Parent and Family Relations

Vol. 13  Issue 4                                                                 Parent and Family eNews - April 2014

In this issue...

General News and Important Dates

Texas Tech Parents Association

Information for Parents and Family Members of FRESHMEN

Information for Parents and Family Members of SOPHOMORES

Information for Parents and Family Members of JUNIORS

Information for Parents and Family Members of SENIORS

Extracurricular Activities

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 Advance Registration Schedule

Advance registration for current Texas Tech students begins in April. The time your student registers for Summer and Fall 2014 classes depends on his or her current classification. The full registration schedule can be found here:

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 Parent and Family Relations hiring Student Assistants for Summer 2014

Parent and Family Relations seeks motivated and energetic Student Assistants for a part-time position summer 2014 (average of 20-25 hours per week).

Duties include checking in parents and family members during Red Raider Orientation, Q&A sessions, and assisting with Parent & Family Member receptions.

Representation and check-in duties include: setting up for and providing assistance at Parent & Family check-in and interacting with parents and family members of prospective students at various functions/receptions. This position involves a high level of contact with people, requires basic knowledge of Texas Tech Red Raider Orientation and strong communication skills. Must be willing to serve on a panel answering parent questions.

Clerical duties include: data entry, answering phones, and general office duties. Must be able to work quickly and accurately with a strong attention to detail. Excellent customer service and computer/typing skills a must.

Must be available to work throughout the week, including Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday (9:00 a.m. – Noon) as well as some evenings. Exact work schedule will be determined after all students have been hired.

Applications can be picked up/turned in at 201Q Student Union (second floor of the Student Union just past the student organization cubicles). Applications must be submitted in person on or before Friday, April 11th.

Click HERE for application

Complete Job Description

Questions regarding this position should be directed to

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 Parent and Family Relations thanks Raider Road Show Volunteers

Parent & Family Relations wishes to thank all of the TTPA Parent Ambassadors who assisted with the Raider Roadshow in Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas.

Thank you for your hard work and great job with Parent & Family Check-in and all the other activities at the Roadshow that made parents feel welcomed and excited about Texas Tech!

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 Parent and Family Pulse Poll for April

Each month, Parent & Family Relations will conduct a Parent & Family Pulse Poll—a brief poll about Texas Tech parent and family experiences. We will share our poll results each month online. Here is the link to this month’s poll about providing support to your student:

This poll will be open through the month of April. Results will be posted at in May.

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 University Career Center hosts upcoming events

University Career Center will host two events this month for students.

April 2 - Spring Career Connection
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Frazier Alumni Pavilion
(professional dress required)

Click HERE for a list of attending employers

April 9 - Mocktail Party
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center

Students will have an opportunity to practice networking in a reception environment. Student will need to register HERE.

For more information please visit

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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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 Cross-Cultural Academic Advancement Center presents: March Madness-Diversity in Play

The Cross-Cultural Academic Advancement Center is proud to present - March Madness: Diversity in Play.

During March 24th – April 10th, the Cross-Cultural Center will be hosting a calendar of panels, dialogues, movies, and events that explore the role of diversity and multiculturalism at the university and in a global society.

These events seek to engage students in thoughts and dialogues on diverse topics. Our goal is to provide students with unique engaging learning opportunities.

Event Schedule

Cultural Exchange Vs Appropriation
Thursday, April 3
Location: Holden 104
Time: 7:00 p.m.

Difficult Dialouges
Thursday, April 10th
Location: TLPDC 153
Time: 12:00 p.m.

Micro-Agressions on College Campuses
*Contact Cross-Cultural Academic Advancement Center for more details

For questions or concerns please contact the Cross-Cultural Academic Advancement Center at 806-742-8681 |

Stay in the conversation with these discussions by using #DiversityInPlay

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 Red to Black to host Financial Education Week

Financial Education Week
9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; March 31-April 3
Student Union Building (SUB)

Texas Tech University’s Red to Black program hosts its annual Financial Education Week at the SUB. The week-long event is free to Texas Tech students to become educated about various financial topics.

Red to Black is an outreach program of Texas Tech’s Department of Personal Financial Planning. Its purpose is to provide financial awareness through client-based planning, training and coaching.

The event will include credit report checks, a scavenger hunt throughout the SUB, piggy banks to encourage students’ savings efforts and a money-tram taxi service.

For more information about the event, visit

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 Texas Tech Police Department to hold Sexual Assault/Date Rape Awareness Class

The Texas Tech Police Department will hold a Sexual Assault/Date Rape Awareness class on
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 3:00pm-5:00pm Human Sciences Room 169.

The purpose is to increase awareness levels of TTU faculty, staff, and students, by providing the following information:

•Sexual Assault Statistics
•Prevention Tips
•Date Rape Drugs
•Procedures on What To Do After the Rape
•Getting Help After the Rape

For more information contact the Texas Tech Police Department at or 806-742-3931.

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 TTU Sport Clubs is hiring!

TTU Sport Clubs is looking to hire energetic students that are passionate about sports, interested in program development, and like to contribute to a positive environment. If your student is interested please encourage them to apply by April 4th by 5:00 p.m..

Application is available HERE.

For questions please contact Laura Thomas at

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 Rec Sports hiring for Youth Summer Sports Camp Counselors

The Rec Sports Department is hiring individuals to be Youth Summer Sports Camp Counselors. Our camp offers recreational opportunities most campers have likely never experienced. Each day of camp will take place at the TTU Student Rec Center. Activities each day may include rock climbing, archery, swim lessons, and team sports. Camp staff needs to be able to create and facilitate positive group interaction of 25-35 campers, provide high energy each day of camp as well as be ready and able to participate in a high degree of physical activities each day.

Camp staff needs to be available to work June 2nd - July 18th, Monday-Friday, 7:30a-12:15p. Mandatory training sessions will be held for staff prior to the first week of camp during the week of May 27th.

For more info and the job application go to You can also contact the Intramural & Sport Club Office, 806-742-2945 if you have any questions.


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 Outdoor Pursuits Spring Trips

The OPC Trips Program offers many exciting trips and challenges. These trips are designed for a personal challenge, education and most of all – FUN. Our goal is to provide students with a great adventure experience. Students can register by visiting the Outdoor Pursuits Center, located just outside the North entrance of the Student Rec Center. Call (806) 742-2949 or email for more info. For a list of frequently asked questions, please click here.

April Trip Schedule

Caprock Day Hike
Trip Date: April 12
Early Registration Deadline: April 2
Experience the historical side of the West Texas high plains on this single-day trip through the home of the Texas state bison herd. A wonderful chance to see some flora and fauna, including the majestic Golden Eagle! The trip will include about four hours of hiking with about fifteen companions, including a nice break for lunch at a scenic viewpoint.

Blanca Peak - Introduction to Mountaineering
Trip Dates: April 17 - 21

Blanca Peak in Colorado stands more than 14,000 ft tall. This trip is very strenuous but greatly rewarding. You will hike to our base camp, and then go through an introductory snow school course where you will learn technical mountaineering skills. These skills include, how to use an ice axe, crampons, self-belay, self-arrest, and how to set up rope teams. We will then have a chance to summit Blanca Peak depending on the weather that day.

Santa Elena Canoe
Trip Date: April 18-21

Early Registration Deadline: April 2
Join us in Santa Elena Canyon in Big Bend National Park. Enjoy the beautiful West Texas scenery on this raft supported canoe trip. All canoeing experience levels are welcome. This trip requires no previous experience.

Guadelupe Canyoneering
Trip Dates: April 24 - 27

Early Registration Deadline: April 9
A challenging trip through the rugged Guadalupe Mountains. You will descend over 2500 feet into a canyon system, while learning and practicing advanced outdoor skills like rappelling, scrambling, and tyrolean traverse. Guadalupe canyoneering is a dynamic event for the confident adventurer, sure to create a once-in-a-lifetime wilderness experience. Expect three long days of hard hiking; twelve hours on Saturday and at least six hours on Sunday.

Palo Duro Mountain Biking
Trip Date: April 26

Early Registration Deadline: April 16
A very flexible single-day trip for bikers of all skill levels. See the secret scenic side of the South Plains on some thrilling bike trails through canyon country. Palo Duro showcases some of the best mountain biking in the state, so expect a fun-filled day with about 10 fellow mountain biking beginners and enthusiasts!

Intermediate Kayaking
Trip Date: May 2 - 4

Early Registration Deadline: April 16
This intermediate trip will take you to the next level of whitewater kayaking! Sign up at the Outdoor Pursuits Center!

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 Save the Date for Family Weekend 2014!

The wait is over and we have set the date for Family Weekend 2014!

Mark your calendars for October 10-11, 2014 when Texas Tech takes on West Virginia. Registration and football ticket ordering information will be posted at later this summer. Make your hotel reservations early, as rooms will fill up quick! Click HERE for a complete listing of Lubbock hotels.


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 Lubbock Visitor Guide

When you make plans to visit your student be sure to check out the visitor guide provided by Visit Lubbock.

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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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 This month's academic and event calendar

April 3, Thursday

  • 3 p.m., First day for summer/fall advance registration for currently enrolled students (continues through April 22).

April 21, Monday

April 22, Tuesday

  • Last day of advance registration.

April 23, Wednesday

  • Open registration begins.
  • Last day to transfer between colleges.


For the complete 2013-2014 Academic Calendar, please visit

For the Texas Tech event calendar, please CLICK HERE.


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 Looking for more ways to get involved?

For more ways to get involved as a parent or family member of a Texas Tech student, join the Texas Tech Parents Association at Your membership dues support programs such as scholarships for Texas Tech students, the Road Raiders Safe Travel Network, and local chapters all over Texas.

You can also get involved in various chapter activities throughout the year. Come enjoy a fun time with other Texas Tech parents and family members. Click HERE to view community calendar of events.

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 Academic Test Services for incoming students

TESTING…Who needs it? Your student!

Academic Testing Services can help you meet your testing needs!
With summer just around the corner, testing is normally the last thing on your student's mind.

Summer however, is the ideal time for testing. Students have more free time to prepare for testing during summer months, keeping the information fresh on their minds. Understanding testing requirements and options are beneficial at all stages of your student’s academic career, but they can be especially important if you are the parent of an incoming freshman.

Prior to Red Raider Orientation, you will want to understand state testing requirements (TSI), placement exams and additional testing options that may impact your student.

Credit by Exam:

Credit by examination is an option for students to earn college credit for knowledge they’ve already acquired. If your student took AP or IB courses in high school, Texas Tech awards credit for many of these courses. If your student took other advanced studies or missed their AP or IB exams, CLEP testing may be an option for your student to prove their proficiency and earn college credit. CLEP exams are available in a variety of subjects. For a complete list, view the credit table at Testing times are available during Red Raider Orientation and throughout the year in Academic Testing Services located in 214 West Hall. (Fees apply to CLEP)

Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation (GSP):

Students enrolling in the College of Media & Communication may need this exam in order to enroll in some upper level classes. Testing times are available during Red Raider Orientation and throughout the year in Academic Testing Services located in 214 West Hall. (Fees apply)

TSI Compliance:

If your student has been notified by the Registrar that they are not TSI compliant, Texas Tech offers the TSI exam to fulfill the TSI requirement. The TSI exam is computer-based and available in Academic Testing Services located in 214 West Hall. (Fees apply)
For a complete list of all of ATS services, visit our website at .

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 Residential Tutoring Program

Have your student start the semester right by taking advantage of The Residential Tutoring Program. This is designed to provide academic services for students living in the residence halls at Texas Tech University. Residential Tutoring is a completely free service provided for all on-campus students during convenient hours and close to home.

Subjects Offered:

Chemistry (1307 and 1308)
Math (1351 and 1352)
Writing (in any subject area)
Political Science (1301)
History (2300 and 2301)
Biology (1403)
Physics (1403 and 1408)

For more information regarding location and scheduled please visit .


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 FREE Tutoring for your Tech student at the Learning Center

If your freshman or sophomore student is experiencing difficulties with spring classes, FREE tutoring is available.

The Learning Center provides FREE tutoring to any enrolled TTU student. No appointment necessary! Download the tutoring schedule from their website:

Online Tutoring is also available Mondays through Thursdays from 7:30-10pm

Hours of Operation: Monday through Thursday 8am-8pm, Fridays 8am-5pm. Tutoring begins at 9am daily.

Call The Learning Center at 806-742-3664 for questions.


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 Consider renters insurance for your student whether they are living on or off campus

Most landlords do not require the tenant to have renters insurance. All landlords deny liability for any damages to your personal property caused by water, smoke, or fire. Student Legal Services highly recommends any student, living off campus or on-campus, to obtain renters insurance. Renters insurance is a cost effective way to replace damaged property. Speak with your insurance representative to discuss your options.

If you or your student has any other questions about renters insurance please call 806-742-3289 or visit

College Renters Insurance offers coverage starting at $5,000 with a $100 deductible. Coverage for your personal property starts as low as $12 per month.
Visit to see all of the coverage options available or call (866) 572-1617.

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 Responsible off campus living

If your sophomore Red Raider lives off campus, make sure he or she is a good neighbor. Students choosing to live in single-family houses sometimes need reminders that they are not necessarily living among other students. Families with small children and working professionals may not appreciate loud noises during late hours.

For tips about responsible off-campus living, CLICK HERE.

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 Encourage your student to research internships or post-graduation jobs

If your student is a junior or senior, he or she may need encouragement to start investigating summer internships or post-graduation jobs. The Career Center at Texas Tech can help with resume critiques, mock interviews, and job and internship searches. Visit to learn more about how the Career Center can help your student..

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 Spring Commencement schedule and information

If your student is graduating in May, congratulations! Below is the Spring Commencement schedule for Texas Tech University.

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

Friday, May 16, 2014

3:00 p.m. Art & Sciences
7:00 p.m. Graduate School

Saturday, May 17, 2014

9:00 a.m.
Business Administration
Media and Communication
Honors College (EVHM and HAL Majors Only)
Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources
University Programs
Wind Energy

1:30 p.m.
Human Sciences
Visual & Performing Arts

Law School (Saturday, May 17, 2014)
3:30 p.m. Reception in the Law School
6:00 p.m. Ceremony in the United Spirit Arena

Texas Tech has a Commencement web site, which is your one-stop-shop for all things related to Commencement, including the schedule for upcoming ceremonies, lists of hotels (which sell out quickly!), parking information, and information about ordering invitations and photos of the big day.

Bookmark this site for all of your Commencement needs:


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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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