Celebrating Fifty Years

50 Ways to Celebrate
  1. Celebrate with students at Premier UNLV
    Aug. 30, 7 p.m., North Field
    Open to the public; Free

    Alumni and community are invited to join current students for live performances, BBQ dinner, and the exciting lighted formation of the UNLV letters and the number 50 – complete with fireworks. Be sure to get your limited-edition T-shirt and stay for the after-party concert.
  2. Relive UNLV's History at a University Forum lecture
    Rebels in the Desert: Creating UNLV, 1957-1969 by Euegene Moehring
    Sept. 5, 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 lecture on the 12-year effort by campus leaders, faculty, and students to transform Nevada Southern into a university. For a complete listing of University Forum lectures, visit the College of Liberal Arts website.
  3. Catch up with a friend at Starbucks in the Student Union
    With the dedication scheduled for Sept. 6 at 3 p.m., the student union is the ideal place to reconnect with friends, colleagues and fellow alums. The new union boasts a computer lab and student computer help desk, social and study lounges, food court, 300-seat theater and a TV lounge.
  4. Hear from President Ashley at the University Days Academic Convocation
    Sept. 12, 10 a.m., Student Union ballroom
    Open to the public; Free

    Celebrate the anniversary of the date classes were first held at this campus and community event. For complete listing of University Days events, visit the event calendar.
  5. Jazz up your day—program KUNV 91.5 FM on your radio
    UNLV KUNV is your jazz spot in Southern Nevada. Listen to Talkin Jazz Monday through Friday at 2:50 pm.
  6. Get Published. Tell us your story and get featured in UNLV Magazine
    Calling all alumni—take our survey and tell us the most out-of-character or fearless thing you've ever done or share your all-time best day on the job and you could be featured in an upcoming issue of UNLV Magazine.
  7. Stretch your legs on a walking tour of campus
    Discover UNLV's campus, the significance of many building designs such as Health Science's pillars and Physics' symbols. These are just a few interesting tidbits you'll pick up when you take a walking tour of campus. Led by student guides, the tour tells you everything you might not know about the 350-acre campus.
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  9. Have fun and get fit in the new Student Recreation and Wellness Center
    Membership gets you access to everything from circuit training machines and cardio equipment to an indoor jogging track and massage chairs. Join us for the center's grand opening Oct. 4.
  10. Experience UNLV history at the 50th Anniversary Memorabilia Exhibit
    Oct. 16, 6:30 p.m. - grand opening reception, Majorie Barrick Museum of Natural History

    Curators will match historic photos from the UNLV Lied Library's special collections with the memorabilia from alumni, employees, and community members. Exhibit on display through January 4, 2008.
  11. Cheer the football team to victory at the Rebel Rally
    Oct. 18, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Pida Plaza

    Free food, fun, and prices. Wear red and join the student-hosted pep rally.
  12. Take a break from studying to attend the UNLV Golden Anniversary Party presented by UNLV’s Nightclub Management Class.
    Dec. 2, 10 p.m. - Late, Tryst Nightclub at the Wynn Resorts
    Free entry with RebelCard or local ID (must be 21 years of age)

    UNLV’s Nightclub Management class has extended an invitation to UNLV alumni and current students to attend their final exam at Tryst Nightclub in the Wynn Resort. At the Tryst, listen to the latest tunes, mix and mingle with classmates.
  13. Show your school spirit — wear Rebel Red
    Oct. 19, All Day

    Rally around the Rebels and wear red to school or work on the Friday before the big homecoming game.
  14. Reminisce about your college days at the alumni homecoming dinner
    Oct. 19, 6 p.m., Student Union Ballroom
    Open to alumni and friends of UNLV; ticketed event

    The annual event includes the Alumnus of the Year and Silver State awards, and includes a cocktail reception, a visit by the UNLV marching band, and a multi-course dinner in the Student Union Ballroom. Get your tickets early. This event usually sells out, so make your reservations early.
  15. Take a tour of the Lied Library
    Check out the Lied Library's automated storage and retrieval system and browse the special collections currently showcasing Showgirls.
  16. Find out what the ruckus is about at CSUN's Rebel Ruckus concert
    Oct. 19, 7 p.m., UNLV Intramural Field
    Open to students; ticketed event

    More information and ticket prices will be available Oct. 1. Contact CSUN 702-895-2316 for more information.
  17. Download the UNLV fight song to your iPod
    Get in the spirit and download Win With the Rebels (MP3) to your iPod or cell phone.
  18. Blend friendly conversation with competition, enter the Alumni Golf Tournament
    Oct. 17, noon, Badlands Golf Club
    Open to the public; ticketed event

    The $150 entrance fee includes a round of golf with a cart, dinner, and door prizes. Proceeds go to the Fred Albrecht Tribute scholarship endowment.
  19. See the Pioneers to the Future performance of the UNLV Dance Department
    Oct. 19, 8 p.m., Oct. 20, 2 & 8 p.m., Judy Bayley Theatre

    Enjoy an eclectic mix of dance choreographed by UNLV dance professors honoring longtime professor and program founder, Dr. Carole Rae in this special 30th anniversary concert.
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  21. Take the family to the Homecoming Parade
    Oct. 20, 4 p.m., Sam Boyd Stadium
    Open to the public; Free

    Put on your Rebel Red and head out to the homecoming parade for some nostalgic fun. The parade – complete with floats, marching bands, and other fun activities – is moving to Sam Boyd Stadium. Come early to enjoy the parade and stay for tailgate and the game.
  22. Cheer on the rebels football team at the homecoming game
    Oct. 20, 3 p.m. – tailgate, 6 p.m. – game, Sam Boyd Stadium
    Open to the public; ticketed event

    The rebels battle it out on the football field against Colorado State University. Kick-off is at 6 p.m., and the tailgate begins at 3 p.m. The tailgate is free to UNLV Alumni Association members and $10 for all others. To order game tickets: 702-739-FANS (3267) or visit http://www.unlvtickets.com.
  23. Get political. Watch the Presidential Democratic Debate
    Nov. 15, Cox Pavilion/Live via CNN

    UNLV will host the first Presidential Debate in Nevada. Democratic candidates square off on important issues facing our nation. For additional information about the debate, visit the Presidential Democratic Debate website.
  24. Show your true colors and trim your workspace with scarlet and gray
    Visit the UNLV bookstore to stock-up on your favorite UNLV novelties to show your Rebel Pride.
  25. Eat some grub with the cowboys of the National Finals Rodeo
    Dec. 2-5, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thomas & Mack Center's Si Redd Room; Dec. 6-15, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Thomas & Mack Center's board room.

    Although rodeo tickets can be hard to come by, the annual Cowboy Café will be serving up a buffet lunch of southern specialties, so come hang out with the cowboys and take in some of the activities happening outside the Thomas & Mack Center. More info.
  26. Invent the future at UNLV by making a gift to the 50th Anniversary Campaign
    Shape the future of our community by making a financial gift to the Foundation. With money donated to UNLV's 50th anniversary campaign, Invent the Future programs and facilities will receive the support they need to make new ideas possible.
  27. Adorn your coffee table with UNLV: A History
    This complete history of UNLV, written by UNLV History Professor Eugene Moehring, was created in celebration of the university's 50th anniversary. Pick up a copy at your local Nevada bookstore, or online at University of Nevada Press.
  28. Take a break from serious politics with the humor of The Capitol Steps
    Jan. 17, 8 p.m., Artemus W. Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall
    Open to the public; ticketed event

    The Capitol Steps is a theatrical group who satirize the people and places on Capitol Hill. The troupe began as a group of Senate staffers, although not all of the current members are former staffers.
  29. Plan your next event at UNLV
    Whether you're planning a cocktail party, conference, or concert, reserve one of the campus' facilities to host your event.
  30. See Maestro Itzhak Perlman in his first Las Vegas conducting engagement
    Jan. 26, 8 p.m., Artemus W. Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall, ticketed

    Enjoy the rare opportunity to see Maestro Itzhak Perlman conduct a special orchestra in the 50th anniversary concert. Perlman, the reigning virtuoso of the violin, 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 music that he communicates. For tickets, visit UNLV tickets online or stop by the box office on the UNLV campus.
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  32. Take in works of art at one of UNLV's four galleries
    UNLV's galleries showcase work from UNLV's students and faculty as well as regional, national, and international artists. Locations include the Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery, Tam Alumni Center Gallery, and the Grant Hall Gallery and the Marjorie Barrick Museum.
  33. Take a class offered through Educational Outreach
    Learn how to make a dress pattern, build a website, or start a home-based business in one of credit or non-credit classes. It's never too late to take on a new hobby or experience something new.
  34. Buy a commemorative 50th anniversary gift
    Visit the campus bookstore and pick up 50th logo apparel and gifts.
  35. Reconnect with old classmates by attending an alumni event
    Check the alumni association events calendar for upcoming events and announcements.
  36. Show your spirit on the road with a UNLV license plate
    Be one of the more than 3,000 Nevada drivers to support athletics and the Alumni Association scholarship endowments by purchasing a plate, and don't forget to frame it with a UNLV plate holder.
  37. Tune in to CampusConnections
    Find out about special events on campus, student and faculty research, and issues of both local and national importance on the 30-minute news magazine show produced by the office of Public Affairs and UNLV-TV.
  38. Get cultured. Spend an evening at a performing arts event
    Take in the plays Amadeus or Fiddler on the Roof at the Nevada Conservatory Theatre or listen to the sounds of Xuefei Yang's classical guitar or Brian Stokes Mitchell broadway melodies at the Performing Arts Center.
  39. Read about research in UNLV Innovation magazine
    The Division of Research & Graduate Studies' annual publication, UNLV Innovation, highlights everything from faculty efforts to harness the power of hydrogen fuel to efforts in the prevention and treatment of problem gambling.
  40. Send a 50th Anniversary e-card
    Send a free e-card to your UNLV classmate, spouse or UNR rival.
  41. Submit a class note to UNLV Magazine
    UNLV alumni: tell us about a recent personal or professional milestone or accomplishment you've reached in the magazine's class notes section.
  42. Hear the voice of UNLV students. Read student articles and opinions in the award-winning newspaper, The Rebel Yell
    Pick up a copy of the Rebel Yell or read it online. The Society of Professional Journalists honored The Rebel Yell as Best Non-Daily Student Newspaper of 2005. The newspaper is published Mondays and Thursdays during the fall and spring semesters, and biweekly during the summer term. Newsstands can be found across campus and several locations around the university corridor.
  43. Experience the Emmy and Tony award winning talent of Hal Holbrook in Mark Twain Tonight
    May 3, 8 p.m., Artemus W. Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall, ticketed

    In a special 50th anniversary performance of Mark Twain Tonight, Hal Holbrook reprises his award-winning portrayal of Mark Twain. For tickets, visit UNLV tickets online or stop by the box office on the UNLV campus.
  44. Raise a glass in honor of the 50th anniversary with a commemorative wine from the Rebel Wine Society
    Sample wine from an exclusive commemorative release bottle brought to you by the Rebel Wine Society. Join the society and embark on a wine tasting adventure featuring wines from throughout the United States.
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  46. See a collection of all things Las Vegas in the University Libraries' Special Collections Department
    The physical and digital collections of the UNLV Library offers a wide variety of resources on the history, culture, and physical environment of the city of Las Vegas, the Southern Nevada region, the gaming industry, and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
  47. Stroll through the Arboretum Xeric Garden on campus
    Enjoy some quiet time and the 9,000 square feet of paved pathways, benches, covered ramadas, and wooden bridges that make up the Arboretum.
  48. Celebrate UNLV's diversity—attend Unity Fest
    This weeklong annual student-event held in the spring, celebrates the countries and cultures of our students.
  49. Get out of town. Rent a canoe, or sign up for an organized trip through Outdoor Adventures
    Sign up for rock climbing at Red Rock or a hiking excursion to the Arizona Hot Springs. Or, organize your own trip and rent equipment from UNLV Outdoor Adventures.
  50. Take a sip for scholarship. Attend the 34th annual UNLVino
    Saturday, April 5, 2008
    Paris Hotel and Casino
    Open to the public; ticketed

    Every spring marks the tradition of UNLVino, one of the largest wine- and champagne-tasting fundraising events in the country. Hosted by the College of Hotel Administration and Southern Wine and Spirits of Nevada, wine lovers and wine makers sample hundreds of products from prestigious wineries around the country, all while supporting the advancement of students and scholarship at UNLV.
  51. Download an episode of a student-produced video podcast
    Rebcast.com, a site started by students in the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies delivers news, talk and entertainment produced by UNLV students. Download past episodes of their shows.
  52. Recruit or be recruited. Attend the 2008 UNLV Career Day
    February 28, 2008

    More than 180 organizations from all major industries come to UNLV each year seeking student and alumni applicants for full-time and internship positions. The event, hosted by UNLV's Career Services, is just one of the services the unit offers students and alumni as they continue their education and determine their career paths.
  53. Grab a blanket for a night under the stars at the 50th anniversary pops concert
    Jun. 7, 8 p.m., Academic Mall
    Open to the public; Free & Reserved Seating

    Featuring Broadway and recording star Linda Eder and the Las Vegas Philharmonic, join community members, students, and staff in the grand finale celebration of UNLV's 50th anniversary. Free to lawn seating, reserved seating available to purchase. For reserve seating tickets, visit UNLV tickets online or stop by the box office on the UNLV campus.
  54. Test your knowledge of UNLV Trivia. Take our Quiz
    Go back, way back and test your knowledge of UNLV's first 50 years — the people, the places, and the things that makeup our history.