Parent and Family Relations

Vol. 12  Issue 1                                    Parent and Family eNews - January 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


 What is your New Year's resolution?

If you only make one New Year’s Resolution in 2013, I suggest that you vow to encourage your student to create a Study Plan for the academic semester.

Why create a study plan?

Because creating a study plan helps students to consider times to study alongside study strategies, thus beginning to recognize the benefits of managing time in order to really learn course material rather than simply regurgitating it through homework assignments.

What is a study plan?

A study plan is a calendar or chart which provides an idea of what effective study time might look like. Providing a visual format makes it more likely that students will see the importance of modifying their study behaviors. It includes:

1. specific and concrete segments of time adding up to a 40 hour work week during which students will focus solely on the material for a given course
2. slotted times for course attendance
3. indications of what a typical day looks like to illustrate how students spend free time

Why will this change how they study?

Each allotted square on the plan is more than just a time to do homework; the time set aside should be used to prepare for the next class period by reading and reviewing the information according to the course syllabi. Students should learn to view their studying like a Thermometer – if they can teach the material, they are studying hot. If they skimmed the material, they are behind and cold.

How can my student make this AMAZING study plan?

Meet with his/her assigned academic advisor or with Stacy Elliot in The Learning Center, Room 80 Holden Hall. Make an appointment with her by email at or by phone at (806) 742-3664.

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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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 Spring 2013 Paying-the-Bill Checklist

Spring tuition and fee payments are due January 9th. Students and parents who are authorized users can make payements here:

View the paying-the-bill checklist HERE.

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 Raider Red wins National Championship!

Raider Red won the Capital One Mascot Challenge, bringing in $20,000 for Texas Tech's mascot program. Thank you for all of your votes!

Read the full story here:

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 Don't let your student get stranded on the way back to Raiderland - 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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 Like Parent and Family Relations on Facebook!

Parent & Family Relations is now on Facebook! Like us to see information updates that didn't make it into the Parent & Family eNewsletter due to timing and keep informed about opportunties for you and your students and events in Raiderland.

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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 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 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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 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

January 9, Wednesday
95% payment of mandatory tuition and fees or enrollment in a payment plan due for spring.

January 13, Sunday
10 a.m., Residence halls open for occupancy. Select dining locations open for service.

January 14, Monday
Faculty on duty.

January 15, Tuesday
Last day to register or withdraw from the university without penalty.

January 16, Wednesday
Classes begin.

January 21, Monday
Martin Luther King Jr. Day. University holiday. All dining locations open for service.

January 22, Tuesday
Last day to add a course.

For the complete 2012-2013 Academic Calendar, please visit

For the Texas Tech event calendar, please visit


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 Residence halls open for occupancy January 13th

Spring move-in begins Sunday, January 13th at 10:00 a.m. For more information, visit

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 Housing fair scheduled for January 29th

Student Legal Services is hosting a Housing Fair January 29th in the Student Union Ballroom from 10-4:30. 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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 Parents of Sophomores and Juniors, we need your feedback!

Please take a moment to complete a survey that will help us better serve parents and family members:

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 Encourage your student to register for Chancellor Hance's 1-hour course

There are still places remaining in Chancellor Hance's seminar. Encourage your senior student to register!

This one-credit hour (Wed 2:00-2:50 pm), pass/fail class will give you advice and tips on how to succeed in life! It is definitely worth your while, so sign up today!. He also invites nationally recognized guest speakers to share their advice on what has helped them succeed. Former guests include:

CEO of AT&T, Randall Stephenson
Former CEO of AT&T and GM, Ed Whitacre
CEO of Western Refineries, Paul L. Foster
Businessman and Art Collector, J.P. Bryan
The Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, Stuart Bowen
NASA Flight Director, Ginger Kerrick

To learn more about the class, please visit:

To register on Raiderlink:
• Interdisciplinary Studies
• 4100 Strengths-Based Senior Seminar
• Section 001
• CRN 19573


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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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