01/27/1931

 UCCSN Board of Regents' Meeting Minutes

January 27-28, 1931 



1-27-1931
Volume 5 - Pages 75-81

                       REGENTS MEETING
                      January 27, 1931

The Board of Regents met in the Office of President Clark at 10
o'clock on Tuesday, January 27, 1931.  Chairman Brown, Mr. Wil-
liams, Mr. Wingfield and Dr. Olmsted were present.  Absent:  Mr.
Pratt.

The minutes of December 20, 1930 were approved, on motion of
Judge Brown, by the following vote:

    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Mr. Wingfield        Aye
    Judge Brown          Aye

Dr. Olmsted presented his commission and Oath of Office as Regent
and these were duly accepted.

List No. 1, State Claims Nos. 1 to 10 inclusive for the net sum
of $19,446.87 and List No. 14, Regents Checks Nos. 1000 to 1014
for the net sum of $59,198.06 were, on motion of Judge Brown, ap-
proved by the following vote:

    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Mr. Wingfield        Aye
    Dr. Olmsted          Aye
    Judge Brown          Aye

The bill for the 83 copies of the U. of N. Sagebrush for the 1st
semester, $62.25, was, on motion of Mr. Wingfield, approved by
the following vote:

    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Mr. Wingfield        Aye
    Dr. Olmsted          Aye
    Judge Brown          Aye

On motion of Mr. Williams, the list of candidates for the degrees
and diplomas indicated, as presented to the President by the Reg-
istrar, after having been passed by the general faculty, was ap-
proved by the following vote:

    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Mr. Wingfield        Aye
    Dr. Olmsted          Aye
    Judge Brown          Aye

Following is the list on which the above action was taken:

    Teacher's Diploma of High School Grades

        Fred Baldini                Gretchen Cardinal
        Bernice Blair               Mary Hancock

    Two-Year Normal Diploma

        Julia de Kinder (9/26/30)   Arline Springmeyer
        Ruby Spoon Fraser (9/26/30)

    Bachelor of Arts

        Fred Baldini                Harry Lipparelli
        Bernice Blair               Loren Pease
        Gretchen Cardinal           Flora Weed
        Mary Hancock                Paulina Westover
        Walter Johnson

    Bachelor of Science

        Jean de Berard              Kenneth St. Clair

    Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

        Jack Thurston

    Master of Arts

        Milan J. Webster

    Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

        Merle Smart

    Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

        Ernest M. Clays             Howard W. Lambert
        George H. Ladd

    Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering

        Williams Wallace White (see page 88)

At the request of Dr. Chappelle, President Clark presented the
resignation of Associate Professor E. E. Williams, to take effect
September 1, 1931, which was on motion of Regent Williams, ac-
cepted by the following vote:

    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Mr. Wingfield        Aye
    Dr. Olmsted          Aye
    Judge Brown          Aye

President Clark presented the Thank You letter for courtesies ex-
tended by the University from (a) The Nevada State Press Associ-
ation and (b) University of California Veterinary Department.

On recommendation of Dean Hall, President Clark recommended that
Professor Traner be made Head of the Department of Secondary Edu-
cation.

Mr. Wingfield moved that the President's recommendation be ap-
proved.  Vote:

    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Mr. Wingfield        Aye
    Dr. Olmsted          Aye
    Judge Brown          Aye

President Clark submitted his report on salaries paid by State-
supported institutions, etc. as follows:

    To the Honorable the Board of Regents
    of the University of Nevada

    Gentlemen:

        I beg to submit to your Honorable Board the following
    summarized

                   REPORT ON COMPARATIVE SALARIES
                       OF FACULTY MEMBERS IN
        STATE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES OF THE UNITED STATES:

                      LAND GRANT      (19) STATE       UNIV. OF
    RANK              COLLEGES(51)    UNIVERSITIES      NEVADA

    Deans                $5193           $5403           $4200
    Professors           $4278           $4071           $3600
    Associate Professors $3342           $3269           $2700
    Assistant Professors $2738           $2617           $2500
    Instructors          $2005           $1906           $1800

    Land-Grant College data above from Federal Educational Bul-
    letin 1930 Vol. I, Survey of Land-Grant Colleges, page 570.

    State University data above from mimeographed summaries of
    State University data issued by the Federal Bureau of Educa-
    tion, December, 1929 and 1930.

    Above data are reported medians averaged respectively for the
    51 and the 19 institutions.

    Maximum cases perhaps should be noted simply for information:

    Deans     :  University of Michigan, $17,000;
                 Rutgers, $13,200;
                 University of Iowa, $12,000;
                 5 other institutions with maximum for Deans at
                 $10,000 and 10 other institutions at $7,500 to
                 $10,000.

    Professors:  6 institutions - Universities of Illinois, Iowa,
                 Cornell, Ohio State, Virginia and Wisconsin -
                 have maximum for Professors at $10,000 and 25
                 others have this maximum above $5200.

    In view of the above facts, I beg to recommend to the Board
    of Regents that the salary standard of this University of
    Nevada, at the earliest time possible, either through regu-
    lar University funds or through gifts, should be advanced to
    make our University Deans' median salary at least $5000 and
    our Department Head and full Professors' median salary at
    least $4200, with corresponding advances for other ranks
    above Instructor.  Advanced to this point our University
    salary standard would then only approximate the present me-
    dian standard of pay averaged for 70 State Colleges and Uni-
    versities of the United States.

    I further recommend that the ultimate goal the Board should
    have in mind should be a salary standard of $5400 to $6000
    for Deans and $4500 to $4800 for Department Heads who are
    full Professors, with corresponding advances for other ranks
    above Instructor.

                             Respectively submitted,

                         /s/ Walter E. Clark
                             President

    January 23, 1931

President Clark presented the following suggestions for amendment
of Staff Service Annuities regulations as they appear in the Re-
gents Bylaws:

                    STAFF SERVICE ANNUITIES
              (p. 75 - Laws and Regulations, 1926

    A.  Amend preamble sentence to read,

        Any member of the University Staff who has been in the
        full-time service of this University of Nevada continu-
        ously for not less than 12 years immediately preceding
        his or her retirement from active service in this Uni-
        versity may be released from active service and may re-
        ceive either from the income of any endowment fund which
        may be established for this annuity purpose or from the
        general funds of this University a service annuity to
        be granted and determined in accord with the following
        conditions:

    B.  Amend Section 1 to read, "Provided the minimum service
        years above stated have been completed, retirement and
        service annuity - "

    C.  Amend Section 2.a to read:

        The yearly amount of service annuity to be paid in each
        case shall be a percentage of the annual cash salary of
        the person concerned averaged for the last 5 years of the
        person's active service in this University of Nevada.
        The percentage in each case shall be 12% for the minimum
        service time of 12 years increased by 1% for each full-
        time year of service in this University of Nevada beyond
        the minimum 12 years of full time service by the person
        concerned in any other University, College or Normal
        School, prior to the beginning of the person's service
        in this University of Nevada, provided that the upper
        percent limit in any case shall be 25%.  In no case shall
        any service annuity granted by this University to any
        member of its Staff exceed $1800 per year.

    D.  Amend Section 2.b by changing 10 in the first line to 12,
        making the phrase read, "having been 12 full-time years,
        etc."

        Add:

        4.a  In determining the "full-time years of service" in
             any case the length of any leaves of absence formal-
             ly granted by the Board of Regents of this Univer-
             sity shall not be counted in the service time, nei-
             ther shall such leaves of absence be considered as
             breaking the continuity of service time.

          b  The percentage allowance for service time in other
             institutions than this University of Nevada shall
             not be effective in the case of any person who has
             already been granted any form of annuity or pension
             for such previous service.

Mr. Williams moved the adoption of the amendments as suggested.
Vote:

    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Mr. Wingfield        Aye
    Dr. Olmsted          Aye
    Judge Brown          Aye

President Clark presented to the Board a letter from Dr. Hamer,
in which he, as Head of the State Department of Health, outlined
his plan to recommend to the Legislature that the Pure Food and
Drug Department and the State Hygienic Laboratory, now under the
jurisdiction of the University, should become subsidiary Depart-
ment of the State Board of Health, with no change in the present
personnel of these two Public Service Departments.

President Clark asked the Board to authorize him, in collabora-
tion with Judge Brown, to prepare an Act to submit to the present
Legislature authorizing the Regents to assess fees and tuition
charges at this University of Nevada in amendment of Section 10
of Statute No. 4648 as amended, Stats. 1921, 7.

Mr. Wingfield moved that the Board grant the requested authority
to the President.  Vote:

    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Mr. Wingfield        Aye
    Dr. Olmsted          Aye
    Judge Brown          Aye

President Clark gave his report on the Spring semester enroll-
ment.

President Clark requested permission to ask the Legislature to
transfer to the University the State Historical Society property
to the left just outside the University gates.

Dr. Olmsted moved that the President be authorized to make this
request.  Vote:

    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Mr. Wingfield        Aye
    Dr. Olmsted          Aye
    Judge Brown          Aye

Mr. Williams submitted his Resolution in regard to gambling as
he had advised the Board he would do at this meeting.

    WHEREAS, it is generally understood that the present Legis-
    lature will be asked to legalize all forms of gambling, and

    WHEREAS, we believe that open gambling will prove very
    detrimental, as it did in the past, to the material well
    being and proper mental development of the students of this
    University,

    THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Board of Regents of the
    Nevada State University, that we most earnestly petition your
    honorable body not to enact any law which would bring back
    open gambling to Nevada.

Judge Brown stated that he was opposed to wide-open gambling and
his attitude on the question was well known, but suggested that
it was not proper for the Regents to adopt such a Resolution
since the Board is a part of the State Government and has defi-
nite duties given to it, such as the management and control of
the affairs of the State University and of its finances, request-
ing a gift of land, a change of law with reference to tuition and
fees, etc., etc., but that on any moot question not directly con-
cerned with the duties of the Board, in his opinion, the Board
should not give its advice or make requests of the Legislature
and that he personally was not in favor of the Resolution submit-
ted by Mr. Williams.  Further Judge Brown said he realized that
if Mr. Williams' motion came to a vote, it might place some mem-
ber in an unfortunate position.  He presumed that at least the
majority of the Board would be opposed to the passage of a wide-
open gambling law, but it would place the Regents, if they voted
down Mr. Williams' resolution, as being in favor of gambling.  He
submitted the following as a substitute motion:

    WHEREAS, a resolution has been moved to the effect that this
    Board express to the Legislature its opposition to any law
    which will legalize gambling, and

    WHEREAS, the Board of Regents of the University of Nevada is
    a branch of the State Government, having the control and man-
    agement of the affairs of the University and funds of the
    same, and whose duties and powers are defined by statute,

    RESOLVED:  That in the opinion of the Board it would be an
    act of impropriety for this Board to advise the Legislature,
    or to attempt to influence its action in matters not connect-
    ed with the affairs and finances of the University;

    FURTHER RESOLVED:  That this Board recognizes and affirms the
    right of each individual member of the Board, as a citizen to
    take such attitude as he desires with respect to any pending
    or proposed legislation, and that in the matter of any pro-
    posed law for legalizing of gambling any individual member
    of the Board who is opposed to the passage of such a law may
    properly petition the Legislature against its enactment, and
    use his influence as a citizen against it, and is entitled to
    declare that he believes the legalizing by the State of gam-
    bling, either by the licensing of games or otherwise, might
    have a harmful effect on some of the students of the Univer-
    sity.

After discussion, Judge Brown suggested the adoption of the sub-
stitute motion for the Resolution offered by Mr. Williams.  Mr.
Wingfield seconded the motion.  Vote:

    Mr. Williams         No
    Mr. Wingfield        Aye
    Dr. Olmsted          Aye
    Judge Brown          Aye

The Resolution introduced by Judge Talbot at the close of the
last meeting and laid over until this meeting was read for the
benefit of Dr. Olmsted.  Mr. Wingfield moved that this Resolution
of December 20, 1930, consideration of which was postponed to
this meeting, be rejected.  Vote:

    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Mr. Wingfield        Aye
    Dr. Olmsted          Aye
    Judge Brown          Aye

Judge Brown asked that the card of presentation of Mackay Science
Hall, which bears the inscription on the plaque of the building,
signed by Mr. Mackay and which Mr. Mackay handed to him as Chair-
man of the Board at the Dedication Ceremonies on October 24, 1930
be placed in the Regents files for safekeeping.

The matter of unethical conduct on the part of Mr. Blackler as
intimated by Judge Talbot at the last meeting, was brought up for
discussion and the President reported on the matter.  After hear-
ing the report, Mr. Wingfield moved that the Board finds the
charges of misconduct against Mr. Blackler unfounded.  Vote:

    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Mr. Wingfield        Aye
    Dr. Olmsted          Aye
    Judge Brown          Aye

Mr. Williams moved that Judge Brown be elected Chairman of the
Board for the ensuing 2 years.  Dr. Olmsted seconded the motion.
Vote:

    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Mr. Wingfield        Aye
    Dr. Olmsted          Aye
    Judge Brown          Not voting

Dr. Olmstead moved that Mr. Wingfield be elected Vice Chairman.
Judge Brown seconded the motion.  Vote:

    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Mr. Wingfield        Not voting
    Dr. Olmsted          Aye
    Judge Brown          Aye

Dr. Olmsted moved that Miss Beckwith be re-elected Secretary.
Vote:

    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Mr. Wingfield        Aye
    Dr. Olmsted          Aye
    Judge Brown          Aye

On motion of Mr. Wingfield, seconded by Dr. Olmstead, the follow-
ing Resolution was adopted:

    RESOLVED, that the Board of Regents suggest to Mr. Walter E.
    Pratt that he, at the earliest possible time, render his
    final account as Executor of the Rousseau Estate and that, at
    the time of filing such account, he also file his petition
    for distribution in order that the money and property remain-
    ing in his hands as Executor may be distributed in accordance
    with terms of the Will to the Board of Regents as Trustee.

Vote:

    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Mr. Wingfield        Aye
    Dr. Olmsted          Aye
    Judge Brown          Aye

Adjourned.

                             George S. Brown
                             Chairman

Carolyn M. Beckwith
Secretary