UCCSN Board of Regents' Meeting Minutes

January 30-31, 1909 


Volume OD - Pages 98-102

                         Reno, Nevada

                       January 30, 1909

The Board of Regents met at their Office in the University on

Saturday, January 30, 1909, at 9 o'clock A.M.  There were present

Regents Sunderland, Williams and Codd and President Stubbs.  Ab-

sent Regent Henderson and Regent Sullivan.

The minutes of January 5, 1909 were read and approved.

President Stubbs then read his report as follows:

To the Honorable the Board of Regents

    of the University of Nevada

        Reno, Nevada


I have the honor to submit herewith my report for the month

ending January 30, 1909.

The first semester of this year closes today and the second

semester begin on Monday, February 1st.  The first two days,

Monday and Tuesday, are given over to examinations and regis-

tration, and lectures and recitations begin on Wednesday,

February 3rd.

I have submitted three bills to the Legislature.  They are num-

bered Assembly Bills 29, 30 and 31 and were presented by the

Washoe County Delegation.  These are the bills mentioned in my

report calling for $35,000 for the building and equipment of a

Biological building, $25,000 for building and furnishing an

annex to Manzanita Hall, and $2,290 for the purchase of addi-

tional land on the east side of the Campus.  The bill for the

President's House was dealt with in the following manner:

I met the Joint Committee of the House and the Senate on Ways

and Means on last Tuesday.  I explained the conditions under

which the house was built and under which it was held.  I said

further that I did not wish to present the bill unless I was

assured beforehand that the bill would pass, inasmuch as the

bill had failed of passage three times, although it had been

recommended by the Committee on Ways and Means.  The Joint Com-

mittee said that when the bill came into their hands they would

report it favorably with the recommendation that it be passed.

I then gave the bill to Mr. Dodge in the Assembly with the re-

quest that he make a poll of the House, and made the same re-

quest of Senator Holmes with regard to the Senate.  If it appears

from this poll that they will pass the bill, I have told Mr.

Dodge to submit the bill which I have left with him.

I recommend to the Regents the presentation of the following

bill, which is not given in my report for the reason that we

did not know that it was needed, asking for an appropriation of

$4,500 for putting in the heating pipes, water pipes, electric

and telephone wires, a five or six inch sewer, and lining the

ditch in the rear of the training quarters with a good concrete

wall on the west side and a good rubble masonry wall on the east


The Nevada State Historical Society is requesting the Legislature

for an appropriation of $30,000 to build the central part of a

Library building for that Society.  The entire cost of the Li-

brary building will be from $60,000 to $75,000.  Miss Wier will

appear before the Regents at 11 o'clock to ask them if they are

willing to deed or lease a tract of the University Campus 175

feet on Ninth Street and 100 feet on Virginia Street to the

Historical Society.

I recommend that the Regents of the University go to Carson as

their time permits and let the Legislature know the need of our

bills and of our general appropriation.  The expenses of the

trips of the Regents will be paid out of our appropriation.  I

think it will be well to have Mr. Williams remain until after

the 12th of February and Mr. Codd also, if he can spare the time.

On the 12th of February, the University will observe Lincoln's

Birthday.  I have invited the Assembly and the Senate, their

attaches, and the State Officers to attend and the Senate and

the Assembly have accepted the invitation by formal resolutions.

In the morning at 10:30 there will be brief addresses, the

principal one by Honorable George D. Pyne, President of the

Senate, and one other by the Honorable Sam P. Davis, Chairman

of the Publicity Committee.  There will be music by the Cadet

Band and a song by the Girls' Glee Club.  At 3 o'clock in the

afternoon, the Reverend Charles R. Brown of Oakland will de-

liver his famous lecture upon Lincoln followed by an address by

Honorable Clay Tallman.  After luncheon at the Dining Hall,

there will be a few after-dinner speeches by the members of the

Legislature.  In the evening at 8 o'clock there will be a Mili-

tary Ball in the Gymnasium to which the members of the Legis-

lature, Attaches, and State Officers are invited.  I would like

very much to have the members of the Board of Regents present

on that day and therefore I have suggested that Mr. Williams

does not return home unless business calls him.

On the 8th of February, my uncle, Honorable David G. Gray of

Columbus, Ohio, arrives at his 80th birthday and his brothers

and sisters and their children are going to assemble there to

celebrate his birthday in the proper manner.  He is the Presi-

dent of the Board of Trustees of the Ohio Wesleyan University

and has given freely of his time and of his wealth to that

Institution especially.  It is insisted by the members of the

family that my wife and I be present.  I could leave on Wed-

nesday, February 3rd, be present at the celebration on the 8th,

and return home by the morning of the 12th of February.  Whether

I go at the present time depends upon the action of the Board

of Regents.

Lately there has been a good deal said, especially in 3 or 4

papers of the State, that the word had gone forth, from whom I

do not know, that the President of the University was to be de-

posed by the Board of Regents.  One paper has gone so far as to

indicate the choice of the President's successor.  I am going

to read to you the article from the Tonopah Sun and the very

scurrilous article from the Carson Appeal.

I beg to say to the Honorable Board of Regents and, through

them, to the Legislature and the people of this State, that I

stand upon my record, which cannot be equalled by any College

President of any Institution in the United States, and further

that every achievement in the way of gifts has been gained by

thoroughly straightforward and manly policy.  The President

of this University has not sat around in anterooms seeking in-

terviews with wealthy people and begging them to give to the

University -- a matter which has become the reproach of many

College Presidents in the United States whose zeal for their

College and desire for improvements has outrun their discre-

tion.  Two years from next June, I will have finished 25 years

as the President of the University of Nevada, and of Baldwin

University, Ohio.  If, at the end of that time, the Regents

and the people of this State should desire a change, I will

be ready to further that change in the proper way and to resign

the President's Office, provided that the Legislature approves

the acceptance of the provisions of the Carnegie Foundation

for the Advancement of Teaching.

I have not said anything at all in the Press concerning these

3 or 4 articles that have been published and sent broadcast for

the reason that it seemed to me that respect for my Office, the

dignity of my position, would not allow me to answer these

articles which were a tissue of falsehoods from beginning to


I herewith submit the payrolls for the State and for the Agri-

cultural and Mechanical College Funds.  Also the claims on the

Agricultural and Mechanical College Fund, but have acted upon

none of the State claims and will not do so until after our

appropriation is made.

Since writing my report I have seen the Journal of January 30,

referring to Senator Mack's bill creating the Office of a Uni-

versity Auditor.  I respectfully ask the Regents to ask the

Senate and Assembly to appoint a Committee of three members

from each House to investigate all of these and other questions

respecting the University, which, at present, seem to be engag-

ing the attention of some of the papers and of some of the


Mr. O. F. Heizer has presented to the Mackay School of Mines

a collection of the rocks occurring in the Nevada Hills Mines,

both surface and underground; and in addition a set of thin

slides for use with the microscope.  This collection will be

of service to the Department of Geology in its petrographical


I am,

                             Very respectfully your obedient


                         /s/ J. E. Stubbs


On motion of Regent Williams, seconded by Regent Codd, the

Regents recommended the appropriation by the Legislature of

$4,500 for the purpose of putting in a concrete stone wall in

the rear of the Training Quarters, heating pipes, electric light

and telephone wires, water and gas pipes and a sewer from the

Training Quarters to Ninth Street.

On motion of Regent Williams, seconded by Regent Codd, President

Stubbs was granted a leave of absence to attend a family reunion

at Columbus, Ohio, for two weeks from February 2, 1909.

On motion of Regent Codd, seconded by Regent Williams, the

following statement to the Press was prepared by the Regents,

adopted, and the Chairman of the Board requested to obtain per-

mission of the absent Regents to affix their names to the same:

                An Open Letter from the Regents of the

                         University of Nevada

    To the Public:

    Having noticed in the Press throughout the State numerous

    articles bearing on the changes supposedly anticipated by

    the Board of Regents of the University of Nevada in regard

    to the Presidency of the University, we take this occasion

    to state officially that we hereby express our confidence

    in President J. E. Stubbs and in the work that he is doing.

    It is the desire of the Board of Regents, with the coopera-

    tion of the Legislature, to carry out the improvements rec-

    ommended by the Honorary Board of Visitors and outlined in

    the Report of the Board of Regents to the Governor.  In

    considering the plans for the welfare of the University

    during the administration of this Board of Regents, we are

    glad to say that these are in accord with the recommendation

    of the Governor, who says, "In recommending ample appropria-

    tions I refer more particularly to maintaining a high faculty

    standing in all Departments."

                             Respectfully submitted,

                         /s/ John Sunderland, Chairman

                             J. J. Sullivan

                             C. B. Henderson

    Geo. H. Taylor           A. A. Codd

    Secretary                Frank Williams

On motion of Regent Codd, seconded by Regent Sunderland, Regent

Williams was requested to be present with the Legislature in

the interest of all University appropriations.

On motion of Regent Codd, seconded by Regent Williams, the

following resolution was adopted:

    RESOLVED, that it is the sense of the Board of Regents

    that they deed to the State for the Nevada Historical

    Society a strip of land midway between Center and Virginia

    Streets fronting on Ninth, 175 feet long by 125 feet deep,

    provided the Legislature passes an act appropriating money

    sufficient to build in part or as a whole a fire-proof

    building for the use of the Historial Society.

Claims were allowed from the several funds as follows:

    Contingent Fund and Interest Account

        January Payroll, Prof. & Instructors   $2834.36

        January Payroll, Students                324.40

        A. A. Codd                                48.20

        Frank Williams                            76.70

        C. B. Henderson                           88.90

        J. E. Souchereau                           7.95

                                    Total      $3380.51

    Mackay School of Mines Instruction Fund

        January Payroll, Prof. & Instructors   $ 450.00

    A & M College, Morrill Fund

        January Payroll                        $2078.56

        Union Lumber Company                       2.00

        Spencer Lens Company                        .80

        Bausch & Lomb Optical Company             15.45

        Eugene Dietzgen Company                    9.14

        Ward's Natural Science Establishment      17.74

        Mc Graw Publishing Company                 7.16

        John Wiley & Sons                         13.80

        Reno Power, Light & Water Company        143.85

        Nevada Hardware & Supply Company         107.55

        The Kny Scheerer Company                   4.18

        Flaherty & Bates                           5.00

        Palace Dry Goods House                     1.95

        Reno Mill and Lumber Company              16.15

        Union Lumber Company                       5.30

        Nevada Hardware & Supply Company           2.80

        Rosenthal and Armanko                      1.50

        Reno Printing Company                      8.75

                                    Total      $2446.18

No further business appearing, the Board adjourned to meet

March 13, at 9:00 A.M.

                             John Sunderland


Geo. H. Taylor