2022 IBSC Annual Conference
St. Mark’s School of Texas
Dallas, Texas, United States
June 26 - 29
All conference events occur on the campus of St. Mark’s School of Texas, 10600 Preston Road, Dallas, Texas. The conference hotel, the Omni Dallas, is 10 miles away in downtown Dallas.
During conference hours, contact Sherri Sullivan, the school operator, at +1-214-346-8001.
Conference Dress Code
Smart-casual attire is appropriate for all conference events. Texas is warm at the end of June with afternoon high temperatures approaching 90°F (32°C). Mornings are cooler in the low 70s (21°C). Shorts are acceptable and jackets and ties not needed. Long days bring plentiful sunshine, but pop-up afternoon rain showers may appear. The sun rises at 6:20 AM and sets at 8:40 PM. Air conditioning is ubiquitous and strong in Texas. Indoor spaces are often kept around 70°F (21°C), so consider a light jacket or long sleeves for workshop and plenary sessions. The evening receptions on Sunday and Tuesday feature both indoor and outdoor spaces.
Check in at Registration
Attendees and Spouses/Partners
Conference registration runs 1:30 – 3:30 PM on Sunday in the Commons on St. Mark’s campus, with light refreshments available. The Registration Desk remains open throughout the conference and also serves as the Information Desk.
After checking in, enjoy a variety of activities before the opening session at 3:30 PM in Spencer Gym. Take a guided tour of the campus and attend student and faculty demonstrations in the green house, planetarium, maker space, and other innovative areas of campus.
Attendees staying at the Omni Hotel Dallas should visit the Welcome Desk in the hotel lobby upon check-in to collect a welcome box filled with snacks.
After checking in at the Registration Desk, all workshop presenters should report to the IT and Workshop Support Desk, also located in the Commons, to review room assignments, technology resources, and logistics.
Welcome Desk at the Omni Dallas Hotel
Find an IBSC Welcome Desk in the main lobby of the Omni Dallas Hotel to provide information at these times:
- Thursday, June 23: 3:00 – 5:00 PM
- Friday, June 24: 7:00 – 8:00 AM and 4:30 – 6:00 PM
- Saturday, June 25: 7:00 – 8:00 AM and 12:00 – 8:00 PM
- Sunday, June 26: 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
You may also speak with a St. Mark’s representative each morning of the conference in the lobby of the Omni for information about conference transportation, events, and the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex. Many thanks to these St. Mark’s ambassadors.
Welcome Desk at the School
During conference hours each day, find an information desk in the Commons, adjacent to the Great Hall, for information about the conference, transportation, events, logistics, and the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex. You may also speak with a St. Mark’s representative.
IT and Wi-Fi Services and Support
Throughout the conference, St. Mark’s offers Wi-Fi in all areas of the campus. Find IT support at the IT Support Desk in the Commons.
Wi-Fi Network Name: IBSC
Conference registration includes breakfast (7:30 – 8:30 AM) on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday and lunch on Monday and Tuesday, served in the Great Hall on St. Mark’s campus. If you registered special dietary requirements, seek out catering personnel for offerings that meet your requirements.
Find enticing refreshment stations located near workshop and plenary session venues, including a selection of soft drinks, tea, and coffee, as well as a rotation of snacks. Gravitate toward these areas during our morning and afternoon breaks for conversation.
On Sunday evening, coaches transport attendees from St. Mark’s to Old Parkland for the Welcome Reception. Take this opportunity to reconnect with friends, introduce yourself to new colleagues, and enjoy a lovely evening surrounded by architecture and Americana. The event space includes both indoor and outdoor spaces. Note: While it’s usually warm in Texas at the end of June, the air conditioning indoors can run strong.
On Monday, use the free evening to explore one of Dallas’ vibrant neighborhoods and visit one of its delicious restaurants. Ask St. Mark’s faculty and staff for recommendations and logistics.
On Tuesday evening, join us for a special reception at the Perot Museum of Science and Nature in downtown Dallas. Explore a stunning hall of minerals and gems, create your own Texas tornado, or enjoy a drink with a dinosaur. It’s an interactive and educational evening sure to delight. While most of the event occurs indoors (air conditioning may run strong), you may access outdoor spaces and terraces overlooking the Dallas skyline, too. Smart-casual attire is appropriate.
Thank you to the team at St. Mark's for creating this restaurant guide.
St. Mark’s Student Store and Conference Bookstore
The St. Mark’s Student Store—located in the Commons—sells St. Mark’s apparel, gifts, and publications, including titles from conference speakers and titles related to the conference theme. It also has a wide variety of office products (stationery, pens, notebooks, etc.) for attendees who may have forgotten something at home. The St. Mark’s Student Store remains open throughout the conference.
St. Mark’s Chapel
Attend a special chapel service featuring the St. Mark’s Choir on Monday from 7:45 – 8:15 AM in the St. Mark’s Chapel. All faiths are welcome and the chapel remains open throughout the conference for quiet reflection.
Quiet Space: Cecil and Ida Green Library
The Cecil and Ida Green Library offers a quiet place to review a presentation, send an e-mail, or print some documents. The library remains open 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.
In the Evenings
On Sunday evening after the opening plenary session, coaches transport attendees to the Old Parkland campus in downtown Dallas for an evening of food, drink, and conversation. The dress code is smart casual—whatever you wear to the conference. The Welcome Reception features indoor and outdoor spaces.
On Monday evening, you have free time to explore Dallas and enjoy a delicious meal in one of our inviting restaurants. We recommend four areas of the city, all less than 15 minutes from the Omni Hotel Dallas.
Downtown and Uptown Dallas: a business and residential district that caters to a corporate crowd
McKinney Avenue: a collection of bars and restaurants (linked by a streetcar) that attracts the young, hip, and fashionable
Lower Greenville Avenue: a down-to-earth strip of comfortable eateries, shops, and bars—great for people watching
Bishop-Arts District: an atmospheric, bohemian few blocks with a variety of bistros and boutiques
Talk to St. Mark’s representatives or the concierge at the Omni Dallas Hotel for more specific options and recommendations.
On Tuesday evening, the Perot Museum of Science and Nature hosts our interactive evening accompanied by plentiful refreshments. The dress code is smart casual or urban sophisticated. Most of the evening occurs indoors with opportunities to take in the Dallas skyline from outdoor patios.