Texas Tech University

Alumni Association Announces New Military, Veteran Chapter

K'Leigh Sims

May 18, 2016

The chapter will enhance recognition of military and veteran graduates and help maintain their Red Raider connections after their college careers.

The Texas Tech University Alumni Association announced its new Military and Veterans National Alumni chapter Wednesday (May 18) at the McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center. The new chapter will recognize military and veteran graduates and connect them to current students and the university.

“This new alumni chapter will broaden the military and veteran support system we have on campus to the greater Red Raider alumni network across the state and nation,” said Lou Ortiz, director of Texas Tech's Military and Veterans Programs.

The chapter will be open to military, veterans, family members and anyone who has an interest in supporting military service members, veteran students and graduates. Those who choose to join also will have connections to members of the broader Texas Tech Alumni Association.

Lieutenant Colonel James Marlow, Air Force ROTC Detachment 820 commander and professor of aerospace studies at Detachment 820, and Lieutenant Colonel John Ring, Army ROTC commander and professor of military science, said the new chapter will build Texas Tech connections for graduates as they enter their military services.

“It is my pleasure to support the new Military and Veterans National Alumni chapter,” said Marlow. “As we commission 2nd lieutenants into the Air Force and Army officers, it is great to give them a place to stay connected to Texas Tech, receive mentorship from fellow veterans and develop future leaders for our nation.”

Lt. Col. Ring added “As we graduate and commission Army officers for the nation, this chapter will allow us to maintain our connection to the Red Raider family.”

Texas Tech has been nationally recognized for providing a campus-wide support system for those who have served in the military and their family members. The university continually strives to be a military- and veteran-friendly campus to honor the men and women who preserve the United States' freedom. This chapter will continue these efforts.

The chapter will provide many opportunities for members, including:

  • Enhancing contact between the university and its military and veteran alumni
  • Assisting with the recruitment, retention and graduation of military and veteran students
  • Recognizing Texas Tech military and veteran contributions to the community and nation
  • Providing scholarships and supporting activities for current military and veteran students
  • Assisting military and veteran student transitions from campus to career through mentoring, internships and employment opportunities

To join the chapter, a fee of $100 minimum is required, with $50 going toward a Texas Tech Alumni Association membership and $50 going toward the Texas Tech Military and Veterans National Alumni chapter. The first 100 people to join will be designated as charter members.

For more information about the new chapter, visit the Texas Tech Alumni Association website.