Parent and Family Relations

Vol. 12  Issue 2                                    Parent and Family eNews - February 2013

In this issue...

General News and Important Dates

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


 Spring Break Bus Trip registration is open!

Does your student need a ride home for Spring Break? Parent and Family Relations is pleased to announce that Campus Connector will provide bus trips to assist Texas Tech students in traveling home for Spring Break 2013. Campus Connector is the largest break/event transportation service for colleges and universities in the country.

Charter buses will transport students to/from Lubbock for Spring Break. Destinations are Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Austin, San Antonio, and El Paso. Buses depart Lubbock on Saturday, March 7th and return to Lubbock on Sunday, March 17th. Seating is based on availability and is sold on a first come, first served basis. Prices vary by destination. More information about this trip and the online registration link can be found below.

Bus trips are provided by Campus Connector, a separate entity from Texas Tech University. Parent and Family Relations at Texas Tech University works with Campus Connector to ensure these trips are possible.

For more information and the registration link, visit

Questions about registration or anything connected to the bus trip should be directed to Campus Connector,,, or (856) 745-0746.


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 Parent and Family Relations thanks Dallas Raider Road Show Volunteers

Parent and Family Relations would like to thank the following members of the Collin County Chapter of the Texas Tech Parents Association for helping us greet over 1,600 admitted and prospective Texas Tech Students at the Raider Road Show in Dallas on January 27th:

Ramona Harper
Barbara Hedlund
Lisa Marshburn
Jaimi Nielsen

Thank you for your hard work and great job with Parent & Family Check-in and the Parent Panel!


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 Texas Tech general scholarship applications due February 1st

Students can apply now for 2013-2014 Texas Tech University scholarships at Just click “How to Apply” and choose the “Current Student Scholarship Application”. This application will put students in consideration for academic and need based scholarships. Your student's college or department is probably using this application too, so encourage your student to maximize his or her scholarship opportunities by completing the Current Student Scholarship Application. Deadline is February 1!

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 Dingus Scholarship applications due March 1st

If your student is majoring in Law, Mass Communications, History, Political Science, or Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures, and if he or she has a deep interest in international relations and can illustrate some type of involvement or tangible contribution to this area, encourage your student to apply for this scholarship. Awardees must agree with the philosophical ideals of the United Nations and have financial need. This scholarship will be awarded for the academic year beginning August 2013. Deadline: all applications must be delivered to the International Cultural Center by 5:00 p.m. on March 1, 2013.

Students must provide the following: transcripts; three letters of recommendation; a typed statement that fully discusses his or her interest in international affairs and the United Nations; career objectives; and a cover sheet giving the applicant's name, address, telephone number, email, R#, and major field of study. There is not an application form. Applicants are responsible for organizing the required material in the most logical and effective way possible.

Awards up to $1000 and several lesser ones available. For more information, please email


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 Texas Tech Parents Association Scholarship Applications due February 1st

The 2013-2014 scholarship application is open. Visit for application instructions and frequently asked questions.

Students will need their eRaider login to access the application. Current students will need their Fall 2012 and cumulative GPA handy to apply.

The application deadline is February 1, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.

Questions about the scholarships? Please contact Parent & Family Relations at 806-742-3630 or

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 Recycle like a maniac!

Starting Feb. 3 through March 30, Texas Tech will be competing in a nationwide recycling competition. The competition is called RecycleMania, We will be competing against approximately 300 other universities including five Big 12 schools.

Here’s how your student can help us WIN!!   RECYCLE RECYCLE RECYCLE

Feb. 4th from 11am-1pm at SUB, students can bring a bag (grocery or trash) of recyclables (plastic bottles, aluminum cans, newspapers, etc.) and receive a free t-shirt while supplies last. Bring any recyclable item and receive a free wristband while supplies last. Come out and support our recycling efforts and learn what is happening on the Tech campus in the area of sustainability.

Feb. 17th GAME DAY CHALLENGE – Come to the game and support our Lady Raiders against the University of Texas. We will have giveaways and information at our RecycleMania table. We will also be collecting all recyclables from this game. Help us collect the most for the GAME DAY CHALLENGE. Remember to put your bottles and plastic cups in the recycle containers around the concourse.

Feb. 3 – March 30 –collect recyclables at your home and bring to our on-campus recycling station located behind Housing Services. It is located behind the Art 3-D on Main between Flint and Hartford. Just follow the recycle signs located at the entrances to the parking lot. We accept plastics #1-7, aluminum, tin, paper (newspaper, ads, phone books, etc.). All items must emptied, clean and bagged.

Check out our video  and share with your friends and on your social media sites.

If you have any suggestions, questions or would like to volunteer please contact us at



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 Summer Camp Job Fair scheduled for February 6th

Does your student need a summer job but want to have fun too?  Encourage him or her to come to the Summer Camp Job Fair.

Summer Camp representatives will be on campus recruiting students for summer camp jobs on Wednesday, February 6 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the SUB Ballroom. 

Call 742-2210 for more information.

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 Save the date for Family Weekend 2013

Family Weekend 2013 will be September 20-21, 2013 when Texas Tech takes on Texas State. Registration and football ticket ordering information will be posted at in June, 2013. Make your hotel reservations early, as rooms will fill up quick! Click HERE for a complete listing of Lubbock hotels.

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 Sibling Weekend 2013 registration is open

Sibling Weekend is March 1-2, 2013. This year's schedule will include many events chosen to get Texas Tech students involved with their little brothers or sisters and create great memories. Siblings between the ages of 8 and 15 are encouraged to register for this entertaining, fun, and memorable weekend. Cost is $45 per participant.

For more information and the registration link, visit

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 1098T information

For instructions on how your student can view/print his or her 1098T form online, visit Please note: students must have accepted the Global Electronic Consent during registration in order to view 1098T information online. Paper 1098T forms will be mailed to the students preferred address after January 31, 2013.

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 Parents and family members needed to serve on the Tech Parents Scholarship Committee

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

Parents and family members are needed to serve on the Texas Tech Parents Association Scholarship Committee. The Scholarship Committee will meet on campus Saturday, March 2nd 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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 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

February 1, Friday
Last day for student-initiated drop on MyTech without penalty (drop does not count against drop limit). All drops are the responsibility of the student. Last day to drop a course and have course charges removed. Does not apply to students who drop to 0 hours.­ Last day for graduate degree candidates to file with the Graduate School a statement of intention to graduate. Deadline for Texas Tech Parents Association scholarships at 5:00 PM - students apply at Deadline for Texas Tech general scholarships - students apply at

February 2, Saturday
Student-initiated drop made on or after this date counts against drop limit. All drops are the responsibility of the student.

February 13, Wednesday
Last day to withdraw from the university and receive partial credit.

February 27, Wednesday
Last day for doctoral students to submit Defense Notification form.

For the complete 2012-2013 Academic Calendar, please visit

For the Texas Tech event calendar, please visit


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 The Learning Center offers Texas Tech students FREE tutoring

If your freshman or sophomore student is experiencing difficulties with spring classes, FREE tutoring is available.

The Learning Center provides FREE tutoring to any enrolled TTU student. No appointment necessary! Stop in to pick up a Spring 2013 schedule or download it from our website:

Online Tutoring is also available Mondays through Thursdays from 7:30-10pm (see schedule)

Hours of Operation: Monday through Thursday 8am-8pm, Fridays 8am-5pm. Tutoring begins at 9am daily.

Call The Learning Center at 742-3664 for questions.


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 Does your student need a budget? Red to Black can help

Red to Black assists in many areas of personal finance including budgeting, saving and investing, credit and debt management, and identity theft. We are located in the College of Human Sciences. Appointments can be made by stopping by our office in HS 154B, via email or by phone at 742-9781. In addition, walk-ins are welcome in HS 267. Our walk-in counseling hours are listed below:

Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

These services are FREE for Texas Tech students. Please visit our website for additional information and tips on how students can improve their finances:


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 Mortar Board applications open for sophomores or first-year transfer students

The Mortar Board Endowment Scholarship is a one time, non-renewable award given to a non-traditional, first-year transfer, or second year student who is enrolled full time as an undergraduate at Texas Tech University. Students should have a minimum 3.0 cumulative Texas Tech GPA, or have shown academic excellence before transferring to Texas Tech in order to be competitive for this scholarship.

The application is due on February 1st and can be found at under the Scholarship section. Email if you have any questions.

This announcement is represented by a registered student organization.

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 Spring Career Center programs and activities

If your student is a junior or senior, the Career Center at Texas Tech has plenty of programs and activities to help students in job search readiness. Visit to see their schedule of events.

Call 806-742-2210 for more information.

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 Spring Commencement schedule and information

If your student is graduating in May, congratulations! 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:

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 Peter Buffett, son of Warren Buffett, to perform at Texas Tech February 8th

On Friday, February 8 at 7:00 pm, Peter Buffett, an Emmy Award-winning musician, New York Times best-selling author, and the son of financier Warren Buffett, will bring his music and the message of his book Life Is What You Make It to the Allen Theater located in the Student Union Bldg of Texas Tech University.

This Concert & Conversation will kick off Texas Tech University’s Spring 2013 Presidential Lecture and Performance Series. Would you consider inviting colleagues and members to the event via your email newsletter or social media channels? The night promises an uplifting and inspiring lecture on success and self-fulfillment, as well as a beautiful musical performance.

The performance, Life is What You Make It: A Concert & Conversation with Peter Buffett, is truly a unique, interactive event fusing music, video, audience participation, and personal anecdotes. As the son of financier Warren Buffett, Peter explains beyond his memoir, Life Is What You Make It: Find Your Own Path To Fulfillment (praised by the likes of Bill Clinton, Ted Turner, and Bill & Melinda Gates), that the only real inheritance handed down from his parents was a single, lasting philosophy: forge your own path in life. It is a creed that has allowed him to follow his own passions, establish his own identity, and reap his own successes while giving back to the global community.

The end result of the 'Concert & Conversation' is an inspirational and rewarding event that will resonate with every audience member, whether they’re seeking to lead a more fulfilling life, food for thought, or an enjoyable evening out. For a preview of the event, watch here:

What: Spring 2013 Presidential Lecture and Performance Series presents Life Is What You Make It: A Concert & Conversation with Peter Buffett
When: Friday, February 8, 2013 at 7:00 pm
Where: Allen Theatre located in the Student Union Bldg of Texas Tech University
Tickets: General Admission tickets are $15.00 and are available through all Select-A-Seat locations (806) 770-2000 or TTU Students receive one free ticket with valid ID at the SUB information booth located at the entrance to the Allen Theatre on the campus of Texas Tech University.

There will be an opportunity to meet Peter Buffett at a book signing immediately following the performance.

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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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