Texas Tech University

June 2015 Parent & Family eNewsletter

Vol. 14 Issue 6

In this issue...

General News

Parents of Incoming Freshman

Financial Tips/Info

Academic

Housing

Graduation

Important Dates

Extracurricular Activities

Texas Tech Parents Association

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Family Weekend Football Tickets On Sale Now!

Order your discounted tickets to the Texas Tech vs. TCU game. The Promo Code you will enter is FAMILY15. For questions regarding ticket sales, please contact the Texas Tech Athletic Ticket Office at 806-742-4412.

For more Family Weekend information please visit www.depts.ttu.edu/parentrelations/family.php. Be sure and reserve hotels early as these fill up very quickly. For a list of hotels click HERE.

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Parent Pulse Poll

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 summer's poll about your student's plans for housing in the Fall 2015 semester: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MG5RWFZ

This poll will be open through the summer . Results will be posted at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/parentrelations/polls.php.

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Severe Weather Tips

The most common months for severe weather, including tornadoes, in the Lubbock area are May and June. Make sure your student is prepared for severe weather. Here are some tips provided by Texas Tech's Emergency Communications department: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/communications/emergency/tornadoes.php/

Make sure your student has his or her contact information updated in the TechAlert! system. Students can update their information here: https://appserv.itts.ttu.edu/EmergencyAlert/.

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Lubbock 2015 Visitor Guide

When you make plans to visit your student be sure to check out the visitor guide provided by Visit Lubbock.

http://www.visitlubbock.org/2015-ivg/index.html

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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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Are you coming to Red Raider Orientation this summer?

Are you attending Red Raider Orientation this summer? Parent & Family Relations will be on hand to help you check in, provide you with a copy of the Parent & Family Guide, conduct a parent and family orientation presentation, and show you how to get involved. We look forward to seeing you this summer!

Visit www.redraiderorientation.ttu.edu or call the Center for Campus Life at 806-742-5433 for information about Red Raider Orientation.

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Raider Ready: IS 1100 Course

RaiderReady: IS 1100 is a course designed to bridge the gap between high school and collegiate success. Students who enroll in this one-hour class can expect to learn and further develop note, studying, and test taking skills, academic professionalism, as well as stress management.

RaiderReady is an invaluable resource not only for the quality of skills our students learn, but also the relationships built while doing so. Allowing the students a place and faculty member to navigate freshman year creates success, and is evident in higher numbers of students returning for a second year in comparison to the university average.

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Is your student getting scholarships from groups other than Texas Tech for 2015/2016?

If your student is receiving scholarships from external groups, please have them complete the Estimated External Scholarship Notification Form and email it to scholarships@ttu.edu. Have scholarship checks sent to the TTU Scholarship Office Box 45011 Lubbock, TX 79409. Be sure to provide the donor with this address and the student's R# to expedite processing!

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Summer I & II Paying the Bill Checklist

View the Summer I & II 2015 Paying the Bill Checklist for bill availability dates, deadlines, and payment plan information: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/studentbusinessservices/PayingBill/payBillChecklist.php

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Red to Black: Peer-to-Peer Financial Coaching

Texas Tech University's Red to Black program hosts its annual Financial Education Week. The week-long event is free to Texas Tech students to become educated about various financial topics.

The event will include credit report reviews, financial fitness at the rec, and Don't Go For Broke game.

For more information about the event, visit www.orgs.ttu.edu/r2b.

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The Learning Center-Summer Tutoring

Is your student taking any of the following courses this Summer?

  • CHEM 1307, 3305
  • ECON 2301, 2302
  • ENGL 1301, 1302
  • MATH 1451, 1452, 2300, 3354
  • PHYS 1408, 2401
  • SPAN 1507, 2301
  • ACCT 2300, 2301
  • ME 2301, 2302, 2322
  • AND MORE!

If so, the Learning Center will have tutors on hand!

The LC provides FREE tutoring in many subjects and courses this Summer...don't miss out.

Located in Holden Hall, room 80. Hours of operation will be Monday through Friday from 8am-5pm (tutors begin daily at 9am).

For more information visit: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/soar/lc/

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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 through Thursday from 9am-8pm and Friday 9am-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 www.lc.soar.ttu.edu.

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Fall 2015 Move-In

Residence Halls officially open on Sunday, August 16th at 10:00 a.m. For information about what to do when you arrive, what to bring, what not to bring, room dimensions, and other information, visit http://housing.ttu.edu/movein/.

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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 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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Commencement Dates

If your student is graduating in August, congratulations! Below is the Summer Commencement schedule for Texas Tech University.

PLEASE NOTE: The colleges are listed below in alphabetical order and NOT necessarily in the order in which they will be recognized.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

9:00 a.m.
Business Administration
Engineering
Graduate School
Human Sciences
Visual & Performing Arts
Wind Energy

1:30 p.m.
Agricultural
Architecture
Arts and Sciences
Education
Graduate School
Honors College (EVHM and HAL majors only)
Media and Communication

Texas Tech has a Commencement web site, which is your one-stop-shop for all things related to Commencement, including the schedule for upcoming ceremonies, lists of hotels (which sell out quickly!), parking information, and information about ordering invitations and photos of the big day.

Bookmark this site for all of your Commencement needs:

http://www.depts.ttu.edu/provost/commencement/

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This month's academic and event calendar

June 1, Monday

Faculty on duty.
Last day to register or withdraw from the university without financial penalty. For more information see www.depts.ttu.edu/studentbusinessservices/withdraw.php.
Select dining locations open for summer (www.depts.ttu.edu/hospitality).

June 2, Tuesday

Classes begin.

June 3, Wednesday

Last day for student-initiated addition of a course on MyTech. Course may be added until June 5 with advisor permission.

June 5, 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 June 1.

June 6, Saturday

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

June 15, Monday

Last day for degree candidates and faculty to order invitations and academic regalia at the bookstore.

June 22, Monday

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

June 29, Monday

Last day to withdraw from the university. Although withdrawal can be processed until this date, all tuition and fees related to the registration are due in full and no refunds will be issued.
Last day for undergraduate degree candidates to remove grades of I and PR.

June 30, Tuesday

Raiderlink available for grading.

For the complete 2014-2015 Academic Calendar, please visit http://www.depts.ttu.edu/officialpublications/calendar/14-15_cal_detailed.php

For the Texas Tech event calendar, please CLICK HERE.

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Have your student check out Orgsyc for ways to get involved

Is your student 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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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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Looking for 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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