 and chose to keep the AT&T name, the former Jones SBC Stadium was renamed and became the only collegiate athletic facility in the nation with the AT&T name.
The 2003 renovation added a new west side building, complete with 54 luxury suites, a club level, and press and camera levels. In 2010, an east side stadium building opened and features 29 luxury suites and over 500 outdoor club seats. The addition increased stadium capacity to over 60,000.
Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park hosts the university’s baseball team and has been voted as one of the best places in the nation to watch a college baseball game. Track events are held at the Terry and Linda Fuller Track Complex, and soccer events are held at the John Walker Soccer Complex. Basketball games tip off in the 15,098-seat United Spirit Arena, one of the finest on-campus basketball-volleyball facilities in the nation.
The Texas Tech softball and tennis programs enjoy the Don and Ethel McLeod Tennis Complex and the Rocky Johnson Field. The university’s golf teams began their first season at The Rawls Course in 2003. Named after Texas Tech alumnus Jerry S. Rawls, who provided an $8.6 million gift for construction of the course, The Rawls Course was named the third best on-campus course in the nation in 2013 by Golfweek Magazine.
The Marsha Sharp Center for Student Athletes opened in 2004 and features classrooms, a computer lab, a resource library, tutoring rooms, private study areas, and administrative offices.
During inclement weather, Texas Tech athletes can practice in the spacious Athletic Training Center, located just south of Jones AT&T Stadium. The facility contains over 3 million cubic feet of space, making it the largest full-circle membrane structure in the world for use by people. One of its main features is an artificial turf football field that can be rolled out to a maximum length of 60 yards. Other features include a 250-yard circular track and 10,000 square feet of weight training facilities.
Barnes and Noble at Texas Tech, the official university bookstore, is located in the Student Union Building. As the supplier for all required and recommended textbooks and supplies for students, the bookstore offers a large selection of used, rental, and digital books with services that include special orders and textbook reservations. The bookstore will also buy back books from students at the end of each semester (prices based on books used for following semester).
The bookstore offers a wide selection of reference and general interest books, study guides, bestsellers, and Nook devices and accessories. In addition, the bookstore carries a variety of Texas Tech apparel and giftware, school supplies, convenience items, and much more. The bookstore also houses a Barnes and Noble Café that serves Starbucks coffee and treats.
The bookstore accepts personal checks, major credit cards, and TechExpress. Store hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.
The Department of Human Development and Family Studies in the College of Human Sciences operates a Child Development Research Center (CDRC) that offers a full-day program for children from birth to 6 years old. The center provides varied opportunities for university students to work in classrooms with professional staff to acquire information and skills related to the development and guidance of young children.
The Child Development Research Center also provides opportunities for faculty and graduate students to conduct research on child behavior and family interactions as well as to generate innovative strategies for promoting human development and family studies across the life span.
Enrollment is open to children of any race, creed, or nationality. Applications should be made through the Child Development Research Center Office, at 15th and Akron or by calling 806.742.3016.Back to Top
The Information Technology (IT) Division (www.infotech.ttu.edu), managed by the Texas Tech University Office of the Chief Information Officer (CIO), provides a wide range of computing resources, services, and support for students, faculty, and staff in support of the university’s educational and research mission. Some of the key services provided to the university community are open-access student computing facilities, cloud-based printing (WEPA), computing short courses, self-paced/computer-based training modules (www.cbt.ttu.edu), personal web pages, email (TechMail), secure remote network access, Help Desk operations, desktop support, secure wireless networking, identity federation, videoconference facilities, Unified Communication/VoIP, Texas Tech application support, mobile application support, online and distance education support, high performance computing, and IT consulting. As part of the Safe Computing Practices Campaign (www.safecomputing.ttu.edu), the Office of the CIO hosts educational events each semester and provides other educational resources to raise IT security awareness mainly for the Texas Tech community.
Technology Assessment (www.depts.ttu.edu/infotech/techassessment.php) provides timely and objective information and analysis of current and emerging technologies. This area keeps current with technology news and trends and provides customers with the appropriate information necessary to make decisions regarding technology investments. Various levels of assessments of technology and technology-related issues are available, ranging from short briefs to comprehensive studies.
Technology Support (www.itts.ttu.edu) provides a variety of IT services and operates the Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC) in the west basement of the Texas Tech Library and five remote student computing labs located throughout the campus (www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/labs). Some of the IT services provided include computing short courses, university software site licenses, mission critical university systems (e.g., BlackBoard, Mediasite, OmniUpdate, SharePoint, etc.), and lab management consulting. Technology Support also manages university websites, including www.ttu.edu (in partnership with Communications and Marketing). Technology Support provides periodic campus training sessions on efficient lab management strategies and safe computing practices.
IT Help Central (www.ithelpcentral.ttu.edu) provides students, faculty, and staff with friendly IT “front line support” for the multitude of IT services. IT Help Central is the primary point of contact for anyone needing assistance regarding technology issues, as well as secondary support for campus IT professionals. In addition to resolving questions quickly, Help Desk services are also structured to escalate questions, problems, and concerns from the user community to the proper IT staff member. All incidents are tracked online until they are resolved. Faculty, staff, and students may contact IT Help Central (806.742.HELP or email@example.com) or utilize the self-support feature through askIT (www.askit.ttu.edu).
Telecommunications (www.net.ttu.edu) architects and manages the Texas Tech data and video network, Unified Communication/VoIP, TTUnet, secure wireless network, and wide-area Internet and Internet2 connections. Telecommunications plans and administers the development, acquisition, repair, maintenance, and delivery of network services. Telecommunications also manages eRaider network authentication account services that provide secure access to various campus resources and other select non-TTU resources via identity federation. The IT Security Team works to continually improve IT security by proactively scanning devices and applications for vulnerabilities. The department is also responsible for the university’s electronic mail services and domain name services.
High Performance Computing Center (www.hpcc.ttu.edu) designs and manages several research computing clusters and resources, allowing campus researchers to efficiently leverage IT resources. The center also operates the TechGrid, harnessing idle compute cycles from a grid of participating campus areas and units. The High Performance Computing Center participates in regional, national, and international initiatives to bring expertise and resources to Texas Tech University researchers.
Application Development and Support (www.ads.ttu.edu) analyzes, designs, and provides high-quality applications, reports, and solutions to support academic processes, such as web-based learning, eCommerce transactions, data security, and institutional reporting. These solutions improve student services, enhance operational visibility, streamline strategic decision-making, and reduce costs. ADS also leads and assists the Texas Tech University community in protecting applications, both internally-developed and third party-provided, using appropriate authentication and security measures.
Institutional Research (IR) (www.irs.ttu.edu) provides precise and timely reporting for state and federal agencies. IR also provides information, research, and decision support to university leaders. Historical information regarding enrollment statistics and student demographics is available from the IR website.
In addition to the university’s IT Division resources, the Texas Tech University System provides the following IT resources:
- Communication Services (www.itcs.ttu.edu) assists those needing a new telephone (office or cellular), an additional telephone line, or voice mail; telephone repair services; and provides on-campus directory assistance. For any of these needs contact Communications Services at 806.742.2000.
- Information Systems (www.texastech.edu/it/infosys) supports the Banner enterprise human resources, student, finance, and financial aid systems
- Technology Operations and Systems Management (TOSM) (www.tosm.ttu.edu) staff members are available to answer questions concerning server administration, management, or support. As the University Data Center, TOSM provides data back-up services to the university community, an important component of disaster recovery and business continuity planning. TOSM provides a production grade data center and encourages areas and units to house servers and data. For additional information, contact the data center at 806.742.2900.
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The mission of Landmark Arts: The Galleries of Texas Tech University School of Art is to promote contemporary visual arts awareness in the Lubbock community through a program of exhibitions, symposia and workshops, publications, and hands-on experience with working artists. As a component of the School of Art, the program integrates academic and professional practice.
The galleries of Landmark Arts are Landmark Gallery, Studio Gallery, Folio, South Gallery, and SRO‑Photo. The Landmark Gallery exhibits contemporary art by nationally and internationally recognized professional artists. The gallery hosts programs that engage campus and Lubbock community participation.
Folio Gallery is an intimate venue that displays prints, photographs, and drawings by visiting professional artists. The Studio Gallery and South Gallery offer exhibitions of work by alumni and student-driven exhibitions such as the capstone exhibitions of the M.F.A. and B.F.A., and the annual undergraduate juried competition. The SRO‑Photo Gallery presents the viewer with wide-ranging solo exhibitions of fine art photography by professional artists from around the country.
The galleries are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. During university holidays the galleries are closed. More information is available at www.landmarkarts.org.
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With a vast library collection and extensive computing and communications resources, Texas Tech University Libraries serve as a vital partner with students and faculty in their research endeavors. The 2.5 million volumes in the Libraries collection support research activity in the humanities, social sciences, and science-technology disciplines. In addition to the Libraries’ catalog, patrons also may access materials from the Health Sciences Center library, Vietnam Archive, and the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library.
The University Library is a Patent and Trademark depository and is one of two regional depositories for U.S. government documents in Texas. The Libraries integrate the latest technologies into their services to support the teaching and research missions of the university. Its website (http://library.ttu.edu/) provides access to online resources, including numerous electronic journals and full-text and bibliographic databases covering a wide range of subjects.
As a charter member of the Texas Digital Library (TDL), the Libraries make their digital collections available to Texas higher education students and faculty via the Internet through a consortium of research libraries. The Digital Media Studio (DMS) provides easy access to the latest Macintosh and PC computing equipment, as well as industry-standard design and video editing software. The DMS also offers digital cameras, high-definition digital camcorders, iPods, and thousands of American and international film titles, music, and audio books on DVD, CD, and VHS.
Patrons have access to more than 200 public computers equipped with the full Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, etc.), AutoCAD, and other project and publishing tools. A document delivery service will obtain materials not owned by the Libraries for students and faculty. The second-floor 3D Animation Lab is open to everyone and offers tutorials and “quick start” guides to 3D art, modeling and animation.
The Libraries’ one credit-hour course (LIB 1100) is offered to convey effective library research methods and strategies for scholastic success. The University Library is open more than 130 hours a week during each semester and is open around the clock during final exam periods.
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The Lubbock Lake Landmark, a renowned archaeological and natural history preserve, contains a complete cultural record from the Clovis Period (12,000 years ago) through historic times, making Lubbock one of the oldest communities in the New World. The Landmark is a unit of the Museum of Texas Tech University and offers tours, outreach, and programs related to the on-going archaeological and natural history research at the preserve. Community and student volunteers assist in much of the research conducted and educational programming offered at the site. The Landmark is closed on Monday but open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.
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As an education resource for a diverse audience, the Museum of Texas Tech University collects, researches, and disseminates information about the natural and cultural heritage of local and related regions. It is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is located on the campus at Fourth Street and Indiana Avenue.
The building was completed in 1970 and contains over 250,000 square feet of galleries, research facilities, classrooms, work areas, and collection housing. The museum complex includes the main museum building, Moody Planetarium, Natural Science Research Laboratory, and Lubbock Lake Landmark. A 40-foot mural, created in India ink by Peter Rogers, dominates the lobby. Galleries showcase long-term and temporary exhibitions drawn from the museum’s own collections and traveling exhibits.
The Moody Planetarium is a 71-seat and two wheelchair area auditorium with a full-domed digital mirror projection system. It has daily astronomy and laser programs for the public at 2:00 and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday through Friday; 11:30 a.m., 2:00, and 3:30 p.m. on Saturday; and 2:00 and 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.
A Master of Arts in Museum Science or Heritage Management is offered as an academic component of the museum.
Although the chief source of funding for the museum is legislative appropriation, additional support comes from endowments and granting agencies. The Museum of Texas Tech University Association supports traveling exhibits. The education division of the museum conducts tours and programs throughout the year, including curriculum-based tours for public schools, public workshops and lectures, special events, and other activities for major exhibitions. Volunteers from the community and Texas Tech University are always needed and welcome. The museum is a military-friendly, Blue Star museum.
The museum is closed on Monday but open free of charge from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, and until 9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month.y.
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The National Ranching Heritage Center is a 27-acre museum with seven galleries, 38 pieces of life-size bronze sculpture, and an historical park containing 48 ranch structures that have been moved to the site from locations throughout the Southwest. The structures—a bunkhouse, one-room schoolhouse, half-dugout, train, depot, blacksmith shop, barn, windmills, and more—date from the late 1780s to the early 1950s and have been authentically restored. They illustrate the development of the ranching industry in the Southwest. Dedicated on July 4, 1976, the NRHC hosts Ranch Day in the Spring, Heritage Halloween and Candlelight at the Ranch in late Fall, along with exhibits and education-based seminars and programs. Community and student volunteers help with these events. The National Ranching Heritage Center is open to the public free of charge from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The historical park closes daily at 4 p.m. The NRHC is closed on all major holidays. For additional information, see www.nrhc.ttu.edu.
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Working with and through the colleges, the Office of International Affairs (OIA) coordinates international activities at Texas Tech and is composed of the following units:
- International Cultural Center Operations
- Study Abroad
- International Student and Scholar Services
- International Center for Arid and Semiarid Land Studies
- Administrative Support Services
The OIA advocates and facilitates initiatives that bring an international dimension to the university’s roles in teaching, research, and outreach.
The International Cultural Center (ICC) The ICC houses all units of the Office of International Affairs. In addition to offering attractive facilities for all types of meetings, conferences, and special events, the center hosts lectures and art exhibits. The center represents the commitment of Texas Tech to become globally prominent.
Contact: Division of Operations, 806.742.3667; ICC Director Jane Bell, 806.834.8346; Facilities, Christi Felton, 806.834.1918; www.iaff.ttu.edu (click on ICC Operations)
International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS). ISSS operates the university’s foreign student and exchange visitor immigration programs and provides employment-based immigration services to the university. ISSS assists with the university’s compliance programs for nonresident tax and employment authorization. Counselors advise and assist international students and scholars concerning immigration rules, financial concerns, and cross-cultural issues. The office also facilitates cross-cultural programming and other extracurricular activities with campus and community-based organizations to enhance mutual understanding. Sponsored Student Programs is also part of ISSS and specializes in customizing services to sponsoring agencies and students. Services to sponsors include special program design, student placement, monitoring academic studies, developing customized billing procedures, and providing periodic progress reports. An administrative fee is charged for sponsored international students.
Study Abroad. The Study Abroad division of the Office of International Affairs coordinates all study abroad programs for Texas Tech University. In today’s globalized job market, students who participate in a study abroad program or international internship are more marketable and competitive in almost every field. An overseas educational experience equips students with an international perspective that helps them to function objectively and comfortably in the global marketplace while earning credit towards their degree.
The international Texas Tech center in Seville, Spain, offers students the opportunity to take Texas Tech catalog classes and receive direct Texas Tech credit since the center serves as a satellite campus. Students may elect a concentrated language program (equivalent of four semesters of Spanish) and take other courses that meet general education requirements. Students live with host families and are immersed in the language and culture through excursions and day-to-day experiences.
Other study abroad programs available to Texas Tech students range from two weeks to a full academic year. Many academic departments offer their own faculty-led programs during the summer. Study Abroad advisors assist students with choosing a program that best fits their individual needs and provide guidance during the application and orientation process. All Texas Tech students participating in the study abroad program to earn Texas Tech credit need to consult the Office of International Affairs.
Students participating in any Texas Tech study abroad program are eligible to apply for the Study Abroad Competitive Scholarship, funded by the International Education Fee paid by all Texas Tech students. Students also remain eligible for Texas Tech financial aid to help finance their program. Study Abroad works with colleges and departments to develop international agreements.
Contact: Study Abroad, International Cultural Center, 806.742.3667, www.studyabroad.ttu.edu
The International Center for Arid and Semiarid Land Studies (ICASALS). ICASALS was created in 1966 to promote study of arid and semiarid environments that encompass one-third of Earth’s land surface. ICASALS focuses on long-term sustainability of natural resources in drylands at home and around the globe, one of the overarching strategic priorities of Texas Tech.
ICASALS promotes and facilitates multidisciplinary initiatives in research, education, and regional development programs that address natural phenomena and the human presence in arid and semiarid lands using tools from both the sciences and humanities. To achieve this, the center partners with other organizations from within and outside the United States to create far-reaching networks of engaged professionals. ICASALS creates and disseminates information about drylands, holds symposia and professional meetings, facilitates the resulting publications, fosters data exchange, and assists international exchange of scholars and government officials between Texas Tech and other institutions worldwide.
ICASALS serves as a contracting unit for national and international sustainable development programs that require transdiscplinary approaches to water issues, hunger alleviation, and environmental health. The center works closely with ICASALS Associates and faculty from Texas Tech and elsewhere who provide a broad base of expertise, both in disciplinary and geographic terms. It also coordinates and publicizes the capabilities and accomplishments of Texas Tech in this arena, both nationally and internationally.
ICASALS coordinates two graduate studies programs: the Master of Science in Arid Land Studies and the Master of Arts or Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies on Arid Land Studies and International Development. These programs allow participants to take courses in multiple departments, sometimes in several countries, as part of uniquely tailored interdisciplinary degree programs that prepare graduates for careers in international development and sustainability of drylands.
K-12 Global Education Outreach (GEO). The mission of the K-12 GEO program at the International Cultural Center is to foster knowledge and understanding of international issues, broaden cultural understanding, promote goodwill among various culture groups through educational experiences, and encourage the pursuit of higher education through Texas Tech University.
The K-12 GEO program promotes cultural awareness by supporting the development of students as global citizens. The K-12 standards-based curriculum incorporates critical thinking, brain-based learning, and 21st century skills to align with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS), Core Knowledge, and C-Scope. Programming is designed to be interdisciplinary, engaging children through an experiential learning environment both at the ICC at Texas Tech and in classrooms throughout the region. The programs are available to kindergarten through twelfth grade students in public, private, home-school classes and other student organizations throughout the South Plains region.
The Texas Tech Psychology Clinic has a long history of providing quality services to the Lubbock area and university community. The clinic is located on the first floor of the Psychology Building and is operated by faculty from the clinical and counseling psychology programs. The purpose of the clinic is threefold: 1) to provide multi-disciplinary, evidence-based training to doctoral students under the supervision of program faculty, 2) to provide high quality, affordable psychological services to the university and the Lubbock community; and, 3) to advance theory-based mental health research. The Psychology Clinic provides a range of outpatient services to children, adolescents, and adults, including individual, family, marital or couples therapy, behavioral parent training, parent-child-interaction therapy, vocational counseling, and psychoeducation. Therapists address a broad range of issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship and interpersonal problems, emotional and behavioral problems, eating disorders, and problems with stress and coping. The clinic also provides psychological and vocational assessment services to the Texas Tech and Lubbock communities.
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Texas Tech Public Radio/KTTZ–FM. Licensed and owned by the Texas Tech University System, KTTZ-FM is a classical music and public radio news station that broadcasts on a frequency of 89.1 at 70,000 watts. KTTZ-FM operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, providing service to South Plains listeners within a 75-mile radius of Lubbock. KTTZ-FM offers programming from National Public Radio, American Public Media, Public Radio International networks, and locally-produced classical music and arts features. The station is supported by listeners, and additional funding is supplied by grants, underwriting, and financial support from the Texas Tech University System. KTTZ-FM also features Lubbock’s first digital broadcast radio signal using HD radio technology and adding two additional stations to its existing frequency. The station also operates FM 90.1 KNCH in San Angelo,Texas.
Texas Tech Public Television/KTTZ–TV. A noncommercial educational television station, KTTZ-TV (Channel 5.1 in HD) is licensed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to the university’s Board of Regents and operates as a division within the Texas Tech University System.
Channel 5’s office, studio, production, master control, transmitters, engineering facilities and 817-foot antenna-tower are located on the southwestern campus triangle west of Indiana Avenue. The station broadcasts diverse digital programming 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The signal coverage zone encompasses Lubbock and thirteen surrounding counties and serves 157,000 households.
KTTZ-TV is a member of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), a noncommercial network of 356 television stations interconnected by satellite. Staffed by professional personnel, the station produces digital programming to satisfy the broadcasting and non-broadcasting needs of the university and surrounding communities.
Texas Tech Public Television produces local programming and holds educational and entertaining events for viewers of all ages.
KTXT-FM. The campus radio station, KTXT-FM (The Raider 88.1), is the student radio station that broadcasts on a frequency of 88.1 FM at 35,000 watts. Staffed by students and administered by the College of Media and Communication, KTXT-FM provides the university community with diverse programming including BBC World Service, Texas Tech news and information, weather, live play-by-play broadcasts of Texas Tech soccer, volleyball and softball, alternative music, and a variety of student-produced radio programs. Students from the campus community can serve as members of the staff and gain valuable educational experiences related to management, marketing, producing, and entrepreneurship.
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The Department of Recreational Sports serves the leisure needs of Texas Tech faculty, staff, and students through open recreation, aquatics, fitness and wellness, outdoor pursuits, intramurals, and sport clubs.
Open recreation provides an opportunity for informal, nonscheduled activities for students, faculty and staff at the various campus recreational facilities. The Robert H. Ewalt Student Recreation Center has 242,000 square feet of activity and recreational space, making it one of the largest student recreation centers in the nation. The building includes seven basketball/volleyball courts; an indoor soccer arena; three weight rooms, including a free, selectorized, and circuit weight room; 104 cardiovascular machines; and a four-lane, one-ninth mile elevated jogging track. The center also provides three fitness/dance studios, a 53-foot climbing center, 12 racquetball /squash courts, a fitness/wellness center, locker rooms, an outdoor pursuits center, an indoor Olympic-size swimming pool, and an outdoor leisure pool. Equipment checkout for a variety of sports and fitness equipment is available during open recreation.
Texas Tech’s aquatic facilities are first-rate, including a regulation-sized indoor Olympic pool and an outdoor leisure pool designed by students for students. The aquatics program also provides many water sports and activities such as long-course swims, lifeguard instruction classes, and Learn to Swim programs. A staff of certified lifeguards and instructors assures maximum fun whenever students use the lazy river, the hot tub, the lap swim lanes, or the diving board and drop chute.
The Fit/Well Program offers everything needed for the person striving to be healthier. Certified personal trainers, licensed massage therapists, and fitness instructors lead the Texas Tech community in fun-filled and heart pumping workouts. Current offerings include more than 80 fitness, dance, and mind/body weekly classes; 14 personal trainers; and six licensed massage therapists. The Fit/Well also holds numerous special events throughout the year, including runs, triathlons, healthy living seminars, and screenings.
The Outdoor Pursuits Center offers climbing, camping, biking, backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, and almost anything outdoors. The center also provides trip information, equipment rental, bike check-out, and bike maintenance. The Recreation Center houses the tallest rock wall in the Big 12 Conference.
The Intramural Program is one of the largest in the country, with flag football having the largest number of participants. More than 400 teams compete on recreation fields in the fall on Sunday through Thursday nights. Intramural competitions are split into team, individual/dual, and special sports with Greek and open divisions. All team sports offer men’s, women’s, and co-rec teams. Fall team sports include flag football, softball, outdoor soccer, and volleyball. Spring sports include basketball, softball, indoor soccer, and four-on-four flag football. Additional competitions are available in activities such as racquetball, tennis, golf, ping-pong, and dodge ball.
The Sport Clubs Federation offers a unique diversion from academic life through instruction or intercollegiate athletic competition on a club basis. Clubs can compete for national championships within their sport. Sport Clubs offer 30 clubs ranging from traditional sports such as soccer and rugby to niche sports such as quidditch and paintball. Sport Clubs also has three martial arts clubs. All sport clubs receive funding and oversight from the Department of Recreational Sports.
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Texas Tech University is making great strides toward a goal of growing its research enterprise and advancing its mission to be recognized ultimately as a great public research university eligible for consideration as an Association of American University (AAU) Tier One institution.
In 2012 the university was designated a National Research University by the state of Texas. With the designation comes addiditonal funding to support the university's research enterprise.
As the university’s research grows, so do the opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students to participate in research, scholarship and creative activity with faculty who are internationally known in their fields. Texas Tech values all forms of discovery and new knowledge generation.
Texas Tech has chosen eight broad research themes that will guide its program development and resource investment strategies for the next 10 years. Each of the themes is evaluated with respect to increasing support to the institution, advancing knowledge, improving quality of life, and enhancing global and economic competitiveness.
The eight strategic research themes are as follows:
- Sustainable Society – Texas Tech is on the cutting edge of research involving energy, water, agriculture and the built environment, including focus areas in food safety and quality, sustainable energy and communities, water resources and law, and animal health and well-being.
- Innovative Education and Assessment – Texas Tech researchers are finding new ways to educate and assess special needs and special education; bilingualism and English as a Second Language (ESL); science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) training and certification; and social issues and critical pedagogy in public schools.
- Computational and Theoretical Sciences and Visualization – Texas Tech researchers work nationally and internationally studying high-energy particle physics, molecular dynamical simulation, business intelligence, systems engineering, and information systems.
- Advanced Electronics and Materials – Providing immeasurable benefits to both the state and nation economically and defensively, Texas Tech is an innovator in advanced electronics and materials research, including nanotechnology, nanophotonics, and pulsed power.
- Integrative Biosciences – Texas Tech research collaborations extend across departmental boundaries in areas of biodefense law, addiction and recovery, and cancer research.
- Culture and Communications – From the study of military law and policy to the cognitive and social effects of new media, researchers at Texas Tech cover a broad area of culture, communication, entrepreneurship, and leadership.
- Community Health and Wellness – Texas Tech is dedicated to research addressing the needs of rural West Texas community health issues, including family health and wellness, addiction and recovery, family outreach, health care law, and health care design.
- Creative Capital – The university supports and embraces creative scholarship through arts and design technologies such as geospatial analysis and visualization, gaming and technology, and music perception and cognition.
Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to enhance their classroom activities with research faculty in all areas of the university (creative arts, social sciences, humanities, agriculture, engineering, mathematics, and the sciences) to prepare them for successful careers.
The Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library research collections include Rare Books, the University Archives, the Archive of Turkish Oral Narrative, and the Southwest Collection.
The Southwest Collection is the regional repository for historical information pertaining to West Texas and the Southwest. It has collected and makes available for research more than 1,800 collections of personal papers and more than 5,000 hours of oral history interviews, noncurrent business and institutional records, as well as a noncirculating library of Texana, Western Americana, maps, periodicals, photographs, newspapers, taped interviews, films, videotapes, and microfilm. The Southwest Collection also houses one of the nation’s most important collections on the Literature of Place—the James Sowell Family Collection in Literature, Community, and the Natural World.
All materials may be used by both the university community and the general public for research or reference. The Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library building is located north of the University Library. Reading Room service is provided during regular semesters from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday during the fall and spring semesters. All hours are subject to change; please call to confirm hours. Inquiries and donations are welcome. Tours are available.
The Speech–Language and Hearing Clinic, with facilities on the east side of the Health Sciences Center, serves as a practicum site for students in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences.
Under faculty supervision, students in speech–language pathology and audiology provide clinical services for the students, faculty, and staff of Texas Tech University and other residents of West Texas and eastern New Mexico. Assessment services and therapy are available for children and adults with hearing problems or disorders in language, voice, stuttering, or articulation. Individuals are accepted by self-referral and upon referral from other professionals. Anyone needing these services should contact the office of the Speech–Language and Hearing Clinic at 806.743.5678.
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The Student Union Building (SUB) is the community center of campus. Referred to as the living room of the university, the SUB has as many as 20,000 students, faculty, staff, alumni and guests come through its doors daily.
In 2006 the SUB completed a $45 million dollar renovation and expansion that has created one of the finest facilities in the United States. The expansion included additional space for the official Barnes and Noble campus bookstore, the Student Organization Involvement Center, 62 registered student organization cubicles,
TV and study lounges, Student Government Association office suite, Student Union & Activities Administration offices, Dean of Students, the Center for Campus Life offices, Student Legal Services, and West Plaza Courtyard between the SUB and the library. In 2007 the Office of Parent and Family Relations was added along with a game room in the lower west lounge. The renovation encompasses a five-concept food service court, a casual dining area with seating for 600 patrons, eight reflection and study rooms, 25 technologically capable meeting rooms for events, the 968 seat Allen Theatre, the courtyard, and the east entrance ATM hub. In 2014 the Student Union added the Stars and Stripes military, veteran, and family lounge. The Red Raider Ballroom is in the process of being renovated to improve lighting, sound, and visual technologies. The room will also be more multipurpose with the addition of dividing walls.
The retail and service corridor on the first floor houses a variety of businesses such as the University ID Office, Prosperity Bank, a University Police sub-station, Sam’s Place Mini-market, CopyMail service center, the Union Bistro, and Smart Choices. The Student Union Ticket Booth, located at the Welcome Center on the first floor of the east side, serves as a major outlet for advanced tickets sales for many campus functions as well as being a Select-A-Seat location for events in Lubbock and throughout the region.
The Student Union Building is open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. weekdays, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 11 p.m. Sunday
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The Texas Tech Police Department is located at 413 Flint Avenue and is operated 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The department provides police services and security for the entire Texas Tech community, an area much larger and more populated than many towns in Texas. The department phone number is 806.742.3931 or, in an emergency on campus, 9-911.
The Texas Tech Police Department employs 56 officers and 38 civilian employees. The officers are licensed by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education and are fully commissioned.
The Texas Tech Police Department employs Crime Prevention Specialists available to offer presentations on a number of topics, including personal safety, burglary/theft prevention, sexual assault awareness, and drug and alcohol awareness programs. In addition, these officers will discuss crime prevention with any student, faculty or staff member.
The mission of the Texas Tech University Ethics Center is to enhance the overall ethical culture of the university by promoting ethics education; facilitating ethics research; providing outreach; and fostering discourse on ethical issues among students, faculty, staff, alumni, and others with an interest in ethics.
The Ethics Center is a continued effort of the 2005-2010 campus-wide Quality Enhancement Plan, “Do the Right Thing: A Campus Conversation on Ethics.” This plan operationalized the university’s mission by executing core values (mutual respect, cooperation and communication, creativity and innovation, community service and leadership, pursuit of excellence, public accountability, and diversity) and assisting students to develop personal ethical standards that guide lifelong decision-making.
The Ethics Center significantly emphasizes academic integrity and Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). Every program promotes the “Campus Conversation on Ethics,” as well as the university’s mission of “preparing ethical leaders for a diverse and globally competitive workforce.” Ongoing programming and events include, but are not limited to, the annual Responsible Conduct of Research Conference, Matador Ethics Video Challenge (video competition focusing on an ethical principle each Fall semester), TLPDC/Ethics Lunch Series, Coffee Break Ethics Series, Moving Ethical Pictures Series, Graduate Student Ethics Paper Award, and Ethics Storytelling Photo Contest. Many of the events and workshops meet part of the National Science Foundation requirements for RCR training. The Ethics Center also participates in a campus-wide Arbor Day celebration each April at the university’s Memorial Circle, where an academic integrity survey is administered. Another activity on Arbor Day is “Ethics… Speak Up!” during which blank paper tablets are set up and students are asked to respond to a prompt question in their own words.
For additional information, see www.ethics.ttu.edu.
The College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources operates an agricultural farm at Pantex, located 12 miles east of Amarillo. This farm consists of 5,822 acres of deeded land and an agricultural use permit on an additional 5,304 acres controlled by the Department of Energy. The farm serves as a valuable resource for agricultural research and education, adding strength, flexibility, and prestige to the academic programs at Texas Tech.
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Texas Tech University Independent School District (TTUISD) is an accredited K-12 school established by the State Board of Education in 1993. TTUISD is accredited by the Texas Education Agency (TEA), and all courses and Credit by Exams align with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). TTUISD offers flexible educational opportunities for students, schools and school districts, as well as international programs for partner schools abroad. The elementary, middle, and high school options meet the same rigorous standards as traditional schools, but TTUISD students have the opportunity to choose when and where to study. Students can begin at anytime, and there are no enrollment deadlines. TTUISD students have the option to take self-paced courses and/or Credit by Exams to supplement their school or homeschool curriculum or to become a full-time student and pursue a Texas high school diploma. TTUISD also offers educational solutions to schools and districts, including dropout prevention, credit recovery, and testing services.
A regular schedule of major dramatic productions is presented each academic year under the direction of professionally qualified members of the theatre arts faculty and/or graduate students. The department selects plays to give each student generation an opportunity to see a representative selection of the great plays of the past as well as works by modern playwrights. These plays are presented on the Mainstage of the Charles E. Maedgen Jr. Theatre, which seats 385 patrons in a comfortable, continental arrangement, and sometimes in the more intimate lab theatre.
A program of contemporary and original student-directed productions and a summer repertory season are presented in the Maedgen’s Laboratory Theatre, an intimate, thrust-stage performance space. All Texas Tech students are eligible to audition for roles in plays or to work on production crews.
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All vehicles parked on campus must have a valid Texas Tech ePermit in the commuter lots on weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and in the residence hall parking lots 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
By using “My Parking Account” on the Transportation and Parking Services website (www.parking.ttu.edu), viewers can access and update account information, register motor vehicles and bicycles, purchase a permit, and explore other ways to simplify their on-campus parking experience. The website also provides maps, citation appeals procedures, traffic and parking regulations, and other useful information.
A free on-campus Motorist Assistance Program is available 24 hours a day for anyone who runs out of gas, needs a battery boost or a car door unlocked, or has a flat tire on campus. Call 742.6277 (MAPP).
To contact Transportation and Parking Services, call 742.7275 (PARK) or visit Room 145 of the Administrative Support Center, 407 Flint Ave., from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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Texas Tech University established the Vietnam Center in 1989 with the missions of funding and guiding the development of the Vietnam Archive and encouraging continued study of all aspects of the American Vietnam experience. The center provides a forum for all points of view and all topics related to Southeast Asia, particularly America’s involvement in the region before, during, and since the Vietnam War.
The Vietnam Archive collects and preserves materials and artifacts focusing on the men and women who directly participated in wartime events. This includes people from the United States as well as from all participant nations. Located in the Special Collections Library, the Vietnam Archive currently contains approximately 20 million pages of material, making it the largest repository of Vietnam War related materials outside the U.S. federal government.
In addition to documents, artifacts, and related items, the Vietnam Archive includes a dynamic oral history project, a library of more than 14,000 books and an unrivaled microfilm/microfiche collection. The Vietnam Archive microform collection comprises material from all the U.S. presidential administrations involved in Southeast Asia from World War II to 1975 and contains a comprehensive collection of other government agency and military branch records. This collection also includes one of the largest French Indochina and Vietnamese newspaper collections in the country.
To ease the burden of researching these vast holdings, the Vietnam Archive has developed one of the largest online document retrieval systems in the nation. Created in 2001, The Virtual Vietnam Archive now provides access to more than 3 million pages of materials, all of which are accessible free of charge through the Internet. These online materials include documents; photographs and slides; and thousands of maps, audio recordings, oral history interviews, films, and more. The Vietnam Archive adds approximately 150,000 new pages of digital material online each year.
In addition to the Vietnam Archive and its component projects, the Vietnam Center also administers a number of special projects and events, including scholarships for Texas Tech students, annual conferences and symposia, and numerous other projects and publications. The Vietnam Center website is www.vietnam.ttu.edu.
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