Parent and Family Relations

Vol. 10  Issue 2                                                Parent and Family eNews February, 2011

In this issue...

News and Important Dates

Scholarship Opportunities

Extra-Curricular Activities and Campus Events

Texas Tech Parents Association

 Texas Tech Parents Association Sponsors Spring Break Bus Trips

Does your student need to come home for Spring Break, but is unsure how to get there? Is the popularity of flights during Spring Break making flying home too expensive for your student? The Texas Tech Parents Association is sponsoring a bus trip to assist Texas Tech students in traveling home during Spring Break 2011.

Tech Parents has reserved charter buses to transport students to/from Lubbock during Spring Break. Destinations are Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, and Austin/San Antonio. The Dallas/Fort Worth and Austin/San Antonio buses will depart Lubbock on Friday, March 11th and the Houston bus will depart on Saturday, March 12th. All buses will return to Lubbock on Sunday, March 20th. The cost is $100.00 to/from Lubbock. Exact routes will be determined after registration is finalized. The seats are nonrefundable, so make sure you and your student are on the same page about Spring Break plans before registering at

Texas Tech Parent Association chaperones will be riding to/from Lubbock to assist students. Seating is based on availability and is sold on a first come, first served basis. More information about this trip and the online registration form can be found at Deadline for registration is March 1, 2011 at 5 p.m. unless seats sell out before that time.


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 Texas Tech University Ranked Top 10 for Minority Outreach in STEM Education

When it comes to outreach in teaching science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to ethnic minorities, Texas Tech recently made the top 10 in a survey of the "Best Colleges for Minorities in STEM."

Texas Tech ranked No. 7 out of 20 institutions ranked for minority outreach, beating Texas A&M, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which stood at No. 14 and No. 18 respectively.

"STEM has become a major priority for Texas Tech because it's a major national issue," said Lawrence Schovanec, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. "To be competitive in today's technological society, we, as a state and a nation, must be strong in science and math. There's evidence to support we've been losing our competitive edge in these fields, and there's a lack of people studying math and science. So, we're trying to address those problems."

In recent years, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has approved six STEM proposals from Texas Tech faculty for about $12.87 million in total funding, Schovanec said.

"Along with NSF-funded STEM initiatives, the university also has additional programs funded by other agencies, such as $2 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health for programs in physics and environmental sciences, and $3 million from the Greater Texas Foundation to fund teacher preparation in math and science," he said.

The Texas Tech T-STEM Center, a separate entity housing three programs that have demonstrated positive impact on K-12 STEM education, provides curriculum, professional development and recruitment for teachers. The center, started in 2006, has nearly $2.7 million in funding.

Additional STEM programs are funded by agencies including the Texas Education Agency, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and Texas Workforce Commission.


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 Vietnam Center and Archive to Host Tet Celebration February 4th

Tet, the Vietnamese New Year

the Vietnam Center and Archive ( will host a Tet celbration on Friday, February 4th, from 3:00-5:00 pm at the International Cultural Center Hall of Nations. This is a free event open to the public

Traditional Vietnamese food will be served. A special presentation will be given by the Vietnamese Student Association at Texas Tech. Please join us and learn more about the rich heritage and culture that makes Vietnam so remarkable.

February 3, 2011 ushers in the Lunar Year of the Cat. In Vietnam, one of 12 animals of the zodiac represents each year. The cat symbolizes sensitivity, gentleness and kindness. It is said that people born in the year of the cat are compassionate, ambitious and sentimental, but they are often very vulnerable to opportunistic and unscrupulous people.

The Vietnamese people regard Tet as their most important holiday. Food preparation for Tet is very time consuming and often requires days of cooking and, prior to the celebrations, people clean, paint, and decorate their homes. People avoid cleaning during Tet so that good luck will not be "swept away."

We hope you will be able to join us on February 4, 2011 as we celebrate this special event!

For more information, please call 742-3742.

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 Don't Forget Your Red Raider on Valentine's Day

Don't forget your Red Raider on Valentine's Day!

Tech Treats is a Care Package Program run right here on campus by Hospitality Services at Texas Tech University. Send your Red Raider a surprise for that Special Occasion: or just because!

To see our packages & place your order, go to

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 Academic Majors Fair Set for March 7th

Texas Tech's Student Life Council is hosting an Academic Majors fair on March 7th to provide students with information about academic majors available at Texas Tech, to assist students in making informed decisions about affirming or changing their academic major, and to provide guidance as to steps necessary to formally declare or change their academic major.

The event will be held Monday, March 7th in the Red Raider Ballroom from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

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 Is Your Student Struggling with a Class This Semester?

University Student Housing offers free drop-in tutoring in math, chemistry, English, political science, and U.S. History. All of the tutoring occurs inside students' residence halls between 7:00 - 10:00 Sunday through Wednesday. The hours and locations of the residential tutoring program can be found here: No appointment is needed. Students can simply drop-in and get some extra assistance in their courses.

All of the Residential Tutors hold high grade point averages, have gone through an extensive training program, and are faculty recommended. Many of the top academic students on campus serve as Residential Tutors and are eager to assist your son or daughter with his or her class. University Student Housing is a place where students learn, grow, and excel outside of the classroom.

Questions about the Residential Tutoring program should be addressed to Cassie Schmiling at or by phone at (806) 742-4436.

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 Texas Tech Spirit Program to Host Cheer and Dance Clinics in February

Is your student interested in Cheer or Pom at Texas Tech? The Texas Tech Cheer Squad will be hosting College Prep Stunt and Dance Clinics.

College Prep Stunt Clinics
Sunday, February 13th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm and Sunday, March 27 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Location: United Spirit Arena (19th Street & Indiana/Tech Parkway, Lubbock)
Check In: 12:30 p.m.
Clinic Hours: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Cost: $45 per participant
Make checks payable to Texas Tech Cheerleaders
Age Levels: High School - College
*Note, clinics do NOT affect tryout score. These are to help you prepare to cheer in college, get co-ed stunting experience, and work on tumbling skills.

College Prep Dance Clinic for High School through College age dancers:
Saturday, February 19th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Location: Student Recreation Center (off Indiana/Tech Parkway & Main Street)
Check In: 8:45 a.m.
Clinic Hours: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cost: $40 per participant
Make checks payable to Texas Tech Pom Squad
Age Levels: High School - College
*Note, clinics do NOT affect tryout score. These are to help you prepare to dance in college.

For more information and/or to register for either clinic, visit

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 Save the Date for Family Weekend 2011

Family Weekend 2011 will be Friday, September 23-Saturday, September 24, 2011. A full schedule of fun events for the whole family is being planned, including the Texas Tech vs. Nevada football game. Football and event tickets will go on sale at in June 2011.

Hotel rooms in Lubbock fill up quickly for Family Weekend, so make your reservations early. Visit for a complete list of hotel accommodations.

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 Sibling Weekend Registration Deadline is February 11th

The Registration deadline for Sibling Weekend is Friday, February 11th. Sibling Weekend is a fun, educational, and spirit-filled weekend for Tech students and their siblings between the ages of 8-15.

Sibling Weekend 2011 is held on the Tech campus and is focused on Texas Tech students and their little brothers or sisters. All participants engage in a range of fun activities throughout the weekend. The schedule has been set and is geared to create an experience for all participants that is truly unique and special.

We hope those siblings attending will create even stronger bonds with their brother or sister who is at Tech and get a sense of what it's like to be a Red Raider. The price has been set at $45.00 per participant. This price includes all meals over the weekend, admission to the women's basketball game vs. Oklahoma State University on February 26th, an official Sibling Weekend t-shirt, a Double T nylon drawstring backpack, and more! The event promises to be a truly memorable one for those attending. Mark your calendars for February 25-26, 2011. See the full schedule, additional details and the registration form here. Call us at 806-742-3630 with any questions.

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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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 February 2011 Academic And Event Calendar

February 1, Tuesday
Deadline for Tech Parents and general Texas Tech Scholarship Applications. Visit and to apply. Applicable Payment Plan due date - Required payment must be received by the due date or the account will incur late fees.

February 3, Thursday
4:30 p.m., final cancellation. Students who are not enrolled in a payment plan or have not paid 100% of mandatory tuition and fees will have credit hours removed from their course(s) and will remain financially responsible for their charges in full. Cancellation fees will be assessed and will be subject to collections.

February 9, Wednesday
Last day to withdraw from the university and receive a partial refund.

February 25, Friday
Last day for doctoral students to submit Defense Notification form.

February 25-26, Friday - Saturday
Sibling Weekend 2011. For information and registration, visit Deadline to register is February 11.


For the complete 2010-2011 Academic Calendar, please visit

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 Tech Parents Scholarship Applications due February 1st

Parents and family members, forward this link to your student so he or she can fill out the Tech Parents 2011-2012 Scholarship Application:

All applications will be submitted online and are due by 5:00 p.m. on February 1, 2011. There are scholarships available for currently enrolled Texas Tech and Texas Tech Health Sciences Center students, transfer students, and entering freshmen. There are 57 scholarships available, and criteria for each of them vary. Scholarship recipients will be selected by the Texas Tech Parents Association Scholarship Committee. Winners will be notified via email.

View the Tech Parents Scholarship FAQ here.

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 Texas Tech Scholarship Applications due February 1st

Students can apply now for 2011-2012 Texas Tech University scholarships at Just click "How to Apply" and choose the "Current Student Scholarship Application". This application will get students considered for academic and need based scholarships. Your student's college or department is probably using this application too. Students can maximize their scholarship opportunities by completing the Current Student Scholarship Application. Deadline February 1!

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 Presidential Lecture and Performance Series Presents Imani Winds February 18th

Grammy nominated Imani Winds quintet to open Presidential series

Imani Winds has established itself as more than a wind quintet. Since 1997, the Grammy nominated ensemble has taken a unique path, carving out a distinct presence in the classical music world with its dynamic playing, culturally poignant programming, genre-blurring collaborations, and inspirational outreach programs. With two member composers and a deep commitment to commissioning new work, the group is enriching the traditional wind quintet repertoire while meaningfully bridging European, American, African and Latin American traditions.

Imani Winds enjoy frequent national exposure in all forms of media, including two features on NPR's All Things Considered, appearances on APM's Saint Paul Sunday, NPR's Performance Today and News and Notes with Ed Gordon, the Bob Edwards Show on XM Satellite Radio, BBC The World, as well as frequent coverage in major music magazines and newspapers.

"Imani Winds, a wind quintet whose stylish grace and charm match the high quality of sound produced from their instruments, hold a substantial pedigree among fellow artists, audiences, and critics alike." - San Francisco Classical Voice

$12.00 general admission tickets are available through Select-A-Seat (806) 770-2000. TTU students receive 1 free ticket with valid ID at the SUB ticket booth. Tickets on sale and available to students now!

For additional information: or 806-742-0700


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 Student Union and Activities Schedule - February

The Student Union and Activities office and the Tech Activities Board always make 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 February.


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 Tech Parents Kicks Off Big Country Chapter February 26th

The Texas Tech Parents Association is pleased to announce the kickoff of the Big Country Chapter of Tech Parents!  Local  chapters help parents and families connect with one another.  Involvement with a Tech Parents Chapter in your local area will provide you with the opportunity to support your student, network with others, and engage with Texas Tech University.  Meetings and social gatherings are held on a recurring basis to keep you involved with others and informed of local events happening that involve Texas Tech.

If you reside in the Abilene area, we encourage you to get involved and join us. This event is free to attend.

Big Country (Abilene area)
Saturday, February 26, 2011
7 - 9 PM

Prime Time Family Entertainment Center
4541 Loop 322
Abilene, TX 79602
RSVP to Chapter President, Leigh Lowe at


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