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Gary Mccrory
Feb 16, 2018

Student Involvement Weekly: Be the Change

Feb 16, 2018 by Gary Mccrory

The following newsletter is sent out every week if there is information happening on campus or in the community
that students, student organizations, faculty, and staff can benefit from. 

Student Involvement Weekly

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

General Announcements for Students,
Faculty, & Staff

The platform OrgSync will be migrating to a new platform to be called TechConnect on Monday, February 19th. OrgSync will be down all day and then starting on Tuesday, February 20th the new platform TechConnect will replace it. This new platform will be divided by departments and colleges, student organizations, and University Student Housing (Not Live Yet). Students will be able to explore campus events, involvement opportunities, and track their out of classroom involvement. Training will be available starting March 3rd at the Student Org Academy. Questions, email


On-Campus Events & Opportunities
for Students, Faculty, and Staff

Women of Black History

Women's & Genders Studies is hosting several events during the month of February women in history. An ever-expanding list of resources for learning about famous African American women and other women of Black History. You'll find women who are famous and women who should be better-known, from early America and slavery to the 21st century, including the Harlem Renaissance and the civil rights movement. For a list of events that highlight and bring together black history and women's history check out Women's and Gender Studies Website.

Tunnel of Oppression

The Tunnel of Oppression highlights contemporary issues of oppression by introducing participants to the concepts of oppression, privilege and power. Participants are guided through a series of scenes that educate and challenge them to think more deeply about issues of oppression.

The tours are taking place at the Student Union Building inside the Red Raider Ballroom on Wednesday, February 21st through Friday, February 23rd at 10:00a each day. Tours begin every 10 minutes, and will take approximately 45 - 60 minutes to complete. Due to limited space, reservations are highly recommended, but walk-ins are always welcome.

Need a Ride Home for Spring Break?

Parent and Family Relations is pleased to announce that Break Shuttle will provide charter bus trips to assist Texas Tech students in traveling home for Spring Break. BreakShuttle makes it easy for students at Texas Tech University to save time and money and avoid the hassle of getting home by providing direct, safe and affordable transportation to and from Houston, Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio.

Buses are provided by BreakShuttle, which is a separate entity from Texas Tech University and will depart Lubbock on Saturday, March 10th and return to Lubbock on Sunday, March 18th. Seating is based on availability and is sold on a first come, first served basis. Prices vary by destination.

For more information and the registration link, please visit Parent and Family Relations' website or contact directed to Break Shuttle, or email, or (855) 620-1924.

Rock Someone's Day!

Does your student organization rock? Nominate your student organization for the Raiders Who Rock Cooperation & Communication Award! This award recognizes student organizations that have gone above and beyond to have a positive impact on the Texas Tech and/or Lubbock communities. Nominees for this award are student organizations whose members have cooperated with one another to achieve greater things together than they could have as individuals.

Texas Tech University is proud to host our first Big XII LGBTQIA & Allies SummitMarch 23-25, 2018. The Summit will bring together individuals who are committed to inclusion, access, and equity within higher education. Our aim during the Summit is to celebrate the strides our community has made and recognize the work that lies ahead. Any college students, faculty, staff, and community members who want to learn more about LGBTQIA identity and allies, as well as social justice and advocacy, are encouraged to attend. Registration for the Big 12 LGBTQIA & Allies Summit is now open and closes on March 5th. Students $25 | General $35.

Win $10,000 at the TTU iLaunch Competition!

Have an idea for a business? Turn that idea into reality by entering into the $10,000 iLaunch competition hosted by the TTU Innovation Hub and the Collegiate Entrepreneurship Organization! iLaunch Competition is an investor pitch event designed to identify, grow and launch startup companies. The iLaunch event supports entrepreneurship and innovation in all disciplines. Submit a business plan, pitch deck, and 3 letters of recommendation for a chance to win $10,000! 
Submit your applications Innovation Hub at Research Park's website! 

Off-Campus Events & Opportunities
for Students, Faculty, and Staff

Savory Pancakes!

The Lubbock Lion’s Club will be holding their annual Pancake Festival this Saturday, at the Civic Center. The 2018 – 66th Annual Lubbock Lions Club Pancake Festival is scheduled for this Saturday, February 17th from 7:00a to 8:00p at the Civic Center.

Chinese New Year Festival

Take a trip to China without leaving your own backyard this Saturday, February 17th from 1:00p - 4:00p … Experience the sights and sounds of the most celebrated traditional festival and holiday in China, the New Year or “Spring Festival” as it is also known. This year the Chinese New Year begins on Friday, February 16th and, 2018 is the “Year of the Dog”. Explore traditional Chinese culture, music, a dragon dance, dress, writing and language, cultural objects, math and science as the Science Spectrum and OMNI Theater showcases ancient and modern Chinese history and culture at the Chinese New Year Festival in association with the Texas Tech Chinese Students Association and Chinese Language Club.

*Free event located in the lobby of the Science Spectrum and OMNI Theater. Standard museum rates of $8.00 for adults and $6.50 for children (3-12) and Seniors (60+) will apply for those choosing to attend the museum.

Important Events & Opportunities 
for Student Org Leaders & Advisors

 Student Involvement's annual Student Organization conference for Officers, Advisors, & Up-and-Coming Leaders is happening on March 3, 2018 from 10:00a - 3:00p in the Student Union Building. During this event organizations will be introduced to the new 2018-2019 registration process and will complete their required yearly Risk Management training, which is needed to receive SGA Funding. Register Today

Student Union & Activities is looking for student organizations interested in collaborating on Texas Tech's Annual Diversity Week, during the Spring 2018 semester. Email if interested! Please contact Kelsey Jackson, by Monday, February 26 if your department or organization has any ideas or would like to participate in planning the 5th annual Diversity Week.

Diversity Week is a week dedicated to celebrating and understanding the importance of diversity throughout the community and Texas Tech University. Events, both fun and educational, will be planned throughout the entire week. The only limit to the events and topics we include is your imagination! Head over to our website to check out last year's events.

Sign Up for Arbor Day

Take part in one of Texas Tech’s annual traditions. Registered student organizations, individuals, faculty, and staff are invited to come and celebrate Arbor Day, on April 27, in Memorial Circle.Planting spaces are limited, so sign up as soon as possible.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 deadline to register is April 11, 2018 at 5:00p.

The registration form can be found in OrgSync Forms. For complete information, please visit or please contact Troy Pike, or the Student Activities office, (806)742-4708, with any questions.

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