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Full Slate of Activities Planned to Kick-start UNLV’s Fall Semester

Back-to-school events to highlight UNLV campus traditions and student involvement, culminating with the president’s annual State of the University address Sept. 15.
Campus News  |  Aug 23, 2016  |  By Francis McCabe
Media Contact: Francis McCabe, (702) 290-8971,
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UNLV residence hall move-in starts on Wednesday, Aug. 24. (R. Marsh Starks/UNLV Photo Services)

At UNLV, the road to academic success stretches beyond the classroom. As a new generation of students prepare to join returning Rebels Aug. 29 for UNLV’s fall semester, the university has a series of events planned to promote campus pride and get students up to speed on college life and campus traditions.

From the inspirational TED-like talks of UNLV Creates and the 21st Annual Premier UNLV, to the home football opener, campus club fair and more, this year’s fall semester kickoff has events for everyone.

Media interested in attending the events are asked to coordinate with the UNLV Office of Media Relations.

For a complete listing of events, visit the UNLV calendar. Visit the campus map page for additional location details.

Residence Hall Move-In

When: Wednesday, Aug. 24 (freshman), 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Dayton Community, South Complex, Upper Class Complex and Tonopah Community

More than 1,800 new and returning students will move into campus residence halls. 

Media: Enter at Tropicana Boulevard and Thomas & Mack Center

Rebel Welcome Day/UNLV Creates

When: Friday, Aug. 26 Welcome Day 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.; UNLV Creates, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Where: Thomas & Mack Center

Rebel Welcome Day kick starts students’ college careers with live music, bookstore discounts and giveaways, an outdoor movie, a scavenger hunt, informational booths, a barbecue and more designed to help them learn more about campus and its programs. The capstone activity is UNLV Creates, a TED- like event featuring motivational messages from UNLV staff and students. Freshmen at the mid-morning event also receive Rebel Cords and make a pledge to graduate.

UNLV Creates speakers/topics:

  • Jacob Thompson, Director, Sanford I. Berman Debate Forum & Associate Professor in Residence, Communication Studies
  • Ramona Denby-Brinson, Greenspun College of Urban Affairs School of Social Work
  • Ernesto Abel-Santos, Professor, Biochemistry
  • Anjala S. Krishen, Professor, Marketing

Media: Park in front of UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center, off of Tropicana Boulevard.

UNLV Fall Semester Begins

When: Monday, Aug. 29

Throughout the day, more than 200 UNLV staff and student volunteers will run “ask me” booths to answer student questions. The booths will be located in outdoor areas throughout campus, including the Student Recreation and Wellness Center, Pida Plaza, Student Union and Lied Library.

21st Annual Premier UNLV

When: Wednesday, Aug. 31, from 5 to 9 p.m.

Where: UNLV Intramural Field

Premier is one of the largest and longest-running annual traditions at UNLV, featuring food, fireworks and the formation of a giant illuminated “UNLV” created by hundreds of UNLV students with flashlights. This year, organizers are attempting to break a World Record for the most LED lights lit simultaneously during the letter formation.

Media: The intramural field is located on Harmon near Swenson.

UNLV Rebel Football Home Opener vs. Jackson State Tigers

When: Thursday, Sept. 1, 7 p.m.

Where: Sam Boyd Stadium

Media: Coordinate with UNLV Athletics Media Relations at (702) 895-4472

Join UNLV head football coach Tony Sanchez and the Rebel team for their first home game of the season.

UNLV State of the University Speech

When: Thursday, Sept. 15 at 2:30 p.m.

Where: Judy Bayley Theatre

UNLV President Len Jessup delivers his second State of the University address, where he’ll give an update on the university and its vision for 2016 and beyond.