Parent and Family Relations

Vol. 10  Issue 12                                               Parent and Family eNews December 2011

In this issue...

News and Important Dates

Academic Information

Student employment and scholarship opportunities

Extracurricular Activities

Texas Tech Parents Association


 53rd annual Carol of Lights scheduled for December 3rd

With the flip of a switch, more than 25,000 red, white and orange lights illuminate the Texas Tech campus during the annual Carol of Lights.

The 53rd Annual Carol of Lights will be held on Saturday, December 3rd, 2011. The Carillon concert will begin at 6:15 p.m. followed by the outdoor ceremony at 7:00 p.m.


Approximately 20,000 Tech students and local residents attend the annual event, which is sponsored by the Texas Tech Residence Halls Association. The Carol of lights is one of Texas Tech's largest and oldest traditions. The event brings together both the Texas Tech and Lubbock communities during its ceremonies.


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 Don't let your student get stranded during the semester break: Road Raiders can help

The Texas Tech Parents Association is here to help all Texas Tech students while they are traveling with the Road Raiders Safe Travel Network.

Road Raiders are Tech Parents members who can help if your student needs directions, a rest stop, or help with car trouble while traveling.

The Road Raiders list is available for students online. They can search by city from a wireless phone or computer at (eraider login required to access the site). A complete list is also available for download and printing at

Drive Safely. Stay Alert. Be Prepared.

For more information, call 806-742-3630 or visit


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 Spring 2012 financial aid disbursement and refund information

The first class day for spring 2012 is January 19. According to Federal Regulations, the earliest date your financial aid can begin disbursing to student billing accounts is January 9. Student Business Services will begin processing refunds of disbursed financial aid immediately, and students can expect to have access to those funds beginning January 13th if they have their bank information established in My Direct Deposit.

For more information, visit


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 Form 1098-Ts will be sent via U.S. mail no later than January 31st

Form 1098-T will be sent via U.S. Mail no later than January 31st.

Forms will be mailed to the permanent address (or local address if no permanent address is provided) listed on the Student Record as of midnight Friday, December 31, 2010. You can verify or update your permanent address through Raiderlink.

For more information, see



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 The Fit/Well Center offers massages to ease finals stress

Students are bombarded with papers, tests and Finals in the next few weeks. A massage gift certificate is a healthy way to relieve some of that stress. The Fit/Well in the Student Rec Center has licensed massage therapists to help alleviate the physical and mental strains of this time of year. One hour massages are $40; ½ hour are $25. We will mail your student their gift card if you call us at (806) 742-3828 and purchase a gift certificate.

Massage and Personal Training package gift certificates are also available as Christmas gifts. PT packages range from 3 sessions ($54), 8 sessions ($140) 32 sessions ($560). There are many packages in between. For all the details go to We will mail the gift certificates to you or your student.


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 University Offices to be Closed During Christmas Break

All University offices, including Parent and Family Relations, will be closed December 24 through January 2 for the Christmas and New Year's holidays. Campus emergencies during this time should be referred to the Texas Tech Police Department at 806-742-3931.

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 Order your 2011 Official Texas Tech Ornament

For 40 years, Raider Red has been a proud member of the Red Raider family and served as one of the university’s most recognized traditions. The 2011 Official Texas Tech Ornament was designed to commemorate the 40th birthday of Raider Red. These handcrafted keepsakes make the perfect gift and add a touch of Texas Tech spirit to any home, so pre-order yours today. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each ornament goes toward scholarships.

Order yours today at or by calling (806) 742-2121. Ornaments from previous years may still be ordered.

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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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 December 2011 academic and event calendar

December 1 – 7, Thursday – Wednesday
Period of no examinations except for makeup exams or scheduled lab exams.

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

December 2, Friday
Last day to withdraw from the university.
Last day for undergraduate degree candidates to remove grades of I and PR and to complete final examinations in correspondence courses.

December 5, Monday
Raiderlink available for grading (degree candidate grades due at noon December 15).

December 7, Wednesday
Last day of classes.

December 8, Thursday
Individual study day. Late night breakfast available for residents living on campus.

December 9 – 14, Friday – Saturday / Monday – Wednesday
Final examinations. For exam schedules see

Wednesday, December 14 – Fall semester ends.

December 15, Thursday
Last meal (breakfast) served in residence halls. Noon, grades due for graduating students via Raiderlink. 10 a.m., residence halls close. Degree candidates may occupy residence hall rooms until 10 a.m. Saturday, December 17.

December 16 – 17, Friday – Saturday
Commencement. Schedule of ceremonies can be found at Degree candidates may occupy residence hall rooms until 10 a.m. Saturday.

Monday, December 19 – 8 a.m., Final grades due via Raiderlink.

For the complete 2011-2012 Academic Calendar, please visit

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 Learning Center offers finals survival tips

No amount of last-minute cramming can help your student if he or she hasn't been studying all semester, but these tips from The Learning Center can help.

10 Tips on How to Survive Finals

1. Know WHEN and WHERE your finals will be. You would be surprised how many students miss their exams because they mix up their finals schedule.

2. PLAN your study time. Use your time to your best advantage. Make a study chart. Designate specified amounts of time to each subject.

3. Break up study time according to subjects. You can’t concentrate on one subject for hours on end, so drop it and spend time on another subject. Return to the original subject with a fresh mind.

4. REWARD yourself. For every hour of studying, give yourself a 10 minute break. It may help to set a reminder on your phone or use a timer.

5. Be good to YOURSELF. Eat well, dress well, and sleep well. On study breaks, do whatever it is that you enjoy doing: read, work out, listen to music, meet friends for lunch, or walk your dog.

6. DON’T depend on study groups. Designate plenty of independent study time.

7. Study what is IMPORTANT. Use your syllabus, prior tests and your impressions of the professor/instructor to help you decide what will most likely be on the final.

8. ASK yourself questions. Make up questions as you go. This will help you retain the information.

9. Study BACKWARDS. You are most liable to forget what was taught at the beginning of the semester, so start with the most recent material and move backwards. This will give you a chance to study the earlier material just before the test.

10. RELAX for the half-hour or hour before the test. Do ANYTHING to help you relax and take your mind off the test for a half-hour or so.


for more information, visit

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 Question: What if my student disputes a grade?

Q. What should my student do if she is dissatisfied with a course grade she received?

A. Texas Tech has specific policies in place for students wishing to appeal their grades. Basic steps for appealing a grade are as follows:

1. Discuss the situation with the instructor who assigned the grade.
2. If still dissatisfied, contact the chairperson of the department in which the course was offered.
3. If still not satisfied, file a formal grade appeal in the office of the dean of the college administering the course.

The complete procedures for grade appeals can be found here:
Additional information can be found in the Texas Tech Student Handbook:


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 Center for Undergraduate Research launches virtual student meetings

Information to share with your student if he or she is interested in undergraduate research:

Students interested in learning more about undergraduate research at TTU or have questions about research opportunities can schedule a LYNC or SKYPE meeting with a CUR staff member!

Having trouble finding a faculty mentor? What questions should you ask when selecting a faculty mentor? What is undergraduate research? All these questions can be asked and answered during your SKYPE/LYNC meeting.

To schedule a meeting:
E-mail: with your requested date, time and brief outline of your questions and preferred communication software (LYNC or SKYPE) and a CUR staff member will respond within 24 hours to schedule a virtual meeting. Meetings can vary from 15-20 minutes depending on the student needs.

*****Students will be responsible for having the appropriate technology/ software to support the meeting.

Students may request a meeting via:
LYNC Software
SKYPE Meeting
IT Related questions may be directed to: IT HELP CENTRAL at (806) 742-HELP or

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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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 Athletics and the Learning Center are hiring tutors for Spring 2012


We are looking to hire qualified tutors for the upcoming spring semester. If you enjoy helping people reach their academic potential, then this is the job for you! You must be at least a junior credit-wise and have a 3.0 GPA or higher. Undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to apply.

1. Overall GPA 3.0
2. Available mornings Monday-Friday from 7:30am - 10:30am
3. Strong Interpersonal Skills
4. Available for required training (January 18, 2012 and monthly meetings)

Follow the link below to access the application:

Be sure to submit your resume as directed in the application

The Learning Center

The Learning Center is looking for High Achieving Upperclassmen Undergraduates to serve as Peer Tutors this upcoming Spring Semester. Excellent work environment, flexible hours and competitive pay.

Tutors are needed in the following subjects:

Organic Chemistry

Interested candidates must first meet the following qualifications:

Currently enrolled TTU student, with at least one semester completed as a TTU student
Overall TTU GPA of 3.25 or higher
Have taken the course(s) you want to tutor and earned a grade of a least a B
Strong interpersonal communication skills
Available to participate in required training (January 16, 2012)

To view additional qualifications and download an application visit

Please return completed applications to The Learning Center, located in Holden Hall room 80.



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 Need scholarships for 2012-2013?

Students may apply now for 2012-2013 Texas Tech University scholarships on our website at Just click “How to Apply” and choose the “Current Student Scholarship Application”. This application will get you considered for academic and need based scholarships- but wait! Your college or department is probably using this application too! Maximize your scholarship opportunities by completing the Current Student Scholarship Application. Deadline February 1!


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 Impact Tech: an involvement opportunity for your student

If your student is looking for a worthwhile involvement opportunity on campus, please share this with him or her:

Want to make an Impact?

Join Impact Tech, a student organization founded on the belief that students are powerful change-agents and highly effective in influencing the health attitudes and behaviors of other students. Impact Tech Peer Health Educators design, coordinate and conduct health education programs and campus-wide awareness events focused on health and wellness issues relevant to college life, including relationships, nutrition, stress, sexual responsibility, alcohol and drugs, and time management. These presentations provide current, scientifically-based information so that Tech students can make low-risk, responsible and informed decisions regarding personal health, wellness and success.

We are currently accepting applications for Spring 2012 membership.

If you are interested in:
~Building your resume with valuable experience for graduate school or future employment
~Making a difference in your campus community
~Polishing your public speaking skills
~Obtaining vital health knowledge
~Strengthening communication and leadership skills and
~Developing close friendships

Call or email Delia Tibbs at 743-2844 ext. 290 or for an application today!


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 Candlelight at the Ranch at the National Ranching Heritage Center

Coming Your Way on the Frontier Express:
The 33rd Annual Candlelight at the Ranch

Experience the Frontier Express during the 33rd annual Candlelight at the Ranch celebration Dec. 9 and 10 at the National Ranching Heritage Center. The museum and historical park at 3121 Fourth St. in Lubbock annually hosts the holiday event, where visitors walk down luminaria-lighted paths into Christmas scenes from life on the open prairie.

Some 8,000 people annually attend this living history holiday event, which runs from 6 to 9 p.m. both nights. Admission is free, but a donation of $2 per family is appreciated.

Visitors to Candlelight at the Ranch will notice the incorporation of music into traditional features. This was made possible through the event partnership of Southcrest Baptist Church and Christian School with the National Ranching Heritage Center.

For more information, visit


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 Student Union and Activities calendar for December

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 for December.


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 Tech Parents needed to serve on scholarship committee

Help Texas Tech Students By Serving On The Tech Parents Scholarship Committee

Tech Parents members are needed to serve on the Tech Parents Scholarship Committee. The Scholarship Committee meets on campus in the spring to select recipients for the Texas Tech Parents Association scholarships. This is a great way to volunteer your time to help worthy Texas Tech students and their families. If you are interested in serving, please contact the Tech Parents Scholarship Committee Chairman, Don Peterson, at Details about the Scholarship Committee meeting will be sent to all those interested in serving.


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 Thank you to our Thanksgiving Bus Trip chaperones!

The Texas Tech Parents Association would like to thank our 2011 Thanksgiving Bus Trip Chaperones:

Martha Monticone, Nwakaego Nkama, Carolyn Ortega, Enna Post, Cynthia Turner, Danny Vasquez, Cynthia Villalobos, and Tamara Zurawski.

These dedicated parents help 372 Texas Tech students get home to their families for Thanksgiving.


More bus trips for Spring Break and Thanksgiving 2012 are planned. Registration for the Spring Break 2012 trip will begin in January at

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