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Texas Tech & Angelo State Programs & Organizations Win National Championship

May 15, 2019 | Texas Tech & Angelo State

Several programs, spirit groups and organizations within the Texas Tech University System won national championships during the spring semester. The most recent national champions from Texas Tech University and Angelo State University are:


Public Art Program Adds Several Pieces Throughout the TTU System

May 15, 2019 | TTU System Public Art Program

The TTU System Public Art Program has had numerous installations this semester at completed capital construction projects across the TTU System at its component universities. Designed and created from world-renown sculptors and artists, the Public Art collection has added the following pieces throughout the TTU System:


 TTU System CIO Named to Power 100 List

December 14, 2018 | Texas Tech University System Office of the Chief Financial Officer

Tim Barrett, chief investment officer for the Texas Tech University System, was selected for the 2018 Power 100 list by Chief Investment Officer.  

This is the third consecutive year Barrett has been named to the list, which highlighted innovation, collaboration and the ability to maintain confidence in unpredictable markets as the criteria for this year’s incarnation.

Barrett and the TTU System Office of Investments have been recognized by the publication before. In 2016, the office was awarded the 2016 Innovator Award for Endowments by the magazine. That same year, Barrett was named CIO of the Year.

Barrett and the office’s skilled leadership and investment strategy has grown the TTU System endowment to over $1.36 billion.


Texas Tech and Angelo State Receive Military Times Best for Vets Recognition

November 6, 2018 | Texas Tech & Angelo State

The Texas Tech University System and its component universities are dedicated to helping veterans and their families achieve academic, personal and professional success. Recently Texas Tech University and Angelo State University were recognized on the 2019 Military Times Best for Vets: Colleges rankings.

Texas Tech was honored by Military Times for the seventh straight year while Angelo State received recognition for the sixth consecutive year.

The rankings, based on the results of Military Times’ annual survey, offer the most comprehensive school-by-school assessment of veteran and military student services and rates of academic achievement. Public data from the Veterans Affairs and Defense departments, as well as three U.S. Department of Education sources – the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, College Scorecard data and the Cohort Default Rate Guide Database – are also factors considered in the rankings.

Texas Tech is consistently recognized for its efforts in serving military and veteran members and their families. Texas Tech has been named a Military Friendly School each year since 2010, including a 2018-19 Top 10 designation, the highest of the recognition’s available.

Angelo State ranked No. 16 nationally among the 137 four-year institutions on the list and ranked second among the eight Texas public four-year schools to earn the “Best for Vets: Colleges” designation.

For more information on each of these recognitions visit Texas Tech Today and Angelo State University News


Facility Spotlight: J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts Maedgen Theatre

October 2, 2018 | Texas Tech University System Facilities Planning & Construction

The J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts, Theatre & Dance Complex is a $23 million, 52,727-square-foot two-story addition of the existing Maedgen Theatre building on the Texas Tech University Lubbock campus.

The new structure will include a two-level open lobby and black box theatre to support both the teaching environment and live productions performed by the college. There are three rehearsal spaces for acting, movement and dance, as well as a lighting lab, makeup rooms, a green room and dressing rooms. Public art, a new administrative suite, additional faculty offices, as well as technology, life safety and accessibility upgrades will complete the project. Anticipated completion is Spring 2019. 


Public Art Installed at TTUHSC Permian Basin Facility

October 2, 2018 | Texas Tech University System Public Art Program

In early August, the Texas Tech University System Public Art Program saw its first piece installed at the Odessa campus with an art piece by Albert Paley installed at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Permian Basin Academic Facility.

The 50-foot-long, 21-foot-tall white sculpture is meant to capture the essence of the West Texas landscape. The gestural nature of the sculpture endeavors to relate to the experience of traveling over flat and stark land in a non-literal manner that allows the sculpture to relate to many viewers in different ways according to their own experience.

“This piece is going to change the way we talk about public art in our community,” said Randy Ham, executive director of Odessa Arts. “We could not be more excited that Texas Tech has a campus here because that means our public art collection is part of Texas Tech’s public art collection. One of their crowning pieces is now here in our community.”

The new Permian Basin Academic Facility will open January 2019.


TTU System Honored For Charitable Giving In Statewide Campaign

September 5, 2018 | Texas Tech University System

At the Texas Tech University System Town Hall and State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC) Kickoff event on Sept. 4, Sammye Sharbutt, Greater West Texas campaign manager for the SECC, presented Interim Chancellor Dr. Tedd L. Mitchell with plaques recognizing the TTU System’s exemplary participation in the campaign over the past few years.
In 2017, the TTU System administration and component institutions earned the honor of Largest Per Capita Gift – with an average of nearly $80 per person donated – for a higher education organization with more than 2,001 employees in Texas. This is a repeat honor after the TTU System earned the same recognition in 2016, along with the award for Highest Participation percentage.
This year, Texas Tech University’s goal is $463,000 and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center aims to raise $262,017, with an additional TTU System administration goal of $42,000.
Texas’ SECC is one of the largest state employee campaigns in the nation. Each fall, state employees are given the opportunity to learn about the charities in the SECC, choose which organizations to support, and then fill out pledge forms to indicate their donations. Since the campaign was established by the Texas Legislature in 1993, Texas agency and higher education employees have contributed more than $175 million through the SECC benefiting a variety of charities.


Facility Spotlight: TTUHSC Lubbock, Education, Research & Technology + West Expansion

August 6, 2018 | TTU Health Sciences Center

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center’s largest expansion project since the university was established is continuing to take shape.

After seeing 62 percent growth in its university population during the past seven years, TTUHSC has quickly out grown its space. The construction project will add nearly 200,000 gross square feet (GSF) to the Lubbock campus.

The West Expansion will supplement the existing TTUHSC building with an additional 125,000 GSF by connecting the west side of the existing TTUHSC building to the Preston Smith Library of the Health Sciences. The space will provide educational and research facilities for anatomical sciences and will include the state-of-the-art gross anatomy laboratory.

The north expansion will include two buildings with Spanish renaissance architecture to increase productivity in academic, professional and research affairs. The building will have 60,000 GSF to support institutional initiatives, program growth and academic changes. The building will house state-of-the-art research laboratories, translational research facilities classrooms, offices, new technology and equipment and other infrastructure upgrades.

The second building will be a free-standing 12,500 GSF conference center, which will provide daily, on-site conferencing and educational space for the adjacent University Center building and the existing Academic Classroom Building.

A Tuition Revenue Bond approved by the 84th Legislature covers the majority of construction costs.


Health Related Institutions Receive Accreditations

August 6, 2018 | TTU Health Sciences Center & TTUHSC El Paso

After five years as a standalone institution, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso has been granted accreditation with commendation, the highest-level designation possible, by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

As the accrediting body for institutions of higher education across the Southern U.S., SACSCOC affirms that its accredited institutions have “a purpose appropriate to higher education and… resources, programs, and services sufficient to accomplish and sustain that purpose.” In addition to setting high standards for programs of higher education—which determines eligibility for Title IV, or financial aid funds—the commission also works to influence legislation that impacts the work of its member institutions.

The TTUHSC Masters of Public Health (MPH) program in the Julia Jones Matthews Department of Public Health also received accreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health. Operating on the Lubbock and Abilene campuses, this marks the beginning of the department’s expansion to a comprehensive, graduate degree-issuing school, pending formal Board establishment.


TTU VPR Joseph Heppert Testifies in Washington, D.C.

August 6, 2018 | Texas Tech University

Texas Tech University’s Vice President for Research Joseph A. Heppert represented the Texas Tech University System testifying before a congressional subcommittee on energy on June 7. The U.S. House Science, Space and Technology Committee held a subcommittee hearing on the future of the United States’ electric grid.

Heppert discussed how Texas Tech is addressing the issues of making the U.S. energy grid more secure, reliable, robust and resilient when under threat.

“There is a growing consensus that future conflicts among major military and economic adversaries may involve preliminary skirmishes in cyberspace, with grid infrastructure as a prime target,” Heppert said during his testimony. “Indeed, some recent cases provide indications that both state and non-state actors have already targeted and demonstrated an ability to threaten the grid.”

During the hearing, subcommittee chairman Lamar Smith focused on Texas Tech’s strength in the wind energy arena.

“My home state of Texas offers a ready example of the impact battery storage could have on harnessing renewable power. Texas is the top wind producing state in the country. So it’s no surprise that Sandia National Laboratory chose to partner with Texas Tech University on a wind-energy field testing site in Lubbock, Texas,” Smith said.


Robert Duncan Celebrates Fourth Anniversary as TTU System Chancellor

August 6, 2018 | Texas Tech University System

Robert Duncan marked his fourth year as the chancellor of the Texas Tech University System on July 7. Under Duncan’s leadership, the system has experienced exciting, record-setting growth and has elevated the maturity of its operations to ensure long-term prosperity and sustainability while advancing the system’s key impactful initiatives.

Since Duncan assumed office, the TTU System has raised over $571 million in philanthropic funds, more than any previous chancellor has raised in the same time period.

In addition to the fiscal and operational health of the system and its institutions, Chancellor Duncan has a vision for impactful, need-based university expansions that serve West Texas communities and the overall prosperity of the state. At present, TTU is pursuing an innovative School of Veterinary Medicine in Amarillo while TTUHSC El Paso pursues the Woody L. Hunt School of Dental Medicine. When completed, these schools will be the first of their kind in the state in over 100 years and 50 years, respectively. Additionally, the TTU System is joining together the comprehensive mental health resources and services of TTU and TTUHSC to establish the Texas Tech Mental Health Institute in order to serve the mental health needs of rural West Texas and communities across the state.


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