@UNLVAlumni @jimmykimmel @guyfieri April 26


 

My daily post theme for 2017 is on Colleges and Universities.

The plan for starting my blog back in 2014 was at the urging of fellow coaching colleagues to share posts on leadership and/or motivation. Somehow that idea got derailed and turned into daily posts on one theme for an entire year.

In 2014 my daily posts were on the “Beer of the Day”, 2015 it was “A Friend of a Friend”, 2016 I wrote about “North Carolina”, and for 2017 I will focus on “Colleges and Universities”.

I have been associated with colleges since I was 18 and I love them. I have coached/worked at four different universities and in my professional and personal travels visited 100’s more. Each college has something in its history that I want to share that to me make it unique or personal.

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Name of University: University of Nevada Las Vegas

Location: Las Vegas NV

Colleges and Universities often have policies and procedures that sometimes don’t serve students. In the case of University of Nevada at Las Vegas in its early years its students experienced that.

UNLV started out in 1951 as an expansion campus of the University of Nevada Reno. Twenty-eight students began meeting for classes in the dressing rooms of Las Vegas High School’s auditorium. In 1954, the Nevada Board of Regents founded the Southern Regional Division of the University of Nevada, popularly known as Nevada Southern. Students adopted the Rebel name and mascot to reflect their desire to break free from UNR.

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In 1957 Nevada Southern got its first stand alone building.

One of those rules I mentioned earlier real increased the pressure for the Las Vegas campus to break away from Nevada Reno. Despite its expansion, Nevada Southern remained under UNR’s control. In fact, university officials required students to spend a semester in Reno before graduating.  That was nearly a 500 mile drive-not really a student friendly experience.

After fighting to become a degree-granting institution, Nevada Southern held its first commencement in 1964, graduating 29 students as the “Centennial Class” in honor of Nevada’s 100th anniversary as a state.

in 1968, UNLV finally won its autonomy under the state’s higher-education system, giving it equal status to UNR.

UNLV Campus today:

UNLV

UNLV has it share of famous alumni including a number of NBA Basketball players. I often see one or two  UNLV alums on my TV screen in Guy Fieri and Jimmy Kimmel. I think both of these grads have a little rebel in them.

 

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