Student performs at UNLV Creates.

About UNLV Creates

UNLV Creates takes place on Welcome Day the Friday before Fall classes begin. 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 class. 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.

UNLV Creates: The Official Kickoff to the School Year

UNLV Creates: The Official Kickoff to the School Year

2019 Creates Speakers

Benjamin Morse is a visiting lecturer at UNLV’s Greenspun College of Urban Affairs in the Journalism & Media Studies program. He currently teaches classes in Public Relations and Podcasting, and has also led courses covering Social Media and Integrated Marketing. After graduating from Connecticut College in 2004 with an undergraduate degree in English, Morse moved to New York where he pursued a career in the comic book industry. He began working at Marvel Entertainment in 2007 and spent the next decade rising through the ranks from Assistant Editor of to Editorial Director of Digital Media. In addition to writing and editing content for digital use, Morse helped create and host This Week in Marvel, Marvel’s official podcast, and produced the stop motion animated series Marvel Super Heroes: What The—?! Moving to Las Vegas in 2018, Morse started his new career at UNLV where, in addition to teaching, he helped to found the Rebel Media Group, a professionally guided and student staffed digital media agency. He began attending the graduate program at Greenspun in the fall of 2018 and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in media studies. Morse lives with his wife, daughter, and puppy. In his free time, he still enjoys reading comics and writing or podcasting about them.

Maria Ramos Gonzalez is a Mechanical Engineering doctoral candidate at UNLV. Her goal of starting a smart prosthetics company has taken her through multidisciplinary research including legal studies, robotics, biomechanics, computer programming, bioengineering, and even aerodynamics. Her doctoral research consists of designing, manufacturing, and mechanically testing a custom-fitted knee implant made from an FDA approved biocompatible material (funded in part by the UNLV NSF I-Corps grant). Her undergraduate honors thesis led her to work in a prosthetics clinic where she interacted with patients and tested various prosthesis designs. In her spare time, she competes in hackathons and was the grand prize winner at the Consumer Electronics Showcase (CES) Smart Cities Hackathon in 2017 and Young Innovator Awardee at the BattleBorn Hackathon in 2018. As a first-generation immigrant and college student, she openly shares her academic and personal story to encourage others with similar backgrounds to pursue a STEM education.

David G. Schwartz, the Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and an instructor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, studies gambling and casinos, video games, Las Vegas, tourism, and higher education. Schwartz has written several books, including Grandissimo: The First Emperor of Las Vegas, Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling, and Boardwalk Playground: The Making, Unmaking, & Remaking of Atlantic City. He has been extensively quoted in the media and featured in television programs. Born in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Schwartz earned his bachelor’s degree (a double major in anthropology and history) as well as his master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania before receiving his doctorate in US History from UCLA. His academic interest in gambling stems from his hands-on experience in the casino industry as a security officer, surveillance officer, and Mr. Peanut.