Texas Tech University

September 2015 Parent & Family eNewsletter

Vol. 14 Issue 9

In this issue...

General News

Parents of Incoming Freshman/Transfers

Financial Tips/Info

Scholarships/Job Opportunities

Academic

Housing

Student Perspectives

Graduation

Important Dates

Extracurricular Activities

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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.

Last month's poll about difficult transportation revealed that most students will have a car on campus and will be driving themselves home for Thanksgiving. For the complete results of the poll and tips on safe travel visit http://www.depts.ttu.edu/parentrelations/resources/results_august_2015.pdf.

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Thanksgiving Bus Trip Tickets on Sale Now!

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 2015.

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.

Purchase tickets soon for early bird pricing!

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

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Make plans to join us for Family Weekend September 25-26, 2015

Family Weekend is less than a month away! Mark your calendars for September 25-26, 2015 when Texas Tech takes on TCU. Visit our website for additional Family Weekend information, schedule, and more!

Order your discounted tickets to the Texas Tech vs. TCU game. The Promo Code you will enter is FAMILY15. For questions regarding ticket sales, please contact the Texas Tech Athletic Ticket Office at 806-742-4412.

Vote for the Family Weekend T-Shirt design online at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HHHYX9Z

Voting ends Thursday, September 3rd at 5:00 p.m.. Order your T-shirt at www.texastechparents.org (click on Family Weekend).

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University Holiday: September 7th

Labor Day, Monday, September 7th: No classes and all university offices will be closed. Limited dining locations. Visit www.depts.ttu.edu/hospitality for dining options.

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University Career Center Resources

Students who find themselves exploring their options can utilize the University Career Center for a variety of things. Counselors are here to help students make choices about their major, career, or graduate school. Whether they are curious about typical careers for a given major, investigating certain career paths, need help planning a career development checklist, or help with the job search, the University Career Center has the tools and resources to help them! Resources available to all students include:

  • Career Exploration
  • Career Assessments
  • Strong Interest Inventory, Focus, StrengthsQuest, etc.
  • Career Events
  • Career Fairs, Etiquette Dinners, etc.
  • Resume & Cover Letter Critiques
  • Mock Interviews
  • Hire Red Raiders, our online internship & job board www.hireredraiders.ttu.edu

You can visit the University Career Center online resources at anytime by visiting www.careercenter.ttu.edu.

Review the website, look at upcoming events, and feel free to have your student set up an appointment with us by calling us at 806-742-2210. UCC hours are Monday to Friday, 8 am to 5 pm.

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Feed Your Inner Red Raider!

Hospitality Services invites your student to experience more than 50 award-winning dining choices and countless delicious food options on campus. Students can let their appetite be their guide as they dine in a variety of all-you-care-to-eat options, express kiosks, food courts, mini-markets, and retail outlets conveniently housed in 21 locations across campus.

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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Study Abroad Fair: September 16th

The TTU Fall Study Abroad Fair will be Wednesday September, 16th from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m in the SUB Ballroom. Representatives from various programs will be on hand to meet with students and provide information about study abroad options.

TTU faculty who will lead summer study abroad programs will also be available as well as many study abroad returnees.

Learn about scholarship and financial aid possibilities that may help you pay for the experience. Drop by during the day and explore your opportunity to earn university credit and travel.

For additional information contact the Study Abroad Office 806-742-3667.

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Texas Tech Alumni Association Pre-Game Football Events

Coming to the Game? Join us for the Best Pregame Party in Town!

We are very excited for game day here in Lubbock! Meet your friends and support the Red Raiders in the Frazier Alumni Pavilion. The Texas Tech Alumni Association's climate-controlled facility provides easy access to the Jones, plus snacks, cold beverages and clean restrooms. You won't miss a play... games from around the country are always on the big screens. Doors open three hours before every home game and the guys from Double T 104.3 provide extensive pregame coverage along with a ton of special guests.

Admission to the Frazier Alumni Pavilion is a free benefit of your Alumni Association membership. You don't have to be a graduate of Texas Tech to be a member. Support your student and future Red Raiders today by joining for as low as $50. Your gift provides for academic scholarships, faculty and staff enrichment, alumni awards, and much more. Remember, all prices are the same for single or joint memberships, so you are essentially getting two memberships for the price of one! Memberships can be purchased online at www.texastechalumni.org/join, or at the door on game day.

We hope to see you there!

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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 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 online.

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2015-2016 Student Handbook now available

Students are expected to abide by policies and procedures in the Student Handbook. Please review the 2015-2016 Student Handbook via this link: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/dos/docs/Student_Handbook_2015-2016.pdf.

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Lubbock 2015 Visitor Guide

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

http://www.visitlubbock.org/2015-ivg/index.html

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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

AlcoholEdu® and Haven®, the required courses that assist your freshmen and transfer students in measuring his or her alcohol-related attitudes and behaviors, and building healthy relationships became available in late July. The deadline for part one of the course was August 14, 2015. Students who have completed the first portion of both courses can now begin logging onto the course dashboard and take part two of each module starting September 14, 2015. We encourage you to talk with your first-year freshman student about the course and the decisions they may be making concerning alcohol and drug use, friendships, and romantic relationships, and we support your efforts to have these conversations. If you have any further questions, please contact Dr. Kimberly Simón, Director, Risk Intervention & Safety Education (RISE), at 806-742-2110 or rise@ttu.edu.

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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 http://housing.ttu.edu/facilities/mail or watch our how-to video on mailing a package to your student.

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New Student Convocation: September 8th

Tuesday, September 8th
5:30pm
United Supermarkets Arena

Just as Commencement is a ceremony that marks the completion of study, New Student Convocation celebrates a student's entry into higher education. It is also one of the first events presenting the new class of students to the President, Texas Tech administrators and professors. The convocation speaker will offer inspiring words to set your student on a new course of academic discovery.

Convocation is a time to celebrate. We celebrate the excitement of a new academic year as we welcome you. All new students (freshman and transfers) are invited to attend New Student Convocation. The speakers for the evening will be President Nellis and Mark Tribus, a team building professional that has been working the Texas Tech Athletic program.

The convocation speaker will offer inspiring words to set your student on their new course of academic discovery.

Visit www.convocation.ttu.edu for more details.

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Finances at Texas Tech University

Finances are a key part to sending your student off to college and we want to be sure you have all the resources available to you.

Do you need to be added as an authorized user to view your student's bill? We have provided a helpful how-to video about adding an authorized user.

Student Business Services, your office for all things related to your students bill, has provided a presentation regarding ebill, payment plans, deadlines, and more. Click here to view presentation and Fall 2015 Paying the Bill Checklist.

Financial Aid is also available to assist with scholarships, loans, grants and more! Visit their presentation online at: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/parentrelations/resources/Financial_Aid_2015_RRO_Presentation.pdf.

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Did you miss Red Raider Orientation?

Parent and Family Relations has provided information for parents and family members who might have missed Red Raider Orientation.

Visit our website for handouts, presentations, and more: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/parentrelations/rroforparents.php

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Installment payment due: September 25th

September 25 - Installment payment due for Emergency Payment Plan and Budget Payment Plan. For more information visit www.sbs.ttu.edu.

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Things to Consider About Student Loans

With all the news surrounding the student loan crisis, Red to Black wanted to share a little information that will hopefully ease your mind and help you and your student choose the best payment options for your family. For many families, student loans are the only way their student can afford to pay for college. There have been many news articles about default rates and graduates not being able to afford their monthly payments. Texas Tech has one of the lowest default rates in the country and with all the different repayment options, your student should be able to find a plan that fits in to their budget.

When your student accepts student loans, there some things to consider.

  • Student loans are just one part of financial aid. There are grants, scholarships and work study, as well.
  • Consider a part-time job. There are many on-campus jobs available during the academic year, as well as those available off-campus.
  • The federal government pays the interest on Subsidized Direct Federal Loans as long as the student does not drop below half time.
  • Unsubsidized Direct Federal Loans are in deferment (meaning no payments are due) as long as the student does not drop below half time. However, interest will continue to accrue.
  • Your student does not have to accept the full amount of loans offered! They can accept all, some, or none of the offered amount.
  • Federal loans come with some extra benefits, such as multiple repayment plans, the ability to postpone payment until after graduation (or dropping below half time), and, in some cases, going into forbearance because of financial difficulty.
  • ParentPLUS Loans are available for parents to take out for their students, but will remain in the parents' names. All other federal loans will be in the students' names.
  • As of July 2015, the rates for undergraduate federal loans are 4.29% and ParentPLUS loans are 6.84%.
  • Texas offers the College Access Loan for Texas' residents. It works very similarly to the Federal loans, with an interest rate of 4.5%. It will require the student has a co-signer. For more information, please visit http://www.depts.ttu.edu/financialaid/collegeAccessLoan.php
  • Private loans should be a last resort because of higher interest rates and do not offer the benefits listed above for federal loans.

If you and your student realize that he or she has accepted a higher amount of loans than will be required to meet their needs, it is possible to repay the money or change the amount that that is received in the Spring semester.

Email TTU Financial Aid for assistance at finaid.advisor@ttu.edu.

Red to Black Peer Financial Coaching is here to help answer your students' money questions, including those about student loans. Please visit our website at www.r2b.ttu.edu or call us at 806-742-9781 for more information.

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Red to Black: Peer-to-Peer Financial Coaching

Red to Black offers peer-to-peer financial coaching to Texas Tech students. We help support your student through individual coaching sessions and group presentations on topics such as creating spending plans, the importance of starting to save early, maximizing financial aid (including student loans), how to choose employee benefits and establishing and wisely using credit. Our purpose is to empower students so that they can achieve their financial goals. We believe that no one understands the needs and concerns of students better than fellow students! Our offices are located in the East Basement of the SUB in room 024.

Visit our website at www.r2b.ttu.edu for more information!

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Is your student getting scholarships from groups other than Texas Tech for 2015/2016?

If your student is receiving scholarships from external groups, please have them complete the Estimated External Scholarship Notification Form and email it to scholarships@ttu.edu. Have scholarship checks sent to the TTU Scholarship Office Box 45011 Lubbock, TX 79409. Be sure to provide the donor with this address and the student's R# to expedite processing!

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University Scholarship Thank You Letters

If your student was selected to receive a scholarship from the university, be sure they submit their thank you letters as soon as possible, please!

For more information visit http://www.depts.ttu.edu/scholarships/thankYouLettersForScholarships.php

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Hospitality Services Hiring

Hospitality Services has kitchen, food service and cashiering positions available in many of our dining locations, the StrEat food truck, and even with Top Tier Catering. No matter what kind of atmosphere your student wants to work in -- Hospitality Services has just the position for you!!

Advantages to working for Hospitality Services:

  • Flexible schedule – they can work around your students class schedule (students can work anytime between 6AM-2AM, 7 days a week)
  • Holidays off (e.g. Winter Break, Spring Break)
  • Competitive pay rates and fast advancement opportunities
  • Training Pay raises
  • No Social Security Tax withheld
  • Discounted meals

Applying is easy!

  1. Download an application online at hospitality.ttu.edu and e-mail it to dee.nguyen@ttu.edu OR
  2. Apply in person at Hospitality Services at the Wiggins Complex. We have printed applications you can fill out by hand.

If you have any questions about student employment within Hospitality Services, please contact Dee Nguyen, Recruitment Supervisor, at dee.nguyen@ttu.edu, or call 806.742.1360

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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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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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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 9am-8pm and Friday 9am-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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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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Transition to College

Students can provide great insight about life as a Red Raider. We want you as parents and family members to hear directly from students about their experiences and tips to help you and your student through this transition.

Kaitlin York
Hometown: Lubbock, Texas

Transitioning from high school to college is really exciting but it can be challenging. Here are some of the differences and how I dealt with them:

  • MORE TIME: Your student won't be in class from 8-4 anymore, if they have classes back to back they'll probably just be in class three or four hours a day. That's a lot of down time. I would recommend that even if your student is out of class they should try to treat it as a work day. I try to study for school right when I get out of class. It keeps me focused and I don't usually have to do homework at night if I finish it during the day.
  • ON YOUR OWN: Unlike in high school where your teacher will notice if you're not there and ask you the next class, college professors will not. Your student has to be self-accountable because in a class of 200 their professor will not take the time to notice if they are absent. I give myself three absences for every class I take whether the professor takes attendance or not.
  • MEET PEOPLE: In high school the classes are small and your student knows everyone in the class. In college, people come to class and then leave, it's not nearly as intimate. I really encourage you to pressure you student to talk to people in their classes. Every class I take I try to talk to at least three people. Tech is a really diverse school and it's fun meeting people in your classes that probably wouldn't be in the organization your students involved in!

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Letters from Home

Students can provide great insight about life as a Red Raider. We want you as parents and family members to hear directly from students about their experiences and tips to help you and your student through this transition. Check out what students have to say about receiving letters and/or packages from home:

Aly Carey
Hometown: Whitesboro, Texas

My favorite thing was when my parents would send me care packages from home! These included some of my favorite snacks, some basic necessities, and even little "gag gifts". Some other fun things that could be included are: a deck of cards, gum, more pencils and pens, stationary, money (never hurts!), or anything a college student might need! Also, a lot of times I would remember something that I forgot at home and my mom would add a little note in my package when sending those items to me. Before I left for college, I gave a lot of my other friends that were leaving for college my dorm address. It was so fun being pen-pals with them and hearing and sharing about all of our college experiences! Getting packages and letters in the middle of a busy and stressful semester was a reminder that I had people loving, supporting, and cheering for me. It was the perfect confidence booster!

Ashley Turner
Hometown: Frisco, Texas

As a freshman I often got extremely homesick, (and still do) especially during my first semester. One thing I really appreciated my parents and family members doing was sending me "care packages" throughout the semester. These packages would include my favorite snacks, books, magazines, etc. This really helped my transition into college life just a little bit easier. To know that my family was thinking about me and getting a surprise package in the mail was such a treat!

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Favorite Places to Eat

Whether you are coming to Lubbock for Family Weekend or just a visit to spend time with your student we want you to know some of the best places in town to eat. Check out what our students have to say about some of their favorite places to dine in Lubbock:

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Fall 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 11, 2015

3:00 p.m.
Arts and Sciences

7:00 p.m.
Graduate School

Saturday, December 12, 2015

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

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

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

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Save Now for a Ring Later: The Official Texas Tech Ring Savings Program

It's never too late to plan for the future. 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.

With the Ring Savings Program, a refundable $75 is conveniently added as an optional fee to tuition and fee statements for spring and fall semesters beginning as early as freshman year.

Once students meet eligibility, the amount can then be applied toward the purchase of the Official Texas Tech Class Ring.

It's never been easier to support tradition. To enroll and begin saving today, simply log on to Raiderlink.ttu.edu, click on the MyTech tab, and sign up in the Official Class Ring section under Optional Services.

Questions? Contact the Texas Tech Alumni Association at (806) 742-3641 or visit www.texastechalumni.org/ring.

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Family Weekend 2015: September 25-26

Mark your calendars for September 25-26, 2015 when Texas Tech takes on TCU. Visit our website for additional Family Weekend information, schedule, and more!

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Career Center Events

Resume Critique Week
September 14 – September 18th | 9am – 4pm
University Career Center | 150 Wiggins Complex

Etiquette Dinner
September 17th | 5:30pm – 8pm
McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center | Students can register here

How to Work a Job Fair Workshop
September 17th | 2pm – 3pm
University Career Center | 150 Wiggins Complex

How to Work a Job Fair Webinar
September 17th | 3pm – 3:30pm
Online | Students can register here

University Career Fair
September 22nd | 12pm – 4pm
*Busses will leave from the SUB to the Overton Hotel beginning at 11:30
Overton Hotel & Conference Center | 2322 Mac Davis Ln, Lubbock, TX 79401

Graduate & Professional School Fair
September 23rd | 12pm – 3pm
McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center

For a full list of upcoming events and webinars, please visit the University Career Center Events (http://www.depts.ttu.edu/careercenter/events.php) page.

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Save the Date for Carol of Lights: December 1st

The 2015-2016 Academic calendar only provides three class days between the Thanksgiving recess and the beginning of final exams. In accordance with university operating procedures, and to ensure continued focus on student academic success, the 57th Annual Carol of Lights has been scheduled on Tuesday. December 1, 2015.

Visit http://housing.ttu.edu/caroloflights for more details.

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This month's academic and event calendar

September 7, Monday

Labor Day. University holiday. Limited dining locations available (www.depts.ttu.edu/hospitality).

September 9, Wednesday

Last day for student-initiated drop on MyTech without academic penalty (drop does not count against drop limit). All drops are the responsibility of the student.

Last day to drop a course and have course charges removed. Students who drop to 0 hours are considered to be a withdrawal. Financial penalties apply for withdrawals after August 21.

September 10, Thursday

Student-initiated drop made on or after this date counts against drop limit. All drops are the responsibility of the student.

September 14, Monday

Last day for graduate degree candidates to file with the Graduate School a statement of intention to graduate.

September 21, Monday

Last day to withdraw from the university and receive partial financial credit.

Last day to withdraw from the university and receive pro-rated room and dining plan refund. For more information see housing.ttu.edu/contractguide.

For the complete 2015-2016 Academic Calendar, please visit https://www.depts.ttu.edu/officialpublications/calendar/15-16_cal_detailed.php

For the Texas Tech event calendar, please CLICK HERE.

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Have your student check out Orgsyc 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 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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