The General Office of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity

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Austin Attendee Information and Arrival Itinerary

 Alpha Phi Alpha Austin Convention 


Thank you for choosing to "Reinvest in Alpha" and joining us in Austin, Texas, for the 2013 General Convention, please see below for some important details.

Remember to bring your résumés! The convention's job and career fair will take place on June 28, from 8 am–6 pm in the convention center. The career fair is free and open to all. See you there!

2014 - 15 General Budget Q&A
The Budget and Finance Committee will hold a question and answer session to answer questions on the 2014 -15 budget. All brothers are encouraged to print and bring materials with you. Also, please remember that the B&F committee report is on AlphaNet and not in the large consolidated convention reports.

Downloading Files
 Brothers, you can download all convention reports by clicking here. The IMDP committee report can also be found there. You can access files on Guidebook, and download documents to your mobile device.

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Review the program book, the web site or the meeting app!
 Plan your time by previewing the Convention Event Booklet/Souvenir Journal. Read the welcome letters from General President Tillman and other leadership. There will be more event information through the smart phone application "Guidebook," available in the Apple, Google and Amazon app stores.

Arriving on Time
 There will be items given away at EVERY EVENT (programs, workshops, breakout sessions and luncheons) during the convention. Trust us when we say, YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE LATE or leave early. Because of this, using Guidebook mobile application is vital because the schedule will be updated if any changes should occur. 


 Brothers, for all events except for the step show, the attire is business professional. This includes all Alpha business sessions (dark suit, white shirt, Alpha tie). Some special events that will require you to be dressed a certain way. Here are some suggestions:

Travel Outside the Hotel
 Brothers, we will be in Austin, Tx, in June. It will be hot. It will help if you are prepared for the heat. Click here for weather forecast.

Event Attire
 Brothers, we request that you wear a dark suit, white shirt and gold tie for The Welcome Reception and Fraternal Luncheon. On Saturday, the Fraternal Awards Banquet is a formal affair, so it is only fitting that you wear a tuxedo.

Public Program/Welcome to Austin Reception: Business Professional

Ladies Events
  • Duck Tour and Museum jaunts on Thursday – Casual attire, shorts appropriate
  • Fashion Show on Friday – Snappy casual. Bring a wrap or sweater as the meeting rooms in the hotel tend to be cold.
  • Shopping at Domain and lunch at Jaspers on Saturday – Casual attire
  • Gospel Brunch on Sunday – Sunday’s best
  • Black & Gold Banquet: Formal attire
For Youth
  • Duck Tour and Museum jaunts on Thursday – Casual attire, shorts appropriate
  • K-1 Racing on Friday (ages 13 & up) – Casual attire, closed-toe shoes
  • Jumpstreet on Friday (ages under 13) – Comfortable clothing that’s easy to jump in; bring socks!
  • Game day at Millennium on Saturday – Comfortable clothing; bring socks if you want to bowl or skate.
  • For all activities in the hotel, such as Kids Club, a sweater or jacket may be needed as rooms could be cold.

UPON ARRIVAL AT Austin International Airport

 The host hotel, the Austin Hilton, and all overflow hotels are located in downtown Austin, approximately a 25-minute drive from the airport. The following transportation options from the airport to the Austin Hilton and ALL overflow hotels are available:

Taxi Cabs
 Taxis from the Austin Airport to the downtown Austin area cost approximately $25+ each way.

Shuttle Service
 Depending on your hotel, you can take advantage of several airport shuttle options. Please click here for transportation options.

Car Services
 There are several car rental services available at the airport. Click here to see your rental car options


Convention registration and check-in is located in the Austin Convention Center, Solar Atrium. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity general office staff will be waiting for you with a smile and your registration packet, if you have registered. Registration hours are listed in the guidebook schedule.


Board Meeting
 The fraternity’s board of directors meeting will take place Tuesday, June 25th, at 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm in the Salons room, C, D & E. We look forward to your participation in this important fraternity meeting. Limited space is available, and entry will be restricted to financial members only. Alpha business attire is expected for this event.

Brothers, you’re mobile – and so are we!

Follow @apa1906network on Twitter for a live feed of everything going on at the 2013 General Convention. Use #APhiA and #AlphaCon to follow the convention conversation, find live updates and interact with other brothers and attendees. Use #AlphaConHELP for assistance with conference logistics or any questions regarding the convention.

Guidebook App
Download the Guidebook app for the General Convention schedule, alert, maps and much more. You can even make a to-do list so you don’t forget to participate in certain events. Download Guidebook from your app store and search for Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.

 Like APA1906Network on Foursquare to optimize your event experience. You will be able to find tips to navigate Austin and the convention, find nearby restaurants and other essentials.

 Like 1906APANetwork on Facebook to optimize your event experience. You will be able to find tips and updates about the convention.

Alpha General Office
The general office will be available. If you have meeting-related questions, you can reach general office staff on-site beginning Monday, June 25, 2013, via e-mail at or toll-free at 800-373-3089.

Again, thank you in advance for wanting to know more about the 2013 General Convention and for being a concerned and informed brother of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Until we see you in Austin, we welcome you to use this e-mail as a source of information for the upcoming event. As always, Brothers, if we can be of assistance in any way, please do not hesitate to contact us at 800-373-3089.

Full Convention Schedule
 Please review the full convention schedule on AlphaNET or download to your phone or tablet using Guidebook:

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

  • 8:00 am - 5:00 pm | Corporate Office Opens | Austin Convention Center | Solar Atrium
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
  • 8:00 am - 5:00 pm | COMMUNITY SERVICE | Leadership Development Institute w/ local high school students | Hilton Salon B
  • 8:00 am - 5:30 pm | Convention Registration Opens | Austin Convention Center Solar Atrium
Thursday, June 27, 2013
  • 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm | Fraternal Luncheon | Hilton Austin, Salon C
Friday, June 28, 2013
  • 7:00 am - 8:15 am | O. Wilson Winters Life Member Breakfast | Hilton Austin, Salon C
Saturday, June 29, 2013
  • 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm | College Brothers Luncheon & Belford V. Lawson Oratorical Competition | Hilton Austin, Grand Ballroom
  • 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm | Black & Gold Awards Banquet | Hilton Austin, Grand Ballroom
Sunday, June 30, 2013
  • 9:30 am - 10:30 am | Ecumenical Worship Service | Hilton Austin, Governors Ballroom
  • 11:00 am - 2:00 pm | Gospel Brunch | Hilton Austin, Grand Ballroom

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