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2002

  • UNLV begins planning phase for its first comprehensive fundraising campaign
  • UNLV publishes "Extending the Agenda," outlining the university's major priorities for 2002-2007
  • Deans, campus planning council, president begin to identify campaign priorities from the institutional "Extending the Agenda" plan
  • UNLV Foundation engages consultants to conduct campaign feasibility study
  • Jan. 28: The Lied Library, funded in 1999 in part from UNLV's largest gift from the Lied Foundation, breaks records in its first year of operation
  • March 5: The Greenspun family pledges $9.7 million for Urban Affairs building
  • Mar. 26: The William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration announces minority student recruitment and scholarship programs
  • May 18: 1,900 students graduate at the spring commencement ceremonies
  • June 30: The UNLV Foundation ends its fiscal year at $17,293,441.87; campaign totals reach $62.2 million
  • Annual Giving Council mobilizes for 2002-03, involving more volunteers in the life of UNLV
  • Dec.18: 1,000 students graduate at the December commencement ceremonies

2003

  • The Invent the Future campaign's nucleus gift phase begins
  • The campaign leadership committee holds it's first meeting
  • Feasibility study suggests that UNLV could raise $250 million in a seven-year campaign
  • Feb. 10: William S. Boyd School of Law receives full accreditation
  • May 1: Michael Shustek and his company, Vestin Mortgage, pledge $250,000 to the College of Business
  • May 17: 2,100 students graduate at the spring commencement ceremonies
  • May 22: The Lied Library receives donation valued at more than $35,000 from People's Republic of China
  • June 30: The UNLV Foundation ends its fiscal year at $21,031,792.81; campaign total reaches $116.6 million
  • July 31: The Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors (GLVAR) donates $25,000 to the College of Business to create a scholarship endowment
  • Sept. 9: UNLV receives $3 million for construction of the Science and Engineering Building
  • Dec. 9: 1,1000 students graduate at the December commencement ceremonies

2004

  • Mannetta and Michael Braunstein give the largest UNLV alumni gift to date: a pre-Columbian art collection to UNLV
  • Feb. 10: UNLV holds dedication ceremony for the Lynn Bennett Early Childhood Education Center
  • April 7: Five donors named to the UNLV Foundation Palladium Society
  • May 15: 2,000 students graduate at the spring commencement ceremonies
  • June 30: The UNLV Foundation ends its fiscal year at $29,057,723.94; campaign totals reach $200 million
  • Sept. 9: President Carol C. Harter announces plans for “Midtown UNLV
  • To encourage fundraising activity Chancellor Jim Rogers announces challenge pledge
  • Nov. 3: UNLV enrollment is at an all-time high with 27, 344 students. The rate of student enrollment has increased by 6.2 percent since 2003.
  • Dec. 14: 1,100 students graduate at the December commencement ceremonies

2005

  • Feb. 25: William S. Boyd donates $25 million gift to UNLV
  • 50th anniversary campus committee plans celebration ideas for 2007-08
  • February: The Greenspun family announces a gift that will fund Greenspun Hall
  • Bill Boyd and Joyce Mack named honorary campaign co-chairs of the Invent the Future campaign
  • April: R&R Partners conducts campaign themed focus groups
  • May 14: 2,000 students graduate at spring commencement ceremonies
  • May 20: 150 volunteers attend campaign roll-out breakfast
  • June: UNLV selects Invent the Future as the campaign theme
  • Summer 2005: Faculty and staff are recruited for a campaign committee
  • The UNLV Foundation ends its fiscal year at $32,238,851.59; campaign totals reach $245 million
  • August: Campaign editorial boards reach out to local press
  • September: Public Affairs distributes "Greatest Clips," a compilation of UNLV's accomplishments in the press
  • Sept. 15: President Carol C. Harter announces $500 million goal for Invent the Future campaign at the State of the University address; the university celebrates with a gala at the Thomas & Mack center; nucleus gift phase of the Invent the Future campaign ends, public phase begins
  • Fall issue of UNLV Magazine features a overview of the campaign launch and funding priorities
  • Oct. 6: Thomas and Mack families commit $3 million to construct a high-tech moot courtroom
  • Nov. 10: There is a 2.8 percent increase in student enrollment, over 28,095 now attend UNLV
  • Campus community invited to "Framework for Invention" a campaign information session

2006

  • The Science and Engineering Building construction begins
  • Jan. 24: Campaign totals reach $300 million
  • March 28: Michael and Sonja Saltman donate a second gift to the Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution
  • April 28: Campaign totals reach $317 million
  • May 10: 5,1000 students graduate at the May commencement ceremonies
  • May 18: The NSHE Board of Regents name Dr. David B. Ashley the eighth president of UNLV
  • Hotel College launches Premier magazine
  • June 30: The UNLV Foundation ends its fiscal year at $42,019,471.95; campaign totals reach $331 million
  • Aug. 4: UNLV opens first international campus in Singapore
  • August: Terry Wright joins Don Snyder as Invent the Future campaign co-chair
  • Sept. 26: UNLV hosts second annual volunteer breakfast
  • Oct. 31: MGM Mirage funds the MGM MIRAGE Academic Excellence Scholarship Endowment for National Merit® scholars with a $1 million gift.
  • Nov. 2: Two donors inducted into the UNLV Foundation Palladium Society
  • Nov. 2: Bob Boughner funds new career center in the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration with a $1.2 million gift
  • Dec. 18: Construction on Greenspun Hall begins

2007

  • Feb. 5: Campaign totals reach $337 million
  • March 17: UNLV Runnin Rebels, the men's basketball team, head to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen
  • March 22: The City of Las Vegas proclaims Rebel Red Day
  • April 3: 50,000th gift to the Invent the Future campaign made by College of Business graduate, Ron Harbison
  • April 27: Dr. David B. Ashley is inaugurated as the eighth president of UNLV
  • May 3: Campaign totals reach $341 million
  • May 12: 2,700 graduate at the May commencement ceremonies
  • June 30: Campaign totals reach $345 million
  • Sept. 6: Second phase of the new student union opens
  • Sept. 10 : Harrah's Entertainment Inc. announces a $30 million donation, the largest corporate gift in the university's history, to the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration
  • Sept. 30: Campaign totals reach $378 million
  • Oct. 3: UNLV's new Student Recreation and Wellness Center (SRWC) opens
  • Dec. 7: The Thomas & Mack Moot Court Facility, funded by donations from the Thomas and Mack families, is dedicated in the William S. Boyd School of Law

2008

  • Jan. 14: UNLV Foundation launches Invent the Future campaign resource webpages
  • Feb. 5: Campaign totals reach $402 million
  • Feb. 20: UNLV Foundation hosts the annual Scholarship Luncheon recognizing scholarship donors and honoring high-achieving students
  • April 25: Campaign totals reach $407 million
  • May 17: UNLV graduates 3,300 students at the May commencement ceremonies
  • June 7: UNLV Concludes its 50th anniversary celebrations with a picnic pops concert on the academic mall
  • June 30: Campaign totals reach $424.5 million
  • August: The Lincy Foundation donates $5 million to support an initiative to better coordinate higher education health sciences programs across the state.
  • Oct. 17: Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman officially proclaims Rebel Red Day in Las Vegas in celebration of homecoming festivities
  • Dec. 2: Greenspun Hall is dedicated and becomes the new home of UNLV's Greenspun College of Urban Affairs

2009

  • Jan. 22: The Barrick Lecture Series begins 2009 with three of the nation’s leading political analysts who discuss the new presidency: "The First 100 Days: Predictions for the Obama Administration"
  • Feb. 19: UNLV Foundation hosts the annual Scholarship Luncheon; $3.5 million in privately funded scholarships were awarded in the 2008-09 academic year
  • March 15: UNLV Foundation launches a new printed newsletter for donors and archives the stories online
  • Aug. 6: UNLV's ninth president, Neal Smatresk, begins leading the university
  • Aug. 26: UNLV Foundation announces a gift of $14 million from The Lincy Foundation to establish The Lincy Institute at the university
  • Sept. 8: UNLV announces a partnership with the Brookings Institution to form the Brookings Mountain West Initiative, a significant collaborative research and public policy analysis effort
  • Nov. 3: UNLV Foundation announces a gift of $12.625 million from the Engelstad Family Foundation to create the largest active scholarship program in UNLV history
  • Nov. 5: UNLV announces that the Invent the Future campaign has surpassed the $500 million goal


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