Western Alliance of Community College Academic Leaders


Innovative Thinking Inside the Nested Boxes:
The Academic Leaders’ Challenge

MARCH 12-14, 2014



Conference Hotel and travel

The Tempe Mission Palms Hotel
60 East Fifth Street
Tempe, Arizona 85281
Phone: 480-894-1400
Fax: 480-968-7677

The Tempe Mission Palms Hotel is located in the heart of downtown Tempe, AZ. Please make your room reservations by asking for the WICHE discounted rate of $193.95 (includes hotel service/hospitality fee but not applicable taxes). The cut-off date for the discounted rate is February 17, 2014, unless the block fills earlier. Room costs are the responsibility of the meeting attendees.

Hotel Reservations:  Click Here hotel reservations to book your room online.

Airport Information

The Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is served by most major airlines. It is approximately 5 miles from the Tempe Mission Palms.

Transportation Options

The Tempe Mission Palms Hotel offers transportation for individual travelers to and from Sky Harbor International Airport every 1/2 hour from 5:30 am - 10:30 pm daily. Shuttle service is free for Alliance attendees staying in the hotel.

Proceed to the Taxi Stand and request Yellow Cab.

Driving instructions to Tempe Mission Palms from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

  • Start out going east on E Sky Harbor Blvd.

  • Turn right onto N Priest Dr.

  • Turn left onto W Rio Salado Pky.

  • Turn left to stay on W Rio Salado Pky after W. 1st Street

  • Turn right onto S Mill Ave.

  • Turn left onto E 5th St.

What to Wear

Dress for the meeting is business casual. The average temperature in the Phoenix area in April is 65 degrees.

Local Attractions

Phoenix is a world-class destination because of its natural beauty, sunny skies, manicured golf courses and sports and cultural attractions. The city’s extensive desert preserve system offers visitors easy access to the Sonoran Desert and its surprising biological diversity. The Phoenix Points of Pride highlight many of the city’s most unique attractions, and city-run facilities such as Pueblo Grande Museum and Heritage and Science Park offer visitors a chance to learn about the Valley’s native heritage and history.

After the program concludes on Friday, we hope you will stay and explore the spectacular Phoenix area. The Phoenix Points of Pride website is http://phoenix.gov/recreation/attract/pride/index.html.

  • Desert Botanical Garden - (www.dbg.org), located near the airport, contains approximately 50 acres under cultivation. Something is always blooming at the Desert Botanical Garden.

  • Outdoors - By foot, by bike, or even by horse, there’s no shortage of mountain trails, some right in the city and some in the middle of the Sonoran Desert. Climb iconic Camelback Mountain (20 minutes from downtown), see the cityscape from Piestawa Peak, or head to South Mountain (just outside the city) for over 50 miles of trails.

  • Phoenix Zoo - (www.phoenixzoo.org) Voted one of the nation’s top five zoos for kids.

  • Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium - (www.wildlifeworld.com) recently expanded to include an aquarium with 80 indoor exhibits.

  • Arizona Science Center - (www.azscience.org) more than 300 interactive exhibits, a planetarium and IMAX theatre.

  • Heard Museum - (www.heard.org) this internationally known repository houses art and artifacts providing insights into the state’s 22 American Indian tribes and promotes the work of contemporary American Indian artists and artisans.

  • Phoenix Art Museum - (www.phxart.org) an impressive collection of European, Asian, Latin American, Western American and contemporary pieces—about 18,000 works in all.

  • Shopping Areas - Biltmore Fashion Park, Scottsdale Fashion Square, Old Town Scottsdale and Mill Avenue, just to name a few.

  • Golf and Spa - too many to mention for a full list of resorts and spas: http://www.visitphoenix.com/index.aspx

  • Grand Canyon/South Rim - 3 ½ to 5 hours by car (depending on how many scenic stops you make along the way).

  • Sedona - Approximately 120 miles north; approximately 2 hours.