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Slot Maker Donates Millions To UNLV

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People walk near the Konami exhibit at the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

People walk near the Konami exhibit at the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

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LAS VEGAS (KXNT/AP) — The local division of a Japanese slot machine maker has donated $2.5 million to the hotel administration school at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

The gift from Konami Gaming, Inc. to the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration was announced Monday.

The money will fund the construction of a new academic building called Hospitality Hall.

Harrah graduate Thomas Jingoli, who is now senior vice-president and chief compliance officer for Konami, says the gift is an investment in future industry leaders.  Jingoli tells KXNT a “substantial number” of Konami’s 500 employees are UNLV graduates or current students. 

The new building is expected to include classroom, laboratory and meeting spaces. The project is expected to cost $50 million, with $30 million in public funding and $20 million in private support.

 

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