Parent and Family Relations

Vol. 13  Issue 1                                    Parent and Family eNews - January 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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 Texas Tech Parents Association scholarship application now available!

Texas Tech Parents Association scholarship application now available!

The 2014-2015 scholarship application is open. Visit http://www.texastechparents.org/ 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 parents@texastechparents.org.

 

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 Spring 2014 Paying the Bill Checklist

Spring tuition and fee payments are due January 8th. Students and parents who are authorized users can make payments here: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/studentbusinessservices/eBill-payment/makeapayment.php

View the paying-the-bill checklist HERE.

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 Parent and Family Pulse Poll for January

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 Study Abroad: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/67ZS2QT.

This poll will be open through the month of January. Results will be posted at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/parentrelations/polls.php in February.

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 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 that you just cannot afford to miss!

Raider Welcome events are set to help you experience what services and programs are here for you! Whether you're new or returning to campus, these events - which begin the Monday before the start of fall classes - will help you prepare for a successful year and experience what it means to be a Texas Tech student.

For more information visit http://www.raiderwelcome.ttu.edu/

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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, schedule, and more information are available online at www.parent.ttu.edu.

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 Summer opportunity for your student: Join the Crew!

As your student enters their spring semester at Texas Tech, you and your student may be wondering what to do for the summer. One option is to apply to be a member of the Red Raider Orientation (RRO) Crew. At your RRO do you remember great students who were available to assist you and your student at every turn? Would you like to see your student in a position with so much opportunity?

The Crew is trained in the spring and summer prior to RRO to know key and important information about Texas Tech, how to provide quality customer service, how to work within a team, and how to communicate comfortably and professionally with individuals and small groups. We strive to provide The Crew with skills that guide them to success at Texas Tech and beyond.

Your student would also be providing a service to Texas Tech by being an integral role in welcoming and preparing the next generation of Red Raiders (7,000+ students) and their families (6,000+ parents, siblings, and guests) for the next four years at Texas Tech.

More information about the opportunity can be found on our website here. If you think your student would be interested in an opportunity such as this, please encourage them to attend one of the following information sessions when they return to campus for the spring semester:

What: The Crew Information Session
When/Where: January 21@ 11:00 a.m. & 4:00 p.m. (SUB Playa Room), January 22 @ 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. (SUB Traditions Room), and January 23 @ 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. (SUB Traditions Room)

*Applications due on January 31st by 4:00 p.m.*

Once your student is home, please discuss the information s/he learned at the information session and his/her plans for the summer. Do you or your student see Red Raider Orientation as a part of his/her summer? If you or your student has any further questions, please contact Madison Proctor at madison.proctor@ttu.edu or visit us online.

We are hoping for the opportunity to work with your student this summer!

 

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 TTU Scholarship due February 1st

The 2014-2015 Scholarship Application is available for current students.

Deadline is February 1st so encourage your student to complete the application early to increase their chances of being awarded a scholarship.

Click here for the scholarship application.

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 1098T Information

For instructions on how your student can view/print his or her 1098T form online, visit http://www.depts.ttu.edu/studentbusinessservices/1098T.php. 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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 Does your student need FINANCIAL coaching?

Red to Black offers free and confidential peer-to-peer financial coaching to all Texas Tech students. We help students create spending plans, educate them on basic money management issues, and help them maximize their financial aid package. If your student has never created a spending plan or is interested in learning about how to make their Spring financial aid disbursement last all the way to the end of May, encourage them to make an appointment with us!

We can be reached through email at redtoblack@ttu.edu or by phone at 806-742-9781. You can find out more information about Red to Black on our website at www.r2b.ttu.edu.

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 Road Raiders-peace of mind travel for students

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 www.texastechparents.org (eraider login required to access the site). A complete list is also available for download and printing at www.texastechparents.org.

Drive Safely. Stay Alert. Be Prepared.

For more information, email parents@texastechparents.org.

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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 8, Wednesday

  • 95% payment of mandatory tuition and fees or enrollment in a payment plan due for spring. Registrations after this
    date require immediate payment or enrollment in a payment plan.

January 12, Sunday

January 13, Monday

  • Faculty on duty.

January 14, Tuesday

January 15, Wednesday

  • Classes begin.

January 20, Monday

January 21, Tuesday

  • Last day to add a course.

January 31, Friday

  • Last day for student-initiated drop on MyTech without academic 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. Students who drop to 0 hours are considered to be a withdrawal. Financial penalties apply for withdrawals after January 14.
  • Last day for graduate degree candidates to file with the Graduate School a statement of intention to graduate.

 

For the complete 2013-2014 Academic Calendar, please visit
http://www.depts.ttu.edu/officialpublications/calendar/13-14calendar/13-14detailed.php.

For the Texas Tech event calendar, please CLICK HERE.

 

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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 www.texastechparents.org. 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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 Residence halls open for occupancy January 12th

Spring move-in begins Sunday, January 12th at 10:00 a.m. For more information visit http://housing.ttu.edu/movein/spring.

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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 http://housing.ttu.edu/reslife/restutor .

 

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 Have your student check out OrgSync and get involved

Is your sophomore involved in student organizations? If not, have him or her visit http://ttu.orgsync.com for a list of and contact information for all registered student organizations. It is especially important for students living off campus to get involved and stay connected to campus.

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 Don't let your student graduate without this course!

Do not let your Red Raider graduate from Tech without taking PFP 4101! This one hour course teaches students how to search for a job, get the most out of their employee benefits, effectively plan for their taxes, learn about investing options, and tells them what insurance they really need.

Encourage your student to make the most of their new job opportunities and have them register for this course soon. PFP 4101 is being offered online and face to face. If you have any questions, you may email Dawn at Dawn.Abbott@ttu.edu

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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 www.depts.ttu.edu/sls/.

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 www.CollegeRentersPlan.com/ttu to see all of the coverage options available or call (866) 572-1617.

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 Does your student need health insurance? Academic Health Plans are available for Texas Tech students

If your student needs his or her own health insurance policy, there are Academic Health Plans available. Visit https://www.academichealthplans.com/ttu/2012-2013/ for more information.

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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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 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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Oct 30, 2014