Mai Pen Rai @ the Oasis 2021 El Conquistador Resort, Ora Valley, AZ.
COVID 19 Statement
The ISB Alumni Network and Foundation Board of Directors recognize that pandemic-related guidance and requirements are continuing to change with the circumstances. At the current time, as of April 25, we are proceeding with our Reunion planning in accordance with the Hilton Covid 19 corporate policy as well as Pima County Covid-19 and Arizona state guidelines. Visit Arizona Covid
Attendees of our reunion should make their own decisions about personal health and exposure during travel. We will not require vaccinations nor records of such. The health and safety of all people attending the reunion remains the top priority as we resume our plans for the 2021 ISB Alumni Reunion. We are committed to keeping everyone updated on the COVID-19 Safety Protocols as set forth by the state of Arizona and the Hilton El Conquistador Hotel. We will encourage our attendees to practice safety precautions that will limit and mitigate the spread of COVID-19. We will continue to communicate safety guidelines as they become available to us understanding that the suggested guidelines can change at the reunion. We respect everyone’s personal decision and choice as to whether they feel comfortable attending the reunion this year.
Q: How do I register for the ISB Network 2021 Reunion?
The registration process is two-fold. Hotel reservations are made online or with the hotel directly after August 1, 2020. The reunion registration fee can be made online or mailed in and paid by check. See the details below on how to make a room reservation and how to pay for your reunion registration fee.
Reunion dates: July 23-25, 2021. Reunion block good from July 20-27, 2021.
Phone: After August 16, 2020, call Lori Gregoire at 520-544-1709 Mention Room Block: “ISB” Reunion
Email: (best and fastest): “Click Here” to Contact Lori Gregoire for a room reservation or to make changes to your existing reservation. Lori.Gregoire@hilton.com
If you book your reservation directly with the hotel or Hilton you will not be included in the ISB Network room block so please call or email Lori Gregorie at the above contact information.
Rates: $115.00/night single, double, triple, quad (includes free wifi, waived resort fees, free self-parking, and more).
If you are having a problem with room reservations, please call Lori Gregoire at 520-544-1709 and she will take care of you.
Note: You will be charged for one room night when you make your reservation. This charge is totally refundable provided that you cancel 72 hours prior to your first night’s stay. If you cancel or change inside of the 72 hours you will lose your deposit.
Q: How do I register and pay the ISBN Reunion fees?
To register/pay online visit: Click Here
Q: How much is the reunion registration fee?
The current registration fee is:
$200/Sustaining Members, Spouse, Guest and $180 child under 11
$220/Members, Spouse, Guest and $200 child under 11
$250/non-members, Spouse, Guest, and $230 child under 11.
(So…now is the time to join ISBN to take advantage of one of the perks of Membership).
You can also contact David Wilkerson by emailing director.reunions at isbnetwork dot com for additional details.
Class of 1961 – 60th
Class of 1971 – 50th
Class of 1981 – 40th
Class of 1991 – 30th
Class of 2001 – 20th (This is mind-boggling to me!)
Class of 2011 – 10th
Q: Does the hotel offer a shuttle to and from the airport?
No! We feel UBER is your best option at $33-35.00 each way. We are also working on alternative options through the hotel. We will update this post as that unfolds.
Looking for a ride to the Hotel from the Airport? Looking to share a ride from anywhere to the reunion? You can find that ride here! So to get started please Click Here..
When the link comes up press “Get Started” and “Don’t have an Account”.
You just need your name, email, and password, then press “Next”.
You will need to include a zipcode (this is a commuter link so they need to know where you are, you can enter any zip code).
You don’t need a Network, leave blank and click on “I Agree” You should see a prompt and press “OK”.
Then press “Let’s Go”.
Now you will need to post your ride. From the airport to the hotel (the airport is Tucson International Airport and the hotel is 10000 N. Oracle). You will need to post your date and time you arrive at the airport. Check this is a one-time trip option and click this is a “Carpool”.
You can list a trip to the biosphere when you are there, you can look from someone who is traveling from say Austin driving to the reunion and wants to share the ride. This is a great tool.
You may not see a response posted right away but when you do you will receive an email to the address you signed in with so make sure it is a good one.
Q: I can only attend part of the reunion events. Do I have to pay the full reunion fee?
You can still attend, but you will not have to pay the full reunion fee. The prorated fees will be announced as the reunion draws closer. Please email David Wilkerson (see contact page) for a-la-carte pricing and payment details.
Q: Is membership with the ISB Network included in the reunion registration?
No! Your registration fees are separate from your membership fees. To become a member of the ISB Network go to www.isbnetwork.com.
Q: Do I have to become a member in order to attend the reunion?
No! We hope that you do become a member of the ISB Network and we welcome you to attend the reunion and look forward to seeing you in Tucson or at a future reunion!
Q: Why are we asked what our T-shirt size is when we register?
We collect T-shirt size data for the purpose of ordering inventory for The Shack.
Q: Do I have to be a graduate of ISB in order to attend the reunion or join the ISB Network?
No! The ISB Network welcomes and embraces all alumni, whether you attended ISB for one day or for 12 years! We also welcome your friends, relatives, and guests of the ISB Alumni family.
Q: What activities can I expect?
• Thursday night off-site Thai dinner (optional)
• Friday night cocktail party*
• Saturday BBQ lunch*
• Saturday night banquet (dinner/entertainment/dancing)*
• Sunday morning breakfast*
• Teen Club live music by alumni
• House Games competition
• Shopping at The Shack Mercantile
• Browsing the ISB Archives
• Parties in the class suites
*Denotes what the reunion fee covers which is primarily the catered events, entertainment, liability insurance, reunion badges, equipment rental, archival shipping, giveaways
Q: Is the Thursday night Thai Dinner included in the reunion fees?
No. The Thursday night dinner is not included in the reunion fees. It is an additional $40.00 members and $53.25 non-members if you choose to attend.
****NOTE**** The Thai dinner will be held on the resort property. If you are interested in attending the Thai dinner, please email: David Wilkerson
Q: Are party suites available?
Yes. If you would like to request one for your class(es) contact: David Wilkerson (see contact page). Suites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. There will also be an ISBN party suite available to everyone.
Q: Am I guaranteed a room with a pool view?
No. Our contract reads “run of the house.”
Q: Is there parking available at the hotel?
Yes, there is free self-park for registered guests and the guests of a registered guest.
Q: What is the cancellation policy for the reunion fees?
In order to receive a full refund for your paid registration fee(s), you must cancel in writing prior to August 15, 2020.
Cancellations received after August 16, 2020, will be considered for a refund after the reunion but only to the extent that funds are available.
You can request consideration for a refund in writing to David Wilkerson director.reunions@isbnetwork dot com
Cancellations after July 1, 2021, will not be refunded.
****Note**** Paypal transactions after 180 days are not refundable through Paypal. Any transaction that can’t be refunded through Paypal will be refunded via check less any PayPal transaction fees.
Q: What is the cancellation policy for my hotel room?
You are responsible for canceling your hotel reservation directly through the hotel. Room cancellations received by the hotel less than 72 hours prior to arrival will be billed for one (1) night room and tax.
NOTE: If you must cancel your room, please let us know prior to canceling so that we may preserve your room in our room block for someone else. Contact David Wilkerson (see contact page).
Q: What is the cancellation/refund policy for my Thai Dinner?
There is a possibility that we might be able to refund the Thai Dinner if we are able to sell your seat to someone else.
Q: What is the refund policy for the Presidential Suite Raffle?
Since the raffle tickets are number sequenced we will not be able to refund them. You can request a refund in writing to David Wilkerson (see contact page).
Q: I am looking for a roommate.
Contact David Wilkerson (see contact page).
Q: Does the ISB Network make any profit from my reunion fees?
Typically no, but any profits that occur will be used to enhance future reunions.
Q: Is there a schedule of events for the reunion?
TBA…. Keep checking the website for updates of all the reunion activities!
Q: Is there golf or a golf outing sponsored by the ISBN?
No, not at this time however the hotel can assist you with tee times.
Q: Will there be a reunion logo design contest this year?
Yes! Please submit directly by email to: David Wilkerson
****NOTE**** Submissions must be received by May 1, 2020. The preferred file type would be vector art if possible.
Q: I’d like to volunteer at the Reunion. Who do I contact?
Contact Janet Lowe-Craven if you are interested in volunteering by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: How do I find out who is going to the reunion? Who’s Coming?
Q: I am sensitive to heat and worry that my room may be too far from the main building where most of the activities will take place.
All of the buildings connect with an outside covered sidewalk approximately 20 feet long, so you will be able to walk around the entire property only being outside for less than one minute at any given time.
Q: Is there a raffle for the presidential suite?
Yes the drawing took place 5/5/21 Paul Heidemann Class of 1973 was the winner
Q: What stores are close by?
Fry’s Grocery, Office Max, Target, UPS store, Pier One and much much, more, are 1.5 miles away.
Walmart, In and Out and tons of other stores are 2-3 miles further down the road.
Total Wine and Spirits has Singha and Chang beer for $40.00 per case or $1.67 per bottle is ten miles away. I would suggest pre-ordering the beer from Total Wine and Spirits. All grocery stores sell beer, wine, and liquor with the closest liquor store being Fry’s.
Fry’s – Target shopping center: 10661 N Oracle Rd, Oro Valley, AZ 85737 – 8 minutes – 1.5 miles
Walmart – In And Out – and much, much more: Walmart Supercenter, 2150 E Tangerine Rd, Oro Valley, AZ 85755 – 10 minutes – 3.9 miles
Total Wine and More – Your Singha and Chang beer connection: Total Wine & More, 4370 N Oracle Rd, Tucson, AZ 85705 – 8 miles – 16 minutes – (520) 887-0174 – I suggest that you pre-order Singha and Chang.
My old and dear friend Liz Ellis’ List. Liz has lived in Tucson for years and worked at the botanical garden in Jackson, Ms, and Tucson. I totally trust her list.
1. Tucson Botanical Garden
2. Saguaro National Park East or West
3. Arizona – Sonora Desert Museum
4. Tohono Chul Park
5. Pima Air & Space Museum
6. Sabino Canyon
7. Of course Mexican food and breweries
8. Downtown – walk and tour the murals, we’ve got some great ones!
9..Tombstone and Bisbee are two hours outside of Tucson.
25 Plus Best Things to Do in Tucson (AZ)
San Xavier del Bac
Arizona – Sonora Desert Museum
Saguaro National Park
Tucson Botanical Garden
Rhino at Reid Park Zoo
Tohono Chul Park
Pima Air & Space Museum
View From Sentinel Peak
Old Tucson Studios
Cathedral of Saint Augustine
Kitt Peak National Observatory
Visit Mount Lemmon
Colossal Cave Mountain Park
Degrazia Gallery In The Sun Museum
Garden of Gethsemane
Desert Gold Diggers
Fort Lowell Museum
University of Arizona Art Museum
Rao’s friend Ruben Lopez
Nice drive, can get windy up top. Best to go in the morning as afternoon monsoon rains can quickly sneak up on you in July. Although spectacular views of the sunset and Tucson after sunset.
A-Mountain Sentinel Peak
Nice view of Downtown Tucson, painted “A” on mountain is designated for University of Arizona. You can drive up or hike to the painted “A” This is a great thing to do with those that do not hike since you can drive all the way to the top!
Pima Air & Space Museum
Large collection of US military aircraft by Tucson Davis-Monthan Air Force base. Make sure you hop on the tram or boneyard tour, well worth it!
San Xavier Mission
Catholic Mission south of Tucson on the Tohono Oodham reservation. There is a small hill to the East of the mission which has an alcove displaying the Virgin Mary Statue. At time you’ll find Tohono Oodham selling fry bread and other traditional food. Food is always a good way to experience culture.
University of Arizona
Filming location of Revenge of the Nerds – Lambda Lambda Lambda fraternity.
University blvd has restaurants, bars and college shopping
Historic part of town just north of downtown Tucson. It’s a vibrant corridor of restaurants, bars, dance clubs and boutiques. Brooklyn Pizza on fourth has good pizza and Is fully powered by solar energy.
Gas Light Theatre
One of the funniest live performance theatres I’ve been too. They take mainstream movies into turn them into hilarious live show farces.
Also, adjoined to the theatre is Little Anthony’s Diner which has drive-In concerts every Friday night and host car shows every other Saturday
Sonoran Desert Museum
The Zoo is amazing, housing many native animals to the Sonoran Desert such us mountain lions, wolves, bear, mule deer, javelinas, hawks and other native species. There is a desert trial part of the zoo that you can see many of these animals just roaming around (not the dangerous ones) and learn about the native plants only found in the Sonoran Desert. There is also an art exhibit and aquarium.
Filming location to many old Iconic westerns and 100s of other western titles. Little House on The Prairie was film in Old Tucson Studios.
Skydive Between Tucson and Phoenix
In the top 10 drop zones in the US
Pima Canyon Trail
Nice day hike into the mountains. Trail head is easy to get to and starts in a large house area in the Catalina mountains. The trail crosses a wash many times but the wash is usually dried and for storm runoff, but at the end of the 6-mile trail there is a springs. Not sure if it still contains water with the recent multi-year drought. But still a nice hike. You can hear coyote calls early in the morning and see quail running around throughout.
7 Falls Hike
Popular hike in Tucson. This trail has many water crossings ending at a canyon with 7 waterfalls. What’s cool is that you don’t see or hear the waterfalls until you are very close.
HIKING CAUTION: Before hiking at any location in Tucson check the weather report and still be highly cautious of your location. Make sure you notify your contacts of where you are hiking. You’ll be in Tucson monsoon season and flash floods are prevalent in Tucson. Just because it’s sunny where you are at does not mean a downpour is happening somewhere else and flash floods come up quickly. Soo much water downpours from these monsoon rains that they create major winds and dust storms called Haboobs. Monsoon rains typically happen in the afternoon with increase in temperature but are known to happen in the mornings just less frequent than the afternoon. Tucson can also get hot, be cautious of heat exhaustion, sun exposure and drink plenty of fluids. Many of the popular hikes have water refill stations at the trail heads.
5036 N. Oracle Rd
Locally owned, private booths are nice. One of the few sushi places that has excellent eel and I love their Grilled Spicy Shrimp roll. I’ve been there and everything I ordered (which I do not recall) was fantastic, their green tea latte is delicious.
1813 S. 4th Avenue
This restaurant is a Tucson Iconic location. Bill Clinton visited during his presidency in 1999, Man vs Food has also aired at that location.
2480 N. Oracle Rd
Tacos are great but the Sonoran Dog is a must-try
This business originally started as a taco cart and has expended to multiple locations around Tucson.
Food is okay, it’s all about their frozen drinks. I have never eaten there but every time I go to Tucson I get their eegee’s pina colada or strawberry (or combination) drink
Found only in Tucson
Blanco Tacos & Tequila
2905 E. Skyline Dr
In La Encantada shopping center
A bit more of an “upscale” taco but still delicious
Go during or after sunset, ask for patio seating if weather permitting and enjoy Tucson city views. Yes, the view and ambiance of this restaurant are great, I ordered a vegetarian plate and it was great grilled sweet potato and portobello, zucchini, kale, manchego and cuscus I think?… but I bet anything you order there will be good.
Mariscos Baja Mar
5607 S Nogales Hwy
It’s a permanent food stand, but the food is worth the travel to south Tucson.
Any location, but there is one next to Blancos Tacos & Tequila for a cold desert in a hot climate
One of the best gelatos I’ve tried, has won multiple awards year after year. Agree!
Sauce Pizza & Wine
7117 N Oracle Rd
Great Pizzas, I love the Turkey Feta Salad
There is also a Frost Gelato next to Sauce.
7037 N Oracle Rd
Delicious American Cuisine, although the menu is small
2543 E Grant Rd
Cool gastropub, good food
Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse
6541 Tanque Verde Rd
Great steaks a bit pricey, Old West Atmosphere.
Don’t wear your tie there , they’ll cut if off at the entrance
Firebirds Wood Fired Grill
2985 E Skyline Dr
Great atmosphere, great food and a nice bar to wait for your table
Also located in La Encantada shopping center
54 E Pennington St (downtown)
Menu changes frequently
Helps adults with mental health recovery by offering employment opportunities and charitable donations
And the food is delicious; call well in advance to get a seat
In N Out (Why Not)
Any Location but I like the one next to the Tucson Shopping mall on Oracle Rd.