Parent and Family Relations

Vol. 10  Issue 5                                                Parent and Family eNews May, 2011

In this issue...

News and Important Dates

Academic Information

Extracurricular Activities

Texas Tech Parents Association


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 Texas Tech University's severe weather guidelines

Texas Tech Severe Weather Guidelines -- please share with your student:

In West Texas, severe weather can develop and dissipate rapidly. If severe weather threatens, be alert to changing weather conditions.

 Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or local media newscasts for the latest information.
 Look for approaching storms and the following danger signs:
 Dark, often greenish sky
 Large hail
 A large, dark, low-lying cloud (particularly if rotating)
 Loud roar, similar to a freight train.

If Lubbock County is under a severe thunderstorm watch or warning, or if you see approaching storms or any of the danger signs, be prepared to take shelter immediately.

If a tornado warning is issued for Lubbock County, this means a tornado has been reported or is indicated as possible by Doppler radar. Do not wait, seek shelter immediately.

If you are in:

A structure (e.g. residence hall, classroom, apartment building, house, etc)
Go to a pre-designated shelter area such as a safe room, basement, storm cellar or the lowest building level. If there is no basement, go to the center of an interior room on the lowest level (closet, interior hallway) away from corners, windows, doors and outside walls. Put as many walls as possible between you and the outside. Get under a sturdy table and use your arms to protect your head and neck. Do not open windows.

A vehicle, trailer, or mobile home
Get out immediately and go to the lowest floor of a sturdy, nearby building or a storm shelter. Mobile homes, even if tied down, offer little protection from tornadoes. Never try to outrun a tornado in urban or congested areas in a car or truck. Instead, leave the vehicle immediately for safe shelter.

The outside with no shelter
Lie flat in a nearby ditch or depression and cover your head with your hands. Be aware of the potential for flooding. Do not get under an overpass or bridge. You are safer in a low, flat location. Watch out for flying debris. Flying debris from tornadoes causes most fatalities and injuries.

If you are on campus, listen for the activation of the outdoor siren system. Sirens are used for outdoor notification in the event the National Weather Service indicates an immediate threat to the Lubbock campus. The siren system was upgraded in 2010 to include two new sirens that can be heard to an approximate radius of 4400 feet. Siren locations:
 Student Recreation Center
 Drane Hall
 Chemistry Building
 CHACP II (Central Heating and Air Conditioning Plant)
 Industrial Engineering Building

Facets of the university's multiple, redundant emergency notification methods include:

Updates to the following Web sites: is the online Emergency Communications Center to inform the Texas Tech University community about what to do in advance of, during and after an emergency
 Other online resources for emergency news are the university home page and Texas Tech Today, in addition to our social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter.
Updates via local media:
 The university has established protocols to use local media to help inform the public.

TechAlert! is a mass notification system that simultaneously sends email, text and voice messages to alert the university community of emergency situations or class cancellations or delays.
 More than 17,000 students, faculty and staff have opted in to receive text message alerts.
 As of the last TechAlert! message, more than 40,600 voice and 35,400 email messages were sent.

If you have not already done so this semester, update cell phone, home phone or text message information at Up to four phone numbers can be entered, with TTY/TDD for hearing impaired and text messaging options.

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 Texas Tech University hosts May Commencement Friday, May 13th and Saturday, May 14th

Parent and Family Relations and the Texas Tech Parents Association would like to congratulate all of Texas Tech's May graduates! Congratulations, also, to the parents and family members of these students. Below is the May Commencement schedule:

Friday, May 13, 2011 - United Spirit Arena
4:00 p.m. Art & Sciences
7:00 p.m. Graduate School

Saturday, May 14, 2011 - United Spirit Arena
9:00 a.m. Engineering, Education, Human Sciences, Visual & Performing Arts, Architecture
1:30 p.m. Mass Communications, Agriculture, Honors (NHH and HAL Majors ONLY), University College, Business Administration

6:00 p.m. Law School Hooding Ceremony

Immediately following the Law School Hooding, a reception will be held in the Merket Alumni Center.

For more information, please visit Texas Tech University's Commencement web site:


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 Texas Tech parent shares Road Raiders success story

Thank you to Judy and Chris Brown for sharing this story and especially to Denise and Terrry Green for being great Road Raiders!

Just wanted to pass along a great Texas Tech Road Raider success story.

On Sunday night March 20th my son, Robert and his roommate were heading back to Lubbock after a spring break week at home in Waco, when about 8 miles past Abilene his roommates car broke down. My son called me and I immediately thought of the Road Raider network. While Scott's parents called AAA to take care of the car, I got on the computer and looked up the Road Raiders in Abilene, and that is where I found the number for Denise and Terry Green.

Their daughter is a freshman at Tech. It was approximately 10:45 pm when I called not really knowing what I was going to ask for, I just knew I needed someone familiar with the area to talk to for a hotel recommendation, transportation information, etc: Terry and Denise were so helpful, they got up and headed to where the car was broke down, but the AAA got there first, so then they turned around and headed to the repair shop where the car was being taken. They picked the boys up and took them back to their house to spend the night. The next morning Denise called in to work and stayed with the boys until the car was ready and then she drove them back to the repair shop and dropped them off so they could get on the road back to school.

When I signed up for Road Raiders I wondered if anybody every really used it, well I can now say, yes they do, and what a Godsend! I know that we would have figured something out that night, but with the help and kindness of the Green's looking out for the Texas Tech family my worries were quickly put to rest. I hope that there is some way the University can acknowledge the Greens for their selfless generosity.

Judy & Chris Brown


Have a Road Raiders success story you would like to share? Send it to

Road Raiders are Tech Parents members who have volunteered to help Texas Tech students while they are traveling. Students can search by city at (eRaider login required) or print off a pdf copy to keep in their vehicle.

Tech Parents members can become Road Raiders by making checking the box next to Road Raiders in their membership profile. You can log in at and edit your profile to become a Road Raider.


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 Parent testimonial: Because I said so

The other day, I saw a sign that read, "I'm the Queen--my pantyhose said so!" I had to chuckle at its humor but also at the fact that sometimes "because I said so" is the only explanation needed. Of course, I am talking about parenting--that seemingly never-ending job we all love so much. If you are reading this, I am assuming you have a student, at Texas Tech University. I also have three other grown children: two married daughters and one boomerang son who still has not found a job after graduating last May. In rearing these four kids, I have said "because I said so" or "because I'm the mom and you aren't" more times than I can count, much to my kids' displeasure. "Because I said so" is the basis of my parenting style, one that I will explain a little more.

Perhaps you are wondering why I am writing this article. My freshman at Texas Tech was taken to the hospital one Saturday night with possible alcohol poisoning. My husband was notified the following Monday by the Student Affairs Office, and I flew to Lubbock that evening. The next morning I met with senior administrator Denise K. Tijerina and had a long conversation with her in which she informed me of Texas Tech's policies. I, in turn, informed her of our family's values and the rules we follow.

To continue reading, click HERE.

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 Texas Tech holiday card contest: your student could win $500 or $1000

The holiday season is starting early this year with a chance to win a $500 or $1,000 scholarship! The Office of the President is looking for the next design of the official Texas Tech University Holiday Card and Holiday Open House invite. The first place winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship and their design will be used for the official holiday card. The second place winner will receive a $500 scholarship and their design will be used as the electronic invite to the Holiday Open House.

Any Texas Tech student in good academic and judicial standing may submit artwork (limited to one entry per person).

Artwork may not make reference to specific religious holidays and should not contain images related to specific holidays. Past cards have depicted winter scenes, general illustrations and campus photography. The contest is to determine artwork only; words or copy are not to be included in final submissions.

Designs must be submitted by May 27, 2011 at 5:00 p.m.

For rules, regulations and an entry form, please visit


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 Outdoor Pursuits offers Red Raider Adventures for students attending Red Raider Orientation this summer

For New Tech Parents who are getting ready to send their students to Red Raider Orientation:

The Outdoor Pursuits Center offers a wilderness orientation program for your student in conjunction with Red Raider Orientation. This program is specifically designed to give your student a memorable first experience in their transition to college life, and to learn more about what they can expect as a Red Raider!

For more information or to register visit:


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 Is your student graduating in 2011 and needing a little help with what's next?

Tell your student about Career 911: a one day crash course in finding a job

Tuesday, May 17
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
University Career Services

Mock interviews and networking with local employers

Job Search Strategies

Career Assessments

Resume Suggestions

RSVP by Tuesday, May 10
or 742-2210

Companies to date conducting mock interviews at the event:

United Supermarkets
US Marines
VXI Global Systems
Shearer's Foods
Ramar Communication
KTXT Public Television
Wells Fargo

.For more information, visit

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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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 May 2011 academic and event calendar

May 3, Tuesday
Last day of classes.

May 4, Wednesday
Individual study day.

May 5 - 10, Thursday - Saturday / Monday - Tuesday
Final examinations.

Tuesday, May 10 -
Spring semester ends.

May 11, Wednesday
Last meal (breakfast) served in residence halls.
10 a.m., residence halls close. Degree candidates may occupy residence hall rooms until 10 a.m. Saturday, May 14.
Noon, grades due for graduating students via Raiderlink.

May 13, Friday
Commencement. (United Spirit Arena)
4:00 p.m. - Arts and Sciences
7:00 p.m. - Graduate School

May 14, Saturday
Commencement. (United Spirit Arena)
9:00 a.m. - Architecture, Education, Engineering, Human Sciences, University Studies, Visual and Performing Arts
1:30 p.m. - Agriculture, Business, Honors (NHH and HAL majors ONLY), Mass Communications, University College

May 16, Monday
5 p.m., final grades due via Raiderlink

For the complete 2010-2011 Academic Calendar, please visit

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 Testing...who needs it? Your student!

Academic Testing Services can help you meet your testing needs!

With summer just around the corner, testing is normally the last thing on your student's mind. Summer however, is the ideal time for testing. Students have more free time to prepare for testing during summer months, keeping the information fresh on their minds. Understanding testing requirements and options are beneficial at all stages of your student's academic career, but they can be especially important if you are the parent of an incoming freshman.
Prior to Red Raider Orientation, you will want to understand state testing requirements (TSI), placement exams and additional testing options that may impact your student.

Credit by Exam:
Credit by examination is an option for students to earn college credit for knowledge they've already acquired. If your student took AP or IB courses in high school, Texas Tech awards credit for many of these courses. If your student took other advanced studies or missed their AP or IB exams, CLEP testing may be an option for your student to prove their proficiency and earn college credit. CLEP exams are available in a variety of subjects. For a complete list, view the credit table at Testing times are available during Red Raider Orientation and throughout the year in Academic Testing Services located in 214 West Hall. (Fees apply to CLEP)

Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation (GSP):
Students enrolling in the College of Mass Communications will need this exam in order to enroll in upper level classes. Testing times are available during Red Raider Orientation and throughout the year in Academic Testing Services located in 214 West Hall. (Fees apply)

TSI Compliance:
If your student has been notified by the Registrar that they are not TSI compliant, Texas Tech offers the Accuplacer and the THEA exams to fulfill the TSI requirement. The Accuplacer exam is computer-based and available in Academic Testing Services located in 214 West Hall. (Fees apply)

THEA exams are paper-based and administered on standardized dates. Visit for more information.

For a complete list of all of ATS services, visit our website at


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 The Learning Center offers finals survival tips

No amount of last-minute cramming can help your student if he or she hasn't been studying all semester, but these tips from The Learning Center can help. The week before exams, students should already be reviewing and preparing for finals.

10 Tips on How to Survive Finals

1.Know WHEN and WHERE your finals will be
You would be surprised how many students miss their exams because they mix up their finals schedule.

2. PLAN your study time
 Use your time to your best advantage. Make a study chart. Designate specified amounts of time to each subject.

3. Break up study time according to subjects
 You can't concentrate on one subject for hours on end, so drop it and spend time on another subject. Return to the original subject with a fresh mind.

4. REWARD yourself
 For every hour of studying, give yourself a 10 minute break. It may help to set a reminder on your phone or use a timer.

5. Be good to YOURSELF
 Eat well, dress well, and sleep well. On study breaks, do whatever it is that you enjoy doing: read, work out, listen to music, meet friends for lunch, or walk your dog.

6. DON'T depend on study groups
 Designate plenty of independent study time.

7. Study what is IMPORTANT
 Use your syllabus, prior tests and your impressions of the professor/instructor to help you decide what will most likely be on the final.

8. ASK yourself questions
 Make up questions as you go. This will help you retain the information.

 You are most liable to forget what was taught at the beginning of the semester, so start with the most recent material and move backwards. This will give you a chance to study the earlier material just before the test.

10. RELAX for the half-hour or hour before the test
 Do ANYTHING to help you relax and take your mind off the test for a half-hour or so.


You can reach The Learning Center at 806-742-3664 or


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 Tech Activities Board schedule - May

The Tech Activities Board 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 for May.

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 Interested in serving on the Texas Tech Parents Association Board?

Being an officer on the Board is a great way to help plan programming for the Association. Board members collaborate with Parent & Family Relations staff and are required to meet in person as a group at least once a semester. More meetings may arise as necessary but could be handled on a teleconference or email basis. Much communication will occur via email. Those with strong organization and communication skills are encouraged to consider opportunities that exist on the Parents Association Board.

Click HERE to download the TTPA Board application.

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