Texas Tech University

April 2017 Parent & Family eNewsletter

Volume 16, Issue 4

In this issue...

General News

Financial Tips/Info

Scholarships/Job Opportunities 

Academic

Housing  

Important Dates

Extracurricular Activities

Texas Tech Parents Association

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Save the date for Family Weekend 2017

Family Weekend 2017 will be September 29-30, 2017, as Texas Tech football takes on the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Activities will begin on Friday evening of the weekend. Stay tuned to familyweekend.ttu.edu and the Texas Tech Family Weekend Facebook page for more information as the date gets closer. Football and event tickets will go on sale in June 2017.

Book hotel rooms quickly, as they will fill up for the weekend.  Visit www.texastechparents.org for information about discounted hotel rooms.

A tradition at Texas Tech since 1936, Family Weekend is a wonderful time to visit campus and reconnect with your student! The Texas Tech campus is beautiful in the fall, and there are many activities for families to enjoy during the weekend. We hope you and your family will join us!

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Free Bike Clinic on April 7th

Join Transportation and Parking Services for the spring Bike Clinic April 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. north of the Student Union Building. The Outdoor Pursuits Center's Bike Tech has bicycle mechanics who will examine attendees' bicycles at no cost and provide minor repairs on site. Attendees may register their bicycle on site with TPS, get free prizes and drinks, and visit with groups with an interest in cycling and safety. For more details, visit http://www.depts.ttu.edu/parking/Resources/TPSHelps/BikeClinic.php.

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University Career Center: Help is just a click away

Countdown to Finals

With semester finals right around the corner, how can you help your student during this stressful time? Share these tips:

  1. Give yourself plenty of time to study. Set up a timetable to organize your study time. Allow enough time to study for each exam.
  2. Have a dedicated, organized study space and eliminate distractions
  3. Form a study group. Together you can help each other understand concepts, practice on previous exams and provide encouragement.
  4. Get plenty of rest, eat healthy, and drink lots of water. Snacks such as nuts, yogurt, fruit, and veggies and hummus are good to have around for quick energy.
  5. On the day of the exam, give yourself time to relax by meditating, listening to music and eating a healthy, satisfying meal.

When you have completed your last final, congratulate yourself! Months of dedication should be rewarded so take a break and recharge your batteries.

UCC Upcoming Dates:

April 5th All-Majors Job Fair, Student Union Building, 12 PM to 4 PM

April 12th Non-Profit Job Fair, Student Union Building, 2 PM to 4 PM

April 23rd Suit Up with JC Penney. 70% off business wear with TTU student id. 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM at South Plains Mall. Tips on how to dress professionally and proper hair and makeup for job and internship interviews

April 25th Walk-in Resume Critique Day, University Career Center, 9 AM to 4 PM

Webinars http://www.depts.ttu.edu/careercenter/webinars/index.php

Please encourage your student to explore the UCC website. There is a wealth of information that can be gained by utilizing the services provided by the TTU Career Center. Remind your student to make an appointment and come in to meet a career counselor and discuss their unique needs. UCC career counselors want to help your student succeed!

To Make an Appointment, Please Call 806-742-2210
View the campus map
Hours:
Monday - Friday
8 AM- 5 PM

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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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Financial Life After College

On April 3rd from 10am-3pm Red to Black is excited to bring you a fair dedicated to graduating seniors and graduate students who are interested in learning more about how to manage their financial life after college. Peer Financial Coaches will be available to discuss employment benefit packages, including retirement options. Other departments will be available to discuss creating repayment plans for student loans, preparing for graduate school, and preparing for your first job.

Contact Red to Black at redtoblack@ttu.edu, 806-742-9781, or visit our website for more information about our program!

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Student Business Services important dates and deadlines

April 25, Tuesday

Budget/Emergency Payment Plan due date – Required payment must be received by the due date or the account will incur late fees

For more information, please visit Student Business Services at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/studentbusinessservices/

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Students planning to work on campus need original social security card

Is your student planning to get a new job on campus? Students who work on campus must bring their original Social Security Cards for human resources processing due to federal I-9 requirements. Remind your student to keep his or her social security card in a safe place.

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Advanced Registration Schedule

Advance registration for Fall 2017 for current Texas Tech students begins in April. The time your student registers for Fall 2017 classes depends on his or her current classification. (Incoming students will register for classes at the conclusion of their Red Raider Orientation session.)

Graduate Students, Seniors, & Second Degree: Thursday, April 6, 2017

Juniors: Wednesday, April 11, 2017

Sophomores: Monday: April 14, 2017

Freshmen: Thursday: April 20, 2017

Former Tech students: Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Open Registration: Wednesday, April 26, 2017

For more information see the Official Publications website.

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Spring 2017 Commencement schedule

Congratulations to all Red Raiders graduating in May, and to the parents and family members who supported them! Please visit http://www.depts.ttu.edu/provost/commencement/ for the complete Commencement schedule, information about guests and seating, as well as how to purchase invitations and regalia.

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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 through 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 www.lc.soar.ttu.edu.

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Living Off Campus - Common Pitfalls

Is your student living off campus or considering living off campus? Be sure to read Common Pitfalls when it comes to living off campus.

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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 www.depts.ttu.edu/sls/.

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 www.CollegeRentersPlan.com/ttu to see all of the coverage options available or call (866) 572-1617.

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This month's academic and event calendar

April 6, Thursday

3 p.m., First day for fall 2017 advance registration for currently enrolled students (continues through April 25).

April 7, Friday

Last day for graduate degree candidates to submit to the Graduate School the final PDF of thesis/dissertation.
Last day for graduate degree candidates to submit the Oral Defense and Thesis-Dissertation Approval Form.
Last day for M.M. and D.M.A. candidates to post the PDFs of recital programs to the ETD web site and submit recordings of recitals to the Graduate School.

April 14, 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 17, Monday

No classes. University employees on duty.
Select dining locations open for service.

April 25, Tuesday

Last day of advance registration for fall 2017.

April 26, Wednesday

Last day for graduate degree candidates to pay thesis-dissertation fee posted to Banner account.
Official reports due to Graduate School on Interdisciplinary Portfolio for the master's degree (non-thesis students).
Official reports due to Graduate School on results of final comprehensive exams.
Last day to inform the Graduate School of plans to graduate in absentia.
Open registration for fall 2017 begins.
Last day to transfer between colleges.


Complete calendar information:

Texas Tech Academic Calendar 

Texas Tech event calendar

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Have your student check out Orgsync for ways to get involved 

Is your student involved in student organizations? If not, have him or her visit http://ttu.orgsync.com for a list of and contact information for all registered student organizations. It is especially important for students living on and off campus to get involved and stay connected to campus.

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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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Looking for 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 www.texastechparents.org. 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 the chapter parents page.

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