Student performs at UNLV Creates.

About UNLV Creates

UNLV Creates will take place during Welcome Day on Friday, August 24, 2018. UNLV Creates is the annual academic welcoming ceremony which provides for new students and their families a formal and engaging event that welcomes them to the university, educates them about the transformative opportunities of a college degree, and highlights faculty creativity, inspiration, and discovery.

The event will include an academic convocation in which the university community will welcome the incoming fall class of 2018. During the ceremony, students will also be asked to make a pledge to graduate from UNLV. This tradition signifies the beginning of their college career. This is the only event where students will be given the honorary UNLV Rebel Cord to be worn at their graduation ceremony.

2018 Creates Speakers

Celine Ayala, M.A. is a first generation college student who recently received her Master’s degree in Sociology at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Her master’s work was an ethnography that focused on the ways in which communal relations were formed in Las Vegas through participation in social scenes. Celine spent a little over a year and a half with the Las Vegas Street Car Scene attending car meets, car shows, and street racing events. Her work concludes that the Las Vegas Street Car Scene allows individuals to have a sense of accomplished affiliation that serves as a proxy for communal relations in Las Vegas. She will be pursuing her PhD in Sociology at UNLV where she expects to graduate in the spring of 2022.

Brett Caroline Levner, MFA, is an associate professor of film in the College of Fine Arts.  She graduated with honors from New York University and got her start at MTV where she worked her way up from intern to producer on shows like True Life, Diary, Made and My Super Sweet Sixteen.  She attended Columbia University’s graduate film program where she became the first woman to win the Coca Cola Refreshing Filmmaker Award.  She directed the music video for O.A.R.’s hit song Lay Down, which took home the MTVu Woodie Award for Most Streamed Video and has produced and camera operated on several hit shows including The First 48, Bridezillas, The Shift, Flip This House and Sister Wives. She most recently directed, The Track, a feature film about underage sex trafficking in Las Vegas starring Sam Trammell (True Blood). The film was awarded “Best Local Feature” and “Best First Time Feature Film Director” at the Las Vegas Film Festival.  It is currently available on Amazon Prime.  She is the faculty advisor for Cinefemmes, a student organization that supports women in film, and is on the board of the Nevada Women’s Film Festival.

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Mark Padoongpatt, Ph.D., is an associate professor of Asian and Asian American Studies and of Interdisciplinary Studies in the College of Liberal Arts. He is also the director of the Asian and Asian American Studies program. His research and teaching interests include Asian American and Pacific Islanders history, race, immigration, food history, and metropolitan history. His book, Flavors of Empire: Food and the Making of Thai America (University of California Press, 2017), traces the rise of Thai food in Los Angeles and how it became central to Thai American identity and community. He is currently working on two research projects: one on the history of health inspections of Asian restaurants in the United States; another on post-World War II Asian American suburban culture. He is also launching a podcast series that will highlight the lives and histories of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Las Vegas.