Texas Tech University

October 2017 Parent & Family eNewsletter

Volume 16, Issue 10

In this issue...


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Thanksgiving and Semester Break Bus Trip Tickets on Sale Now!

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 been offering convenient and reliable college break transportation for Texas Tech University since 2012. In 2017, BreakShuttle was acquired by Wells + Associates, a national transportation consultancy based in the Washington, DC region. For 25 years, W+A has created and implemented sustainable, cost-effective transportation solutions for commercial, residential, governmental, and institutional developments across the United States including university campuses.

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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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. This month, we will be sending out a survey about Family Weekend.

For past poll results visit Parent & Family Pulse Polls.

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President's Holiday Card Contest

The holiday season is starting early this year with a chance to win a $500 or $1,000 scholarship!

The Office of the President is looking for the next design of the official Texas Tech University Holiday Card.

Submission Deadline: Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017

For submission instructions and contest rules, please click here.

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Homecoming 2017 will take place the week of October 16-21, 2017. Our theme for this year is Storybooks! We have planned a week of fun events for students, and on Friday, October 20 we will have events that are open to the public, starting with the Homecoming Parade at 6:00pm, and then the Pep-Rally and Bonfire at 8:00pm. A full list of events can be found at homecoming.ttu.edu.

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Risk Intervention and Safety Education has Moved!

The Risk Intervention Safety Education (RISE) office has moved on campus. As of October 1, 2017 we will now be located in Drane Hall 247. For more information please visit us at rise.ttu.edu, 806.742.2110, rise@ttu.edu.

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Disability Awareness Week

Student Disability Services will be having Disability Awareness Week from October 2nd through October 6th! The Kick-off will start at the Student Union Building on Monday, October 2nd, from 11 AM to 1 PM. Students can meet the Masked Rider & Fearless Champion, grab giveaways, and more! Students can participate in creating art with canvas painting, on Wednesday, October 4th. On Thursday, students can participate in DEAF BINGO in the evening. Friday, Student Disability Services will host an art exhibit at the October First Friday Art Trail. The gallery will showcase abilities and focus on the unique talents from the perspective of disabilities, either through the experience of having a disability or sharing the disability perspective of a relative or friend. Art will be displayed at the First Friday Art Trail at the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts, on October 6th, 2017. For more information, visit http://www.depts.ttu.edu/sds/DAW.php

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Study Abroad Fair

Your student wants to study abroad...knows where they want to go...but isn't certain about which program is best for them. Sound familiar? If so, send them our way!

On Wednesday, October 4th, the Study Abroad Fair will be taking place between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the Student Union Building Ballroom. Staff as well as program partners from all over the world will be available to speak with students about the many types of international opportunities approved by Texas Tech and help your student take the first step toward completing an application. Speak with a Study Abroad Advisor or review frequently asked questions and answers by visiting our website, www.studyabroad.ttu.edu!

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Feed Your Inner Red Raider!

The first full-service Starbucks® on campus that accepts Dining Plans is now open in the NEW Honors Residence Hall! This location features the entire selection of hot and cold drinks (including seasonal specials!), whole-bean coffee, espresso, caffè latte, Teavana® tea products, Frappuccino beverages, pastries and snacks. Pre-packaged food items, hot and cold sandwiches, drinkware and other Starbucks® are available for purchase as well.

Starbucks® Honors Residence Hall
Monday through Friday 7am – 11pm
Saturday & Sunday 9am – 11pm
* hours subject to change

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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Financial Education Week

Financial Education Week is here! Red to Black Peer Financial Coaching is hosting a week of events to engage your student in a conversation about MONEY! We want to take the taboo out of talking about money, so we hope you will encourage your student to join us this week, October 2-5. Please visit our website to find more information about the activities we will have available during the week. http://www.depts.ttu.edu/r2b/few.php

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Carol of Lights

With the flip of a switch, more than 25,000 colored lights illuminate 18 buildings around Memorial Circle, the Engineering Key and the Broadway Entrance to the campus during Texas Tech University's Carol of Lights®.

The 59th Annual Carol of Lights® will be held on Friday, December 1, 2017. The Carillon Concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. before the ceremony, with the Carol of Lights commencing at 7:00 p.m. The Masked Rider, Saddle Tramps Torch Light Processional, and High Riders will begin the ceremony at the University Seal on Broadway and follow the luminaria lighted route around Memorial Circle to the Science Quadrangle.

The lights will be turned on every night from dusk (approximately 6:30 p.m.) until midnight from December 2, 2017 through January 1, 2018.

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Flu Shots

Student Health Services has just received Flu Shots for students. Please have your student call 806-743-2848 to schedule an appointment for a flu shot. If student has insurance, there is no cost for the flu shot as we will insurance for it. If the student does not have insurance, cost is $22.

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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 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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Texas Tech Preview

Parents and Family of High School Juniors and Seniors Take Note:
It's Time to Visit Texas Tech University

For high school juniors and seniors, this is the time to visit college campuses. On Oct. 8 & 9, Texas Tech University will host Texas Tech Preview for all prospective students, families and friends.

Texas Tech Preview is designed for visitors to meet faculty, staff, and students and experience the campus.

Registration begins at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, October 8, in the United Supermarkets Arena, followed by academic information sessions. The event continues on Monday with registration opening at 7:30 a.m. followed by a welcome from the Goin' Band from Raiderland, the Spirit Squads and other distinguished guest speakers. During their visit, guests will also have the opportunity to browse a resource fair that features student services and student organizations.

For more information about Texas Tech Preview, go to www.admissions.ttu.edu/preview or call (806) 742-1299.

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Student Business Services important dates and deadlines

October 25, Wednesday

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

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

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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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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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Fall 2017 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 15, 2017

3:00 p.m.

Arts & Sciences

7:00 p.m.

Graduate School

Saturday, December 16, 2017

9:00 a.m.

Business Administration
Media and Communication
University Programs
Visual & Performing Arts
Wind Energy

1:30 p.m.

Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources
Honors College
Human Sciences

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

October 20, Friday

Last day for graduate degree candidates to defend theses/dissertations.

Last day for master's non-thesis comprehensive examinations.

October 23, Monday

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.

October 30, 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 declare pass/fail intentions.

Complete calendar information:

Texas Tech Academic Calendar
Texas Tech Events Calendar

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Have your student check out Orgsync for ways to get involved 

Is your student involved in student organizations? If not, have him or her visit http://ttu.orgsync.com 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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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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Chapter News

San Antonio:

GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE Join Texas Tech San Antonio Parents and Alumni for Tee Off for Scholarships Golf Classic. It's a 4-man Florida scramble, Monday, November 20th at the Canyon Springs Golf Club. Proceeds to fund scholarships for local Texas Tech students. For more information, email John Benavidez at sanantonio@texastechparents.org


Join Texas Tech Parents at their annual Yahoo Boohoo October 7 at Lucky's Pub West. We'll be about 1/2 way through the fall semester. And we're checking in - How are ya doing? Got questions? Wondering about housing for next year? For more information visit the Houston Chapter Website at http://www.texastechparents.org/event/HoustonYB or email Jess Hanson at houston@texastechparents.org

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More Parent Opportunities

Join Tech Parents at football games for pregame in Houston, Austin and Arlington. Texas Tech meets the UH Cougars in Houston Saturday Sep. 23 in Houston, Oklahoma State Cowboys in Lubbock during Family Weekend Saturday Sep 30; the Baylor Bears in Arlington (AT&T Stadium) Saturday Nov 11; and UT Longhorns Friday, Nov 24 in Austin. Tickets on sale in our ONLINE STORE

Did you miss Red Raider Family gatherings in your community this summer? Look for more opportunities to get together with your Red Raider neighbors. Looking for special links to important information? Check out our Parent U online. Visit the Texas Tech Parents Association website.

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