Texas Tech Hosts First Sibling Weekend

Texas Tech University will host its first-ever Sibling Weekend Feb. 27-March 1.

Originating from the Office of Parent and Family Relations, Sibling Weekend 2009 is a new event for Texas Tech and is designed to be a fun, educational and spirit-filled weekend for siblings of Texas Tech students between the ages of 8-15. "One of the aims of Sibling Weekend is to let brothers and sisters of Texas Tech students know that Texas Tech is a place for them, too," said Ken Gassiot, associate director in the Office of Parent and Family Relations.  "The Texas Tech family is comprised of many people, alumni, students, staff, faculty and many others.  Younger brothers and sisters share in the collegiate experience just as parents and other family members do and their involvement is our community is essential.  We are working to create an experience that is truly unique and special for all participants." The primary goal of the weekend is to encourage siblings to come to Texas Tech to spend time with their brother or sister who is a current student, and to participate in a range of fun activities throughout the weekend.  Gassiot said hopes are that the younger siblings who participate will create even stronger bonds with their brother or sister who is at Texas Tech and get a sense of what it is like to be a Red Raider. To make it economical for families, the cost is $20 per participant. This includes two dinners, two breakfasts and lunch.  See the full schedule, additional details and the registration form at www.parent.ttu.edu.  Find Texas Tech news, experts and story ideas at www.media.ttu.edu. CONTACT: Ken Gassiot, associate director, Office of Parent and Family Relations, (806) 742-3630, or ken.gassiot@ttu.edu.