Texas Tech University

Integrative Edge

From the Director's Desk

Dear Faculty, Staff, Students, and Alumni of University Studies,

Thank you for taking the time to open this Fall 2020 edition of the Integrative Edge. In this season, I am personally working on focusing on thanksgiving and gratitude. One thing I am grateful for is all of you. Whether you are faculty, staff, current student, or alumni, in one way or another, you have made a positive and lasting difference in my life. We could not do all that we do without you, students, alumni, parents, and friends of the program. Thank you for being a part of our program and giving back to us!

As I mentioned in the last edition, the Spring 2020 term ended much differently than any of us expected. While the world has been faced with the complex problem of COVD-19, there is no doubt that each of you have been affected in one way or another by this virus. Ozan Varol, in his book Think Like a Rocket Scientist, wrote "we all encounter complex and unfamiliar problems in our daily lives. Those who can tackle these problems – without clear guidelines and with the clock ticking – enjoy an extraordinary advantage." I am hopeful that one thing we have been successful at is helping each other think more critically and creatively not just about complex problems but everyday problems.

A few briefs:

We welcomed a new full-time Instructor, Sipra Eko. Her expertise is in problem solving and I believe she will be a terrific addition to our full-time faculty.

We are excited to announce our first Alumni recognition awards. Jessica Carrillo a 2012 graduate of the program is recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus and Daniel Rentie, a 2019 graduate of the program is recognized with the Outstanding Community or Public Service Award. We are so proud of these two outstanding alumni of the program and their accomplishments!

Learn more about our awards, nominate someone or yourself, visit our website.

We continue rank in the top ten of all Texas Tech University undergraduate majors.

We launched our first crowdfunded initiative through a partnership with Campus Live.

I am continually grateful to our Student Services team. Recently they have been working with the Campus Live team to help promote the remarkable things students and alumni have been doing with their University Studies degree. If you would like to know more, make sure to follow us on all socials @ustudiesttu.

Thank you for being a part of our program and giving back to us!

Portrait of Dr. Marcus N. Tanner

Dr. Marcus N. Tanner, Ph.D.

Director of Academic Programs - University Studies

Portrait of Jessica Carrillo Portrait of Daniel Rentie 

Distinguished Alumni Award

Jessica Carrillo

Outstanding Community

or Public Service Award

Daniel Rentie

Portrait of Sipra Eko  Portrait of Tatiana Neri

Newest Faculty Member

Sipra Eko

Fall 2020 Banner Bearer

Tatiana Neri

Portrait of Daniel Rentie

University Studies Alumni Spotlight

Multifaceted Complex Problems


TTU Masked Rider

Making an Impact

University Studies is dedicated to engaging students in a highly recognizable, valued, and flexible learning experience, in order to connect and advance their academic community knowledge and engagement. This is University Studies mission and promise to students. Why does it matter? 


Special Announcements

Department News

University Studies has partnered with the Texas Tech Chess Program and is now offering INTS-1101, Introduction to Chess, led by Grand Master Alex Onischuk and Dr. Jeff Day! 

Get Connected

Are you looking for a way to connect with other University Studies students? 

Come join our student organization, Tech Society for Interdisciplinary Studies, TSIS, to interact with other BUS students, and to become part of the honors society, Alpha Iota Sigma. Learn more. 

Subscribe to University Studies Integrative Edge Newsletter here.