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Kristen Mills
Mar 4, 2016

Student Organizations Weekly March 4, 2016

Mar 4, 2016 by Kristen Mills

The following newsletter is sent out every week if there is information happening on campus or in the community that student organizations can benefit from. Although the announcement is sent out by the Center for Campus Life the contact for the various activities may not be in the Center for Campus Life, and will be listed in the each brief paragraph, in most cases the Center for Campus Life will not have any more information than is listed in this general email, and will direct you to the contact listed.


Student Organizations Weekly

Center for Campus Life | |  (806) 742-5433

Announcements | Upcoming University Events | Community Events | Student Org Advisor Corner


#GetRecognized for all the AWESOME things your Organization has done this academic year. Apply for the 2015-2016 Student Organization Awards>>

#RSVPTo the next Student Leadership Series Workshop, Motivating the Middle. Learn how to reduce apathy in your student organization and how to motivate your members! RSVP on OrgSync>>

#UseOrgSyncTo efficiently collect your organization's dues and sell t-shirts, tickets, etc. Learn all about the OrgSync Store Feature & Dues Tool>> 

#RegisterToday For the Student Org Academy. The Student Org Academy is a one day, on-campus conference for Student Org Officers to learn more about their role as a Student Org Officer, gain valuable tools and resources, network with other Student Org Officers, and more! Register on OrgSync>>

#CheckOut all of Student Involvement's Spring 2016 Programs and Events>>  #CheckOut all of Student Involvement's Student Org Advisor Spring 2016 Programs and Events>> 
#SoulPancakeSunday Laughter can be infectious! Join the laugh party and make sure you laugh today>> #TEDTalkTuesday Have you every wondered am 'I a human'? Take the test here>>

Apply to be an Involvement Ambassador

The Involvement Ambassadors are a Student Organization created to engage students in involvement opportunities. The purpose of the organization is to connect student leaders, provide resources to existing and potential student organizations, and connect new and current students to existing student organizations. Interested in applying? Fill out an application>>

The 2015-2016 Student Org Awards OPEN NOW!

Show-off the AMAZING things your organization and advisor have done this academic year by applying for the 2015-2016 Student Organization Awards! The winners of the 2015-2016 Student Organization Awards will be announced at Arbor Day on April 29th.

Annually, the Center for Campus Life invites all students, faculty, and staff to submit nominations for the Student Organization Awards. This event recognizes advisors and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the Texas Tech and greater Lubbock community. All registered student organizations and advisors are eligible to participate.

This year's awards include:
- Student Organization of the Year
- New Student Organization of the Year
- Most Improved Student Organization of the Year
- Outstanding Organization Advisor of the Year
- Best Example of Teamwork by a Student Organization
- Outstanding Contribution to the Greater Community

More information and applications for all the 2015-2016 Awards can be found on the Student Org Awards Website

OrgSync Contest!

Enter to win $50 in food or printing for your student organization. All you have to do is show us (Student Involvement) that you use OrgSync!

To enter the Best Dressed OrgSync Profile Contest, Tweet @TTUStudentOrgs or tag @TTUStudentOrgs on Instagram with a screenshot of your organization’s OrgSync Profile during the week of March 4-10. All submissions must be Tweeted or posted on Instagram by 11:59pm on March 10. The winner will be announced in the Student Orgs Weekly on March 11.

How to be considered:

-Your Organization must be registered and in good standing with Student Involvement

-Your Organization must have a decked out Profile page on OrgSync – Have a welcome message, footer, Profile picture, cover photo, description, keywords, updated org information, Events, Org Files uploaded, Social media buttons, etc. Refer to TTU Student Orgs Profile as an example.

-Your submission must be Tweeted or posted on Instagram with @TTUStudentOrgs tagged by 11:59pm on March 10.

Judging Criteria:

Points will be awarded based on use of OrgSync Features, Creative Welcome Message, Organizational Spirit, & Overall Look of your org's profile page

Spring 2016 Student Org Academy

Don’t forget to Register for the Spring 2016 Student Org Academy & Encourage Your Other Officers to Register as Well!

The Student Org Academy is a one day, on-campus conference for Student Org Officers to learn more about their role as a Student Org Officer, gain valuable tools and resources, network with other Student Org Officers, and more!

It is STRONGLY ENCOURAGED that all current and prospective student org officers attend the Student Org Academy.

Register today at

Need help motivating your members? Check out "Motivating the Middle"

Student Organizations is hosting a Student Leadership Series on March 8th from 6-7PM in the SUB Mesa Room. Come learn more about motivating your organization members! Your student organization has thirds. Top-third leaders wrap their personal identity in your group, exert the most influence on its actions, and make your group their top priority.  Middle-third members care about your organization and the relationships they have there, but it’s one of several competing priorities.  Bottom-third members are disengaged, potentially causing drama, or checked out.  Unfortunately, most top-third leaders spend the majority of their time fighting the bottom-third – trying to make them attend events, care more deeply, and contribute more.

RSVP on orgsync to the event


The Center for Campus Life is excited to offer an opportunity for student organizations to #DisplayYourDifferences by showing off what is unique, different, or diverse about your organization. Our office will be displaying these boards starting the Tuesday of Diversity Week around the Student Union Building so that students of Texas Tech can see how your student organizations #DisplayYourDifferences.

You can pick up a board starting on Monday, March 7 from the Center for Campus Life and will need to turn your board into our office by Monday, March 21 at 5 pm. Our office is open from 8 am – 5 pm every weekday but will be closed on Friday, March 18.

If you have any questions please email or call 806-742-5433.

Event Schedule:

All week: Poster Design

Tuesday & Wednesday: Advisor EDU 3:30-4:30

Thursday: Student Org Fair 1-2PM

Design The Parent & Family Relations Bumper Sticker!

Parent and Family Relations is sponsoring a bumper sticker design contest. This bumper sticker will be distributed to all parents and family members during Red Raider Orientation. Learn more information & design criteria>>

Submission deadline is Monday, March 28th at 5:00PM.

Winner will be notified after April 4th. The prize is a Red Raider prize pack.

Call 806-742-3630 or email for more information.

Looking for a Presentation for Your Organization?

RISE is available to give a variety of presentations to your organization. Current presentations include Alcohol/Drug Education, Healthy Relationships, Sexual Health, Mental Health, and Bystander Intervention. Customized workshops are available upon request (time permitting). To complete a program request form, visit

RISE is also available to co-sponsor related events!

Want to Submit an Announcement to Student Orgs Weekly?

We have created an easy form for you and your student organization to submit announcements that would appear in the Student Orgs Weekly. Student Orgs Weekly is sent out each Friday during the school year, and promote student organization events and happenings.  For questions please call 806-742-5433 or e-mail

Market Your Student Org's Events using SUB Table Tents!

Table Tents can be utilized by registered Student Orgs for event advertising at no cost to the organization.  If you have an event you would like to promote please go to the following link to get more information:

Need Funding for Your Student Organization’s Next Event?

The Division of Undergraduate Education and Student Affairs has developed a fund for student organization programming that supports the strategic priorities of Texas Tech University and its core values.  Click here to read more about the criteria and to make a request. Questions? Contact Keri Shiplet at or 806-742-5433.

Do you need a speaker for your student organization? Red to Black can help!

Red to Black Peer Financial Coaching is here to answer your money questions. We offer presentations on topics such as creating spending plans, establishing and building credit, maximizing financial aid, and examining after college expenses. Our most popular presentation is Money Habitudes, which explores habits and attitudes surrounding money through an interactive card game. To request a Peer Financial Coach to come to your student organization meeting, simply fill out our presentation form. For questions, please email us at or call us at 806-742-9781.

Join RISE and TxDOT next Thursday March 10 from 9am-3pm for “Drop It and Drive”

Drop It & Drive is a comprehensive distracted driving event that covers driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or sleep deprivation. RISE has partnered with the Texas Department of Transportation to host a day-long dodge ball simulation game which teaches participants the effects alcohol and drugs have on reflexes.

During the lunch hour, RISE will host an interactive board about sleep deprivation. Come share ways and learn from others ways to combat sleepiness on the road (e.g. getting 8 hours of sleep beforehand, taking driving breaks, making a playlist of upbeat music).

TxDOT will also be providing information on their “Plan While You Can!” campaign that encourages people to make plans before their first drink.

The event is FREE for students and there will be giveaways!

Movie Night: Special Screening of "A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story"

Join Women Rising, the Texas Tech Division of Undergraduate Education & Student Affairs, Texas Tech University College of Education, College of Human Sciences - Texas Tech University, Texas Tech Honors College, & the The Junior Women's Club of Lubbock, TX as they host a special screening of A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story. RSVP today!!



Join Student Union & Activities for one of Tech's greatest traditions- Arbor Day!

Arbor Day will be on Friday, April 29, 2016.  Applications will be available on Monday, February 22!

Take part in one of Texas Tech's annual events to bring the community together in celebration of keeping campus beautiful.  Registered student organizations, faculty, and staff are invited to come and celebrate Arbor Day, on April 29, in Memorial Circle.

Student Organizations requesting a spot at Arbor Day must be registered and in good standing with the Center for Campus Life. 

Campus departments may also request a planting space.

The registration form can be found at and will open on Monday, February 22. The deadline to register is April 13, 2016 at 5:00 pm.

For complete information, please visit

Please contact Claire Maginness,, or the Student Activities office, (806)742-4708, with any questions.

Do you love recreational singing and making new friends?

Then come join the Tech Glee Club! Anyone is welcome to come! Meetings are every Thursday at 7 o'clock in room 123 of the music building. If you have any questions, please contact

Do You Know a Raider Who Rocks?

  • Do they act with fairness and purpose? 
  • Do they believe something can be better and then make it so? 
  • Do they push for the free and open exchange of ideas? 
  • Do they listen to and understand a different point of view? 
  • Do they do the right thing even when no one is watching?

Nominate an outstanding TTU student, staff or faculty member, or student organization for Raiders Who Rock TODAY!

Oftentimes students, faculty/staff and organizations are involved in activities within the Lubbock and Tech Communities, and do the work that they do because it is fulfilling to them, not for recognition. With this understanding, we would like to recognize these Texas Tech community members through this program and in a way that allows someone else to initiate the Raiders Who Rock stories.

Online nomination forms are due March 15. Nominate Someone TODAY!>>
Questions? Email

Would your student organization like a FREE and EASY way to make connections with new first-year and transfer students?

Raider Welcome is an opportunity for your student organization to introduce your services or activities to ALL Texas Tech students and gives your members an opportunity to interact with our new first-year and transfer students. And its FREE to participate! Raider Welcome is a two-week series of FUN and FREE events and occurs the week before classes begin and throughout the first week of classes.

Important dates to keep in mind are:
May 15, 2016: Event Submission Deadline
August 21-September 3, 2016: Raider Welcome 2016

Here's the link to submit an event request:

What's Your Digital Tattoo?

Your online presence is like a tattoo. Permanent. Possibly regrettable. Can influence others opinion of you. It’s in your best interest to know how to manage your digital tattoo.  Especially before Spring Break rolls around. 

If you would like to schedule this presentation for your student organization, contact Britta Tye, IT Outreach Specialist, at (806)834-2933 or

Get Active at The Rec Center!

For a full schedule of fitness classes going on at the Texas Tech Recreational Center go here! Get connected with them through twitter @tturecsports

It's On Us

Everyone has a role to play in stopping sexual assault. Your organization can take the pledge to be part of the solution. SGA, Sigma Phi Epsilon, and the Women's Studies Department have taken the pledge, so can your department or organization!  To learn more information about stopping sexual assault please visit

Request a 'Step-Up' Peer By-Stander Presentation to Your Department or Student Organization

Step Up is a peer to peer bystander intervention program designed to teach students when and how to intervene regarding sexual violence, bullying, hazing, and other problematic behaviors typically found in the college campus environment. Texas Tech University is providing Step Up presentations that can be tailored to specific topics to fit your audience. Step-Up presentations can be done for classrooms, organizations, and on campus interest groups.

If you or your organization are interested in this program you can request a presentation by clicking here. A program request can also be requested by filling out this form on OrgSync.

For questions, please contact Chris Medley at

Volunteer Center of Lubbock

The Volunteer Center of Lubbock can be a great resource for student organizations. We work with nearly 100 nonprofits in the Lubbock community and connect volunteers with the many needs of our partners. As a student organization, we can help you plan a project for your group or help members their best volunteer fit. We can do this by visiting one-on-one with you or coming to speak at one of your meetings. We feel it is so important to engage students with the community they live in, not to mention they make for enthusiastic, passionate and energetic volunteers! Please contact Rachel Flores at if you would like someone from the Volunteer Center to come and speak at your meetings or if you want to know how to get involved.

A big 'Thanks' to all of the advisors that came to the first Advisor EDU Workshop this past Tuesday or Wednesday where we discussed ways to minimize liability. If you would like more information on how to minimize your organization's liability, contact Student Legal Services.

Mark Your Calendar

Happy 2016 Student Org Advisors!

Below you will find all of our Spring 2016 Advisor events, programs, and workshops so that you can add these events to your calendars. We offer these workshops and trainings to assist and support you in your role as a Student Org Advisor. If there is ever anything you need from us beyond these trainings, please let us know so that we can further support you and your student organization(s). Make sure you mark the Spring 2016 Student Org Advisor Events in your calendar. All event details are tentative and could change, keep up to date on changes by checking OrgSync, the Student Orgs Weekly, and emails from Student Involvement. If you have any questions on any of our programs, feel free to contact Kelsey Jackson

Spring Advisor EDU Workshops

The Advisor EDU Workshops are brief, one-hour trainings that will cover a specific topic as it relates to your role as a student org advisor. All topics are tentative and could slightly change. Each workshop is offered at two different times and dates

All workshops will be in the Mesa Room, Student Union Building

Facilitating Inclusive Conversations – March 22, 3:30pm & March 23, 12pm

Officer Transition & Preparing for a New Exec Board – April 20, 12pm & April 21, 3:30pm

Student Org Advisor Risk Management Training

Student Org Advisors are required, and highly encouraged, to attend one (1) advisor risk management training during their entire time as a student org advisor at Texas Tech. Below are this semester’s Student Org Advisor Risk Management Training Sessions.

Monday, April 11, 3:00pm, SUB Mesa Room

Keep an eye out for emails with additional information from Student Involvement on all of our Student Org Advisor Spring Programming.