Parent and Family Relations

Vol. 12  Issue 1                                    Parent and Family eNews - January 2013 - part 2

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


 Encourage your student to participate in Winter Raider Welcome

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 students cannot afford to miss!

Raider Welcome events are set to help you experience what services and programs are here for you!

Some of the events include a t-shirt giveaway, an archery battle, a student organization fair to help your Red Raider get involved, and more!

For more information and the complete schedule, visit


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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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 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

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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 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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 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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 Encourage your student to investigate summer 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-graudation 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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 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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