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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.

What's Happening

Santiago Michel
Feb. 6, 2018

Success was in the cards for this Mexican-born illusionist-turned-hospitality student-turned Strip headliner.

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Jan. 30, 2018

Hospitality took on a new meaning for this educator after arriving at UNLV.

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Jan. 30, 2018

This Italian-born alumnus launched his career by breaking barriers and standing out.

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Jan. 30, 2018

Armed his long-time infatuation for hospitality, this New York native discovered inspiration in UNLV’s industry ties.

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Jan. 30, 2018

This '96 alumnus knows there’s no such thing as a rough draft in life.

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  • Associate Professor, Hotel Administration
  • Assistant Professor of Hospitality Organization Behavior
  • Assistant Professor, Hotel Administration