Parent and Family Relations

Vol. 13  Issue 2                                    Parent and Family eNews - February 2014

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

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 Save the Date for Family Weekend 2014!

The wait is over and we have set the date for Family Weekend 2014!

Mark your calendars for October 10-11, 2014 when Texas Tech takes on West Virginia. Registration and football ticket ordering information will be posted at later this summer. Make your hotel reservations early, as rooms will fill up quick! Click HERE for a complete listing of Lubbock hotels.


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 Spring Break Bus Trip registration is now open!

Does your student need a ride home for Spring Break? Parent and Family Relations is pleased to announce that Break Shuttle will provide bus trips to assist Texas Tech students in traveling home for Spring Break 2014. Break Shuttle 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 15th and return to Lubbock on Sunday, March 23rd. 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 Break Shuttle, a separate entity from Texas Tech University. Parent and Family Relations at Texas Tech University works with Break Shuttle 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 Break Shuttle,,, or (855) 620-1924.


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 Parent & Family Relations thanks Austin Raider Road Show Volunteers

Parent & Family Relations wishes to thank all of the TTPA Parent Ambassadors who assisted with the Raider Roadshow in Austin on January 26th.

Thank you for your hard work and great job with Parent & Family Check-in and all the other activities at the Roadshow that made parents feel welcomed and excited about Texas Tech!


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 TTU general scholarship deadline February 1st

The February 1st deadline is quickly approaching so be sure your student has applied for the 2014-2015 Texas Tech University scholarships at

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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 Parent and Family Pulse Poll for February

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 Parent and Student Sources of Stress:

This poll will be open through the month of February. Results will be posted at in March.

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 Register for Sibling Weekend February 21-22, 2014

Enjoy a weekend filled with fun, educational, and spirited events sure to get siblings of Texas Tech students excited about college and share in the traditions of Raiderland. Sibling Weekend invites Texas Tech students to spend time with their brothers or sisters in a weekend filled with great activities just for them. Siblings between the ages of 8 and 15 are invited to attend. Mark your calendars for the weekend of February 21-22, 2014.

Registration deadline is Friday, February 14th.

Registration, schedule, and more information are available online at

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 Upcoming events at the University Career Center

Encourage your student to attend these events put on by the University Career Center.

2/4 - Resume Critique Day
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
University Career Center Office

2/11 - Summer Camp Job Fair
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center

2/11 - How To Work A Job Fair Seminar
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
University Career Center Office

2/25 - Etiquette Dinner
5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center
Tickets will be available at University Career Center office Feb. 10

2/26 - CASNR Career Expo
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center

And introducing: CareerShift

Search, store & record job listings from all publically posted websites, company websites, and newspapers. Set Job alerts, upload resumes and more! Go to to register today!

For more information please visit

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 Rec Center offers great Valentines gifts for students

Looking for that fun Valentine’s Day gift for your student? Call the Fitness/Wellness Center in the Student Rec to purchase a Massage Gift Certificate. We will mail it to your student. The cost is $40 for an hour massage or $25 for a half hour. Your students can make an appointment with a licensed massage therapist Monday through Thursday 8 am – 9 pm; Fri 8 am – 7 pm or Saturday noon-5 pm. Guaranteed to make your student happy. Call (806) 742-3828 to purchase a gift card.

Another fun Valentine’s Day activity is the Partner Yoga class. It is on Friday, February 14 from 5:30-6:30 pm. It’s a fun, inexpensive way ($5/couple) to be active and learn some new moves!

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 Student Legal Services: Know your Rights Week

Join Student Legal Services as they explore students’ rights. Know Your Rights Weeks is February 4th-6th and will include the Off-Campus Housing Fair, Protecting Your Online Reputation, Study Abroad Fair, and Expert Panel.

Please visit for more information.

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 Lubbock Visitor Guide

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

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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 permanent preferred address after January 31, 2013.

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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, Saturday

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

February 12, Wednesday

February 26, Wednesday

  • Last day for doctoral students to submit Defense Notification form.



For the complete 2013-2014 Academic Calendar, please visit

For the Texas Tech event calendar, please CLICK HERE.


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 Parents & Family Members needed to serve on the Tech Parents Scholarship Committee

Parents and family members are needed to serve on the Texas Tech Parents Association Scholarship Committee on Saturday, February 22 at 11:00 in the morning.

The Scholarship Committee meets on campus 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, Leigh Lowe, at Details about the Scholarship Committee meeting will be sent to all those interested in serving.


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 Texas Tech Parents Association scholarship deadline February 1st!

The deadline is approaching for the 2014-2015 Texas Tech Parents Association scholarship application!

Visit for application instructions and frequently asked questions.

Current students will need their Fall 2013 GPA and cumulative GPA handy to apply.

The application deadline is February 1, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.

Questions about the scholarships? Please contact the Texas Tech Parents Association at

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 Looking for more 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 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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 Residential Tutoring Program

Have your student start the semester right by taking advantage of The Residential Tutoring Program. This is designed to provide academic services for students living in the residence halls at Texas Tech University. Residential Tutoring is a completely free service provided for all on-campus students during convenient hours and close to home.

Subjects Offered:

Chemistry (1307 and 1308)
Math (1351 and 1352)
Writing (in any subject area)
Political Science (1301)
History (2300 and 2301)
Biology (1403)
Physics (1403 and 1408)

For more information regarding location and scheduled please visit .


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 TTU Off Campus Housing Fair

Student Legal Services is hosting a Housing Fair February 4th in the Student Union Ballroom from 10-4:00. Various off-campus apartments will be there to let your student know about off-campus housing opportunities. Student Legal Services will be there to talk to your student about leases and other issues with living off campus. This event is part of Student Legal Services' "Know Your Rights Week." For more information, contact Student Legal Services at 806-742-3289.


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 Is your student interested in Study Abroad?

Has your student shown an interest in Study Abroad? If so, encourage them to attend the Study Abroad Fair Wednesday, February 5th 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the SUB Matador Room.

The TTU Study Abroad Fair will host a number of representatives from our affiliate providers, as well as representatives from faculty-led programs, the TTU center in Seville, and reciprocal exchange universities. The entire study abroad staff will be present and ready to answer any questions you may have! Visit our website today at for more information!

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 FREE Tutoring for your Tech student at the Learning Center

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! Download the tutoring schedule from their

Online Tutoring is also available Mondays through Thursdays from 7:30-10pm

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

Call The Learning Center at 806-742-3664 for questions.


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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

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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 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, CLICK HERE.

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 Encourage your student to research internships or post-graduation jobs

If your student is a junior or senior, he or she may need encouragement to start investigating summer internships or post-graduation jobs. The Career Center at Texas Tech can help with resume critiques, mock interviews, and job and internship searches. Visit to learn more about how the Career Center can help your student..

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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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