Parent and Family Relations

Vol. 10  Issue 7                                                Parent and Family eNews July, 2011

In this issue...

News and Important Dates

Academic Information

Extracurricular Activities

Texas Tech Parents Association


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 Family Weekend tickets are on sale now

Family Weekend 2011 football and event tickets are on sale now!

Visit and click "Family Weekend" for the complete schedule and ticket ordering information.

Family Weekend is a great time to visit the Texas Tech campus and reconnect with your student. We hope you will join us!

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 Are you coming to Red Raider Orientation this summer?

Are you attending Red Raider Orientation 2011 this summer?

Click here for more information or call The Center for Campus Life with questions at 806-742-5433.

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 Billing information

Parents and family members surveyed after attending Red Raider Orientation indicated they needed to know more about billing. Below is some information from Student Business Services.

Information about Texas Tech University's Billing Process

In case you missed it, here is the Paying the Bill RRO Presentation

To view and pay bills online, your student must set you up as an authorized user. How to set up an authorized user

Tuition and fees are due on August 19th, 2011.

Student Business Services Contact Information
Student Business Services, Student Financial Center
Broadway &Akron, 301 West Hall, Lubbock, Texas 79409
Phone: 806-742-3272 or toll free (866) 774-9477
Web address:


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 Student Health Services information

Parents and family members surveyed after Red Raider Orientation also said they needed to know more about Student Health Services.

Student Health Services is the primary care clinic for the students of Texas Tech University. The clinic is staffed with licensed physicians, nurse practitioners, nursing staff, health educators, and support staff to provide high quality care for illnesses and injuries, including mental health issues. Students who pay a medical services fee are entitled to access the clinic and pharmacy services. There is a nominal charge for each physician visit. A valid Texas Tech ID is required to access the clinic services. 806-743-2848

Clinical Hours
Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Summer Clinical Hours
Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.


Student Health Services location: Texas Tech campus in the Student Wellness Center at 1003 Flint Ave. (intersection of Main St. and Flint Ave.)

Mailing Address:
Student Health Services
210 Student Wellness Center
Box 43095
Lubbock, TX 79409-3095

Phone Numbers:
Appointments: 806-743-2848
Administration/Info: 806-743-2860
Pharmacy: 806-743-2636

Administration: 806-743-1071
Immunizations: 806-743-2122

Web site:


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 Texas Tech University Student Handbook

Text: Students are expected to abide by policies and procedures in the Student Handbook. Please review the Student Handbook via this link:


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 University-wide career fair scheduled for fall

It is never too early for your student to start thinking about his or her career. Please remind your student…

2011 University-Wide Career Fair
Wednesday, September 14, 1p.m. – 4p.m.
Overton Hotel 2322 Mac Davis Lane
Questions? Call University Career Services at 806-742-2210
ALL students welcome to attend

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 Texas Tech vs. Baylor tickets on sale now

Texas Tech and Baylor will be meeting for the third consecutive Texas Farm Bureau Insurance Shootout in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and for the second time at Cowboys Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 26th.

For ticket ordering information, click HERE.

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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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 July 2011 academic and event calendar

Summer I Dates:

July 1 - 2, Friday - Saturday
Final examinations.
Friday, July1 - Raiderlink available for grading.

July 2, Saturday
First summer term ends.

July 3, Sunday
Students without room reservations for the second term must vacate residence hall rooms by 10 a.m. Last meal (breakfast) served in residence halls.

Summer II Dates:

July 1, Friday
Full payment of mandatory tuition and fees or enrollment in a payment plan due for Summer II.

July 4, Monday
10 a.m., residence halls open for occupancy.

July 5, Tuesday
Faculty on duty. Last day to register or withdraw from the university without penalty. First meal (breakfast) served in residence halls. Last day for graduate degree candidates to submit to the Graduate School the final draft of thesis/dissertation. 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.

July 6, Wednesday
Classes begin. Student-initiated drop-add (changes in schedule) and withdrawal (drop all courses) begin on MyTech. Last day for master’s non-thesis comprehensive examination.

July 7, Thursday
Last day to add a course. Graduate School official reports due on final comprehensive examinations and on Interdisciplinary Portfolio results for the master’s degree (non-thesis students).

July 8, Friday
Last day to remove grades of I, PR, or CR in the Graduate School. This does not apply to the PR/CR received on a previous thesis or dissertation enrollment.

July 11, Monday
Last day for student-initiated drop on MyTech without penalty (drop does not count against drop limit). All drops are the responsibility of the student. Last day to drop a course and receive a refund. Does not apply to students who drop to 0 hours.

July 12, Tuesday
Student-initiated drop made on or after this date counts against drop limit. All drops are the responsibility of the student.

July 18, Monday
4:30 p.m., final cancellation. Students who are not enrolled in a payment plan or have not paid 100% of mandatory tuition and fees will have credit hours removed from their course(s) and will remain financially responsible for their charges in full. Late Cancellation fees will be assessed and will be subject to collections.

July 26, Tuesday
Last day for student-initiated drop on MyTech with penalty (counts against drop limit) and/or transfer between colleges.All drops are the responsibility of the student. Last day to declare pass/fail intentions.

July 27, Wednesday
Last day for graduate degree candidates to submit to the Graduate School final corrected PDF copy of thesis/dissertation.


For the complete 2010-2011 Academic Calendar, please visit

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 Packing for college: the academic suitcase

As your thoughts turn to last minute trips to the store for mini-fridges, instant noodles, shower caddies, and all the other college dorm accoutrement, be sure to save room in the car for your student’s Academic Suitcase! To help you in packing this Academic Suitcase, here are a few essentials…

A Planner. Time management is a new skill for many college students to learn, and you can support them in this learning process by making sure they have the right tools for the job! A Planner or a desk calendar is a great place to start. Encourage your student to plan out daily and weekly tasks lists and reserve time on the calendar to accomplish each task. Planners can also be one-stop-shopping for students to write down their course schedule, test days, assignment due dates, and meetings for the entire semester. Students are rarely found without their phones, so it may be useful for them to import the Texas Tech academic calendar to their phone’s Outlook calendar. For more info on this topic, visit:

Advisor Contact Info. At Red Raider Orientation, new students have the opportunity to connect with the academic advisor in their college or major. As they are packing to return to college this fall, double check that your student has the business card or contact information for his or her academic advisor. Have them save the office phone number and location in their phone…see that the advisor’s email address is listed as a favorite contact in your student’s TTU email account…whatever it takes! It is very important for students to be in frequent contact with their advisors each semester in order to plan and prepare for their academic future!

Desire to Study. Though a desire to study can be challenging to pack in a suitcase, it is important that new students come prepared with this! They’re bright; that’s how they got to Texas Tech! In this new college environment, they have to separate themselves out among the best-of-the-best. Studying is more than just doing homework; it is an ongoing process. Studying at the college level starts the first day of school, not a few days before the test! Students should read ahead in their books or notes to be prepared before class, listen actively to take detailed notes during the lecture or discussion, and review their materials soon after class to commit them to long term memory and understanding. More differences between high school and college academics can be found on pages 4-5 of Texas Tech University Advising’s 2011-2012 Advising Guide

So you may be saying, “That’s a lot of reading and note-taking!” Get your student off to a good start by remembering to pack all these tools they’ll need to get the job done. Don’t forget to add note cards, highlighters, and sticky tabs along with their toothbrush, shampoo, and laundry detergent.

Next month’s topic… Settling in for Academic Success. For more good advice from Texas Tech University Advising, visit:

Courtney Bray, M.S.
Lead Academic Advisor
Texas Tech University Advising


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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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 Learn more about fraternity and sorority life

Learn more about fraternity and sorority life (Greek Life) by reading the Parent and Family Member Guide to Greek Life. Click here to view.

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 Welcome, new members!

Welcome, new Tech Parents members! Make sure you visit and log into your MyTech Parents account to take advantage of all your membership benefits.

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
  • 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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 Get involved with a Tech Parents local chapter this summer

Summertime is a great time to get involved with a local Chapter of Tech Parents. If you reside in D/FW, Houston, Austin, San Antonio, or Abilene areas, get involved! Visit for more information and to find out how to connect with other TTU families in your area.

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