Texas Tech University

April 2015 Parent & Family eNewsletter

Vol. 14 Issue 4

In this issue...

General News

Financial Tips/Info

Scholarships/Job Opportunities




Important Dates

Extracurricular Activities

Texas Tech Parents Association


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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 career readiness : https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7RF6H5Q

This poll will be open through the month of April. Results will be posted at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/parentrelations/polls.php in May.

Last month's poll about difficult conversations revealed that most parents found it difficult to talk with their students about Healthy Romantic Relationships. For the complete results of the poll and tips on how to have difficult conversations with your student, visit http://www.depts.ttu.edu/parentrelations/resources/resultsmarch2015.pdf.

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Registration Open for Rescheduled Sibling Weekend-April 24-25, 2015

We are excited to announce that registration is now open for the rescheduled Sibling Weekend April 24-25, 2015.

Enjoy a weekend 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 Weekend invites Texas Tech students to spend time with their brothers or sisters in a weekend filled with great activities just for them. Siblings between the ages of 8 and 15 are invited to attend. Mark your calendars for the weekend of February 27-28, 2015!

Visit our website for registration link, updated scheduled, and more!

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Rec Center offers great stress reliever massages

April can be a stressful month as the semester comes to a close. One great stress-reliever can be a massage which are available on campus in the Student Rec Center. All massages are done by licensed therapists. You can purchase a gift certificate for your student by calling (806) 742-3828. Prices are $40 for an hour or $25 for a half hour. We will mail the certificate to your student and they can call to make an appointment.

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Free Motorist Assistance Program on Campus

Transportation and Parking Services offers a free Motorist Assistance Program to all students, employees, and visitors on campus. Those who need help may call (806) 742-MAPP 24 hours a day for the following services: (1) air up a low or flat tire, (2) receive a gallon of gas, (3) unlock a vehicle, or (4) get a jump start for a dead battery, a common issue during the winter months. Use of the service is free for three instances per year. The vehicle and patron must be located on the main Texas Tech campus or the Rawls Course.

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Career Center Events

University Career Center will host various events this months for your student. Encourage your Red Raider to attend these workshops, seminars, and fairs.

4/1 - University Career Fair

Register for this event at www.hireredraiders.ttu.edu

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center

4/1 - Public Service Career Information Event

4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Human Sciences Building, Room 169

4/2 - Webinar - Volunteer Opportunities: Preparing for the Non-Profit Fair

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. www.hireredraiders.ttu.edu

4/7 - Mocktail Party

Registration and Professional Dress Required

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center

4/8 - Non-Profit Fair

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center

4/14 - Webinar - Developing and Using a Professional LinkedIn Profile

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. www.hireredraiders.ttu.edu

4/14 - Webinar - Applying for Grad School: How the Career Center Can Help You

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. www.hireredraiders.ttu.edu

4/15 - Webinar - Working in Human Resources: Primary Roles in HR

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.www.hireredraiders.ttu.edu

4/15 - Graduate Student CV Critique Day

9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Graduate Center in Administration Building Basement

4/22 - Graduate Student Resume Critique Day

9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Graduate Center in Administration Building Basement

4/24 - Webinar - Applying for Grad School: How the Career Center Can Help You

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. www.hireredraiders.ttu.edu

4/29 - Graduate Student Mock Interview Day

9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Graduate Center in Administration Building Basement

For more information about the University Career Center visit www.careercenter.ttu.edu

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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.


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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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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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Red to Black Financial Education Week: April 14-16

Texas Tech University's Red to Black program hosts its annual Financial Education Week. The week-long event is free to Texas Tech students to become educated about various financial topics.

The event will include credit report reviews, financial fitness at the rec, and Don't Go For Broke game.

For more information about the event, visit www.orgs.ttu.edu/r2b.

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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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Parent & Family Relations Hiring Student Assistants for Summer 2015

Parent and Family Relations seeks motivated and energetic Student Assistants for a part-time position summer 2015 (average of 15-20 hours per week).

Duties include:

  • Setting up and providing assistance for Parent & Family Check-in during Red Raider Orientation (RRO)
  • Interacting with parents and family members attending RRO activities
  • This position involves a high level of contact with people, requires basic knowledge of Texas Tech and Red Raider Orientation, and strong communication skills
  • Clerical duties include: data entry, answering phones, and general office duties
  • Must be able to work quickly and accurately with a strong attention to detail
  • Excellent face-to-face and telephone customer service and computer/typing skills are crucial

Must be available to work throughout the week, including Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday (10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.) as well as some evenings. Exact work schedule will be determined after all students have been hired.

Applications are available online only and must be submitted before Monday, April 20th.

Click HERE for application

Questions regarding this position should be directed to parent@ttu.edu.

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Parent & Family Relations Hiring Graduate Student

Parent and Family Relations, a University department, seeks a motivated and energetic Graduate Assistant.

Job Responsibilities:

  1. Admissions and Recruiting Events – Plan and implement departmental participation in on-campus Undergraduate Admissions events including Transfer Visit Days, Connect Tech events, and Techsan Experience events. This includes hosting parent and family member check-in and information tables as well as gathering marketing materials and information for parents and family members attending the events.
  2. Red Raider Orientation (RRO) for Parents and Family Members – Assisting with various duties associated with departmental participation in RRO including parent and family member check-in, scheduling of student assistant staff, hosting parent and family member receptions, and corresponding with attendees.
  3. Other Departmental Events – Help with planning and implementation of other departmental events such as Holiday Bus Trips, Family Weekend, and Sibling Weekend.
  4. Assessment & Research – Support and administer program or department assessments to provide information on learning outcomes. Research information and resources for parent involvement in higher education, institutional peer practices in parent orientation, and other topics concerning parent involvement.
  5. Administrative Responsibilities – Manage event attendee email lists; manage reporting of attendee numbers; support the generalist functions of Parent & Family Relations.

Requirements: A bachelor's degree is required and candidates should have previous student affairs, student activities or student leadership experience. This position is designed for the individual who is pursuing a Master's degree. At time of employment, candidates must be accepted into a graduate degree program at Texas Tech University. Enrollment in the Higher Education program is preferred. This position is security sensitive. Applicants will be subjected to a background check and drug test. All candidates will be required to submit academic transcripts to verify education.

Remuneration: Graduate Assistants are 12-month appointments with a salary of $14 per hour. Fulltime enrollment of 9 credit hours a semester in a graduate program is required.

Hours: 20 hours per week. Graduate Assistants are expected to work all University workdays unless prior arrangements have been made with their supervisor and all job responsibilities are completed. Night and weekend hours are required at various times throughout the year.

To Apply: Applications should submit a cover letter, resume, academic transcript, letter of acceptance to Texas Tech University Graduate School and three (3) current references. Review of applicants to begin immediately and will continue until position is filled. EEO/Affirmative Action Institution.

For more information, please contact Christine Self, Parent & Family Relations, at (806) 742-3630 or christine.self@ttu.edu.

Below is the link for applicants to use to apply:


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Texas Tech Aquatics hiring Summer Swim Instructors

Texas Tech Aquatics is hiring for summer swim instructor positions. This is an engaging job for anyone staying close to campus who wants the opportunity to work with children and teach a valuable lifelong skill! Training is available and pay starts at $9.50/hr.

Please email Kelly.m.davis@ttu.edu for more information!

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Rec Sports accepting Youth Summer Camp Staff applications

Recreational Sports is currently accepting Youth Summer Sport Camp Staff Applications! This is a half day summer camp for boys and girls ages 7-14. Summer Camp will be June 1st – July 17th, Monday-Friday 7:30am-12:15pm at the Texas Tech Student Rec Center with mandatory Camp Staff Training May 26th -29th, 7:30am-12:15pm.

Our camp is fast paced and full of high energy that provides campers a wide variety of recreational activities ensuring participation, safety, and fun. Activities include rock climbing, archery, team sports, and camp games.

Our online application deadline is Wednesday, April 8th. Summer Camp Staff will be allowed to take summer school classes starting at 12pm each day. Further questions may be directed to laura.w.thomas@ttu.edu or brett.d.jackson@ttu.edu or call 806-742-3351.

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Advance Registration Schedule

Advance registration for current Texas Tech students begins in April. The time your student registers for Summer and Fall 2015 classes depends on his or her current classification. The full registration schedule can be found here:


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Residential Tutoring Program

Have your student start the semester right by taking advantage of The Residential Tutoring Program. This 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.

Subjects Offered:

  • 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 regarding location and scheduled please visit http://housing.ttu.edu/reslife/restutor.

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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 thru 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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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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Responsible off campus living

If your Red Raider lives off campus, make sure he or she is a good neighbor. Students choosing to live in single-family houses sometimes need reminders that they are not necessarily living among other students. Families with small children and working professionals may not appreciate loud noises during late hours.

For tips about responsible off-campus living, CLICK HERE.

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Regalia Purchases now available

Regalia purchases and rentals are now available through the Texas Tech Barnes and Noble Bookstore. For more details about deadlines and cost CLICK HERE.

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Commencement Dates

If your student is graduating in May, congratulations! Below is the Spring 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, May 15, 2015

3:00 p.m. Art & Sciences
7:00 p.m. Graduate School

Saturday, May 16, 2015

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

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

Law School Hooding (Saturday, May 16, 2015)
3:30 p.m. Reception in the Law School Forum
6:00 p.m. Ceremony in the United Supermarkets Arena

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:


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University Career Fair: April 1st

The Texas Tech University Career Fair will take place at the McKenzie-Merket Center Wednesday April 1, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Employers from across the country will attend this event.

This event will include employers who are looking for Texas Tech graduates and alumni for full time opportunities; students for summer internships opportunities; and local employers who offer students flexible part time positions while attending Tech!

Students are required to dress professionally and bring their resume. If you need assistance with your resume, please contact University Career Center at 806.742.2210 or check out the resume tips at www.careerservices.ttu.edu.

Your Red Raider will not want to miss this opportunity!

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International Week: April 12-17

Join the OIA, along with organizations and departments across campus,
to celebrate International Week at TTU!



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Save the date for Family Weekend 2015: September 25-26

The wait is over and we have set the date for Family Weekend 2015. Save the date for September 25-26 when Texas Tech football takes on TCU. More details and registration will become available during the summer 2015.

Be sure and reserve hotels early as these fill up very quickly. For a list of hotels click HERE.

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This month's academic and event calendar

April 2, Thursday

3 p.m., First day for summer/fall advance registration for currently enrolled students (continues through April 21).

April 6, Monday

No classes. University employees on duty.
Select dining locations open for service (www.depts.ttu.edu/hospitality).

April 21, Tuesday

Last day of advance registration.

April 22, Wednesday

Open registration begins.
Last day to transfer between colleges.

April 29 – May 5, Wednesday – Tuesday

Period of no examinations except for makeup exams or scheduled lab exams.

April 30, Thursday

Last day to withdraw from the university. Although withdrawal can be processed until this date, all tuition and fees related to the registration are due in full and no refunds will be issued.

For the complete 2014-2015 Academic Calendar, please visit http://www.depts.ttu.edu/officialpublications/calendar/14-15_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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