Red Raiders and Rams Travel to Austin for TTU System Day
Texas Tech University System leaders, legislators, alumni and supporters spent Tuesday at the Capitol for TTU System Day.
March 5, 2019 | Contact: Scott Lacefield
Hundreds of Red Raiders and Rams visited the 86th Texas Legislature on Tuesday (March 5) for Texas Tech University System Day at the Texas State Capitol in Austin.
The biennial event, hosted by the Texas Tech Alumni Association, invites supporters and alumni of the TTU System’s four component institutions, Texas Tech University, Angelo State University, Texas Tech Health Sciences Center and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, to gather in Austin during each legislative session to endorse and advocate for the system and its legislative priorities.
“This event allows people from across our Texas Tech System family to engage in the legislative process, and I look forward to it each session,” TTU System Chancellor and TTUHSC President Dr. Tedd L. Mitchell said. “The 86th Texas Legislature is a transformative one for our system; I am grateful to our alumni and supporters for joining us to show our strength and resolve to our state leaders.”
Throughout the event, attendees visited with members of the Texas Legislature to discuss the TTU System’s legislative priorities, which include issues facing higher education and the universities’ exceptional item requests: Academic & Student Success funding at ASU, the School of Veterinary Medicine at TTU, the Texas Tech Mental Health Institute at TTUHSC and the Woody L. Hunt School of Dental Medicine at TTUHSC El Paso.
Mitchell was joined at TTU System Day by leaders throughout the system, Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec, ASU President Brian May and TTUHSC El Paso President Dr. Richard Lange. The presidents welcomed visitors to the capital the evening before at a reception and watch party for the Texas vs. Texas Tech men’s basketball game held in Lubbock at United Supermarkets Arena.
TTU System leaders were on the House and Senate Chamber floors as attendees and legislators watched elected officials recognize the success of the system and its component universities with a resolution declaring March 5, 2019, as TTU System Day at the Capitol. Also, College of Media & Communication professor and retired CEO of the Texas Tech Alumni Association Bill Dean was recognized on the House floor for his contributions to the university, its students and its alumni for more than 40 years leading the association.
Also during the day, system leaders and supporters delivered one-of-a-kind personalized TTU System gifts to each state legislator – approximately 300 gifts total. The gifts featured specialty beef from Texas Tech’s Raider Red Meats and Angelo State’s Meat Market.
TTU System Day was created by the Texas Tech Board of Regents in 1996 to expand on the existing Texas Tech Day and include all of the component institutions of the TTU System.
LAWRENCE SCHOVANEC, PRESIDENT, TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY:
“Texas Tech University System Day allows us the opportunity to gather at the state capitol with alumni, faculty, students and friends in support of the university, while demonstrating the Red Raider spirit that distinguishes our university. Thank you to the many Red Raiders who serve as ambassadors of Texas Tech and to our legislators for their support of Texas Tech.”
BRIAN MAY, PRESIDENT, ANGELO STATE UNIVERSITY:
“Angelo State is proud to support this event in conjunction with our fellow Texas Tech University System components,” ASU President Brian May said. “This legislative session will shape the future of professional and higher education in West Texas, and we are glad to help spread the vision and excitement of our system leadership, alumni and friends at the State level.”
DR. RICHARD LANGE, PRESIDENT, TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY HEALTH SCIENCES CENTER EL PASO:
“If you are a graduate of any Texas Tech institution, you don’t want to miss Texas Tech System Day in Austin. Not only is it an opportunity to connect with fellow alumni, but it is an opportunity for our legislators to hear from the Red Raider community. Let’s let them know how our institutions’ educational initiatives, capital projects and research are making a positive impact on all Texans.”
About the Texas Tech University System
Established in 1996, the Texas Tech University System is one of the top public university systems in the state of Texas and nation, consisting of four universities—Texas Tech University, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Angelo State University and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso.
Headquartered in Lubbock, Texas, the Texas Tech University System is a $2 billion enterprise focused on advancing higher education, health care, research and outreach with approximately 20,000 employees, more than 50,000 students, nearly 325,000 alumni and an endowment over $1.1 billion.
In its short history, the Texas Tech University System has grown tremendously and is nationally acclaimed, operating on more than a dozen campuses statewide and internationally. Under the dynamic leadership of Chancellor Tedd L. Mitchell, the Texas Tech University System has set forth a bold vision of excellence, collaboration and innovation and continues to prove that from here, it’s possible.