#Rebel June 15


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Just finished up a trip to Las Vegas and had a great time. Many of my travels around the city had me see signs or go past the campus of University of Nevada at Las Vegas (UNLV).

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

UNLV started out in 1951 as an expansion campus of the University of Nevada Reno (UNR). 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.

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.

It took 17 years of being a REBEL but UNLV won out. Today UNLV has an enrollment over 25,000 students.

In 2017 the university changed the look of their mascot.

Link to that story here.

 

 

 

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