Celebrating Fifty Years

Events & Activities

Be a part of the biggest celebration in UNLV's history as we mark the university's 50th year with a series of events and activities. Come learn about the milestones we've achieved and the momentum we're creating.

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50th Event notes 50th Anniversary signature events

August 2007

Premier UNLV
Thursday, August 30, 2007
7 p.m.
North Field

This annual event will feature live performances, barbecue dinner, and the exciting lighted formation of the UNLV letters and the number 50 complete with fireworks. Attendees will receive a limited-edition UNLV fight song T-shirt and are invited to stay for the after-party concert. Alumni and community members are invited to attend and celebrate UNLV's 50th Anniversary with current students.

September 2007

University Forum Lecture
Rebels in the Desert: Creating UNLV, 1957-1969
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
6:30 p.m. - book-signing reception; 7:30 p.m. - lecture
Marjorie Barrick Museum of Natural History
Open to the public; free

History Professor Eugene Moehring, author of UNLV: A History, will trace the 12-year effort by campus leaders, faculty, and students to transform Nevada Southern into a university—the vital prerequisite for creating today's UNLV. Prior to the lecture, Dr. Moehring will participate in a book-signing reception.


Dedication Ceremony UNLV Student Union
Thursday, September 6, 2007
3 p.m.
UNLV Student Union
Open to the public; free

UNLV will host a ceremony and reception to celebrate the dedication of the new Student Union. Donors, alumni, and community members will be invited to join in the celebration with current students and the campus community.


Hey Reb! Statue "Sneak Peak" Unveiling and Retirement Reception for Fred Albrecht
Friday, September 7, 2007
Tam Alumni Center Courtyard

The UNLV Alumni Association will host a preview "sneak peak" at the new Hey Reb! statue in the courtyard of the Richard Tam Alumni Center. This event will also serve as a farewell reception for Fred Albrecht, vice president for university and community relations, who is retiring after 38 years with UNLV.


UNLV vs. University of Wisconsin Football Game
Saturday, Sept. 8, 2007
7 p.m.
Sam Boyd Stadium
Open to the public; purchase tickets

The University of Wisconsin, fresh from a Capital One Bowl victory and 12-1 overall record, returns to Sam Boyd Stadium for the first time since 2002.


UNLV Foundation Gift Announcement
Monday, September 10, 2007
11:30 a.m.
UNLV Foundations Building

UNLV will make an announcement of a major gift to the Invent the Future comprehensive campaign at a press conference at the UNLV Foundations Building.


9/11 Memorial Ceremony
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
12:30 p.m.
Alumni Amphitheater
Open to the public; free

Student leaders will hold a 9/11 memorial event on the UNLV campus. More details to come.


From Apartheid to Darfur: Africa's Struggle Against Disdain
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
7 p.m.
Beam Music Center Recital Hall
Open to the public; free

UNLV's Black Mountain Institute presents a panel discussion exploring the significant challenges facing Africa today. Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka leads a distinguished group of African authors including Chris Abani (Nigeria), Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Nigeria), Alexandra Fuller (Zambia), and Chenjerai Hove (Zimbabwe) in discussing the complex contemporary legacies of colonialism, war, famine, genocide, dictatorial rule, and the AIDS epidemic.


University Days
September 12-15, 2007

The UNLV community will mark the 50th anniversary of the date classes were first held on the Maryland Parkway campus with a series of events throughout the week.

50th Event

University Days Academic Convocation
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
10 a.m. - ceremony; 11:30 a.m. - reception
Student Union Ballroom
Open to the public; free

Be part of the biggest celebration in UNLV's history as we mark UNLV's 50th year and the start of the fall semester with an academic convocation - the signature event launching our 50th Anniversary. This event will feature a State of the University address by UNLV President David B. Ashley. Reception immediately following event in the Student Union.


"Rebels After Dark" Student Celebration
Friday, September 14, 2007
7 p.m. - movie; 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. - after-dark program
Student Union
Open to students; free

The Office of Student Involvement and Activities together with the Rebel Pride Council will host this student event featuring stand-up comedy, improv, live music, an inflatable jousting arena, free food, and more. For more information, visit www.RebelsAfterDark.com.


50th Event

University Days Concert Featuring Brian Stokes Mitchell
Friday, September 14, 2007
Doors open at 7 p.m.; Event begins at 8 p.m.
Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall
Open to the public; purchase tickets

Dubbed the "last leading man" by The New York Times, Brian Stokes Mitchell's spectacular career spans Tony Award-winning Broadway performances (Ragtime, Man of La Mancha), television (Crossing Jordan), and film (The Prince of Egypt).


UNLV vs. University of Hawaii Football Game
Saturday, September 15, 2007
6:30 p.m.
Sam Boyd Stadium
Open to the public; purchase tickets

Hawaii Bowl champion University of Hawaii will make its way to Las Vegas for the first time since 2003. The Alumni Association will host a tailgate prior to the game.


UNLV Nevada Entertainer/Artist Hall of Fame Ceremony
Thursday, September 20, 2007
6:30 to 8 p.m.
Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall
Open to the public; ticketed event

The Nevada Entertainer/Artist Hall of Fame at UNLV was founded to honor residents of Southern Nevada who have made a significant impact on the arts, including visual and performing arts and architecture. This year's inductees include comedian Rich Little, architect Tom Schoeman, CSI creator Anthony Zuiker, and Nevada Ballet Theatre co-founder Nancy Houssels.


UNLV vs. University of Utah Football Game
Saturday, September 22, 2007
7 p.m.
Sam Boyd Stadium
Open to the public; purchase tickets

The 2006 Armed Forces Bowl winner Utah comes to town to face the Rebels.


Focus: 50 to 100
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Student Union Ballroom

President David B. Ashley and Executive Vice President and Provost Neal Smatresk invite all faculty, staff, and students to participate in the kick off of Focus: 50 to 100 — UNLV's new comprehensive planning process.

The Focus: 50 to 100 planning process is designed to help UNLV's constituents achieve a common understanding of the university's past and present. The process will also:

  • Inform constituents of university's educational and research mission
  • Establish budget priorities
  • Align the current and future infrastructure with the university's goals.

Because this is a day-long event, movement in and out among the audience is anticipated.


UNLV vs. University of Nevada, Reno, Football Game
Saturday, September 29, 2007
1:05 p.m.
Mackay Stadium, Reno, NV
Open to the public; purchase tickets

Cheer on the Rebels as they close out their nonconference schedule by traveling to see the 33rd battle for the Fremont Cannon vs. MPC Computers Bowl participant UNR.


Fabulous Fiftieth Art Exhibit
Through September 29, 2007
Mondays to Fridays: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturdays: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery
Open to the public; free

The Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery presents "Fabulous Fiftieth," an exhibition in celebration of UNLV's 50th Anniversary. Featured in the exhibit are works by past UNLV faculty Rita Deanin Abbey, Bill Leaf, David Levinthal, Michael McCollum, Peter Myer, and Lee Sido. The exhibit is a variety of work — both figurative and abstract — with painting, sculpture, and photography with samples of innovative light sculpture. The exhibit honors these faculty members and all who have served the university community during the past 50 years.

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October 2007

Grand Opening UNLV Student Recreation and Wellness Center
Thursday, October 4, 2007
10:30 a.m.
UNLV Recreation and Wellness Center
Open to the public; free

UNLV will host a ceremony and reception to celebrate the grand opening of the new Student Recreation and Wellness Center. Donors, alumni, and community members will be invited to join in the celebration with current students and the campus community.


UNLV Family Weekend
October 12-14
Multiple Events
Open to parents and family members of current UNLV students

Family members and friends of UNLV students are invited to attend and encouraged to participate in this year's Family Weekend festivities. Not only will you enjoy a variety of entertaining activities, but your student will appreciate your attendance and support.


UNLV vs. Brigham Young University Football Game
Saturday, Oct. 13, 2007
6:30 p.m.
Sam Boyd Stadium
Open to the public; purchase tickets

Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl champion BYU returns to town to battle it out.


Homecoming Week October 14-21, 2007 Events

Window Painting Competition
Sunday, October 14, 2007
2 p.m. - check-in
Pida Plaza

The UNLV Window Decorating Contest is a Homecoming tradition visible on campus and throughout the Las Vegas community. The contest allows students, staff and faculty to show off their artistic skills and their Rebel pride.


Most Spirited Rebel Game Show
Monday, October 15, 2007

Join us in this new Homecoming activity where UNLV students compete in three different events throughout the week. The top five contestants will appear at the Rebel Rally and Picnic. Three will be chosen to move to the final competition at the Rebel Variety Show.


CSUN University Days College Tug-o-War Competition
Tuesday, October 16, 2007


50th Event

Grand Opening Reception - UNLV 50th Anniversary Memorabilia Exhibit
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Marjorie Barrick Museum of Natural History

As part of UNLV's Homecoming 2007 celebration, the Barrick Museum of Natural History will feature a collection of UNLV memorabilia from alumni, students, faculty, staff, and community members. The goal of the exhibit is to instill pride in the university, to honor its founding, and to showcase the unique history of UNLV. We invite you to tour the exhibit and be a part of UNLV history! The exhibit will be on display through January 4, 2008.


Alumni Golf Tournament
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
10:30 a.m. - check-in; noon - shotgun start
Badlands Golf Club
Open to the public; RSVP and entrance fees required

The UNLV Alumni Association will host its annual Homecoming golf tournament as part of the week's festivities. For more information, contact the alumni relations office at 702-895-3621.


50th Event

Rebel Rally
Thursday, October 18, 2007
11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Open to campus community; free

Each year, students host a pep rally for the football team. They've invited faculty and staff to join them in cheering the team to victory. The campus community also is invited to join in this celebration by wearing Rebel red attire to work. Food and beverages will be provided.


Rebel Variety Show
Thursday, October 18, 2007
7 p.m.
Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall
Open to students, alumni, and the public; free

The Rebel Variety Show, a signature tradition, is UNLV's annual student talent show and competition during Homecoming.


50th Event

Rebel Red Day
Friday, October 19, 2007

UNLV is establishing a new Homecoming tradition Rebel Red Day! In support of the university and the football team, everyone in Southern Nevada is asked to wear their Rebel Red to school and work on Friday of Homecoming Week. Purchase your Rebel Red at the UNLV Bookstore.


Past Student Body Officers Homecoming Breakfast
Friday, October 19, 2007
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Blasco Event Wing, UNLV Foundations Building

UNLV's Division of Student Life brings back past CSUN student government officers to the campus in celebration of Homecoming each year.


Alumni Homecoming Dinner
Friday, October 19, 2007
6 p.m. - cocktails; 7:30 p.m. - dinner
UNLV Student Union Ballroom
Open to alumni and friends of UNLV; ticketed

Alumni are invited to come home to the UNLV campus for the annual Alumni Homecoming Dinner. Reminisce with your fellow alumni about your time as a student at UNLV. Meet the members of the UNLV Homecoming Court. Be there for the announcement of this year's recipients of the Alumnus of the Year Award and Silver State Award. For more information, call the alumni relations office at 702-895-3621.

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Rebel Ruckus
Friday, October 19, 2007
5 p.m. - doors open; 7 p.m. - event starts
UNLV Intramural Fields
Open to students; ticketed

The Wreckers — the main act for this year's Rebel Ruckus — are scheduled to go onstage at 8 p.m. For more information, contact Josh Ouzer, CSUN E&P Director, at 585-255-0454.


UNLV Dance Department 30th Anniversary Concert
Friday, October 19, 2007; 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 20, 2007; 2 and 8 p.m.
Judy Bayley Theatre
Open to the public

Join UNLV Dance for a special concert, Pioneers to the Future, celebrating 30 years as a department. Enjoy an eclectic mix of dance choreographed by UNLV dance professors honoring longtime professor and program founder Dr. Carole Rae.


UNLV Tailgate at Star Nursery Field
Saturday, October 20, 2007
2 p.m. - tailgate; 6 p.m. - kick-off
Open to the public: $85/reserved space; $10/car; walk-in for free
Sam Boyd Stadium

UNLV faces Colorado State University in the Oct. 20 homecoming game. Kick-off is at 6 p.m., and the tailgate area opens four hours prior. To reserve your tailgate space and order group tickets, visit www.unlvrebels.com, or call 739-FANS. Tailgating proceeds fund the UNLV Kids Korner, which provides UNLV game tickets to underprivileged youth in Las Vegas.


Alumni Association Tailgate
Saturday, October 20, 2007
3 p.m. - tailgate; 6 p.m. - kick-off
Open to the public
Sam Boyd Stadium

UNLV faces Colorado State University in the Oct. 20 homecoming game. Kick-off is at 6 p.m., and the tailgate begins three hours prior to that time. Special activities are planned on game day to commemorate UNLV's 50th anniversary. The tailgate is free to UNLV Alumni Association members and $10 for all others.

For more information about the Alumni Association Tailgate, visit the Alumni website.


Homecoming Parade
Saturday, October 20, 2007
4 p.m.
Open to the public; free
Sam Boyd Stadium

For some nostalgic fun, put on your Rebel red and head out to the homecoming parade. The parade — complete with floats, marching bands, and other fun activities — is moving to Saturday afternoon at Sam Boyd Stadium. Come early to enjoy the parade and stay for tailgating and the game.


UNLV vs. Colorado State University Football Game
Saturday, October 20, 2007
6 p.m. - kickoff
Open to the public: to order tickets go to www.unlvtickets.com or call 702-739-FANS (3267)
Sam Boyd Stadium

UNLV faces Colorado State University in the Oct. 20 homecoming game.

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November 2007

UNLV Foundation Dinner
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Bellagio Hotel & Casino
Open to UNLV donors; tickets complimentary and non-transferable

The UNLV Foundation will host its annual donor appreciation dinner at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino. The featured speaker will be political humorist Mark Russell.


UNLV vs. San Diego State University Football Game
Saturday, November 10, 2007
8 p.m.
Sam Boyd Stadium
Open to the public; purchase tickets

UNLV's home schedule ends with a visit from San Diego State in what will be the Rebels' first-ever appearance on CSTV.


50th Event

UNLV Wind Orchestra Concert II: 50th Anniversary Scarlet & Gray Jubilee
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
7:30 p.m.
Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall
Open to the public; purchase tickets

This special 50th Anniversary concert will feature the premiere of a very special musical composition by renowned composer James Barnes Scarlet and Gray Jubilee commissioned by UNLV to commemorate the 50th Anniversary.


Democratic Presidential Debate
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Cox Pavilion
Ticketed Event; by Invitation Only

UNLV will be the host institution for the November 15 Democratic presidential debate to be televised nationally by CNN. For additional information about the debate, visit the Presidential Democratic Debate website.

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December 2007

UNLV Golden Anniversary Party presented by UNLV's Nightclub Management Class
Sunday, December 2, 2007
10 p.m. Late
Tryst Nightclub at the Wynn Resort
Free entry with RebelCard or local ID (must be 21 years of age)

As part of their final exam, the students of UNLV's Nightclub Management Class will plan and execute a nightclub event. In celebration of the university's 50th anniversary, the class has extended an invitation to UNLV alumni and current students to their final at Tryst Nightclub in the Wynn Resort. At the Tryst, listen to the latest tunes, mix and mingle with classmates. The first 750 people through the door will get a free UNLV 50th anniversary pin that blinks Vegas-style.


Winter Commencement
Friday, December 21, 2007
9 a.m.
Thomas & Mack Center
Open to the public; more information

UNLV will hold its Winter Commencement Ceremonies for all students undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs who have completed their course curriculum in August and December.

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January 2008

50th Event

The Capitol Steps Concert
Thursday, January 17, 2007
8 p.m.
Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall
Open to the public; purchase tickets

The Capitol Steps began as a group of U.S. Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. In the years that followed, many of the Steps ignored the conventional wisdom ("Don't quit your day job!"), and although not all of the current members of the Steps are former Capitol Hill staffers, taken together, the performers have worked in a total of 18 congressional offices and represent 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience.


50th Event

50th Anniversary Concert conducted by Itzhak Perlman
Saturday, January 26, 2008
8 p.m.
Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall
Open to the public; purchase tickets

Undeniably the reigning virtuoso of the violin, Itzhak Perlman enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician. Beloved for his charm and humanity as well as his talent, he has come to be recognized by audiences all over the world who respond not only to his flawless technique, but also to the irrepressible joy of making that which he communicates.

This is a rare opportunity to see the Maestro Perlman conducting a special orchestra made up entirely of UNLV students, alumni, and faculty.

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February 2008

UNLV Nevada Business Hall of Fame Dinner
Thursday, February 21, 2008
The Mirage
Open to the public; ticketed

The UNLV College of Business created the hall of fame to honor top business leaders who have contributed to the economic prosperity of Nevada and have generated positive recognition for the state. Previous inductees include such prominent Nevadans as William F. Harrah, Howard Hughes, Irwin Molasky, William "Si" Redd, Jim Rogers, E. Parry Thomas, J.A. Tiberti, Claudine Williams, and Stephen A. Wynn. The Nevada Business Hall of Fame event will include a reception and dinner.

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March 2008

FIRST Robotics Competition
Friday and Saturday, March 28-29, 2008
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thomas and Mack Center
Open to the public; free

UNLV's College of Engineering plays host to more than 1,200 high school students on 50 teams from Southern Nevada and across the nation for the fourth annual FIRST Robotics Competition. Held at UNLV's Thomas & Mack Center, FIRST combines elements of sport with science and technology in a high-energy, team-driven contest that has inspired thousands of high school students to pursue science and engineering careers.

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April 2008

UNLVino Wine Tasting Event
Saturday, April 5, 2008
Paris Hotel and Casino
Open to the public; ticketed

The 34th Annual UNLVino, one of the largest wine-and champagne-tasting events in the country, presented by the UNLV William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration and Southern Wine and Spirits of Nevada. Wine lovers and wine makers will have the opportunity to sample wines from more than 800 wineries while supporting the advancement of higher education at UNLV.


UNLV Emeritus Faculty Breakfast
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
8:30 a.m.
Tiberti Grand Hall, Richard Tam Alumni Center
Open to emeritus faculty

In honor of the university's emeritus faculty and their years of dedicated service to the university and students, President Ashley hosts a special Emeritus Faculty Breakfast. This event will highlight the university's rich history and will look forward at the university's plans for the future.


Dedication & Placement of UNLV Time Capsule
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
3:30 p.m.
UNLV Student Union - Pida Plaza (next to Starbucks)

The opening of the new Student Union and celebrating the 50th anniversary are two major milestones for UNLV this year. Please join students, faculty, staff, and alumni for the ceremonial sealing of the historic time capsule and placement at the UNLV Student Union. Reserved parking available in the visitor's lot on Maryland Parkway and Harmon Avenue.


6th Annual Rebel Achievement Awards
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Ceremony at 4 p.m., Reception following
Student Union Ballroom

Sponsored by the Division of Student Life, the Rebel Achievement Awards ceremony recognizes the contributions of students. Any staff or student at UNLV may nominate any student, group or program. The goal is to honor the exemplary work of UNLV students. Every student who is nominated will receive an invitation to attend and will be recognized with a certificate at the ceremony. Visit the Rebel Achievement Awards page for more information on the annual event.

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May 2008

50th Event

50th Anniversary Special Performance: Mark Twain Tonight
Saturday, May 3, 2008
8 p.m.
Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall
Open to the public; purchase tickets
Underwritten by Wynn Resorts

Hal Holbrook has performed as Twain since 1954. Ed Sullivan gave Holbrook his first national exposure on his February 12, 1956, television show. Holbrook has gone on a European tour, which included pioneering appearances behind the Iron Curtain. In 1967, Mark Twain Tonight was presented on television by CBS and Xerox, and Holbrook received an Emmy for his performance. Holbrook's Twain first played on Broadway in 1966 and then again in 1977 and 2005; Holbrook was at least 80 years old during his most recent Broadway run, older (for the first time) than the character he was portraying. Holbrook won a Tony Award for the performance in 1966. Mark Twain Tonight has repeatedly toured across the country in what as of 2005 has amounted to more than 2,000 performances.


Grand Opening Celebration
Dental Education Building
Monday, May 5 at 3 p.m.
Shadow Lane Campus

Join us for the dedication ceremony and grand opening celebration of the new dental education building on the Shadow Lane campus. View the map (PDF).


Spring Commencement
Saturday, May 17, 2008
9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Ceremonies
Thomas & Mack Center
Open to the public; more information

UNLV will hold its Spring Commencement Ceremonies for all students undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs who have completed their course curriculum in May. Please refer to the commencement website for listing of which colleges are participating in the morning and afternoon ceremonies.

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June 2008

50th Event

50th Anniversary Picnic Pops Concert
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Pre-event festivities open at 6 p.m.; concert begins at 8 p.m.
UNLV Academic Mall, north of Student Union
Open to the public; free. Reserved and champagne seating; ticketed
More information

Spend an evening under the stars as UNLV wraps up its 50th Anniversary celebration with a Picnic Pops concert featuring Broadway and recording star Linda Eder and the Las Vegas Philharmonic. Join us as we celebrate the finale of our 50th Anniversary in grand fashion.

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