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Volume 3, Number 2; September 2011

Cindy Akers Laura Beard Dorothy Chansky Claudia Cogliser Lee Cohen Jerry Dwyer
Andrew jackson Vaughn James Elizabeth Louden Michael O'Boyle Valerie Paton Carolyn Tate

Texas Tech Integrated Scholars 2011

Bob Smith, Katie Allen, and Scott Irlbeck

There continues to be notable responses to the All Things Texas Tech series (Smith, 2009; Smith and Allen, 2010) on integrated scholars. Texas Tech University faculty members are increasingly using the terminology in promotion and tenure files. The feedback has also been very positive from new faculty hires during 2009 and 2010. . . (Read More)

The Movement of Texas Tech to Tier One Status Should Preserve the University's Best Qualities

The Movement of Texas Tech to Tier One Status Should Preserve the University's Best Qualities

Guy Bailey and Bob Smith

The quest of Texas Tech University (TTU) for National Research University (NRU) or Tier One status could come to fruition in the near future. Indeed, we should soon know about the possible certification of NRU status by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. In the meantime, we benefit from considering the transition. How might the university change in its culture and day-to-day operations? What will happen to already strong characteristics of TTU, such as high-quality undergraduate programs? What possible disadvantages might loom, as we become a public research university of note? . . . (Read More)

Student in library

Service Learning and Internships: The Third Component of Active Learning

Bob Smith

Imagine undergraduate students who work with nonprofit agencies to assist strategic planning. Imagine too, students who work side by side with congressional staff in Washington DC; others who assume major responsibilities in legal counseling; still others who provide management support in major construction or other projects as part of their education and training in certain professional areas. Sound far-fetched? It may to some, but the examples are all part of the service learning and internship landscape that is influencing greater and greater numbers of students who engage in active learning at Texas Tech University. . .
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TTU Commencement

Remember the Nobility of Service

Jerry Turner

Good morning! On behalf of the Board of Regents of the Texas Tech University System, it is indeed a pleasure to welcome you to the spring 2011 Commencement ceremonies. Let me say a few words about this camouflage stole that some of our graduates and our faculty members are wearing today. We're introducing this unique stole this year, and it will be worn by those who have served on active duty in the U.S. military or their surviving spouses. And so, if you see someone wearing one of these stoles in the United Spirit Arena, an appropriate response would be, “Thank You for Your Service.”. . .
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Budget Matters: a New Website & Service for the TTU Academic Community

Budget Matters: a New Website & Service for the TTU Academic Community

Guy Bailey and Bob Smith

Budget matters. Think of it as a double entendre that may be read as “budget elements, policies, and practices” or as the exclamatory “budget matters!” Either way, the matters of budget and the move of the university toward more clarity and transparency in budgeting – especially as it affects our academic community – has prompted the development of this paper and a university website that will be a repository for papers, analyses, reports, and other documents related to academic budgeting at Texas Tech University. . .
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Pre-health Professions

New Degree Option for Pre-Health Professions Undergraduates

Stephen E. Fritz, Ph.D. and Steven L. Berk, M.D.

Cooperation and collaboration are too often rare commodities in a world charged with extreme partisanship and winner-takes-all attitudes. Texas Tech University has raised the bar and set a new standard in creating a joint venture to benefit top student scholars of our university. The result? We now have a fine example of mutually beneficial cooperation between the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and the Honors College. . . (Read More)

Vivien Allen - Horn Professor

TTU Faculty: If you Aspire to be a Horn Professor, Consider This. . .!

Bob Smith

Horn Professor! It's the most prestigious professorial designation that the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents bestows on outstanding faculty members at Texas Tech University. Of the 941 tenured and tenure-track professors at the university, only thirty-seven are “Horns.” Thus, the designation is highly distinctive. The benefits are significant. . .
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