On campus with Curt: University of Nevada at Las Vegas
On Campus with Curt: The University of Nevada at Las Vegas
Located just east of the Las Vegas strip, The University of Nevada at Las Vegas (UNLV) was established in 1957. Initially the University of Nevada Southern Division, then Nevada Southern University, the school finally became UNLV in 1969. The first college classes were offered as the southern regional extension division of the University of Nevada, Reno. In 1955, State Senator Mahlon Brown sponsored the legislation to provide $200,000 to construct Frazier Hall, the first building on campus. In 1968, Nevada Southern was given equal status with its parent institution in Reno, and the present UNLV name was approved.
The UNLV motto is "Omnia Pro Patria" which stands for "All for Our Country." The school has an enrollment of 30,000 students. The school's marketing campaign is "Different. Daring, and Diverse" after U.S. News & World Report gave it top ranking in its annual campus listing for most ethnic diversity.
UNLV colors are Scarlet and Gray and the mascot is "Hey Reb." They compete in the Mountain West Conference. In 1973 Jerry Tarkanian was hired as the men's basketball coach who led the Runnin' Rebels to a national title in 1989-1990 playing in the Thomas & Mack Arena. "Tark," as he was affectionately known, was famous for always chewing on a towel during games.
Well known Rebels include chef and Food Network star Guy Fieri; YouTube personality Ryan Higa; late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel; American conservative political commentator Tomi Lahren; ESPN personality Kenny Mayne; CSI television series creator Anthony E. Zuiker; Emmy Award-winning choreographers Tabitha and Napoleon D'umo; Christian philosopher Francis J. Beckwith; former Sacramento Kings owner George J. Maloof, Jr.; basketball legends Reggie Theus, Larry Johnson, Greg Anthony and Stacey Augmon; MLB greats Cecil Fielder and Matt Williams; Philadelphia Eagle Randall Cunningham; and Cincinnati Bengal Ickey Woods.