Parent and Family Relations

Vol. 12  Issue 8                                    Parent and Family eNews - August 2013

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


 Raider Welcome

Raider Welcome is August 19-23

Encourage your student to participate in Raider Welcome! It is a week-long schedule of activities to introduce your student to Raiderland.

Some of the events include:

Target event, with discounts
Habitat for Humanity building
$.99 Steak Night
University Career Center Ice Cream Social
SGA Back to School Splash
Ultimate Game day Experience at Jones AT&T Stadium
Indoor Volleyball Tournament
The Big Something
Casino Night
Dive-in Movie
and more!

For more details and complete schedule of events visit the Center for Campus Life's web site


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 Student Business Services open during Move-In Weekend

The Student Business Services will be open from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on August 17th and 18th during move-in. If you have any questions regarding your student's bill please stop by their office located in West Hall Room 301.


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 Student Disabilities Services open Sunday, August 18th

The Student Disabilities Services office will be open from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 18th durig move-in. If you have questions regarding accomodations or services for your student please stop by their office located in West Hall Room 335.

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 2013-2014 Student Handbook now available

Students are expected to abide by policies and procedures in the Student Handbook. Please review the 2013-2014 Student Handbook via this link:


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 Thank You, Red Raider Orientation Volunteers!

Parent and Family Relations would like to thank our June Red Raider Orientation volunteers. A big Guns Up! to Lisa & Travis McIntire, Gayle & Stan Waldrip, and Denise & Reed Hitch for helping us welcome new parents and family members to Texas Tech during our busy and exciting Red Raider Orientation sessions!


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 Road Raiders Safe Travel Network

Don't forget Road Raiders when traveling to Texas Tech in August. Road Raiders are Texas Tech Parents Association members who have volunteered to help Texas Tech students with car trouble, directions, or a place to rest while traveling. Students can use a smart phone to log in to using their eRaider login. A pdf version can also be downloaded from

For more information, call Parent & Family Relations at 806-742-3630 or email


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 Interested in joining the Texas Tech Parents Association Board of Directors or serving as a Chapter Leader?

The Texas Tech Parents Association is seeking new Board Members to serve on the Board of Directors. As a member you will have the opportunity to provide feedback and support for various programs and services as well as attend events on behalf of the Association. The Board does meet twice per year in Lubbock. If you are interested please complete and return the TTPA Board Member Application.

For questions, please contact

View and print the Board member application.

Interested in serving as a Texas Tech Parents Association Chapter Leader? The Southwest Houston, Austin, and Big Country (Abilene area) Chapters are looking for parents and family members to join their leadership teams and help plan events and meetings. If you are interested, please contact or


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 Fall 2013 Paying the Bill Checklist

View the Fall 2013 Paying the Bill Checklist for bill availability dates, deadlines, and payment plan information:


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 Family Weekend football and event tickets are on sale now!

Family Weekend 2013 is September 20-21st when Texas Tech takes on Texas State. Family Weekend is a great time to reconnect with your student. We hope you will join us then!

Family Weekend 2013 football and event tickets are on sale now. Visit for the schedule and ordering information.


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 Design the official 2013 Family Weekend T-shirt

Do you or your student have a knack for graphic design? Try designing the official 2013 Family Weekend t-shirt that will be worn by thousands!

T-shirt Design Contest Guidelines:

1. Design the shirt. Front only, back only, or front/back. The words “Family
Weekend” should be used.
2. Designs should be in one or two colors--we cannot print full color designs or
photographs. Please do not submit copyrighted material without permission.
3. Be sure to follow guidelines on the use of the Double T. Information on proper use can be found at:
4. Designs can come from students, faculty, staff, alumni--any Texas Tech fan.
5. The criteria for judging are as follows: originality and the likelihood others will wear it on game day.
6. Create your design in graphics software (preferred format is pdf or jpg), or draw a detailed sketch. Include your name and contact information. Submissions can be emailed to or brought to the Parent and Family Relations office in 201Q Student Union Building (2nd floor). Deadline is Friday, August 16th at noon.
7. Parents and family members will vote on the winner and that person will be notified after August 22, 2013.
8. The winner will receive four t-shirts and the joy of seeing thousands of people wearing his or her original design!
9. Sponsored by the Texas Tech Parents Association. Call 806-742-3630 or email if you have questions.

Good Luck!


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 Get involved in a local chapter of the Texas Tech Parents Association

Tech Parents is proud to offer parent chapters that are located in various cities across Texas and Colorado to help parents and families connect. Tech Parents Chapters often partner with Undergraduate Recruitment and Admissions and the Texas Tech Alumni Association. Chapters are a great way to get involved and spread the good news about Texas Tech to others in your area. Chapters meet once or twice a month for game watching parties, social events, happy hours, and general meetings to keep you informed.

Reasons to get involved in a local chapter:

  • Network and meet other Texas Tech parents and families in your area
  • Learn more about Texas Tech University
  • Help promote Texas Tech to prospective students
  • Support your student

To learn more and get contact information about a chapter near you, visit


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 2013 Football Season Tickets on sale now

Want a great excuse to visit Lubbock to check on your daughter or son this fall? Texas Tech will be hosting six college football games this fall against SFA, TCU, Texas State, Iowa State, Oklahoma State and Kansas State. Season tickets start as low as $149/ticket and more information on season tickets can be found by clicking


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 Red Raider Club offers West Virginia Fan Package

Want a fun fall getaway? The Red Raider Club is offering a West Virginia Fan Package for fans to attend the Texas Tech at West Virginia game October 17th - 19th. For more information, click 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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 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

August 5, Monday

  • Last day to withdraw from the university. Although withdrawal can be processed until this date, all tuition and fees related to the registration are due in full and no refunds will be issued.
  • Last day for undergraduate degree candidates to remove grades of I and PR.

August 6, Tuesday

  • Raiderlink available for grading.

August 7, Wednesday

  • Last day of classes.

August 8 – 9, Thursday – Friday

August 10, Saturday

  • Commencement. Schedule of ceremonies can be found at
  • Last meal (breakfast) served in residence halls.
  • Students without room reservations for fall 2013 must vacate residence hall rooms by 10 a.m.

August 12, Monday

  • Noon, Final grades due via Raiderlink.

August 18, Sunday

August 19, Monday

  • 95% payment of mandatory tuition and fees or enrollment in a payment plan due for fall. Registrations after this date
    require immediate payment or enrollment in a payment plan.

August 21, Wednesday

August 23, Friday

August 26, Monday

  • Classes begin.

August 29, Thursday

  • Last day to add a course.


For the complete 2013-2014 Academic Calendar, please visit

For the Texas Tech event calendar, please visit


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 AlcoholEdu for College

AlcoholEdu® for College became available July 22, 2013 and includes three surveys that will assist your student in measuring his or her alcohol-related attitudes and behaviors.  All survey responses are strictly confidential; Texas Tech will only receive information about the student body as a whole and will never see individual student answers. You have an opportunity to log on to the parent course: Please use the following user ID to create an account, P229115PARENT.

Part one of the course is due by August 16, 2013. We encourage you to talk with your student about the decisions they may be making concerning alcohol and drug use and we support your efforts to have these conversations. We value your contribution toward helping us maintain a safe and healthy campus community. 

If you have any further questions, please contact Christina Sapien-Iezzi, Health Educator, Student Health Services, at 806-743-2844 x 290,, or online at

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 Join the Texas Tech Parents Association for Chapter Sendoff Parties

School is just around the corner and the Texas Tech Parents Association would like to invite you and your student to the their annual send-off parties. Come enjoy a fun time of celebrating students as we send them off to Texas Tech for an exciting school year. Click HERE for more information regarding locations and times.

Please contact Parent & Family Relations for questions at or 806-742-3630


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 Texas Tech Parents Association to provide Lubbock, campus maps during move-in

The Texas Tech Parents Association will provide 11" x 17" maps of Lubbock and the Texas Tech campus to families during move-in. Look for your map at your student's residence hall. You can also download the maps HERE.

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 Are you coming to Red Raider Orientation this summer?

Are you attending Red Raider Orientation this summer? Parent & Family Relations will be on hand to help you check in, provide you with a copy of the Parent & Family Guide, conduct parent and family orientation presentations, and show you how to get involved. We look forward to seeing you this summer!

Visit or call the Center for Campus Life at 806-742-5433 for information about Red Raider Orientation.

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 Did you miss a presentation during Red Raider Orientation?

Not to worry! Please find electronic copies of presentations and handouts on our website at

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 Fall 2013 move-in information

For dates, a list of what to bring, what not to bring, room dimensions, and other information about Fall 2013 move-in, visit

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 Raider Ready: Unmasking the possibilities of college life

IS 1100: RaiderReady is a one hour, freshman seminar course designed for students to successfully manage the transition from high school to Texas Tech by unmasking the possibilities of college life. For more information, visit

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 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 will need this exam in order to enroll in 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 Accuplacer and Quick THEA exams to fulfill the TSI requirement. The Accuplacer exam is computer-based and available in Academic Testing Services located in 214 West Hall. (Fees apply)

Quick THEA exams are paper-based and administered by appointment. Contact Academic Testing Services at (806) 742-3671 or visit for more information.

For a complete list of all of ATS services, visit our website at .

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 Students planning to work on campus need original social security cards

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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 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 have 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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 Does your student need health insurance? Academic Health Plans are available for Texas Tech students

If your student needs his or her own health insurance policy, there are Academic Health Plans avaialble. Visit for more information.

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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, visit

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 Just for course in financial planning

If your student is looking for an elective(s), The Department of Personal Financial Planning is now offering 1-hour classes in personal finance. Financial Senior Seminar is specifically designed for seniors covering topics that include financial issues that emerge when starting your career, compensation negotiations, cash flow management, employee benefits (including 401K), impact of taxation, and buying a home.

Studies in personal finance provide basic knowledge needed to manage personal financial activities in day-to-day life.

Course title and description:

PFP 4101- Financial Senior Seminar

Introduces financial planning issues that emerge the emerge when starting your career, compensation negotiations, cash flow management, employee benefits (including 401K), impact of taxation, and buying a home. Offered in Fall 2013 on campus as a face-to-face seminar and as an online class.

For further course information please visit our website at or contact Dawn Abbott at


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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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