Texas Tech University

March 2017 Parent & Family eNewsletter

Volume 16, Issue 3

In this issue...

General News

Financial Tips/Info

Scholarships/Job Opportunities 

Academic

Housing  

Important Dates

Extracurricular Activities

Texas Tech Parents Association

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Save the date for Family Weekend 2017

Family Weekend 2017 will be September 29-30, 2017, as Texas Tech football takes on the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Activities will begin on Friday evening of the weekend. Stay tuned to familyweekend.ttu.edu and the Texas Tech Family Weekend Facebook page for more information as the date gets closer. Football and event tickets will go on sale in June 2017.

Book hotel rooms quickly, as they will fill up for the weekend.  Visit www.texastechparents.org for information about discounted hotel rooms.

A tradition at Texas Tech since 1936, Family Weekend is a wonderful time to visit campus and reconnect with your student! The Texas Tech campus is beautiful in the fall, and there are many activities for families to enjoy during the weekend. We hope you and your family will join us!

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Family Weekend Quick Survey

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 Family Weekend events you: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/W6VFH5S

For past poll results visit http://www.depts.ttu.edu/parentrelations/polls.php

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University Career Center: Help is just a click away

The Texas Tech University Career Center's website has recently been updated. It is easy to navigate and holds a wealth of information that students can use.

The Events tab, http://www.depts.ttu.edu/careercenter/events/index.php has upcoming events that students and alumni can take advantage of. Webinars, career fairs, etiquette dinners, mocktail parties and walk-in resume critique days are all listed in this tab.

The Career Exploration tab, http://www.depts.ttu.edu/careercenter/careerexploration/index.php has links to the UCC's Career Development Checklist, Assessments, such as the Strong Interest Inventory, TypeFocus and StrengthsQuest, along with a section: What Can I Do with this Major? Your student can click on their major and find a compilation of jobs suited to their major. Within this same tab, there are links to helpful websites that provide information on jobs, salaries, and career coaching.

The Career Development tab, http://www.depts.ttu.edu/careercenter/careerdevelopment/index.php has Optimal Resume, Marketable Skills, tips on resume and cover letter writing, and job interviews. This section is also where students can learn about the UCC's Career Closet, how to dress for an interview, and salary negotiation. There is also an internship search help section within this tab.

The Job Search tab, http://www.depts.ttu.edu/careercenter/students/jobsearch.php allows students and alumni to start searching and applying for jobs. On this page, there are several useful links to help find potential employment. Hire Red Raiders is specifically for TTU undergraduates, graduate students and alumni. CareerShift pulls from all publically posted websites and allows users to search, store and record job listings. Vault is an in-depth resource for exploring potential companies and industries. All publically traded companies will be listed on Vault.

The Veterans Career Program tab, http://www.depts.ttu.edu/careercenter/students/vetprogram.php is exclusively for Texas Tech students and alumni who have graciously served our county. Within this tab, there is a Vet Check List, along with links to guide veterans through their college experience and career choice.

The Raider Mentor Network tab, http://www.depts.ttu.edu/careercenter/students/raidermentornetwork.php will help students learn how mentors can assist them with career and education related questions. Texas Tech Alumni serve as mentors and are vetted and verified before being listed on the website. This is a good way for students to find shadowing and informational interview opportunities as well as build networking skills.

The Credentials tab, http://www.depts.ttu.edu/careercenter/credentials/index.php can be used by students and alumni of all majors. A credential file is a packet of information, sent to prospective employers or graduate programs during a candidate's application process. Education majors have traditionally made use of these files to pursue teaching positions.

Please encourage your student to explore the UCC website. There is a wealth of information that can be gained by utilizing the services provided by the TTU Career Center. Remind your student to make an appointment and come in to meet a career counselor and discuss their unique needs. UCC career counselors want to help your student succeed!

To Make an Appointment, Please Call 806-742-2210
View the campus map
Hours:
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Get your student's car ready for Spring Break travels!

Join Transportation and Parking Services Wednesday, March 8 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the C16 parking lot in the northwest corner of Commuter West for the Free Car Clinic! Professional mechanics from Scott's Complete Car Care will look over vehicles and alert drivers to any issues they see and top off fluids. Attendees receive free food, drinks, and prizes. See http://www.facebook.com/TTUParking for more information.

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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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America Saves Week continues through March 2nd

Red to Black Peer Financial Coaching offers financial coaching for all Texas Tech Students. We are available to assist students in creating a budget, setting savings goals, making financial aid dollars last, and so much more.

We are, once again, partnering with America Saves to celebrate America Saves Week! America Saves is a national campaign involving more than 1,000 non-profit, government, and corporate groups that encourages individuals and families to save money and build personal wealth. We have many activities planned for your student such as making savings pledges, winning prizes, decorating piggy banks, and learning how to use a tax refund to reach savings goals and about the importance of paying yourself first. We will be in the Student Union Building Courtyard right across from Copy Mail from 11 am to 2 pm on February 27 to March 2. Please encourage your student to come visit us! For all the details about the week's events, please visit our website at www.r2b.ttu.edu.

Contact Red to Black at redtoblack@ttu.edu, 806-742-9781, or visit our website for more information about our program! 

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Student Business Services important dates and deadlines

March 25, Saturday
Budget/Emergency Payment Plan due date – Required payment must be received by the due date or the account will incur late fees

March 29, Wednesday
Last day for student-initiated drop on MyTech with academic penalty (counts against drop limit). All drops are the responsibility of the student.

For more information, please visit Student Business Services at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/studentbusinessservices/

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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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Spring 2017 Commencement schedule

Congratulations to all Red Raiders graduating in May, and to the parents and family members who supported them!  Please visit http://www.depts.ttu.edu/provost/commencement/ for the complete Commencement schedule, information about guests and seating, as well as how to purchase invitations and regalia. 

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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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Spring Break residence hall policies

We hope your Red Raider has a safe and fun Spring Break wherever he or she is travelling.  If your student lives on campus, please visit this page to review housing policies during Spring Break: https://www.depts.ttu.edu/housing/springbreak.php.   Students staying on campus will need to complete a Spring Break access form located on that page (eRaider login required).  Students should also be aware that hall staff will be entering rooms during Spring Break.

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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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This month's academic and event calendar

March 10, Friday
Last day for most dining locations until after spring vacation (hospitality.ttu.edu).

March 11 – 19, Saturday – Sunday
Spring vacation. Student holiday only; university employees on duty except for holiday on Friday, March 17.

March 20, Monday
Classes resume. Hospitality Services dining locations open for service (hospitality.ttu.edu).

March 22, 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 29, Wednesday
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 declare pass/fail intentions.

March 31, Friday
Last day for graduate degree candidates to defend theses/dissertations. Last day for master's non-thesis comprehensive examinations.

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 the chapter parents page.

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