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Mandela Fellows Homeroom


This webpage was designed for you, the Mandela Fellows! We hope you enjoy your stay in Lubbock and at Texas Tech. Wreck'em!

My Healthcare

"The United States Department of State (USDOS) is pleased to welcome you to the Accident and Sickness Program for Exchanges (ASPE) Health Benefits Plan.
As an Exchange Participant, you receive a limited health care benefits plan designed by USDOS and administered by Seven Corners, Inc. This plan is NOT an insurance policy."

Health care guide                                 my plan

*Links will be provided upon arrival to Lubbock

My Dorm

Welcome to Carpenter/Wells Hall!

The Carpenter/Wells Complex is a coed, suite-style residence hall, offering three-bedroom townhouses and four-bedroom flats along with a limited number of two-bedroom units. The Leadership Development Center (LDC) serves as a commons building, featuring a computer lab and several study lounges. Other amenities include meeting rooms and limitless laundry rooms for all residents. 

Suite furnishings include a sofa, table and chair (living room); dining table and chairs; and each bedroom is furnished with a twin bed, dresser, study desk and chair. The bedrooms have vinyl wood-plank flooring. The kitchen and bathrooms have vinyl floors.

Carpenter Wells

Carpenter Wells Quick Guide  

Virtual Tour                                   Video Tour

What TTU will provide for you in your Dorm

The dorm apartments you will be staying in during your fellowship at Texas Tech University will have the following items in them

(Any items not on the list you will need to purchase will your stipend)


  • Sheets
  • pillows
  • coathangers
  • Central AC/Heat
  • Twin Bed and mattress

  • Towels
  • Shower Curtain
  • Bath Mats
  • Toilet Paper
  • Trashcans
  • Hand Soap

  • Pots and Pans
  • Stove Top
  • Plates, Bowles, Mugs, and Cups
  • Dinner Utinsels
  • Sponges and Dish Soap (you will need to wash your own dishes)
  • Dish drying rack
  • Cutting Board
  • Measuring Cup
  • Cooking Utensils 
  • Tea Kettle
  • Manuel Can opener
  • Mop
  • Broom and dustpan
  • Paper towels
  • Disinfecting Wipes
  • Iron 

Items We Suggest You Bring

  • Something that reminds you of home. Homesickness may kick in once the initial excitement of being here wears off and that is perfectly normal. Having a little something to remind you of home like your favorite snack or tea can make those moments feel better. 
  • A swimsuit. Texas Tech has an AMAZING recreation center and pool. If you opt into using it (which we recommend you do) you will definitely want to cool off from the hot Texas Summer in the lazy river.
  • Small gifts from home that represent your country/culture. While you are here you might make new friends that you would like to give a gift to. Something that represents your home is a lovely thing to give. 
  • A light jacket or sweater. While it will be very hot here outside, Americans LOVE to keep the Central AC at a low temperature during the summer. Many international visitors often comment on how cold they get inside. Also the temperature changes throughout the day. This is because of the type of climate we live in here in West Texas. We are in a grassland on the high plains. The mornings are cool and the days are hot.  

On-Campus Restaurants near Carpenter Wells

Located within walking distance of your dorm are several places to eat on campus! 

Rawls College of Bussiness - 5 minutes walk North of Carpenter/Wells
  • Einstein Bros Bagels - Einstein Bros® Bagels features a variety of specialty coffees, gourmet bagels, and sandwiches for both breakfast and lunch!
  • Chick-fil-A Express - Grab a Chick-fil-A biscuit, bacon or sausage biscuit or minis with a side of hash browns. The traditional sandwich is available as well, featuring a boneless breast of chicken seasoned to perfection, hand-breaded, pressure-cooked in peanut oil and served on a toasted, buttered bun with dill pickle chips. Prefer grilled? Not a problem! Don't forget the lemonade which is prepared-from-scratch daily using freshly squeezed lemon juice extracted from real lemons.
The Honors Hall - 1-minute walk North of Carpenter/Wells
  • Starbucks - This beautiful location features the entire selection of hot and cold drinks (including seasonal specials!), whole-bean coffee, espresso, caffè latte, Teavana® tea products, Frappuccino beverages, pastries, and snacks. Pre-packaged food items, hot and cold sandwiches, drinkware, and other Starbucks® are available for purchase as well. Dining bucks accepted! Starbucks® is a cashless location.

The Market| Stangel/Murdough Hall - 4 minute walk from Carpenter/Wells
  • Fazolis - Fazoli's®* offers a wide variety of authentic Italian foods and dishes. You can't forget their famous breadsticks!
  • The Carvery- you can enjoy chef-created entrées such as carved meats, grilled fish, and authentic BBQ. Wings let you spice up your boneless chicken wings the way you like!
  • Day Break® Coffee Roasters & More - Brews a special coffee blend called Café Del Matador. This coffee comes from a specific farm in Latin America and Day Break® Coffee Roasters work extensively to support the growers. Be sure to also grab a little something sweet to go with the coffee or tea!
  • The Corner Market - offers a variety of drinks and snacks to grab on the go! The Corner Market is available to walk-in customers. 

My Mandela Team

Administrative Team

Micheal Johnson - Administrative Director & Leadership Manager - michael.johnson@ttu.edu

Kathleen (Kat) Cade-Gerzon - Program Coordinator - kathleen.cade-gerzon@ttu.edu

Reagan Ribordy - reagan.ribordy@ttu.edu   

Stephanie Lara- stephanie.lara@ttu.edu        


Academic leadership team

Dr. Darren Hudson - Co-Academic Director darren.hudson@ttu.edu

Dr. Conrad Lyford - Co-Academic Director - conrad.lyford@ttu.edu

Dr. Jamie Bologna Pavlik - Co-Academic Director - jamie.bologna@ttu.edu

Dr. Ian Lertora - Educational Psychology, Leadership, & Counseling - ian.lertora@ttu.edu

Student Assistants

Name: Aleksei Proskurin    
Country: Russia
Major: Ph.D. Student in Psychology      

Name: Joanna George
Country: Qatar
Major: Psychology

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I have mail sent?

Mail may be sent to: 

Texas Tech Office of International Affairs,
601 Indiana Ave, Lubbock Texas USA 79416

*Mail is not able to be sent directly to your dorm. Please be sure to notify Kat that you have mail or a package coming for you. 

Will I be able to cook in my dorm?

Yes! The dorms will have a Kitchenette. You will have access to a refrigerator, microwave oven, and two-burner cooktop.We will also provide you will basic cooking necessities such as pots and pans.

How can I attend Church Services?

There are many churches close to Texas Tech! We are happy to help you arrange attendance to services. Please reach out to Stephanie Lara at Stephanie.lara@ttu.edu for assistance. 

Here is a short list of just some of the churches near by!

Can I rent a bike or Scooter?

Texas Tech itself does not offer a rental program, however, the city of Lubbock offers "Lime Scooters and Lime Bikes" all across the city to rent. 

You will often see the green and white scooters across campus. They are available to rent for a fee based on how long you use them for. You can download the app for access to the scooters and bikes. The app will also help you locate scooters close to you, so you don't need to go out searching for one. 

Where can I buy groceries?

  • Walmart. (Walmart sells just about everything you could need in one store, so it is very convenient and affordable.)

Website  1911 Marsha Sharp Fwy W, Lubbock, TX 79415 

Mon - Sun|6 am - 11 pm

  • Market Street: (large grocery store with a large and diverse selection of foods and goods. Also includes a Pharmacy and Starbucks).  Website

4425 19th St, Lubbock, TX 79407. 

Open 24 hours

  • Jirani International Enterprise (African Market) - 2808 34th St, Lubbock, TX 79410. 

Phone (806) 407-3303

Be sure to check the hours before going to the store, as hours may vary by day. 

I would like to do some shopping, where do you recommend?

Lubbock has a plethora of places to shop and eat! Many stores are located in large shopping centers, which makes it easy to spend a lot of time in one location. The following are shopping centers with many options. Please keep in mind, however, that you will need to take a bus or Uber to get to these locations. 

South Plains Mall - 6002 Slide Rd, Lubbock, TX 79414 (Premier Movie Cinema also located here)

West End -  2910 W Loop 289 Acc Rd, Lubbock, TX 79407

Canyon West - Marsha Sharp Fwy W, Lubbock, TX 79424

Where can I eat on campus?

The Market at Stangel Murdough -  This is one of the closest dinning halls to your dorm. There are many options here to choose from! 

Mon - Thu | 7 am to 11 pm*
Fri | 7 am to 9 pm*
Sat & Sun | 11 am to 8 pm*
Daybreak® Coffee Roasters

Mon - Fri | 7 am to 5 pm
Sat & Sun | 11 am to 5 pm*
The Corner Market (Walk-in only; mobile ordering not available)

* Select food choices available beginning at 10 pm Sunday - Thursday 

* Hours of operation vary among the concepts; cashless location.

Video Tour of The Market

Other on-Campus Dining options

How will I get around on my own

You will have some free time (Usually on Sundays) to do as you please. You have been allotted an allowance by IREX that can be used for public transportation. We suggest using Uber or Lyft. 

How to use food ordering Apps/websites

The first thing you will need to do with any app or website is to make sure the restaurant you want to order from is available on that app. Not all Food Apps offer all restaurants. 

1. Select the food you would like to order to your cart. When you're ready to check out, you'll see your address, an estimated delivery time, and the price of the order including tax and delivery fee. When everything looks right, just tap Place order—and that's it.

Follow your order in the app. First, you'll see the restaurant accept and start prepping. Then, when the order's almost ready, a nearby delivery person—in a car, on a bike, or on a scooter—will go to the restaurant to pick it up. Next, they'll drive or ride to you. You'll be able to see their name and photo and track their progress on the map.

Sometimes if the driver gets lost they might call you or text you to ask for better directions. 

You must use a card or digital form of payment to pay for your meal. Cash is not accepted on these apps!


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Life In Lubbock 

American Culture Guide

Life in Lubbock - Home Page

Lubbock Geography & History

Lubbock Bus Services


Weather in Lubbock

Texas Tech University

TTU Home Page

Texas Tech Recreation Center

Virtual Tour of the TTU Campus

Interactive Campus Map: Explore TTU!

Campus Map

Events & Things to do in Lubbock:

Things to do in Lubbock

Upcoming City Events and Optional Fellow Activates

Critter Fest- June 23-26th

4th on Broadway Parade and Celebration in the Park - July 4th, 2023. Locations and Time provided on the website

4th of July Firework Extravaganza - July 4th, McKenzie Park

4th of July Pool Party and BBQ at Kats - July 4th, Time and Date TBA

Host Dinners with Community - Link to be provided soon

Best Shopping Centers

The South Plains Mall - Easily the biggest indoor shopping center in Lubbock. The South Plains Mall is host to many of the biggest retailers in town including, Dillards, Barnes and Noble, H&M, Forever 21, Pandora, Cheesecake Factory, and more!
It even has its own movie theater where you can sit down and watch your favorite new releases in the comfort of reclining plush chairs with popcorn or a Starbucks from their concession stand! 

West End - One of my personal favorites because it is an outdoor shopping center! It is still growing and building new stores including the recently opened Dave and Busters, a video game arcade with great food! You can also find Nike, The Gap, Marshals, Vera Bradley, Best Buy, World Market, Menchies Frozen Yogurt, Starbucks, and more! 

Canyon West - I'm at Canyon West a lot because of Target, one of my favorite superstores! However, there are many other shops here to explore in this strip mall. Stop in at 2nd & Charles to browse their great new and used book and DVD collection. They also have lots of board games and fun, wacky novelty items. Be sure to also grab a giant soft cookie and Crumbl Cookies, you won't regret it! 

KK's Craft Mall - If you are wanting homemade or antique items that have a bit more of a unique Texan flare then this might be your spot! This large indoor mall is filled with different handmade items by locals. 

Check out this list of the many other shopping centers in Lubbock!


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