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Accommodations

Home2Suites DFW North, Irving (pending per UI purchase process)

4700 Plaza Drive
Irving, TX. 75063

Be here by the evening of Tuesday, January 7th. We will give them a rooming list.  Nell, Eden, Jason and Cory will be arriving earlier in the day on Tuesday.

Our Raytheon trip is the first stop on the morning of the 8th, and you can have breakfast at the hotel. Be prepared to leave the hotel at 8 a.m.

Your travel to the hotel is your own responsibility, as is your transportation following the event. The hotel has a DFW airport shuttle at no additional cost. If you fly into Love Field, you should calculate your Uber charges when making a decision on your flights.

Your room will be shared with another student, assigned by LER. You can request a roommate/s, but we can’t promise to honor every request. Offers to bunk up a couple extra and save us some money are appreciated! We will pay for the room, but for NO INCIDENTAL CHARGES. If those are charged to the room, we will have you pay for those charges.

If you cancel prior to the event, you will owe us a $100 fee for the hotel room.

Attire

We’re in Texas, and many of these professional locations are more casual than typically seen in most visits. You are fine to wear jeans if they are NICE. Khaki’s or slacks are fine. Don’t bring skirts, and don’t bring shoes that are not closed – not tennis/gym shoes, but something else. It’s best to wear shoes that cover the top of your foot to ensure that no manufacturing sites will have issues with your Short sleeved shirts are fine, but you can’t wear something sleeveless (sorry, Jason.)

In the PepsiCo facility you will have to remove all jewelry, etc., so please don’t plan to accessorize heavily that day. Be sure you have secure pockets to stash your rings, etc.

You may not be able to participate in all tours if you don’t have this attire.

It always rains during our visits this time of year – please bring an appropriate jacket and small umbrella.

Social Media

Please recall – NO PHOTOGRAPHS INSIDE THE VISIT FACILITIES, especially Lockheed Martin and Raytheon. Keep your phones off and away unless you are invited to take pictures. This includes in front of the facilities.

Destinations

See below for the target times and addresses, along with my alumni tour contact for each location. If you are not with us for the departure, we’ll leave you a message, but you will be responsible for getting to the location on your own. LER will ONLY pay for the group transportation – if you miss the group, you will pay your own travel.

Raytheon Company – 9:30 a.m., Monday January 8

6000 Lemmon Ave.
Dallas, TX 75209

Texas Instruments – 12 p.m., Monday January 8

13536 Central Expy
Dallas, TX 75243

Alumni Happy Hour – TBA, 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, January 8

The Ranch at Las Colinas –  The Thirsty Lion

This is not a required event, and there is not a formal ending time for this event. If you want to leave early or stay longer you are welcome to do so – there won’t be a formal transport back to the hotel but some of you can catch a ride with one of us if you leave at the same time. The hotel shuttle can take you there or pick you up as long as they aren’t on an airport run. Remember that we have an early meeting on Tuesday.

Lockheed Martin – 9 a.m., Thursday, January 9

1 Lockheed Blvd
Fort Worth, TX 76108

We will leave the hotel by 7:30 a.m. so that we have time for traffic issues and to check in to Lockheed Martin. The company runs their visit list through the Pentagon for security, so we need to send names as early as possible.

Frito-Lay – 1 p.m., Thursday, January 9

701 N Wildwood Dr
Irving, TX 75061

Again – if you miss our transportation, you will be responsible for your own travel. We will return you to the hotel to pick up your bags following the PepsiCo visit. Once back at the hotel – the LER portion of your trip is done, and you will be responsible for your transportation to your flight. The hotel shuttle does operate regularly at no charge to the DFW airport.