Parent and Family Relations

Vol. 13  Issue 1                                    Parent and Family eNews - January 2014 - Part 2

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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 TTU general scholarship deadline February 1st

Students can still apply for the 2014-2015 Texas Tech University scholarships at www.scholarships.ttu.edu.

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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 Study Abroad Week: January 27-31

Study Abroad Week is January 27-31 (11:00-1:00) in the free speech area near the library and SUB. Students will be able to receive a free hot drink and sample a snack from different regions.

Schedule:
Monday-Latin America; Tuesday-Africa & Middle East; Wednesday-Europe; Thursday-Asia; Friday-Australia, New Zealand, Fiji.

Let us help your student plan to study abroad. For more information visit http://www.studyabroad.ttu.edu/.

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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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 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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 Save the Date: Carol of Lights 2014

Save the date for the 56th annual Carol of Lights: Tuesday, December 2, 2014 beginning at 6:30 p.m.

With the flip of a switch, more than 25,000 colored lights will illuminate 13 buildings around Memorial Circle, the Engineering Key, and the Broadway Entrance to the campus during Texas Tech University's Carol of Lights.

For more information visit http://housing.ttu.edu/caroloflights.

 

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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.*

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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 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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 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 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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 Texas Tech Parents Association scholarship deadline February 1st!

Now is the time for students to apply for the Texas Tech Parents Association scholarship!

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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 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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 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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 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 www.studyabroad.ttu.edu for more information!

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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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 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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 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 http://www.depts.ttu.edu/careercenter/ to learn more about how the Career Center can help your student..

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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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 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