December 2018 Parent & Family eNewsletter
Volume 17, Issue 12
- Strategies to Tackle Midterms & Finals
- Student Activities Board: Support Through Finals
- Fall 2018 Commencement Schedule
- Winter Break Bus Trip Tickets On Sale Now!
- Family Visit Day at the Carol of Lights
- Home for the Holidays with your Red Raider
- Save the Date for Sibling Saturday 2019
- Parent Pulse Poll
- University Career Center: Are you and your student familiar with job shadowing?
- Give back with the 13th Annual Toys for Tickets!
- Modified Dining Hours During Finals
- Is your student planning to study abroad? Winter break is the perfect time to prepare!
- Save Now for a Ring Later!
- Exclusive Offers at Barnes & Noble at Texas Tech
- Undergraduate Admissions Student Referral Program
- Signing Up for TechAlert
- For your complete Texas Tech news, visit Texas Tech Today
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As final tests, projects, and other assignments are approaching, students may begin to feel overwhelmed by these pressing demands. Multi-step major assignments can carry a heavy weight on overall final grades for courses.
If your student needs help preparing to study for midterm exams, wants to make a weekly study plan, or needs to organize assignments more effectively, they can schedule a FREE appointment with an Academic Coach at the Learning Center!
Academic Coaches can help in various academic skill areas, including:
- General time management
- Creating an individualized weekly study plan
- Discovering personal learning styles
- Exploring study strategies for various subject areas
- Accessing resources across campus for academic success
- and many more!
How do I Make an Appointment?
Students can visit www.lc.soar.ttu.edu and choose 'Academic Coaching' for more information on these services, to make an appointment, or to view study help worksheets on the website! For more information, call our offices at (806) 742-3664 or stop by Holden Hall Room 80.
The Student Union Building will be open 24 hours during finals week:
- 7 am Thursday, December 6 through 11 pm Saturday, December 8
- 12 pm Sunday, December 9 through 11 pm Wednesday, December 12
Free Pancakes & Sausage Breakfast
- 12 am Midnight
- December 6, 7, & 9
- SUB Food Court
- While supplies last
Free Donuts & Coffee
- 10 pm – 7 am
- December 10 & 11
- In front of SUB CopyMail and at the Info Desk across from Barnes & Noble
- While supplies last
Free Scantrons & Blue Books
- 12 am – 7 am & 5 pm – 7 pm at Info Desk across from Barnes & Noble
- 5 pm – 7 pm at East Info Desk
- December 6, 7, 9, 10 & 11
- While supplies last
All available meeting rooms will be open for individual and group studying.
More information can be found at sub.ttu.edu. For questions, call 806-742-3636.
If your student is graduating in December, congratulations! Below is the Fall 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, December 14th, 2018
|3:00 p.m.||Arts & Sciences|
|7:00 p.m.||Graduate School|
Saturday, December 15th , 2018
|9:00 a.m.||Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources
Visual & Performing Arts
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: https://www.depts.ttu.edu/provost/commencement/
BreakShuttle makes it easy for students at Texas Tech University to save time and money and avoid the hassle of getting home by providing direct, safe and affordable transportation to and from Houston, Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio during academic breaks. Click here to see travel details and to purchase tickets.
BreakShuttle has a full-time staff dedicated to working with universities and coordinating travel arrangements for students around the country. We contract with fully insured and compliant charter companies to provide comfortable vehicles operated by responsible, courteous drivers.
For more information about bus trips, click HERE.
Come participate in one of Texas Tech's most beloved traditions as we light up the campus for the holiday season. Hear performances by Texas Tech choirs and other musical ensembles and see the Saddle Tramps, High Riders, and the Masked Rider lead a lighted processional around Memorial Circle.
- November 30, 2018 - Friday
- 6:30 p.m. - Carrillon Concert before the Carol of Lights
- 7:00 p.m. - Carol of Lights begins
For more information, visit www.familyweekend.ttu.edu.
For more things to do in Lubbock during the holiday season visit https://christmasinlubbock.com/ and https://www.visitlubbock.org/ for a complete list of accommodations, dining, shopping, and events in Lubbock.
If your Red Raider came home during the Thanksgiving Break, you have already gotten a small taste of what it's like to have a college student home for the holidays. Below are some things to think about and discuss with your student as the longer holiday break approaches.
- Your student's sleeping habits may have changed.... a lot! If your student was an early riser in their high school days, they may have a very different sleeping schedule as a college student. With the possibility of late-starting classes and lack of formal bedtimes, students may not go to bed until very late.
- Your student's eating habits may be different. Students often go to college and try very different diets, including vegetarian, gluten-free, clean eating, or other dieting trends. Don't be surprised if once-beloved holiday foods may be off the list for your student. Ask them ahead of time if their diet has changed.
- Have you or other children in your household repurposed your student's room? Give them a heads-up to avoid hurt feelings.
- Though you may have missed your student dearly and want to spend lots of time with them, be prepared that they may want to reconnect with their friends when they get back home. Talk with your student about expectations for holiday family time so they can plan ahead.
- Speaking of friends, students may experience strained relationships with their friends from back home. Reconnecting after a semester of being apart and experiencing different environments is not as easy as your student might hope.
- Discuss "house rules." If you had a curfew in place before, consider how that may need to change to reflect your student's new-found independence. Talk with your student about this ahead of time to avoid surprises.
- Expect growth—even though your student has only been at Texas Tech for one semester, they may surprise you with how they have matured, learned, and expanded their horizons.
- Academics – Talk about your student's semester and what went well and what didn't
go so well. Final grades will be posted by December 17th. If your student's semester
did not go as planned, take a deep breath and discuss with your student how they can
improve. Some questions to ask:
- Was class attendance an issue? If so, what is your plan for ensuring you go to class every day next semester?
- Did you visit your professor during office hours? If not, make a plan to do so right away when you have any difficulty with course materials.
- Have you taken advantage of the tutoring services Texas Tech has to offer? Check into The Learning Center's tutoring sessions, Supplemental Instruction sessions, or departmental tutoring.
- What can I do to help support you?
Finally, enjoy your time with your Red Raider! Call Parent & Family Relations for support and to get your Texas Tech questions answered.
Does your Red Raider have a younger sibling age 8-15? Enjoy a day 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 Saturday invites Texas Tech students to spend time with their brothers or sisters in a day filled with great activities just for them. Younger siblings between the ages of 8 and 15 are invited to attend. Mark your calendars for Saturday, February 16, 2019!
Registration will be available soon. For more information about Sibling Saturday,
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.
For past poll results visit Parent & Family Pulse Polls.
Looking for a way to help your student make the most of their holiday break? Job shadowing is the opportunity to connect with a professional in a career field or occupation that interests your student! Shadowing helps students gather career related information, expand networking contacts, and experience a job for a short period of time.
Talk to your students about the type of jobs that interest them. Some questions include:
- What is your dream job?
- What type of career do you think would be most enjoyable and rewarding?
- What type of company culture suits you best?
Once a potential shadowing experience is identified, have your student contact the professional and request an opportunity to job shadow. Typically shadowing can last from a few hours to a week. Encourage your student to draft a list of general industry questions along with job specific questions. Potential questions might include:
- Please describe a typical day, week, and month in your position?
- What educational background and skills are needed to be successful in this field?
- What is unique about this organization?
- How do you see this field progressing in the next 5-10 years?
Job shadowing will further help your student gain an understanding of what they might want to do in the future. Another benefit of job shadowing is an opportunity to expand one's network. Building a relationship early on can prove to be beneficial and may lead to future job opportunities. Job shadowing can be included in a resume to demonstrate knowledge and stand out among the competition.
The UCC understands that the examples above may not cover all aspects of a job shadowing experience. We encourage you to contact us for an extended list of possible questions by calling 806-742-2210. University Career Center hours are Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm. The University Career Center will be closed for winter break beginning December 24, through January 2, 2019.
Does your student have an unpaid parking citation? They can get it dismissed with Toys for Tickets!
Transportation and Parking Services' Toys for Tickets program allows those who received a Texas Tech parking citation to bring in a new, unwrapped toy or toys of at least the value of the unpaid citation for the citation's dismissal. A receipt is required to verify value. All toys go to the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots program. Since 2009, customers have donated $18,500 worth of toys to local children through Toys for Tickets!
Toys for Tickets runs Tuesday, November 27 through Monday, December 10 during TPS business hours (weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.). For questions, please contact TPS at (806) 742-PARK, email@example.com, or message our page. Toys for Tickets may not be used for violation numbers 3, 7, 16, 17, and 18. Click here for more information.
Hospitality Services want to wish your Red Raiders good luck as they head into finals! For a complete list of modified dining hours during finals visit hospitality.ttu.edu and click under the Quick Links section. If your student has unused Dining Bucks from the Fall semester, they automatically rollover to the Spring semester. Once the Fall semester is finished, On-campus Resident Dining Plan holders have the option to raise or lower their Dining Plan Level through the 20th class day of the spring 2019 semester. The 20th class day in the spring semester is February 13th, 2019.
Study abroad is a unique way for your to student to grow their resume, gain international experience, and develop professional skills and global awareness. Nationwide, only 1 in 10 college students complete a study abroad program so this is the perfect way for your student to set themself apart! Encourage your student to research study abroad programs and complete their application during winter break. More information about study abroad can be found on the Study Abroad website, including study abroad information for parents.
Mark your calendars! On January 10, the Study Abroad Office will conduct a webinar just for parents in collaboration with the Texas Tech Parents Association. The Study Abroad Office hopes you'll join this event to learn more about study abroad opportunities for your student.
Risk Intervention and Safety Education (RISE) provides resources for parents and family members to help them learn about campus safety and wellness policies, procedures, and resources available at Texas Tech. Visit their page HERE.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (806) 834-4258.
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.
Alumni, parents and friends of Texas Tech University play an important role in identifying talented students to the university by exemplifying the impact that the Texas Tech experience has made on their life. We encourage you to refer outstanding prospective students to us. The Student Referral Program is easy and convenient. Simply provide us with basic student contact information using the form below and we'll take it from there. Undergraduate Admissions staff will follow up with the student you've referred and provide them with information about Texas Tech and applying for admission. We thank you for helping us attract the best and brightest students to Texas Tech University.
Click HERE for more information.
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.
Keep up-to-date about everything Texas Tech by visiting Texas Tech Today, a complete news source for Texas Tech University.
Parents of TTU students as well as TTU Students are invited to come and tour our clinic. We are happy to talk with you about the services we provide, our billing process, and give you the opportunity to meet some of our outstanding nurses and providers. Call us today and schedule a tour or make an appointment with one of our providers. If you are interested in a tour or appointment, please contact us at 806.743.2848.
Talk to your student about using Student Health Services any time they feel sick or are needing a check-up while they are on campus. They can familiarize themselves with the Student Wellness Center and learn how to set up an appointment by watching this video.
Do you have a current high school student or know of one in your area? Encourage them to visit Texas Tech University this fall! Campus tours are offered Monday through Friday at 8:30 a.m. and at 1:00 p.m. and at 9:00 a.m. on Select Saturday mornings. The campus tour experience includes an admissions information session, a student-led walking tour and the option to visit with the student's academic area of interest. Once students see the campus, they'll understand why so many students choose to call Texas Tech their home away from home and why alumni have such fond memories.
Click HERE for more information.
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 email@example.com or 806-742-2405. If you have questions about the TECHniques Center program, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 9, Wednesday
- TTU - payment deadline. Registration changes made after this date could affect the student's account balance, and must be paid immediately unless the student is enrolled in a Spring Payment Plan
For more information, please visit Student Business Services at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/studentbusinessservices/
Students need to submit all "3 Keys" to determine their 2019-20 financial aid eligibility.
- University Scholarship Application: with this 1 application, students will be considered for several thousand TTU scholarships.
- FAFSA: the Free Application for Federal Student Aid determines a student's eligibility for grants, scholarships, earned assistance, and borrowed assistance at the Federal, State, and institutional levels.
- Expected Enrollment: What are a student's enrollment plans for next year? Full-time or part-time? We must have the answer to this question to determine a student's financial aid eligibility.
Both parents and students can enter to win a monthly $100 scholarship! No essays, just check out the TTU financial aid and scholarship resources available to you at www.scholarships.ttu.edu/contest .
Please contact us if you have any questions. Our team of advisors would love to assist you!
Financial Aid 806-742-3681 and email@example.com
Scholarships 806-742-3144 and firstname.lastname@example.org
If your student is receiving scholarships from a source other than Texas Tech, for example, their high school, a civic organization, etc? Be sure they report them by going to http://www.depts.ttu.edu/scholarships/ and clicking on the trophy icon (report external awards).
Is your student receiving a scholarship for 2018-2019 from Texas Tech University? Please be sure to get those thank you letters in ASAP!
You can follow TTU Financial Aid on Facebook and Twitter to get reminders and external scholarship information –new posts daily!
For more information, visit the website HERE.
Is your transfer student looking for a job that will make them money AND provide them with leadership experience? Encourage them to apply to be a Transfer Ambassador!
As a Transfer Ambassador, your student will provide support to incoming transfer students throughout their first year on campus and share with them knowledge of the resources available to assist them in their transition to Texas Tech. Transfer Ambassadors contact incoming students prior to orientation, work orientations over the summer, and continue to provide support during the fall semester through campus activities and peer leadership.
To learn more about the position and to receive an application, your student must attend an information session! The dates are available on our website at www.transferconnection.ttu.edu, or your student can email email@example.com.
The Learning Center and SOAR (Support Operations for Academic Retention) offer a variety of free services available to all undergraduate students at Texas Tech University! Your Red Raider can access all of our services completely FREE of charge – all costs are already included in tuition and fees!
- Drop-in tutoring - no appointment needed, cover several of the undergraduate studies (Biology, Chemistry, Engineering (Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Industrial, and Mechanical), Computer Science, English, Geology, History, Math and some Foreign language to name just a few. Hours of Operation is M-Th 8am – 8pm, Fri 8am – 5pm.
- Online tutoring M-Th 7:30pm to 10pm. The link to the Online Portal is on our main page.
- A computer lab and a large study/work area (with outlets for electronic devices).
- Professional and peer academic coaching is also offered to help with Time Management, Test Anxiety, Note Taking Methods, and Study Strategies along with other Academic Skill areas. You can set up appointments on Strive.
- Supplemental Instruction (SI) review sessions for difficult math, science, and engineering-type lectures
Students can come by the Learning Center and pick up information on Tutoring Schedules as well as SI schedules and instructions on how to set up an Academic Coaching appointment. We are located in the basement of Holden Hall, room 80.
For more information, Please contact or come by the Learning Center!
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.
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
University Student Housing will start receiving mail for fall residents on August 7th. Please do not mail items to your students address before this time, or it may be returned to sender.
Just like at your home, Texas Tech residence hall students receive mail directly in their building. Mail is delivered twice daily Monday- Friday. Residence halls do not receive mail on weekends, holidays, or over university breaks.
When students receive a standard piece of mail, those items are placed in a mailbox that corresponds to their room number. Boxes are available to students 24/7 while the residence halls are in operation. Mail boxes are secured with a combination lock. Your student will receive their combination when they move-in.
While the boxes are secured, it is recommended that valuable items such as checks and plane tickets are mailed using registered mail. It is never recommended that you mail cash or other irreplaceable items.
When your student receives a package that's larger than their mailbox, the package will be received by the hall staff in the hall office. Packages are tagged and logged into a computer tracking system. After the package is logged, the EZTrackIt computer system will automatically generate an email notification to the student, letting them know they can come claim their package.
Packages are available from the students' residence hall office. They simply need to bring their student ID at the time of pickup.
Students who need to mail packages or items that need to be weighed on campus can take advantage of CopyMail, which serves as a mail center for the Texas Tech community. Students can visit CopyMail at the Student Union Building, room 100, near the Food Court.
Is your student living off campus or considering living off campus? Be sure to read Common Pitfalls when it comes to living 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.
November 30 – December 6, Friday – Thursday
- Period of no examinations except for makeup exams or scheduled lab exams.
December 5, Wednesday
- Last day of classes.
December 6, Thursday
- Individual study day.
- Late night pancakes available for residents living on campus (hospitality.ttu.edu).
December 7 – 12, Friday – Saturday / Monday – Wednesday
- Final examinations.
December 12, Wednesday
- Fall semester ends.
December 13, Thursday
- Last day for most dining locations (hospitality.ttu.edu).
- Noon, grades due for graduating students via Raiderlink.
- 10 a.m., Residence halls close. Degree candidates may occupy residence hall rooms until 10 a.m. Saturday, December 15 (housing.ttu.edu/winterbreak).
December 14 – 15, Friday – Saturday
- Commencement. Schedule of ceremonies can be found at www.depts.ttu.edu/provost/commencement/index.php.
- Degree candidates may occupy residence hall rooms until 10 a.m. Saturday.
December 17, Monday
- 5:00 p.m., Final grades due via Raiderlink.
December 13 – 21, January 2 – 11
- Winter Intersssion
Complete calendar information:
Free Late Night Movie
- Night School
- 9 pm on Saturday, December 8
- SUB Escondido Theatre
- Free popcorn will be provided
- Limited Seating!
More information can be found at sub.ttu.edu. For questions, call 806-742-3636.
Students can start the new year off right by finding an organization to join! Come meet some great students at Texas Tech during the Winter Raider Welcome Student Org Fair and find out more about getting involved on campus.
- Thursday, January 17, 2019
- 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
- Student Union Building Red Raider Ballroom
If you have any questions, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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!
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.
Visit our website www.texastechparents.org
- To receive important information about programs and services available to parents.
- To continue sharing in your student's educational experience.
- To learn more about available resources as you transition as a mentor to your student.
- To network with other Texas Tech University parents where you live.
- To have access to TTPA student scholarships
- To have access to websites and social media platforms serving your area
Did you know? Students whose parents are actively engaged in their higher education experience have a 34% higher GPA upon graduation than those students whose parents are not involved. Become a member today and find ways to be engaged and involved within your own community. https://www.texastechparents.org/general/register_member_type.asp
Ways to get involved.
- If you live within a chapter service area, it's easy. If you don't have a chapter nearby, talk with the Association about what it would take to start one. If you're more remote, all the more important to get engaged. Check for a chapter near you. https://www.texastechparents.org/page/Chapters
- Become a Parent Ambassador. Parent Ambassadors have opportunities to work directly with the University through the Association. The role of a Parent Ambassador is a very distinguished one. TTPA encourages parents who want to share their experiences with others to join a select and diverse group of parents and other adult family members to represent the TTPA community and the University in a gratifying and meaningful way. PAs are up-to-date on many issues supporting student success and engage with parents whose students are considering TTU for their college experience. Training is provided to ensure confidence and consistency of message. Learn more about the program on the Parent Ambassador website: https://www.texastechparents.org/page/ParentAmbassadors
- Do you have Board of Director experience? There's a special balance of strengths, diversity and experience the Association needs to have on the Board to carry out our mission well. We're talking with experienced people to see who might be interested. Contact Joyce Zachman, Executive Director for more information. email@example.com
- Chapter activities present wonderful opportunities to connect and learn. Look for activities in your area.
- Remember to LIKE Texas Tech Parents Association on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TechParents/