Parent and Family Relations

Vol. 10  Issue 1                                                       Parent and Family eNews January 2011

In this issue...

News and Important Dates

Scholarship Opportunities

Extra-Curricular Activities and Campus Events

Texas Tech Parents Association Information


If you are having difficulties with the links in this newsletter, view the online version here.

 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 Scheduled For February 25-26

Registration is open for Sibling Weekend 2011! This 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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 Spring 2011 Back-to-Class Paying-the-Bill Checklist

Remind your students to complete the following for the Spring semester:


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 Form 1098T Information

Texas Tech University has contracted with Pearson Government Solutions, Inc. to provide you with your Form 1098-T. Texas Tech University cannot determine if you qualify for a tax credit or any allowable tuition and fees deduction. The financial data provided is to assist you in computing amounts that may be eligible for the Hope or Lifetime Learning Tax Credits or tuition and fees deduction. Students and parents should obtain IRS publication 970 Tax Benefits for Higher Education or contact their personal tax advisor for assistance. The IRS website for obtaining forms and publications is or you can call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040.

Please note Box 2 on the 1098-T form shows the total amounts BILLED for qualified tuition and related expenses less any related reductions in charges for the 2009 calendar year (total amount "BILLED" not payments received). If Box 6 on the 1098-T form is checked, the amount in Box 2 includes amounts for an academic period beginning January - March, 2010. See Publication 970 for guidance on how to report these amounts.
See reverse side to view the detailed information shown on the front of Form 1098T.

IRS Forms Link

More Information

If you need a reprint or have a correction, please contact:

Send an email to
Mail a request to:
P. O. Box 41099
ATTN: 1098T

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 Red Raider Orientation Student Employment Information Sessions

If your student is looking for summer employment, tell him or her to attend one of the Red Raider Orientation information sessions. Information about pay and hours will be given at the sessions.

Red Raider Orientation 2011 is looking for Student Counselors to lead over 7,500 new students and their families during Summer 2011. Information sessions are available so you can find out more and ask questions about being a part of this exciting opportunity. Each session lasts about 30 minutes and you only need to attend a single information session.

  • WHAT: RRO Information Sessions
  • WHEN: Wednesday, January 12 - 1:30, 3:00 & 5:00 PM
    Thursday, January 13 - 2:00 & 5:30 PM
    Wednesday, January 19 - 1:30, 3:00 & 5:00 PM
    Thursday, January 20 - 2:00 & 5:30 PM
    Monday, January 24 - 1:30, 3:00 & 5:00 PM
    Tuesday, January 25 - 2:00 & 5:30 PM
  • WHERE: SUB Traditions Room (2nd Floor)
  • WHY: Receive more information about being a Student Counselor for RRO 2011.

RRO Counselor Applications are available at

Applications are due January 28, 2011!

For more information about this, please contact the Center for Campus Life at 742-5433 or

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 The Texas Tech Office of Annual Giving is Hiring for Spring Positions

If your student needs a job for the spring semester, let him or her know about this opportunity on campus.

Students can apply online at:

Position includes contacting alumni, parents, & friends of the university to update demographic information, reconnect them with the university, and drive fundraising efforts for TTU.

The minimum required shifts would be 3 shifts per week, which equals about 12 hours per week. One shift must be a Sunday or Friday shift.

Our shifts are Monday through Friday from 5:30pm - 9:30pm and we have two shifts on Sunday. The first from 1:00pm - 5:00pm and the second from 5:30 - 9:30pm.

Starting base wage is $8.00 per hour and there are bonuses that you will be eligible for along with tuition assistance for the semester. After bonuses and tuition assistance many employees make between $9-$10 per hour.

Position also includes:

- Evening Hours
- Flexible Schedule
- Saturdays Off
- Relaxed atmosphere
- Great Resume Builder
- Work as little or as much as you want, between 12 and 28 hours per week
- Bonus Opportunities Available!!
- Tuition Assistance Available for Fall Semester!!

You must show proof of age of 17 years or older.

If you are here on a F-1 Visa, you must be eligible to work on an off-campus job. This job is not part of the Texas Tech University System. If you are unsure, check with your international advisor.


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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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 January 2011 Academic And Event Calendar

January 7, Friday
Full payment of mandatory tuition and fees or enrollment in a payment plan due for spring.

January 9, Sunday
10 a.m., residence halls open for occupancy.

January 10, Monday
Faculty on duty. First meal (breakfast) served in residence halls.

January 11, Tuesday
Last day to register or withdraw from the university without penalty. 4:30 p.m., first cancellation. Students who are not enrolled in a payment plan or have not paid 100% of mandatory tuition and fees will have their registration cancelled for all classes. Late fees will be assessed and will be subject to collections.

January 12, Wednesday
Classes begin. Student-initiated drop-add (changes in schedule) and withdrawal (drop all courses) begin on MyTech.

January 17, Monday
Martin Luther King Jr. Day. University holiday.

January 18, Tuesday
Last day to add a course.

January 28, Friday
Last day for student-initiated drop on MyTech without penalty (drop does not count against drop limit). Last day to drop a course and receive a refund. 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.

January 29, Saturday
Student-initiated drop made on or after this date counts against drop limit.


For the complete 2010-2011 Academic Calendar, please visit

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 Tech Parents Scholarship Application Link Online

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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 Students Can Apply Now for 2011-2012 Texas Tech Scholarships

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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 Winter Raider Welcome Scheduled For January 8th - 18th

Winter Raider Welcome is a weeklong series of FUN and FREE events designed to welcome new and returning students to the Texas Tech campus. Among the activities are a few major events, some old-standing traditions, and some exciting new opportunities that students shouldn't miss!

2011 Winter Raider Welcome Dates:
Saturday, January 8 - Tuesday, January 18

There are more than 15 events to pick from during this incredible week. For complete schedule, visit

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 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 will meet Saturday, February 26th (11am - 2pm) 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, Don Peterson, at Details about the Scholarship Committee meeting will be sent to all those interested in serving.

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 New Chapters Kickoff in San Antonio, North Houston, and Abilene

The Texas Tech Parents Association is pleased to announce the kickoff of three new Tech Parents Chapters!  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.  It is free to be involved in a local chapter and a great way to spread the good news about Texas Tech to others in your area.

If you reside in any of the areas listed below, we encourage you to get involved and join us at one of the events listed below.  All events are free to attend.

San Antonio Area
Friday, January 14, 2011
7-9 PM

BIGZ Burger Joint
2303 N. Loop 1604 W.
San Antonio, Texas 78258
(Located on North side of 1604 between Huebner and Bitters)

RSVP to Chapter President, Anne Tiller at


North Houston
Saturday, January 22, 2011
6:30 - 8:30 PM

Main Event - The Woodlands
19441 Interstate 45 South
Shenandoah, TX 77385-8752

RSVP to Chapter President, Karen Graham at


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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 Log In to MyTech Parents to Update Your Parent Profile

Need to update your email address or other information with Tech Parents? Visit and log into your MyTech Parents account view and edit your Parent Profile and take advantage of your Tech Parents membership beneifts.

When you log on to your MyTech Parents account at, you can . . .

  • Share information, ideas, and concerns on the Message Board
  • Register and/or purchase tickets for events such as Family Weekend
  • Update your Parent Profile-
    • change email addresses and other contact information when needed
    • upload a photo
  • View the events calendar
  • Upgrade or renew your Tech Parents membership
    • You'll receive email reminders to renew 14, 7, and 2 days before your membership expires
  • Search the active membership list to find other Tech Parents in your area
  • Browse the local chapters in your geographic area

Logging on is easy! Just go to and enter your login information in the spaces on the upper right hand corner of the page.

Forgot your login information? No problem-just click the link below the login area and enter your email address. Your login information will be emailed right to you.
Log on today!

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