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Texas Tech Reflects on Summer, Welcomes Students Back

Emily Gardner

August 21, 2015

From June to August, the university earned national rankings, recognized national holidays and hosted groundbreakings and ribbon cutting ceremonies.

Texas Tech University had a summer full of groundbreakings, summer camps and national rankings. The university even announced a new online master's degree program and broke its summer enrollment record. For students, faculty and staff coming back from summer break, here is some of what happened from June-August.


Fashion Camp 2014

Texas Tech Hosts Summer Programs for Youth, Community

From June-August Texas Tech departments hosted camps in engineering, math, journalism, music and more.

Design Professors Create Sensory Clothing for Children with Autism

Kristi Gaines and Su Shin designed a line of clothes for children with autism spectrum disorder that helps control factors in their environment.


Leisure Pool Ranked as One of Nation's Best

(VIDEO) For the second time, Texas Tech's leisure pool was nationally recognized, ranking No. 4 in the country and receiving the highest ranking among Big 12 schools, according to College Rank.

New Leadership for Texas Tech Public Media

President M. Duane Nellis announced that Chris Cook will become the managing director for Texas Tech Public Media/KTTZ along with his role as managing director for the Office of Communications and Marketing.

Magna Charta

Texas Tech Shares its Magna Carta on 800th Anniversary

(VIDEO) The Remnant Trust is home to a 1576 printing of the document.

Karp, Ponnusamy Receive Prestigious 100 Inspiring Women in STEM Award

Tanja Karp, an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Logeswari Ponnusamy, a doctoral student in Environmental Toxicology at The Institute of Environmental and Human Health, were named to the list created by INSIGHT into Diversity Magazine.


Texas Tech Sets Another Summer Enrollment Record

For the summer semester, the university had 11,975 students enrolled by June 23, exceeding 2014's record by 343 students.

Texas Tech Nationally Ranked for Social Media Presence

The university was ranked No. 24 among the top 50 universities and colleges on Facebook in a ranking by Engagement Labs.


Magna Charta

Rawls College of Business Breaks Ground on Phase II of Building

(VIDEO) “The Big Dig II” officially broke ground on July 1. The $15 million project is a three-story, 38,000-square-foot addition that will include classrooms, a Chick-fil-A, a multipurpose space for events and more.

Rawls College Marketing Research Faculty Ranked 48th in the World

The faculty were ranked among the top 500 research universities globally for their study “Research performance of marketing academics and departments: An international comparison.”


Senator Visits with Students at Wind Camp

For the summer semester, the university had 11,975 students enrolled by June 23, exceeding 2014's record by 343 students.

Texas Tech Finishes with Second-Highest Fundraising Total for St. Jude Children's Hospital

Texas Tech raised $7,865 by June 30, which was the deadline to qualify for the ranking. Fundraising continues through Oct. 30.

Remnant Trust

Remnant Trust Collection Open to Public

The Remnant Trust made part of its collection open to the public at the Museum of Texas Tech University.

Media & Communication Offers New Online Master's Program

The new program offers a master's degree in strategic communication and innovation and starts this fall.


Double T in D.C.

(VIDEO) The Office of Communications and Marketing created a three-part series about the internships the university offers in Washington, D.C. Read them here:

Student Participates in Dream Riders Across America Campaign

Saba Nafees, a mathematical biology doctoral student, is the only one from Texas to participate in the national campaign.


Team From Texas Tech Wins Tibetan Innovation Challenge

Five Texas Tech students presented a business plan at the Tibet House U.S. in July, while winning the competition after being designated the wild card among the six other universities competing.



Innovation Hub and Research Park OPENS With Ribbon Cutting

(VIDEO) The Innovation Hub and Research Park officially opened at the ribbon cutting Aug. 5 and is located at 3911 Fourth St. just west of the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center.

Changes to Texas Tech Fraternities, Sororities, Implemented by Greek Task Force Committee

(VIDEO) Thirty-nine recommendations to improve Texas Tech's Greek life in six areas were presented by the committee after meetings through the 2014-2015 academic year.


Twirlers Bring Home National Halftime Show TrophY

This was the third year the Texas Tech University Twirlers earned a national championship title at America's Youth on Parade National Baton Twirling Championships, but the team's first time winning the National College Half-Time Championship trophy.

Texas Tech Students Participate in Summer Commencement

(VIDEO) At two ceremonies, 1,490 undergraduate and graduate students received degrees from Texas Tech on Aug. 8. Mark Griffin, president and general counsel of the Griffin Companies, Texas Tech School of Law graduate and former Board of Regents member, was the commencement speaker.

Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams Exhibit a Must-See for West Texans

(VIDEO) David H. Arrington, a Texas Tech alumnus, loaned the Museum of Texas Tech University 100 original Ansel Adams photos for the exhibit.

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For more stories that happened during the summer, visit Texas Tech Today.