Texas Tech University

September 2016 Parent & Family eNewsletter

Volume 15, Issue 9

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.

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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Family Weekend Football & Event Tickets on Sale Now!

Mark your calendars for Thursday, September 29th - Sunday, October 2nd for this year's Family Weekend at Texas Tech University when Texas Tech football faces the University of Kansas. 

Order your discounted Family Weekend football tickets to the Texas Tech vs. Kansas game. The Promo Code you will enter is FAMILY16. For questions regarding ticket sales, please contact the Texas Tech Athletic Ticket Office at 806-742-4412.

Visit our website for Family Weekend schedule and registration information. 

You will want to make your hotel reservations soon as rooms will fill up quickly. Click HERE for a complete listing of Lubbock hotels.

The Texas Tech Parents Association will be Celebrating 60 Years during Family Weekend 2016. Various events will be hosted to celebrate this milestone anniversary. Serving and supporting parents, students, and Texas Tech University, your Parents Association was founded in October 1956 and begins celebrating 60 years of serving and supporting Red Raider parents, their students and Texas Tech University. Learn more and join the Texas Tech Parents Association at www.texastechparents.org.

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Family Weekend Service Project: Career Closet Kick-off

Texas Tech undergraduate and graduate students are in need of quality clothing for job and internship interviews. Gently worn, like new, professional clothing is needed to stock the University Career Center's Closet.

Texas Tech University Career Center (UCC) is partnering with Parent and Family Relations and will have donation boxes set up at the Mackenzie-Merket Alumni Center during Family Weekend on Thursday, September 29th from 2 PM to 5 PM and Friday, September 30th, from 12 PM to 5 PM. You may also drop off your donations at the UCC, south entrance, located in the Wiggins Complex, between the hours of 8 AM and 5 PM, Monday through Friday.

We invite Texas Tech families, staff and faculty to donate clean, quality clothing that is less than three years old.

Below is a list of the types of clothing that are needed to stock our closet:

Men

  • Suits
  • Dress pants
  • Long sleeved dress shirts
  • Blazers
  • Dress slacks
  • New, dark socks
  • Ties
  • Dress shoes

Women

  • Suits
  • Dress pants
  • Blouses
  • Skirts
  • Scarfs and accessories
  • Dress shoes with closed toes

Together, we can help Texas Tech students dress for success and feel confident when interviewing.

For more information please contact Toni Krebbs in the University Career Center at toni.d.krebbs@ttu.edu or 806-742-2210.

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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 Family Weekend: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/S3BMW6G

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

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Rec Center Info & Activities 

The Rec Center is ready for students to return! Students need to bring their ID to access the Rec and Leisure Pool. There is a hand-scanning system that can be set up so they do not have to bring their ID—ask at the North ID entrance or in the Main Office.

Did you know the Rec Center has an Outdoor Pursuits Center just outside that north entrance that has a bike shop (learn how to fix a flat or we will do it for you), weekend outdoor trips, camping and snow gear rentals as well as the climbing wall in the Rec. Make sure your student checks these out!

There are over 100 weekly fitness classes in the Rec Center. The Raider X schedule classes are free and on a drop-in basis. Classes like Zumba, Interval Training, Yoga, Barre and Hip Hop are included in this schedule. The Raider X2 schedule has classes that require registration and there is a small fee. CrossFit, Bachata, Muscles and Mascara and other classes are included in this schedule. These classes run for 6 weeks (2 sessions in a semester). Students can try these classes the week of August 30-September 3 before purchasing them.

There are also licensed Massage Therapists and certified Personal Trainers. There are fees with their services. Parents can purchases gift cards for massages and training sessions.

Log onto www.recsports.ttu.edu for more information.

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Free Bicycle Registration

Does your student have a bicycle on campus? Be sure it's registered! Transportation and Parking Services offers free bicycle registration. Registration is not required for bicycles on campus, but aids in identifying lost or stolen bikes and allows Transportation and Parking Services to share important bicycle information and free Bike Clinic dates with owners of registered bicycles.

Find more information here: http://www.parking.ttu.edu/bicycling-on-campus 

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Make Sure Your Student's Vehicle Has a Parking Permit

If your student plans on parking a vehicle on campus in the fall, the vehicle needs a parking permit. Permits are for sale on a first-come, first-served basis for residence hall and commuter lots. Have your student log into My Parking Account at www.parking.ttu.edu to see accounts, purchase a permit, or change vehicle or contact information.

Contact Transportation and Parking Services with any questions at (806) 742-PARK or parking@ttu.edu.

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Students Invited to Celebrate with TTU Study Abroad 

Throughout the month of September, TTU Study Abroad is sponsoring several events designed to answer students' questions about learning abroad and promote affordable international opportunities.

Study Abroad Week

  • Japanese Cinema Night on Tuesday, September 6th: Don't miss award-winning anime film My Neighbor Totoro in the Qualia Room of the Foreign Language Building at 5:00pm
  • Spanish Tapas for Business students on Wednesday, September 7th: Free small plates for Rawls College of Business majors and minors at La Diosa Cellars starting at 6pm
  • Latin America Trivia Night for Engineering students on Thursday, September 8th: Join us at 5:30pm in Rm. 217 of the ECE Building for a chance to win a study abroad scholarship
  • Camel on Campus on Friday, September 9th: Come to the Free Speech Area and meet our one-humped friend Rango while learning about study abroad options in the Middle East and Africa

STUDY ABROAD FAIR!
Students are invited to stop by the SUB Ballroom on Wednesday, September 14th between classes or during lunch. Last Fall, more than 1,300 students came to our Study Abroad Fair for the special chance to ask questions about the TTU Study Abroad application process, meet program representatives from around the world, learn different ways to pay for study abroad, and collect swag while talking with returned study abroad students. We'll be there all day, from 10am until 4pm.

Encourage your Red Raider to join us and learn how they can travel the world for academic credit!

For more information about Study Abroad visit www.studyabroad.ttu.edu

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Mark your Calendars! Homecoming Week is October 10-15

This year's Homecoming theme is "Red Raiders Assemble: Heroes vs. Villains." Visit www.homecoming.ttu.edu for complete event schedule. 

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Save the Date for Tech or Treat - October 26th

Parents from the Lubbock area, bring your children to Texas Tech University's Tech or Treat for a safe alternative to trick or treating. 

More information coming soon! Visit www.sub.ttu.edu for more information. 

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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

Have you heard about AlcoholEdu® and Haven®? They are the online courses your student needs to complete before beginning their academic journey at Texas Tech. AlcoholEdu® is designed to educate students about alcohol and its physical and mental effects. Haven® is designed to educate students about healthy relationships, relationship violence, and sexual assault. Part 1 of Alcohol Edu and Haven was due August 19th. After your student has been on campus for a few weeks, they will receive an email them to complete Part 2 of each course. These sections will take about 15 minutes each. Your student must complete Part 2 for each course by October 24, 2016.

Both courses are mandatory for all incoming students. Your student can visit alcoholedu.ttu.edu for further information and to log-in.

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New Student Convocation to celebrate the TTU Class of 2020 is set!

All new students (freshman and transfers) are invited to attend New Student Convocation.
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
5:30 pm
Urbanovsky Park

For more details visit: www.depts.ttu.edu/studentengagement/convocation/

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Is your student a First Generation College Student?

Is your student first generation? Not sure? Let's clarify!

Various programs first and second-year First Generation College (FGC) students the opportunities for both personal and professional growth to not only give them the confidence to wreck adversity, but also the determination to attain a degree at Texas Tech.

If your student meets the FGC student criteria, they may qualify for one of two programs - First Year Success (FYS) or Second Year Success (SYS). The FYS program specifically meets the needs of those in their first year of undergraduate studies, while SYS concentrates on those in their second year of undergraduate studies. The purpose of these programs is to help enhance FGC students' college experience by catering to their unique needs.

How to Meet the Criteria:

  • Neither parents graduated from a four-year University within the United States
  • Student and their siblings are the first in their immediate family to attend a four-year University in the U.S.
  • Parents attained a degree from a country outside of the U.S.
  • Student is an international student and the first in their family to strive to attain a degree from the U.S.
  • Parent/s is/are currently going to college & so is student, both FGC until one graduates.
  • Student transferred from a community college and will be the first generation to attend a four-year University in the U.S.

Students are encourage to take advantage of the FREE resources available through our First Generation Transition & Mentoring Programs, which include:

  • Scholarships
  • Peer Mentoring
  • Weekly Study Sessions with Tutors
  • Social Engagement Events
  • 1-on-1 Guidance Sessions with Professional Staff
  • Community Service Opportunities
  • Paid Mentor Positions

All First Generation College students that are on their first or second year (transfer students included) are encouraged to apply to either one of our FREE uniquely designed programs depending on their classification. Both of the programs will help your student succeed at Texas Tech.

To sign up for FYS, click HERE
To sign up for SYS, click HERE

For more details about First Generation Transition and Mentoring Programs visit http://www.depts.ttu.edu/diversity/pegasus/

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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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Student Business Services Important Dates

September 14th

  • Last day to drop for refund (does not apply to withdrawals)

September 25th

  • Book loan repayment due date is September 25 
  • The Budget and Emergency Payment Plans both have an installment payment 

For more information visit Student Business Services website

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Fall 2016 Paying the Bill Checklist

Click here to view the Fall 2016 Paying the Bill Checklist for bill availability dates, deadlines, and payment plan information.
For information about paying the bill, tuition and fees, account balances, and more please contact Student Business Services at       806-742-3272 or sbs@ttu.edu

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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-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 2nd floor of the SUB in room 201. Visit our website at www.r2b.ttu.edu for more information!

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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 getting scholarships from groups other than Texas Tech for 2016-2017?

Is your student expecting scholarships from sources outside the university? Please help them remember to report them through our new online form https://apps.texastech.edu/finaidForms/ttu/externalScholarships.

*This is a secured form, so the student will need to sign in using their eraider to access it.

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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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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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Graduation Fair - September 13-15

Is your student graduating in December? Make sure they stop by the Grad Fair from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., September 13-15 at the McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center to get everything they need for graduation.

At the Grad Fair, students have the opportunity to purchase their Official Texas Tech Class Ring, diploma frames and graduation announcements, as well as pick up caps and gowns and take senior portraits right on site. Representatives from the Graduate School and Career Center will also be on hand, and Student Business Services will also be there providing information on a $1,000 rebate available for certain students.

The Official Texas Tech Class Ring symbolizes a significant achievement in a student's academic career. Students only need 75 hours to purchase a class ring. If purchased before September 23, students will be able to participate in the Official Ring Ceremony tradition this fall.

For more information on the Official Texas Tech Class Ring, visit the Texas Tech Alumni Association online at www.texastechalumni.org/ring.

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Career Center Events

Graduate & Professional School Fair
September 13th | 12 pm – 3 pm
United Supermarkets Arena

Etiquette Dinner
September 14th | 5:30 pm – 8 pm
McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center | Students can register here 

Resume Critique Day (walk-in resume critiques)
September 20th | 9 am – 4 pm
University Career Center | 150 Wiggins Complex (next to Sam's Place West)

College of Agriculture Sciences & Natural Resources (CASNR) Career Fair
September 27th | 12 pm – 4 pm
Texas Tech Club (West side of Jones AT&T Stadium)

University Career Fair
September 28th | 12 pm – 4 pm
United Supermarkets Arena

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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This month's academic and event calendar

September 1, Thursday
Last day for student-initiated addition of a course on MyTech. Course may be added until September 14 with advisor permission.

September 5, Monday
Labor Day. University holiday. Limited dining locations available (hospitality.ttu.edu).

September 14, 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 26.

September 15, Thursday
Student-initiated drop made on or after this date counts against drop limit. All drops are the responsibility of the student.

September 23, Friday
Last day for graduate degree candidates to file with the Graduate School a statement of intention to graduate.

September 26, Monday
Last day to withdraw from the university and receive partial financial credit. For more information see www.depts.ttu.edu/studentbusinessservices/calendar/withdrawDates.php.

Last day to withdraw from the university and receive pro-rated room and dining plan refund. For more information see housing.ttu.edu/contractguide.
Last day to change on-campus Dining Plan level for the fall semester.

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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