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UNLV Hospitality

New Name, New Home, New Era

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Fifty years ago, a visionary named Jerry Vallen embarked on a grand adventure to help a fledgling “hotel” department at a little-known university in the desert get off the ground. Thanks to Vallen's groundwork, the Harrah College of Hospitality blossomed over the next five decades into UNLV’s flagship program and one of the top-ranked hospitality colleges in the world. And with the college's new state-of-the art academic building Hospitality Hall opening in spring 2018, 50 never looked so good!

Learn about our 50th anniversary Check out Hospitality Hall

Located in the heart of the hotel, gaming and tourism industries, UNLV’s William F. Harrah College of Hospitality is uniquely positioned to offer students the real-world skills they need to succeed in the dynamic field of hospitality.

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Mary Beth Cutshall
May. 21, 2018

Torn between the travel and hotel industries, UNLV helped this ’88 alumna discover her own path.

John Ceriale
May. 21, 2018

When young Ceriale got his first glimpse of the hotel business, it was love at first sight.

Marcus Threats
May. 21, 2018

Against the odds, this native Las Vegan continues to prove his naysayers wrong one dream at a time.

May. 16, 2018

As his love for Las Vegas grew, this Boston transplant became devoted to developing Downtown.

May. 16, 2018

This alumna’s love affair with UNLV continues through community partnerships.

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  • Professor, Sociology and Hotel Management
  • Assistant Professor in Residence
  • Associate Professor, Hotel Administration