For the Hilton, call either 1-800-445-8667 or 1-979-693-7500. 60 rooms have been reserved at the conference rate of $80 per night, single or double occupancy. We will provide tansportation from and back to the Hilton: schedule of vans from and to Hilton.
At the on-campus Memorial Student Center, call 1-979-845-8909. 14 rooms have been reserved at $55-$85 a night, single occupancy.
These rooms have been reserved only for Sunday evening through Friday morning. A complication is that Parents' Weekend has preempted most hotel rooms for Friday night through Sunday.
If you have time, and can rent a car, you may want to drive to places within about 30 minutes of Texas A&M that have major importance in the history of Texas: Washington on the Brazos is the birthplace of Texas, and in Independence you can sit in the church pews where Sam Houston carved his initials. In early April, the areas next to the highways are carpeted with bluebonnets and other Texas wildflowers. Perhaps it is relevant that Disney's "The Alamo" will make its appearance in movie theaters the weekend before the conference, with Dennis Quaid playing Sam Houston.
A later note: The New York Times for the last day of the conference (Friday, April 16) carried articles on both the wildflowers of Texas and the Great Texas Birding Classic. On p. D1 you will read "In the spring, traveling in Texas is all about the wildflowers. ...roadsides explode with the vivid orange-red of Indian paintbrush, the yellow of primroses, and the rich signature blue of the bluebonnet .... There are miles of color-carpeted meadows ahead, acres of grassland resembling an impressionistic ideal of what spring should be like."
Credit and copyright: W.Couch (University of New South Wales), R. Ellis
(Cambridge University), and NASA