Parent Relations Changes Name

Transforming family situations prompt change in department’s name to Department of Parent and Family Relations.

Students receive support from many people who are involved in their lives including, grandparents, siblings and close family friends.

Students receive support from many people who are involved in their lives including grandparents, siblings and close family friends.

The Department of Parent Relations is changing its name to the Department of Parent and Family Relations effective June 1. The name change affects only the Department of Parent Relations and not the Parents Association.

Department officials said the name change is in response to changing family situations for students. Students no longer rely solely on a parent or parents, but now receive support from many people who are involved in their lives including grandparents, aunts and uncles, brothers and sisters, and close family friends.

“The opportunity to recognize the changing dynamic of today’s family and the families of Texas Tech students was important to us,” said Elizabeth Massengale, interim director.

“We want to ensure that all family members know there is a place for them to receive assistance and services. We believe the name change will aid us in this transition and clarify that we are here to assist and serve all family members.”

Massengale said the department will maintain the current high standards of its services and programs while continuing to anticipate the growing needs of those who support students.

“Texas Tech encourages and values the involvement of parents and family members,” she said. “This involvement is crucial to progressing students toward graduation and beyond.”

The room location remains the same, 025 Student Union. For more information, visit the Department of Parent and Family Relations Web site, or call them at (806) 742-3630.

 

Story produced by the Office of Communications and Marketing, (806) 742-2136. Photo by Joey Hernandez.