Hours ago Lubbock Police Department (LPD) Chief Stevens help a press conference discussing Lubbock's support of the Dallas Police Department. He started by talking about the kinds of “unparalleled” people that we have here in Lubbock, saying he doesn’t know anywhere else that has it this good. He attributed that to the fact that we support each other and work together as a community. Watch here
As a community of Terry Scholars, we have it good too. We work together and we support each other. One of our community needs some support. Mike Ruiz, a 2014 Transfer Scholar, is a member of the LPD. This morning Officer Ruiz said it was an emotional day for the department as they mourn, reassess, and plan. As the day went on, people from the community came to the station to drop off items showing their support. The briefing room tables were quickly covered with cookies, doughnuts, flowers – outward symbols of community support.
As a Terry family we have supported Officer Ruiz as he pursues his bachelors, explores study abroad, supports a wife who is in Medical School, and raises a family. We have helped and encouraged him as he pursues his educational goals. Achieving those goals will make him a better officer, a stronger civil servant, and a more compassionate leader. We continue to support him on campus and in uniform.
During a press conference this morning after sniper attack, Dallas Police Chief said, “'We don't feel much support most days. Let's not make today most days.”
Today doesn’t need to be most days for our Terry Family.
Michael Ruiz, we thank you for your leadership and your service.
by Michael Ruiz
Nutrition Tour of Italy
Never in this lifetime did I imagine that I would have the opportunity to study abroad…..
Study abroad, what's that anyways? That is exactly how I felt when I first learned of the term. The Terry organization or what we all like to refer to it as, The Terry Family, reached out to us and advised us that they had something special for us….
Boy did they surprise us with a generous "hey guys, you Terry's deserve a study abroad and guess what we'll help you fund it." Pretty much all expense paid study abroad none the less.
After the paper work was all completed my passport arrived I was ready and set to fly off to Italy. I am a non-traditional student and am a Terry transfer but am still treated as family as is everyone else. With a spouse I figured it would be tough and hectic but I was totally wrong, she could not have been more supportive and excited for me to explore the Tuscany Hills, The Roman Coliseum, The Statue of David and of course eat all of the Italy food my heart could desire.
The fun and memories I had in Italy are hard to explain on paper, so here is an idea……… -JUST SAY YES AND GO-
"We are not "Just Terrys" WE ARE- !TERRYS! WE ARE CHAMPIONS, INTELLAGENT, INTELECTUALS, BUSINESS MEN AND WOMAN, LAWYERS DOCTORS, PROFESSOR AND LEADERS OF A BETTER TOMORROW.
Here are some pictures of my unforgettable study abroad in Italy-
by Thomas Kay
“For all its enormous range of space, climate, and physical appearance, and for all the internal squabbles, contentions, and strivings, Texas has a tight cohesiveness perhaps stronger than any other section of America. Rich, poor, Panhandle, Gulf, city, country, Texas is the obsession, the proper study, and the passionate possession of all Texans.” This quote by John Steinbeck really encapsulates the true essence of being a Texan. Where did this pride come from? Where did this obsession start? To answer this, you must first look to the year 1823.
In 1823, Stephen F. Austin received a grant to begin colonization along the Brazos River. In the next 6 to 7 years, Texas became a place synonymous with adventure, prosperity, and a chance for a new life. Eventually, the Mexican government and immigrant relations grew tense and Texans began the process of leaving Mexico. Now, as any Texan knows, in 1835 The Battle of Gonzales known for the phrase, “Come and Take It,” started the Texas Revolution. This war immortalized men such as Sam Houston, Davey Crockett, William B. Travis, and Juan Seguin. It also gave rallying cries that Texans remember, even today, like, “Remember the Alamo!”
This revolution was only the beginning of the identity that defines Texas. The spirit of adventure and endless possibilities has been shown throughout the years from the age of cowboys, to the oil booms, even the influx of technology and the opportunities brought forth today. I love this state. I love the fact that there is an unspoken bond that Texans share with one another. I end with this quote from Conrad Hilton, for those who may have forgetten what the spirit of Texas, and being a Texan, is all about. “There’s a vastness here and I believe that the people who are born here breathe that vastness into their soul. They dream big dreams and think big thoughts, because there is nothing to hem them in.”
by Bruce Wilson
My family moved to Lubbock when I was 10, and at that point I knew that one day I had to go to this wonderful university. The community of Lubbock bleeds red and black, and it wasn’t long before I too bled red and black. It's easy to fall in love with Texas Tech. As high school graduation approached, I learned many of my friends would be attending Texas Tech in the fall. I, on the other hand, would not. I decided that after graduation that I just was not mature enough to attend college and opted to join the work force. In my heart I always knew that one day I would get to attend Tech, even if I was an old man, I was going to be able to call myself a Red Raider.
Fast-forward 11 years; I have decided to begin my journey to Tech. I enrolled into South Plains College, and worked really hard to keep my grades up while maintaining a full time job. I was getting into Tech this go around, and nothing would stand in my way. On February 26, 2015, after spending a year in community college, I decided to apply for a transfer to Tech. Then March 3, 2015 I received the email, “Congratulations, You’re a Red Raider!” which was the best thing I’ve ever heard, or at that time it was.
After that things just kept getting better too. I applied for a prestigious scholarship for transfer students. I didn't believe I was the type of candidate they were seeking, yet I still applied. It was a great surprise when I was selected to go the next phase of the process: the interview. That summer on July 8, 2015 at 8am, it was interview time. Interviewing with a panel of previous Terry Scholar recipients for my opportunity to join this prestigious organization was wonderfully stressful. Finally, the results were in and I open my email to read…"Congratulations, The Terry Foundation is pleased to welcome you as a 2015 Terry Scholar at Texas Tech University!
I read that line over and over. Now this was the best news EVER.
Life at Tech is amazing; I have learned so much in such a short time. Being a Terry Scholar and Red Raider has allowed me to meet people that I not only consider friends for life, but family. I am doing things, such as getting to study abroad, that I would never have imagined would be possible. I love everything about campus life here, and this is an opportunity I will never forget. I am thankful everyday for the opportunity.
There is truly no place I’d rather be than at TECH!
My name is Giuliana DiMarco and I am a sophomore Biology major. My plan is to attend medical school, travel to third world countries to practice medicine, and do research.
I am involved in Delta Gamma, American Medical Women’s Association, Health Occupations Students of America, Gamma Beta Phi, and Alpha Lambda Delta/ Phi Eta Sigma. I am also the 2015-2016 Secretary for the Dr Bernard Harris Pre-Medical Society.
I am so grateful for everything the Terry Foundation and my mentor have done for me, and I am excited to give back and help other Terry Scholars find their home at Texas Tech. Texas Tech and the Terry Foundation have opened so many doors and I am so excited to see what will happen in the next three years!