January 12-13, 1979
BOARD OF REGENTS
UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA SYSTEM
January 12, 1979
The Board of Regents met on the above date in the Edward L. Pine
Auditorium of the Travis Student Union, University of Nevada,
Members present: Mr. James L. Buchanan, II
Mr. Robert A. Cashell
Mrs. Lilly Fong
Mr. Chris Karamanos
Mrs. Molly F. Knudtsen
Louis E. Lombardi, M. D.
Miss Brenda D. Mason
Mr. John R. Mc Bride
Mr. John Tom Ross
Others present: Chancellor Donald H. Baepler
President William Berg
President Joseph Crowley
President Jack Davis
President Brock Dixon
President Paul Kreider
President Lloyd Smith
General Counsel Larry Lessly
Secretary Bonnie Smotony
Also present were Senate Chairmen Page (UNR); Mattson (UNLV);
Blauert (WNCC/N); Jacobsen (DRI); Kendall (Unit); and Student
Association representatives Neuweiler (ASUN); Schenk (WNCC/S);
White (CSUN); and Schefcik (USUNS).
The meeting was called to order by Chairman Buchanan at 9:45 A.M.
with the Honorable Peter Breen, District Judge, swearing in newly
elected Regents Cashell and Mc Bride, and re-elected Regents Fong
1. Election of Officers
In accordance with the provision of the Bylaws that "the
Chairman and Vice Chairman shall be elected from among the
membership of the Board at the organization meeting of the
Board in January of the odd-numbered years and shall serve
two-year terms", Chairman Buchanan called for nominations
Dr. Lombardi nominated Mrs. Molly Knudtsen. Nomination was
seconded by Mrs. Fong.
Mr. Mc Bride nominated Mr. Robert Cashell. Nomination was
seconded by Mr. Karamanos.
Nominations were then closed and Mr. Cashell was elected
Chairman by the following votes:
Mr. Buchanan, Mr. Cashell, Mr. Karamanos, Mr. Mc Bride
Mr. Ross - for Mr. Cashell
Mrs. Fong, Mrs. Knudtsen, Dr. Lombardi - for Mrs.
Miss Mason - abstain
Mr. Cashell assumed the Chair and called for nominations for
Mr. Karamanos nominated Mr. John Tom Ross. Nomination was
seconded by Mr. Buchanan.
Dr. Lombardi nominated Mrs. Fong. Nomination was seconded
by Mrs. Knudtsen.
Nominations were then closed and Mr. Ross was elected Vice
Chairman by the following votes:
Mr. Buchanan, Mr. Cashell, Mr. Karamanos, Mr. Mc Bride,
Mr. Ross - for Mr. Ross
Mrs. Fong, Mrs. Knudtsen, Dr. Lombardi - for Mrs. Fong
Miss Mason - abstain
In accordance with the provision of the Bylaws that "A Sec-
retary of the Board, who shall also be designated as Clerk
of the Board, shall be selected by the Board from without
its members from among a panel of persons nominated by the
Chancellor of the University, shall serve at the will of
the Board and shall be compensated by the University in an
amount determined by the Board", Chancellor Baepler recom-
mended that Mrs. Bonnie Smotony be designated as Secretary
of the Board for the ensuing two-year term.
Dr. Lombardi moved approval. Motion seconded by Mr.
Karamanos, carried unanimously by roll call vote.
Chancellor Baepler presented plaques to Mr. James Buchanan and
Mrs. Molly Knudtsen in appreciation for their four years as
Chairman and Vice Chairman, respectively.
2. Appointment of Investment Advisory Committee
Chairman Cashell appointed the following to the Investment
Advisory Committee for the ensuing two-year period:
Mr. Karamanos, Chairman
Mr. Mc Bride, Vice Chairman
3. Adoption of Consent Agenda
Chancellor Baepler recommended approval of the following
items contained in the Consent Agenda as identified as Ref.
A (filed with permanent minutes):
1. Approval of minutes of regular meeting of December 1,
and special meeting of December 18, 1978, as amended.
2. Acceptance of gifts and grants.
3. Appointment to School of Medical Sciences Advisory
Board of Dr. Louis E. Lombardi as replacement for
Dr. Fred M. Anderson.
4. Request for leave of absence without pay for Dr. Salim
Akhtar, Mackay School of Mines, for two years beginning
July 1, 1979.
5. Postretirement appointment of Dr. William Carlson, Pro-
fessor of Education, UNLV, for 1979-80 academic year.
6. Promotion to Emeritus Status of Charles A. Jacobi, Pro-
fessor of Radiologic Technology, upon his retirement
from UNLV at the end of the current academic year.
7. Renaming of Department of Geology-Geography, UNR, to
Department of Geological Sciences, effective
8. Formal designation of Morrill Hall as the official name
of that building.
9. Authorization for assessment of a $2 fee for issuance
by UNR of a duplicate fee receipt.
10. Approval of the 1979 Summer Session Budget for UNLV.
11. Augmentation of the Chancellor's Housing Expense
Allowance to bring the account back to its original
level of $5,000.
12. Authorization to write off $2,568.63 in emergency loans
at NNCC which are considered uncollectible.
13. Authorization to expend up to $40,000 from the Union
Reserve Fund to accomplish physical modifications to
UNLV Student Union food facility to include a "deli".
14. Increase from $100 to $200 per month in the automobile
allowance provided for General Counsel Lessly, effec-
tive January 1, 1979.
President Crowley requested that Item 9 be withdrawn from
the Consent Agenda.
In response to a question from Miss Mason concerning the
proposed increase in automobile allowance for Mr. Lessly,
Chancellor Baepler explained that Mr. Lessly uses his
personal car extensively on University business, and is
expected to be traveling between Reno and Carson City during
the Legislative Session. The allowance is provided as total
compensation for such use and no additional mileage claims
will be made by Mr. Lessly for University-related travel in
the Reno-Carson City areas.
Miss Mason also inquired about the change in title proposed
for Mr. Lessly. Chancellor Baepler reported that he is
considering a change in title to have the General Counsel of
the University named Vice Chancellor for signature purposes
only on grants and contracts, without any change in function
or in services performed by Counsel, and without any inter-
nal reorganization. He stated that such a change in title is
not intended to establish this as a #2 position in the
University, and that no one else will be reporting to the
Chancellor through this Vice Chancellor. He also noted that
such a change in title would not typically be brought to the
Board of Regents for approval.
In discussion of the gifts and grants included with the
Consent Agenda, President Crowley asked for the inclusion of
an offer of a gift to UNR from Mr. Claude Howard of property
in Las Vegas which would be used by the Medical School as a
clinic. Dr. Crowley noted that the property is the San
Francisco Medical Arts building at 637 E. Sahara and is
valued at $600,000. A stipulation of the offer is that it
would be used by the Medical School, when transferred to the
University in about two years, as a clinic.
Mr. Karamanos moved approval of the Consent Agenda as
submitted, with the deletion of Item 9, and with the addi-
tion to the gift list of the proposed gift from Mr. Claude
Howard. Motion seconded by Mr. Mc Bride, carried without
4. Resolutions of Appreciation
Chancellor Baepler recommended adoption of the following
resolutions in appreciation of the service of former Regents
Fred M. Anderson, M. D. and John Buchanan.
WHEREAS, FRED M. ANDERSON, M. D., has served with distinc-
tion as a Regent of the University of Nevada continuously
from January, 1957 through December, 1978; and
WHEREAS, during his tenure as Regent he has freely and un-
selfishly devoted time and attention to this public office,
seeking always the advancement of the University; and
WHEREAS, the appropriate and proper growth of all Divisions
of the University of Nevada throughout the State has always
been an abiding concern to him; and
WHEREAS, as Chairman of the Board from 1965 through 1968,
he provided effective and constructive leadership, especial-
ly during the formative years of the Medical School; and
WHEREAS, his interest in the area of medical education has
been a determining factor in the founding and development of
the Medical School, thereby offering increased opportunities
for careers in medicine to young men and women in Nevada;
WHEREAS, Dr. Anderson has now chosen to retire from the
Board of Regents after twenty-two years in that office;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Regents
of the University of Nevada, on behalf of its individual
members, the Administration, the faculties, staff and stu-
dents, hereby expresses to Dr. Fred M. Anderson its most
sincere appreciation for his dedicated and effective
service to the University of Nevada; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Regents sincerely hope that
his interest in and support of the University will continue
and that the University community will continue to benefit
from his wise counsel.
Given at Reno this 12th day of January, 1979.
WHEREAS, JOHN BUCHANAN served as a member of the Board of
Regents of the University of Nevada from January, 1975
through December, 1978; and
WHEREAS, during this time he has freely devoted time and
attention to this public office; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Buchanan also served as Chairman of the Board's
Investment Advisory Committee for 1977 and 1978, giving con-
scientiously of his advice and counsel in this leadership
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Regents ex-
presses to John Buchanan its sincere appreciation for the
professional and effective manner in which he has discharged
his responsibilities as a Regent of the University of
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Regents individually and
collectively extend to him their best wishes in his new
assignment as Director of the Office of Economic
Development for the State of Nevada.
Given this 12th day of January, 1979, at Reno.
Mr. Ross moved adoption of the foregoing resolutions by
acclamation. Motion seconded by Mr. Karamanos, carried
5. Proposal for Establishment of Distinguished University
Service Award, UNLV
President Dixon noted that for several years the UNLV Admin-
istration has solicited nominations from the Commencement
Committee for commencement honors, specifically for indi-
viduals to receive honorary degrees or designation as
Distinguished Nevadans. However, this Committee, composed
largely of administrative types, has never succeeded in
getting as much student and faculty input as the Committee
itself desired. This year, President Dixon stated, an ad
hoc Committee had been appointed to deal with this situ-
ation, and the Committee has proposed that in addition to
honorary degrees and the Distinguished Nevadan Award, a
Distinguished University Service Award or Medal be author-
ized, to be awarded by the President.
Dr. Dixon noted that this proposal by the Committee is based
on the fact that honorary degrees are regarded as an exten-
sion of the academic function of the University, with recip-
ients typically those persons who have done things which
are noteworthy on an international or national scene. The
Distinguished Nevadan designation refers to public service
in general as performed by people defined as Nevadans.
President Dixon recommended approval of the Distinguished
University Service Award, to be given in recognition of
service to the University; e. g., leadership, work, money
or anything else which has served the University in an
extraordinary way, and that the award be implemented at
the UNLV Commencement in 1979. Chancellor Baepler con-
Miss Mason moved approval. Motion seconded by Mr. Ross,
carried without dissent.
6. Bid Opening, Remodel and Additions to Buildings, UNLV
President Dixon reported that bids were opened December 19,
1978, for remodel and additions to buildings at UNLV, in-
cluding an addition to the existing Business Services build-
ing, alteration to the Geoscience building, Grant Hall air
conditioning remodel, and addition of a baffled ceiling to
the display area of the Museum of Natural History building.
Bids were as follows:
Base Bid Alt A-1 Alt A
Argus Construction Co. $615,700 $124,000 $171,000
Blanchard Construction Co. 626,900 131,600 176,400
Empire Construction Co. 620,900 126,700 174,800
Alt B Alt C Alt D
Argus Construction Co. $7,000 $10,000 $7,500
Blanchard Construction Co. 7,500 13,000 9,800
Empire Construction Co. 7,500 12,200 7,500
A-1 Athletic Field Storage Buildings (construction of
A Museum of Natural History (remodel and addition to
existing building, Phase IIB).
B Museum of Natural History Building Addition (surface
painting; door installation and finishing; composition
base installation; rigid insulation and gypsum board
C Museum of Natural History Building Security Detection
and Fire Alarm Systems (install fire alarm system;
complete security detection system).
D Museum of Natural History Building (display area)
Lighting Track (install lighting track system).
Dr. Dixon reported that the staff of the State Public Works
Board has recommended award of a contract to Argus Construc-
tion Company for the base bid plus Alternate A-1, for a to-
tal of $739,700, which is within the construction budget for
the project of $742,400. President Dixon and Chancellor
Baepler recommended concurrence by the Board of Regents.
Mr. Karamanos moved approval. Motion seconded by Mr.
Mc Bride, carried without dissent.
7. Bid Opening, Site Improvements, UNLV
President Dixon reported that bids were opened January 4,
1979 for site improvements at UNLV, with the following
Base Bid Alt A Alt B Alt C
Rico Paving & Grading $588,340 $32,700 $18,768 $ 9,150
Las Vegas Paving Corp. 617,251 33,650 16,500 8,400
Alt D Alt E Alt F
Rico Paving & Grading $36,659 $17,270 $19,800
Las Vegas Paving Corp. 45,153 11,800 20,500
A Landscaping and irrigation system for south side
B Walkway lighting, P. E. Complex.
C Provide and install exposed aggregate finish concrete
in lieu of wavy broom finish.
D Life Science building - north improvements.
E Concrete walkway and benches for windbreak.
F P. E. Complex landscaping strip.
At President Dixon's request, System Architect Harry Wood
reported that the State Public Works Board had recommended
award of a contract for the Base Bid and Alternate A to Rico
Paving and Grading Co. in the total amount of $621,040. He
noted that the construction budget of $602,100 will be aug-
mented by $15,695 representing repayment from a power com-
pany escrow account, and $3,245 from the project contingency
Chancellor Baepler recommended that the Board of Regents
concur in the award by the State Public Works Board of a
contract to Rico Paving and Grading Co. for $621,040, as
outlined by Mr. Wood.
Miss Mason moved approval. Motion seconded by Mr. Mc Bride.
Mr. Buchanan moved to amend the motion to provide that
$18,768 be allocated from the Board of Regents Special
Projects Account to fund Alternate B to permit the install-
ation of walkway lighting for the P. E. Complex. Motion to
amend seconded by Dr. Lombardi. Amended motion then carried
8. Establishment of New Department, UNLV
President Dixon presented a proposal for a new Department
of Public Administration at UNLV, to be accomplished by a
separation of this program from the Department of Political
Science. He noted that no new professional positions will
be required to accomplish this separation; however, there is
a possibility that a new secretarial position would ulti-
mately be needed, as well as a Departmental office. Ration-
ale for the proposed split was included in a memorandum from
President Dixon (identified as Ref. C and filed with perman-
Chancellor Baepler concurred in the proposal, noting that
in accordance with Board policy on creation of new Depart-
ments this matter will be placed on the February agenda for
9. Appointments to Community College Advisory Boards
A. Clark County Community College - President Kreider
recommended the following appointments to Clark County
Community College Advisory Board for a two-year term
beginning January, 1979:
Mr. Allan D. Bray Mr. Fred D. Gibson, Jr.
Mr. Boyd Bulloch Col. Oscar A. Heinlein
Father Caesar Caviglia Mr. J. David Hoggard, Sr.
Mr. Gary Collie Mrs. Ann Lynch
Mrs. Reba Dolan Mr. Ben Schmoutey
Ms. Isabel Espinoza Mr. Aaron Williams
General Mahlon Gates Mr. David Wurt
B. Northern Nevada Community College - President Berg
recommended the following appointments to the Northern
Nevada Community College Advisory Board for the terms
indicated beginning January, 1979:
Mr. Greg Austin - two years
Mr. Harvey Barnes - one year
Mrs. Marla Boies - one year
Dr. H. S. Collett - two years
Mr. Steve Hernandez - one year
Mr. M. E. Lundberg - one year
Mr. Hugh Mc Mullen - two years
Mr. Warren Monroe - one year
Mr. Frank Stanko - two years
Mr. Bill Wunderlich - two years
Ex Officio: Elko County School Superintendent
Humboldt County School Superintendent
Eureka County School Superintendent
Lander County School Superintendent
White Pine County School Superintendent
C. Western Nevada Community College - President Davis
recommended the following appointments to the Western
Nevada Community College Advisory Board for a one-year
term beginning January 1979:
Mrs. Melba Alldredge Dr. Marvin Picollo
Mr. Grant Anderson Mrs. Marie Louise Raymond
Dr. Lloyd Diedrichsen Mr. Harold Sexton
Dr. Ralph Di Sibio Mr. Frank Titus
Mr. John Gamble Mrs. Shirlee Wedow
Mrs. Barbara Hug Mr. John D. Winters
Dr. Clifford Lawrence Mr. Hans Wolfe
Mrs. Fong suggested that Mr. Jim Arnold be invited to serve
on the Clark County Community College Advisory Board.
Mr. Karamanos moved approval of the appointments as recom-
mended with the addition of Mr. Arnold if he is willing to
serve in this capacity. Motion seconded by Miss Mason,
carried without dissent.
It appeared to be the consensus of the Regents that letters
appointing these members should be sent on behalf of the
Board of Regents and that notices of meetings and minutes of
such meetings should be provided to members of the Board of
10. Department of Real Estate and Finance, CCCC
President Kreider recalled that in December he had requested
authorization to establish a Department of Real Estate and
Finance within the Business Division Of Clark County Commu-
nity College, with action to be taken by the Board at this
meeting. President Kreider and Chancellor Baepler recom-
Mr. Buchanan moved approval. Motion seconded by Mr. Ross,
carried without dissent.
11. Proposed New Departments, CCCC
President Kreider presented a proposal for the establishment
of two new Departments at CCCC, whereby a Fine Arts and
Communications Department and an English and Foreign
Language Department would replace the present Department
of Humanities. Rationale in support of the division of the
existing Department of Humanities was included with the
agenda (identified as Ref. D and filed with permanent
Chancellor Baepler recommended approval, noting that in
accordance with the Board's policy on approval of new
Departments, this request will be placed on the February
agenda for action.
12. Scholarship Report for UNR for 1977-78
Dr. Robert Mc Queen, Chairman of the UNR Scholarship and
Prizes Committee, presented the 1977-78 Scholarship Report.
(Report on file in the Chancellor's Office.) This report
reflected annually paid scholarships totaling $226,000 and
endowed awards totaling more than $242,100, relfecting an
overall single year increase in total available scholarship
dollars over 1976-77 of 22%.
13. Death of Edward A. Olsen
President Crowley reported the death of Edward A. Olsen,
Emeritus Director of Information for the University of
Mrs. Knudtsen moved that an appropriate message be sent to
Mr. Olsen's family reflecting the appreciation of the
Regents and the University community for his contributions
to the University and to the State and expressing the con-
dolences of the Board. Motion seconded by Dr. Lombardi,
14. Proposed Change in Graduate School Admission Requirements,
President Crowley presented a proposal from the UNR Graduate
Council for a change in the admission requirements for
Graduate School to require that GRE or other applicable test
scores be filed with the Graduate School prior to applica-
tion of admission to Graduate Standing. He noted that cur-
rent regulations encourage the taking of the GRE before
admission and require that it be taken not later than the
end of the first semester of graduate standing work.
President Crowley further noted that it is not intended that
the Graduate School will establish any minimum levels that
must be attained on the GRE; rather, it will be used to pro-
vide the Departments and the Graduate Dean with additional
criteria with which to judge applicants to Graduate School.
Chancellor Baepler recommended approval.
Mr. Buchanan objected to what he termed as an additional
obstacle to admission to Graduate School and moved that the
proposed change not be approved. Motion seconded by Mrs.
Mrs. Fong explained that her objection to the proposed
change was that she believed the requirements should be
uniform at both Universities and this change would serve
to increase the differences in admission policies.
Chancellor Baepler urged that uniform standards not be
superimposed on the two Universities. He suggested that
the GRE has a great value in the evaluation process of
applicants for graduate school and is a very common re-
quirement throughout the country. He disagreed that it
would be an additional hurdle, pointing out that the exam-
ination must be taken and this proposal only changes the
Senate Chairman Paul Page and Graduate Council Chairman Tom
Ringkob also spoke in support of the proposed change.
Motion to deny approval failed by the following roll call
Yes - Mr. Buchanan, Mrs. Fong, Miss Mason
No - Mr. Cashell, Mr. Karamanos, Mrs. Knudtsen, Dr.
Lombardi, Mr. Mc Bride, Mr. Ross
Mrs. Knudtsen moved approval of the proposed change. Motion
seconded by Mr. Karamanos, carried by the following roll
No - Mr. Buchanan, Mrs. Fong, Miss Mason
Yes - Mr. Cashell, Mr. Karamanos, Mrs. Knudtsen, Dr.
Lombardi, Mr. Mc Bride, Mr. Ross
15. Nomination of Architects, Addition to Fine Arts Building,
President Crowley endorsed a recommendation from Dean
Stafford and the faculty of the College of Arts and Science
that the following nominees be submitted to the State Public
Works Board from which an architect will be selected for the
addition to the Church Fine Arts building:
1. Anshen and Allen
2. Parsons Design Group
Chancellor Baepler recommended approval.
Dr. Lombardi moved approval. Motion seconded by Mr. Ross,
carried without dissent.
16. Special Events Facility, UNR
Chancellor Baepler recalled that the Board had previously
authorized both Universities to proceed with planning for
special events facilities, to be funded from the slot
machine tax rebate. Subsequently, legislation was enacted
in the 1977 session and Federal legislation was passed to
provide the means of funding the projects. He noted that
UNR now has a project defined and ready for consideration
by the Board and requested President Crowley to proceed
with his presentation.
President Crowley reviewed the planning which has preceded
the conceptual design for a special events facility, noting
that a feasibility study was done by the firm of Crane,
Anderson, Inc. of Houston, Texas, and the conceptual design
which they had developed envisioned a multi-purpose center
that will provide a 12,000 seat arena which can be reduced
to 2,500-3,000 seats with stage capability for stage pres-
entations and concerts. The site of this Special Events
Center would be southeast of the Mackay Stadium and the
Fleischmann Atmospherium-Planetarium. Dr. Crowley also
noted the participation by the Wolf Club in the planning for
this facility, and introduced President Ernie Martinelli and
other members of the Wolf Club governing board.
Mr. Ralph Anderson, from the firm of Crane, Anderson, Inc.,
presented slides showing the architectural renderings of the
preliminary design for the facility.
Mrs. Fong moved approval of the conceptual design as pre-
sented. Motion seconded by Miss Mason.
ASUN President Neuweiler asked that the following resolu-
tion, passed unanimously by the ASUN Senate on November 15,
1978, be read into the minutes:
WHEREAS, the Senate of the Associated Students of the
University of Nevada, Reno, recognizes the need of a
Special Events Center, and
WHEREAS, the need for this Center is now, and
WHEREAS, ASUN encourages the Regents to recognize our
need for this Center,
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the ASUN Senate does
hereby strongly support moving ahead with the project
of a Special Events Center with as little delay as
Motion for approval of the conceptual design carried
17. Proposal for Funding of Two Sports Arenas
Chancellor Baepler noted that the 1979 Legislative Session
would convene on Monday, January 15, and it was desirable
that efforts begin immediately to enlist the support re-
quired from the Legislature to fund the two sports arenas
in order that they may proceed simultaneously. Dr. Baepler
suggested that rough estimates for the Reno facility would
be $22-24 million and the Las Vegas facility would probably
be in the area of $28-30 million. He pointed out that the
proposed funding does not anticipate the imposition of addi-
tional taxes but would utilize an existing tax that has for-
merly gone to the Federal government and which will now come
back to the State.
Dr. Baepler proposed that the projects proceed in two phas-
es, with Phase I of each project proceeding simultaneously
through a revenue bond of approximately $22-26 million, and
borrow approximately $20-25 million from the State surplus,
thus permitting construction to commence during this bien-
nium. In 1981, an additional $16 million in revenue bonds
could be sold, using the proceeds to pay back a substantial
portion of the funds borrowed from the State, and in 1983,
again bond for $16-18 million to complete the repayment.
He suggested that the part of the two facilities included
in Phase II could conceivably be under construction before
completion of Phase I.
Dr. Baepler requested authorization from the Board to draft
the necessary legislation to permit the issuance of revenue
bonds and to commence negotiations for the loan from the
Mr. Ross moved approval. Motion seconded by Mr. Mc Bride,
carried without dissent.
18. Report of Investment Advisory Committee
Mr. Karamanos reported the following action of the
Investment Advisory Committee at its luncheon meeting:
(1) Approved a request from President Crowley that the nec-
essary action be instituted to effect sale of 50,000
shares of stock in American Smelters International
which have been donated to the Paul R. Pinching Ath-
letic Memorial Scholarship by Mr. James A. Joyce. The
proceeds of the sale would be added to the Pinching
(2) Received a request from Dr. Robert Weems, consultant
to the Investment Advisory Committee, that the Board
assume responsibility for payment of annual dues,
amounting to $75, for the Nevada Financial Society,
an organization which meets monthly to discuss in-
vestment policy. These dues have in the past been
paid by the Nevada Public Employees Retirment System,
and Dr. Weems' term with that body has now ended.
The Investment Committee recommends that the dues be
paid from the Board of Regents Special Projects
Mrs. Knudtsen moved approval. Motion seconded by Mr.
Karamanos, carried without dissent.
Mr. Cashell left the meeting and Vice Chairman Ross assumed the
Mr. Buchanan requested that letters of appreciation be sent
to the former members of the Investment Advisory Committee.
19. Sabbatical Leave Recommendations
A. Clark County Community College - President Kreider
recommended the three sabbatical leaves available to
CCCC for 1979-80 be awarded as follows (summary of
proposed projects identified as Ref. E and filed with
La Rene Watts, Office Administration, one semester
Jack Ringler, History, one semester
Karl Swain, Counseling, one semester
1. Ken Hill, Audio Visual, academic year
2. Don Starr, Data Processing, academic year
B. Western Nevada Community College - President Davis
recommended the three sabbatical leaves available to
WNCC for 1979-80 be awarded as follows (summary of
proposed projects identified as Ref. F and filed with
Mary Sue Ferrell, Learning Resources, one semester
Robert I. Rose, Mathematics, one semester
David Wood, Student Services, one semester
1. Ronald Remington, Psychology, one semester
C. University of Nevada, Las Vegas - President Dixon
recommended the seven sabbatical leaves available to
UNLV for 1979-80 be awarded as follows (summary of
proposed projects identified as Ref. G and filed with
Bernard Malamud, Economics, one semester
Wesley Niles, Biological Sciences, one semester
Gary Palmer, Anthropology, academic year
Frederick Preston, Sociology, academic year
Henry Sciullo, Marketing, one semester
A. W. Stevens, Humanities, one semester
Thomas C. Wright, History, one semester
1. Rudolf Koester, Foreign Languages, one semester
2. Jean Decock, Foreign Languages, academic year
No applications were received from NNCC or DRI faculty.
Dr. Lombardi moved approval. Motion seconded by Mr. Mc
Bride, carried without dissent.
Mr. Cashell resumed the Chair.
20. Faculty Dissatisfaction with Health Care Package
Dr. Vernon Mattson, Chairman of the UNLV Faculty Senate,
reported the Executive Committee's concern over the inade-
quacy of the health care insurance, and the Committee's
opinion that the Board of Regents should be informed about
the threat to faculty morale generated by the deep dissat-
isfaction with the health care package available to the
Dr. Paul Page, Chairman of the UNR Faculty Senate, concurred
in the expressions of concern by UNLV Faculty, and supported
the request for improvement.
Dr. Alfred Stoess, Chairman of the State Group Insurance
Committee, reported concerning the policy currently avail-
able and the proposal which will be made to the 1979
Legislature for improvement in that package.
In the discussion following, there appeared to be consensus
among the Regents that the health insurance package was
inadequate and that efforts toward improvement would be
supported by the Board. Chairman Cashell requested that the
Board be kept informed of efforts by the Administration,
Faculty and the State Insurance Committee in order that the
Board may assist wherever possible.
21. Appointment of Independent Auditors
Chancellor Baepler recalled that in 1970, the Board adopted
a policy of rotation of independent audit firms on a 3-year
basis. The present auditors are now completing the 3rd and
final year of their audit responsibilities.
Dr. Baepler noted that it has been the recommendation of
each CPA firm serving as independent auditors on this 3-year
cycle, as well as the System Business Officers, that three
years is too short a cycle to be productive and is ultimate-
ly more costly to the University. As a result, the System
Business Officers have recommended that the audit period
between rotations be extended to five years.
Dr. Baepler also reported that in preparation for appoint-
ment of a new independent audit firm for the ensuing rota-
tion period, a list of CPA firms licensed to practice in the
State of Nevada was obtained from the State of Nevada Board
of Accountancy office. A preliminary screening was done to
eliminate smaller firms that could not handle an audit of
this scope. Proposals were then requested from the remain-
ing firms. In developing their proposals, representatives
of the firms consulted with the Chancellor, staff of the
Computing Center and the two Business Centers and with the
Internal Audit staff. Interviews of representatives of 10
firms submitting proposals were then held, with the Director
of the Computing Center, the Controllers, the Director of
Internal Audit and the Senior Staff Auditor participating.
Following the completion of these interviews, the Director
of Internal Audit recommended to the Chancellor that the
firm of Arthur Young and Company be retained for the next
Chancellor Baepler endorsed the recommendation of the Di-
rector of Internal Audit and recommended the appointment of
Arthur Young and Company as independent auditors for the
University of Nevada System for the next five fiscal years,
beginning with the fiscal year ending June 30, 1979. The
fee for examination of the financial statements of UNS and
its related activities and funds for this first fiscal year
will be $52,000, which will include the continued use by UNS
of computer audit software provided by Arthur Young and Com-
pany and staff training seminars for an individual of the
UNS Internal Audit staff, at no additional cost to the
Mr. Ross moved adoption of the five-year cycle concept as
included in the Chancellor's recommendation. Motion sec-
onded by Mrs. Knudtsen, carried without dissent.
In the discussion following, there appeared to be some con-
cern that the Regents were not adequately involved in the
review of proposals submitted by the CPA firms. There was
also objection to the proposed retention of an out-of-state
firm registered by Mr. Doug Peterson, partner in the firm of
Kafoury, Armstrong and Turner.
Dr. Lombardi moved that the present three year contract with
Kafoury, Armstrong and Turner be extended for another two
years. Motion seconded by Mrs. Knudtsen.
Motion was then withdrawn.
Mr. Mc Bride moved that the Chairman appoint a subcommittee
of the Board to work with the Internal Audit staff to review
the proposals submitted and report back to the Board at the
next meeting. Motion seconded by Mr. Karamanos, carried
Chairman Cashell appointed a subcommittee consisting of Mrs.
Fong, Dr. Lombardi, Mr. Karamanos, with Mr. Mc Bride to
serve as Chairman.
22. Chancellor's Report
Chancellor Baepler reported on the status of the Univer-
sity's budget, noting that tentative figures have been re-
leased by the Governor, but definitive figures would not be
available until the following week. The figures released
indicate that for the Community Colleges, the proposed bud-
get will not permit great expansion but will permit them to
keep up with anticipated growth. The budget for the Comput-
ing Center is essentially a no-growth budget. Because the
Computing Center is presently understaffed and underfunded,
this causes concern to all units of the University and ef-
forts will be made to increase this budget. The DRI budget
is also a no-growth budget, allowing the Institute to main-
tain its present administrative structure and to continue
some of its existing State-funded projects. Whether or not
any of the proposed new projects for DRI are funded will be
up to the Legislature.
Chancellor Baepler reported that the budgets for the two
Universities are of greater concern. Essentially, he noted,
the Budget Office went back to the 1977 budget, used that as
a base and treated it as if it were a totally adequate budg-
et, making additions and cuts accordingly. Because the Uni-
versities have experienced decreased enrollments, faculty
reductions are projected in the budget figures. However,
Dr. Baepler pointed out, the Universities are budgeted very
thinly in terms of student-faculty ratios and reductions of
faculty, unless done on a programmatic basis, would be ex-
tremely detrimental to the quality of the institutions. He
reported that the Governor has expressed great concern that
this kind of detrimental across-the-board cutting not occur
and it is hoped that the Governor will work with the Univer-
sity and with the Legislature in arriving at a solution to
what is considered to be a temporary problem. Given the
tremendous population increases occurring in both ends of
the State, it is anticipated that the Universities will be
significantly larger within the next several years than they
are now, and improvement in enrollments should be apparent
even within the biennium now under consideration by the
Legislature. Chancellor Baepler expressed confidence that
the University will not be finding itself standing before
the Legislature arguing for the very survival of our insti-
tutions, but cautioned that the budget will require consid-
erable measures of belt-tightening.
23. New Business
Mrs. Fong submitted for the record a letter received from
Senator Howard Cannon, which, she said, was in response to
her inquiry concerning the possibility of exchanging stu-
dents between the Peoples Republic of China and the Univer-
sity of Nevada. Chancellor Baepler agreed to make the ap-
propriate further inquiries on behalf of the University to
follow through on the suggestion initiated by Mrs. Fong.
The meeting adjourned at 4:00 P.M.
Bonnie M. Smotony
Secretary of the Board