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Student Activities and Needs

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Student Activities and Needs

Students' experiences at college aren't confined to the classroom. Student activities promote creativity, problem solving, critical thinking, leadership, communication, collaboration and adaptability – the soft skills that make our graduates great employees and community members. And, sometimes students need a little extra help with basic needs so they can remain focused on their academics. At Tarleton, every student is part of our family and we take care of family. You may choose to donate to a critical need or an activity that enhances the college experience.

Campus Resource Funds: 

The Career Attire Fund is a discretionary fund for students needing career clothing items appropriate for the move to employment. This is a one-time funding source designed to “launch” a student’s work experience. 

Global, Community and First-Gen Initiatives provides a number of programs including Bold, MENtal Freedom, the Tarleton Ally Program and Multicultural Connections.

Duck Camp provides students with the opportunity to make an easier transition from high school to college by meeting new friends, learning the heritage and traditions of Tarleton, all while having lots of fun during the summer prior to their freshman year. Gifts help defray the cost of three days and two nights at camp, meals, an official Duck Camp Tshirt, chartered bus service to and from camp, as well as some other special treats. 

The Purple Pantries offer a confidential space for students who may be experiencing a need or gaps in resources. The Purple Pantries are located on the Stephenville and Fort Worth campuses and offer healthy foods, academic supplies, and hygiene supplies. Learn more at

The Student Counseling Center offers confidential counseling, clinical assessment and referrals, crisis management, academic skills counseling and pyschoeducational programs.

The Student Emergency Fund is managed by the Division of Student Affairs and provides funds for Tarleton students who find themselves in an emergency situation that may negatively impact their academic success or degree completion. An emergency may be a natural disaster like a hurricane, tornado, wildfire or flood. Or, it may be a personal emergency such as a car accident or major repair, a family crisis, an injury or a home fire.

Gifts to Student Life Circle are used at the discretion of the Vice President for Student Affairs for scholarships, programs and other initiatives that have funding gaps. Your gift will be used to support student-focused opportunities like the following:

•    Student growth and development opportunities. 

•    Student Organization and Spirit Group financial support for travel, conferences and professional development. 

•    First Generation Family Orientation sessions with a focus on Spanish speaking information sessions.

•    National Night Out annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie.
•    Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Breakfast hosted by Tarleton.
•    Campus facility rental fees for organizational events.
•    Freshman Representative Council Retreat to promote leadership skills.
•    Promotional materials to encourage students to join SGA and attend weekly meetings.
•    Attendance by executive board members at American Student Government Association Conference.
•    Club Sport support such as Bass Club boat wraps. 
•    TexConnect support to assist students with basic needs. 

Student Resources and Basic Needs connects Life does not slowdown in college. The Department of Student Resources and Basic Needs understands this. We connect students to resources both on and off campus; we have locations in Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Midlothian, RELLIS–Bryan, and Tarleton Online. Student needs can range between academic and nonacademic, such as books and online access codes for classes, to food resources, to housing needs such as rental assistance for those needing to get out of abusive situations, and so much more. Our staff manages students through needs and provides both monetary and nonmonetary assistance, to empower students to move forward. Student Resources and Basic Needs is able to help remove barriers and link students with resources to help them focus on their academic goals, thus preventing students from falling through the cracks. Helping students stay in school and graduate is our tenacious mission. Student Resources and Basic Needs is a holistic care model and your donations will help students in some of their toughest times. Learn more about Student Resources and Basic Needs at

The Veterans Support Fund was established in memory of Chris Kyle, a former Tarleton student, a Navy SEAL and celebrated sniper who devoted himself to veterans' causes after he was discharged. The fund is used for U.S. military veteran students and dependents to help them achieve their educational goals at Tarleton.

Spirit, Tradition and Organization Funds: 

Collegiate Club Sports are open to all Tarleton students in the spirit of participation and competition. Gifts to Club Sports will be used to assist teams in traveling to competitions, uniforms and equipment needs. Clubs include:

    Bass Fishing Club
•    Men's and Women's Lacrosse Clubs
•    Men's Rugby Club
•    Women's Volleyball Club
•    Men's and Women's Soccer Clubs
•    Tennis Club
•    Shotgun Sports Club
•    Powerlifting Club

Gifts to the Greek Community will provide leadership and other professional development opportunities for the undergraduate members in Greek Life.

A tradition started during the 1920's, the burning of the L.V. Risinger Memorial Bonfire takes place on Friday evening of Homecoming week. The bonfire has been dedicated to the late L.V. Risinger, acclaimed defender of the bonfire during the air raid of 1939.

Waco Diplomats are an honorary group of students selected to represent Tarleton Waco Programs while the Tarleton Ambassadors represent the home campus in Stephenville. These student leaders promote and model the Tarleton institutional core values of civility, leadership, integrity, tradition, excellence, and service in all interactions with others.

Tarleton Round Up is a student-led, student-initiated project held in cooperation with the city of Stephenville, Keep Stephenville Beautiful and Progressive Waste Solutions. Founded in 1998, it is the university's largest single-day service project in which students help out local residents and property owners.

The Texan Grit Fund, established by philanthropists Nancy and Ted Paup, assists upper level students barred from registration due to unforeseen financial barriers. The Paups believe that if the students have the grit to make it in the classroom, then they deserve the support of special resources. Senior-level students in good academic standing who can graduate in one or two semesters may receive financial help from this fund in order to pay past-due balances on their accounts.

Texan Reps are current students representing a diverse and inclusive community who show prospective students what life is like at Tarleton. These volunteer student leaders assist with campus tours, open houses, weekly information sessions, and community events. Gifts help to purchase Rep attire (polo shirts, jackets, T-shirts, backpacks, name tags, etc.) that are worn on campus and during tours and events. Gifts also support an annual volunteer appreciation celebration. Additionally, gifts pay for team building professional development conferences and travel.

Established in 1921, the TTS/TTP Purple Poo is the oldest spirit organization in the state of Texas. This group consists of 20 members, 10 men and 10 women, with the mission to promote the spirit of Tarleton. The Purple Poo evolved from the TTP/TTS spirit organizations.

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