Parent and Family Relations

Vol. 12  Issue 10                                    Parent and Family eNews - October 2013

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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 Thanksgiving Bus Trip seats available

Does your student need a ride home for Thanksgiving? Parent and Family Relations is pleased to announce that Campus Connector will provide bus trips to assist Texas Tech students in traveling home for Thanksgiving 2013.

Destinations include: Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Austin, San Antonio, and El Paso. This trip is organized to help students travel home at a lower cost who might not otherwise be able to make it home for Thanksgiving.

The price varies by destination and seating is based on availability and is sold on a first come, first served basis. The registration link, full schedule, pickup/drop-off locations, and more information are available here.


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 Homecoming Week is October 7-12

Homecoming week boasts many fun and spirited activities including S.O. Sing, Bonfire/Pep Rally, Parade, and the Texas Tech vs. Iowa State football game. This year's theme is TECH LOVES THE ‘90s.

Schedule of events:

Homecoming Kick-off, 12:00 p.m. in the Student Union Building North Plaza

Scavenger Hunt, 4:00-6:00 p.m. in Memorial Circle

Spin Art Frisbee, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Student Union Building North Plaza

S.O. Sing (Student Organization Sing), 8:00-10:00 p.m., United Spirit Arena

Inflatable Twister, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Student Union Building North Plaza

Techsan Memorial, 5:30 p.m., Memorial Circle

Rowdy Raider Rally, 12:00 p.m., Student Union Building North Plaza

Homecoming March & Pep Rally/Bonfire
March begins at Band Parking Lot, 8:30 p.m.
Pep Rally & Bonfire, 9:00 p.m.**

Parade, 10:00 a.m.**, TTU Broadway Entrance

Texas Tech vs. Iowa State, TIME TO BE ANNOUNCED**, Jones AT&T Stadium

**Times subject to change in relation to kickoff time.

For more information regarding 2013 Homecoming Week events, please visit

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 Upcoming Events at the Rec Center

Does your student enjoy wellness, outdoor activities, and much more? What better place than for them to visit the Rec Center. Check out the upcoming events below and encourage your student to participate.

Yoga Rave
Sunday, October 6
8-9:15 pm
SRC Room 114

This fun class will expose students to yoga in a new light (well, black lights to be exact). Yoga is not only a great workout but is also known to reduce stress. There are over 15 free yoga classes each week in the Rec Center. Encourage your student to wear white and be a part of this fun event.

The OPC Trips Program offers many exciting trips and challenges. These trips are designed for a personal challenge, education and most of all – FUN. Our goal is to provide your student with a great adventure experience. They can register by visiting the Outdoor Pursuits Center, located just outside the North entrance of the Student Rec Center. Call (806) 742-2949 or email for more info.

Upcoming trips include:

• Angel Fire Mountain Bike Ride
Trip Date: October 11th - 13th
Early Registration: September 25th

We’re going to ride as the trees are changing colors!! We’ll be going to the fantastic mountains of Angel Fire, NM to take on trails both simple and challenging. Mountain biking enthusiasts and intermediates alike are encouraged to join us for this three-day trip to challenge themselves, meet fellow bikers, and enjoy a mountain bike experience. Fare includes lift tickets, OPC bike rental, and transportation.

• Wichita Rock Climbing
Trip Dates : October 18th – October 20th
Early Registration Deadline : October 2nd

The Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge is located over a fault line in the middle of the plains of Oklahoma. The climbing is granite slab and crack. If you have never climbed outside before, this is a great trip to have as a first experience. If you have climbed in the Wichita's before, we will be sure to set up some routes to give you a challenge.

The OPC Bike Shop- The OPC is home to a full service bike shop and can help get old bikes running like a dream again. Biking is the best way to quickly get around the large Texas Tech campus. Our bike shop is open 12-6 pm Monday through Friday. Our Bike Tech program is also open to any student who would like to come use our tools and space for free as well. You can find more info on the bike shop and the bike tech program by clicking here.

Many college students have a difficult time figuring out a fitness routine that meets their goals and busy time schedule. The Rec Center has certified Personal Trainers who will get your student moving in the right direction. Trainers can develop programs for general fitness, sport specific, weight loss or just getting to know how to use the equipment in the Rec Center. All of the information can be found HERE.


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 Get your tickets to the Tech vs. Baylor game


Your Texas Tech Red Raiders will once again take on the Baylor Bears in the Texas Farm Bureau Insurance Shootout at Cowboys AT&T Stadium in Arlington this fall. Tickets are on sale now for the game on Nov. 16 and you can purchase tickets by calling (806) 742-TECH or online HERE.

Ticket prices will remain the same as last year at $120 in the club level, $65 in the lower and upper corners and $40 in the upper deck. Special group pricing is also available for groups of 20 or more in the $65 and $40 seating areas. A discounted, upper level four-pack is also available for $120. Beginning Aug. 1, Texas Tech students can purchase two tickets (per student ID) for $30 each but must do so in person at the athletics ticket office located on the west side of Jones AT&T Stadium and present a valid TTU ID.

Fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets through the athletics ticket office so that revenues generated from those purchases will directly benefit Texas Tech. Additionally, fans have the ability to purchase advanced automobile parking by clicking HERE.
Texas Tech Ticket Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 am to 5 pm Temporarily located at the West Club entrance of Jones AT&T Stadium (806) 742-8324.

Texas Tech Alumni Association Pregame Event
3 Hours before kickoff

Grease Monkey
200 N. Mesquite St.
Arlington, TX
Free parking with a shuttle, good burgers, and beverages!
Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center
1501 Gaylord Trail I Grapevine, TX 76051

Please note: The NFL has implemented a new bag policy across all of their Stadium’s. Please take the time to review this information prior to this year's game.

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 Save the Date: Sibling Weekend February 21-22, 2014

Enjoy a weekend filled with fun, educational, and spirited events sure to get siblings of Texas Tech students excited about college and share in the traditions of Raiderland. Sibling Weekend invites Texas Tech students to spend time with their brothers or sisters in a weekend filled with great activities just for them. Siblings between the ages of 8 and 15 are invited to attend. Mark your calendars for the weekend of February 21-22, 2014.

Online registration and the full schedule will be avilable online at in the next few months.


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 Thank you to all who participated in Family Weekend 2013!

For those who participated in Family Weekend 2013, thank you for making it such a huge success. We hope you had a wonderful time visiting your student in Raiderland!

Parent and Family Relations would like to thank all of our wonderful Family Weekend Volunteers! A big Guns Up! to Amy DeFillipi, Judie Ritter, Debi Ransom, Dale Wolter, Debbie Haag, Tandy Sticklen, Gwen Sticklen, Lynn Matherly, Lisa Beason, Dolapo Omoloju, Sarah and Terry Brown, Davie Breig, Penny Moulder and Mr. Moulder, LaNell Henze, Elizabeth Villa-Blais, Mary Ann Potts, Kristi Sutterfield, Shannon and Glenn Bohny, Tenicia Barlty, John Robison, and David and Lisa McCaig. Thank you for all your help in making Family Weekend such a success!

Special thanks to the Texas Tech Parents Association, Robotics Team, Tech Artist Society, Saddle Tramps, Women's Service Organization, Red Raider Orientation Crew, Varsity Bookstore, Visit Lubbock, Texas Tech Spirit Program, Student Union Operations, Jon Mark Bernal, Dr. Sam Jackson, Animal Science/Livestock Arena staff, Jerry Cowen, University Parking Services, Parent of the Year Committee: Denise Tijernia, Stephanie Rhode, and Brandon Taylor, Texas Tech students: Veronica Verdugo, Traylor Moses, Peyton Craig, Luke Cotton, and Texas State SGA President Vanessa Cortez.

Congratulations to our Tuition Draw winners, Maria Barraza ($4,000) and Daryl Fisher ($2,000).

Family Weekend Photos are available for viewing at You can even purchase prints too!

Look for the Family Weekend 2014 date to be included in the Parent and Family eNewsletter in the Spring 2014 semester.

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 IT offers seminars for students on managing their online reputations

First impressions are no longer always made face-to-face with a handshake. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and other up-and-coming social media platforms have changed the way reputations are made and ruined. With literally billions of people on social media, sharing, tagging and tweeting, it is important for your student to be aware of their online reputation and to actively manage it. Topics for this workshop include why your online reputation matters, how to manage it and what we can learn from others who had to learn about online reputation management the hard way.

Registration details, course descriptions, and full schedule can be found online

Event Schedule

October 3rd 5:30 p.m.
October 9th 11:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
October 16th 1:00 p.m.
October 17th 4:00 p.m.
October 21st 2:00 p.m.
October 24th 5:30 p.m.
October 30th 5:30 p.m.


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 Texas Tech Ring Savings Program

The Texas Tech Alumni Association is proud to offer the Official Texas Tech Class Ring Savings Program, which allows students to save over time for the ultimate symbol of college success.

For more details please click HERE


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 2013-2014 Student Handbook now available

Students are expected to abide by policies and procedures in the Student Handbook. Please review the Student Handbook via this link:


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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

October 5, Saturday

  • Texas Tech Football at Kansas

October 12, Saturday

  • Texas Tech Football vs. Iowa State

October 18, Friday

  • Last day for graduate degree candidates to defend theses/dissertations.
  • Last day for master’s non-thesis comprehensive examinations.
  • Last day for graduate degree candidates to pay thesis-dissertation fee posted to Banner account.

October 19, Saturday

  • Texas Tech Football at West Virginia

October 21, Monday

  • 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.

October 26, Saturday

  • Texas Tech Football at Oklahoma

October 28, Monday

  • 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.


For the complete 2013-2014 Academic Calendar, please visit

For the Texas Tech event calendar, please 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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 Student Mailing Information

Do you need to mail your student a letter or care package? We got you covered!

Mail is delivered directly to each residence hall or complex and posted in their mailboxes. The box number corresponds with the room or apartment number in each hall or complex.

Visit University Housing's website for complete details about how mail should be addressed



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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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 AlcoholEdu for College

The deadline for part two of AlcoholEdu® for College is fast approaching. Please encourage your student to log onto using their eraider and complete the course. There is a 45 day delay between part one and part two of the course.

We know that your student’s ability to learn and strive for honor is enhanced when they are part of a safe and healthy community. Part of creating such a community is providing campus-wide approaches to health by using tools such as AlcoholEdu® for College. Thank you for your contribution toward helping us maintain a safe and healthy campus community. If you have any further questions, please contact Christina Sapien-Iezzi, Health Educator, Student Health Services, at 806-743-2844 x290 or

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 University Career Day October 8th

Is your student looking for a job after graduation? Remind him or her to attend the University Career Fair.

University Career Fair
Tuesday, October 8th
12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Overton Hotel

Description: University-wide Career Fair welcomes all majors. Professional dress required. Shuttles from the Student Union Building begin at 11:30 a.m.

For more information visit or call the University Career Center at 806-742-2210.

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 December 2013 Commencement

If your student is graduating in December, congratulations! Below is the December 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, December 13, 2013

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

Saturday, December 14, 2013

9:00 a.m. Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources, Business Administration, Media and Communication, Honors College (EVHM and HAL Majors Only), Visual & Performing Arts

1:30 p.m. Architecture, Education, Engineering, Human Sciences, University Programs, Law School Hooding

3:00 p.m. Reception: Law School Forum

5:00 p.m. Location: Law School Lanier Auditorium

For more information regarding Commencement, including ordering invitations, photos, and videos, guest seating, lodging, and future commencement dates visit:

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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 have 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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 Does your student need health insurance? Academic Health Plans are available for Texas Tech students

If your student needs his or her own health insurance policy, there are Academic Health Plans available. Visit for more information.

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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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 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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