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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!

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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

Brett Abarbanal
Apr. 3, 2018

This numbers gal bets on the future, both on and off campus.

Melissa Maher headshot
Apr. 3, 2018

Tapping into her alma mater’s focus on hands-on skills, this alumna builds her team with fellow Rebels.

Lynda Tache
Apr. 3, 2018

This alumna left the corporate world to purse a project close her to heart.

MJ Maynard
Apr. 3, 2018

From F&B to RTC, this ’92 alumna can apply her hospitality skills to any industry.

Randall Cunningham poses in red U-N-L-V shirt
Apr. 3, 2018

After 16 years in the NFL, this former UNLV quarterback now leads a different kind of team.

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