Texas Tech University

April 2019 Parent & Family eNewsletter

Volume 18, Issue 4

In this issue...

General News

Parents and Family Members of Incoming Students

Financial Tips/Info

Scholarships/Job Opportunities



Important Dates

Extracurricular Activities

Texas Tech Parent Association


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We're Getting a Makeover!

The Parent and Family eNewsletter is going through some big changes! We have so much information to share and we want to deliver it in the best way possible. Beginning next month, you will notice a change in the format of the eNewsletter. We can't wait for you to see it! 

If you do not receive the May eNewsletter by May 6th, please contact our office to ensure you continue to receive important updates about campus.

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Vote for the New Parent & Family Relations Bumper Sticker

We are currently working on a new design for the bumper stickers we give out to Red Raider Families throughout the year. This year, we received some great designs from our current students and now we need your help! Please go VOTE for your favorite design to help us choose our new bumper sticker for the year. Voting closes Friday, April 5th.

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Spring Family Days

Family Days are times we encourage parents and family members to visit their students on weekends where Texas Tech or Lubbock community events are happening. Most Family Days will offer FREE events for families to attend as well as more unstructured time to spend with your Red Raiders!

Texas Tech Football Spring Scrimmage - March 30, 2019

See the Texas Tech Football Team under Matt Wells in action! FREE admission to the scrimmage at Jones AT&T Stadium at 2:00 p.m. Free parking in the lot west of Jones AT&T Stadium. There will be food for purchase at the stadium. Clear bag policy applies. Autograph signing opportunity following the scrimmage!

First Friday Art Trail - April 5, 2019

First Friday Art Trail is held the first Friday of each month in Lubbock's Arts District. A favorite activity among Texas Tech students, First Friday Art Trail involves local, regional, and national art exhibits, live music, food trucks, and fun. This is a great time to visit your student and experience what Lubbock has to offer. Admission to the event is FREE. For more information, visit http://www.ffat.org/

To learn more about Family Days, visit http://go.ttu.edu/familydays

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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. This month, we invite you to participate in a national survey that covers topics like parent access to campus resources and parent-student communication. The survey is only 25 questions and should only take 5-10 minutes to complete. You can access the survey HERE.

For past poll results visit Parent & Family Pulse Polls.

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An Evening with Alumna Susan Graham

An Evening With Alumna Susan GrahamYou are invited to an exciting event taking place in Dallas on Friday evening, April 5th. This concert is a wonderful way to support TTU while enjoying a glamorous evening in the Dallas Arts District with one of Tech's most illustrious alumni. More information is on the invitation, below. We hope you can join us!

For more information and to purchase tickets or sponsorships, visit www.susangrahamdallas.com.

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Feed Your Inner Red Raider!

Having an On-campus Dining Plan means your Red Raiders has options! So students don't lose their Dining Bucks, they can roll unused Dining Bucks to their next on-campus living contract. Dining Bucks do not roll to an off-campus/commuter dining plan and they are non-refundable and non-transferable. However, students can exhaust Dining Bucks by purchasing non-perishable items in the Sam's Place Mini-markets or treating friends to a meal. Sam's Places can even order you're your Red Raider their favorite snack or beverage, just ask for the location manager for help before May 8th.

Questions? Call 806.742.1360 or visit hospitality.ttu.edu

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @EatAtTexasTech

Feed Your Inner Red Raider!

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Transportation & Parking Services' Bike Clinic – Wednesday, April 24

Have your cyclist stop by the TPS Bike Clinic Wednesday, April 24 in the SUB Plaza by the arbor from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for free, on-site bike registration, drinks, snacks, prizes, other cycling-centric organizations, and free diagnostics and small tune-ups from the TTU Rec Center's Outdoor Pursuits Center bike shop mechanics. For more information, visit http://www.depts.ttu.edu/parking/InformationFor/Bicycling/BikeClinics.php.

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 Student Org Awards

The Student Org Awards are coming up! Is your student part of a student organization who has made outstanding contributions to the Texas Tech and greater Lubbock community? Encourage them to nominate their organization, advisor, or specific individuals who have inspired them for the Student Org Awards! The nomination categories are Outstanding Organization Advisor of the Year, Best Example of Teamwork, Outstanding Contribution to the Greater Community, Most Improved Student Organization, New Student Organization of the Year, Student Organization of the Year, Outstanding Service Award, and Student Leader of the Year. Nominations are due April 6th. Students can submit nominations online.

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Ways Your Student Can Build Their Resume During Summer Break

Everyone enjoys some down time to rest and rejuvenate. This summer, after your student has had a reprieve from writing papers, doing projects, and taking tests, they can start to build an impressive resume. While jobs and internships are tried and true ways of building resumes, consider volunteering, developing a project, and traveling as ways to highlight skills and abilities to potential employers.

For students, we recommend:

  • Job shadowing is an opportunity for you to observe or "shadow" someone performing his or her job. Shadowing can be as simple as an hour-long visit with one person, to an extended weeklong stay allowing interaction with numerous staff and observation of a variety of activities.
  • Summer jobs are an excellent way to gain valuable skills and earn extra money. When putting a job on your resume, choose words to describe the experience that directly ties the work to a degree program by choosing industry-specific terms.
  • Internships can help you gain transferrable skills such as collaboration, creativity, time management and leadership in an actual work environment. Some majors require an internship to graduate.
  • Volunteering can give you a unique opportunity to learn from experienced leaders while building your own skills. Possible volunteer positions include hospitals, pet shelters, retirement homes, and community gardens. Contact your local volunteer center to find out more about what is available in your area.
  • Develop an individual project: show off your entrepreneurship by starting your own business. This effort shows potential future employers your leadership skills and your ability to motivate others. Consider businesses such as a lawn service, mobile car wash, or personal shopper.
  • Traveling to other cities, states and countries can broaden your perspective and help you learn more about yourself. Just as significant, you will learn more about other cultures, which is very important to employers and makes you more marketable.

When your student returns to Texas Tech, encourage them to visit the University Career Center and let us help translate their summer experiences into an attention-grabbing resume.

Students can utilize the University Career Center even when they are not on campus. We offer phone and email appointments. The UCC is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Visit our website and browse all the things the UCC can do to help prepare students to be working professionals.

UCC hours are Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM. The main number is 806-742-2210.

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Register your student for Red Raider Camp!

Red Raider CampSending your student off to college isn't always easy. But you can rest assured knowing they have chosen an excellent university with a multitude of opportunities for them to succeed! The first opportunity is Red Raider Camp!

Red Raider Camp is a 3 day, 2 night program that takes place in Brownwood, TX completely led by current students. The cost is $225 and includes lodging, meals, 3 camp t-shirts, and more! Students who attend RRC have higher GPAs, take part in leadership development, make great connections before classes begin, and so much more! Spots are limited so sign up TODAY! Camp dates and registration can be done on our website www.redraidercamp.ttu.edu. Wreck Em!

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Risk Intervention and Safety Education (RISE) for Parents

Risk Intervention and Safety Education (RISE) provides resources for parents and family members to help them learn about campus safety and wellness policies, volience prevention and response, procedures, and resources available at Texas Tech. Visit their page HERE.

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Save Now for a Ring Later!

The Official Texas Tech Class Ring symbolizes a significant achievement in a student's academic career. Undergraduate students only need 75 hours to purchase a class ring, but they can begin saving money to purchase that ring as soon as their first day of class.

The Texas Tech Alumni Association has made it easy for students to save for their ring through the Ring Savings Program. Each semester students can set aside a refundable $75 (or more) through their tuition, which may then be applied toward the purchase of their Official Texas Tech Class Ring, upon eligibility.

To enroll and begin saving today, have your student visit Raiderlink.ttu.edu, click on the MyTech tab, and sign up in the Official Class Ring section under Optional Services.

For more information on the Official Texas Tech Class Ring, visit www.texastechalumni.org/ring. If you have any questions or would like to save more than $75 a semester, please contact Mandy Wiley at mandy.wiley@ttu.edu or (806) 834-4258.

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Exclusive Offers at Barnes & Noble at Texas Tech

The campus bookstore is your official destination for textbooks, school supplies, and official Texas Tech apparel & gifts.

  • Save 25% off one Texas Tech apparel item when you sign up for emails from the bookstore. Click here to sign up today.
  • Download the My College Bookstore app for a 25% off coupon, exclusive app offers and order & shipment updates.
  • Rent or Buy Textbooks – We Price Match Amazon, bn.com & local competitors. Visit our website or speak to a bookseller for details.

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 Signing Up for TechAlert

If you would like to sign up for TechAlert messages, your student needs to log in at www.ttu.edu/emergencyalert using their eRaider username and password. Your number can be added as an alternate phone number, but your student's number should be listed as the primary emergency alert contact number so he or she receives the text messages and calls first. Up to four phone numbers can be added, but your student's number should be the primary number for texting.

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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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Student Disability Services

If you have a student that would benefit from support in college through Student Disability Services, please have your student apply for services at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/sds/. Documentation can be uploaded along with the application, and any questions should be directed to sds@ttu.edu or 806-742-2405. If you have questions about the TECHniques Center program, please send an email to techniques.center@ttu.edu.

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Updates from Student Financial Aid & Scholarships

Join us for Bites and Borrowing, an event focused on educating students about their borrowing options, strategies to minimize student debt, and repayment options. West Hall Visitor's Center | April 25 | 11am-2pm. Parents are welcome!

A Student Debt Letter was sent to all enrolled students with loan debt. This is in response to SB 887 and aims to help students be aware of the amount they have borrowed and connect them with available resources. Please connect students to Mark Langford if they have questions (806.834.3875, finaid.defaultaversion@ttu.edu).

The myStudentAid App is an important financial aid tool. Students can complete the FAFSA, view the amount of their student loans, and even make a loan payment... right from their phones!

TTU Alumni Scholarship Application (March 15-April 30) The awards are based on hometown, academic achievement, honors, activities, and to some degree, financial need.

Expected Enrollment is required to determine a student's financial aid eligibility. Students can go to financialaid.ttu.edu and click on the Expected Enrollment image to share their enrollment plans.

Students can still complete the 2019-20 FAFSA. This kicks off the financial aid process and is needed to determine a student's eligibility for grants, some scholarships, some earned assistance, and even some borrowed assistance.

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Student Business Services important dates and deadlines

April 25, Thursday

  • Budget/Emergency Payment Plan due date – Required payment must be received by the due date or the account will incur late fees

If you have any questions about paying your student's tuition bill, please contact Student Business Services at 806.742.3272 or email sbs@ttu.edu.

For more information, please visit Student Business Services at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/studentbusinessservices/

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Contact Your College or Department

Is your student looking for other scholarship dollars? The university continuing scholarship deadline has passed, but students might want to check with their college and department about awarding guidelines.

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Texas Tech Alumni Association Scholarship Application

Every year, the Texas Tech Alumni Association awards hundreds of scholarships funded by alumni contributions. These scholarships are awarded to deserving current undergraduate and graduate students as well as incoming freshmen, incoming graduate and transfer students. TTAA scholarships are awarded based on a variety of factors including ethnicity, academic merit and financial need.

Learn More Here

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Report External Scholarships

Students receiving a scholarship from an outside agency must notify the Scholarship Office to have the scholarship posted to the student's account. Include the students full proper name and r number. Donors may mail scholarship checks to:

Texas Tech University
Scholarship Office
West Hall, Room 205
Box 45011
Lubbock, TX 79409-5011

External scholarship recipients receive offers and are selected by agencies or committees outside of Texas Tech. TTU is not responsible for establishing criteria or participating in the selection or notification of recipients.

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Fulfill Foreign Language Requirement at the TTU Center in Sevilla, Spain

Does your student have a foreign language requirement as part of their Texas Tech studies? Did you know students can fulfill that language requirement by spending just one semester at the TTU Center in Sevilla, Spain?

Texas Tech opened a study center in southern Spain nearly 20 years ago and has since welcomed thousands of students to Sevilla. Each semester, students can study Spanish as well as engineering, architecture, history and more. Some benefits of the Spanish language program at the Center in Sevilla include:

  • Complete all 12 hours of foreign language requirement in 1 semester
  • Interested in a Spanish minor? Complete the minor plus an internship in your field of choice
  • Earn the multicultural core requirement in combination with a study abroad experience

Applications are now open for spring 2020 programs. Encourage your student to apply today!

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Resolve to Use the Learning Center this Semester!

SOAR (Support Operations for Academic Retention) offers a variety of services to undergraduate students at Texas Tech University! Your Red Raider can access all of our services completely FREE of charge – all costs are included in tuition and fees!
Finals are coming and it can be a stressful time for students. Let us help ease the burden and keep your students on track to success.

The Learning Center offers:

  • drop-in tutoring (no appointment necessary!) in several undergraduate subject areas
  • computer use and work/study areas
  • professional academic coaching to help with Time Management, Test Taking Skills, and Study Strategies, among other skill areas
  • Supplemental Instruction (SI) review sessions for difficult math, science, and engineering courses

Students can get information on everything SOAR offers in Room 80 of Holden Hall.

For more information, contact us!

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University Advising Walk-In Hours

Is your student needing help with major exploration, connecting their major to jobs, or thinking of changing majors? Encourage them to stop by University Advising during their walk-in hours. Walk-in appointments are open to any student.

Where: University Advising, Holden Hall 079

For more information, visit advising.ttu.edu or call 806.742.2189.

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Spring 2019 Commencement Schedule

If your student is graduating in May, congratulations! Below is the 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 17, 2019

2:30 p.m. College of Arts and Sciences
J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual and Performing Arts
College of Education
7:30 p.m. Graduate School

Saturday, May 18th , 2019

9:00 a.m. Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College Engineering
Honors College
College of Human Sciences
University Programs
Wind Energy
1:30 p.m. Jerry S. Rawls College of Business Administration
College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
College of Media and Communication
College of Architecture

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

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Safety in Residence Halls

Student standing next to a Blue Light Emergency PhoneAt University Student Housing, we have many different programs to ensure your student's safety during their stay at Texas Tech University. For emergency and crisis responses, each residence hall has a protocol on building evacuations and escape routes, and each hall will be notified via hall staff should an emergency occur. The weather can vary significantly in Lubbock, so Texas Tech University has prepared a centralized warning system for any major weather events, in which sufficient warning time will be given should inclement weather occur.

For personal safety, we have 120 Blue Light Emergency Phones placed throughout campus, which are direct lines to the Texas Tech University Police Department. These phones are easily recognizable with a blue light mounted on top of the phone box, and are to be used in emergency situations. In the residence halls, we offer safety features such as resident only hall entry. This is facilitated via access cards (student ids), but residents are allowed to bring guests as long as they are accompanied. However, it is the responsibility of each individual to be safe in the residence halls. This can be done by reporting suspicious behavior to Community Advisors and Hall Offices.

We hold your student's safety in high regards. If you have any concerns, please feel free to contact us.

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Sending Mail & Packages to Campus

Who doesn't love getting a postcard, letter, or package from a loved one!? Below are several tips and suggestions on how to make sure your student gets all of their mail while they're on campus.

To locate your students on-campus mailing address, visit: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/housing/halls/mail.php

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Free Lease Review for Off-Campus Housing

Please remember that Student Legal Services offers free lease reviews for students moving off-campus. Please have your student call (806) 742-3289 to set up an appointment. The more roommates attending the better.

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This Month's Academic and Event Calendar

April 4, Thursday

  • 3 p.m., First day for fall 2019 advance registration for currently enrolled students (continues through April 23).

April 12, Friday

  • Last day to remove grades of I, PR, or CR in the Graduate School. This does not apply to the PR/CR received on a previous thesis or dissertation enrollment.

April 22, Monday

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

April 24, Wednesday

  • Open registration for fall 2019 begins - current students only. Newly admitted students will register for classes at Red Raider Orientation.

Complete calendar information:

Texas Tech Academic Calendar
Texas Tech Events Calendar

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Student Activities Board: April Events

SAB Monthly EventsRaiders Rejuvenate: Come out to make face masks and bath bombs! Also enjoy chocolate- covered fruit and more!

  • April 3, 6:00-8:00 pm in the SUB Courtyard

Egg-Spectacular Baskets: Help SAB make eggs'tra cute Easter eggs, activity books and cards for Easter baskets for the Boys and Girls Club of Lubbock!

  • April 8, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm in SUB CopyMail

4ore! Golf: Take a swing and play fun and competitive golf games. You and 5 friends can get 1 free hour of golfing. Free for the first 360 with TTU Student ID.

  • April 10, 6:00-9:00 pm at 4ore! Golf (6909 Marsha Sharp Fwy

Tech to Town: Help us say "Thank You" to the Lubbock Community! Sign-up to participate in this Community-Wide Day of Service to give back through volunteering.

  • April 13

Spring Concert with PLAIN WHITE T'S

  • April 13, 8:00 pm, Urbanovsky Park

Come Find Your Zen:Join SAB in making your own Zen garden to help you stay relaxed and rejuvenated. Free to first 200 with TTU Student ID.

  • April 17, 11:00-2:00 pm, SUB North Plaza

For more information, visit www.sab.ttu.edu

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Student Activities Board: Free Late Night Movies

Late Night MoviesEvery Thursday and Friday at 10:00 pm in the SUB Escondido Theatre. Free popcorn provided by Hospitality Services. Come early-limited seating! Doors open 30 minutes prior. No previews! Free with TTU Student ID.

  • April 4-5: Holmes
  • April 11-12: Aquaman
  • April 18: First Man
  • April 25-26: Mary Poppins Returns

More information can be found at sub.ttu.edu. For questions, call 806-742-3636.

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Have your student check out TechConnect for ways to get involved 

Is your student involved in student organizations? If not, have him or her visit studentinvolvement.ttu.edu 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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 Military & Veterans Programs

Is your student involved with the Military and Veterans Programs? If so, encourage him or her to view the Upcoming Events & Announcements on the MVP website!

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Texas Tech Parents Association Welcomes Family Engagement

Texas Tech has a strong culture of positive family involvement. Texas Tech Parents Association (Tech Parents, TTPA) is a nonprofit organization, founded in 1956 and provides a variety of programs and services to help make your family's experience at Texas Tech memorable. Browse through our website for information and resources most important to parents. We are honored to have you and your student as a part of the Texas Tech family. We hope you'll visit often, participate in events, and take advantage of our programs and services both in your own community and on campus.

Welcome to Texas Tech University and Texas Tech Parents Association.

  • New Families Check the calendar on our website for local programs just for you!
  • Parent U: Find information on student safety, what Lubbock has to offer when you visit, links to guide you through any questions, and videos that provide you resourceful information on all things Texas Tech.
  • Webinars: TTPA Webinars serve to provide information and valuable tips to parents in support of the success of their student. Each webinar focuses on a topic that will help parents effectively advise their student.
  • Chapters: Find a TTPA Chapter or group near you to connect with Red Raider parents in your area. Visit our website to view a list of TTPA Chapters.
  • Members: Check our website to view the TTPA Calendar for upcoming events in your area and in Lubbock. TTPA is proud to provide discounted hotel rates year-round.
  • Scholarships: The Texas Tech Parents Association provides approximately $35,000 in scholarships annually. Applications for 2019-2020 scholarships are available on the TTPA website. Submissions are due March 31st.
  • Raider Roadshows: TTPA attends all of the Raider Roadshows. Encourage your friends to visit our booth!

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