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UNLV Turns 60

As UNLV celebrates its 60th anniversary, here are some of the moments that shaped the university.

In This Series

man sitting
UNLV History | October 18, 2017
UNLV alumnus Tony Canepa turns his illustration skills toward UNLV's history.
an illustration of televisions around the world tuned to UNLV
UNLV History | October 18, 2017
The 2016 Presidential Debate brought UNLV to global prominence.
illustration of Maude Frazier Hall and Hospitality Hall
UNLV History | October 18, 2017
It wasn't a popular decision to tear down Maude Frazier Hall, but the demolition had a silver lining for preservationists.
UNLV History | October 18, 2017
UNLV's storied basketball coach didn't let his hair down often, so when he did, it always caught the team by surprise.
illustration of Jimmy Kimmel and the fox
UNLV History | October 18, 2017
Campus life in the '70s was more freewheeling, and it led to an iconic pairing decades later on television.
illustration of blackjack players
UNLV History | October 18, 2017
An early look at the benefits of gaming put UNLV on the national research map.
Illustration of students stealing a cannon
UNLV History | October 18, 2017
It took deft work at the legislative level — and some rebellious students — to earn UNLV the ability to stand apart from Reno.
Illustration of Nevada Southern Telethon
UNLV History | October 18, 2017
The drive to form a campus started with vision — but what it needed was money.

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In 1971, Homecoming met the circus.
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UNLV History | February 14, 2019
The old UNLV yearbooks in Special Collections offer a look at campus love in decades past.