Texas Tech University

October 2016 Parent & Family eNewsletter

Volume 15, Issue 10

In this issue...

General News

Parents of Incoming Freshman 

Financial Tips/Info

Scholarships/Job Opportunities 

Academic

Housing  

Graduation

Important Dates

Extracurricular Activities

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Thanksgiving Bus Trip Tickets on Sale 

Does your student need a ride home for Thanksgiving? Parent and Family Relations is pleased to announce that Break Shuttle will provide bus trips to assist Texas Tech students in traveling home for Thanksgiving 2016.

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.

Visit http://www.depts.ttu.edu/parentrelations/bustrips.php for bus schedule, pricing, and to purchase tickets.

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Save the Date for Sibling Saturday 2017: February 18th 

Enjoy a day 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 Saturday invites Texas Tech students to spend time with their brothers or sisters in a day filled with great activities just for them. Siblings between the ages of 8 and 15 are invited to attend. Mark your calendars for Saturday, February 18, 2017!

Online registration and the full schedule will be available online at www.parent.ttu.edu in December.

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Parent Pulse Poll

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 spending money: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MNF5GLP

For past poll results visit http://www.depts.ttu.edu/parentrelations/polls.php

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Join us for Homecoming 2016- Red Raiders Assemble: Heroes vs. Villains!

Homecoming Week is October 10-15 and will end with the Texas Tech v. West Virginia football game on Saturday, October 15. All events on Friday, October 14 are open to the public. More information and a complete schedule of events can be found at homecoming.ttu.edu

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Save the Date for Tech or Treat - October 26th

Tech-or Treat is a Halloween Carnival held in the Student Union Building to provide a safe alternative to trick-or-treating and is staffed by Texas Tech student organizations, sororities, fraternities, and campus departments.

Bring your children, dressed in costume, on October 26th from 6:00-8:00 pm to play games, do crafts, and watch a Chemistry Wizard show. All events are free to the public. This event is in conjunction with RHA's Safe Treat in the Residence Halls. More information can be found at tab.ttu.edu

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Student Rec Center opens new fitness center, Raider Escape Room

The Student Rec Center is opening a new fitness area called the Raider Escape Room. It will house Personal Training, Partner Personal Training and Small Group Training. If your student wants to start (or continue) a fitness program, these are excellent programs at very reasonable rates. Trainers and Instructors are nationally certified and are students, too! Gift Certificates can be purchased at (806) 742-3828.

All the information is available at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/recsports/fitwell/personaltraining.php

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Rec Sports' Outdoor Pursuits Center

Make sure your student explores Rec Sports' Outdoor Pursuits Center (OPC). We offer day and weekend trips, equipment rentals, bike repairs (DYI or we will fix) and our 53 foot Climbing Wall. Some of the October Trips in Intro to Kayaking (San Marcos), Caving (Carlsbad area), Backpacking (Big Bend), Day Hike (Palo Duro) and Climbing (Wichitas-Oklahoma). Our Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta trip is already sold out! The OPC is located right outside the north entrance to the Rec Center.

For more details visit us online at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/recsports/opc/

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University Career Center: Tips for a Great Fall Semester

The fall semester is in full swing! Classes, projects, homework and student organizations are filling up your student's calendar. And let us not forget football and volleyball games! With such a busy schedule, it is easy to become overwhelmed. Texas Tech University Career Center, (UCC) has some useful tips that you can share with your student:

  • Combine healthy eating with plenty of sleep and exercise.
  • Develop a time management plan using a calendar and setting reminders.
  • Join study groups and complete homework and projects.
  • Get to know professors and advisors and make use of their office hours.
  • Make an appointment with a UCC career counselor to have your resume, cover letter and personal statement critiqued.
  • No major? No problem! Call the UCC and ask to take an assessment that will help identify your interests. Interests lead to majors, and majors lead to careers.

For more information about the University Career Center visit http://www.depts.ttu.edu/careercenter/.

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National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week: October 17-21

Texas Tech University Student Union & Activities is hosting National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week in collaboration with departments and student organizations across campus.

Colleges and universities across the country sponsor programming, educational events, and social activities aimed at raising awareness of alcohol related issues on collegiate campuses. This year's focus is on helping students better understand alcohol abuse, impaired driving, and making healthier decisions surrounding alcohol.

Your student is invited to participate in fun and educational programming from October 17-21, 2016 that centers around responsible decision making surrounding alcohol. From Drunk Goggle obstacle courses to One Act Plays to free movie screenings, students will have many opportunities to get involved.

Please visit https://www.depts.ttu.edu/sub/Activities/alcohol.php for more information.

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The 2016 Texas Tech Ornament

The 2016 Texas Tech Ornament is now available! This year's ornament features one of the most iconic symbols on campus, as it has a single Victory Bell surrounded by a tower of the Administration Building.

The bottom features a Double T with the words from the beloved Red Raider fight song "And the victory bells will ring out!" inscribed beside it.

Pricing for the 2016 ornament is $36 and includes shipping and sales tax.

Don't wait, these ornaments are sure to go fast. These make a great gift for that special Red Raider in your life, or turn your ordinary Christmas tree into a Texas Tech one! Purchase your's today.

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Campus Computer Labs available for students

The TTU IT Division manages computer labs available to students campus wide. These location are ideal for studying, collaboration, and group work! All computer stations are connected to the Internet, offer standard Microsoft software, and have specialized software installed (e.g. AutoCAD, Adobe, SPSS, and SAS). 

Computer lab locations:

  • ATLC Main: West Basement, University Library building
  • ATLC East: Bledsoe/Gordon/Sneed Residence Hall Complex
  • ATLC North: Carpenter/Wells Complex
  • ATLC MCOM: Media & Communication Building, room 363
  • ATLC SUB: Student Union Building
  • ATLC Grad: Graduate Student Center
  • ATLC MVA: The Military Veterans Association in West Hall
  • ATLC KSM: Kinesiology and Sport Management 
  • ATLC Honors: Honors College
  • ATLC Advise: Holden Hall Student Advising Center 

Please note that some computer labs are designed for certain students such as honors college students, graduate students, and military and veteran students. 

For more information please visit itts.ttu.edu/labs

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2016-2017 Student Handbook now available 

Students are expected to abide by policies and procedures in the Student Handbook. Please review the 2016-2017 Student Handbook via this link: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/dos/handbook/

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eCheckUp to Go

A personalized, evidence based, online anonymous assessment for students about their drinking and/or marijuana use. Feedback is completely confidential, and a resource list is provided. 

http://www.depts.ttu.edu/rise/AOD/echug.php

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Student Counseling Center Crisis Helpline

A new 24-hour telephone helpline service is available to assist Texas Tech students who are experiencing a mental health or interpersonal violence crisis. The TTU Crisis HelpLine number is (806) 742-5555. Students can call the helpline and speak immediately with a mental health counselor.

Parents who are helping a student in distress can also call the helpline for assistance. In addition to assisting with immediate crises, the helpline counselors will be familiar with Texas Tech and Lubbock community resources and will be able to direct the caller to the appropriate resource.

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Remind your student to update emergency alert information

Texas Tech's Emergency Communications Center is intended to inform the Texas Tech University community about what to do in advance of, during and after an emergency.

If your student has not already done so, remind him or her to update their cell phone, home phone, or text message information at www.ttu.edu/emergencyalert. Up to four phone numbers can be entered, with TTY/TDD for hearing impaired and text messaging options. The system is used to alert the university community of emergency situations and class cancellations or delays.

Students will need their eRaider login to update their information at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/communications/emergency/.

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Feed Your Inner Red Raider!

Hospitality Services features 21 dining locations at Texas Tech University, making it easy for your student to pop in for breakfast, lunch or dinner, snatch a Grab-N-Go item or just pick up an energizing snack. We offer more than 50 dining options, including all-you-care-to-eat venues, express kiosks, food courts, mini-markets, national brands, retail outlets and even a food truck.

Hospitality Services strives to promote your student's educational needs by creating a supportive environment that allows them to receive the full benefits of the university and to accomplish their personal goals. We are dedicated to student success!

For more information about on-campus dining options or Dining Plans visit hospitality.ttu.edu or call 806.742.1360. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @EatAtTexasTech

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2016 Lubbock Visitor's Guide

When you make plans to visit your student be sure to check out the interactive visitor guide provided by Visit Lubbock.

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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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AlcoholEdu & Haven Courses

The deadline for completion of AlcoholEdu® and Haven® is October 24, 2016. Please encourage your first year or new transfer student to log onto https://www.depts.ttu.edu/rise/alcoholedu/and use their eraider to complete these mandatory courses.

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 includes providing campus-wide heath approaches such as AlcoholEdu® and Haven®. Thank you for your contribution toward helping maintain a safe and healthy campus community at Texas Tech University.

If you have any questions, please contact Risk Intervention & Safety Education (RISE) at 806-742-2110 or rise@ttu.edu.

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Student Business Services Important Dates

October 25th

  • The Budget and Emergency payments plans both have installment payments due

For more information visit Student Business Services website

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FAFSA® Changes for 2017–18

Students will be able to submit a FAFSA® earlier. Students will be able to file a 2017–18 FAFSA as early as Oct. 1, 2016, rather than beginning on Jan. 1, 2017. The earlier submission date will be a permanent change, enabling students to complete and submit a FAFSA as early as October 1 every year. (There is NO CHANGE to the 2016–17 schedule. The FAFSA became available January 1 as in previous years.)

Students will use earlier income information. Beginning with the 2017–18 FAFSA, students will be required to report income information from an earlier tax year. For example, on the 2017–18 FAFSA, students (and parents, as appropriate) will report their 2015 income information, rather than their 2016 income information.

Learn More https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/about/announcements/fafsa-changes

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Red to Black Peer Financial Coaching is hosting Financial Education Week!

During the first week of October, we have a full week of activities planned for your student to help raise awareness about their finances, but also help them realize that we are here on campus to help them. Please encourage your student to attend as many activities as possible! We will be drawing for a $100 scholarship at the end of the week from all the week's participants.

A couple notes of interest, on Thursday, Oct 6 we will host a Credit Report Review Day where students can get assistance in getting their credit report. On Friday, Oct 7, we will be hosting a FAFSA Frenzy Day with Financial Aid to help students fill out their FAFSAs. ALL students should fill out a FAFSA and it opens early this year, so encourage your student to stop by!

Please visit our website for a full list of our Financial Education Week activities!

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Searching for Scholarships

The Scholarship Office recently developed a new search tool for external scholarships. Most of the scholarships listed are scholarships that students at Texas Tech have actually received.

Learn More http://www.depts.ttu.edu/scholarships/ExternalScholarships/ScholarshipSearch.php

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Is your student looking for a job?

Encourage your student to visit Texas Tech Human Resources and University Career Center for on-campus and off-campus employment. 

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Students planning to work on campus need original social security card

Is your student planning to get a new job on campus? Students who work on campus must bring their original Social Security Cards for human resources processing due to federal I-9 requirements. Remind your student to keep his or her social security card in a safe place.

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Majors and Minors Fair: October 20th

The Majors & Minors Fair provides students with an opportunity to meet with faculty and professional advisors to discuss a variety of possible majors as well as many available career opportunities connected to each major.

Representatives include professors, advisors, current students and student ambassadors who are ready to speak with your student. Encourage your student to stop by if they are confused about their current major or minor, looking to explore other opportunities or want to pick up a second major.

This fair offers a great opportunity to find out about required courses, faculty-to-student ratio, minimum GPA, opportunities for non-majors to take classes, career prospects for that major, professional affiliations, student organizations and the process of switching majors.

For more information visit https://www.depts.ttu.edu/studentengagement/majorsfair/

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University Writing Center

The University Writing Center offers undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and staff 30-minute, one-on-one tutorials on any type of writing, including resumes, personal statements, research papers, and articles for publication. We believe that writing serves as one of the primary means for learning and communicating and that every good writer needs a good reader.

The UWC is open for the fall term. Our hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. We are located in RM.175 of the English/Philosophy Building.

To set up an appointment, call (806) 742-2476 or visit them online at http://uwc.ttu.edu/.

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Residential Tutoring

The Residential Tutoring program 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.

Residential Tutors (RTs) provide peer tutoring in subjects that residence hall students struggle with the most frequently, according to campus data. These areas of study are:

  • 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 and Fall 2016 schedule visit http://www.depts.ttu.edu/housing/tutoring/index.php

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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 through 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 www.lc.soar.ttu.edu.

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Residence Hall Mailing Information

Should you need to send your student a letter or package during the school year be sure to have their residence hall name and number handy. Visit University Student Housing's website on how to address your letter or package. 

You may also check out our How-To Video for more assistance. 

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Living Off Campus - Common Pitfalls

Is your student living off campus or considering living off campus? Be sure to read Common Pitfalls when it comes to living off campus.

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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 www.depts.ttu.edu/sls/.

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 www.CollegeRentersPlan.com/ttu to see all of the coverage options available or call (866) 572-1617.

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Commencement Dates

If your student is graduating in December, congratulations! Below is the Fall 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 16, 2016

3:00 p.m.
Arts and Sciences

7:00 p.m.
Graduate School

Saturday, December 17, 2016

9:00 a.m.
Architecture
Education
Engineering
Human Sciences
Visual & Performing Arts

1:30 p.m.
Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources
Business Administration
Media and Communication
Honors College (EVHM and HAL Majors Only)
University Programs
Wind Energy

Texas Tech has a Commencement website, 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:

https://www.depts.ttu.edu/provost/commencement/

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Career Center Events

Resume Critique Day (walk-in resume critiques)
October 18th | 9 am – 4 pm
University Career Center | 150 Wiggins Complex (next to Sam's Place West)

Mocktail Party
October 18th | 9 am – 12 pm
McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center | Students can register here 

Teacher Job Fair
November 2nd | 12 pm – 4 pm
McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center

Non-Profit Fair
November 9th |2 pm – 4 pm
SUB Ballroom

Resume Critique Day (walk-in resume critiques)
November 16th | 9 am – 4 pm
University Career Center | 150 Wiggins Complex (next to Sam's Place West)

Webinars
Webinars are 30-45 minute live informational sessions focused on career growth and development. Topics include resume and cover letter writing, job fair preparation, and industry insights! Visit the UCC website for a complete listing of upcoming webinars. 

For a full list of upcoming events and webinars, please visit the University Career Center Events page.

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Save the date for Carol of Lights: December 2nd

With the flip of a switch, more than 25,000 colored lights illuminate 18 buildings around Memorial Circle, the Engineering Key and the Broadway Entrance to the campus during Texas Tech University's Carol of Lights®.

The 57th Annual Carol of Lights® was held on Tuesday, December 1, 2015. The Ceremony began at 6:30 p.m. with a Carillon Concert. At 7:00 p.m., the Masked Rider and Horse, Saddle Tramps Torch Light Processional and High Riders began at the University Seal at the Broadway Entrance and followed the luminaria lighted route around Memorial Circle to the Science Quadrangle.

For more details visit http://www.depts.ttu.edu/housing/caroloflights/.

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This month's academic and event calendar


October 24, 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 31, 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.

Complete calendar information:

Texas Tech Academic Calendar 

Texas Tech event calendar

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Have your student check out Orgsync for ways to get involved 

Is your student involved in student organizations? If not, have him or her visit http://ttu.orgsync.com for a list of and contact information for all registered student organizations. It is especially important for students living on and off campus to get involved and stay connected to campus.

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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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Looking for 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 www.texastechparents.org. 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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