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Harrah Hotel College Receives $7 Million Gift
From Las Vegas Sands Corp.
On April 3, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) announced a $7 million gift from Las Vegas
Sands Corp. (LVS) to the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration. The gift will support
construction of a new hotel college academic building and boost executive education opportunities
through a proposed Center for International Hospitality and Gaming Education.
“With Las Vegas Sands’ support, we are setting the global standard in hospitality and gaming education and development of the industry’s future leaders and scholars,” said Stowe Shoemaker, dean of UNLV’s Harrah Hotel College. “These endeavors are vital for continuing UNLV’s leadership and building an environment that enhances the learning styles of tomorrow’s students, creating a truly global classroom.” The LVS gift advances construction fundraising for a new hotel college academic building, dubbed Hospitality Hall, in the heart of UNLV’s campus. During the next five years, LVS will allocate $2.5 million for the construction of Hospitality Hall.
Early designs of the facility include roughly 95,000 square feet of classroom, laboratory and meeting space that will encourage interaction and a sense of community between students, faculty, and industry professionals. The total project cost is estimated at $50 million, with a proposed $30 million in public funding and $20 million in private support.
LVS has also committed $4.5 million to create a new Center for International Hospitality and Gaming Education. The center will support hospitality industry managers and executives through a mix of open enrollment and custom in-person and online executive education courses. It will provide working professionals the skills and knowledge necessary to advance their careers, and further position UNLV as the world’s premier educational leader in hospitality and gaming.
“The generous support of Las Vegas Sands will strengthen Las Vegas’ reputation as the global intellectual capital of gaming by creating new education opportunities for industry professionals and by continuing momentum on a new academic building that will connect the university and the industry like never before,” said UNLV President Donald Snyder, who served as dean of the Hotel College from 2010 to 2013.
The LVS gift is part of the corporation’s new global citizenship program, Sands Cares, which focuses on corporate giving in support of local communities where LVS operates. This includes support for LVS employees, the hospitality industry, and efforts to reduce environmental impact.
This information was taken from an April 3, 2014 UNLV Office of Media Relations press release by Afsha Bawany.
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“Our strong commitment to the education of future industry leaders compels our continual support of UNLV,” said Thomas Jingoli, senior vice president/chief compliance officer for Konami Gaming, Inc. Jingoli is a Harrah Hotel College alumnus. “We are proud to make this gift for the Harrah Hotel College's new academic building and believe that it will help build a solid foundation for excellence in hospitality and gaming education. We look forward to continuing our strong relationship with the university and President Snyder.” The gift officially launches the campaign for construction funding for Hospitality Hall at the center of UNLV’s campus. Preliminary plans for the facility include roughly 95,000 square feet of classroom, laboratory and meeting space that will be designed to encourage interaction and a sense of community between students, faculty, and industry professionals. Hospitality Hall will be located on the North Field behind Frank and Estella Beam Hall, which the Hotel College currently shares with the Lee Business School.
“The Harrah Hotel College has been at the heart of hospitality education for decades, shaping the future of the industry in Las Vegas and around the world,” said UNLV President Donald Snyder, who served as dean of the Hotel College from 2010 to 2013. “The college must remain at the forefront of the industry, and this new building provides UNLV the opportunity to define excellence in hospitality education for future generations.” The total project cost is estimated at $50 million, with a proposed $30 million in public funding and $20 million in private support. Existing kitchen and laboratory spaces in Beam Hall will be renovated concurrent with the project.
More About Hospitality Hall This information was taken from a February 10, 2014 UNLV Office of Media Relations press release by Afsha Bawany.
It has been an incredible start of the calendar year with great momentum for the new academic building.
Hospitality Hall will embody the future of the hospitality and gaming industry and education. It will serve as a bridge between the industry and the Harrah Hotel College and represent the next step in educational design. With a new building comes a new direction and beginning for the hotel college. World-class facilities and inspiring spaces will attract educators and students who will push the boundaries of current truths and industry norms. It is our vision to create a truly experiential building with communities and neighborhoods − not just classrooms and offices − and that our industry partners help us reimagine the relationships within these communities. The building funding will exemplify our philosophy of building a space "for the industry, by the industry." Supporting these neighborhood communities will not only help the building become a reality, but presents an opportunity to revolutionize both the educational experience itself and those who directly participate and benefit from it.
A groundbreaking class on gambling game design has, with the help of a $500,000 grant from the State of Nevada’s Office for Economic Development, developed into a brand new Center for Gaming Innovation within the International Gaming Institute (IGI). This exciting evolution began with an idea last summer, which was brought to life when Dr. Mark Yoseloff worked with the IGI team to launch a new Gaming Innovation program. Having developed more than 100 gambling patents himself, Yoseloff was perfectly suited to lead this progression.
This unique class was offered to 20 undergraduate and graduate students in the fall semester of 2013.
Instruction was delivered by Yoseloff, alongside some of the most creative minds in this field, including Joe Kaminkow (the most successful slot machine designer in recent history) and Roger Snow (currently the most successful table games designer). The program culminated in a design competition that yielded several awards and 13 new patent applications for games that will be featured in the gaming spaces of tomorrow. These innovations span slots, table games, and other casino floor enhancements.
“With the non-disclosure agreements, a feeling of comfort and trust developed very quickly within the class,” comments student Gael D. Hancock. “Students immediately started supporting each other's efforts with suggestions for the game ideas, art for presentations, proofing of PowerPoints, and words of encouragement. It was really an amazing experience.” The timing and success of this program linked perfectly with the key strategic needs for the state − directly responding to Governor Sandoval’s economic development agenda and helping to cement Nevada’s status as the “global intellectual capital” of gaming. These links resulted in the IGI being awarded the largest grant in its history to develop the new Center for Gaming Innovation, which will support gaming innovators in developing their ideas and bringing them to market.
The Center will help to develop the math, design, and patent processes that are so crucial to game design, as well as providing the necessary expertise and knowledge to navigate the lengthy regulatory and intellectual property process.
The Center for Gaming Innovation will work hand-in-hand with the state’s existing gaming companies, and will also drive the creation of new gaming companies. Each year, it will deliver two unique educational and entrepreneurial experiences – one for on-campus undergraduate and graduate students in gaming management, and one through a new Gaming Innovation Certificate program for Nevada residents and industry employees.
As a former Rebel, we wear our Rebel Red proud and loud throughout the year. I personally have to think twice when it comes to buying anything blue to wear − something about the rivalry between my alma matter and that team up north.
Despite my aversion to blue, this May I will be making an exception to my blue rule! For one week only, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) will be leading the Las Vegas community in helping celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week May 3-11, 2014. During this week, the LVCVA is asking the entire community to help us celebrate the importance of tourism to our community by wearing the color of tourism and our state flag − BLUE.
Last year alone, in Southern Nevada tourism generated $45.2 billion in economic activity and supported 46% of the region’s total workforce (375,000 jobs). For both students who are entering the workforce and post-graduates like me, it is thanks to tourism that we enjoy the quality of life that we live today. Tourism helps build our schools, roads, parks, and impacts all of us. We all play an important role in welcoming visitors to Las Vegas and making Las Vegas the most exciting city in the world for people to visit.
In addition to wearing blue, the LVCVA has several activities planned through this week and the month of May. These include honoring our Hospitality Heroes who are those individuals that go above and beyond the call of duty to deliver a top-notch guest experience to our nearly 40 million visitors. Earlier this spring, former Mayor and now Chairman of the Las Vegas Host Committee Oscar Goodman helped recognize four Hospitality Heroes from the UNLV Hotel College. Congratulations to: Hillary Cubelo, David Le, Kristin Malek, and Jarrod Nicholas.
In addition to Hospitality Heroes, the LVCVA invites UNLV Rebels to join us on Tuesday, May 6 at 4:00 p.m. for Travel Rally Day, which will be held at the Mob Museum. It will be a great fun-filled afternoon in honor of our economic engine!
So don’t forget to pull out your BLUE and wear it during the week of May 3-11 and in particular on Travel Rally Day − Tuesday, May 6. Our own Harrah Hotel College Dean Stowe Shoemaker is planning on wearing his favorite blue ties during National Travel and Tourism Week.
Student Advisor Gordon Louie is originally from Guangzhou, China but has spent most of his life in the Las Vegas Valley. After graduating from Sierra Vista High School, he earned his bachelor and master’s degrees at UNLV. Before joining the Harrah Hotel College’s Advising Center, he worked on campus at the Academic Success Center (where he discovered his passion for working with students), the Division of Educational Outreach, and the Office of Admissions. As a first-generation college student, he is enthusiastic about helping others navigate the challenges of college life and achieve their goal of obtaining a college degree. An avid fan of video games and pop culture, you can also find him at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center on campus or volunteering at service projects around the community in his spare time.
The Hotel College is pleased to welcome Director of Development Abby Westerhold. As a new member of both UNLV and the Southern Nevada community, Westerhold brings a great diversity of higher education and development experiences. Most recently, she was the associate director of leadership giving at Harvard College in Cambridge, Mass. Prior to that, she served as associate director of alumni affairs and development at the Collat School of Business at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her higher education career also includes undergraduate and graduate admissions and academic advising. She’s a graduate of Vanderbilt University and received her M.B.A. and M.A. in counseling from UAB. Please feel free to contact her at 702-895or email@example.com for more information about supporting the William F.
Harrah College of Hotel Administration.
News Briefs Jean Hertzman was quoted in the January 13, 2014 issue of the Las Vegas Sun, http://www.lasvegassun.com/vegasdeluxe/2014/jan/13/confused-about-tipping-now-irs-has-reclassified-au/. She also participated in an interview on CBS Radio January 13, 2014 regarding the IRS gratuity issue.
Dean Shoemaker was quoted in the Las Vegas Review-Journal on March 17, 2014, http://www.reviewjournal.com/business/las-vegas-joins-leisure-locales-serving-health-service-seeking-travelers.
An article about UNLVino appeared in the March 14, 2014 issue of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_action=doc&p_docid=14C89A5876F19510&p_docnum=8.
There are many food and wine events, but no other event brings "40" vintage years of raising scholarship funds like UNLVino. Funds raised by the four events go directly to the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration.
The hotel college’s UNLVino Management Class is a credited course for students who will go on to become hospitality industry leaders.
Sip & Savor at Spago – Wednesday, April 9th: 6:00 p.m. for VIP; 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
The second annual celebrated fundraiser⎯ྎSip & Savor⎯ྎjoins the roster of the 40th annual UNLVino as worldrenowned chef Wolfgang Puck hosts an evening filled with premium labeled wines and incredible food! This mixand-mingle, dine-around-style meal will indulge guests in signature cuisine from Puck's six distinct Las Vegas restaurants. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the award-winning chef, as well as executive chefs from his Las Vegas establishments and a bevy of talented sommeliers and beverage professionals. Chef Puck will be honored with the Dom Perignon Award of Excellence for his culinary accolades and contributions to the city of Las Vegas.
VIP includes: First access to all food and wine, meet and greet with our chefs and winemakers, reserved seating, and complimentary raffle ticket to win prizes.