Parent and Family Relations

Vol. 12  Issue 3                                    Parent and Family eNews - March 2013

In this issue...

General News and Important Dates


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

 

 There are still seats available on the Spring Break Bus Trips

Does your student need a ride home for Spring Break? Parent and Family Relations is pleased to announce that Campus Connector will provide bus trips to assist Texas Tech students in traveling home for Spring Break 2013. Campus Connector is the largest break/event transportation service for colleges and universities in the country.

Charter buses will transport students to/from Lubbock for Spring Break. Destinations are Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Austin, San Antonio, and El Paso. Buses depart Lubbock on Saturday, March 7th and return to Lubbock on Sunday, March 17th. Seating is based on availability and is sold on a first come, first served basis. Prices vary by destination. More information about this trip and the online registration link can be found below.

Bus trips are provided by Campus Connector, a separate entity from Texas Tech University. Parent and Family Relations at Texas Tech University works with Campus Connector to ensure these trips are possible.

For more information and the registration link, visit http://www.depts.ttu.edu/parentrelations/bustrips.php.

Questions about registration or anything connected to the bus trip should be directed to Campus Connector, http://www.breakshuttle.com/, information@BreakShuttle.com, or (856) 745-0746.

 

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 Remind your student to update TechAlert emergency contact information

Did you receive the text and phone call about the campus weather closure on Monday instead of your student? Remind your student to update TechAlert emergency notification information at https://appserv.itts.ttu.edu/EmergencyAlert/ to ensure he or she gets the alerts. ERaider login is required.

 

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 Optional Student Health Insurance available for Texas Tech students

If your student needs health insurance, there are Academic Health Plans available. For more information, visit https://www.academichealthplans.com/ttu/2012-2013/.

 

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 Advance registration starts in April - is your student ready?

Advance registration allows your student to register early if they have met with their advisor and cleared any academic holds. Your students’ academic advisor will talk with your son or daughter about class options that get them one more semester closer towards the goal of graduating.

The benefits of advance registration include: choosing from the maximum number of class options rather than taking the only class that is open; allowing your student to have ownership of their; your student meets with an advisor prior and ensures that the list of classes that they want to sign up for are actually the classes that they need; and the schedule that your student builds allows them the flexibility to have study times, breaks, and transit times rather than cramming all of their classes together.

Advance registration dates: [all registration times begin at 3pm]

• April 4th: Athletes, Honors College Students, Students with Disabilities, and Scholarship recipients
• April 8th: Seniors and Second-degree seeking students
• April 10th: Juniors
• April 12th: Sophomores
• April 17th: Freshmen
• April 22nd: Former Tech students
• April 24th: Visiting and Distance students

Your student can refresh his or her memory on using Raiderlink to register for classes by watching the videos below.

For all these videos and more, check out our YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/ttuadvising.

Texas Tech University Advising
806.742.2189 | advising@ttu.edu | www.advising.ttu.edu | 079 Holden Hall

 

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 Advance registration starts in April - is your student ready?

Advance registration allows your student to register early if they have met with their advisor and cleared any academic holds. Your students’ academic advisor will talk with your son or daughter about class options that get them one more semester closer towards the goal of graduating.

The benefits of advance registration include: choosing from the maximum number of class options rather than taking the only class that is open; allowing your student to have ownership of their; your student meets with an advisor prior and ensures that the list of classes that they want to sign up for are actually the classes that they need; and the schedule that your student builds allows them the flexibility to have study times, breaks, and transit times rather than cramming all of their classes together.

Advance registration dates: [all registration times begin at 3pm]

• April 4th: Athletes, Honors College Students, Students with Disabilities, and Scholarship recipients
• April 8th: Seniors and Second-degree seeking students
• April 10th: Juniors
• April 12th: Sophomores
• April 17th: Freshmen
• April 22nd: Former Tech students
• April 24th: Visiting and Distance students

Your student can refresh his or her memory on using Raiderlink to register for classes by watching the videos below.

For all these videos and more, check out our YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/ttuadvising.

Texas Tech University Advising
806.742.2189 | advising@ttu.edu | www.advising.ttu.edu | 079 Holden Hall

 

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 Parent and Family Relations thanks Austin and Houston Raider Road Show Volunteers

Parent and Family Relations would like to thank the following members of the Austin Chapter of the Texas Tech Parents Association for helping us greet admitted and prospective Texas Tech Students at the Raider Road Show in Austin on February 8th:

Burnet Hellman
Kerry Long
Tandi Sticklen
David Tung
Laurie Womble

We would also like to thank the following Houston area members of TTPA for helping us with the Raider Road Show in Houston on February 24th:

Denise and Dean Errington
Shannon and Glenn Bohny
Mary Jo Jared
Angie Farley
Pattie and Terry Newman
Gayle Pierce

Thank you for your hard work and great job with Parent & Family Check-in and the Parent Panel!

 

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 Dingus Scholarship applications due March 1st

If your student is majoring in Law, Mass Communications, History, Political Science, or Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures, and if he or she has a deep interest in international relations and can illustrate some type of involvement or tangible contribution to this area, encourage your student to apply for this scholarship. Awardees must agree with the philosophical ideals of the United Nations and have financial need. This scholarship will be awarded for the academic year beginning August 2013. Deadline: all applications must be delivered to the International Cultural Center by 5:00 p.m. on March 1, 2013.

Students must provide the following: transcripts; three letters of recommendation; a typed statement that fully discusses his or her interest in international affairs and the United Nations; career objectives; and a cover sheet giving the applicant's name, address, telephone number, email, R#, and major field of study. There is not an application form. Applicants are responsible for organizing the required material in the most logical and effective way possible.

Awards up to $1000 and several lesser ones available. For more information, please email jane.bell@ttu.edu.

 

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 Is your student interested in Law School?

If so, the PreLaw program has events and programs that will help your student become an excellent applicant for law school. Below are some upcoming events:

Tuesday, 3/5/13
5:00pm-6:30pm
PreLaw March Roundtable: “Mock First-Year Law School Class”
Location: TTU School of Law

Wednesday, 3/27/13
11:00am-1:30pm
Question and Answer with PreLaw Program Ambassadors
Location: Barnes and Noble in the SUB

For more information about the PreLaw program, visit http://www.depts.ttu.edu/advising/prelaw/.

 

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 STEM Education and Outreach offers programs for high school students this summer

If you have a high school student who is interested in math and science, he or she might be interested in attending one of the following programs offered at Texas Tech this summer:

PRISM Program: The Texas Tech University PRISM program (Proactive Recruitment in Introductory Science and Mathematics) initiative is broken into two programs: the Pre-College Research PRE-PRISM Program, and the PRISM Scholars program. PRE-PRISM Scholars participate during the summer between their junior and senior year of high school, and they receive preferred admission status for the PRISM scholars program, which targets incoming Texas Tech freshmen and sophomores, majoring in mathematics or biology.

Students will participate in a faculty-led summer research experience on Texas Tech campus, from July 21- August 3, and will receive a summer stipend. This year's summer research weeks will focus on the mathematical and biological ties to extinction.

For more information, visit www.stem.ttu.edu/prism

Texas Tech Summer Math Academy: The Texas Tech Summer Math Academy (SuMAc) is a hands-on, intensive, mathematics camp offered to students wanting to further their knowledge and understanding of mathematics and research. In 2013, SuMAc will be a commuter camp. Therefore, students will be engages in research activities from 8 am-5 pm and will be responsible for their own transportation to and from campus daily. At SuMAc, students will have the opportunity to collaborate with Texas Tech mathematics faculty and staff through an exploration-based projects. During camp, students will be exposed to many different concepts using mathematics. 

This year's theme will be "Digital Image Analysis" and students will learn basics in mathematics and MATLAB software. Texas Tech SuMAc is a community outreach initiative of the TTU Department of Mathematics & Statistics; therefore, the participant registration fee has been limited to $50 per student (due with final paperwork by May, 3, 2013). A limited number of scholarships for financially needy students are available. 

For more information, visit www.stem.ttu.edu/sumac.php.

 

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 Recycle like a maniac!

Through March 30, Texas Tech will be competing in a nationwide recycling competition. The competition is called RecycleMania,  http://recyclemaniacs.org/. We will be competing against approximately 300 other universities including five Big 12 schools.

Here’s how your student can help us WIN!!   RECYCLE RECYCLE RECYCLE

Feb. 3 – March 30 –collect recyclables at your home and bring to our on-campus recycling station located behind Housing Services. It is located behind the Art 3-D on Main between Flint and Hartford. Just follow the recycle signs located at the entrances to the parking lot. We accept plastics #1-7, aluminum, tin, paper (newspaper, ads, phone books, etc.). All items must emptied, clean and bagged.

Check out our video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Vc88_i_lrY  and share with your friends and on your social media sites.

If you have any suggestions, questions or would like to volunteer please contact us at housing.gogreen@ttu.edu.

GUNS UP and GO TECH!

 

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 Texas Tech Police Department to hold Crime Prevention Seminar on April 8th

On April 8, 2013, the Texas Tech Police Department will be holding a Crime Prevention Seminar in the City Bank Conference Center of the United Spirit Arena located on the TTU campus. The seminar will be from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. The Texas Tech Police Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety will be instructing classes on several safety topics. Students can attend all the classes or only the classes they want to attend.

Seminar Schedule:

8:00 am to 10:00 am - Active Shooter
10:00 am to 11:00 am - Robbery/Theft Prevention
11:00 am to 12:00 noon – Internet Safety ( The Department of Public Safety will be instructing the class)
12:00 noon to 1:00 pm – Lunch (Not Provided)
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm – Driving and Texting (Texas Department of Public Safety will be instructing the class)
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm – Personal Safety
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm – Storm Ready
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm- Alcohol Awareness

For more information, contact the Texas Tech Police Department at (806) 743-1307.

 

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 Save the date for Family Weekend 2013

Family Weekend 2013 will be September 20-21, 2013 when Texas Tech takes on Texas State. Registration and football ticket ordering information will be posted at www.parent.ttu.edu in June, 2013. Make your hotel reservations early, as rooms will fill up quick! Click HERE for a complete listing of Lubbock hotels.

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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 www.lc.soar.ttu.edu

 

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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

March 8, Friday

  • Last meal (dinner) served in residence halls until after spring vacation.

March 9 – 17, Saturday – Sunday

  • Spring vacation. Classes dismissed at noon Saturday. Student holiday only.

March 18, Monday

  • Classes resume. First meal (breakfast) in residence halls.

March 20, Wednesday

  • 5 p.m., Mid-semester grades due via Raiderlink.
  • Last day for degree candidates and faculty to order invitations and academic regalia at the bookstore.

March 27, Wednesday

  • Last day for student-initiated drop on MyTech with penalty (counts against drop limit). All drops are the responsibility of the student.
  • Last day to declare pass/fail intentions.
  • Last day for graduate degree candidates to defend theses/dissertations.
  • Last day for graduate degree candidates to pay thesis-dissertation fee posted to Banner account.
  • Last day for master’s non-thesis comprehensive examinations.

 

For the complete 2012-2013 Academic Calendar, please visit
http://www.depts.ttu.edu/officialpublications/calendar/12-13calendar/12-13detailed.php.

For the Texas Tech event calendar, please visit http://events.ttu.edu/cal/main/showMain.rdo.

 

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 Sign up online by April 1st for 2013-2014 housing

If your current student signs up online for 2013-2014 housing by April 1st, 2013, there is no housing price increase GUARANTEED!

Visit www.housing.ttu.edu for more information.

 

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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, visit http://www.depts.ttu.edu/dos/responsible-living.aspx.

 

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 Does your student need a budget? Red to Black can help

Red to Black assists in many areas of personal finance including budgeting, saving and investing, credit and debt management, and identity theft. We are located in the College of Human Sciences. Appointments can be made by stopping by our office in HS 154B, via email redtoblack@ttu.edu or by phone at 742-9781. In addition, walk-ins are welcome in HS 267. Our walk-in counseling hours are listed below:

Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

These services are FREE for Texas Tech students. Please visit our website for additional information and tips on how students can improve their finances: www.r2b.ttu.edu

 

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 Spring Career Center programs and activities

If your student is a junior or senior, the Career Center at Texas Tech has plenty of programs and activities to help students in job search readiness. Visit http://www.depts.ttu.edu/careercenter/events.php to see their schedule of events.

Call 806-742-2210 for more information.

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 Students can purchase or rent commencement regalia beginning March 18th

IS YOUR STUDENT LOOKING TO PURCHASE/ RENT GRADUATION REGALIA?

The Texas Tech Bookstore at Barnes & Noble offers rental and purchase of regalia.

Prices are as follows:

  • Bachelor's Package $50.96 includes cap/tassel/gown/stole
  • Master's Package $60.96 includes cap/tassel/gown/hood

These will be available for purchase from March 18th until the day of graduation.

Regalia is available to be shipped for an additional $6.95.

Rental prices are as follows:

  • PhD. package $61.96 includes cap/tassel/gown/hood
  • Law package $97.94 includes tam/tassel/gown/hood

PhD./ Law are the only regalia available for rental.

The last day to rent without a $25.00 fee is April 13th. The last day to rent with a $25.00 fee is April 20th.

For more information, call 806-742-3816.

 

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 Graduation Fair scheduled for March 5-7

Is there a commencement in your future? Make sure your student attends the spring Graduation Fair! The Texas Tech Alumni Association Graduation Fairs are "one-stop shops" for anyone with 75 credit hours.

For more information, click HERE.

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 Spring Commencement schedule and information

If your student is graduating in May, congratulations! 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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 Nachito Herrera, Grammy-nominated jazz pianist, to perform at Texas Tech March 1st

CD signing immediately following performance. Community outreach for this program was funded in part by a grant from the Sybil B. Harrington Endowment for the Arts of the Lubbock Area Foundation."...Explosive. Crowd Pleasing. Rhythmically intense. Romantic. Dynamic. Jaw-droppingly good." - Minneapolis Star - Tribune.

General admission tickets $15 at Select-A-Seat (http://www.ticketsage.com/_lubbock/) or 806-770-2000. TTU students can receive one free ticket with their valid student ID at the Student Union information desk near the Allen Theatre. While supplies last.


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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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