Parent and Family Relations

Vol. 13  Issue 5                                                                 Parent and Family eNews - May 2014

In this issue...

General News and Important Dates

Texas Tech Parents Association

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

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 Family Weekend T-Shirt Contest deadline May 1st

Do you have a knack for graphic design?

Try designing the official 2014 Family Weekend t-shirt that will be worn by thousands!

T-shirt Design Contest Guidelines:

1. Design the shirt. Front only, back only, or front/back. The words “Family
Weekend” should be used.
2. Design must support Hispanic Heritage month.
3. Designs should be in one or two colors--we cannot print full color designs or
photographs. Please do not submit copyrighted material without permission.
4. Be sure to follow guidelines on the use of the Double T. Information on proper use can be found at:
5. Design may change depending on t-shirt color. T-shirt color will correspond with game day color (i.e. black out game, white out game, etc.).
6. Designs can come from students, faculty, staff, and alumni--any Texas Tech fan.
7. The criteria for judging are as follows: originality and the likelihood others will wear it on game day.
8. Create your design in graphics software (preferred format is pdf or jpg), or draw a detailed sketch. Include your name and contact information. Submissions can be emailed to or brought to the Parent and Family Relations office in 201Q Student Union Building (2nd floor). Deadline is Thursday, May 1st at 5:00 p.m.
9. Parents and family members will vote on the winner and the winning person will be notified in May.
10. The winner will receive four t-shirts and the joy of seeing thousands of people wearing his or her original design!
11. Sponsored by the Texas Tech Parents Association. Call 806-742-3630 or email if you have questions.

Good Luck!

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 Rec Center stress relief activities

Tests, papers and finals . . .these may be words you are frequently hearing from your student.  Please remind them that the Rec Center will be open to give them some positive forms of stress relief.  Besides all of our regular activities like playing basketball, lifting weights and climbing the wall, we have a special Yoga Rave on Dead Day—Wednesday, May 7 at 5:30 pm.  It’s a party and yoga or yoga and a party . . .it’s fun. 

And massage therapy appointments will be held throughout May.  Gift certificates can be purchased by call (806) 742-3828.  Cost is $40 per hour or $25 per half hour.

If your student is staying in Lubbock for the summer—here is some need to know info.  Students who register for classes will pay the Rec fee and have access to the SRC/Leisure Pool facilities and programs.  If your student is in Lubbock but not attending classes, (s) he can pay this same fee in the Rec Sports Office to be able to use the SRC/Leisure pool and programs.

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 Rest and Relaxation event hosted by TAB

Finals are coming up quickly and your student might need a time to rest and relax. What better way than at the Rest and Relaxation Night!

Tuesday, May 6th
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
SUB Matador Room

Students can enjoy free snack, massages, coloring pages, and free test supplies!


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 Currently hiring at the aquatic center and leisure pool!

The Aquatic Center and Leisure Pool are currently hiring and training lifeguards and swim instructors. No prior experience is required and it’s a great summer position for anyone on campus. Advancement opportunities are available should anyone decide to continue.

All interested candidates can contact Kelly Davis for any further information at or 806-742-1339 (Leisure Pool), 806-742-3896 (Aquatic Center).


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 Parent and Family Pulse Poll for May

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 your student's summer plans:

This poll will be open through the month of May. Results will be posted at in June.

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 Parent and Family Relations thanks Raider Road Show Volunteers

Parent & Family Relations wishes to thank all of the TTPA Parent Ambassadors who assisted with the Raider Roadshow in El Paso.

Thank you for your hard work that made parents feel welcomed and excited about Texas Tech!


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 Strive for Honor week events

You’ve sung the words everywhere from Orientation to Convocation to football games – now it’s time to find out what Strive for Honor really means!

Strive for Honor Week kicks off on Friday, April 25th during the Arbor Day festivities. Come learn more about academic integrity, the Texas Tech ethical principles, and what it means to be a Red Raider who Strives for Honor!

Throughout the week of April 28 through May 2, you’ll have opportunities to share stories of how you Strive for Honor both inside and outside the classroom and pick up a free t-shirt* to share the message of Strive for Honor around campus.

Keep an eye out for the Strive for Honor letters that are all over campus next week and share your photos on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Don’t forget to use #striveforhonor for your chance to win a prize!

The Strive for Honor letters can be found at:

Monday: SUB Free Speech Plaza
Tuesday: Engineering Key
Wednesday: Campus Broadway Entrance
Thursday: Urbanovsky Park
Friday: Rawls College of Business
*while supplies last

Visit to find:

• The Strive for Honor Week schedule
• The Ethical Principles
• Ways to Get Social! and be part of the campaign


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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 2014!

The wait is over and we have set the date for Family Weekend 2014!

Mark your calendars for October 10-11, 2014 when Texas Tech takes on West Virginia. Registration and football ticket ordering information will be posted at later this summer. 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, Thursday – Wednesday

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

May 1, 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 2, Friday

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

May 5, Monday

  • Raiderlink available for grading (degree candidate grades due at noon May 14).

May 6, Tuesday

  • Last day of classes.

May 7, Wednesday

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

May 8 – 13, Thursday – Saturday / Monday – Tuesday

  • Final examinations.
  • Tuesday, May 13 – Spring semester ends.

May 14, Wednesday

  • Last day for most dining locations (
  • 10 a.m., residence halls close. Degree candidates may occupy residence hall rooms until 10 a.m. Saturday, May 17.
  • Noon, grades due for graduating students via Raiderlink.

May 16 – 17, Friday – Saturday

May 19, Monday

  • Noon, Final grades due via Raiderlink.

May 27, Tuesday

  • 95% payment of mandatory tuition and fees or enrollment in a payment plan due for Summer I. Registrations after this date require immediate payment or enrollment in a payment plan.


For the complete 2013-2014 Academic Calendar, please visit

For the Texas Tech event calendar, please CLICK HERE.


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 Road Raiders: Have peace of mind when your student travels home for the summer

The Texas Tech Parents Association is here to help all Texas Tech students while they are traveling with the Road Raiders Safe Travel Network. Road Raiders are Tech Parents members who can help if your student needs directions, a rest stop, or help with car trouble while traveling.

The Road Raiders list is available for students online. They can search by city from a wireless phone or computer at .

Drive Safely. Stay Alert. Be Prepared.

For more information, visit


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 Looking for more 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 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 community calendar of events.

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 Residence hall move out information

Do you need information regarding spring move-out? Visit for more information, tips, and reminders for parents.

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 Academic Test Services for incoming students

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 Media & Communication may need this exam in order to enroll in some 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 TSI exam to fulfill the TSI requirement. The TSI exam is computer-based and available in Academic Testing Services located in 214 West Hall. (Fees apply)
For a complete list of all of ATS services, visit our website at .

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 Residential Tutoring Program

Have your student start the semester right by taking advantage of The Residential Tutoring Program. This is designed to provide academic services for students living in the residence halls at Texas Tech University. Residential Tutoring is a completely free service provided for all on-campus students during convenient hours and close to home.

Subjects Offered:

Chemistry (1307 and 1308)
Math (1351 and 1352)
Writing (in any subject area)
Political Science (1301)
History (2300 and 2301)
Biology (1403)
Physics (1403 and 1408)

For more information regarding location and scheduled please visit .


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 FREE Tutoring for your Tech student at the Learning Center

If your freshman or sophomore student is experiencing difficulties with spring classes, FREE tutoring is available.

The Learning Center provides FREE tutoring to any enrolled TTU student. No appointment necessary! Download the tutoring schedule from their website:

Online Tutoring is also available Mondays through Thursdays from 7:30-10pm

Hours of Operation: Monday through Thursday 8am-8pm, Fridays 8am-5pm. Tutoring begins at 9am daily.

Call The Learning Center at 806-742-3664 for questions.


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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

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 to see all of the coverage options available or call (866) 572-1617.

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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, CLICK HERE.

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 Encourage your student to research internships or post-graduation jobs

If your student is a junior or senior, he or she may need encouragement to start investigating summer internships or post-graduation jobs. The Career Center at Texas Tech can help with resume critiques, mock interviews, and job and internship searches. Visit to learn more about how the Career Center can help your student.

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 Spring Commencement schedule and information

If your student is graduating in May, congratulations! Below is the Spring Commencement schedule for Texas Tech University.

PLEASE NOTE: The colleges are listed below in alphabetical order and NOT necessarily in the order in which they will be recognized.

Friday, May 16, 2014

3:00 p.m. Art & Sciences
7:00 p.m. Graduate School

Saturday, May 17, 2014

9:00 a.m.
Business Administration
Media and Communication
Honors College (EVHM and HAL Majors Only)
Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources
University Programs
Wind Energy

1:30 p.m.
Human Sciences
Visual & Performing Arts

Law School (Saturday, May 17, 2014)
3:30 p.m. Reception in the Law School
6:00 p.m. Ceremony in the United Spirit Arena

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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