Texas Tech University

June 2018 Parent & Family eNewsletter

Volume 17, Issue 6

In this issue...

General News

Parents and Family Members of Incoming Students

Financial Tips/Info

Scholarships/Job Opportunities



Important Dates

Extracurricular Activities

Texas Tech Parent Association


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Save the Date for Family Weekend 2018!

Family Weekend 2018 will be September 28-29, 2018, as Texas Tech football takes on the West Virginia Mountaineers. Activities will begin on Friday evening of the weekend. Stay tuned to www.familyweekend.ttu.edu and www.texastechparents.org for more information as the date gets closer.

Book hotel rooms quickly, as they will fill up for the weekend.

A tradition at Texas Tech since 1936, Family Weekend is a wonderful time to visit campus and reconnect with your student! The Texas Tech campus is beautiful in the fall, and there are many activities for families to enjoy during the weekend. We hope you and your family will join us!

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Save the Dates for Family Days at Texas Tech

Parent and Family Relations is excited to announce Family Days at Texas Tech! This year, there are additional opportunities for you to visit your student during the fall semester. We invite you to save the following dates to come experience the community and traditions of Texas Tech and Lubbock.

October 5, 2018 - Friday

Family Day at First Friday Art Trail

  • Lubbock's Art District
  • Local, regional, and national artists
  • Live music
  • Local food trucks

November 30, 2018 - Friday

Family Day at the Carol of Lights

  • Beloved Texas Tech tradition
  • Texas Tech choirs
  • Saddle Tramps and High Riders
  • Masked Rider

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

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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. For this month's poll, we would like to hear from those who have attended Family Weekend in the past as to whether you purchased a Football Ticket for your student.

For past poll results visit Parent & Family Pulse Polls.

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 Severe Weather Tips

The most common months for severe weather, including tornadoes, in the Lubbock area are May and June. Make sure your student is prepared for severe weather. Here are some tips provided by Texas Tech's Emergency Communications department: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/communications/emergency/tornadoes.php/

Make sure your student has his or her contact information updated in the TechAlert! system. Students can update their information here: www.emergencyalert.ttu.edu.

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University Career Center Welcomes New Student Participation

Parents can help their students explore school and career options by encouraging them to visit the University Career Center. Career Counselors are here to help students make informed choices about their major, career, or graduate school. Whether they are curious about typical careers for a given major, investigating certain career paths, need help planning a career development checklist, or help with the job search, the University Career Center has the tools and resources to help them! Resources available to all students include:

  • Career Exploration
  • Career Assessments
    • Strong Interest Inventory, Focus, StrengthsQuest, etc.
  • Career Events
    • Career Fairs, Etiquette Dinners, etc.
  • Resume & Cover Letter Critiques
  • Mock Interviews
  • Hire Red Raiders, our online internship & job board

You can visit the University Career Center online resources at any time by visiting www.careercenter.ttu.edu.

Review the website, look at upcoming events, and feel free to have your student set up an appointment with us by calling 806-742-2210. UCC hours are Monday to Friday, 8 am to 5 pm.

We are excited to meet your TTU student!

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Fraternity and Sorority Recruitment Registration Now Open

Interfraternity Council (IFC)Fall Formal Recruitment is August 20th-26th and Registration is now open!https://ttuifcrec.mycampusdirector2.com/landing/

Through Formal Recruitment, potential new members are afforded the best opportunity to meet every organization as all organizations participate in the Formal Recruitment process. Through this process, each fraternity is able to seek out men who have outstanding leadership skills, high academic standards, and a commitment to community service. Formal Recruitment is the optimal time to join an IFC fraternity as it is the only time during the year that every Interfraternity Council organization is accepting new members.

College Panhellenic (CPH) Fall Primary Recruitment is August 19th-25th and registration is now open!https://ttupanrecruitment.mycampusdirector2.com/landing/

Fall Primary Recruitment is the coordinated effort of all 12 CPH sororities at Texas Tech University. It gives the potential new members the opportunity to meet members from all 12 CPH sororities. Through this process, each sorority seeks out new members who have outstanding leadership skills, high academic standards, and a commitment to community service. In order to be eligible to participate in recruitment you must be enrolled at Texas Tech as a full time student. Please visit the Panhellenic website for more details at www.ttupanhellenic.com.

For questions about the fraternity and sorority experience and the recruitment process please email fsl@ttu.edu or call 806-742-2403

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Advocare Texas Kickoff

Texas Tech Red Raiders will take on Ole Miss in the Advocare Texas Kickoff at NRG Stadium in Houston for the first game of the season on September 1st! Tickets are available HERE.

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Exclusive Offers at Barnes & Noble at Texas Tech

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

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

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Think About IT

Parents don't forget if your Red Raider is a first-time or transfer student this Fall they must complete Think About IT. Think About IT is the mandatory prevention education course for all students. 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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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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Are you coming to Red Raider Orientation this summer?

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

You can access the Parent & Family RRO resources page HERE.

Visit www.redraiderorientation.ttu.edu or call Red Raider Orientation at 806-742-2993 for information about Red Raider Orientation.

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RaiderReady: IS 1100

Want to help your first year student be successful during their first year in college and learn skills that will benefit them throughout their time at Texas Tech? Make sure they register for RaiderReady: IS 1100.

RaiderReady is a one-credit freshman seminar course designed for students to successfully manage the transition from high school to Texas Tech. In this 8 week course, students will develop skills to manage course work and stay organized, practice effective communication and academic professionalism, and learn about resources that can assist them at Texas Tech. Through small class sizes, RaiderReady allows students the chance to engage with their fellow classmates and the instructor to build relationships that will assist them in navigating their freshman year and beyond.

Have questions about RaiderReady: IS 1100? Email us at raiderready@ttu.edu or visit us at www.raiderready.ttu.edu.

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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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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. Representatives from both Student Disability Services and TECHniques Center will be available at the Red Raider Orientation resource fairs this summer.

Student Disability Services invites Texas Tech students to submit art this Fall, for the gallery "Creative Abilities". Art will be displayed at the First Friday Art Trail during the first week of October. Students who identify with having a disability are welcome to submit art in various forms, including performance art. The event is part of Disability Awareness Week. For more information, visit https://www.depts.ttu.edu/sds/DAW.php Students may also contact SDS.DAW@TTU.EDU or call 806-742-2405.

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 Texas Tech Parents Association Membership

Parents and Family members of incoming first year students are encouraged to join Texas Tech Parents Association. Benefits of membership are numerous and include academic calendar with parent tips, chapter membership, networking with other parents in your area, discounts on books, gear, hotels and more, scholarships and more. More Details Here.

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 Orientation and Move-In

Texas Tech Parents Association offers detailed preview about Red Raider Orientation and Move-In. We want you to Know Before You Go. For more information, visit our website.

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Student Business Services important dates and deadlines

Monday, June 25

  • Installment payment date for Summer payment plan

Tuesday, July 3

  • 95% payment of mandatory tuition and fees or enrollment in a payment plan due for Summer II. Registrations after this date require immediate payment or enrollment in a payment plan.

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

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The Financial Aid Award – What to Accept and Why

Many students have complete financial aid files for 2018-19 (FAFSA, Scholarship Application, Enrollment Certification), and have received their financial aid award. This chart can help you and your student evaluate the offered aid and make an informed decision about what to accept.

Order to Accept Aid Type of Aid What to Keep In Mind
1 Scholarships and Grants This is considered "free money" because you do not have to pay it back. Make sure you understand the conditions you must meet to receive grants/scholarships. For instance, you may have to maintain a certain GPA in order to continue receiving a scholarship.
2 Work-Study You don't have to pay the money back, but you do have to work for it and earn your paycheck. However, research has shown that students who work part-time jobs manage their time better than those who don't!
• Check your eligibility by at the Red Raider Student Employment Centerstudent.employment@ttu.edu or 806-834-2919.
3 Federal Student Loans

Loans must be paid back. The Federal Direct Loan Program offers low, fixed interest rate loans (subsidized or unsubsidized) to students. Eligibility is determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and not on the student's credit score.
• Students submit the FAFSA at fafsa.gov
• S
tudents must complete entrance loan counseling and a Master Promissory Note at studentloans.gov.

4 Loans from your State Government or your College (College Access Loan) You'll have to repay the money you borrow with interest. The College Access Loan is based on a student's credit evaluation, or that of a credit-worthy cosigner.
• Students must be a Texas resident enrolled at least half-time
• For more information about the College Access Loan visit financialaid.ttu.edu or apply at hhloans.com.
5 Private Loans (from private lenders like banks, credit unions, etc.) You'll have to repay the money with interest and the terms and conditions of the loan may not be as good as those of a Federal Student Loan. Eligibility for Private Education Loans is based on a student's credit evaluation, or that of a credit-worthy cosigner.
• Students can research and complete a Private Loan application at financialaid.ttu.edu and choose FASTChoice for Private Education Loans.

We are here to help you put yourself in the best position possible for the most amount of aid, so if you have any questions, please contact us!

Financial Aid 806-742-3681 and finaid.advisor@ttu.edu
Scholarships 806-742-3144 and scholarships@ttu.edu

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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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Staying on the Track to Success

What can you do to keep your student mentally focused during the summer semesters?

The Learning center has two full time staffed Academic Coaches available by appointment, ready to assist you in a one on one setting. Academic Coaches research and implement up-to-date methods to help your student succeed. When working with these professional staff, students have the opportunity to advance their academic skills, gain confidence and motivation, and improve on their overall academic performance. This is a FREE service to all undergraduate students.

Academic Coaches at the Learning Center can assist students with:

  • Time Management
  • Effectiveness of Proper Note Taking
  • Test Taking Strategies/Test Anxiety
  • And more

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 make an appointment with an Academic Coach at the Learning Center which is located in Holden Hall Room 80. Visit our website at www.lc.soar.ttu.edu for instructions on setting up an Academic Coaching appointment, or call (806) 742-3664 for more information about our services!

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.

For more information, call our offices at (806) 742-3664 or swing by Holden Hall Room 80.

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University Advising Walk-In Hours

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

Where: University Advising, Holden Hall 079

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

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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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Summer 2018 Commencement Schedule

If your student is graduating in August, congratulations! Below is the Summer Commencement schedule for Texas Tech University.

PLEASE NOTE: The colleges are listed below in alphabetical order and NOT necessarily in the order in which they will be recognized.

Saturday, August 11th , 2018

9:00 a.m. Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
Arts & Sciences
Honors College
Media and Communication
Graduate School (schools listed above)
1:30 p.m. Business Administration
Human Sciences
University Programs
Visual & Performing Arts
Wind Energy
Graduate School (schools listed above)

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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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

June 3, Sunday

  • 10 a.m., Residence halls open for occupancy.
  • Select Hospitality Services dining locations open for summer service (hospitality.ttu.edu).

June 4, Monday

June 5, Tuesday

  • Classes begin.

June 6, Wednesday

  • Last day for student-initiated addition of a course on MyTech. Course may be added until June 8 with advisor permission.
  • Last day to withdraw from the university for Summer I (not Full Summer) and receive partial financial credit. For more information visit Student Business Services.

June 8, 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 for Summer I and Full Summer. Students who drop to 0 hours are considered to be a withdrawal. Financial penalties apply for withdrawals after June 4.

June 9, Saturday

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

June 11, Monday

  • Last day for degree candidates and faculty to order invitations and academic regalia at the bookstore.

June 12, Tuesday

  • Last day to withdraw from the university for Full Summer and receive partial financial credit. For more information visit Student Business Services.

June 25, Monday

  • Last day for student-initiated drop on MyTech with academic penalty (counts against drop limit). All drops are the responsibility of the student.
  • Last day to transfer between colleges.
  • Last day to declare pass/fail intentions.

Complete calendar information:

Texas Tech Academic Calendar
Texas Tech Events Calendar

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Have your student check out TechConnect for ways to get involved 

Is your student involved in student organizations? If not, have him or her visit studentinvolvement.ttu.edu for a list of and contact information for all registered student organizations. It is especially important for students living on and off campus to get involved and stay connected to campus.

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 Military & Veterans Programs

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

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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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