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Activities Highlight Busy Start to Fall Semester at UNLV

Back-to-school events to highlight campus traditions (new and old), student innovation and inspiration, and what the future holds for UNLV.
Arts & Culture  |  Aug 19, 2013  |  By Afsha Bawany
Media Contact: Afsha Bawany, UNLV Office of Media Relations, (702) 895-5515
UNLV President Neal Smatresk is scheduled to host the New Student Barbecue in the Alumni Amphitheater Friday, Aug. 23, from noon to 2 p.m. (Aaron Mayes / UNLV Photo Services)

UNLV's fall semester begins Monday, Aug. 26, and the university will host numerous events to welcome new and returning Rebels to campus. New students will kick-off their college career during the new Rebel Welcome Day event Aug. 23; campus spirit will get a boost at the welcome BBQ, the annual Premier event, and the home football opener; and UNLV will send off its student-led Solar Decathlon team for a worldwide competition in California.

Media interested in attending the events are asked to coordinate with the UNLV Office of Media Relations.

For a complete listing of events visit the UNLV calendar. Visit the campus map page for additional location details.

Residence Hall Move-In

Dates/Times: Thursday, Aug. 22 and Friday, Aug. 23 between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Location: Dayton Complex Residence Hall, South Complex, Upper Class Complex and Tonopah Hall

Description: More than 1,600 students are moving to campus and into the residence halls. All dorms are expected to be full. Take a look back at past Move-In days.

Media: Enter at Tropicana Boulevard and Thomas & Mack Center

Rebel Welcome Day/UNLV Creates

Date/Time: Friday, Aug. 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Location: Thomas & Mack Center at UNLV

Description: Rebel Welcome Day includes a new program with motivational messages by UNLV staff and students designed to kick-start a student's college career. UNLV Creates is a TEDx-like event with topics that encourage curiosity and innovation. Freshmen will also receive Rebel Cords and make a pledge to graduate.

Media: Park in front of UNLV's Thomas & Mack Center off of Tropicana Avenue.

New Student BBQ

Date/Time: Friday, Aug. 23, from noon to 2 p.m.

Location: Alumni Amphitheater near UNLV Student Union Courtyard.

Description: UNLV's president hosts a BBQ for new students and their parents.

Media: Park in front of UNLV Student Union off Maryland Parkway and Frazier Way.

UNLV Fall Semester Begins

Date: Monday, Aug. 26 at 8 a.m.

Description: Throughout the day, UNLV staff will run "ask me" booths to answer student questions. The booths will be located at the Student Union, Pida Plaza, the Student Recreation and Wellness Center, and Lied Library.

Premier UNLV

Date/Time: Thursday, Aug. 29, 5 to 9 p.m.

Location: North Field (east of the UNLV Student Union, near the Lied Library)

Description: An annual tradition featuring fireworks and the formation of a giant illuminated "UNLV" created by hundreds of UNLV students and alumni with flashlights.

UNLV's Solar Decathlon Team Send-Off

Date/Time: Friday, Aug. 30 from 10 a.m.

Location: UNLV's Paradise Campus

Description: Come see DesertSol, the solar-powered home UNLV's Solar Decathlon Team has been building for this fall's U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013. Cheer the team as they celebrate the completion of the house before they disassemble and rebuild at the competition site in Irvine, Calif.

Media: Coordinate with Megan Downs, UNLV Media Relations, (702) 895-0898.

UNLV Rebel Football Home Opener vs. Arizona

Date/Time: Saturday, Sept. 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Location: Sam Boyd Stadium

Description: Join UNLV head football coach Bobby Hauck and the Rebel football team for the first home game of the season.

Media: Coordinate with UNLV Athletics Media Relations at (702) 895-4472.

UNLV State of the University Speech

Date/Time: Thursday, Sept. 12, 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Location: UNLV Judy Bayley Theatre

Description: UNLV President Neal Smatresk will provide an annual update on the university and where its headed in 2013 and beyond.

Media: Coordinate with UNLV Media Relations at (702) 895-3102.