February 2019 Parent & Family eNewsletter
Volume 18, Issue 2
- Sibling Saturday 2019 Registration is Now Open!
- Parent Pulse Poll
- Spring Break Bus Trip Tickets On Sale Now!
- Zipcar Now Available on Campus!
- Massage Gift Certificates at the TTU Student Rec Center
- University Career Center: February 2019, A Busy Spring Semester Ahead!
- Register your student for Red Raider Camp!
- Feed Your Inner Red Raider!
- Does Your Student Need a Passport?
- Risk Intervention and Safety Education (RISE) for Parents
- 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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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!
For more information and to register, click HERE.
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.
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.
To use one of the two Zipcars available, students need to use the following steps:
- Join at zipcar.com/ttu. (Must be at least 18 years old. Join for $15.)
- Reserve a car online or through the Zipcar app (App Store; Google Play) for one hour up to seven days. (Rates start at $8.50/hour)
- Scan into the car using your Zipcard. The keys are in the vehicle.
- When finished, return the vehicle to one of the two designated Zipcar spots in the Z2 lot between Knapp Hall and The Commons.
Zipcar covers gas, insurance, and 180 miles per day in the vehicle. For additional information and details, visit zipcar.com/ttu or http://www.depts.ttu.edu/parking/InformationFor/MobilitySolutions/Zipcar.php.
Gift Certificates are a great gift (Valentine's Day is coming up!) and a way to help your student relieve stress.
Gift certificates are available to purchase through the Student Rec Center Fit-Well office. Cost is $40 hour massage or $25 ½ hour.
Call 806-742-3828 for more information.
Is your student graduating in May or August and looking for a job? Or maybe they have a few more semesters to go and would like to find an internship or part-time job. Parents can emphasize the importance of career exploration and development to their students by encouraging them to attend the University Career Center's spring events.
Summer Camp Job Fair, February 6th from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM in the SUB Courtyard. This event brings camps from Texas and the region to fill their summer positions. Summer camp jobs are a great way to have fun, gain work experience, and make money.
Resume Critique Days, click here for a list of dates. Students and alumni can walk in without an appointment and have their resume critiqued by career professionals.
JCPenney College Suit-Up, February 17th from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM at South Plains Mall. JCPenney is partnering with the University Career Center to provide professional clothing at a hugely discounted price. During the event, students can purchase suits, dresses, sport coats, pants, skirts, blouses, ties and shoes to build a career wardrobe.
Mocktail Party, March 5th from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center. This is the perfect event to practice socializing in a reception environment; for example, how to shake hands while holding a plate of food and a beverage. Networking tips and professional conversational topics are discussed.
The All Majors Job Fair: Put Your Degree to Work, March 6nd from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM in the SUB Ballroom. Students and alumni can visit with over 50 employers, many recruiting all majors. UCC is partnering with Tech Activities Board (TAB) to provide those attending a free professional headshot.
Teacher Job Fair, March 19th from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center. Representatives from top school districts will be in attendance at this year's Teacher Job Fair.
Big 12 Virtual Career Fair, March 27th from 10 AM to 5 PM. Click here for more information.
Etiquette Dinner, March 27th from 5 PM to 8 PM, McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center. Learn how to navigate a formal dinner setting. Complete with meal and interactive professional guidance. Registration is required.
Major Exploration Day, April 9th from 9 AM to 4 PM at the University Career Center. Explore potential majors and career paths.
Non-Profit Fair, April 10th from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the University Career Center. Non-Profit organizations from Lubbock will be in attendance. Students interested in acquiring practicum experience, internships, or full-time employment in a non-profit organization will have the opportunity to talk with representatives and pick up valuable information about various organizations.
Parents can help their students prepare for these opportunities by:
- Encouraging their student to attend multiple events
- Reminding them that the University Career Center can help with resumes, cover letters, and mock interviews
- Providing guidance on professional dress (We have a Career Closet)
- Sharing effective networking strategies
- Offering encouragement
We encourage your student to contact us for advice on how to best prepare for any of the above mentioned events by calling 806-742-2210. University Career Center hours are Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm.
Sending your student off to college isn't always easy. But you can rest assured knowing they have chosen an excellent university with a multitude of opportunities for them to succeed! The first opportunity is Red Raider Camp!
Red Raider Camp is a 3 day, 2 night program that takes place in Brownwood, TX completely led by current students. The cost is $225 and includes lodging, meals, 3 camp t-shirts, and more! Students who attend RRC have higher GPAs, take part in leadership development, make great connections before classes begin, and so much more! Spots are limited so sign up TODAY! Camp dates and registration can be done on our website www.redraidercamp.ttu.edu. Wreck Em!
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 2019 semester. The 20th class day in the spring semester is February 13th, 2019 (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.
Do you know that you and your student can apply for a passport at the Texas Tech Passport Office? This service is open to the public during normal business hours and is located in the International Cultural Center at 601 Indiana Ave. For information on hours of operation, required documents and payments, please refer to our website at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/international/intlopr/passport.php
Risk Intervention and Safety Education (RISE) provides resources for parents and family members to help them learn about campus safety and wellness policies, volience prevention and response, procedures, and resources available at Texas Tech. Visit their page HERE.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 806-742-2405. If you have questions about the TECHniques Center program, please send an email to email@example.com.
Texas Tech University has made it even easier for students to access and view or print 1098-T tax forms when they become available each year. Students that have accepted the Global Electronic Consent during registration or have completed the paper Electronic Consent form may access their 1098-T from the Raiderlink portal by completing the steps below.
- Click on the TTU MyTech tab in Raiderlink
- Click on the Student Business Services link in the under Manage My Finances in the Registration and Financials box
- Click on the 1098T - View and Print link
- A new window will open your personal 1098-T page
Students that have not completed the Electronic Consent form will receive a paper copy of the 1098-T by mail. Student Business Services will mail 1098-T forms no later than January 31st to the permanent address that is on file in Raiderlink.
For more information, visit https://www.depts.ttu.edu/studentbusinessservices/feeInfo/1098T.php.
February 25, Monday
- 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
If you have any questions about paying your student's tuition bill, please contact Student Business Services at 806.742.3272 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Is your student studying abroad this summer, fall or academic year? If so, they should apply for scholarships offered through the TTU Office of International Affairs:
- Study Abroad Competitive Scholarship
- Buena Vista Endowed Scholarship
- Clinton Colgin Study Abroad Scholarship
These three scholarships are all due February 15.
Be sure your student meets the Study Abroad program application deadlines:
- March 1: application deadline for summer 2019 programs
- March 18: application deadline for fall and academic year 2019
Is your student looking for a great summer job? Are they wanting to make an impact with the incoming first year students? Encourage them to join the RRO Crew!
As a Crew Member for RRO, they will interact with and guide new students through RRO, develop relationships with fellow Crew members and Tech faculty/staff, and have a lot of fun while showing their Red Raider pride! Benefits include:
- Work Summer 1 or Summer 2
- Earn money
- Free food, summer housing, and Texas Tech apparel
- Great job experience
To learn more about the position and to receive an application, your student must attend an information session! Those dates are available on our website at redraiderorientation.ttu.edu, or your student can email email@example.com!
The Student Involvement unit of the Center for Campus Life is seeking to hire a new student assistant to work up to 20 hours a week. This position works with the staff in charge of student organizations, leadership development, and service engagement. We are looking for a highly sociable, cheerful student that can handle customer relations professionally. Knowledge and experience with student organizations and graphic design a must. Please have your student review the announcement and fill out the application: https://ttu.campuslabs.com/engage/organization/center-for-campus-life/documents/view/1039735. Students are to turn in applications to the front desk of the Center for Campus Life in the SUB 201 or email them to 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.
What is Academic Coaching and how can it help your student?
Academic coaching is a one-on-one process of helping a student identify their strengths and needs while assisting them in building general, transferable skills for use throughout their academic career and beyond. Coaching encourages students to take an active role in their education and allows students to overcome barriers to achieve academic success. Students who meet with coaches receive personalized support in areas such as time management, study strategies, and note- and test-taking skills.
While this service is not mandatory for students, it is a FREE service that all Texas Tech students should take advantage of. Research conducted at the Stanford School of Education showed that regular meetings with coaches to discuss these academic skill areas enhanced students' retention rates over 12- and 24-month periods, and increased graduation rates (Bettinger & Baker, 2011).
Students can receive FREE Academic Coaching at the Learning Center. We are located in the Basement of Holden Hall, Room 80. These meetings are by appointment and can be set up online through STRIVE. Visit our website at www.lc.soar.ttu.edu for instructions on setting up an Academic Coaching appointment or call (806) 742-3664 for assistance and additional information about the services provided by the learning center!
*Reference: Bettinger, E., & Baker, R. (2011). The effects of student coaching in college: An evaluation of a randomized experiment in student mentoring (No. w16881). National Bureau of Economic Research.
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.
If your student is graduating in May, 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, May 17, 2019
|2:30 p.m.||College of Arts and Sciences
J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual and Performing Arts
College of Education
|7:30 p.m.||Graduate School|
Saturday, May 18th , 2019
|9:00 a.m.||Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College Engineering
College of Human Sciences
|1:30 p.m.||Jerry S. Rawls College of Business Administration
College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
College of Media and Communication
College of Architecture
Texas Tech has a Commencement web site, which is your one-stop-shop for all things related to Commencement, including the schedule for upcoming ceremonies, lists of hotels (which sell out quickly!), parking information, and information about ordering invitations and photos of the big day.
Bookmark this site for all of your Commencement needs: https://www.depts.ttu.edu/provost/commencement/
This summer, University Student Housing is offering 50% off summer sessions in the Honors Hall! That means each summer session is only $335! With features like study lounges, moveable furniture, the Honors Learning Community, a full-service Starbucks, and proximity to the Rawls College of Business, the Honors Hall is the perfect place to live! Sign-ups begin March 4th at 9 a.m. and can be accessed on our website at housing.ttu.edu. We hope to see you in Raiderland Summer 2019!
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.
February 1, 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 15.
February 2, Saturday
- Student-initiated drop made on or after this date counts against drop limit. All drops are the responsibility of the student.
February 13, 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:
Come out to learn more about non-profit organizations and volunteer opportunities on campus and in Lubbock.
- Monday, February 11, 10am – 1pm
- SUB Ballroom
The SUB is a Spa
Prep yourself for any Valentine's Day plans with make your own salt & sugar scrubs and massages!
- Thursday, February 14, 11am – 2pm
- SUB Courtyard
Bringing Back the Summer: Hawaiian Skate Night
We're bringing back summer! At this luau, flower shirts and leis are welcomed. Free for the first 300 with TTU Student ID.
- Thursday, February 21, 7pm – 9pm
- Skate Ranch, 4701 W Loop 289, Lubbock, TX 79414, USA (map)
Open Mic Night
Join SAB for Open Mic Night and show off your signing and songwriting talents! Refreshments provided.
- Wednesday, February 27, 7pm – 9pm
- SUB Courtyard
For more information, visit www.sab.ttu.edu
Every Thursday and Friday at 10:00 pm in the SUB Escondido Theatre. Free popcorn provided by Hospitality Services. Come early-limited seating! Doors open 30 minutes prior. No previews! Free with TTU Student ID.
- SUB Escondido Theatre
- February 7-8: A Star is Born
- February 14-15: Ralph Breaks the Internet
- February 21-22: Creed II
- February28 - March 1: Instant Family
- February 7-8: A Star is Born
More information can be found at sub.ttu.edu. For questions, call 806-742-3636.
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.
Texas Tech Parents Association (Tech Parents) is a nonprofit organization, founded in 1956 and provides a network for parents, student scholarships and achievement awards, faculty awards, and a variety of programs and services to help make your family's experience at Texas Tech memorable. Browse through our website for information and resources most important to parents. We hope you'll visit often, participate in family activities and events, and take advantage of our programs and services in your area.
- Webinars: TTPA Webinars serve to provide information and valuable tips to parents in support of the success of their student. Each webinar focuses on a topic that will help parents effectively advise their student.
- Parent Engagement Summit: TTPA is excited to offer the Parent Engagement Summit this February in which we
will take an in-depth look at family engagement and parent connections within your
hometown. If you are a TTPA chapter leader, committee member or parent ambassador,
this summit is for you.
- When: Friday, February 22nd - Saturday, February 23rd
- Where: Texas Tech University International Cultural Center, 601 Indiana Avenue, Lubbock, TX 79409
- How: For more information and registration, visit www.texastechparents.org
- Chapters: Find a TTPA Chapter near you to connect with Red Raider parents in your community. Visit www.texastechparents.org to view a list of TTPA Chapters.
- Scholarships: The Texas Tech Parents Association provides approximately $35,000 in scholarships annually. Applications for 2019-2020 scholarships will be available on the TTPA website mid-January, 2019.
- Raider Roadshows: TTPA attends all of the Raider Roadshows. Encourage your friends to visit our booth!