Texas Tech University

August 2016 Parent & Family eNewsletter

Volume 15, Issue 8

In this issue...

General News

Parents of Incoming Freshman 

Financial Tips/Info

Scholarships/Job Opportunities 




Important Dates

Extracurricular Activities

Texas Tech Parents Association


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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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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 Red Raider Orientation: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FTLYSMM

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

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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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Career Center: Developing Soft Skills

Whether your student is looking for an internship, a part-time job, or searching for a career, the importance of learning soft skills is crucial. Hard skills such as having a degree or certification, ability to speak and understand a foreign language, and data/numeric analysis abilities are important. These skills are typically learned though classroom or other training. Soft skills, sometimes referred to as "people skills", indicate a high level of emotional intelligence. Soft skills can be learned, but must be practiced. Below are some of the most important skills used in the workplace:

  • Communication: active listening, reading, writing and speaking
  • Interpersonal: team work, collaboration and conflict management
  • Critical thinking/problem solving: considering different perspectives, examining implications/consequences, and using reason to solve problems
  • Flexibility/adaptability: embracing change to fit the circumstance, saying "yes" to new challenges
  • Time management: prioritizing, scheduling and goal setting
  • Ethical behavior: integrity, responsibility, and self-discipline

The Texas Tech University Career Center has career counselors available to assist students with building their soft skills and understanding how they directly translate to employability. Counselors can also help students learn to highlight their soft skills on their resume and cover letters. By attending UCC career development activities, such as career fairs, mocktail parties, etiquette dinners, and mock interviews, students can practice using soft skills in a professional networking environment.

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

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Raider Welcome is Coming: August 21st - September 3rd 

We are so excited to have your students here in Raiderland that we have put together more than 85 different fun and FREE Raider Welcome events to welcome them back to campus. It all starts after move-in on August 21 and goes all the way through the first week of classes, ending on September 3.

And who doesn't love free? Free food! Free shirts! Free events! It's all at Raider Welcome.

Raider Welcome a great way to meet new people and to re-learn about all the great opportunities and resources Texas Tech has to offer. Because who wants to get lost during their first week??

Check out our website www.raiderwelcome.ttu.edu for a full schedule of events. Follow us on social media @TTUengagement for schedule updates. Encourage your students to use #RaiderWelcome to connect with others attending these events.

Follow us on social media: Twitter and Instagram

We hope your student is enjoying the final weeks of summer and we'll be here to welcome them on campus for Raider Welcome 2016!

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Used Bike Sales Begin August 22

At the start of the fall semesters, Texas Tech students and employees may purchase a used bicycle from Transportation and Parking Services. The department saves bicycles from abandoned bicycle collections (OP 76.09) that best combined quality and condition. Each bicycle is USED and sold AS IS, costs $40, comes with a brand new U-lock, and will be automatically registered to your My Parking Account upon checkout. (Limit one bicycle per year per student or employee. Bicycles are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Bikes may not be returned unless they have a major mechanical issue that requires extensive repairs. (Flat tires and loose chains are easily repaired and do not qualify as major mechanical issues.)

For more information, see http://www.parking.ttu.edu/bicycling-on-campus/bicycle-sales.

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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. 


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Beat the Blame Game - August 31st

A 90 minute, interactive presentation addressing victim blaming, gender stereotypes, and equipping participants to respond effectively. For more details and other events hosted by RISE, visit http://www.depts.ttu.edu/rise/.

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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 is due August 19th, before students move into their residence halls.
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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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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Are you coming to Red Raider Orientation this summer?

Are you attending Red Raider Orientation this summer? Parent & Family Relations will be providing you with a copy of the Parent & Family Guide, conduct parent and family orientation presentations, and show you how to get involved. We look forward to seeing you this summer!

Be sure to check out our video about What to Expect at Red Raider Orientation.

Visit www.redraiderorientation.ttu.edu or call the Center for Campus Life at 806-742-5433 for information about Red Raider Orientation.

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Parents, join your student at the Study Abroad info session during RRO!

Texas Tech's Office of International Affairs wants to help you and your student learn all there is to know about studying abroad!

During orientation, join us in the Lubbock Room at the Student Union Building for our study abroad presentation. Study abroad advisors will be there to discuss the different programs, how credit applies, the benefits of studying abroad, and what options your student has for funding their trip abroad!

Also, swing by our table at the resource fair to speak directly with advisors to get any additional questions answered!

See you soon!
Wreck 'Em, Tech!

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Post Red Raider Orientation Survey

If you attended Red Raider Orientation, we invite you to take our Post-Red Raider Orientation survey.

This survey will give you a chance to tell us about your experience at Red Raider Orientation and provide us with information that will improve future sessions. To take the survey, please click here.

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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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Raider Ready: IS 1100 Course

RaiderReady: IS 1100 is a course designed to bridge the gap between high school and collegiate success. Students who enroll in this one-hour class can expect to learn and further develop note, studying, and test taking skills, academic professionalism, as well as stress management.

RaiderReady is an invaluable resource not only for the quality of skills our students learn, but also the relationships built while doing so. Allowing the students a place and faculty member to navigate freshman year creates success, and is evident in higher numbers of students returning for a second year in comparison to the university average.

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Fall 2016 Bills

Fall bills were issued July 26, 2016. Be sure your student is checking his or her Texas Tech email to receive this information. For more information regarding the bill visit Student Business Services website.

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Student Financial Aid & Student Business Services Move-In Weekend Hours

Student Financial Aid and Student Business Services will be open during move-in weekend to assist with any questions regarding financial aid or the bill. 

Saturday, August 20th
1:00-4:00 PM

Sunday, August 21st 
1:00-4:00 PM

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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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Complete Enrollment Certification to Receive Financial Aid

All students attending Texas Tech must complete Enrollment Certification in order to receive funding. Here are the steps to complete:

  1. Log into MyTech, access your Financial Aid under "Manage My Finances"
  2. Select "View/Accept Aid Package", select aid year (2016-2017)
  3. The Expected Certification Tab is the third tab, please answer the questions, and click submit information.

Watch this tutorial on how to complete enrollment certification: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUrnfRJibXY

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Red to Black: Peer-to-Peer Financial Coaching 

Hi, Parents! As the end of the semester is quickly approaching, it is time to start looking towards summer jobs, or even graduation. One of the services Red to Black Peer Financial Coaching can assist your student with is helping them evaluate employee benefits packages. Have your student contact us today to learn more! 806-742-9781| redtoblack@ttu.edu | www.r2b.ttu.edu

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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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Office of Annual Giving Hiring Student Callers

If your student is looking for an on-campus job encourage them to look into applying with the Office of Annual Giving. Position includes contacting alumni, parents, & friends of the university to update demographic information, reconnect them with the university, and drive fundraising efforts for TTU.

The minimum required shifts would be 3 shifts per week, which equals about 9-12 hours per week. One shift must be a Sunday or Friday shift.

Our shifts are:
Monday - Thursday
6:00pm – 9:00pm

Sunday (two shifts)
The first from 2:00pm – 5:30pm
The second from 6:00pm – 9:00pm.

Starting base wage is $8.50 per hour

Position also includes:
- Newly Renovated Office
- Evening Hours
- Flexible Schedule
- Saturdays Off
- Relaxed atmosphere
- Great Resume Builder
- Work as little or as much as you want, between 12 and 20 hours per week
- Bonus Opportunities Available!!

You must show proof of age of 17 years or older.

This job is part of the Texas Tech University System.

Students can apply on-line at https://www.texastech.edu/careers/student-positions.php.

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Cowamongus Hiring

Would your student like a great job close to campus? Look no further than COWamongus! They are looking to hire several student assistants that are hard working and self motivated individuals. They are looking to fill all open undergraduate student assistant positions for the fall semester. If your student is interested in applying please have them stop by the Animal and Food Sciences building and apply.

The positions they are hiring for are for food service personnel.

Cowamongus is a small restaurant with a meat market inside our store.

For any questions please call us at 806-742-2882 and ask for Adrian or you can send us an email at redraider.rodriguez@ttu.edu.

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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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Fall 2016 Move-In

Residence Halls officially open on Sunday, August 21st at 10:00 a.m. For information about what to do when you arrive, what to bring, what not to bring, room dimensions, and other information, visit http://www.depts.ttu.edu/housing/movein.php

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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 August, congratulations! Below is the Summer 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.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

9:00 a.m.
Business Administration
Graduate School
Human Sciences
Visual & Performing Arts
University Programs 

1:30 p.m.
Arts and Sciences
Graduate School
Honors College (EVHM and HAL majors only)
Media and Communication

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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Graduation Fair and Ring Ceremony Dates

Graduation Fair
September 13th, 14th and 15th
9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.
McKenzie Merket Alumni Center)

Ring ceremony
November 7th, 8th and 9th
McKenzie Merket Alumni Center

Please visit the Alumni Association website for detail on these special events for our graduates.

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Career Center Events

Ice Cream Social
August 22nd | 6 pm – 8 pm
University Career Center | 150 Wiggins Complex (next to Sam's Place West)

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)

CASNR Career Expo
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

Resume Critique Day (walk-in resume critiques)
October 18th | 9 am – 4 pm
University Career Center | 150 Wiggins Complex (next to Sam's Place West)

Mocktail Party
October 18th | 5 pm – 7 pm
McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center | Students can register here 

Teacher Job Fair
November 2nd | 9 am – 12 pm
McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center

Non-Profit Fair
November 9th | 2 pm – 4 pm
SUB Ballroom

Resume Critique Day (walk-in resume critiques)
February 29th | 9am – 4pm
University Career Center | 150 Wiggins Complex

These 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

August 1, Monday
Last day for student-initiated drop on MyTech with academic penalty (counts against drop limit). All drops are the responsibility of the student.

Last day to transfer between colleges.

Last day to declare pass/fail intentions.

August 8, Monday
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.

Last day for undergraduate degree candidates to remove grades of I and PR.

August 9, Tuesday
Raiderlink available for grading.

August 10, Wednesday
Last day of classes.

August 11 – 12, Thursday – Friday
Final examinations for second term.

August 12, Friday
Second summer term ends.

August 13, Saturday
Commencement. Schedule of ceremonies can be found at www.depts.ttu.edu/provost/commencement/index.php.

Last day for most summer dining locations (www.depts.ttu.edu/hospitality).

Students without room reservations for Fall 2016 must vacate residence hall rooms by 10 a.m.

August 15, Monday
Noon, Final grades due via Raiderlink.

August 21, Sunday
10 a.m., Residence halls open for occupancy

Select Hospitality Services dining locations open for service (hospitality.ttu.edu).

August 22, Monday
95% payment of mandatory tuition and fees or enrollment in a payment plan due for fall. Registrations after this date require immediate payment or enrollment in a payment plan.

All Hospitality Services dining locations open for service                           (hospitality.ttu.edu).

August 24, Wednesday
Faculty on duty.

August 26, Friday
Last day to withdraw from the university without financial penalty. For more information visit: www.depts.ttu.edu/studentbusinessservices/calendar/withdrawDates.php

August 29, Monday
Classes begin.

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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Road Raiders - Have peace of mind when your student travels to Lubbock for the fall semester

Don't forget Road Raiders when traveling to Texas Tech in August. Road Raiders are Texas Tech Parents Association members who have volunteered to help Texas Tech students with car trouble, directions, or a place to rest while traveling.

The Road Raiders list is available for students online. They can search by city from a wireless phone or computer at www.texastechparents.org.

Drive Safely. Stay Alert. Be Prepared.

For more information, visit www.texastechparents.org.

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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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