Texas Tech University

August 2015 Parent & Family eNewsletter

Vol. 14 Issue 8

In this issue...

General News

Parents of Incoming Freshman/Transfers

Financial Tips/Info

Scholarships/Job Opportunities

Academic

Housing

Graduation

Important Dates

Extracurricular Activities

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Buy a Bicycle During the Second Annual Bicycle Sale!

At the start of the fall semesters, Texas Tech students and employees may purchase a used bicycle from Transportation and Parking Services. The department saves bicycles from abandoned bicycle collections (OP 76.09) that best combined quality and condition. Each bicycle is used, sold in as-is condition, and costs $40, which includes a brand new U-lock. Bicycles are available on a first-come, first-served basis. This year, bicycles will be posted for sale in two allotments: the first on Monday, August 17, and the second on Monday, August 24. For more information, see http://www.parking.ttu.edu/bicycling-on-campus/bicycle-sales.

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Free Bicycle Registration

Is your student bringing a bicycle to campus? Be sure it's registered! Transportation and Parking Services offers free bicycle registration. Registration is not required for bicycles on campus, but aids in identifying lost or stolen bikes and allows TPS to share important bicycle information and free Bike Clinic dates with owners of registered bicycles. Find more information here: http://www.parking.ttu.edu/bicycling-on-campus.

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Make Sure Your Student's Vehicle Has a Parking Permit

If your student plans on parking a vehicle on campus in the fall, the vehicle needs a parking permit. Permits are for sale on a first-come, first-served basis for residence hall lots, and other lot options are available. Have your student log into My Parking account at www.parking.ttu.edu to see accounts, purchase a permit, or change vehicle or contact information. Contact Transportation and Parking Services with any questions at (806) 742-PARK or parking@ttu.edu.

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Parent Pulse Poll

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 transportation: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/568GL8S

This poll will be open through the month of August. Results will be posted at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/parentrelations/polls.php.

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Remind your student to update emergency alert information

Texas Tech's Emergency Communications Center is intended to inform the Texas Tech University community about what to do in advance of, during and after an emergency.

If your student has not already done so, remind him or her to update cell phone, home phone or text message information at www.ttu.edu/emergencyalert. Up to four phone numbers can be entered, with TTY/TDD for hearing impaired and text messaging options. The system is used to alert the university community of emergency situations and class cancellations or delays.

Students will need their eRaider login to update their information online.

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2015-2016 Student Handbook now available

Students are expected to abide by policies and procedures in the Student Handbook. Please review the 2015-2016 Student Handbook via this link: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/dos/docs/Student_Handbook_2015-2016.pdf.

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Family Weekend Football Tickets On Sale Now!

Order your discounted tickets to the Texas Tech vs. TCU game. The Promo Code you will enter is FAMILY15. For questions regarding ticket sales, please contact the Texas Tech Athletic Ticket Office at 806-742-4412.

For more Family Weekend information please visit www.depts.ttu.edu/parentrelations/family.php. Be sure and reserve hotels early as these fill up very quickly. For a list of hotels click HERE.

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Design the Official Family Weekend 2015 T-Shirt

Do you have a knack for graphic design? Try designing the official 2015 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:http://graphics.fansonly.com/schools/text/graphics/t-standards.gif
  4. Create your design in graphics software (preferred format is pdf or jpg), or draw a detailed sketch. Include your name and contact information.
  5. Design may change depending on t-shirt color. T-shirt color will correspond with game day color (i.e. black out game, white out game, etc.).
  6. Designs can come from students, faculty, staff, and alumni--any Texas Tech fan.
  7. The criteria for judging are as follows: originality and the likelihood others will wear it on game day.
  8. Parents and family members will vote on the winner and the winning person will be notified in September.
  9. The winner will receive four t-shirts and the joy of seeing thousands of people wearing his or her original design!

Submissions can be emailed to parent@ttu.edu or brought to the Parent and Family Relations office in 201Q Student Union Building (2nd floor).

Deadline is Friday, August 28th at 12:00 p.m.

Questions? Please call Parent & Family Relations at 806-742-3630 or email parent@ttu.edu.

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Texas Tech sponsors Student Health Insurance by Blue Cross & Blue Shield

With all the health insurance options in the marketplace, did you know that Texas Tech University now sponsors a student health plan offered by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of TX (BCBSTX) known as AcademicBlue?

We are sure you know that your child's University has a commitment to making sure all students have access to quality medical, behavioral health, educational and preventive services as these important services play a great role in their well-being and success.

What you may not know is that one of the ways the University supports this is by sponsoring a student health plan that offers students comprehensive health insurance through BCBSTX that has all the health benefits required under the Affordable Care Act. The plan, called AcademicBlue, also offers many additional benefits and services specific to the needs of college students, such as lower deductibles, campus health services, free use of the BCBSTX 24/7 Nurseline and mobile tools for easy access to information.

The University-sponsored plan gives students access to a broad network of doctors so they are covered at home, school and while traveling. This is especially important if your student goes to school away from home. You can check to make sure your student's choice of doctors is in the network before you buy.

Next, you should compare the cost and the benefits of the student plan to other options, as the student plans are specifically designed and priced for students, resulting in premiums typically less than similar marketplace plans or less than your employer plan (especially if the cost for dependent coverage is per child). Finally, be sure to ask about the most unique and important features of a student health plan: low or no costs for covered services included in the student health plan at the on-campus University health center. And if you haven't noticed, today's center is a much more comprehensive health care facility than the clinics of the past!

Before you choose coverage, take a look to see how AcademicBlue compares to your current insurance options.

Compare the Facts Academic Blue Most Other Insurance
ACA Compliant
Preventative Care
Essential Health Benefits
No annual limits or pre-exsiting conditions

Know the Differences Academic Blue Most Other Insurance
Designed and priced for students and endorsed by your University
Up to 100% coverage of eligible charges at the student health center
Broad PPO network of doctors and hospitals at home and nationwide Varies

Do the math and see if the AcademicBlue student health insurance plan is a smart move for your student!

Open enrollment for the Fall Semester starts June 16th and ends September 15th.

Go to ttusystem.myahpcare.com or call 855-357-0241 for more information.

AcademicBlue is offered by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of TX, a Division of Health Care Service Corporation, a Mutual Legal Reserve Company, an Independent Licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

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Lubbock 2015 Visitor Guide

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

http://www.visitlubbock.org/2015-ivg/index.html

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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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AlcoholEdu & Haven Courses

AlcoholEdu® and Haven® became available July 13, 2015, and both are required for incoming freshmen and transfer students. AlcoholEdu® includes three surveys that will assist your student in measuring his or her alcohol-related attitudes and behaviors. Haven® is a module that educates about warning signs for sexual and relationship violence, and empowers students to become involved and effective bystanders. A pre and post quiz will assess knowledge gains from the course. All survey and quiz 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 website: http://www.everfi.com/alcoholeduforparents. This page will demonstrate the content your student will learn.

Part one of each course is due by August 14, 2015. We encourage you to talk with your student about the decisions they may be making concerning alcohol and drug use, new friendships, and romantic relationships, 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 Dr. Kimberly Simón, Director, Risk Intervention & Safety Education (RISE), at 806-742-2110 or rise@ttu.edu.

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Finances at Texas Tech University

Finances are a key part to sending your student off to college and we want to be sure you have all the resources available to you.

Do you need to be added as an authorized user to view your student's bill? We have provided a helpful how to video about adding an authorized user.

Student Business Services, your office for all things related to your students bill, has provided a presentation regarding ebill, payment plans, deadlines, and more. Click here to view presentation and Fall 2015 Paying the Bill Checklist.

Financial Aid is also available to assist with scholarships, loans, grants and more! Visit their presentation online at: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/parentrelations/resources/Financial_Aid_2015_RRO_Presentation.pdf.

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Did you miss Red Raider Orientation?

Parent and Family Relations has provided information for parents and family members who might have missed Red Raider Orientation.

Visit our website for handouts, presentations, and more: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/parentrelations/rroforparents.php

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Raider Ready: IS 1100 Course

RaiderReady: IS 1100 is a course designed to bridge the gap between high school and collegiate success. Students who enroll in this one-hour class can expect to learn and further develop note, studying, and test taking skills, academic professionalism, as well as stress management.

RaiderReady is an invaluable resource not only for the quality of skills our students learn, but also the relationships built while doing so. Allowing the students a place and faculty member to navigate freshman year creates success, and is evident in higher numbers of students returning for a second year in comparison to the university average.

For additional information visit http://www.depts.ttu.edu/uesa/raiderready/

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Fall 2015 Paying the Bill Checklist

Click here to view the Fall 2015 Paying the Bill Checklist for bill availability dates, deadlines, and payment plan information.

For information about paying the bill, tuition and fees, account balances, and more please contact Student Business Services at 806-742-3272 or sbs@ttu.edu

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Red to Black: Peer-to-Peer Financial Coaching

Red to Black offers peer-to-peer financial coaching to Texas Tech students. We help support your student through individual coaching sessions and group presentations on topics such as creating spending plans, the importance of starting to save early, maximizing financial aid (including student loans), how to choose employee benefits and establishing and wisely using credit. Our purpose is to empower students so that they can achieve their financial goals. We believe that no one understands the needs and concerns of students better than fellow students! Our offices are located in the East Basement of the SUB in room 024.

Visit our website at www.r2b.ttu.edu for more information!

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Is your student getting scholarships from groups other than Texas Tech for 2015/2016 ?

If your student is receiving scholarships from external groups, please have them complete the Estimated External Scholarship Notification Form and email it to scholarships@ttu.edu. Have scholarship checks sent to the TTU Scholarship Office Box 45011 Lubbock, TX 79409. Be sure to provide the donor with this address and the student's R# to expedite processing!

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University Scholarship Thank You Letters

If your student was selected to receive a scholarship from the university, be sure they submit their thank you letters as soon as possible, please!

For more information visit http://www.depts.ttu.edu/scholarships/thankYouLettersForScholarships.php

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Is your student looking for a job?

Encourage your student to visit Texas Tech Human Resources and University Career Center for on-campus and off-campus employment.

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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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TECHniques Center hiring tutors

The TECHniques Center, a peer tutoring program at Texas Tech University, is currently recruiting Education majors - particularly those seeking to teach at the elementary level - to work as tutors for our student population for the Fall 2015 semester. This is a great part–time, on campus, paid position that is flexible and offers lots of training. Both undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Education are welcome to apply.

HOW TO APPLY:

  1. Go to http://www.depts.ttu.edu/techniques/tutors/overview.php and download an application packet.
  2. Submit your complete application packet WITH a current resume AND unofficial copies of undergraduate / graduate transcripts to 242 West Hall. Transcripts are not necessary if the courses you took elsewhere appear already on your Tech transcript.
  3. Only complete applications will be evaluated for an interview. Interviews are not granted to all applicants, so please read our application carefully and let us know if you have any questions by calling 806-742-1822 or emailing brandi.schreiber@ttu.edu.
  4. Apply soon! We are scheduling interviews now for our open Fall 2015 positions!

You can learn more about the TECHniques Center by visiting http://www.depts.ttu.edu/techniques/index.php.

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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 9am-8pm and Friday 9am-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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Fall 2015 Move-In

Residence Halls officially open on Sunday, August 16th at 10:00 a.m. For information about what to do when you arrive, what to bring, what not to bring, room dimensions, and other information, visit http://housing.ttu.edu/movein/.

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Move-In Tips from Parent & Family Relations Student Assistants

Move-in is less than a month away and we want to be sure you and your student are prepared for this exciting time. Our students have compiled a list of helpful tips to ensure your students move-in is as smooth as possible. CLICK HERE to see what they have to say.

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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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Commencement Dates

If your student is graduating in August, congratulations! Below is the Summer 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.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

9:00 a.m.
Business Administration
Engineering
Graduate School
Human Sciences
Visual & Performing Arts
Wind Energy

1:30 p.m.
Agricultural
Architecture
Arts and Sciences
Education
Graduate School
Honors College (EVHM and HAL majors only)
Media and Communication

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:

http://www.depts.ttu.edu/provost/commencement/

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Save Now for a Ring Later: The Official Texas Tech Ring Savings Program

It's never too late to plan for the future. The Texas Tech Alumni Association is proud to offer the Official Texas Tech Class Ring Savings Program, which allows students to save over time for the ultimate symbol of college success.

With the Ring Savings Program, a refundable $75 is conveniently added as an optional fee to tuition and fee statements for spring and fall semesters beginning as early as freshman year.

Once students meet eligibility, the amount can then be applied toward the purchase of the Official Texas Tech Class Ring.

It's never been easier to support tradition. To enroll and begin saving today, simply log on to Raiderlink.ttu.edu, click on the MyTech tab, and sign up in the Official Class Ring section under Optional Services.

Questions? Contact the Texas Tech Alumni Association at (806) 742-3641 or visit www.texastechalumni.org/ring.

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Fall 2015 Bill Due August 17th

For all things related to your students bill contact Student Business Services.

Fall 2015 Paying the Bill Checklist

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Family Weekend 2015: September 25-26

Mark your calendars for September 25-26, 2015 when Texas Tech takes on TCU. Visit our website for additional Family Weekend information, schedule, and more!.

Make your hotel reservations early, as rooms will fill up quick! Click HERE for a complete listing of Lubbock hotels.

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Save the Date for Carol of Lights: December 1st

The 2015-2016 Academic calendar only provides three class days between the Thanksgiving recess and the beginning of final exams. In accordance with university operating procedures, and to ensure continued focus on student academic success, the 57th Annual Carol of Lights has been scheduled on Tuesday. December 1, 2015.

Visit http://housing.ttu.edu/caroloflights for more details.

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This month's academic and event calendar

August 3, 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 4, Tuesday

Raiderlink available for grading.

August 5, Wednesday

Last day of classes.

August 6 – 7, Thursday – Friday

Final examinations for second term.

August 7, Friday

Second summer term ends.

August 8, Saturday

Commencement. Schedule of ceremonies can be found at www.depts.ttu.edu/provost/commencement/index.php.
Last day for most summer dining locations (www.depts.ttu.edu/hospitality).
Students without room reservations for fall 2015 must vacate residence hall rooms by 10 a.m.

August 10, Monday

Noon, Final grades due via Raiderlink.

August 16, Sunday

10 a.m., Residence halls open for occupancy (housing.ttu.edu/movein).
Select dining locations open for service (www.depts.ttu.edu/hospitality).

August 17, 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 19, Wednesday

Faculty on duty.
All dining locations open for service (www.depts.ttu.edu/hospitality).

August 21, Friday

Last day to register or withdraw from the university without financial penalty.

August 24, Monday

Classes begin.

August 27, Thursday

Last day for student-initiated addition of a course on MyTech. Course may be added until September 9 with advisor permission.

For the complete 2015-2016 Academic Calendar, please visit http://www.depts.ttu.edu/officialpublications/calendar/14-15_cal_detailed.php

For the Texas Tech event calendar, please CLICK HERE.

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Raider Welcome: August 16-29

Raider Welcome is a series of FUN and FREE events designed to welcome new and returning students to the Texas Tech campus. Raider Welcome occurs after Residence Hall move-in and throughout the first week of classes.

By the end of the week of activities, you'll have all the tools you need to start your first semester and make Texas Tech University your own. Among the activities are a few major events, some old-standing traditions, and some exciting new opportunities that you just cannot afford to miss!

Some of the events include:

  • Habitat for Humanity Service Projects
  • $.99 Steak Night
    Night at the Union
  • University Career Center Ice Cream Social
  • A Night at Barnes and Noble
  • Lubbock Hot Sports Tour
  • Casino Night
  • Dive-In Movie
  • And so much more!!!

For more information and a complete list of events visit Raider Welcome.

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Maines Brothers Band Concert & Panhandle Dance

All the original members of The Maines Brothers Band are back together for a one-night only event singing their favorite hits including "Break the Fall" and "Amarillo Highway." The concert will include a dance this year.

The Maines Brothers Band Concert & Panhandle Dance
Saturday, August 8, 2015, 7:30PM
Exhibit Hall
Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, 1501 Mac Davis Lane

Ticket prices: $45 on the floor (including service fee) and $35 in the bleachers, seat back chairs (including service fee), 770-2000 or selectaseatlubbock.com

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Have your student check out Orgsyc 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 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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Road Raiders-Have peace of mind when your student travels to Lubbock for the fall semester

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.

The Road Raiders list is available for students online. They can search by city from a wireless phone or computer at www.texastechparents.org.

Drive Safely. Stay Alert. Be Prepared.

For more information, visit www.texastechparents.org.

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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 community calendar of events.

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