Texas Tech University

March 2019 Parent & Family eNewsletter

Volume 18, Issue 3

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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Spring Break Bus Trip Tickets On Sale Now!

If your student still needs a bus ticket, tickets are still available. Ticket prices will increase on Thursday, February 28.

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.

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Spring Family Days

Family Days are times we encourage parents and family members to visit their students on weekends where Texas Tech or Lubbock community events are happening. Most Family Days will offer FREE events for families to attend as well as more unstructured time to spend with your Red Raiders!

Texas Tech Football Spring Scrimmage - March 30, 2019

See the Texas Tech Football Team under Matt Wells in action! FREE admission to the scrimmage at Jones AT&T Stadium at 2:00 p.m. Free parking in the lot west of Jones AT&T Stadium. There will be food for purchase at the stadium. Clear bag policy applies. More details to come!

First Friday Art Trail - April 5, 2019

First Friday Art Trail is held the first Friday of each month in Lubbock's Arts District. A favorite activity among Texas Tech students, First Friday Art Trail involves local, regional, and national art exhibits, live music, food trucks, and fun. This is a great time to visit your student and experience what Lubbock has to offer. Admission to the event is FREE. For more information, visit http://www.ffat.org/

To learn more about Family Days, visit http://go.ttu.edu/familydays

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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 past poll results visit Parent & Family Pulse Polls.

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Don't Forget to Have Your Student Pick Up their POA

Student Legal Services had a Power of Attorney workshop last fall. We had a great response but some students didn't complete the process. Please remind your student to pick up and execute their documents in our office, SUB Room 307, as soon as possible.

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University Career Center: Building a Resume

Is your student worried that lack of experience will hurt their chances of landing a part-time job or internship? Students who do not have much work experience still can develop an effective resume and the University Career Center can help!

Students can add the following sections in place of, or in addition to, work experience:

  • Volunteer Experience
  • Leadership Experience
  • Relevant Coursework or Projects
  • Skills such as computer programs, languages, social media, or industry-specific skills

Volunteer and leadership experiences are directly transferable to the workplace. Communication, team building, and problem solving are just a few of the skills that can be utilized in a professional setting.

Encourage your student to set up an appointment with a Career Representative so we can help them build an effective resume based on their life experiences. The UCC is open Monday through Friday, from 8 am – 5 pm. Students are encouraged to call for an appointment.

March and April are full of opportunities for students learn about resume building and networking. In addition, the All Majors Job Fair is March 6 from 12 pm to 4 pm in the SUB Ballroom. This is a perfect opportunity for students and alumni to meet with over 80 recruiters! Professional dress is encouraged.

For a full list of events, click here.

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Register your student for Red Raider Camp!

Red Raider CampSending 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!

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Does Your Student Need a Passport?

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

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Risk Intervention and Safety Education (RISE) for Parents

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.

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Save Now for a Ring Later!

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 mandy.wiley@ttu.edu or (806) 834-4258.

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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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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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Student Health Services

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.

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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 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.

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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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Don't let anything get between our students and the aid for which they are eligible

Expected Enrollment is no longer completed in Raiderlink. Our new Double T Dashboard is easier to navigate and is the new home for Expected Enrollment going forward including Summer 2019, and Fall/Spring/Summer 2019-20. Students can go to financialaid.ttu.edu and click on the Expected Enrollment image to share their enrollment plans.

Students selected for Verification must complete the process before their financial aid can be determined. This video walks them through the process, and we are happy to help!

Scholarship Opportunities:

  • TTU Alumni Scholarship Application (March 15-April 30) The awards are based on hometown, academic achievement, honors, activities, and to some degree, financial need.
  • $100 Scholarship Drawing (monthly) Parents and students who take a virtual tour of financial aid and scholarship resources are entered in a monthly $100 scholarship drawing. If parents win, their student gets the scholarship! No essay required.
  • Looking for external scholarships? We host a searchable database of all the external scholarships TTU students have received. Enter a major, or other search criteria, and apply to the scholarship. Good luck!!

It's not too late!

  • Students can still complete the 2019-20 FAFSA. This kicks off the financial aid process and is needed to determine a student's eligibility for grants, some scholarships, some earned assistance, and even some borrowed assistance.

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Tax Information - 1098T

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.

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Student Business Services important dates and deadlines

March 25, Monday

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

If you have any questions about paying your student's tuition bill, please contact Student Business Services at 806.742.3272 or email sbs@ttu.edu.

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

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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 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.

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The Benefits of Academic Coaching

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.

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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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Spring 2019 Commencement Schedule

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
Honors College
College of Human Sciences
University Programs
Wind Energy
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/

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Summer Housing

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!

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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.

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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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Free Lease Review for Off-Campus Housing

Please remember that Student Legal Services offers free lease reviews for students moving off-campus. Please have your student call (806) 742-3289 to set up an appointment. The more roommates attending the better.

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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

March 8, Friday

March 9 – 17, Saturday – Sunday

  • Spring vacation. Student holiday only; university employees on duty.

March 18, Monday

  • Classes resume. Hospitality Services dining locations open for service (hospitality.ttu.edu).

March 20, Wednesday

  • 5 p.m., Mid-semester grades due via Raiderlink.
  • Last day for degree candidates and faculty to order invitations and academic regalia at the bookstore.

March 27, Wednesday

  • 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 declare pass/fail intentions.

Complete calendar information:

Texas Tech Academic Calendar
Texas Tech Events Calendar

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Student Activities Board: March Events

SAB Monthly EventsLate Night Bowling

Bowl before the break at Main Event! Bring your friends for 1 free hour of bowling. Free to the first 300 students with TTU Student ID.

  • Thursday, March 7, 7-10pm
  • Main Event

Diversity Week

A week dedicated to celebrating and understanding the importance of diversity throughout the community and Texas Tech University. Join student organizations and departments across campus to celebrate diversity all week long! See full schedule of events at sub.ttu.edu

  • Monday, March 18 - Friday, March 22

Make Your Own Bamboo

Need a little extra luck to get you through the rest of the semester? Come make your own lucky bamboo to help you! Free to first 200 with TTU Student ID.

  • Wednesday, March 20, 11am-2pm
  • SUB Courtyard

Identity Sand Art

What represents you? Express your identity with SAB and make your own personalized sand art decoration that is as unique as you are! Free while supplies last.

  • Thursday, March 21, 11am-2pm
  • SUB North Plaza

Magic & Laughs in Raiderland

Come out to Comedy Night and watch comedic magician Michael Kent perform LIVE! Free admission

  • Wednesday, March 27, 7pm
  • SUB Escondido Theatre

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

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Student Activities Board: Free Late Night Movies

Late Night MoviesEvery 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.

  • March 7-8: Bumblebee
  • March 21-22: Mary, Queen of Scots
  • March 28-29: Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse

More information can be found at sub.ttu.edu. For questions, call 806-742-3636.

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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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Texas Tech Parents Association Welcomes Family Engagement

Texas Tech has a strong culture of positive family involvement. Texas Tech Parents Association (Tech Parents, TTPA) is a nonprofit organization, founded in 1956 and provides 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 are honored to have you and your student as a part of the Texas Tech family. We hope you'll visit often, participate in events, and take advantage of our programs and services both in your own community and on campus.

Welcome to Texas Tech University and Texas Tech Parents Association.

  • New Families Check the calendar on our website for local programs just for you!
  • Parent U: Find information on student safety, what Lubbock has to offer when you visit, links to guide you through any questions, and videos that provide you resourceful information on all things Texas Tech.
  • 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.
  • Chapters: Find a TTPA Chapter or group near you to connect with Red Raider parents in your area. Visit our website to view a list of TTPA Chapters.
  • Members: Check our website to view the TTPA Calendar for upcoming events in your area and in Lubbock. TTPA is proud to provide discounted hotel rates year-round.
  • Scholarships: The Texas Tech Parents Association provides approximately $35,000 in scholarships annually. Applications for 2019-2020 scholarships are available on the TTPA website. Submissions are due March 31st.
  • Raider Roadshows: TTPA attends all of the Raider Roadshows. Encourage your friends to visit our booth!

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