The Venetian and The Palazzo Turn Marquees Red on August 31 to Commemorate UNLV’s 60th Anniversary and ‘Premier 2017’


The Venetian and The Palazzo Turn Marquees Red on Aug. 31 to Commemorate UNLV’s 60th Anniversary and ‘Premier 2017’

The Venetian®, The Palazzo® Las Vegas, and Sands® Expo will turn exterior marquee signs red to commemorate the University of Nevada Las Vegas’ 60th anniversary and the Division of Student Affairs’ “Premier 2017.”

During Premier, attendees gather to celebrate the beginning of a new academic year with entertainment, festivities, and the iconic UNLV human letter formation. Last year, students earned the distinction of breaking the Guinness World Record for most LED lights lit simultaneously during the letter formation.

The marquees of The Venetian, The Palazzo Las Vegas, and Sands Expo illuminated in red will serve as the backdrop for the official “Premier 2017” UNLV human letter formation photograph.

Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017
12:01 a.m. until sun-up; sundown until 11:59 p.m.

The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas
3355 South Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109


About The Venetian® and The Palazzo® Las Vegas
Located in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, The Venetian Las Vegas features all-suite accommodations, exquisite restaurants and world-class entertainment and shopping. The luxury resort offers elegant suites, including standard suites that are nearly double the size of the average Las Vegas hotel room. The Venetian is home to restaurants from celebrated chefs including Wolfgang Puck, Mario Batali, Thomas Keller, Emeril Lagasse, Lorena Garcia and Buddy “Cake Boss” Valastro. The resort also features Canyon Ranch SpaClub; a five-acre pool and garden deck; TAO nightclub; the Grand Canal Shoppes retail and dining mecca; a 120,000-square-foot casino and poker room.

Conveniently connected to The Venetian, The Palazzo Las Vegas offers an alluring and elegant resort experience for those seeking a luxurious escape in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. Guests enjoy chic all-suite accommodations, world-class shopping, including a flagship Barneys New York, and lavish dining experiences from renowned chefs Mario Batali, Emeril Lagasse and Wolfgang Puck. Soaring lobbies and atriums open to exclusive resort amenities, including The Aquatic Club, Grand Canal Shoppes and Canyon Ranch SpaClub.

The resort features more than 2.25 million square feet of meeting and convention space, including the Venetian and Palazzo Congress Center and the famed Sands Expo Convention Center.

For more information, visit or The Palazzo Las Vegas and The Venetian Las Vegas are properties of global integrated resorts developer Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS).

Registration Opens For Milestone Season of Girls on the Run Las Vegas



Health Plan of Nevada to be Presenting Sponsor of Spring 5k at UNLV


Registration has begun for the 2017 spring season of Girls on the Run Las Vegas, a 10-week health and empowerment program for elementary and middle school girls across the valley.


Girls on the Run Las Vegas will celebrate its fifth year in Clark County with record-breaking participation as the program expands its reach, serving 37 elementary and middle schools plus four Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada locations. Nearly 600 girls are expected to take part in the program that begins in February and culminates at the end of April.  A full list of sitesplus program fees and details can be found at


Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based, positive youth development program that inspires girls in 3rd through 8th grade to be joyful, healthy and confident. Volunteer coaches meet with small groups of 8 to 15 girls for 20 sessions that encourages personal development, team building and connection to the community.

The program culminates with a celebratory 5k run/walk for girls, their families and friends. This year’s event has a new home and new presenting sponsor. Health Plan of Nevada is the presenting sponsor of the 5k which will be held inside the University of Nevada Las Vegas campus on April 30, 2017.


“Girls on the Run embodies everything we look for in a community partner,” said Trevor Hays, Regional Director of Communication for UnitedHealthcare. “By teaching young girls the importance of making healthy choices, setting goals, embracing their individuality and approaching challenges positively, the program teaches critical tools that will impact them for a lifetime. The fitness the girls develop along with the life skills makes the program unique and very powerful.”


Girls on the Run has served 1.2 million girls collectively since its inception in 1996 and can be found in all 50 states and Canada.


“We’re excited to celebrate our fifth year of helping local girls reach their full potential,” said Brigette Kirvin, Executive Director of Girls on the Run Las Vegas. “We’re grateful that Health Plan of Nevada sees the challenges facing girls today and how our program provides the tools and motivation to overcome those challenges.”


Other community partners for the 2017 season include United Way of Southern Nevada Women’s Leadership Council, Zappos, Dignity Health St. Rose Dominican, Findlay Chevrolet, Smiths, Coca-Cola, Southern Nevada Health District, Speedee Mart and many more.

The Venetian And The Palazzo Las Vegas Vice President Jack Easdale Honored With UNLV Mentor Of The Year Award




]The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas are pleased to announce that Vice President of Yield Management Jack Easdale has been awarded the Mentor of the Year award from University of Nevada Las Vegas. Easdale lent his time and expertise to help mentor UNLV hotel college student, Kaiyang Wu, to send him on his path to success in the complex world of the hospitality industry.

Easdale was presented with his award at the UNLV Hotel College Mentor Program awards ceremony on March 24 at The Las Vegas Country Club.

“I became a mentor because I wish it was something we had in school when I was a student,” says Easdale, ‘it’s a great way to get involved in the industry when you are still learning.”

Wu, who moved from China to Las Vegas to attend UNLV in 2012, says he nominated Easdale because he spent so much time helping him understand what revenue management is all about.  “He even spent time with my family when they were visiting last December.”

Additional nominees from The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas included Executive Director of Market Research Mara Reimer, VIP Manager Paul Schillig, Executive Director of Hotel Operations, Luxury and Guest Services Joseph Wagner and Assistant Director of Luxury Services Michael Willinsky.

The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas have been a long-time supporter of the UNLV Hotel College Mentor Program, providing the participation of a distinct array of industry professionals each academic year.

The UNLV Hotel College Mentor Program works to provide students with the opportunity to meet hospitality industry professionals who are willing to use their experience and knowledge to immerse the student in as much real world experience as possible. The process is based on student interest through applications, and selected students are paired with their mentors and work together for two semesters. At the end of the program, students are given the opportunity to nominate their mentor to be awarded for their outstanding work throughout the program.

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The Venetian and The Palazzo Mentor of The Year nominees

The Venetian Las Vegas is one of the world’s most iconic resort and convention destinations. Recreating Venice’s legendary landmarks, the LEED® EB Gold-certified luxury resort offers unmatched service and quality for leisure and corporate guests. With suites ranging from a standard 650-square-foot Luxury Suite to the luxurious 10,000-square-foot Chairman Suite, the all-suite resort boasts more than 4,000 of Las Vegas’ most lavish accommodations.  In 2014, TripAdvisor named The Venetian the world’s most extraordinarily designed hotel. The Venetian‘s standard suite is nearly double the size of the average Las Vegas hotel room, prompting it to be featured in the Guinness Book of World Records as the “largest standard hotel room in the world.” Located in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, The Venetian features extensive services for meetings and conventions, in addition to world-class leisure amenities, like Grand Canal Shoppes®, an indoor streetscape complete with gondolas and singing gondoliers; the award-winning Canyon Ranch SpaClub®; best-in-class casino gaming; exquisite restaurants; and a wide variety of entertainment including the party musical “ROCK OF AGES,” Motown® headliners Human Nature, and the all-female comedy series LIPSHTICK – THE PERFECT SHADE OF STAND UP. Guests can earn points while they eat, sleep, shop and play with Grazie, the premier loyalty program. The Venetian and its sister resort, The Palazzo Las Vegas, hold the distinction of being the first-ever Alliance Resorts in the InterContinental Hotel Group® global portfolio. For additional information, visit, follow on Twitter @venetianvegas and interact on Facebook at


With more than 3,000 spacious suites, luxury shopping, world-class dining and entertainment, the Silver LEED®-certified Palazzo Las Vegas literally takes luxury to new heights.  Ranked as one of the top 25 hotels in the U.S. and Canada in Travel + Leisure “World’s Best Awards,” the Forbes Travel Guide Four Star-Award winning resort is highlighted by a flagship 85,000-square-foot Barneys New York. Grand Canal Shoppes® at The Venetian and The Palazzo features  more than 160 luxury boutiques, specialty brands and world-class restaurants nestled around a charming and faithful reproduction of Venice’s Grand Canal, complete with cobbled walkways, street side cafes and live entertainment. Signature brands include Jimmy Choo, Diane von Furstenberg, Christian Louboutin, Kenneth Cole, Dooney & Bourke, Hervé Léger and Swarovski.  The all-suite resort offers plush and opulent accommodations ranging from a Luxury Suite at an unprecedented 720 square feet to the 8,000-square-foot Chairman suite with private terraces and plunge pools.  The Palazzo also offers a variety of cuisines from a collection of award-winning chefs such as Carnevino by Mario Batali, CUT by Wolfgang Puck and Table 10 by Emeril Lagasse. Other unique offerings include “FRANK – The Man. The Music,” a theatrical production honoring the life of Frank Sinatra; the chic dining and nightlife hotspot, LAVO; the world’s largest Canyon Ranch SpaClub; the ultimate sports bar, sportsbook and restaurant on the Strip, Lagasse’s Stadium; and Prestige at The Palazzo – an exclusive space designed to offer the sophisticated traveler an elevated level of services and amenities. Guests can earn points while they eat, sleep, shop and play with Grazie, the premier loyalty program. The Palazzo and its famed sister resort, The Venetian Las Vegas, are the first ever Alliance Resorts in the InterContinental Hotel Group global portfolio. For additional information, visit The Palazzo website at, follow on Twitter @palazzovegas and interact on Facebook at

The Mob Museum Launches New Mobcast, Reaching Globals Audiences

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Now, fans of The Mob Museum, The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, can have access to informative Museum content no matter where they are. This month, the Museum debuts Mobcast, original videos hosted online featuring historians, authors, veterans of law enforcement agencies and others. The objective of Mobcast is to illuminate a different facet of the ongoing battle between the Mob and law enforcement and delve into aspects of Las Vegas history.

The first Mobcast, which may be found on YouTube here, was produced in commemoration of Nevada’s Sesquicentennial. It features former City of Las Vegas Mayor Oscar B. Goodman, who was famously a defense attorney for several high-profile organized crime figures; Dr. Michael Green, Las Vegas expert and history professor at the University of Nevada Las Vegas; and Geoff Schumacher, noted author on Las Vegas history and director of content development, The Mob Museum. In the 16-minute Mobcast, they cover a variety of key moments in Nevada’s 150-year history when organized crime and law enforcement activities helped shape the course of the city’s development.

“Introducing Mobcast allows us not only to expand our reach to a potentially global audience, but also helps fulfill our mission of advancing public understanding of the ways the Mob and its battle with law enforcement has shaped society,” said Schumacher. “As a dynamic, living Museum, we recognized the importance of continuing to build upon our existing content. Mobcast allows us to produce timely and quality programming in a cost-effective, nimble manner for our audiences.”

Mobcast is posted on the Museum’s Facebook and Twitter pages. The Museum aims to produce two Mobcast programs per month and future topics will include looking at the Mob’s involvement in the JFK assassination, Prohibition-era cocktails, the Mob’s origins and much more. Some of the Museum’s Mobcast programs will be made available to the public while others will be available exclusively to Museum’s members. Other exclusive Museum-member perks include Artifacts After Hours programs and Wiseguy Speakers Series events, both of which take place at the Museum.

The Mob Museum is a world-class destination in downtown Las Vegas dedicated to the thrilling story of organized crime and law enforcement. It presents an exciting and authentic view of the Mob’s impact on Las Vegas history and its unique imprint on the world. True stories of Mob history are brought to life in a bold and contemporary style via engaging exhibits, high-tech theater presentations and more than 600 artifacts, the largest collection of Mob and related law enforcement memorabilia under one roof. Since opening in 2012, The Mob Museum has accumulated numerous accolades, including being named one of “20 Places Every American Should See” by Fox News and Budget Travel magazine, “Las Vegas’ Best New Attractions for 2012” by Travel + Leisure magazine, “9 Reasons to Visit Las Vegas” by CNNgo, a finalist for the “Best Wider World Project Award,” by the British Guild of Travel Writers and “Best Museum” by Nevada Magazine. Admission is $19.95 for adults ages 18 and over with special pricing for children, seniors, military, law enforcement, Nevada residents, and teachers. Museum hours are Sundays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. For more information, call (702) 229-2734 or visit Connect on Facebook:  and on Twitter: @TheMobMuseum.

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Lena Prima Returns to the Suncoast Showroom Paying Tribute to Her Legendary Father Louis Prima, September 19


Lena Prima Returns to the Suncoast Showroom Paying Tribute to Her Legendary Father Louis Prima, September 19

Recording artist and entertainer Lena Prima, youngest daughter of music legend Louis Prima, returns to the Suncoast Showroom bringing her powerful voice and infectious energy on September 19.

“That Old Black Magic,” “Jump Jive ‘An Wail,” and “Sing Sing Sing” are among the songs made popular by her father that Prima will perform at the Suncoast, the latter featuring Lena on the drums. Joined by her seven-piece band, Prima will also perform tunes from her recently released albums, along with her father’s classics.

Born in Las Vegas to famous singer, songwriter and musician Louis Prima and classically trained singer Gia Maione Prima, young Lena Prima literally grew up on stage singing, dancing and touring with her parents during her summer vacations. She graduated from Clark High School in Las Vegas and continued her education at University of Nevada Las Vegas where she studied art, music and dance.

Singing became her full-time career in 1991, touring with bands The Checkmates and The Spiral Staircase. In 2000, Prima began a two-year engagement of “Louis Prima, That’s My Dad!” at the Sahara Hotel and Casino, where her father had performed in the early ‘50s.

In addition to an award-winning performance career, Prima is an accomplished artist and jewelry designer.

This year, Prima released a new album, “Starting Something,” containing 12 original songs and two cover tracks. The uplifting album has a roots/rock feel, along with gospel and country influences.

Showtime each evening is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available from $15.95, plus tax and fees. Tickets can be purchased at any Boyd Gaming box office, by calling 702.636.7075, or visiting

About Suncoast Hotel and Casino
Suncoast Hotel and Casino is a property of Boyd Gaming. Located at the corner of Alta Drive and South Rampart Boulevard, Suncoast Hotel and Casino features eight restaurants, a 16-screen movie theater, a 600-seat bingo room, a 500-seat state-of-the-art showroom and a newly renovated 80,000-square foot casino. For further information, visit, on Facebook (, and Twitter (@suncoastcasino). Headquartered in Las Vegas, Boyd Gaming is a leading diversified owner and operator of 22 gaming entertainment properties located in Nevada, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and New Jersey. Additional news and information on Boyd Gaming can be found at




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UNLV MEN’S SWIMMING AND DIVING NEWS: Rebels Place Five On MPSF All-Academic Squad



Five members of the UNLV men’s swimming team have been named to the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation All-Academic Scholar-Athlete Squad, the league office announced on Monday night.

Making repeat appearances on the team was senior Cody Roberts and junior David Szele. First-time honorees include sophomores Balint Batka, Joe Riggert and Matt Roe.

To be eligible for the team, student-athletes must be at least a sophomore academically, have completed one academic year at their institution, have participated in at least 50% of the competitions this past season and own at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA.


Student-Athlete        GPA        Year       Events                Hometown/Previous School
Matt Roe                 3.74       So.        Distance         Starwood, WA/Starwood HS
Balint Batka            3.73       So.        Fly                 Budapest, Hungary/Kolcsey Ierevc
Cody Roberts          3.36     Sr.         Free/Fly         West Richland, WA/Richland HS
David Szele             3.26     Jr.         Breast Budapest, Hungary/Csck Fereuc HS
Joe Riggert              3.10    So.        Distance         Vacaville, CA/Vacaville HSS


NBA Summer League Returns To Las Vegas



NBA Summer League returns to action this summer July 13-22 at the Thomas & Mack Center and the COX Pavilion on the campus of the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

Launched in 2004 as the Las Vegas Summer League, the inaugural event featured six NBA teams (Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Denver Nuggets, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns and Washington Wizards) playing a 13-game slate. The NBA joined forces with the original event organizers in 2007, and the summer showcase has expanded exponentially since its inception.

During the most recent competition in 2010, 22 NBA teams, including 11 playoff teams, competed in a 58-game schedule that featured 10 of the top 14 picks in the 2010 NBA Draft.  Fans that weren’t able to experience the action in person were able to tune into NBA TV or log on to and see every play, including Jeremy Lin’s breakout performance for the Dallas Mavericks. Matched up against John Wall and the Washington Wizards on July 15, 2010, Lin scored 11 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter as the Mavericks mounted a furious comeback after trailing from the opening buzzer, to come within six points of victory, before falling, 88-82.

Landry Fields, Lin’s current backcourt mate with the New York Knicks, arrived in Las Vegas two summers ago as an unheralded second-round pick (39th overall) in the 2010 NBA Draft. In five games, Fields averaged 15.6 points and 4.8 rebounds, then went on to earn NBA All-Rookie First Team honors, appearing in all 82 games (81 starts) for the Knicks, averaging 9.7 points and 6.4 rebounds.

Exciting games featuring the NBA’s newest talent have always been a staple at NBA Summer League. Five of the last six NBA Rookie of the Year award winners have joined their teams in Las Vegas including: Chris Paul (New Orleans Hornets, 2005-06), Brandon Roy (Portland Trail Blazers, 2006-07), Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City, 2007-08), Tyreke Evans (Sacramento, 2009-10) and Blake Griffin (L.A. Clippers, 2010-11).

Other league highlights include the participation of the Chinese National team in 2007, which marked the first international team to participate in the league and the NBA Development League Select team’s participation in 2009 and 2010 events.

Tickets for the 2012 NBA Summer League will go on sale June 1, at 10 a.m. PDT.  Fans will be able to purchase tickets for the Strip’s hottest summer event by calling 702-739-FANS, through or by visiting any UNLV ticket outlet.

A complete schedule of games and broadcast information will be released at a later date.