Texas Tech University

November 2018 Parent & Family eNewsletter


Volume 17, Issue 11

In this issue...

General News

Parents and Family Members of Incoming Students

Financial Tips/Info

Scholarships/Job Opportunities

Academic

Housing

Important Dates

Extracurricular Activities

Texas Tech Parent Association

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Thanksgiving and Semester Break Bus Trip Tickets On Sale Now!

If your student still needs a bus ticket, tickets are still available. Ticket prices will increase on Wednesday, November 7.

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, San Antonio and El Paso* during academic breaks. Click here to see travel details and to purchase tickets.

*Please note: El Paso bus trips are only offered during Thanksgiving.

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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Family Visit Day at the Carol of Lights

Come participate in one of Texas Tech's most beloved traditions as we light up the campus for the holiday season. Hear performances by Texas Tech choirs and other musical ensembles and see the Saddle Tramps, High Riders, and the Masked Rider lead a lighted processional around Memorial Circle.

  • November 30, 2018 - Friday
  • 6:30 p.m. - Carrillon Concert before the Carol of Lights
  • 7:00 p.m. - Carol of Lights begins

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 you about possible Spring Family Visit Days.

For past poll results visit Parent & Family Pulse Polls.

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Free Car Clinic November 7!

Join Transportation and Parking Services for the fall Free Car Clinic November 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the northwest portion of Commuter West near the television tower! Attendees enjoy free hot dogs, drinks, and prizes and get entered into a drawing for a free ePermit. Professional mechanics look over vehicles and alert attendees to any issues that need attention before their spring break travels. Click here for more details and contact TPS at (806) 742-PARK or parking@ttu.edu with any questions.

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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, procedures, and resources available at Texas Tech. Visit their page HERE.

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Feed Your Inner Red Raider!

Hospitality Services features an Open Dining Program meaning your Red Raider can eat at any Hospitality Services location on campus! Students can let their appetite be their guide as they dine in a variety of food courts, mini-markets and all-you-care-to-eat (AYCE) options. On campus students have access to chef inspired food choices such as complete meals at AYCE venues, dine-in/carry out entrées from one of the many concepts in The Market at Stangel/Murdough. The Commons offers cutting-edge food options, while quick cuisine is available at one of the six Sam's Place Mini-markets (plus seven Express Kiosks) located all over campus.

For more information about on-campus dining options or Dining Plans visit hospitality.ttu.edu or call 806.742.1360. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @EatAtTexasTech

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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.

Student Disability Services invites parents to attend the art gallery "Creative Abilities" on October 5, during Family Visit Day! Students who identify in having a disability will display their art in various formats. 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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Student Business Services important dates and deadlines

November 25, Thursday

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

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

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Give Us Your Keys, Unlock Financial Aid Treasure

Students need to submit all "3 Keys" to determine their 2019-20 financial aid eligibility.

  1. University Scholarship Application: with this 1 application, students will be considered for several thousand TTU scholarships.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 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 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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Is your transfer student looking for a job?

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 transferconnection@ttu.edu.

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Resolve to Use the Learning Center this New Year!

The Learning Center and SOAR (Support Operations for Academic Retention) offer a variety of free services available to all undergraduate students at Texas Tech University! Your Red Raider can access all of our services completely FREE of charge – all costs are already included in tuition and fees!

We offer:

  • Drop-in tutoring - no appointment needed, cover several of the undergraduate studies (Biology, Chemistry, Engineering (Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Industrial, and Mechanical), Computer Science, English, Geology, History, Math and some Foreign language to name just a few. Hours of Operation is M-Th 8am – 8pm, Fri 8am – 5pm.
  • Online tutoring M-Th 7:30pm to 10pm. The link to the Online Portal is on our main page.
  • A computer lab and a large study/work area (with outlets for electronic devices).
  • Professional and peer academic coaching is also offered to help with Time Management, Test Anxiety, Note Taking Methods, and Study Strategies along with other Academic Skill areas. You can set up appointments on Strive.
  • Supplemental Instruction (SI) review sessions for difficult math, science, and engineering-type lectures

Students can come by the Learning Center and pick up information on Tutoring Schedules as well as SI schedules and instructions on how to set up an Academic Coaching appointment. We are located in the basement of Holden Hall, room 80.

For more information, Please contact or come by the Learning Center!

lc.soar.ttu.edu

si.soar.ttu.edu

soar@ttu.edu

(806)742-3664

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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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Fall 2018 Commencement Schedule

If your student is graduating in December, 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, December 14th, 2018

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

Saturday, December 15th , 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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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.

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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

November 1, Thursday

  • 3 p.m., First day of spring 2019 semester and summer 2019 term advance registration for currently enrolled students (continues through November 19).

November 19, Monday

  • Last day to remove grades of I, PR, or CR in the Graduate School. This does not apply to the PR/CR received on a previous thesis or dissertation enrollment.
  • Last day of advance registration for spring and summer 2019.

November 20, Tuesday

  • Open registration for spring and summer 2019 begins.
  • Last day to transfer between colleges.

November 21 – 25, Wednesday – Sunday

  • Thanksgiving holiday. No meals available at any Hospitality Services location November 21-25 (hospitality.ttu.edu). University employees will not be on duty November 22-23.

November 26, Monday

  • Classes resume.

November 30, Friday

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

November 30 – December 6, Friday – Thursday

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

Complete calendar information:

Texas Tech Academic Calendar
Texas Tech Events Calendar

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SAB November Events

Tech Can Share

Food drive benefiting South Plains Food Bank

  • October 30th - November 30th
  • Drop-off Days:
    • Tuesday, October 30, 12-2pm in front of SUB CopyMail
    • Tuesday, November 6, 11am-1pm in front of SUB CopyMail
    • Wednesday, November 14, 11am-1pm in front of SUB CopyMail
    • Friday, November 30, 12-2pm in front of SUB CopyMail

Note: Donations will also be accepted anytime 8am-5pm Monday-Friday in the Student Activities office in SUB West Basement Room 020.

Red Raider Showcase

  • Thursday, November 8, 2018
  • Allen Theatre
  • 7 PM
  • Free Admission

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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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Become a member of Texas Tech Parents Association

Visit our website www.texastechparents.org

Why Join?

  • To receive important information about programs and services available to parents.
  • To continue sharing in your student's educational experience.
  • To learn more about available resources as you transition as a mentor to your student.
  • To network with other Texas Tech University parents where you live.
  • To have access to TTPA student scholarships
  • To have access to websites and social media platforms serving your area

Did you know? Students whose parents are actively engaged in their higher education experience have a 34% higher GPA upon graduation than those students whose parents are not involved. Become a member today and find ways to be engaged and involved within your own community. https://www.texastechparents.org/general/register_member_type.asp

Ways to get involved.

  • If you live within a chapter service area, it's easy. If you don't have a chapter nearby, talk with the Association about what it would take to start one. If you're more remote, all the more important to get engaged. Check for a chapter near you. https://www.texastechparents.org/page/Chapters
  • Become a Parent Ambassador. Parent Ambassadors have opportunities to work directly with the University through the Association. The role of a Parent Ambassador is a very distinguished one. TTPA encourages parents who want to share their experiences with others to join a select and diverse group of parents and other adult family members to represent the TTPA community and the University in a gratifying and meaningful way. PAs are up-to-date on many issues supporting student success and engage with parents whose students are considering TTU for their college experience. Training is provided to ensure confidence and consistency of message. Learn more about the program on the Parent Ambassador website: https://www.texastechparents.org/page/ParentAmbassadors
  • Do you have Board of Director experience? There's a special balance of strengths, diversity and experience the Association needs to have on the Board to carry out our mission well. We're talking with experienced people to see who might be interested. Contact Joyce Zachman, Executive Director for more information. joyce.zachman@texastechparents.org

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