First Year Feature- Brett Jackson

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Brett Jackson | Intramural Sports & Sport Clubs

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Meet Brett Jackson, the next person in our #FirstYearFeature series. Brett is the Assistant Director of Intramural Sports & Sport Clubs at the Student Recreation Center.

“We offer 15-20 different leagues and tournaments every semester. We have everything from flag football to ping pong, tennis, dodge-ball, battleship,etc. We want to provide a program that everybody on campus has the opportunity to play in, so this year we divided our program into three series. We have a classic, modern, and flash series of events. Our classic series is some of our team sports. You are locked to one team, your games are officiated, and you play a regular season. Our modern series is more of a social/recreational league. Participants can play on as many teams as they want and are not locked to one roster. There is no play-offs, but it is an extended season. Then we have our flash series and those are our on-day, two-day tournaments. It is a very limited time commitment. Through this we hope to increase the participant experience.” –Brett Jackson


Q:What services does your office have for First Year Students at Texas Tech University?

We offer a complex Intramural Sports program for all TTU students. We strive to offer a variety of leagues and tournaments that each student on campus finds interesting and wants to play. Our teams sports include: Flag Football, Softball, Volleyball, Indoor and Outdoor Soccer, and Basketball. We also offer 1-2 days Individual/Team Tournaments – Battleship, Cornhole, Dodgeball, Golf, Kickball, Racquetball, Spike Ball, Table Tennis, Tennis, Ultimate, Video Games. For those students living in the Residence Halls our program is free to participate. Students may participate as much or as little as they wish. We also hire student employees as Sport Officials for our team sports. We ask that individuals have knowledge about the sport they’re interested in officiating but previous officiating experience is not required.

Q: What do you enjoy most about your job? 

I enjoy working with the participants of our program. Whether it’s educating a team how to play flag football or train an official about balls and strikes in softball I enjoy seeing them have fun on the fields and courts.

Q: What is your favorite thing about Texas Tech and why?

My favorite thing about Texas Tech is supporting our teams on the athletic fields. My wife and I have been season ticket holders for Football and Baseball for many seasons.

Q: What is your favorite spot on campus?

My favorite spot on campus is the Rec! It doesn’t matter the time of day or day of week there is always something going on – pick-up basketball, listen to the music from a fitness class, hanging at the Leisure Pool, or watching people climb the Rock Wall. It’s the place to be!

Q: What advice would you give first year students?

One piece of advice I would give to first year students is to get involved on campus. Whether it’s in a student organization, an Intramural team, attending a play or musical find a way to soak up as much of the “college experience” as possible because the next 4 years are going to fly by.

Q: Looking back to your first year, what would you change? What would you do the same? 

I wouldn’t change a thing from my first year on campus as a student at Texas Tech. I got a job on campus, went to football, basketball, and baseball games, met a group of friends that I played Intramurals with and that I still talk to today. I probably should have gone to class a little more than I did but I loved my time at Texas Tech.

Q: What is your favorite place to eat in Lubbock? 

My favorite place to eat in Lubbock….so many options! If I had to choose 1 place I would pick Caprock Café. Good food, cold drinks, and big TV’s.

Q: What are some hobbies you have?

I’m a big sports nut so many of my hobbies include some kind of sport – attending Tech athletic events, playing softball, working in the yard, laying around the house.

Q: What is your favorite Tech Tradition? 

My favorite Tech tradition is Carol of Lights. This is truly unique to Texas Tech. I haven’t heard of any other college or university doing anything like it before. It’s a chance for the university and city of Lubbock to come together to kick off the Christmas season. I enjoy the parade lead by the Saddle Tramps, singing of the carols, and lighting of campus. It’s a beautiful time of the year to be on campus.


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First Year Feature- CassiDe Street

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CASSIDEE STREET || CASNR

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Meet CassiDe Street, the next person in our #FirstYearFeature series. CassiDe is the Coordinator for Student Retention in the College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources.

“We are a pretty small college so I think the first thing that stands out about us is our small class size. Most classes are around 20-30 students and our student to faculty ratio is 13:1. The small class sizes really give students the one on one attention. Another thing that stands out is our students are advised by faculty members. This means that the students are advised by professors that they interact with every week. Faculty members get to know their students passion inside and outside the classroom and are better able to advise them on classes and point them in the direction of internships and career opportunities.” – CassiDe Street


Q: What services does your office have for First Year Students at Texas Tech University?

The Dr. Bill Bennett Student Success Center offers tons of support for First Year Students. We want you to have as great of experience as we did our first year. We offer faculty advising, peer mentoring, and career development. The SSC hosts a variety of events that help you adjust to college life including: CASNR Learning Community, Ag Fest, Winter Welcome, Mr. CASNR, Ag Awareness week, and much more!

Q: What do you enjoy most about your job?

I love getting to know the students and helping them overcome challenges and finding success at Texas Tech.

Q: What is your favorite thing about Texas Tech and why?

The people, of course! They are the reason I love being a Red Raider. I guarantee you that there is someone on this campus that has the same interest as you.

Q: What is your favorite spot on campus?

My favorite place on campus is walking through the Horticulture Gardens and sometimes if you are really lucky the greenhouse cats will come see you.

Q: What advice would you give first year students?

Be willing to branch outside of your comfort zone.

Q: Looking back to your first year, what would you change? What would you do the same?

I wish I would have got more involved in CASNR right away. Have fun!

Q: What is your favorite place to eat in Lubbock?

Where to begin…. Caprock Café, Sazon, Orlando’s, Garcia’s, and many more.

Q: What are some hobbies you have?

Laying by the pool.

Q: What is your favorite Tech Tradition?

I have to go with the Masked Rider. I love the history behind it and knowing that we were the first school to have a horse lead the team onto the field. I still get chills!


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Are you interested in science? Would you like a challenging and rewarding career in biotechnology, medicine, law, or environmental science? Perhaps you are interested in business and management, journalism, architecture or working as a turf specialist for a professional sports team. Would you like to be taught by professors who are leaders in research and who have been recognized for their excellence in the class room? Would you like to get involved in research or an internship while in college? Would you like to receive scholarships to help fund your education?

Awaiting you in CASNR is an outstanding faculty who will challenge you and prepare you to successfully meet the demands of a rewarding career in whatever field you choose. No matter what your interest, we’ve got a place for you in the CASNR family.

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First Year Feature- Jennifer Offutt

Jennifer Offutt || College of Education

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Meet Jennifer Offutt, the next person in our #FirstYearFeature series. Jennifer is the Assistant Director of Marketing and Undergraduate Recruitment in the College of Education.

“Our Tech Teach program is getting national attention with the work that our current students are doing and the work our administrators are putting into the program. Our program is really intense, we require a lot more time in the classroom compared to other teacher prep programs across Texas, but because of that work, we have other universities wanting to mimic our program.” –Jennifer Offutt


Q: What services does your office have for First Year Students at Texas Tech University?

Our office provides guidance for students who are interested in earning teacher certification while at Texas Tech. Our office works closely with the Future Teachers Learning Community by providing events, guest speakers and resources to the students living in the LC.  We also work with our Education organizations to help students get involved within the College.

Q: What do you enjoy most about your job?

I love being able to work with students on campus. I work closely with our Learning Community, advising team and Education Ambassadors and through these outlets I feel like I get to know a lot of our students personally. I absolutely enjoy when students want to my office just to visit and tell me how things are going with school and their personal lives.

Q: What is your favorite thing about Texas Tech and why?

My favorite thing about Texas Tech is the campus community. I get to work with people all over campus and I think that really helps me be able to learn as much as I can about campus to share with students. I also love how the Lubbock community supports Texas Tech. On game days when you drive around town you will see Texas Tech flags out on a number on business lawns. I believe this shows our students that not only do they have support from Tech faculty and staff but also the community supports our students as well.

Q: What is your favorite spot on campus?

My favorite spot on campus is the Student Union Building (SUB). I feel like the SUB is the center of a lot of action on campus and there are always fun events for students.

Q: What advice would you give first year students?

My advice to first year students would be to look in to Study Abroad opportunities during your first year.  Tech offers numerous study abroad trips and it is a great way to learn about other cultures as well as earn course credit towards your degree.

Q: Looking back to your first year, what would you change? What would you do the same?

Looking back on my first year at Texas Tech I would have gotten more involved with campus organizations. I think if I would have gotten more involved from the beginning I could have met more people and made influential contacts.

Looking back on my first year at Texas Tech the one thing I would do the same would be living in the dorm. I had a great experience living in the dorm and I highly recommend it for all new students, even those who live in the Lubbock area.

Q: What is your favorite place to eat in Lubbock?

My favorite place to eat is Caprock Café. They have amazing queso!

Q: What are some hobbies you have?

I love to bake and decorate cookies and cupcakes

Q: What is your favorite Tech Tradition?

My favorite Tech tradition is Carol of Lights. I have always loved Christmas lights and I got engaged at the event in 2013.


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First Year Feature- Jason McKay

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JASON MCKAY || PARKING SERVICES

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Meet Jason McKay, the next person in our #FirstYearFeature series. Jason is the Night Shift Supervisor for University Parking Services.

“My favorite service we offer to students is  our MAP service. This is a free Motorist Assist Program that is available 24 hours a day by calling 742-MAPP. If you are on campus and have car trouble, we can assist you with a battery boost, airing up a tire, a gallon of gas, or a vehicle unlock at no cost.” – Jason McKay


Q: What services does your office have for First Year Students at Texas Tech University?

Well, my favorite service we offer to first year students is also available to anyone on our beautiful campus. It is our MAP service. This is a free Motorist Assist Program that is available 24 hours a day by calling 742-MAPP. If you are on campus and have car trouble, we can assist you with a battery boost, airing up a tire, a gallon of gas, or a vehicle unlock at no cost.

Q: What do you enjoy most about your job?

Being able to help someone out of a jam. I work overnight and receive many calls from someone stranded on campus with nobody else to call. I have a son who is about to be in college, and I would want someone to help him out in a similar situation.

Q: What is your favorite thing about Texas Tech and why?

Texas Tech is like a big family. I run into Tech fans all the time when I travel, and we always end up talking like we are old friends.

Q: What is your favorite spot on campus?

I love the water falls at Memorial Circle around the flag poles. I go out there at night when it is quiet and listen to the mild rush of the water. It is very peaceful.

Q: What advice would you give first year students?

Slow down and soak it all in. The next few years will fly by, and you will miss out on some wonderful experiences if you are not careful.

Q: Looking back to your first year, what would you change? What would you do the same?

I would not change anything. Texas Tech is home to me.

Q: What is your favorite place to eat in Lubbock?

So many places to choose from, but the first thing that comes to mind is Aloha BBQ Grill. It is a little hole-in-the-wall place, but the food is amazing. Always hot and fresh.

Q: What are some hobbies you have?

Spending time with family and playing basketball.

Q: What is your favorite Tech Tradition?

The Carol of Lights. It gives me that small town community feeling.


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First Year Feature- Jon Mark Bernal

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Jon Mark Bernal || Tech Activities Board

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Meet Jon Mark Bernal, the next person in our #FirstYearFeature series. Jon Mark is the Associate Director of Student Union & Activities.

“Our goal is to bring students into our building to not only use it as an eating facility, but also as a place to connect and meet with one another, study, and participate in student activities and events we put on. We have a lot of different tenants in the building they can take advantage of, different student services, the book store, the game area, etc. We hope that students come here for more than just a one stop shop. We want them to come in here to actually enjoy being a part of what we offer as a full Student Union & Activities department and not just see it as a building.” –John Mark Bernal


Q: What services does your office have for First Year Students at Texas Tech University?

Student Union & Activities oversees the actual Student Union Building and Student Activities including the Tech Activities Board (TAB) here on campus.  Our department’s goal is to provide first year students an opportunity to come to our building and enjoy the food, community and activities that take place here daily.  We hope that students will use our facility to meet with their student orgs, play ping pong and pool and come here to study as well.  We also provide students with numerous FREE events all throughout the year.  We host events like Homecoming, movies on campus, Arbor Day, RaiderGate: A Student Tailgate Tradition as well as various off campus events like a Mr. Gatti’s Night, free bowling and an evening at Adrenaline City.  We also partner with various departments and student organizations to host events like our annual Corn Maze event with RHA and our Drive in Movie at Stars and Stripes with TAB & Pike.

Q: What do you enjoy most about your job?

One of the most exciting things about my job is being able to work with such a diverse group of students on our programming board (TAB) and knowing that every day is something new and exciting.  We have such an eclectic group of students who plan, execute and lead our campus events that it’s fun to see all their personalities work towards a common goal of making Texas Tech a fun place to be.  No one day is the exact same and we have the chance to work with so many campus partners to make some great things happen here at Texas Tech.

Q: What is your favorite thing about Texas Tech and why?

Being an alum of Texas Tech and now being able to work for the university is one of my most favorite things.  Texas Tech afforded me so many opportunities in my time as a student that being able to give back as a staff member now means a lot to me.  I love how much I have seen our campus and city grow in the time that I’ve been here and it’s awesome to see the pride that so many people have when they say they’re a RED RAIDER!  Anywhere I go, I’m usually wearing something with a Double T on it or something that says Texas Tech and people who know what it means to be a Red Raider will give me a Guns Up and that’s something that’s pretty cool.  I’m proud to be a Red Raider and I hope that anyone that has decided to come to school here will graduate and carry on that feeling as well.

Q: What is your favorite spot on campus?

One of my favorite places on campus is Memorial Circle because when I came to visit I walked through there on my own just to see what it felt like and people were so friendly and said hello I felt like this place was home and now that I’ve been here for so long, that place is like the center of campus to me and we do so many great events there that it brings back some good memories.

Q: What advice would you give first year students?

My biggest piece of advice is to get involved in something and make the most of your time while you’re here.  Take a chance on a flyer you saw you about getting involved in a club or group, maybe it was a conversation you had with someone on the bus on the way to class or maybe you saw something on social media about joining a group, whatever it is, go for it.  Don’t let it pass you by.  You never know what the leap of faith will lead to next.  Being involved on campus makes your college experience that much more enjoyable and memorable.

Q: Looking back to your first year, what would you change? What would you do the same?

I’m not sure that I would change a lot other than I might have joined a few of the groups I wound up being a part of earlier.  I look back and think, if I had joined earlier how much more would that have affected me in a positive way.

As far as what I would do the same, I think I would continue to just talk to as many people as possible wherever I was.  Again, you never know where a conversation is going to lead you to.  Don’t get stuck looking down at your phone every time you walk to and from class, take in your surroundings and the people that are a part of it.  Those people can lead to a pretty cool future.

Q: What is your favorite place to eat in Lubbock?

Two places that I enjoy eating because of the atmosphere are Spanky’s because it’s one of the first places I ate when I came to visit and their cheese sticks are awesome!  It’s a campus staple and people know it so you have to try it out.  The other place is Cagle’s Steakhouse.  I like that fact that it’s on the outskirts of town and they have a cool place to just hang out with a group and you can go with friends, family or your campus group.  It’s a good steak place not too far from Tech yet far enough that you can watch the infamous Lubbock sunsets and not be in the mix of too much traffic.

Q: What are some hobbies you have?

I love being involved in the Lubbock community so I volunteer a lot and help out with the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce and some other community groups.  I’ve also been an active participant in our local triathlon community here as well and I enjoy playing tennis when I can.  Whenever I get the chance to travel I really enjoy that too and going with friends is a lot of fun because I never know when I’ll get to see some of the places I’ve been to so I try to go to as many new places I can each year.

Q: What is your favorite Tech Tradition?

My favorite Tech Tradition is Homecoming.  I love that it’s a week-long event and there’s so many things that happen leading up to our Friday night pep rally and then our bonfire.  I think it’s pretty cool that we still do a bonfire and that the Lubbock community comes out in big numbers for it.  So many alumni come in to town for the week and then for bonfire and the game on Saturday.  It’s a great time to catch up with friends who you haven’t seen in a while.  The entire campus comes together to celebrate a long standing tradition.  I really enjoy that fact that our office also coordinates the event and now I get to be a part of it from that side of things too.


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First Year Feature- Billy Tiongco

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Billy Tiongco || Student Financial Aid

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Meet Billy Tiongco, the next person in our #FirstYearFeature series. Billy is the Assistant Director of Student Financial Aid.

“In Financial Aid we help students with obtaining funds to pay for school and make that process more affordable. We offer student loans, help with scholarships and can work with you on the FAFSA. Students if you have anything that you need, whether it is applying for it or expenses that come up during the course of the year, we can help you out.” –Billy Tiongco


Q:What services does your office have for First Year Students at Texas Tech University?

Our office works to help make college more affordable for Texas Tech students through a variety of financial aid options.  We can help with completing the FAFSA, applying for scholarships and helping students locate jobs on campus.

Q: What do you enjoy most about your job? 

I enjoy working and interacting with current/prospective students and parents.  The financial aid process can sometimes be complex and an integral part of what I do is to help students and parents navigate that process.

Q: What is your favorite thing about Texas Tech and why?

Because Texas Tech has a wide range of majors, student organizations, athletic events and other opportunities, there is truly something for everyone here. I think that this is awesome because Texas Tech can mean so many different things for different people.

Q: What is your favorite spot on campus?

Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park

Q: What advice would you give first year students?

Be willing to take advantage of everything that Texas Tech has to offer. Engage and get to know your professors. Meet as many people as possible. Try out and join several student organizations. Become an intramural sports legend!

Q: Looking back to your first year, what would you change? What would you do the same? 

I would have done research on my chosen majors since I ended up changing later! I also wish that I had applied for more scholarships. I would still have been involved in the residence halls through Complex Council and RHA. Doing that helped me build a support network that went beyond my first year at Texas Tech.

Q: What is your favorite place to eat in Lubbock? 

Cagles

Q: What are some hobbies you have?

Spending time with my beautiful wife and daughters, reading, watching movies, attending TTU football and baseball games, finding new athletic endeavors for the staff of West Hall and the SUB

Q: What is your favorite Tech Tradition? 

The Matador Song, especially the beginning!


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Our goal is to make your academic journey affordable by helping you secure the financial aid you need so you can focus on making the most of your future at Texas Tech.

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First Year Feature- Kathy Nordstrom

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KATHY NORDSTROM || COLLEGE OF VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS

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Meet Kathy Nordstrom, the next person in our #FirstYearFeature series. Kathy is the Lead Academic Advisor for the College of Visual & Performing Arts.

“I love working with students.  They provide so much energy.  Working with students from different situations, different circumstances, different problems and trying to find solutions to help them get to where they want to be is a great experiences.  I want every student to be treated the way I would want my children to be treated, and I have very high standards for them.” –Kathy Nordstrom


Q: What services does your office have for First Year Students at Texas Tech University?

Advisors are available to visit with students as needed.  We do have mandatory advising in each unit every semester.  But students can come to the office with any issue for assistance.

Q: What do you enjoy most about your job?
Working with students.  I have been advising for 26 years and really enjoy working with students.

Q: What is your favorite thing about Texas Tech and why?
Students, they bring energy with them.

Q: What is your favorite spot on campus?
My office where I meet with students.

Q: What advice would you give first year students?
Get to know your professors/instructors.  Always be willing to ask for help/assistance.  If you do not know where to go for help/assistance, visit with your advisor.  Participate in events on the campus and your major area.

Q: Looking back to your first year, what would you change? What would you do the same?
I would not change anything.  Working with students is a joy and a blessing.  Each student brings their own unique circumstances with them and it is enjoyable working with them.

Q: What is your favorite place to eat in Lubbock?
My home, I can always get what I want and have great company – my husband.

Q: What are some hobbies you have?
Reading, Mahjong

Q: What is your favorite Tech Tradition?
Carol of Lights


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The College of Visual & Performing Arts offers a diverse array of programs and courses in art, music, theatre and dance. The College seeks to prepare students who will be leaders in the profession by employing the highest standards in performance, teaching, research, and artistic and creative vision. Moreover, the College provides students with opportunities to be innovative and confident, to think critically, and to be successful in their chosen field. Importantly, our courses and degrees emphasize synthesis and connection via academic and creative programs, internships and service learning. Lastly, the College contributes cultural enrichment and an understanding of the arts locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

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