Texas Tech University

October 2018 Parent & Family eNewsletter

Volume 17, Issue 10

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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Family Visit Day at First Friday Art Trail

Visit your student and connect with the growing arts scene in Lubbock! The First Friday Art Trail attracts thousands of visitors to Lubbock's Arts District. See works of art from local, regional, and national artists, visit galleries and museums, hear live music, try cuisine from local food trucks. For more information about the First Friday Art Trail, visit http://www.ffat.org/.

October 5, 2018 - Friday

Family Day at First Friday Art Trail

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

If you are planning to participate in First Friday Art Trail, please RSVP here.

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Creative Abilities at First Friday Art Trail

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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Make Your Plans for Family Days at Texas Tech

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

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

November 30, 2018 - Friday

Family Day at the Carol of Lights

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

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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 - keep an eye out for that in the coming days.

For past poll results visit Parent & Family Pulse Polls.

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 University Career Center – How you can help!

Students often identify their parents as a primary source of career information and support. As a key resource, there are many ways that you can have a positive impact on your student's career development. Parents, become familiar with the services provided at the University Career Center and encourage your student to visit us today! It is never too early to start thinking about career development. The earlier students start planning for their career, the more successful they will be!

The Career Center staff offers resume and cover letter critiques, mock interviews, job search help, and assessments to help your student find their academic and career fit. In addition, UCC offers information sessions from many different employers. Finally, webinars are a convenient way to gain good information in a short amount of time. For a complete list of upcoming events and dates, click here.

Remind your student to set up an appointment by calling 806-742-2210. University Career Center hours are Monday to Friday, 8 am to 5 pm.

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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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Financial Wellness Week

Red to Black Peer Financial Coaching will be hosting Financial Wellness Week on October 1st to October 4th. There will be daily events, giveaways and prizes. Interactive activities are planned to increase financial awareness and knowledge. Red to Black coaches will be available to answer questions relating to finances student loans and how to create spending plans. Check out our Financial Wellness Week page to learn more about our daily events!

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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

October 25, Thursday

  • Budget/Emergency/Military Payment Plan 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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It's Time for Students to Apply for 2019-20 Financial Aid

It is time for students to complete 2 important applications to put themselves in the best position possible for the most financial aid for the 2019-20 school year.

Need help with your applications? Join our Financial Aid & Scholarships Advisors at the Eat Pie & Apply event on October 31 from 11-2pm in the Student Union Building. Yes, there will be PIE!

Please contact us if you have any questions!

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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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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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
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.


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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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 22, 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 29, 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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SAB October Events

Corn Maize with RHA

  • Wednesday, October 10, 2018
  • 6:00-9:00pm
  • At'l Do Farms - 6323 FM 1294 Lubbock, TX 79415
  • Join SAB & RHA & make your way through the Corn Maize! Busing is provided: pick up at the SUB & Chitwood-Weymouth. *If driving, you must enter zip code on your maps app! FREE WITH TTU STUDENT ID

Homecoming Week

Techsan Memorial

  • Thursday, October 18, 2018
  • Memorial Circle
  • 5:30pm
  • Join us as we gather to remember Texas Tech students, alumni, faculty & staff who have passed away in the last year.

National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week

  • October 22-26, 2018
  • See full schedule of events at sab.ttu.edu
  • It's time to think about alcohol and how it affects you, your friends, and your community. Join SAB and student organizations and departments from across campus to learn about safe alcohol consumption and alcohol-free stress relieving activities.

Comedy Night featuring Chloe Hilliard and Jon Fisher

  • Wednesday, October 24, 2018
  • SUB Red Raider Ballroom
  • 6:00pm
  • Chloe Hilliard from MTV's Acting Out and NBC's Last Comic Standing and musical comedian Jon Fisher will be bringing all the laughs LIVE to the Ballroom stage! FREE WITH TTU STUDENT ID

Nightmare on 19th Street

  • Thursday, October 25, 2018
  • 602 E 19th Street
  • 7:30-10:30pm
  • Join us at Nightmare on 19th Street for West Texas' only Halloween themed park! Free for the first 300 students with TTU ID

October Late Night Movies

  • SUB Escondido Theatre
  • 10:00PM
    • The Equalizer 2 - Thursday, October 4, 2018 and Friday, October 5, 2018
    • Ant-Man & The Wasp - Thursday, October 11, 2018 and Friday, October 12, 2018
    • Mamma Mia: Here We go Again - Thursday, October 18, 2018 and Friday, October 19, 2018
    • Hocus Pocus - Thursday, October 25, 2018 and Friday, October 26, 2018

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Center for Campus Life October Events

Student Involvement is hosting and co-hosting three leadership development opportunities in October.

  • October 4, 2018 Student Leader Academy – REGISTER NOW
  • October 9, 2018 Champions of Respect – RSVP NOW (Co-hosting with the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Office of LGBTQIA)
  • October 30, 2018 True Colors: Personality Workshop – RSVP NOW

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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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