Membership in the Houston Forum is open to college and university administrative personnel responsible for providing services to international students and scholars in the greater Houston area, as well as any areas outside of Houston that fall under the jurisdiction of the Houston District Office of the Department of Homeland Security.
The Houston Forum meets twice per year, usually in February and August. In addition, important updates are shared via email by members of the Houston Forum Leadership.
Spring 2014 Meeting
Next Meeting: March 7, 2014 (8:00 AM to 3:30 PM) at Rice University,
6100 Main Street, Houston, TX 77005
Sewall Hall room 301 (building #72 on the map).
Breakfast, coffee breaks, lunch (subsidized) and parking are being sponsored by Rice University.
A parking voucher will be provided for free parking at the meeting.
Registration and Breakfast will start at 8:00 am.
Click here to register: Spring 2014 Houston Forum Registration
Lunch Information and Sign Up Details
If you would like to dine at Rice University’s Faculty Club, you must register in advance (for a proper headcount). This cost is usually $18, however, you will only need to bring $9 cash (half of the cost will be subsidized by Rice’s OISS) and is due upon checking in at the registration tables.
You will be provided with a lunch ticket with meal options and instructions on logistics and getting through the line.
Click here to register for lunch: Rice University's Faculty Club Lunch Registration
If you would prefer to eat elsewhere on campus, we have the following options (http://www.rice.edu/maps/maps.html):
Salento at Brochstein Pavilion (#11 on the map; sandwiches, soups, salads, coffee, tea)
Droubi’s at Sammy’s (#63 on the map; Mediterranean, burgers, gyros)
Ambassador Café (#63 on the map; Chinese—cash only)
Rice Coffee House (#63 on the map; coffee, tea, pastries)
Whoo Deli (#74 on the map; sandwiches, soups, salads)
There are a number of eateries off campus as well.
Within Walking Distance:
Au Bon Pain (6400 Fannin Street, Suite 218, Houston, Texas 77030)
Starbucks (6400 Fannin Street #104, Houston, Texas 77030)
Other restaurants in the Rice Village: http://www.villagearcade.com/dining.php
You will be provided one parking voucher. If you leave campus during lunch and come back, you will have to pay for parking on your own.
Driving and Parking Instructions for Rice University
Address: 6100 Main Street, Houston, TX 77005
The closest and most convenient parking to Sewall Hall (#72 on the map) is the Founders Court Visitors’ Lot (close to entrance 2) on the map: http://www.rice.edu/maps/maps.html)
Getting to Rice:
From the Galleria area:
From 59 North (going west):
Alternate parking -- if the Founder’s Court Visitor’s Parking lot is full, park at the Central Parking Garage (#53 on the Rice map: http://www.rice.edu/maps/maps.html).
From Rice Blvd.:
Note: You will be provided one parking voucher. If you leave campus during lunch and come back, you will have to pay for parking on your own.