Texas Tech University

February 2018 Parent & Family eNewsletter

Volume 17, Issue 2

In this issue...

General News

Parents and Family Members of Incoming Freshmen

Financial Tips/Info

Scholarships/Job Opportunities



Important Dates

Extracurricular Activities

Texas Tech Parent Association


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Sibling Saturday 2018 Registration Is Now Open!

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 24, 2018!

For more information and to register, click HERE.

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Spring Break Bus Trip Tickets On Sale Now!

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 been offering convenient and reliable college break transportation for Texas Tech University since 2012. In 2017, BreakShuttle was acquired by Wells + Associates, a national transportation consultancy based in the Washington, DC region. For 25 years, W+A has created and implemented sustainable, cost-effective transportation solutions for commercial, residential, governmental, and institutional developments across the United States including university campuses.

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.

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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 How You Prefer to Receive Information.

For past poll results visit Parent & Family Pulse Polls.

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TTAA Scholarship Application Open

The 2018 Texas Tech Alumni Association Scholarship Application is now open through April 15 at texastechalumni.org/scholarships.

Every year, the TTAA 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.

Last year, we were thrilled to award more than $400,000 in scholarships to current and future Red Raiders. Please take a look at all the scholarships we are offering this year and apply today!

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 2018 Spring Graduation Fair

The TTAA will host the 2018 Spring Grad Fair from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Feb. 20-22 at the McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center.

The grad fair is a one-stop shop for everything your student needs for the big day, from graduation invitations, portraits, diploma frames, cap and gown fittings and purchases, and more. Balfour representatives will also be on hand to assist students in choosing the perfect class ring to celebrate one of the most important moments in their life.

Also, learn how the Texas Tech University Career Center can help with job searches. Thinking about grad school? Students can check out the many options available in continuing their education with Texas Tech.

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Resolve to Use the Learning Center this New Year!

The Learning Center and SOAR (Support Operations for Academic Retention) offer a variety of free services available to 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!

We offer:

  • drop-in tutoring in most subject areas (no appointment necessary!)
  • computer use and quiet study areas
  • professional academic coaching to help with time management, goal-setting, and study strategies, among other skill areas
  • Supplemental Instruction (SI) review sessions for difficult math, science, and engineering-type lectures

... and many more FREE services!!

Students can swing by and grab information, tutoring schedules, SI schedules, and academic coaching worksheets in Room 80 Holden Hall.

For more information, contact us!





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 Study Abroad In Spain with Texas Tech Professors!

Is your student interested or required to study abroad? The TTU Center in Sevilla is a perfect place for enhancing their college education with a semester or summer abroad! Sevilla was named by Lonely Planet as the #1 top travel destination for 2018, and at The TTU Center, students earn college credit by completing Spanish and/or Engineering courses taught by Texas Tech faculty. In the summertime, course options range widely – from Music to Math! Whether your student wants to be abroad for four weeks or four months, a Spanish experience is ideal for Red Raiders who want be surrounded by fellow Raiders while living in the beautiful capital of Andalucía.

For more information, email Donna.K.Wright@ttu.edu or visit www.studyabroad.ttu.edu. To see what TTU students are saying, follow us on Instagram (@ttustudyabroad) or Facebook (Study Abroad at Texas Tech University).

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"Dissertation Support Request - Parent-College Student Conversations about Sexual Violence" Participants needed for research

Dear College Parent,

My name is Christine Self, and I am a doctoral candidate in the Ph.D. in Higher Education Research program at Texas Tech University. Currently, I am beginning my dissertation research on Parent-College Student Conversations about Sexual Violence.

The incidence of sexual violence on college campuses is troubling to higher education professionals and the parents of college students. One in five college women report sexual assault at some point during their college careers (Anderson, Svrluga, & Clement, 2015). Parents are highly involved in their students' higher education experiences and serve as support systems for students, so parents may be potential partners in sexual violence prevention efforts on college campuses.

I am writing to you as a parent of a college student enrolled at a 4-year university to request your participation in my research study by sharing your stories and experiences in discussing sexual violence and safety with your son(s) and/or daughter(s). The study will explore how parents talk about the topic of sexual violence with their college student children, what resources are helpful to parents in discussing the topic of sexual violence with their children, and how parents might assist colleges and universities in sexual violence prevention efforts. The qualitative study will consist of one 60-minute face-to-face or Skype interview at a time and place convenient for you. Prior to participation in the interview, I will share a list of interview questions along with a consent form for your review. Please review the attached Information Sheet for more details on participation in the study

Please let me know if you would be willing to participate in my study and share your experiences. I am hoping to conduct interviews between January – May 2018. Should you have any questions regarding the study or would like to volunteer to participate, please contact me at christine.self@ttu.edu or 806-834-2869 or my dissertation chair, Dr. Valerie Osland Paton, Ph.D., Professor, Higher Education Research, at valerie.paton@ttu.edu or 806-834-5986.

I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you for your time and consideration of my study.

Best regards,

Christine Self

This project has been approved by the Texas Tech University Institutional Review Board (PROJECT NUMBER IRB2017-926)


Anderson, N., Svrluga, S., & Clement, S. (2015). Survey: More than 1 in 5 female undergraduates at top schools suffer sexual assault. Washington Post.


What is the purpose of this project?
The title of the study is "Parent-College Student Conversations about Sexual Violence." The purpose of the study is to gain an understanding of how parents communicate with their college students about the topic of sexual violence. Specifically, the researcher seeks to understand what parents of college students know about sexual violence, what messages they communicate to their college student children about sexual violence, what differences exist in communication with students with regard to the gender of the parent and student, and what resources about sexual violence may be helpful to parents of college students.

What would I do if I participate?
The researcher would ask you, during a face-to-face or Skype interview, to share your experiences in communicating with your college student about sexual violence. The interview will be recorded, with your permission, so the researcher can obtain accurate information. Should you not want the interview to be recorded, the researcher will take detailed notes and may ask you to repeat your responses. You will have the opportunity to review the transcript of your interview to verify the accuracy of your responses.

Can I quit if I become uncomfortable?
Yes, participation in this study is completely voluntary. You can quit at any time by notifying the researcher. You may also elect to skip any of the questions in the interview.

How long will participation take?
60 minutes in one face-to-face or Skype interview.

How are you protecting privacy?
Pseudonyms will be used to identify participants, their students, and their students' institutions in the study. You will have the opportunity to select a pseudonym for yourself and your student(s), or the researcher may select them for you if you prefer. Institutions will be referred to by generic names such as "University A," "University B." etc. All interview data will be stored in a locked file on a password protected computer in the researchers' locked offices. None of your personal identifying information will be associated with any data reported.

How can I benefit from participation in this study?
By providing truthful and thorough answers during your interview, you will contribute to the understanding of parent-college student conversations about sexual violence. Results of this study will be published in order to help higher education institutions involve the parents of college students in the education about and prevention of sexual violence.

How can I participate in this study?
Please contact Christine Self via email at Christine.self@ttu.edu or via phone at 806-834-2869. If emailing, please include your preferred contact method and Christine will be in touch to schedule an interview at a time and location convenient to you.

What if I have questions about this study?
1. If you have questions about this research study, you can contact Ms. Christine Self at christine.self@ttu.edu or 806-834-2869 or Dr. Valerie Paton, who is supervising the study, at 806.834.5986 or by email at valerie.paton@ttu.edu
2. Texas Tech University also has a Board, the Institutional Review Board, which protects the rights of people who participate in research. You may contact them with questions by calling 806.742.2064. You may also contact them by mail at Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects, Office of the Vice President for Research, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas 79409 or email them at hrpp@ttu.edu.

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Think About IT

Parents don't forget if your Red Raider is a freshman or transfer student this Spring they must complete Think About IT. Think About IT is the mandatory prevention education course for all students. The course must be completed by March 30th, 2018. To access the course have your Red Raider visit our website (rise.ttu.edu) and click the begin course now button. Failure to complete the course by the deadline will result in an academic hold on their account. For questions, comments, or concerns please don't hesitate to contact us at 806.742.2110 or rise@ttu.edu.

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Feed Your Inner Red Raider!

Hospitality Services want your Red Raider to get the most out of their Dining Bucks, so we're providing them with numerous options when it comes to Dining Plans!

Need to make a change? 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 2018 semester. The 20th class day in the spring semester is February 14th, 2018 (Dining Plan Change Form or call 806.742.2661).

Do Dining Bucks rollover? Students 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.

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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Undergraduate Admissions Student Referral Program

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.

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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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Visit Texas Tech University

Do you have a current high school student or know of one in your area? Encourage them to visit Texas Tech University this spring! 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.

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Raider Roadshow

Raider Roadshow is coming to select Texas cities this spring! The event is a chance for prospective students to explore everything that Texas Tech University has to offer. Deans and other representatives from our academic colleges and student services will be in attendance for students to meet. Current Texas Tech students will be on hand to describe the traditions, spirit and campus activities that await students.

Click HERE for more information.

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University Student Housing and Hospitality Services at Raider Roadshow

University Student Housing and Hospitality Services will be participating in the annual Raider Roadshow recruiting events. During these events, students and parents can learn everything they need to about living on campus at Texas Tech University. We're visiting Houston, Austin, San Antonio, McAllen, and El Paso. Follow us on social media for more information at facebook.com/ttuhousing or follow @ttuhousing on twitter. Call 806-742-2661 to reach University Student Housing's Welcome Center and remember that students can sign up and select their space for the 2018-2019 academic year NOW at housing.ttu.edu/signup.

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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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2018-2019 Financial Aid Awards

The Financial Aid Office is now awarding 2018-19 financial aid to students with complete files. Awards can be found in raiderlink.ttu.edu by clicking on the My Tech tab and choosing View/Accept Award under the Student Financial Aid heading. If your student has not been awarded, these are the most common issues:

  • Missing/incomplete FAFSA
  • Enrolment Certification – Is the student planning to attend full-time or part-time? Here's a quick video.
  • Missing documents – Students can check to see if they are missing anything by going to raiderlink.ttu.edu, clicking on My Tech tab and choosing Documentation Requested under the Student Financial Aid Heading.

If you or your student have any questions, we are happy to help! Email: finaid.advisor@ttu.edu Phone: 806-742-3681

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Student Business Services important dates and deadlines

February 2, Friday

  • Last day to DROP a course and receive a refund. Does not apply to students who drop to 0 hours. Dropping to zero hours in a term is considered withdrawing from the institution and must be done with the Registrar's Office.

February 25, Sunday

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

See below for the full schedule of
withdrawal dates and refund percentages

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

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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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Is your student receiving scholarships from sources other than Texas Tech?

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 1718 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.

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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

When: Tuesdays and Fridays

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Tutoring and Supplemental Instruction at the Learning Center

The Learning Center offers undergraduate students FREE peer tutoring and Supplemental Instruction (SI) sessions. We provide tutoring in a wide variety of subjects, and students can drop in anytime, 8 am to 8 pm Monday through Thursday and 8 am to 5 pm on Friday to receive our tutoring services. Our SI sessions are FREE peer-led review sessions for historically difficult courses. Our SI leaders work with the professors to prepare and lead these 1 hour a week review sessions.

Why take advantage of this FREE service?

Tutoring and SI sessions:

  • Improve academic performance and retention in the course
  • Provide extra support and increase self-esteem
  • Provide a more individualized learning experience, and
  • Allow the student to become involved in active learning and problem solving

Our tutors and SI leaders are recommended by professors and have made an A in the course they tutor/lead. Stop by the Learning Center in Holden Hall or check out our website www.lc.soar.ttu.edu to learn more about our FREE services or to find our Fall tutoring and SI schedule.

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Spring 2018 Commencement Schedule

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 18, 2018

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

Saturday, May 19th , 2018

9:00 a.m. Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources
Business Administration
University Programs
Visual & Performing Arts
Wind Energy
2:00 p.m. Architecture
Honors College
Human Sciences
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/

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Off Campus Housing Fair

Is your student interested in living off campus next year? The Off-Campus Housing Fair will be Tuesday, February 13, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Student Union Building.

Please note: This is an informational Housing Fair, and no lease agreements will be permitted to be signed during this event.

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Room Selection is Officially Open for the 2018-2019 Academic Year!

Room Selection is officially underway for new and returning students that intend to live on-campus next year! To select a room on-campus for the 2018-2019 academic year, please go to housing.ttu.edu/signup and follow the application instructions. Remember, space is limited and students should sign up as soon as possible to reserve the space they desire. Premium and affordable suit-style rooms are still available in West Village and other select halls. In the case that a student is waiting for a space to become available, we encourage them to select a different room now to ensure they'll have a room on-campus for next year. If a space becomes available, they may request a room change.

For more information on the signup process, call the University Student Housing Welcome Center at 806-742-2661 any time between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. and our staff will gladly assist you.

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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

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.

Care Packages

Raiders Helping Others, a community service based student organization on campus, has partnered with an off campus vendor to produce pre-made care packages that will automatically be sent to your student periodically throughout the year. If you're interested in learning more about how this program works, or to order a package for your on-campus resident, visit http://ttu.orgsync.com/org/tturho/fundraising

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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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This Month's Academic and Event Calendar

February 2, Friday

Last day for student-initiated drop on MyTech without academic penalty (drop does not count against drop limit). All drops are the responsibility of the student.

Last day to drop a course and have course charges removed. Students who drop to 0 hours are considered to be a withdrawal. Financial penalties apply for withdrawals after January 18.

February 3, Saturday

Student-initiated drop made on or after this date counts against drop limit. All drops are the responsibility of the student.

February 9, Friday

Last day for graduate degree candidates to file with the Graduate School a statement of intention to graduate.

February 14, Wednesday

Last day to withdraw from the university and receive partial financial credit. For more information see www.depts.ttu.edu/studentbusinessservices/calendar/withdrawDates.php.

Last day to withdraw from the university and receive pro-rated room and dining plan refund. For more information see housing.ttu.edu/contractguide.

Last day to change on-campus Dining Plan level for the spring semester (hospitality.ttu.edu).

Complete calendar information:

Texas Tech Academic Calendar
Texas Tech Events 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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 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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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 the chapter parents page.

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Matador Matinees

Texas Tech Parents Association is excited to welcome new families to our Tech Parents Red Raider Family. If you are New to TTU, register for upcoming activities taking place in your hometown which are geared for new families. Matador Matinees highlight everything families "Need to Know Before You Go" to Red Raider Orientation in the summer. New Family Receptions highlight everything families "Need to Know Before You Go" to Move-In August 19th. Send-Off is a fun, family celebration available in our chapter areas. Activities, webinars, meet ups and more await you - all in your hometown. Registrations are now open!

Check out our website at www.texastechparents.org

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