Texas Tech University

June 2016 Parent & Family eNewsletter

Vol. 15 Issue 6

In this issue...

General News

Parents of Incoming Freshman

Financial Tips/Info

Scholarships/Job Opportunities

Academic

Housing

Graduation

Important Dates

Extracurricular Activities

Texas Tech Parents Association

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Family Weekend Football & Event Tickets on Sale Now!

Mark your calendars for Thursday, September 29th - Sunday, October 2nd for this year's Family Weekend at Texas Tech University when Texas Tech football faces the University of Kansas.

Order your discounted Family Weekend football tickets to the Texas Tech vs. Kansas game. The Promo Code you will enter is FAMILY16. For questions regarding ticket sales, please contact the Texas Tech Athletic Ticket Office at 806-742-4412.

Visit our website for Family Weekend schedule and registration information.

You will want to make your hotel reservations soon as rooms will fill up quickly. Click HERE for a complete listing of Lubbock hotels.

The Texas Tech Parents Association will be Celebrating 60 Years during Family Weekend 2016. Various events will be hosted to celebrate this milestone anniversary. Serving and supporting parents, students, and Texas Tech University, your Parents Association was founded in October 1956 and begins celebrating 60 years of serving and supporting Red Raider parents, their students and Texas Tech University. Learn more and join the Texas Tech Parents Association at www.texastechparents.org.

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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 month's poll about transportation: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LXDZ7JB

For past poll results visit 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: www.emergencyalert.ttu.edu.

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Summer Rec Center Activities

Students are encouraged to join the Tech Activities Board (TAB) and the Leisure Pool for a summer Dive-In Movie—Zootopia--Friday, June 10 at dusk. Students can enjoy the pool, movie and refreshments.

The 23rd annual Lunar Lope 5K/1 mile Run-Walk is Sunday, June 19 at 10 pm. This event is a full-moon run through campus complete with glow sticks. Join us for a fun run when the West Texas heat cools off. $9 for students and $18 for community—includes a dri fit tshirt. Register online at https://register.recsports.ttu.edu/

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Career Exploration from the University Career Center

Informational Interviews

Is your college student having trouble deciding on a major? Or do they have a major but are not quite sure what types of jobs are available that utilize this major? Summer is the perfect time for major and career exploration so encourage your student to set up an informational interview. An informational interview is a short meeting to learn about the real-life experience of someone working in a field or company.
Below is a list of possible questions that your student may want to ask during the informational interview:

Major Exploration

  • What about this major or area interests you?
  • What classes would you recommend to give me a real sense of this field of study?
  • What kinds of topics will I study in this major?
  • What skills will this major help me to develop?
  • Are there certain minors that would work well with this major?
  • Do careers in this field usually require education beyond an undergraduate degree?

Career Exploration

  • What drew you to this field?
  • What types of people do well in this field? Why types don't succeed?
  • What kinds of careers are available for students who graduate with this major?
  • Do you have any suggestions for internships or work experiences in this field?
  • Are there professional associations related to the field that I could join as a student?
  • Can you suggest someone else that I should contact, or anything else I should do to explore this field?

Remind your student that an informational interview is not a job interview and there should be no expectation of a job offer. This tool is for exploration purposes. Also, remind your student a hand written thank you is always appreciated.

Students can utilize the University Career Center (UCC) even when they are not on campus. We offer phone and email appointments. The UCC is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Visit our website at www.careercenter.ttu.edu. To make an appointment, call 806-742-2210.

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Save Now for a Ring Later: The Official Texas Tech Ring Savings Program

It's never too late to plan for the future. The Texas Tech Alumni Association is proud to offer the Official Texas Tech Class Ring Savings Program, which allows students to save over time for the ultimate symbol of college success.
With the Ring Savings Program, a refundable $75 is conveniently added as an optional fee to tuition and fee statements for spring and fall semesters beginning as early as freshman year.

Once students meet eligibility, the amount can then be applied toward the purchase of the Official Texas Tech Class Ring.

It's never been easier to support tradition. To enroll and begin saving today, simply log on to Raiderlink.ttu.edu, click on the MyTech tab, and sign up in the Official Class Ring section under Optional Services.

Questions? Contact the Texas Tech Alumni Association at (806) 742-3641 or visit www.texastechalumni.org/ring.

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Student Counseling Center Crisis Helpline

A new 24-hour telephone helpline service is available to assist Texas Tech students who are experiencing a mental health or interpersonal violence crisis. The TTU Crisis HelpLine number is (806) 742-5555. Students can call the helpline and speak immediately with a mental health counselor.

Parents who are helping a student in distress can also call the helpline for assistance. In addition to assisting with immediate crises, the helpline counselors will be familiar with Texas Tech and Lubbock community resources and will be able to direct the caller to the appropriate resource.

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Feed Your Inner Red Raider!

Hospitality Services wants your Red Raider to get the most out of their Dining Bucks, so we're providing them with numerous options when it comes to Dining Plans!

Do Dining Bucks rollover? Students can roll unused Dining Bucks to their next on-campus living contract. Dining Bucks do not roll to an off-campus/commuter Dining Plan and they are non-refundable and non-transferable.

For more information about on-campus dining options or Dining Plans visit hospitality.ttu.edu or call 806.742.1360. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @EatAtTexasTech

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2016 Lubbock Visitor's Guide

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

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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 providing you with a copy of the Parent & Family Guide, conduct parent and family orientation presentations, and show you how to get involved. We look forward to seeing you this summer!

Be sure to check out our video about What to Expect at Red Raider Orientation.

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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Summer I & II payment deadlines

Summer I deadline for payment in full or enrollment in the payment plan is May 31.
Summer I payment plan due date is June 25.
Summer I book loan due date is June 25.

Summer II deadline for payment in full or enrollment in payment plan is July 5.
Summer II payment plan due date is July 25.
Summer II book loan due date is July 25.

For more information visit Student Business Services website.

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FAFSA® Changes for 2017–18

Students will be able to submit a FAFSA® earlier. Students will be able to file a 2017–18 FAFSA as early as Oct. 1, 2016, rather than beginning on Jan. 1, 2017. The earlier submission date will be a permanent change, enabling students to complete and submit a FAFSA as early as October 1 every year. (There is NO CHANGE to the 2016–17 schedule. The FAFSA became available January 1 as in previous years.)

Students will use earlier income information. Beginning with the 2017–18 FAFSA, students will be required to report income information from an earlier tax year. For example, on the 2017–18 FAFSA, students (and parents, as appropriate) will report their 2015 income information, rather than their 2016 income information.

Learn More https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/about/announcements/fafsa-changes

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Complete Enrollment Certification to Receive Financial Aid

All students attending Texas Tech must complete Enrollment Certification in order to receive funding. Here are the steps to complete:

  1. Log into MyTech, access your Financial Aid under "Manage My Finances"
  2. Select "View/Accept Aid Package", select aid year (2016-2017)
  3. The Expected Certification Tab is the third tab, please answer the questions, and click submit information.

Watch this tutorial on how to complete enrollment certification: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUrnfRJibXY

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Red to Black: Peer-to-Peer Financial Coaching

Hi, Parents! As the end of the semester is quickly approaching, it is time to start looking towards summer jobs, or even graduation. One of the services Red to Black Peer Financial Coaching can assist your student with is helping them evaluate employee benefits packages. Have your student contact us today to learn more! 806-742-9781| redtoblack@ttu.edu | www.r2b.ttu.edu

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Searching for Scholarships

The Scholarship Office recently developed a new search tool for external scholarships. Most of the scholarships listed are scholarships that students at Texas Tech have actually received.

Learn More http://www.depts.ttu.edu/scholarships/ExternalScholarships/ScholarshipSearch.php

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Is your student getting scholarships from groups other than Texas Tech for 2016-2017?

Is your student expecting scholarships from sources outside the university? Please help them remember to report them through our new online form https://apps.texastech.edu/finaidForms/ttu/externalScholarships.

*This is a secured form, so the student will need to sign in using their eraider to access it.

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Is your student looking for a job?

Encourage your student to visit Texas Tech Human Resources and University Career Center for on-campus and off-campus employment.

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Students planning to work on campus need original social security card

Is your student planning to get a new job on campus? Students who work on campus must bring their original Social Security Cards for human resources processing due to federal I-9 requirements. Remind your student to keep his or her social security card in a safe place.

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The Learning Center - Summer Tutoring

If your student is taking classes this summer The Learning Center has tutors on hand.

Tutoring for Summer I will begin Tuesday, June 6th. For more details visit The Learning Center website.

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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 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 www.lc.soar.ttu.edu.

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Fall 2016 Move-In

Residence Halls officially open on Sunday, August 21st 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://www.depts.ttu.edu/housing/movein.php.

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Student Legal Services-Lease Reviews

Student Legal Services is able to offer a wide variety of legal services to students of Texas Tech. Their services are freely available to all registered Texas Tech students.

If your student is looking to move off campus encourage them to visit Student Legal Services for a FREE Lease Review so they understand the process of renting an apartment/house.

For more information visit Student Legal Services online at https://www.depts.ttu.edu/sls/.

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Living Off Campus - Common Pitfalls

Is your student living off campus or considering living off campus? Be sure to read Common Pitfalls when it comes to living off 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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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 13, 2016

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

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:

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

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Graduation Fair and Ring Ceremony Dates

Graduation Fair
September 13th, 14th and 15th
9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.
McKenzie Merket Alumni Center)

Ring ceremony
November 7th, 8th and 9th
McKenzie Merket Alumni Center

Please visit the Alumni Association website for detail on these special events for our graduates.

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This month's academic and event calendar

June 5, Sunday

10 a.m., Residence halls open for occupancy.

June 6, 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/calendar/withdrawDates.php.

Select dining locations open for summer (www.depts.ttu.edu/hospitality).

June 7, Tuesday

Classes begin.

June 8, Wednesday

Last day for student-initiated addition of a course on MyTech. Course may be added until June 10 with advisor permission.

Last day to withdraw from the university for Summer I (not Full Summer) and receive partial financial credit. For more information visit Student Business Services.

June 10, 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 11, Saturday

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

June 13, Monday

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

June 14, Tuesday

Last day to withdraw from the university for Full Summer and receive partial financial credit. For more information visit Student Business Services.

June 27, 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.

Complete calendar information:

Texas Tech Academic Calendar

Texas Tech event calendar

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Have your student check out Orgsync 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 on and 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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