01/31/1929

  

UCCSN Board of Regents' Meeting Minutes
January 31, 1929
 



1-31-1929
Volume 5 - Pages 35-43

                         Reno, Nevada
                       January 31, 1929

The Regents met in the Office of the President at 10 o'clock
Thursday morning, January 31st, all members being present.

The minutes of the meeting of November 30th and of the Commit-
tee meeting of December 21st, 1928 were approved, on motion
of Judge Brown, seconded by Mr. Wingfield, by the following
vote:

    Judge Talbot         Aye
    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Mr. Pratt            Aye
    Mr. Wingfield        Aye
    Judge Brown          Aye

On motion of Mr. Wingfield, List No. 1, State Claims Nos. 1 to
11, inclusive, for the net sum of $21,622.29, and List No. 1,
Regents Checks, No. 9000 to 9017 inclusive for the net sum of
$45,074.47, were approved by the following vote:

    Judge Talbot         Aye
    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Mr. Pratt            Aye
    Mr. Wingfield        Aye
    Judge Brown          Aye

Comptroller Gorman read the following letters to the Board:

                                    December 19, 1928

    Mr. C. H. Gorman, Comptroller
    University of Nevada
    Reno, Nevada

    Dear Sir:

    We take pleasure in forwarding you definitive certificates
    representing $60,000 par value of 5% Collateral Trust Bonds
    of Postal Telegraph and Cable Corporation with the January
    1st, 1929 and subsequent coupons attached, these certificates
    being numbered as follows:

        11001/11060 - $60,000

    The above bonds are a part of an issue of $120,000 par
    value of bonds in exchange for 1500 shares of the Mackay
    Companies preferred stock formerly registered in the name
    of the University of Nevada forwarded by Mr. Walter E.
    Pratt, Chairman, in a letter dated April 16th, 1928.

    Will you kindly acknowledge receipt of these bonds by
    signing and returning the attached copy of this letter.

                             Very truly yours,

                             W. J. Gates
                             Assistant Treasurer

                                    December 29, 1928

    Mr. C. H. Gorman, Comptroller
    University of Nevada
    Reno, Nevada

    Dear Sir:

    We take pleasure in forwarding you definitive certificates
    representing $60,000 par value of 5% Collateral Trust Bonds
    of Postal Telegraph and Cable Corporation with the January
    1st, 1929 and subsequent coupons attached, these certificates
    being numbered as follows:

        11061/11100 - $40,000
        11292/11300 -   9,000
        10647/10648 -   2,000
        10877/10885 -   9,000

    The above bonds are a part of an issue of $120,000 par value
    of bonds in exchange for 1500 shares of the Mackay Companies
    preferred stock formerly registered in the name of the Uni-
    versity of Nevada forwarded by Mr. Walter E. Pratt, Chair-
    man, in a letter dated April 16th, 1928.

    Will you kindly acknowledge receipt of these bonds by sign-
    ing and returning the attached copy of this letter.

                             Very truly yours,

                             W. J. Gates
                             Assistant Treasurer

Mr. Wingfield moved that the Comptroller of the University be
authorized and directed to have the "definitive certificates
representing $120,000 par value of 5% Collaterial Trust Bonds
of the Postal Telegraph and Cable Corporation, these certifi-
cates being numbered as follows:

    11061/11100 - $40,000
    11292/11300 -   9,000
    10647/10648 -   2,000
    10877/10885 -   9,000
    11001/11060 -  60,000"

registered as to principal and interest in the name of the Board
of Regents of the University of Nevada.  Vote:

    Judge Talbot         Aye
    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Mr. Pratt            Aye
    Mr. Wingfield        Aye
    Judge Brown          Aye

It was understood that subsequent securities, capable of regis-
tration, should also be registered by the Comptroller.

On motion of Mr. Pratt, seconded by Mr. Wingfield, it was order-
ed that hereafter all University securities should be placed
with the Comptroller of the University as custodian for the Board
of Regents, in place of the Chairman of the Board as heretofore.
Vote:

    Judge Talbot         Aye
    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Mr. Pratt            Aye
    Mr. Wingfield        Aye
    Judge Brown          Aye

Comptroller Gorman read the following letter to the Board:

                                    January 30, 1929

    The Honorable Board of Regents
    University of Nevada

    Gentlemen:

    I am handing you herewith Depository Bond of the Fidelity
    and Deposit Company of Maryland in favor of the Board of
    Regents in the amount of $35,000, as security for deposit
    of the Board of Regents in the Reno National Bank.

    This amount, $35,000, represents the average monthly deposit
    of the Board of Regents in the Reno National Bank for the
    past year.

    Upon approval of this bond will the Board of Regents please
    authorize the State Treasurer to release to the Reno Nation-
    al Bank the bonds now on deposit with, and held by, the State
    Treasurer as security for the Board of Regents' deposit in
    the Reno National Bank?

                             Very truly yours,

                             C. H. Gorman
                             Comptroller

Judge Brown moved that the bond be accepted.  Vote:

    Judge Talbot         Aye
    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Mr. Pratt            Aye
    Mr. Wingfield        Not Voting
    Judge Brown          Aye

President Clark submitted the letters of appreciation from Mr.
Smyth, Mrs. True and the D. A. E. Society.

The President recommended the granting of the following 21 in-
dicated degrees and 5 high school diplomas, these having the
approval of the University faculty:

    Bachelor of Arts

        Frances L. Gorman
        Mazakazu Hotta
        Ellen Harrington
        James W. Kouldus
        Laddie J. Miller
        Robert A. Mitchell
        Esther Breeze Oar
        Comer Robertson
        Wilda Talbot
        George F. Wright

    Bachelor of Science

        Clair Harper
        Justus Lawson
        John B. Shields
        Byron F. Stetler
        Josef A. Zaruba

    B. S. in Electrical Engineering

        John W. Babcock

    B. S. in Civil Engineering

        M. Herbert Faulkner

    B. S. in Mining Engineering

        Lawrence E. Fish
        Serge M. Glyachenkoff
        Santos C. Murillo
        Victor Pimental

    Teachers' Diploma of High School Grade

        Frances L. Gorman
        Ellen Harrington
        Justus Lawson
        Esther Breeze Oar
        Byron F. Stetler

Mr. Wingfield moved the adoptions of the President's recommenda-
tions.  Vote:

    Judge Talbot         Aye
    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Mr. Pratt            Aye
    Mr. Wingfield        Aye
    Judge Brown          Aye

President Clark recommended that Colonel J. P. Ryan be elected
Professor Emeritus of Military Science and Tactics, effective
September 16, 1928 with no salary and with voice but not vote
in faculty meetings.  Judge Brown moved the acceptance of the
President's recommendation.  Vote:

    Judge Talbot         Aye
    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Mr. Pratt            Aye
    Mr. Wingfield        Aye
    Judge Brown          Aye

President Clark recommended that Colonel Wm. R. Standiford be
elected Professor of Military Science and Tactics effective
from and after September 16, 1928.  Judge Brown moved the accept-
ance of the President's recommendation.  Vote:

    Judge Talbot         Aye
    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Mr. Pratt            Aye
    Mr. Wingfield        Aye
    Judge Brown          Aye

On the recommendation of Director Creel, President Clark recom-
mended that Joseph W. Wilson and Orpha A. Miller, Extension
Agents, be each given the academic rank of Assistant Professor
of Agricultural Extension, effective February 1, 1929.  Mr.
Williams moved the acceptance of the President's recommendation.
Vote:

    Judge Talbot         Aye
    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Mr. Pratt            Aye
    Mr. Wingfield        Aye
    Judge Brown          Aye

President Clark read the following letter from Mr. Mackay:

                                    253 Broadway
                                    New York
                                    December 12, 1928

    Board of Regents
    University of Nevada
    Reno, Nevada

    Dear Sirs:

    President Clark has forwarded me an extract from the
    Regents' minutes of November 30, 1928, wherein it is
    stated that, in connection with the new Mackay Science
    Hall for Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics, which has
    been under discussion between President Clark, Architect
    De Longchamps and myself for some time, "the Board desires
    to assure Mr. Mackay that they will be glad to cooperate
    with him in the carrying out of his plans."

    Therefore, I am writing this formal letter to say that, in
    accordance with my telegram to President Clark of October
    24, 1928, as well as my letter to him of October 25, 1928,
    and President Clark's letter to me of December 1, 1928, I
    stand ready, at a cost not to exceed $325,000, to finance
    the construction of the new Mackay Science Hall, in accord
    with plans and specifications approved by me and by the
    University specialists in the Departments to be housed in
    the building.  In connection therewith I desire the Presi-
    dent of the University, with such small committee as he
    may choose, to have supervision for me in the matter of
    preparing specifications, of letting bids, of selecting
    the winning contractor and of having charge for determin-
    ing the times and supervising and construction of the
    building in accord with the plans and specifications as
    prepared by the architect.  I stand ready, also, to sign
    from time to time such bills for construction as are forward-
    ed to me with the approval of the architect and the President
    of the University.

    If the above meets with your approval I would thank you to
    forward me formal acceptance of my terms, and I am, gentle-
    men,

                             Yours faithfully,

                             Clarence H. Mackay

Judge Brown moved that the minutes show that this letter from
Mr. Mackay was laid before the Board and thereupon the following
resolution was adopted:

    RESOLVED, that the Board of Regents of this University of
    Nevada accept the offer of Mr. Clarence H. Mackay as ex-
    pressed in his letter of December 12, 1928, for the con-
    struction of the new Mackay Science Hall for Chemistry,
    Physics and Mathematics, and approve of and accept the
    terms contained in that letter, and further

    RESOLVED, that the Board again expresses its gratitude to
    Mr. Mackay for his generous offer.

Vote:

    Judge Talbot         Aye
    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Mr. Pratt            Aye
    Mr. Wingfield        Aye
    Judge Brown          Aye

Judge Brown moved that President Clark be authorized to have
the site cleared for Mackay Science Hall.  Vote:

    Judge Talbot         Aye
    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Mr. Pratt            Aye
    Mr. Wingfield        Aye
    Judge Brown          Aye

At the request of Director Doten, President Clark recommended
the following advances in salary and rank for members of his
staff, all salary advances to be covered by Federal Funds and
to be effective February 1, 1929:

    C. E. Fleming, from $4000 to $4200
    B. F. Headley, from $3600 to $3900
    George Hardman, from $3300 to $3600, and from Assistant
        to Chief in Irrigation and Agronomy
    M. R. Miller, from $3300 to $3450
    Andrew Young, from $1800 to $2400, and from Superintendent
        of Field Experiments to Assistant in Range Management
    Matilda Marshall, from $1650 to $1800

At the request of Chairman Pratt, a committee from the Campus
Players was permitted to present a request to the Board in
behalf of Mr. Duerr.  The committee consisted of Mr. Thurber
Brockbank, Mr. Dan Mc Knight, Mr. Sam Trevitt, Miss Barbara
Horton, Mr. Ralph Adamson and Mr. Bryon O'Hara.  After present-
ing their request the committee withdrew.

President Clark recommended the following increases in Extension
staff salaries, effective February 1, 1929:

    Director Cecil W. Creel, from $4500 to $4800
    Thomas E. Buckman, from $3300 to $3600
    A. L. Higginbotham to receive $1200 on Extension Funds,
        and to be reduced on State Funds from $2700 to $2400,
        making his total salary $3600 per year, effective
        February 1, 1929

Mr. Wingfield moved the adoption of this recommendation.  Vote:

    Judge Talbot         Aye
    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Mr. Pratt            Aye
    Mr. Wingfield        Aye
    Judge Brown          Aye

President Clark recommended that Walter S. Palmer should re-
ceive a salary of $3200 from the Mackay Funds and $1600 from
the State Analytical Laboratory Funds, making his salary $4800,
effective February 1, 1929.  Judge Brown moved the adoption of
the President's recommendation.  Vote:

    Judge Talbot         No
    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Mr. Pratt            No
    Mr. Wingfield        Aye
    Judge Brown          Aye

Recessed to take luncheon in the University Dining Hall.

Reconvened at 1:15 P.M.

Judge Talbot moved that the petition of the students given to
Mr. Pratt by Dan Mc Knight be received and read on the condition
imposed by the petitioners prior to presentation that no pub-
licity be given it.  Vote:

    Judge Talbot         Aye
    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Mr. Pratt            Aye
    Mr. Wingfield        Aye
    Judge Brown          Aye

On motion of Judge Brown, the petition regarding the teaching
of Political Science was read and filed for future consideration.
Vote:

    Judge Talbot         Aye
    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Mr. Pratt            Aye
    Mr. Wingfield        Aye
    Judge Brown          Aye

President Clark presented the following list of staff members
for advances in salary, with 3 advances in rank, to be effective
February 1, 1929:

    Paul A. Harwood, from $1800 to $2000 and from Instructor
        to Assistant Professor of English
    Edwin J. Duerr, from $1500 to $2000
    A. E. Hill, from $3350 to $3600
    E. G. Sutherland, from $3000 to $3300, with understanding
        that he is to go to $3600 and full Professor and Head
        of Department as soon as he has his Ph. D. degree
    George W. Sears, from $3400 to $3600
    S. A. Lough, from $1800 to $2000 and from Instructor to
        Assistant Professor of Chemistry
    Charles R. Hicks, from $2400 to $2700
    John E. Martie, from $3300 to $3600, and full Professor
        and Head of Department, and to be granted a leave for
        the year beginning August 1, 1929 with an understanding
        that he will devote this year to advanced study in his
        professional field, will receive an allowance of $1200,
        and will return for service at this University for at
        least 2 years after expiration of his leave.

Mr. Wingfield moved the approval of the list.  Vote:

    Judge Talbot         No, with explanation that in his
                         opinion we cannot afford, because
                         of our financial condition, to make so
                         many advances but approving increase
                         to Duerr of $500
    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Mr. Pratt            Aye
    Mr. Wingfield        Aye
    Judge Brown          Aye

President Clark recommended that George Philbrook, B. S., Notre
Dame, be elected Assistant in the Department of Physical Educa-
tion for Men, for the year beginning August 1, 1929, at a salary
of $1400.  Judge Brown moved the adoption of this recommendation.
Vote:

    Judge Talbot         Aye
    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Mr. Pratt            Aye
    Mr. Wingfield        Aye
    Judge Brown          Aye

President Clark recommended that Dr. L. W. Hartman be granted
a leave of absence for the Fall semester of the University year
1929-30, on full pay.  Mr. Williams moved the adoption of this
recommendation.  Vote:

    Judge Talbot         No, believing our financial condition
                         does not warrant paying anyone on
                         leave
    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Mr. Pratt            Aye
    Mr. Wingfield        Aye
    Judge Brown          Aye

President Clark recommended that Miss Elsie Sameth be granted a
leave of absence for the year beginning August 1, 1929 on 1/2
pay to pursue study elsewhere in her field.  Judge Brown moved
the adoption of this recommendation.  Vote:

    Judge Talbot         No, believing our financial condition
                         does not warrant paying anyone on
                         leave
    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Mr. Pratt            Aye
    Mr. Wingfield        Aye
    Judge Brown          Aye

Mr. Wingfield moved that the Board of Regents, having had
luncheon at the University Dining Hall, and having inspected
all Departments of the Dining Hall, found everything in first
class condition, food of good quality, well cooked and well
served at a much lower cost than is charged in public boarding
houses and cafes.  Those in charge of the Dining Hall deserve
a lot of credit for making ends meet and serving the quality
of food they do.  Vote:

    Judge Talbot         Aye
    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Mr. Pratt            Aye
    Mr. Wingfield        Aye
    Judge Brown          Aye

Judge Talbot mentioned that it would be well to transplant some
of our small evergreens either as a border along the cement
walk east of the walk at the west side of the Campus to shut
out the view of the cemetery, or to plant these in clumps.
President Clark suggested that Mr. Lynch had thought to work in
cooperation with the City and perhaps plant these trees across
the street and along the cemetery fence, thus leaving open the
view of the Campus to motorists on the highway.  The Judge con-
sidered that the Campus could be well seen by anyone coming to
Reno over the highway, even though the trees should be planted
on the east side of the roadway to the west of the Campus.  He
also spoke of the ragged appearance of the Campus from the
ditch to the street along the steps leading to the Lake Street
entrance and suggested that some of the small evergreens and
additional grass could be planted from the steps east to the
natural clump of trees and shrubs.

The Board, having given consideration to Judge Talbot's motion
as submitted on two typewritten sheets, as follows, the Secre-
tary called the roll:

                       RESOLUTION

    WHEREAS, this Board, laboring without pay for the advance-
    ment of higher education and having in view the needs and
    welfare of the University, has given due consideration to
    existing conditions and to the following acts and conduct
    of President Walter E. Clark:

     1.  He has failed to prohibit and has condoned and encour-
         aged drunkenness by students by setting aside the mild
         penalty unanimously imposed after investigation by the
         Student Affairs Committee.  Since that action by him
         students have been arrested for being drunk and dis-
         orderly and for assaulting an officer in the Red Light
         District after midnight, a student by reason of drunk-
         enness has been killed by the University grounds and,
         on another occasion, a drunken student prowling at
         night was shot in the leg by a watchman.  After these
         occurrences and after the Regents in regular session
         requested him to notify a student who had been guilty
         of repeated drunkenness in public places not to return,
         he has allowed this student to return and now has him
         enrolled in the University.

     2.  He has encouraged cheating and opposed discipline by
         overriding and setting aside the regular and proper
         penalty imposed by members of the faculty upon a stu-
         dent for cheating on examination.

     3.  He has failed to report to this Board any of these
         drunken acts or cheating, or offenses, or the death
         or shooting of students resulting from drunkenness,
         or his setting aside the corrective action of Profes-
         sors or of the Student Affairs Committee.

     4.  He has failed to visit numerous Departments of the
         University so as to know whether the work therein
         is being properly performed.

     5.  He has failed, when authorized and directed by this
         Board, to supervise the construction and alteration
         of buildings and improvements.

     6.  Before a faculty meeting he made a "smoke screen"
         address, criticizing, misrepresenting and attempting
         to subordinate the Constitutional and lawful control
         of this Board and implying the practice of deception
         by the Regents.

     7.  He has drawn all of the $1000 per year allowed him by
         this Board for entertaining, has spent a small part
         of it for entertaining, has pocketed the remainder, a
         large part of it, when it was allowed not as extra
         salary in addition to his compensation which is about
         $15,000 per year, but only for the purpose of enter-
         taining on behalf of the University.

     8.  He has made misleading statements regarding financial
         conditions and recommendations to this Board, which if
         followed, would have resulted in a deficit and default
         in payment of salaries and claims and in just censure
         of the Regents.  He has omitted to budget Federal Funds
         required to be disbursed by this Board.

     9.  He has maintained a requirement that all women students,
         notwithstanding their objections and tears, be photo-
         graphed nude, and the plates have been taken for treat-
         ment by photographers away from the University grounds.
         To justify this he has misrepresented to this Board,
         and to the public Press, that this practice has long
         been in very general use by American Colleges when in
         fact it has not been so in general use.

    10.  Some of the best members of the faculty have departed
         for other fields of labor rather than remain and serve
         under the conditions existing at the University as
         created by the President.

    WHEREAS, this Board, the faculty and the great majority of
    the students and people are opposed to drunkenness, crime
    and cheating by students, and this Board is in favor of
    correcting and prohibiting these practices by a few students
    which reflect on the good name of the University and have a
    bad influence on some other students, and

    WHEREAS, President Clark, by setting aside the unanimous
    corrective action of the Student Affairs Committee and of
    members of the faculty, and other conduct, has encouraged
    and condoned these offenses and is an obstacle to their
    prevention and to the proper management of the University
    by this Board, the faculty and the student body, and to
    the maintaining of the high standard desired,

    RESOLVED, that Dr. Walter E. Clark is requested to now place
    his resignation as President of the University of Nevada
    with the Chairman of this Board, effective within one month.

Vote:

    Judge Talbot         Aye
    Mr. Williams         No
    Mr. Pratt            There is a great deal of discussion
                         at the University and having further
                         knowledge that the President's salary
                         matter is contemplated in the Legisla-
                         ture, I think we are still in a great
                         controversy.  I shall have to agree
                         with the boys that something should be
                         done.  I vote - Aye.
    Mr. Wingfield        No
    Judge Brown          No

Mr. Pratt then nominated Judge Talbot as Chairman of the Board
for the ensuing two years.  Judge Talbot declined the nomination,
but because of Mr. Pratt's long experience, nominated Mr. Pratt.

Mr. Wingfield inquired how long Mr. Pratt had been Chairman.
Having been told for 6 years, he suggested that it would be well
to pass things around a bit.  He himself is too busy to accept
the Chairmanship, but he nominated Judge Brown as Chairman.  Mr.
Williams seconded the nomination of Judge Brown.  No further
nominations, the Secretary called the roll, which resulted in a
tie, since Judge Brown passed his vote.  Judge Brown then voted
for himself and made 3 votes for himself against 2 for Mr. Pratt.
Mr. Pratt then voted for Judge Brown.  Judge Talbot then changed
his vote to a vote for Judge Brown.  Judge Brown was unanimously
elected Chairman of the Board.

Judge Talbot was placed in nomination for Vice Chairman and was
unanimously elected.

Mr. Wingfield and Mr. Pratt were unanimously elected as the mem-
bers of the Finance Committee.

Judge Brown notified the members that we would appoint the Com-
mittees of the Board in writing, after considering the matter.

Adjourned.

                             George S. Brown
                             Chairman

Carolyn M. Beckwith
Secretary

Later, by letter of date April 11, 1929, Judge Brown named to
the Secretary the following committees:

    Property Committee - George Wingfield
    Instruction Committee - Frank Williams
    Library Committee - George F. Talbot
    Student Welfare Committee - George S. Brown