Over the past three days, 170 young people and their grandparents have visited the Texas Tech campus as part of the Texas Tech Alumni Association’s 2nd Annual Legacy U Camp in hopes of learning more about the university and possibly to one day carry on their family legacy.
By participating in classroom activities and technology traditions, this event aims to help connect future Red Raiders with their family legacies, said Lori Garcia, Legacy U coordinator for the alumni association.
“A lot of grandparents here are elders,” she said. “It’s about) the love they have for Texas Tech, and I think they just want their grandkids to come and experience what Tech is, the atmosphere, the spirit.”
Garcia said the 87 campers and 83 grandparents were able to stay on campus during the three-day camp, staying at Talkington Hall and eating at The Commons, adding that the campers and grandparents enjoyed this. aspect of the field.
Campers were able to participate in many beloved Tech traditions such as the circle of bells, a spirit rally, and learn the Fight Song and Matador Song. Campers even meet members of the Texas Tech football team.
Campers had to tentatively choose the major they wanted to study and take classes taught by professors.
“I had horticulture and we learned all about plants and floral design.” said Melissa Hancock, a TTAA volunteer ambassador. “We even had the chance to learn how to do floral design for real flowers, then we planted succulents and learned how to design them.”
Hancock said the students were able to tour the horticultural gardens at Tech.
As an ambassador, Hancock said it was interesting to connect with different generations of Red Raiders, adding that she witnessed an underlying theme – everyone shared a love for technology.
TTAA Ambassador John Mark Bernal said this camp was special for him on a personal level.
“My niece is actually 7 and this is the first year she’s been able to attend,” he said. “She’s attending here for the first time with my mom and so it was a great experience — to be able to see her go through this and then see her eyes light up like she knows I work here at Texas Tech.”
Finally, after three days of classes, learning traditions and connecting with other Red Raiders, the camp held its final event on Friday afternoon.
Dressed in red t-shirts and jeans, the campers and their grandparents filled the McKenzie-Merket alumni pavilion at Texas Tech for the final Legacy U graduation event.
As with any other grad tech, Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec and Provost Ronald Hendrick took the stage to shake hands with new “grads” after the president presented certificates to the campers.
Campers graduate from 10 different majors:
- Everything related to agriculture- Davis College of Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
- Mission: Design it! – Whitacre College of Engineering
- Multimedia Storytelling: Once Upon a Time in the Land of the Red Raider- College of Media and Communication
- Race to the Future: Fuel Cell Technology- Whitacre College of Engineering
- Raider Red, how is your garden growing? – Davis College of Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
- Raiderland in bloom- Davis College of Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
- Raider Mover and Shakers! – Department of Kinesiology and Sports Management
- Soaring with STEM- The Center for the Integration of STEM Education and Research
- What’s the BIG idea? – Rawls College of Business and Texas Tech Innovation Hub
- Where’s the Wild Things: Zoology 101- College of Arts and Sciences
- Wreck ‘Em Games and Game Design- College of Media and Communication
Curt Langford, president and CEO of TTAA, said the association wanted to celebrate campers’ accomplishments with this graduation.
“For us, it’s like one of those punctuation marks in life,” he said. “These young people arrived and got involved in the course we have put in place for them.”
With next year being Texas Tech’s 3rd annual camp and centennial celebration, Langford said the Alumni Association is working on a way to incorporate some of Tech’s history into the camp.
“We started Legacy U in the 98th/99th year of college and next year will be the 100th and I can’t think of anything more fitting or beautiful than seeing a grandparent walking hand in hand with their grandchildren across campus,” he said. “The grandparent representing the last 100 years and the grandchild representing the next century.”