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Newsmakers 2014: February

A collection of recent news stories highlighting the people and programs of UNLV.
Campus News  |  Mar 11, 2014  |  By Megan Downs
A design contract was approved for the 95,000 square-foot building for the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration.

In February, UNLV marched forward on the path toward becoming a top research university through advances in research, infrastructure and educational programming. Construction funding for a new hotel college building kicked-off with a large gaming industry gift, development continued for a new minor in unmanned aerial systems, and the university earned a coveted ranking from U.S. News & World Report.

Below are just a few top media stories from February highlighting the people and programs of UNLV.

Hospitality Headquarters

A $2.5 million gift from Konami Corp. energized planning for Hospitality Hall, the future campus home for the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration. The gift launched construction funding for the project, which will help the College raise the bar for hospitality education. It will feature sweeping views of the Las Vegas Strip and serve as a bridge to the resort industry with public and private support from the state of Nevada and hospitality, gaming and tourism industries.

Best in the Field for Yield

U.S. News & World Report recognized UNLV as one of the nation's top universities by yield- the rate of students who are accepted and decide to enroll. This is the fourth consecutive year UNLV has been placed on this list.

A Home for Drones

Nevada was one of six states designated as research and testing sites for unmanned aerial systems (UAS), and the College of Engineering is ramping up its efforts to launch a UAS minor this fall. Professors, administrators and students discuss with the local media how the Nevada landscape will be transformed with UAS in the mix.

The Hunt for Jobs

A UNLV career fair in February gave students an opportunity to speak with 145 employers from around the state and nation. Thousands of students and alumni shared their resumes, networked with prospective employers, and participated in mock-interviews.

Recession Research

A new report by Brookings Mountain West found that the Las Vegas Latino community was hit much harder during the recession and has still not recovered. UNLV researchers found that the Latino community still has a strong need for services such as housing assistance, foreclosure help, and health access.