Parent and Family Relations

Vol. 10  Issue 11                                               Parent and Family eNews November 2011

In this issue...

News and Important Dates

Academic Information

Student employment and scholarship opportunities

Extracurricular Activities

Texas Tech Parents Association


 University Parking Services launches safety campaign

Make sure your student is aware of the safety campaign happening on campus the first week of November.

Campaign Dates: November 2-9th

With events from simulator demonstrations, to presentations, and even a mock-tail party, this safety campaign focuses on issues from distracted driving to auto theft to obeying traffic laws as a cyclists and/or pedestrian. The goal of these events is to educate about the dangers distractions introduce to traffic safety and to encourage safe practices where all will reap the benefits of safer walk and roadways.

Get involved HERE

See the Letters of Support from Representatives Smithee and Frullo HERE

Read More about the Safety Program


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 Don't Let Your Student Get Stranded During Thanksgiving: Road Raiders Can Help

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 (eraider login required to access the site). A complete list is also available for download and printing at

Drive Safely. Stay Alert. Be Prepared.

For more information, call 806-742-3630 or visit


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 Design the Parent and Family Relations car window decal!

Parent and Family Relations is sponsoring a car window decal (a sticker you could affix to a car window) design contest. This decal will be distributed to all parent and family members during Red Raider Orientation.

Design your decal in graphics software (preferred) or draw a detailed sketch. Include your name and contact info. Submissions can be sent via email to or dropped off at Parent and Family Relations in 201Q Student Union (2nd floor of the SUB). Include your name and contact information.

Design criteria: colors must be red, black, and/or white, size must be 2”x 6.5”, and the words “Red Raider Family” are the only words to be used.

If you use the Double T logo, be sure to follow guidelines on the use of the Double T. Information on proper use can be found at:

Submission deadline is Friday, November 18, 2011 at noon.

Winners will be notified after November 29, 2011. The prize is a Double T wall poster and other goodies.

Call 806-742-3630 or email for more information.


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 Office of International Affairs to host International Weeks Festival

The Office of International Affairs is hosting International Weeks Festival, November 1st to November 15th. For more information and the complete schedule of exciting and educational events for your student, visit


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 Student Legal Services offers FREE legal services to Texas Tech students

Student Legal Services offers currently enrolled students free legal consultations and in some cases, limited representation. Our three licensed attorneys practicing family law, estate planning, landlord/tenant, criminal defense, business, contracts, and other miscellaneous areas. We also offer free notary services. Student Legal Services is open from 8:00 – 5:00, Monday through Friday, but closed 12:00 – 1:00 for lunch. We are located in the Student Union Building, above Barnes and Noble, in Room 307. Please visit our website, for more information, and call us at 742-3289 for an appointment.

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 52nd Annual Carol of Lights scheduled for December 3rd

With the flip of a switch, more than 25,000 red, white and orange lights illuminate the Texas Tech campus during the annual Carol of Lights.

The 52nd Annual Carol of Lights will be held on Saturday, December 3rd, 2011. The Carillon concert will begin at 6:15 p.m. followed by the outdoor ceremony at 7:00 p.m.


Approximately 20,000 Tech students and local residents attend the annual event, which is sponsored by the Texas Tech Residence Halls Association. The Carol of lights is one of Texas Tech's largest and oldest traditions. The event brings together both the Texas Tech and Lubbock communities during its ceremonies.

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 Order your 2011 Official Texas Tech Ornament

For 40 years, Raider Red has been a proud member of the Red Raider family and served as one of the university’s most recognized traditions. The 2011 Official Texas Tech Ornament was designed to commemorate the 40th birthday of Raider Red. These handcrafted keepsakes make the perfect gift and add a touch of Texas Tech spirit to any home, so pre-order yours today. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each ornament goes toward scholarships.

Order yours today at or by calling (806) 742-2121. Ornaments from previous years may still be ordered.

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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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 November 2011 academic and event calendar

November 1, Tuesday
Applicable Payment Plan due date – Required payment must be received by the due date or the account will incur late fees.

November 3, Thursday
First day of spring semester advance registration for currently enrolled students (continues through November 20).

November 4, Friday
Last day for graduate degree candidates to submit to the Graduate School the final draft of thesis/dissertation.

November 5, Saturday
Texas Tech Football at Texas

November 11, Friday
Last day for master’s non-thesis comprehensive examinations.

November 12, Saturday
Texas Tech Football vs. Oklahoma State

November 18, Friday
Last day to remove grades of I, PR, or CR in the Graduate School. This does not apply to the PR/CR received on a previous thesis or dissertation enrollment. Last day for master’s candidates to submit comprehensive examination reports. Official reports due to Graduate School on results of final comprehensive exams and Interdisciplinary Portfolio for the master’s degree (non-thesis students).

November 19, Saturday
Texas Tech Football at Missouri

November 20, Sunday
Last day of advance registration.

November 21, Monday
Open registration begins. Last day to transfer between colleges.

November 23, Wednesday
8:30 a.m., Tech Parents Thanksgiving Bus Trips depart Lubbock

November 23 – 27, Wednesday – Sunday
Thanksgiving holiday. No meals available at any Hospitality Services location.

November 26, Saturday
Texas Tech Football vs. Baylor (Arlington, Texas)

November 27, Sunday
8:00 a.m., Tech Parents Thanksgiving Bus Trips return to Lubbock

November 28, Monday
Classes resume. Last day for graduate degree candidates to submit to the Graduate School final corrected PDF copy of thesis/dissertation.

For the complete 2011-2012 Academic Calendar, please visit

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 Advance Registration for Spring 2012 begins November 3rd

Spring 2012 MyTech Registration
General Information

Only students currently enrolled for the fall 2011 semester may participate in advance registration November 3-20. Graduate School students may register anytime beginning November 3.

Students will register according to classification. Students will not be permitted to register prior to their assigned date. Registration materials will be distributed through the student's major department. Each student should see an advisor before attempting to register.

To ensure reasonable spacing of final exams, students should consider the final examination schedule while planning their registration.

On their assigned day, students can register on MyTech or in their academic departments. Classifications for registration are based on hours completed at the end of the summer 2011 semester (90 or more hours, senior; 60-89 hours, junior; 30-59 hours, sophomore; 0-29 hours, freshman). Students reach MyTech with their eRaider login information at

If a student's TSI scores indicate a need to enroll in TSI remediation, the student must visit the TSI Skills Development Office (72 Holden Hall, 806 742-3242) before registration.

Advance Registration Schedule (Currently Enrolled Students Only)

Graduates: Thursday, November 3, 2011

Seniors and Second Undergraduate Degree Students: Friday, November 4, 2011 through
Monday, November 7, 2011

Juniors: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 through Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Sophomores: Thursday, November 10, 2011 through Monday, November 14, 2011

Freshmen: Tuesday, November 15, 2011 through Thursday, November 17, 2011 All

Open Registration: Monday, November 21, 2011

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 Student Disability Services offers seminars for student success

Is your student having difficulty with writing, test-taking, or time management? Student Disability Services offers seminars to help students with these issues. The seminars are open to all Texas Tech students free of charge.

Study Skills Revisited
With the end of the semester drawing near, do you find your study skills lacking? If you need a little boost, come to this seminar and learn how to study smarter, not longer. After all, knowing HOW to study is as important as knowing WHAT to study.
November 1, November 2, or November 3

Test Taking Revisited
Didn’t do as well on your exams as you hoped this semester? Want to improve your test taking skills before your finals? This seminar will examine strategies and tips to help you improve your exam scores. If possible, bring a test you have taken earlier this semester.
November 8, November 9, or November 10

Writing Revisited
Revision is more than simply adding a few words. Attend this seminar to learn strategies for restructuring, reworking, editing, proofreading, and adding those “finishing touches” to your essays. Bring a copy of an essay you’re working on for hands-on revision activities.
November 15, November 16, or November 17

All seminars are held from 3:00-4:00 p.m. in 246 West Hall. Choose the date that works best for your schedule.

For more information, visit Student Disability Services at


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 Food, family, and finals

Food is missing from the pantry, the car is low on gas, and there’s a strange rumbling noise coming from behind the bedroom door. Either you are in the plot of a bad suspense movie, or your student is home for the long Thanksgiving weekend. Did you realize it was possible for a human being to eat and sleep that much? It may help if you consider these activities as conditioning for the coming few weeks at school.

The semester is just about over. To put time in perspective, after Thanksgiving, students will have only about two weeks of courses left before finals begin. The days are moving quickly. Let us provide you with a few key dates and a review sheet of your own. Perhaps you can interject a few of these dates and reminders during the 30 minutes or so of daylight consciousness your student exhibits.

November 20 – Open registration begins for Spring 2012. Students who did not register during Advance Registration are now eligible to register for Spring 2012 classes. Some departments and colleges require that students meet with their academic advisor prior to registration. Has your student registered yet?

December 7 -- Last day of classes. Students might confirm when and where their finals for each class will be. The exam schedule is also available on the Raiderlink website at We’ve also created a link at if you would like to view the schedule.

December 8 -- Study day. Students should prioritize their studying and remember to use good study techniques. You might want to suggest your student talk with professors or instructors, especially if your student is struggling.

December 9-14 – Final exams. Did you know that if students have three or more finals per day, they can ask their instructor about taking the final with another section the instructor teaches? The instructors are not required to make special arrangements for students, but many will. There is no university policy that provides relief to students who have three examinations scheduled the same day. In that situation, students may seek the assistance of the course instructors, department chair, and/or dean of the college.

And a note --The library will be open 24/7 during finals. Students can reserve a room for a group study session, use big computer screens for class projects or just sequester themselves in a study room for some quiet time. If your students need to leave the library at night, a security escort is available to them by picking up one of the Blue Light Phones or by calling 742-NITE (6483) or 742-RIDE (7433).

So as you follow the trail of crumbs to the bedroom door that hasn’t opened in half a day, keep in mind that the hibernating eating machine under the covers is actually preparing for the rather intense three or four weeks left in the semester. Your support, encouragement, open pantry, and gentle reminders will help your student finish the semester smoothly. And you will have a few weeks to restock the refrigerator. Christmas Break lasts much longer!

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At Texas Tech, your student is just a text away from a librarian! Please share this information with your student:


Not at the library, and your internet access is down—but you still have some work to do, some research to finish? Did you know you can text your questions to a librarian? It’s true!

Simply text your questions to 66746, begin your text with keyword “ttulib,” and then type your question.

A friendly TTU Librarian will respond as soon as possible, and the answer will be sent directly to your mobile phone, free of charge. Text message charges may apply, depending on your mobile service plan.

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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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 Techniques Center is hiring tutors for the spring semester

Below is information regarding a tutoring opportunity for Texas Tech students in the spring semester:


Be a tutor in the TECHniques Center

The Techniques Center is looking for tutors for the Spring Semester. Apply at Click on tutor application on the left hand side.

Undergraduates earn $9.00 an hour

40 credit hours earned
& GPA of 3.0 or higher
Must be available January 17th and 18th for training.


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 Need scholarships for 2012-2013?

Students may apply now for 2012-2013 Texas Tech University scholarships on our website at Just click “How to Apply” and choose the “Current Student Scholarship Application”. This application will get you considered for academic and need based scholarships- but wait! Your college or department is probably using this application too! Maximize your scholarship opportunities by completing the Current Student Scholarship Application. Deadline February 1!


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 Jazz musician T. S. Monk to perform in Presdential Lecture and Performance Series


Son of the jazz legend Thelonious Monk, T.S. has been described as the true heir apparent to his father and has been hailed by critics and the public alike. Rave reviews in the Hollywood Reporter, Variety, and the L.A. Times echo the sentiment of the sold out concerts across the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. Monk received the New York Jazz Awards First Annual “Recording of the Year” award and Downbeat’s prestigious 63rd annual Album of the Year Reader’s Choice Award for “Monk On Monk,” an 80th birthday anniversary tribute album to his father.

There will be an opportunity to meet Monk at a CD signing immediately following the concert.

General Admission tickets are $15.00 and are available through all Select-A-Seat locations (806) 770-2000. TTU Students receive 1 free ticket with valid ID at the Student Union Building information booth located at the entrance to the Allen Theatre on the campus of Texas Tech University.

For more information: or 806.742.0700.



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 Texas Tech's Rec Center offers massages and more

A massage can be a great mental, emotional or physical stress reliever. The Student Rec Center’s Fit/Well offers convenient massages to students at a very reasonable price. Licensed massage therapists can deliver Swedish, Deep Tissue, Hot Stone and Trigger Point. Call 806 742-3828 to purchase a massage gift certificate for your son or daughter and we will mail it to them. Hour massages are $40 and ½ hour are $25. Hot stone (1 hour) are $50.

As daylight decreases, many students move their physical activity into the Rec Center. Personal Trainers are available to help students achieve their goals. 3 sessions are $54; 5 sessions are $90 and 8 sessions are $140. Larger packages as well as gift certificates are also available.

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 Student Union and Activities calendar for November

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 for November.


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 Tech Parents needed to serve on scholarship committee

Help Texas Tech Students By Serving On The Tech Parents Scholarship Committee
Tech Parents members are needed to serve on the Tech Parents Scholarship Committee. The Scholarship Committee meets on campus in the spring to select recipients for the Texas Tech Parents Association scholarships. This is a great way to volunteer your time to help worthy Texas Tech students and their families. If you are interested in serving, please contact the Tech Parents Scholarship Committee Chairman, Don Peterson, at Details about the Scholarship Committee meeting will be sent to all those interested in serving.


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 Information for Thanksgiving Bus Trip participants


Thanksgiving bus trips to Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin/San Antonio, Houston, and El Paso have all sold out.  Thank you to all of those who are participating. For those who are registered, please click the following link for departure/arrival times, locations, and other info. needed for participants and their families.  Use this page as your source for updated info.,


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