Parent and Family Relations

Vol. 10  Issue 3-2                                           Parent and Family eNews March, 2011, part 2

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 Texas DPS Discourages Spring Break Travel to Mexico

March 1, 2011
DPS discourages Spring Break travel to Mexico
Reminds boaters of dangers on Falcon Lake

The Texas Department of Public Safety is urging Spring Breakers to avoid traveling to Mexico because of continued violence-and reminding boaters to stay on the U.S. side of Falcon Lake.

Falcon Lake has been the scene of several robberies and a U.S. citizen's murder, and DPS is again warning boaters to steer clear of the Mexican side of the lake. Cartel activity remains high in that area.

"While drug cartel violence is most severe in northern Mexico, it is prominent in other parts of the country as well," said DPS Director Steven C. McCraw. "Various crime problems also exist in many popular resort areas, such as Acapulco and Cancun, and crimes against U.S citizens often go unpunished."

So far this year, an ICE agent was killed and another injured in a suspected ambush near San Luis Potosi February 15. Two El Paso teens were gunned down February 5 in Ciudad Juarez. In January, a Texas missionary was shot in the head when she and her husband ran an illegal road block in Nuevo Leon.

In addition to U.S citizens killed so far this year, preliminary figures show as many as 65 Americans were killed in Mexico in 2010. Kidnapping, sexual assault, robbery and carjacking also are threats in parts of Mexico. Suspects have not been prosecuted in many of the cases. Meanwhile, more than 30,000 Mexican citizens have died in drug-related violence since 2006, and the violence shows no signs of abating

"Drug violence has not discriminated-innocent bystanders and people who may have been in the wrong place at the wrong time are among the casualties. Underestimating the violence in Mexico would be a mistake for parents and students," said McCraw. "Our safety message is simple: avoid traveling to Mexico during Spring Break and stay alive."

DPS acknowledges that many travel to Mexico without incident, but the risks cannot be ignored. Travelers are encouraged to carefully research any planned trips.

Travelers should always check the U.S. State Department website for the most up-to-date information related to security issues in Mexico. (See http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_970.html or http://mexico.usembassy.gov/eng/eacs_MexicoSecurityUpdate.html.)

U.S. citizens living or traveling in Mexico are urged to register with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate through their website at https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui/.

### (PIO 2011-18)

 

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 Texas Tech Parents Association Board Approves New Membership Structure

The Texas Tech Parents Association board approved a new membership structure at its meeting on Saturday, February 26th. One new membership level, the Scarlet & Black at $500 was added, all levels were renamed to personalize them to Texas Tech University, and membership benefits were changed slightly. The new membership names were made effective March 1, 2011, and all current members have been converted to the new membership names already. Below is the new membership structure:

Guns Up (Free) Benefits:
1.e-Lert e-mail notifications
2.Monthly eNewsletters
3.One year membership

Red Raider ($35) Benefits:
1.Benefits of Guns Up plus:
2.Receipt of Tech Parents 12-month Calendar
3.Tech Parents car window decal
4.One (1) Tuition Draw Ticket

Matador ($100) Benefits:
1.Benefits of Red Raider plus:
2.Four (4) Tuition Draw Tickets
3.Texas Tech Chrome Car Decal

Scarlet & Black ($500) Benefits:

1.Benefits of Matador plus:
2.Four Year membership
3.75% of your donation placed directly into the Association Endowments for Student Scholarships

Life Membership ($1000) Benefits plus:
1.Benefits of Scarlet & Black plus:
2.95% of your donation placed directly into the Association Endowments for Student Scholarships

If you would like to upgrade your membership, you can do so here.

 

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 Is Your Student Unsure About His or Her Academic Major?

Texas Tech's Student Life Council is hosting an Academic Majors fair on March 7th to provide students with information about academic majors available at Texas Tech, to assist students in making informed decisions about affirming or changing their academic major, and to provide guidance as to steps necessary to formally declare or change their academic major.
The event will be held Monday, March 7th in the Red Raider Ballroom from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

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 Senior recognition ads now available in The Daily Toreador

Family members and friends now have the opportunity to purchase congratulatory ads for publication in special graduation editions of the Texas Tech student newspaper, The Daily Toreador.

"Parents now can honor their Red Raider in their own personalized way," said Dawn Zuerker, associate director for Student Media. "Through our special recognition ads you can tell the world just how proud you are of your graduate, using your own words and photos. It's a really fun way for friends and families to spotlight their graduate as they finish their college years at Texas Tech."

The Honor Your Red Raider editions will be published on May 5 to recognize spring and anticipated summer graduates. Five ad sizes are available, with prices beginning at $75. Visit www.dailytoreador.com, call 806-742-3384 or e-mail dawn.zuerker@ttu.edu.

Deadline for ad space is April 18.


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