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Fall 2015


A Newsletter from the Office of Academic Engagement and Outreach


A Gateway to University-Community Programs and Initiatives

Visitors to Texas Tech’s website will now be able to access the institution’s engagement and outreach programs and initiatives through a single site. The new Outreach and Engagement website will serve as a gateway for campus and community members to learn more about the university’s extensive array of programs and initiatives conducted for and in partnership with external communities. Visit: 

Note:  We are trying to link as many of Texas Tech’s outreach and engagement programs as possible but may not be aware of all university-community programs happening across the institution. To get your program linked, please send an e-mail to In the subject line state “New E&O Link ” and in the body of the e-mail include: 1) title of program or activity; 2) 2- to 3-sentence description; 3) URL; and 4) your name and contact information.



TTU Faculty and Staff asked to participate in 2015 Raiders Engaged!

Texas Tech is currently conducting its annual, institution-wide assessment of faculty and staff outreach and engagement via Raiders Engaged.  If during Academic Year 14/15 as part of your academic or professional role, you were involved in a program or project that was specifically conducted for or in partnership with individuals or organizations outside of the university (at the local, state, national, or international level), please participate in Raiders Engaged! The survey closes on December 1, 2015. For questions, contact the Office of Academic Engagement and Outreach ( 


Advisory Role on Engagement across Teaching, Research, and Service

Texas Tech will soon have a campus-wide Committee for Academic Engagement and Outreach to advise the institution on the annual assessment of its outreach and engagement activities as well as other matters related to promoting university-community partnerships and aligning campus-wide engagement efforts. The committee will consist of representatives from each college and school, as well as key administrative areas.   



East Lubbock Promise Neighborhood 

The Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) and the Engagement Scholarship Consortium (ESC) has honored the East Lubbock Promise Neighborhood (ELPN) project with the 2015 W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Engagement Award. The Kellogg Award recognizes four-year public universities that have made exemplary strides in becoming more closely and productively engaged with communities through their teaching/learning, discovery, and service activities. ELPN is a community-based partnership, led by Texas Tech’s College of Education, designed to improve the educational and economic opportunities for East Lubbock students. Funded by a $24.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the project is a multi-fac­eted collaboration between several TTU Colleges (Education, Arts & Sciences, Human Sciences, Visual and Performing Arts), the Health Sciences Center, local businesses, the Lubbock Independent School District, non-profit organizations, as well as neighborhood groups. Overall, over 70 partners have come together to provide a comprehensive approach to improving the health and economic well-being of East Lubbock families. Programs include early childhood literacy, after-school enrichment, community gardens, GED classes, health services and coming soon, an Early College High School.  Contact: Dr. Scott Ridley, College of Education;



ELPN Early Childhood Literacy Program
ELPN Early Childhood Literacy Program

Llano River Field Station

This past summer, Texas Tech’s Llano River Field Station (LRFS) received the Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR) 2015 Education and Public Service Award. LRFS located at Texas Tech University Center at Junction, provides academic, research and service opportunities in the Texas Hill Country and Edwards Plateau. Researchers, state agencies, and community groups have partnered to study and solve natural environmental issues in the region and beyond via watershed, range science and environmental research and education, and public engagement. Among LRFS’ current projects are the Upper Llano Watershed Protection Plan, the Texas Water Symposium, Discovery Point Trail and Outdoor School. LRFS has also partnered with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Guadalupe Bass Restoration Project, a watershed approach aimed at understanding and protecting the state fish of Texas. Contact: Dr. Tom Arsuffi, Llano River Field Station;


Meeting with local land owners.

Urban Tech

The College of Architecture received a $1.5 million gift from Mark E. Humphreys, a 1978 graduate of its program and founder and CEO of Humphreys and Partners Architects.  The gift established the Mark E. Humphreys AIA Chair in Urban DesignTech’s Urban Design program focuses on revitalizing urban areas to create more people-friendly environments and encourage economic development. Its faculty and students are best known for their participation in Urban Tech, a program that partners architecture students with local governments and civic organizations to help redesign municipal areas. Through its community engagement, UrbanTech developed plans for the High Cotton Center, a facility for Lubbock’s homeless population. Last year, Urban Tech joined forces with Tech’s Departments of Theatre & Dance, Exercise and Sports Science, Geosciences, Recreational Sports, RHIM, the Climate Science Center, the Garrison Institute on Aging, and Digital Design and Fabrication to host Urban Stage in downtown Lubbock. The project highlighted environmental, cultural, economic and social sustainability in an urban environment. Community partners included Civic Lubbock Inc., Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts, Imagine Lubbock Together, City of Lubbock, Knights of Columbus, and many more. Contact: David Driskill, A.I.A., College of Architecture;


Urban Stage Pocket Park set-up in downtown Lubbock.

Contact Information

For more information about the Office of Academic Engagement and Outreach, contact Dr. Birgit Green, Director, at  or (806) 834-2308.


Feb 28, 2023