Parent and Family Relations

Vol. 10  Issue 4                                                Parent and Family eNews April, 2011

In this issue...

News and Important Dates

Student Employment Opportunities

Extracurricular Activities

Texas Tech Parents Association


Not working right as an email? View the online version here.

 Strive for Honor Week is April 4th-8th

Strive for Honor Week is April 4th - 8th. There will be activities each day of the week for students to participate in, including movies, bone marrow drive, Raiders Who Rock reception, free t-shirts, and more.

For more information, contact the Center for Campus Life at 806-742-5433.

This event is sponsored by the Strive for Honor Committee (Center for Campus Life, TTU Ethics Center, Tech Activities Board, Student Health Services, Student Government Association, and Staff Senate).

[ return to top ]

 Summer I Paying-The-Bill checklist

Is your student taking classes during the first Summer Session? Make sure your student is on track by sharing this checklist with him or her:

  • Make sure my student account is in good standing with Student Business Services and all University holds have been cleared by April 1
  • Register for Summer classes Early registration begins April 1
  • Review and accept my Financial Aid - Eligible students will be awarded automatically AFTER they have enrolled for Summer courses ( click on View and Accept Financial Aid)
  • Pay my account in full or enroll in an Emergency Payment plan ( choose the correct campus link under Make a Payment)  Spring 2011 due date is May 27  HSC/LAW/TTU dual-enrolled students must pay each institution's term separately
  • Give my parent or bill payer authorization to receive notifications via email and view/pay my bill online (
  • Make sure my parent or bill payer knows where to go to view/pay my bill (
  • Sign up for My Direct Deposit to get my refund faster - Summer I 2011 refunds begin May 24 (
  • Buy books - Book loans available at (Law students must apply in person in room 333-I of West Hall)
  • Go to Class - First day of class Summer I 2011 is June 1

See the SBS website for more information (

[ return to top ]

 From massages to mountain biking, Rec Sports offers many services to students

April will fly by quickly for your student with lots of papers and tests. One great stress relief is a massage. You can purchase a gift certificate for your student for an hour massage by a licensed massage therapist in the Fitness/Wellness Center of the Rec Center. It's convenient and easy. Cost is $40 per hour. We will mail the gift certificate to your student and (s)he then makes an appointment at his/her convenience. Major credit cards accepted. Cal (806) 742-3828. More information is available at

Outdoor trips are another way to relax and enjoy a weekend. Trip costs include transportation, food, gear and trip leaders. April trips include backpacking, mountaineering, canoeing, rock climbing, mountain biking and hiking. All the information can be found at


[ return to top ] features online video tutorials

What can students do when they need to learn new software? The Texas Tech University Library offers patrons access to, an online video-tutorial library featuring software from Adobe, Apple, Microsoft and more that allows users to learn the latest tools and techniques in business, digital media, design and development. Users can choose from more than 40,000 online video tutorials to learn about digital photography, Web design and development, motion graphics, Excel and much, much more.

Free access to the all-you-can-learn online software training library is available from any public computer in the Library or the Architecture Library. Patrons in the main Library also may access from their own laptop within the building or from their iPhone. No log-in is necessary.

A subscription of this nature would normally cost $250 and now it's free for patrons at the Library, allowing them to learn at their own pace, Library wide.

[ return to top ]

 Senior recognition ads now available in The Daily Toreador

Family members and friends now have the opportunity to purchase congratulatory ads for publication in special graduation editions of the Texas Tech student newspaper, The Daily Toreador.

"Parents now can honor their Red Raider in their own personalized way," said Dawn Zuerker, associate director for Student Media. "Through our special recognition ads you can tell the world just how proud you are of your graduate, using your own words and photos. It's a really fun way for friends and families to spotlight their graduate as they finish their college years at Texas Tech."

The Honor Your Red Raider editions will be published on May 5 to recognize spring and anticipated summer graduates. Five ad sizes are available, with prices beginning at $75. Visit, call 806-742-3384 or e-mail

Deadline for ad space is April 18.

[ return to top ]

 Texas Tech Alumni Assciation of Comal County to host Red Raider Roundup May 1st

Texas Tech Alumni Association of Comal County
Red Raider Round Up
Scholarship Fundraiser

Sunday, May 1, 2011
Social Hour 5pm * Dinner 6pm
Seekatz Opera House
New Braunfels, Texas
Speaker: Travis Cram, Managing Editor of
Dinner * Scholarship Recognition * Silent Auction * Raffle
Parents & Supporters Welcome!
$15 per person

RSVP Tara Kohlenberg 830-237-9611,


[ return to top ]

 For your complete Texas Tech news, visit Texas Tech Today

Keep up-to-date about everything Texas Tech by visiting Texas Tech Today, a complete news source for Texas Tech University.

[ return to top ]

 April 2011 academic and event calendar

April 1, Friday
Last day for graduate degree candidates to submit to the Graduate School the final draft of thesis/dissertation. First day for summer/fall advance registration for currently enrolled students (continues through April 18). Applicable Payment Plan due date - Required payment must be received by the due date or the account will incur late fees.

April 2, Saturday
Texas Tech Parents Association Spring Scholarship Breakfast, General Membership Meeting, and Board Meeting. (See information in Texas Tech Parents Association section for more information)

April 15, Friday
Last day to remove grades of I, PR, or CR in the Graduate School. This does not apply to the PR/CR received on a previous thesis or dissertation enrollment.

April 18, Monday
Last day of advance registration.

April 19, Tuesday
Last day for master's non-thesis comprehensive examinations.
Graduate School official reports due on final comprehensive examinations and on Interdisciplinary Portfolio results for the master's degree (non-thesis students).
Open registration begins.
Last day to transfer between colleges.

April 25, Monday
No classes. University employees on duty.

April 26, Tuesday
Last day for graduate degree candidates to submit to the Graduate School final corrected PDF copy of thesis/dissertation.

April 27 - May 3, Wednesday - Tuesday
Period of no examinations except for makeup exams or scheduled lab exams.

April 28, Thursday
Last day to withdraw from the university.

April 29, Friday
Last day for undergraduate degree candidates to remove grades of I and PR and to complete final examinations in correspondence courses.

For the complete 2010-2011 Academic Calendar, please visit

[ return to top ]

 Is your student looking for work next summer? Parent and Family Relations is hiring!

Is your student looking for work this summer? He or she can work for Parent and Family Relations!

If your student is staying in Lubbock this summer and hoping to work on campus, Parent and Family Relations is hiring. We are hiring student assistants to help with the parent portion of Red Raider Orientation. Students can pick up an application in our office (Room 201, 2nd floor of the Student Union Building). Rate of pay will be minimum wage of $7.25/hour and roughly and average of 20-25 hours/week. Duties will predominantly include assisting with summer Red Raider Orientation and focus on helping check in/check out parents and families, meet and greet guests, attend receptions, assist in presentation room setup, and other administrative duties. The application and additional information is currently available at Deadline to submit an application is Monday, April 11th at 5 PM.

[ return to top ]

 Techniques Center seeks tutors for fall semester

If your student is seeking a job for the fall semester, let him or her know about this opportunity:

Be a tutor in the TECHniques Center

The Techniques Center is looking for tutors for the Fall Semester. Apply at Click on tutor application on the left hand side.

Undergraduates earn $9.00 an hour
& Graduates earn $9.50 an hour

40 credit hours earned
& GPA of 3.0 or higher
Must be in town August 20th and 24th for training.

[ return to top ]

 Tech Activities Board schedule - April

The Tech Activities Board always makes sure there is plenty for your Tech students to do! If your student complains that he or she can't find any fun activities or meet many people on campus, tell him or her about these exciting, FREE activities.

Click HERE for the complete Activities Calendar for April.

[ return to top ]

 Texas Tech Parents Association honors students, faculty at Spring Scholarship Breakfast

The Texas Tech Parents Association will honor its student and faculty award winners as well as its 2010-2011 scholarship recipients at a breakfast to be held at the Merket Alumni Center on Saturday, April 2nd. Below are this year's honorees:

2010-2011 Faculty Award Winners:

Barnie E. Rushing, Jr. Faculty Distinguished Research Award
Dr. Hongxing Jiang, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Spencer A. Wells Faculty Award for Creativity in Teaching
Professor Don Collier, Department of Design

Faculty Distinguished Leadership Award
Professor Jorge Alberto Ramirez, School of Law

Hemphill Wells New Professor Excellence in Teaching Award
Dr. Thomas Cimarusti, School of Music

2010-2011 Student Academic Citizenship Award Winners:

Agricultural Sciences - Shay Hlavaty
Allied Health - Kristi Drennan
Architecture - Celeste Amanda Martinez
Arts & Sciences - Cory Thomas Davenport
Business Administration - Roshan Sharma
Education - Austin Mapes
Engineering - Eric A. Levy
Honors College - Kandace Trujillo
Human Sciences - Victoria A. Crawford
Law -- John W. Ellis
Mass Communications - Tyler Patton
Nursing - Selena Lopez
University College - Amanda Dolores Romero
Visual & Performing Arts - Cynthia Peanick

and the 2010-2011 Scholarship Recipients.

Congratulations to these wonderful students and faculty members!

[ return to top ]

 Tech Parents general membership and board meetings scheduled for April 2nd

Tech Parents General Membership meeting:

Tech Parents will host the general membership meeting directly following the Saturday, April 2nd Scholarship Breakfast, Merket Alumni Center. The meeting will begin at approximately 10:30am. All parents are invited to attend. The meeting will feature an update on Tech Parents activities and programs, future initiatives, and volunteer opportunities.

Tech Parents Executive Officers and Board of Directors meeting:

Tech Parents Executive Officers and Board of Directors will meet following the general membership meeting on Saturday, April 2nd, Merket Alumni Center. The meeting will begin at approximately 11:00am. If you are interested in serving as a board member, please attend the meeting.

For more information on either meeting, please contact Elizabeth Massengale, Director, Parent and Family Relations and staff liaison to Tech Parents. She can be reached at or 806-742-3630.

[ return to top ]

 Advertise your business in the 2011-2012 Parent and Family Guide

Remember receiving your copy of the Parent and Family Guide at Red Raider Orientation? Help the Texas Tech Parents Association keep publishing the Guide for new parents and family members of Texas Tech students and promote your business at the same time! The Parent and Family Guide is handed out to more than 5,000 families at Red Raider Orientation and is placed online at

You can purchase an ad in the Parent and Family Guide by filling out the ad reservation form here. Remember, parents and families of Texas Tech students come from all over the state of Texas, so your ad will reach a lot of people.

If you have questions about advertising in the Parent and Family Guide, please email or call Christine Self at 806-742-3630.


[ return to top ]

 Update your parent profile

Spring is here! Dust off your profile information and give us an update. Log into your MyTech Parents account and update contact information, your preference to be involved in Road Raiders, which Tech Parents Chapter you would like to affiliate with, etc. Simply go to, sign in on the top right, go to your profile, and edit. We communicate with over 7000 Tech Parents a month and don't want you to miss out on a single thing. Stay informed by staying updated. Do it today!

[ return to top ]

 Tech Parents thanks its spring break bus trip chaperones

The Texas Tech Parents Association would like to give a big "Thank you!" to the chaperones who helped make our Spring Break Bus Trip a success. Our chaperones were Susan Armanovs, Danny Vasquez, Egwu and Nwakaego Nkama, Carolyn Ortega, and Enna Post. They helped to get 150 Texas Tech students safely home for Spring Break and back to Lubbock for classes.

Watch your parent eNews for information about future Texas Tech Parents Association bus trips.

[ return to top ]

 2011-2012 Tech Parents scholarship recipients announced

The Texas Tech Parents Association would like to congratulate its 2011-2012 scholarship recipients:

Tanner Adams, Sanger
Michael Albin, Wichita Falls
Erika Allen, Temple
Ayman Amin, Lubbock
Chelsea Baker, Marble Falls
Karla Baumann, Lubbock
Tyler Bednar, Garden City
Amanda Betancur, Lubbock
Brooke Boysaw, The Woodlands
Hillary Burkhardt, Beaumont
Mary Burt, Littlefield
Jeffrey Chen, Missouri City
Robert Coleman, Wichita Falls
Breanna Daniels, Allen
Erin Edwards, Magnolia
David Esquivel, Lubbock
Adeline Fox, Alpine
Jamie Gann, Red Oak
Renee Garcia, Sugar Land
Jessica Gibbs, Abilene
Ryan Hall, Flower Mound
Shelby Jackson, Clovis
Wade Jansa, Garden City
Laekan Kemp, Lubbock
Tanner Kieschnick, Vernon
Jordan Kohnle, Sanger
Xiangying Kong, Pearland
Asha Kovelamudi, Plano
Sara Krueger, Fort Worth
Kaitlyn Lewis, Celina
Allie Long, Amarillo
Jordyn Lott, Clovis
Jessica Lyle, Joshua
Jacob Manning, Burleson
Cortney McGinnis, Amarillo
Jason Meeks, Albuquerque
Prisca Ngondo, Carrollton
Caitlin ONeal, Dallas
Rebecca Poehls. Bruceville
Justin Polk, Abilene
Nathaniel Primous, Marshall
Kimberly Reynolds, Plano
Lacy Rosburg, Elbert
Meredith Sanders, Lubbock
Kelcie Silva, Early
Alexandra Smith, Lubbock
Tamara Smith, Corpus Christi
Wesley Smith, San Antonio
Marissa Smith, Amarillo
Sybel Solorio, Lubbock
Rachael Stelly, Richardson
Joseph Sutton, Austin
David Valdes, San Antonio
Jackson Wagner, Broken Arrow
Jennifer Welsh, Kingwood
Brooklyn Witte, Burleson
Selamawit Yifru, Addis Ababa

Tech Parents recieved over 1,500 applications for scholarships this year. If your student recieved a scholarship, have him or her follow the instructions in the award letter or contactl Christine Self at 806-742-3630 or for information about accepting the scholarship.


[ return to top ]

Tech Parents Logo     

Parent and Family Relations


          Copyright ©2011 Texas Tech University, Inc. All Rights Reserved