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Kelsey M Jackson
Sep 25, 2015

Get Your Guns Up For...Mentor Tech Student Organization, WRECK the Stigma, & Nepal Students Association!

Sep 25, 2015 by Kelsey M Jackson

Each week, Student Involvement will recognize the amazing things our Student Organizations are doing at Texas Tech and in the greater community. If you would like to nominate an organization to be recognized, email studentorgs@ttu.edu.

This week we would like to recognize Mentor Tech Student Organization, WRECK the Stigma, and the Nepal Students Association for the amazing things they are doing at Texas Tech and within the Lubbock Community.

Mentor Tech Raises More Than $2,000 for the American Diabetes Association and Volunteers Their Time to Help Spread Awareness as Well.

For the past month, Mentor Tech Student Organization (MTSO) has been raising money for the American Diabetes Association and its Step Out, Walk to Fight Diabetes that was on September 19th. This year, MTSO raised $2,128.00 dollars for the walk, the most MTSO has every risen, and raised the most money out of all Texas Tech and Lubbock student organizations. 

MTSO also helped setup and clean at Mackenzie Park before and after the walk which had over 2000 people participate. Lending a helping hand for such a great cause has and will continue to be a hallmark of MTSO's values and missions.

“Diabetes and/or pre-diabetes affects 88,000 of the 211,000 people in Lubbock County, so to not only raise money, but also to spread awareness for the disease is an admirable endeavor and has inspired me, someone who has diabetes, to continue to live a healthy life and give back to others.” Leroy Mitchell - Member of Mentor Tech 

WRECK the Stigma Raises Money & Awareness for Suicide Prevention

WRECK the Stigma Student Organization helped out with the 5th Annual Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk held on the Texas Tech campus and sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.  The walk drew over 900 participants and raised over $28,000.00.  The funds will go toward suicide prevention at the national level and at the local level. News coverage of the walk can be viewed at http://www.kcbd.com/story/30074776/texas-tech-hosts-the-5th-annual-out-of-darkness-walk

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WRECK the Stigma is also supporting the implementation of a suicide prevention program. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has partnered with the TTU Counseling Center to offer students in crisis with an Interactive Screening Program. Read more about this partnership and the Interactive Screening Process at http://today.ttu.edu/posts/2015/09/student-counsling-center-implements-suicide-prevention-program and https://www.afsp.org/the-interactive-screening-program/isp-for-colleges-universities

Nepal Students Association Enthusiastically Involved on Campus with the Election of New Officers

With the election of this year’s officers, the Nepal Students Association has already shown their enthusiasm with the events and initiatives they have done and continue to do. Below is a list of the things the Nepal Students Association has done since the election of their new officers.

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  • Nepal Student Association raised about $20,000 this past May for the Nepal Earthquake in the Free Speech Area with a good support from Center for Campus Life over a period of 4 days. To memorialize those affected by this tragedy, the Nepal Students Association organized a candle light vigil at Memorial Circle this past May where people from Texas Tech and the Lubbock community gathered to pay their respects.
  • Nepal Students Association has also participated in various intramural sports including soccer, volleyball, cricket, ping-pong and lawn tennis.
  • The new committee has announced a $1,000 scholarship to be given to a member who has an outstanding academic history and has been actively serving in different other student organizations here at Texas Tech University. This has been created to increase the student involvement and motivate people in the organization to take part in other campus activities.
  • Nepal Student Association participated in the "Engineering-Kick Off Event" and helped freshman learn more about the campus life and engineering basics.
  • Nepal Student Association held a fundraiser at "Panda-Express" and raised $2,100 to go towards rebuilding school buildings in Nepal.
  • Nepal Student Association is currently organizing a festival on October 17 to celebrate Dashain.
  • They have redesigned their websites to better serve their members and get them connected to campus resources
  • The organization has coordinated free, one-week, stay facilities for new students. The organization has helped many new students get accommodate during their first week stay in Lubbock. They rented a five motel rooms to accommodate incoming students their first week in Lubbock.
  • The organization has also helped international students coordinate free rides to and from the airport.
  • &, finally, the organization’s new officers have doubled organizational funds and increased the number of active members.