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National Ranching Heritage Center

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

Psychology Clinic

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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Office of Official Publications. This office oversees preparation of publications comprising the official bulletin series, which includes both the printed and online versions of the Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog and the School of Law Catalog. Official Publications also prepares three commencement programs annually and maintains parts of the online class schedules, including the final exam schedule and all course descriptions. The office updates the Faculty Handbook annually and publishes the handbook online. Official Publications prepares the university’s official academic calendars for approval by the Provost’s Office and for public viewing online and in the bulletin series. The office coordinates sale of the Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog and distribution of the catalog to all faculty, staff, and incoming students. Official Publications maintains a course description website that lists all courses offered by the university; participates in the approval process for all new, changed, or deleted courses; maintains Banner course descriptions for every course in the official inventory; and maintains the official online listing of the university’s Core Curriculum and Multicultural Requirement. The office director serves as a member of the Academic Council. Official university calendars and copies of each official publication are available on the office website ( Information appearing in back issues of catalogs is available from this office and in a limited electronic archive on the office website.

Office of Communications and Marketing.This office is the primary public information, media relations and marketing headquarters for the university and provides services to the university community, including graphic design, photography, videography and social media training. The office also manages the home page for the university’s website, as well as other top level administrative Web pages. Professional staff members are dedicated to responding to media inquiries and supporting the communication needs of schools, colleges, departments and other programs. The team also oversees the university’s visual identity system and supports the strategic initiatives of the President’s Office with coordinated marketing efforts. The Office of Communications and Marketing reports to the president. For more information visit

Student Media.The Department of Student Media, located on the first floor of the Media and Communication Rotunda, provides out-of-classroom learning opportunities for students to use academic training obtained at Texas Tech in practical settings of publishing, such as the student newspaper, The Daily Toreador; digital media at; and the campus yearbook, La Ventana. All publications, productions and telecasts within the department are non-academic and considered student activities, free from administrative censorship. Student editors of The Daily Toreador newspaper and La Ventana yearbook have the authority to make all content decisions; consequently, they bear the responsibility for their decisions.

Student Media employs 50-75 students each semester as collegiate editors, reporters, photographers, videographers, anchors, graphic designers, print and digital advertising account executives, and members of the delivery staff and street team. Many student media participants have majors in the College of Media and Communication, while others may study other disciplines.

Alumni Magazine. The award-winning Texas Techsan, a publication of the Texas Tech Alumni Association, is sent six times a year to association members. The publication reflects a full range of current university programs, news, and campus life. Stories represent a mixture of topics and emphasize alumni accomplishments, faculty expertise and research, university issues, and Alumni Association programs. Faculty members are encouraged to send information about academic endeavors and honors to the “Through the Arches” section of the magazine.

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Purchasing and Contracting

Purchasing. Information on purchasing goods and services for university use may be obtained from the departmental website ( or from the Purchasing Office (806.742.3844).

Purchasing policies are set forth in the university OPs numbered in the 72 series. All purchasing functions, including access to policies, procedures and the electronic processes can be viewed on the departmental website. The electronic system, TechBuy, handles all purchasing requisitions for the university. The website for Techbuy is To register staff and faculty members to use the system please access For support with any of the systems or a purchasing question, send an email to

The university requires some competitive process for any single purchase or repetitive purchases for the same vendor that exceed $10,000 in a fiscal year.

Rules may vary depending upon the funding type that the department is using.

Contracting. The Contracting Department’s mission is to ensure legally sufficient and valuable contractual relationships for all departments in support of Texas Tech University’s strategic initiatives.
All contracts must be routed through the Contracting Office for required legal and fiscal review and appropriate signature. Contract signature authority is granted by the Board of Regents and delegated by the President and Chancellor to the CFO’s and the Director of Procurement Services. Departments do not have signature authority for contracts and should never sign any binding agreement.
For support with any contracting question, send an email to

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Student records are maintained in West Hall by the staff of the Office of the Registrar. This office provides student registration information and services, transfer of credit services, official Texas Tech University transcripts, Texas Student Initiative (TSI) compliance service, Athletic Certification, and FERPA compliance. The registrar’s office is under the direction of the Senior Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management.

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