Parent and Family Relations

Vol. 11  Issue 4                                                Parent and Family eNews -April 2012

In this issue...

News and Important Dates

Academic Information

Student scholarship and employment opportunities

Extracurricular Activities

Texas Tech Parents Association


 National Alcohol Screening Day is April 3rd

Dear Parents,

As you know, alcohol abuse on campuses remains one of the most significant problems that we must face as families and as a University community. A recent study from the Harvard School of Public Health states that as many as 1 in 3 college students meet the diagnostic criteria for an alcohol disorder. This study also shows that 6% of college students meet the criteria for a diagnosis of alcohol dependence (commonly known as alcoholism). These overall statistics manifest themselves in very real tragedies. 1,700 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die each year from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including motor vehicle crashes. Hundreds of thousands more are seriously injured. Students who escape injury and death may experience other consequences. The Spring 2004 National College Health Assessment indicates that alcohol use affects the academic performance of 14% of Texas Tech students.

We can make a difference. Tuesday, April 3rd is National Alcohol Screening Day. At the Texas Tech Screening Day sites, interviewers from the Raider Assistance Program, Student Counseling Center, and Student Health Services medical staff will assess student alcohol consumption using a formal screening instrument. Results will be scored and students will receive immediate, nonjudgmental feedback on their personal drinking behavior in comparison with that of others and its negative consequences. Students will also receive suggestions and campus resources to support their decisions to change.

Please encourage your student to take advantage of this opportunity. Screenings will be available on April 3rd at the following location:

• 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. on the first floor of the Student Recreation Center

Also, the late night programming subcommittee for Alcohol Prevention Coalition, Guns Up All Night is working diligently to offer more free late night events for students on campus. To follow up the Alcohol Screening Day, students can screen a showing of The Grey at the Dive In movie screening on April 12th at 10 pm at the Leisure Pool. Frozen blue mock margaritas will be served with popcorn and freebies from supporters like Chipotle will be raffled off to students!

Additional information, posters, flyers and postcards can be accessed by contacting Desirée Markham at (806) 743-2844 ext. 290 or emailing

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 Is your student interested in grad school?

Graduate School Fair hosted by the Center for Undergraduate Research.

$2,000 Test prep certificate giveaway!

The Center for Undergraduate Research will host a Graduate School Fair: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the Student Union Building: Ballroom. We invite you to network with graduate school recruiters, conference attendees, and learn about the application process. A $2,000 test prep certificate will be awarded during the Graduate School Fair that can be used to prepare for the MCAT, LSAT, GMAT, or GRE.

Participants currently include:
- Texas Tech University
- University of Tulsa
- University of Texas at El Paso
- Abilene Christian University
- New Mexico State University
- West Texas A&M University
- University of Texas at Austin
- TTU/ HSC Center School of Pharmacy
- TTU: Department of Communication Studies
- TTU Rawls College of Business
- TTU / HSC School of Nursing
- TTU / HSC Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
- Sam Houston State University
- University of North Texas
- Journal of Student Research
- Kaplan
- The Princeton Review
- Additional attendees will be announced.

To learn more about the TTU Undergraduate Research Conference visit: or find the Center for Undergraduate Research on Facebook, Twitter, and Foursquare!

Center for Undergraduate Research
Administration Building #233

WTAWIS will also host a Science Vendor Fair in conjunction with the Grad School Fair!
Faculty come network with:
- EMD Millipore
- Thermo Fisher Scientific
- Thermo Fisher Scientific Chemicals
- Fisher Safety
- Fisher Scientific
- Additional science vendor fair participants will be announced shortly!


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 Save the date for Family Weekend - September 14-15, 2012

Mark your calendars for September 14th and 15th, 2012 for Family Weekend! There will be an entire weekend of activities for the whole family, including a Friday evening event, a Saturday morning pancake breakfast, the Parent & Family Tailgate Party, and the Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. New Mexico Lobos football game. Football ticket ordering and event registration will begin in June--instructions will be posted then.

Hotels fill up quickly, so make your reservations now. A complete list of Lubbock hotels can be found here:

We hope to see you then!


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 Nominations for the President's Excellence in Diversity & Equity Award

The Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity & Community Engagement is preparing to award the President’s Excellence in Diversity & Equity Award. The award recognizes faculty, staff, and undergraduate students who have made a true effort to engage in activities that promote the value of diversity and the importance of equity at the university.

As a well-known campus advocate of these initiatives, I urge you to apply or nominate a faculty member, staff member, or undergraduate student for the President’s Excellence in Diversity & Equity Award. The faculty recipient will receive a $2,500 research award, a staff member will receive a $1,500 professional development award, and two students will receive $500 scholarships. Applications and nominations are due by March 30 and I encourage you to visit for more information.

I hope you will take the time to apply or make a nomination. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 742-7025.


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 April is Sexaul Assault Awareness Month

The Student Counseling Center, Student Health Services, the Women's Studies Program and others are hosting a month of activities to raise awareness about sexual assault. Please share these with your student.

Complete schedule:

For questions please contact: Dr. Ashlee Brown at


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 Midland-Lubbock shuttle information

The Tech Express is a round trip non-stop student shuttle service from Texas Tech University directly to your home in Midland or Odessa. In cooperation with the Texas Tech Parent's Association, Midland based My Shuttle Home will begin service on March 30, 2012. Shuttles will depart from the south area of the Student Union Building (service drive between the Music Building parking lot and the Library parking lot) at 2:00 p.m. every Friday through the end of the Spring semester. Passengers will be picked up the following Sunday, beginning at 1:30 p.m. (Odessa) and 1:50 p.m. (Midland). For more information, to make a reservation or complete a survey on this service, visit or call 866-614-8889.

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 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.

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 April 2012 academic and event calendar

April 1, Sunday.
Applicable Payment Plan due date – Required payment must be received by the due date or the account will incur late fees.

April 6, 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 24).

April 9, Monday
No classes. University employees on duty. Select dining locations open for service.

April 20, 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 24, Tuesday
Last day of advance registration.

April 25, Wednesday
Last day for master’s non-thesis comprehensive examinations. Official reports due to Graduate School on results of final comprehensive exams and Interdisciplinary Portfolio for the master’s degree (non-thesis students). Open registration begins. Last day to transfer between colleges.


For the complete 2011-2012 Academic Calendar, please visit

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 Summer/Fall advance registration begins April 6th

Advance registration for summer and fall begins April 6th. Your student can refresh his or her memory on using Raiderlink to register for classes by watching the videos below.

Brush up on your Raiderlink skills by watching some of our instructional videos on YouTube. You can learn how to add and drop classes, as well as how to appropriately register for linked classes. We also have videos about how to schedule an appointment with your advisor online, how to update your address and phone number in our system and how to check your registration status so you know the exact date and time you are eligible to register online.

For all these videos and more, check out our YouTube Channel at

Texas Tech University Advising
806.742.2189 | | | 079 Holden Hall

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 Students invited to participate in Undergraduate Research Conference

Registration | Event Schedule | Submission Guidelines | Event FAQs

The 2012 Undergraduate Research Conference is a weeklong celebration for undergraduate students to present scholarly research at Texas Tech University and to showcase the contributions of undergraduate research throughout the nation. The event is part of an ongoing mission to support and promote scholarly research and scholarship by providing undergraduate research opportunities for students and faculty at Texas Tech University. Presentations represent talented undergraduate students enrolled or students who have graduated from a general academic institution in the previous year.

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 May 2012 Commencement details

If your student is graduating in May, congratulations! Below are details for the Spring Commencement ceremonies at the United Spirit Arena on May 18th and 19th.

Friday, May 18, 2012
3:00 p.m. Art & Sciences
7:00 p.m. Graduate School

Saturday, May 19, 2012
9:00 a.m. Architecture, Education, Engineering, Human Sciences, Visual & Performing Arts
1:30 p.m. Agriculture, Business Administration, Honors (NHH and HAL Majors ONLY), Mass Communications, University College
6:00 p.m. Law School

PLEASE NOTE: The colleges are listed below in alphabetical order and NOT necessarily in the order in which they will be recognized

Hotels fill up quickly. If you haven't already, make your reservations ASAP. You can find a complete listing of Lubbock hotels here.

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 SOAR Learning Center empowers students in pursuits of success

The SOAR Learning Center’s mission is to empower students in their pursuit towards academic success while providing an encouraging and safe learning environment. The Learning Center works to enhance the academic endeavors of all currently enrolled Texas Tech students by offering a variety of free services such as Peer & online tutoring, Academic mentoring, and Supplemental Instruction. Tutoring and Academic Mentoring is available Monday thru Thursday from 8am-8pm and Friday 8am-5pm. 

An additional resource available to students at the Learning Center is access to a licensed professional counselor with over 25 years in education. Stacy Elliot, M.Ed., LPC is a LEARNING SPECIALIST/SENIOR COUNSELOR available to work holistically with students striving to be successful in college. As a counselor, she works to help students resolve personal issues that may hinder their academic success. The Learning Specialist is available Monday through Friday 8am-5pm by appointments and accepts walk-ins. 

The SOAR Learning Center is located in Holden Hall Room 80 and our office number is (806)742-3664. Visit us at


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 Barnes and Noble Leadership Scholarship deadline is April 13th

The Barnes & Noble Leadership Scholarship will be awarded to (2) currently enrolled full-time Texas Tech University students who have demonstrated leadership at Texas Tech University and have maintained a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

Applicant Criteria:

1. Be a fulltime student at Texas Tech University.
2. Must have demonstrated leadership and service to, for, or in the name of Texas Tech University.
3. Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 at time of application for the scholarship and receipt of the scholarship.
4. Scholarship is awarded annually for the period of 2 Academic Semesters. Recipients may reapply annually.

Applications may be picked up in person from the Student Union Main office, Room 203, located on the second floor of the Student Union or online at

Applications are due by 5:00 PM on Friday, April 13, 2012.


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 Tutors needed at the TECHniques Center

Does your student need a job? The TECHniques Center is hiring 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 (we match you with students based on classes you have received an A or B in)

Must be in town August 24th and 25th for training.


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 Upward Bound is hiring summer residential advisors

Is your student staying in Lubbock for the summer? He or she can get free room and board by becoming a Residential Advisor!

Residential Advisors will live in the residence hall and supervise high school seniors and college freshman program participants and be responsible for:

Promoting “team spirit” through cooperation, group decision-making, recreation, competition, and development of group/individual leadership
Acting as an academic role model by promoting learning, good study habits and the value of education
Tutoring high school students and assisting with homework in Math, English, & Science
Assisting students in developing residential living skills & make appropriate referrals to academic or administrative staff when needed
Working closely with other UB staff to plan activities, support the goals of the program and enforce program rules & guidelines

Benefits of Being a Residential Advisor:

Housing and meals provided for 5 weeks (Sunday afternoon-Friday Evening; may work 1 Saturday during 5 weeks)
Opportunity to gain facilitation and mentoring experiences
Supervision and crisis management experiences
Obtain team building and leadership skills
Opportunity to make a difference in a young person’s life
Work with a diverse populations
Build lifelong relationships with students, staff, & faculty
Hours Worked: 40 hours per week @ $8/hour

There are ten positions--five male and five female. Positions are 100% Federally Funded and Contingent Upon Continued Funding

Who to Contact: Isaac Flores, Unit Coordinator
TTU Upward Bound
Doak Hall 119G
Lubbock, TX 79409 (806)742-3616



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 Poet Billy Collins to speak at Texas Tech University April 20th

Billy Collins is an American phenomenon. No poet since Robert Frost has managed to combine high critical acclaim with such broad popular appeal. His last three collections of poems have broken sales records for poetry. Collins’ work has appeared in a variety of periodicals including The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and The American Scholar. He is a Guggenheim fellow, a New York Public Library “Literary Lion”, and was appointed United States Poet Laureate from 2001-2003.

Friday, April 20, 2012 | 7:00 pm

TTU Allen Theatre

$15 General Admission
TTU Students - 1 free ticket with valid ID at the SUB info desk
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at TTU Members - $10.00 general admission ticket with valid ID at the Select-A-Seat Civic Center box office
Select-A-Seat: (806) 770-2000

This program was funded in part by a grant from the Sybil B. Harrington Endowment for the Arts of the Lubbock Area Foundation.


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 Student Union and Activities Calendar

Student Union and Activities 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.


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 Texas Tech Parents Association announces 2012 faculty and student award recipients

The Texas Tech Parents Association will honor its 2012 faculty and student award recipients at the Spring Awards & Scholarship Breakfast on Saturday, April 14th at the Mackenzie-Merket Alumni Center. This year's award winners are:

2011-2012 Faculty Award Winners:

Barnie E. Rushing, Jr. Faculty Distinguished Research Awards
Dr. Eric F. Hequet, Plant & Soil Sciences
Dr. Patricia DeLucia, Psychology

Spencer A. Wells Faculty Award for Creativity in Teaching
Dr. Scott Burris, Agricultural Education & Communications

Faculty Distinguished Leadership Award
Dr. A. William Gustafson, Personal Financial Planning

Hemphill Wells New Professor Excellence in Teaching Award
Dr. Ryan Rathmann, Animal & Food Sciences

2011-2012 Student Academic Citizenship Award Winners:

Agricultural Sciences – John Duff
Allied Health – Kelsi Shough
Architecture – Richard Lucio
Arts & Sciences – Hiroaki Umehara
Business Administration – Krysta McKinnon
Education – Lindsay Archer
Engineering – Stephanie Hearn
Honors College – Paige Randle
Human Sciences – Victoria Crawford
Law -- Julie Fletcher
Mass Communications – Lindsey Viotto
University College – Jason Walker
Visual & Performing Arts – Karla Romero

We will also recognize our 2011-2012 Tech Parent scholarship recipients. Congratulations to all of the award recipients and their families! For more information, contact Parent & Family Relations at or 806-742-3630.


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 Road Raiders success story

Below is a Road Raiders success story a parent shared:

"I wanted to share some good news. On the evening of Feb. 12 as the snow storm worsened in Sweetwater, Texas, we received a call at our home from a Texas Tech student from Crowley, Texas. He had decided it would be unsafe to go any further as the road conditions worsened. He contacted his mom and they found our name on the Road Raider page. He called and got directions to our home and showed up a few minutes later. He spent the night with us and left out the next morning after the roads began to clear, He contacted me when he arrived safely in Lubbock.

We were happy to have him in our home and off the icy roads. I hope more students will use the Road Raiders program when the need arises. I know lots of students pass through Sweetwater, en route to Lubbock. We will be glad to help any who are needing assistance. Safe travels!"

Thank you to all of our Road Raiders! We appreciate your making our students' travels safer.

Do you have a Road Raiders success story? Please send it to


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