Parent and Family Relations

Vol. 12  Issue 5                                    Parent and Family eNews - May 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


 Spring 2013 Enrollment Fair scheduled May 1st

The Spring 2013 Enrollment Fair will be held on Wednesday, May 1st, 12 noon to 3 pm, in the Student Union Building Ballroom. The purpose of this event is to help current students who did not register during advance registration enroll for the Summer and Fall 2013 semesters. Students will have the opportunity to meet with their academic advisor, speak with representatives from Student Business Services and Student Financial Aid, take care of any holds they may have, and learn more about academic resources available students. All current students are invited to attend this event.


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 The Fitness/Wellness Center offers stress-relieving massages

Papers, tests, FINALS! You may have heard some anxiety in your student’s voice in your last conversation. The licensed massage therapists of the Fitness/Wellness Center in the Student Rec Center are available for appointments through May 16. A massage is not just a physical relaxation but also a mental and emotional one that can help with the pre-test jitters and well as be a celebration of the completion of the semester. You can purchase a 1 hour massage gift certificate for $40 over the phone and we will deliver it to your student. We have appointments available from 8 am – 8 pm Monday through Thursday (until 7 pm on Fridays) and also during the weekend daytime hours. Our phone number is (806) 742-3828.

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 Parent and Family Relations thanks El Paso Raider Road Show Volunteers

Parent and Family Relations would like to thank the following El Paso area members of the Texas Tech Parents Association for helping us greet admitted and prospective Texas Tech Students at the Raider Road Show in El Paso on April 21st:

Pam and Rick Oakes
Adriana Laks
Sharlet and Chip Lynn
Carol Petry

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


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 President's Holiday Card Contest: your student can win a $1,000 scholarship!

Your student can win a $1,000 Texas Tech scholarship by designing the President's Holiday Card!

The Office of the President is looking for the next design of the official Texas Tech University Holiday Card and Holiday Open House invite. 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. Any Texas Tech student in good academic and judicial standing may submit artwork (limited to one entry per person).

For more information, visit


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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:

Make sure your student has his or her contact information updated in the TechAlert! system. Students can update their information here:


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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 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


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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

May 1 – May 7, Wednesday – Tuesday

  • Period of no examinations except for makeup exams or scheduled lab exams.

May 1, Wednesday

  • Last day for graduate degree candidates to submit to the Graduate School final corrected PDF copy of 

May 2, Thursday

  • Last day to withdraw from the university. Although withdrawal can be processed until this date, all tuition and fees related to the registration are due in full and no refunds will be issued.

May 3, Friday

  • Last day for undergraduate degree candidates to remove grades of I and PR.

May 6, Monday

  • Raiderlink available for grading (degree candidate grades due at noon May 15).

May 7, Tuesday

  • Last day of classes.

May 8, Wednesday

  • Individual study day.
  • Late night breakfast available for residents living on campus.

May 9 – 14, Thursday – Saturday / Monday – Tuesday

May 15, 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 18.
  • Noon, grades due for graduating students via Raiderlink.

May 17 – 18, Friday – Saturday

May 20, Monday

  • Noon, Final grades due via Raiderlink. 


For the complete 2012-2013 Academic Calendar, please visit

For the Texas Tech event calendar, please visit


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 The Learning Center offers finals survival tips

Finals will be here soon! Share these tips with your student:

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.

For more tips from the Learning Center, visit

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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

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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:

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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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