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Staff Summer Wrap Up – 2018

While the TECHniques Center remains open for normal hours during the summer, the staff at the TECHniques Center still was able to have a great summer! Read below to see how each staff member spent the summer months, in addition to supporting our students and tutors!

Brandi Willis Schreiber – Program Director

This summer, I enjoyed a little bit of travel with friends and family, one of my favorite things to do. I visited Turks & Caicos for a special trip with friends and enjoyed a little unwinding on the beach. It was wonderful to just lay in the sand, listen to the calming ocean, and read for a few days! We stayed in a rental house right near the ocean, so the walk to the water was easy. I enjoyed several early morning walks before everyone else was up. The sunsets in Turks & Caicos were also magnificent. Although our West Texas sunsets are beautiful, I have to admit I miss seeing Turks & Caicos’s marvelous horizons. Next, I traveled to Denver to see old friends and learn about creative craft. I enjoy traveling to eat as much as to learn new things, and Linger was one of my favorite food experiences in Denver. I highly recommend this unique restaurant which is housed in a converted mortuary!

I’ve also been busy meeting with prospective families who are interested in the TECHniques Center, training and hiring new staff, and getting ready for a new school year. Lastly, I’ve been getting lots of dog kisses and snuggles this summer. This is a photo of my dog, Lucy, with one of this summer’s early flowers.


A small brown dog sniffs a flower

Kyla Shannon – Assistant Director

This summer I was able to see the sights of new places I had never been and spend some time with precious people in my life.  It is fitting that our theme for our Fall 2018 Tutor Training is travel and adventure because that is exactly what my summer consisted of!

A map with the words over the top "I haven't been everywhere, but it's on my list" - Susan Sontag

At the end of May, after we celebrated our graduating students and tutors, I was fortunate enough to get to travel back to Italy with some friends!  It was just as wonderful as the first time I had visited!  We stayed in Venice, Florence, Rome, and Sorrento! Such fantastic food and culture everywhere we went.  My favorite part of this trip was getting to take a day long boat tour along the Amalfi Coast and get to spend some time in Positano, see the beautiful island of Capri, and swim in the Mediterranean Ocean!

In July, I was able to attend the College Reading and Learning Association Summer Institute for tutor trainers.  It was held in St. Louis Missouri.  The institute was so informative and encouraging!  Not only was I able to learn new things to bring back to our tutors and staff at the TECHniques Center but I was able to network with fellow tutoring center colleagues from all over the nation!  I was also able to visit some of the sights of St. Louis and cheer on the Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

This summer I was also able to spend some time with my family at a lake near Austin.  I also had a reunion with my college roommates!  We were able to have a girls weekend in Ruidoso and catch up and reminisce about our time at Texas Tech!

I also added a new member to my little family!  I adopted an 8-year old mini-Schnauzer from the local SPCA.  As you can see in the picture, you can tell my Mastiff, Olive, is super thrilled about my decision!

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August has been a time of finalizing hiring and training tutors and getting everything ready for the wonderful, upcoming Fall semester!  I am excited for the adventure this semester holds for our TC crew, students, and tutors!

Wreck ‘Em!

Taylor Fortney – Administrator

In addition to working the day-to-day here at the TECHniques Center, I also continued coaching for Lubbock Baseball Academy! I was able to keep most of the same kids from my team last year (all were incoming juniors in high school) and we traveled all across Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and one trip to Arkansas. I have really grown close to my group of boys, and it has been really rewarding to see them grow as young adults and ballplayers. It was also exciting to see many of them get a lot of interest from collegiate programs, and to see their potential future unfolding. When I wasn’t traveling, I was at home trying to relax with my wife and our 2 dogs. We both stay pretty busy, so our time at home together is really important to us both. Lastly, I was able to spend some time with my Sister, Brother-in-law, and 2 nieces. My nieces and I are really close, so we always have a blast together. Since I coach, I usually am on the field the same time as my niece Haven, when she’s playing softball, but this summer I was finally able to watch her play! I had a great summer with friends and family, and I am happy to see everyone back at the TECHniques Center!

Christian Enevoldsen – Academic Counselor

So the summer of 2018 was a very busy one for me! Beyond working on preparing for all the Fall semester things, I kept very busy outside of work. I continued to volunteer as a counselor at a local non-profit that provides very affordable options for counseling for those in need. Being of service to those in need has always been a big motivator for me and is a part of the reason I don’t mind spending several of my evenings each week there. Beyond work and more work, I was able to spend some quality time with my newly engaged fiance, Shelby. We took a trip to a cabin outside of Denver at the start of the summer and finished it off with a trip to Austin for a friend’s wedding. Lots of wedding planning has occurred and there’s so much more to do, but slow and steady, bit by bit will get the job done. I wish we had the opportunity to travel more with our dogs Kimber and Callie, but a few local hiking trips and many nights at the newly built dog park were a great time with them. Looking forward, cautiously optimistically, to Texas Tech football starting up in the coming days and ready to get back to work with our students. The best part of the year for me is getting to work with our students towards their goals, especially after spending a very very quiet summer in the office!

A couple stand in front of a sign that says "LOVE"

Jeremy Sedeño – Academic Counselor

I took a trip to Pittsburg PA. Of course, to the city who hosts the best football team ever. The one and only Pittsburg Steelers! While there I was able to do something that I have never done before. I was able to do some white-water rafting. Really, one of the best times I ever got to experience. This was a wounded warrior Project trip. Just a bunch of Veterans getting to tackle some rapids and getting some great bonding time in, I call that a great time. I also had the opportunity to hang out with my youngest son on a regular basis. Going to his basketball games and cheering him on was a blast. Another thing, I got to do plenty of this summer was hopping on my motorcycle and getting a lot of riding time in. This is something I enjoy doing very much. And of course, I can never beat a good series on Netflix and there are plenty of Netflix to go around. Another thing I did and enjoyed doing very much this summer was to work. I am very fortunate to hold a position here in the TECHniques Center, not only is it a wonderful job it’s also very rewarding. I get to work with the best student population in my opinion on campus. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else during my summer.

A group of men white water rafting

Elizabeth Hansen – Academic Counselor

This summer has been one of big changes for me. It started off with a bang when I graduated from Texas Tech in May with a Bachelor of Arts in English! After some much-needed relaxation and downtime, I started my position as an Academic Counselor here at the TC in June. (You can read my “Staff Spotlight” by clicking here!) I’ve been thankful for the slow summer so that I can take time to learn about the position and prepare for the upcoming fall. I’ve even had time to decorate my office and truly make it feel like home. Although this summer has been great, I am excited for everyone to come back and ready to jump into the new semester!

A photo of an office book shelf, newly set up

Outside of work, I enjoyed spending time with my family and friends. Although I didn’t travel anywhere exhilarating, I was able to find a lot of fun things to do around good ole LBK. Whether it was visiting the Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings or browsing beautiful art at the First Friday Art Trail, I loved being able to hang out with some of my best friends before they move on to new and exciting ventures. I also read some great books out in the summer sunshine, having just finished The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood.

A close up photo of a book

I look forward to a wonderful and productive fall semester in my new role here at the TC!

Kami Ray – Senior Business Assistant

This Summer we did lazy & relaxing. We did not go on any big trips. My family & I spent many lazy evenings around the campfire. We recently acquired an awesome tent that just had to be broken in! My kids went fishing & skiing, while I figured out how to cook doomsday food aver the fire. We also spent a lovely evening in Wolfforth’s Patterson Park for their 4th on the 5th Celebration. All in all I thoroughly enjoyed the slow pace.

A photo of a large tent on the back of a pickup truck

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