Texas Tech University

May 2018 Parent & Family eNewsletter

Volume 17, Issue 5

In this issue...

General News

Parents and Family Members of Incoming Freshmen

Financial Tips/Info

Scholarships/Job Opportunities

Academic

Housing

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.parent.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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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 Graduation.

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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Making the Most out of Summer Break

Informational Interviews

Is your college student having trouble deciding on a major? Or do they have a major but are not quite sure what types of jobs are available that utilize this major? Summer is the perfect time for major and career exploration so encourage your student to set up an informational interview. An informational interview is a short meeting to learn about the real-life experience of someone working in a field or company.

Below is a list of possible questions that your student may want to ask during the informational interview:

Major Exploration

  • What about this major or area interests you?
  • What classes would you recommend to give me a real sense of this field of study?
  • What kinds of topics will I study in this major?
  • What skills will this major help me to develop?
  • Are there certain minors that would work well with this major?
  • Do careers in this field usually require education beyond an undergraduate degree?

Career Exploration

  • What drew you to this field?
  • What types of people do well in this field? Why types don't succeed?
  • What kinds of careers are available for students who graduate with this major?
  • Do you have any suggestions for internships or work experiences in this field?
  • Are there professional associations related to the field that I could join as a student?
  • Can you suggest someone else that I should contact, or anything else I should do to explore this field?

Remind your student that an informational interview is not a job interview and there should be no expectation of a job offer. This tool is for exploration purposes. Also, remind your student a hand written thank you is always appreciated.

Students can utilize the University Career Center even when they are not on campus. We offer phone and email appointments. The UCC is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Visit our website at www.careercenter.ttu.edu. To make an appointment, call 806-742-2210.

WEBINARS

Encourage your student to participate in these informative, thirty-minute webinars. They can register at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/careercenter/events/index.php

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 Study at the SUB

Finals are coming up quickly and your student might a place to rest, relax, and study. What's better than having all of that in one convenient location? Encourage your student to come study at the SUB! There will be free food, scantrons, bluebooks, and a movie break.

Free Pancakes & Sausage

May 9-11

12:00 AM

SUB food court

Free Donuts & Coffee

May 9-11 & 13-14

10:00 PM - 7:00 AM

In front of SUB Copy/Mail & at the info Desk Across from Barnes & Noble

Free Scantrons & Blue Books

May 9-11 & 13-15

5:00 AM - 7:00 AM & 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Info desk across from Barnes & Noble

Free Study Break Movie

May 12

9:00 PM

SUB Escondido Theatre

For more information contact Student Union & Activities

Website: www.sub.ttu.edu
E-mail: studentunion@ttu.edu
Phone: 806-742-4708

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Feed Your Inner Red Raider!

Having an on-campus Dining Plan means your student has options! So students don't lose their Dining Bucks, they 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. However, students can exhaust Dining Bucks by purchasing non-perishable items in the Sam's Place Mini-markets or treating friends to a meal. Sam's Places can even order you're your Red Raider their favorite snack or soda, just ask for the location manager for help before May 9th.

Questions? Call 806.742.1360 or visit hospitality.ttu.edu

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @EatAtTexasTech

Feed Your Inner Red Raider!

hospitality.ttu.edu

hospitality@ttu.edu

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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 freshman or transfer student this Spring 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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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 freshmen 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

May 30, Wednesday

  • 95% payment of mandatory tuition and fees or enrollment in a payment plan due for Summer I. 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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 Summer Job with Parent and Family Relations

Is your student looking for a summer job? Our office is looking to hire a student assistant or a graduate assistant. Encourage your student to apply today!

Applications are due by Tuesday, May 8th.

Job Description

Application

806.742.3630

parent@ttu.edu

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Scholarships = Free Money!

Many students have complete financial aid files for 2018-19 (FAFSA, Scholarship Application, Enrollment Certification), so their focus should now be on applying for external scholarships. In fact, students as young as 13 years old can start applying for external scholarships!

  • External Scholarships come from donors outside of Texas Tech.
    • Our searchable database consists of external scholarships for which Texas Tech students have actually received money – so it is a tried and true list! Enter a major or other search terms and it will bring up all of the external scholarships with that criteria... but then student have to apply to them!
    • Follow us on social media (@TTUFinancialAid). Organizations and companies contact us several times a week with scholarship opportunities, and we share them through social media. We will also make sure you know when it is time to do each step in the financial aid process, so both parents and students should follow us to stay in the loop!
    • Once students are awarded an external scholarship, they need to report it to the Scholarship Office so it is processed correctly and students receive funds on time.

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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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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Tackle Finals with Tutoring & Academic Coaching

Finals are a stressful time for undergraduate students. Academic Coaches at the Learning Center can assist with planning for final exams, studying effectively, managing test-taking anxiety, and more! Tutors can assist with subject-specific coursework and studying!

Tutoring & Academic Coaching at the Learning Center is FREE for currently-enrolled undergraduate students.

How do I Access these Services?

Students can visit www.lc.soar.ttu.edu and choose 'Academic Coaching' for more information on these services, to make an appointment, or to view study help worksheets on the website! Tutoring schedules are available online at www.lc.soar.ttu.edu under the 'Tutoring' tab.

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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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
Education
Engineering
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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On-Campus Housing for Summer 2018

Did you know that summer on-campus housing is currently available? This year, University Student Housing is featuring West Village, a suite-style apartment complex, and our new Honors Hall, a pod-style living space, for all students that live on campus during the summer. Whether you prefer the privacy of having your own room with private bathrooms attached to the living space, or a full-service Starbucks Coffee House in your lobby, the summer options this year are great choices for anyone looking to live close to the action.

Students can sign up today for the summer or for the Fall 2018 – Spring 2019 academic term at housing.ttu.edu/signup. At University Student Housing, we know our unique learning environments are conducive of higher GPAs, as statistics from the Texas Tech Office of Institutional Research have shown year after year. Students are closer to their classes, often share Learning Communities with their academic peers, and have access to free in-hall tutoring and other services to help keep them on track.

Space is filling up quickly! We recommend students sign up for a room as soon as they can. Waiting for a room that isn't currently available? University Student Housing highly encourages all students that want to live on campus to select a room today and watch the Room Availability Report available on the homepage of our website for openings. If the room the student desires becomes available, changing rooms is clear and easy.

If there are any questions, please reach out to the Welcome Center at 806-742-2661 or email housing@ttu.edu.

Raider Pride Inside!
University Student Housing

For more information and questions, please call 806.742.2661.

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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.

Mail

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.

Packages

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

May 2 – 8, Wednesday – Tuesday

  • Period of no examinations except for makeup exams or scheduled lab exams.

May 3, Thursday

  • Last day to withdraw from the university. Although withdrawal can be processed until this date, all tuition and fees related to the registration are due in full and no refunds will be issued.

May 4, Friday

  • Last day for undergraduate degree candidates to remove grades of I and PR.

May 7, Monday

  • Raiderlink available for grading (degree candidate grades due at noon May 16).

May 8, Tuesday

  • Last day of classes.

May 9, Wednesday

  • Individual study day.
  • Late night breakfast available for residents living on campus (hospitality.ttu.edu).

May 10 – 15, Thursday – Saturday / Monday – Tuesday

  • Final examinations.

May 15, Tuesday

  • Spring semester ends.

May 16, Wednesday

  • Noon, grades due for graduating students via Raiderlink.
  • Last day for most dining locations (hospitality.ttu.edu).
  • 10 a.m., residence halls close. Degree candidates may occupy residence hall rooms until 10 a.m. Saturday, May 19 (housing.ttu.edu/moveout).

May 18 – 19, Friday – Saturday

May 21, Monday

  • 5:00 p.m, Final grades due via Raiderlink.

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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