February 8-9, 1954
Volume 7 - Pages 1-21
UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA
February 8, 1954
The Board of Regents met in regular session in the President's
office on Monday, February 8, 1954. The meeting was called to
order by the Chairman at 9:10 A.M. Present: Regents Hardy,
Crumley, Lombardi, Grant, Ross and President Stout.
Reporters Armstrong, Burns, Bennyhoff and University Editor
Laxalt covered the morning session.
1. Minutes of Previous Meeting
Motion by Mr. Crumley carried unanimously that the minutes
of the regular meeting of December 10, 1953 be approved
and that the reading thereof be dispensed with.
2. Comptroller's Claims
The following claims, which had been approved by the
Executive Committee, were presented for approval of the
Regents Checks, Nos. 34-72A to 34-94 inclusive for a
total of $166,207.14 for December.
State Claims, Nos. 34-45 to 34-54 inclusive for a
total of $109,610.64 for December.
Regents Checks, Nos. 34-95 to 34-112 inclusive for a
total of $225,803.47 for January.
State Claims, Nos. 34-55 to 34-66 inclusive for a
total of $138,598.62 for January.
Motion by Mr. Hardy carried unanimously that the above
claims be approved.
The President reported the following gifts to the Univer-
a) Mrs. Frank R. Payne of Reno financed 2 soloists in the
production of "The Messiah".
b) The Mapes Hotel and the Riverside Hotel advertising
"The Messiah" in the local papers.
c) Mr. Arthur E. Orvis of Reno contributed $1000 to the
President's Discretionary Fund.
d) Mr. Edgar G. Gibson, President, Western Powder Company,
Salt Lake City, Utah, forwarded to the Mackay School
of Mines some 400 volumes of textbooks and publications
of the U. S. Geological Survey which comprised the
technical library of Mr. C. T. Van Winkle, former
e) The Wells Cargo, Inc. transported the books in the above
gift from Salt Lake City to the Campus free of charge.
f) The Reno Evening Gazette and the Nevada State Journal
jointly sent a check for $5000 to the University as the
basis for a scholarship fund to provide help for carrier
salesmen who would otherwise be unable to attend Col-
g) The Kennecott Copper Corporation renewed its scholar-
ships to the University of Nevada for the coming 3
years - $1000 each year for 1954-55, 1955-56 and 1956-
h) The Fleischmann Foundation has made a grant of $150,000
to be added to the prior donation in the same amount
from the Foundation. Ultimate disposition of this fund
is to be determined between the Trustees of the Fleisch-
mann Foundation and the Regents of the University of
i) The Sears Roebuck Foundation made a grant of $1500 to
be used by the Animal Husbandry Department for research
in beef cattle breeding.
j) The Lederle Laboratories, Division American Cyanamid
Company, Pearl River, New York, through Dr. B. W. Carey,
Director of Laboratories of that company, gave $1200 to
be used in studies by the Animal Husbandry Department
on the use of antibiotics in the rations of swine and
Mr. Ross read a letter from Mr. Lester D. Summerfield, as
February 5, 1954
Mr. Silas E. Ross
Chairman Board of Regents
University of Nevada
101 West Fourth Street
Re: Fleischmann Estate - Schutte Trust
Dear Mr. Ross:
This will advise you that in the settlement of an action
filed against the Fleischmann Estate under which a judg-
ment was entered yesterday, the University of Nevada be-
comes the contingent beneficiary of a $125,000 Trust.
This trust fund will be set up in the immediate future
with the Security National Bank of Reno under the terms
specified in the Judgment copy of which I enclose you
herewith, and which is self-explanatory.
Briefly, if the Schuttes live more than 20 years follow-
ing the death of Mrs. Fleischmann, then the Foundation
itself will have ceased to exist, and the trust fund
will go to the University of Nevada upon the death of
Mr. and Mrs. Schuttes. However, in the event that both
die during the lifetime of the Foundation, the funds
will revert to the Foundation.
/s/ Lester D. Summerfield
cc. Mr. Julius Bergen
Mr. Hugo A. Oswald
Mr. Francis Price
It was the unanimous agreement of the Regents that the gifts
(a) through (j) be accepted and the Secretary write a note
of thanks on behalf of the Board of Regents. It was further
agreed that President Stout look further into the Schutte
4. Acceptance of Gifts
The President recommended that a definite policy be con-
sidered in the matter of gifts to the University so that a
check might be made prior to acceptance.
It was unanimously agreed that, before acceptance, gifts to
the University should be cleared through the Dean concerned,
and by the Dean through the President as to nature and terms
of the gift. The President will then present the gift to
the Board of Regents for official acceptance.
5. Personnel Recommendations
The following personnel recommendations were presented by
a) Salary increase for Willmar Tilden Berg, Laboratory
Helper in the Atomic Energy Project, Mackay School of
Mines, from $280 to $300 per month, effective January
b) Supplementary contract for Robert J. Morris as Assistant
Research Chemist in the Atomic Energy Project, Mackay
School of Mines, during time not occupied by scheduled
teaching, from January 1 to June 30, 1954 - total salary
c) Supplementary contract for H. Jerome Seim as Assistant
Research Chemist in the Atomic Energy Project, Mackay
School of Mines, during time not occupied by scheduled
teaching, from January 1 to June 30, 1954 - total salary
d) Reappointment of La Mar R. Smith as Sub-Professional
Assistant in the Library at a salary of $2700, effective
July 1, 1953.
e) Reappointment of Arthur J. Palmer, Jr. as Assistant in
Geography in the Las Vegas Program at a salary of $1035
for the Spring semester 1954.
f) Appointment of H. A. Nenzel as Tennis Coach in the Ath-
letic Department at a salary of $225 for the Spring
g) Leave of absence, without pay, for Robert R. Gorrell,
Associate Professor of English, for the 2nd semester
of the school year 1953-54 and the 1st semester of the
school year 1954-55 in order that he may accept a
h) Resignation of Mrs. Mary Rulifson Frye as Instructor
in Physical Education, effective February 1, 1954. She
and her husband are moving away from Nevada.
i) Appointment of Leah Gregory as Assistant in the Depart-
ment of Physical Education for the Spring semester 1954
at a salary of $1500 for the semester.
j) Appointment of Robert P. Laxalt as University Editor,
effective February 18, 1954, at a salary of $425 per
k) Appointment of William R. Wood as Professor and Dean,
Statewide Development Program of Higher Education, ef-
fective as soon as he can be released from his present
position, at a salary of $10,500 per year plus $1000
for moving expenses.
l) Reappointment of Mrs. Nina Hinderman as Instructor in
Home Economics at a salary of $360 per month, for the
period February 1 to April 3, 1954.
m) Appointment of Winona Koch as Assistant Professor of
Home Economics at a salary rate of $4500 per year, ef-
fective April 1, 1954 in the place of Mrs. Hinderman.
n) Appointment of Kenneth Bradshaw as Assistant in Mathe-
matics for the Spring semester 1954, at a salary of
$1200 for the semester.
o) Resignation of Frank E. Morrow as District Extension
Agent in Eureka and White Pine Counties, effective
January 31, 1954.
Motion by Dr. Lombardi carried unanimously that the above
personnel items (a) through (o) be approved.
p) Reappointment of Mrs. John Fant as Assistant in Educa-
tion for the Spring semester 1954, at a salary of $500
for the semester.
Motion by Mr. Grant carried unanimously that the personnel
item (p) be approved.
The Board recessed as a Board of Regents at 9:40 A.M. and con-
vened as a Board of Control for the Agricultural Experiment
President Stout presented the recommendation that the resig-
nation of Richard A. Gerity as Research Assistant in Range
Management, Agricultural Experiment Station, be accepted,
effective February 1, 1954.
Motion by Mr. Grant carried unanimously that the recommenda-
tion be approved.
The Board adjourned as a Board of Control for the Agricultural
Experiment Station and reconvened as a Board of Regents.
6. Report on Fall Enrollment
Dean William C. Carlson came into the meeting at 9:50 A.M.
to present a prepared report on Student Enrollment Fall
Semester, 1953-54 (see report pages 11-21 filed with perma-
nent minutes). Special attention was given in the report
to the records of Unclassified Students as the beginning
of a study on the affect of the Admission Rules adopted by
the Board of Regents at its meeting on April 10 and put
into effect in the Fall semester 1953-54.
On the basis of the statistics available, the change in
admission requirements did not increase the range in the
ability of entering students and therefore created no
greater problems. The success of some individuals who
could not have entered under the old plan was remarkable.
The outstanding instance was one boy who ranked in the 99th
percentile in the Ohio Psychological Examination and who
earned 3.1 grade point average during his first semester,
in which he carried 18 1/2 credit hours, but who could
not have been admitted under the old rules. Dean Carlson
recommended that the new policy of admissions be continued.
He recommended, also, that a continuing study be made of
all entering students over a period of several years for
more conclusive results.
In the discussion which followed the above report, Dean
Carlson suggested that thought be given to a Freshman
Counselor so that a better job might be done with the
incoming students, thus reducing the number of withdrawals
and insuring greater success on the part of those who re-
main in College but who need more extension counseling
than can be done with the present staff.
It was informally agreed that, when money is available, a
Counselor for Freshman students be considered.
7. Candidates for Degrees
President Stout presented the following list of candidates
for degrees, as recommended by the Dean and the faculty of
the College indicated:
COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCE
Bachelor of Arts
Warren Lo Ring Botkin, Jr. Diane Patricia Lewers
Susan Ribble Calkins Boyd Alma Murphy
Ray Rom Chandler Warren H. Shelton
William J. Cooper Joseph Leo Ward
Sam Dario Dibitonto Erwin Jack Young
Leah Louella Gregory
Bachelor of Science
Robert C. Barto Warren Kenneth Sandau
William George Miller
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
Melvin Philip Guerrera James Edward Wilson
Carl Eugene Sawyer
COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE
Bachelor of Science in Agriculture
Glen Dudley Hardy George A. Myles
James R. Hettinger Rollie Albert Weaver
George B. Knezevich Kenneth Elsworth Yenter
COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
Earl Robert Latham David Russell Storm
William Leroy Nagel
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
Arthur E. Sommer
MACKAY SCHOOL OF MINES
Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering
Ralph Leland Gronning
Master of Arts
John Erwin Bills Sidika Ayfer Turner
Motion by Dr. Lombardi carried unanimously that the candi-
dates be approved and that they be granted the indicated
President Stout presented a prepared report, as follows, on
THE EVALUATION OF UNIVERSITIES
For the first 50 years of the 20th century several dif-
ferent organizations representing various types of edu-
cational institutions sought to restrain and give direc-
tion to the impact of evaluation and accreditation upon
higher education. All failed to stem the tide toward
ever-increasing costs, duplication and regimentations.
The number of organizations seeking control over spe-
cialized segments of higher education continued to grow.
By 1950 there were approximately 300 agencies which were
attempting to evaluate and accredit the works of Uni-
versities and more than 100 of these agencies were in a
position to impose their demands upon institutions of
higher learning and, in many instances, were competing
with each other for the privilege of controlling and
policing certain phases of higher education.
Fearing the mounting threat to essential institutional
freedom, autonomy, diversity and stability latent in
evaluating and accrediting as practiced by most agen-
cies, College and University officials, in 1949 formed
the National Commission on Accrediting. This Commission
was and is sponsored by the following organizations
which comprise its constituent membership: Association
of American Colleges, Association of American Univer-
sities, American Association of Junior Colleges, Associ-
ation of Land Grant Colleges and Universities, Associa-
tion of Teacher Education Institutions, Association of
Urban Universities and National Association of State
Universities. The Commission's Constitution, approved
in 1950 by the membership of its 7 constituent associ-
ations, directed the Commission to eliminate the ob-
jectionable and to improve the constructive features
inherent in the evaluating and accrediting function.
Over 950 individual institutions have joined the Com-
mission and support its programs. The University of
Nevada is one of these member institutions.
The National Commission has called upon the Regional
Accrediting Agencies to assume responsibility for in-
stitution-wide evaluation of Universities within their
respective areas. The University of Nevada is a member
of one of these, the Northwest Association of Secondary
and Higher Schools. Institutions of Higher Education
in Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho and Utah are also
members of the Northwest Association.
Recently the National Commission and the Northwest As-
sociation have recommended that each College and Uni-
versity should undergo a reevaluation within the next
few years and once every 10 years thereafter. The next
institution-wide evaluation is necessary for most Uni-
versities for very few have been done since the start
of World War II. At present the University of Idaho
and Idaho State College are preparing for a reevalua-
tion by the Northwest Association.
The National Commission and the Northwest Association
regard such reevaluations as a stimulus to the growth
and development of a University rather than merely an
inspection and standardization based on minimum stand-
ards. They consider institutional self-evaluation to
be one of the major aims of the accrediting process,
which process should result in stimulating improvement
through institutional initiative.
Since one of the chief aims of the evaluation experience
is the fostering of the growth and development of the
institution from within, both the National Commission
and the Northwest Association recommend that each evalu-
ation by the Northwest Association be proceeded by a
through-going process of self-evaluation. They also
urge that sufficient time be taken (12-18 months) to
permit a real self-evaluation.
Areas to be studied include Curriculum, Instruction,
Plant, Materials and Equipment, Library, Financial
Support, Stability, Records, Faculty, Administration
and the Student-Personnel Service.
Because each institution must be studied in the light
of its own unique clientele and stated purposes, the
National Commission and the Northwest Association
recommend that the self-study be climaxed:
a. By a description of clientele and responsi-
bilities of the Institution.
b. By a clear-cut statement of the objectives of
c. By a self-appraisal of the degree to which the
stated objectives are, in fact, the objectives
of the institution.
d. By a self appraisal of the degree to which these
stated objectives are being fulfilled.
THE VISITING EVALUATION COMMITTEE
Following the self-evaluation and the presentation of
the findings to the Northwest Association, a visiting
evaluation committee of 20 to 30 authorities will be
sent to the institution's Campus. This committee will
include specialists in the areas to be evaluated. Thus
the Library will be evaluated by those who know librar-
ies, curriculum by those who know curriculum, adminis-
tration by those who know administration and instruction
by those who know instruction.
EVALUATION OF THE UNIVERSITY IN NEVADA
In 1920 the University of Nevada was placed on the
approved list of the Association of American Univer-
sities, a group of a few large Universities which formed
the chief accrediting agency in the United States. The
University of Nevada remained on the approved list until
it was discontinued in favor of Regional Accrediting
The University of Nevada applied to the Northwest As-
sociation and in 1938 President Hartman was notified
that accreditation had been granted.
The September 1, 1953 list of Institutions of Higher
Education accredited by the Regional Accrediting Agen-
cies of the United States put out by the National Com-
mission on Accrediting included the University of
The December 2, 1953 list of institutions accredited
by the Northwest Association included the University
The University of Nevada has not had an institution-
wide evaluation made since 1938.
President Stout then recommended that the Board of Regents
adopt a policy concurring with the plan and spirit of the
recommendation of the National Commission and the Northwest
Consideration of the recommendation was deferred until the
afternoon session so that the Regents might attend Rotary
Club in a body for its luncheon meeting.
The meeting recessed at 11:50 A.M.
The recessed meeting was called to order by the Chairman in the
President's office at 1:40 P.M. with all Regents and the Presi-
Reporters Armstrong, Burns, Bennyhoff, Olsen, and University
Editor Laxalt reported the afternoon session.
8. Accreditation (continued)
Further discussion took place concerning accreditation of
the University of Nevada and accreditation policies and
developments in general.
Motion by Dr. Lombardi carried unanimously that the follow-
ing resolution be adopted:
Believing that evaluations made by well trained and
competent people using an accepted set of criteria
are necessary for the healthful development of a
University, the Board of Regents request the President
to take the initial steps necessary to secure a care-
ful and thorough reevaluation of the University of
Nevada according to the plans outlined by the National
Commission on Accrediting and the Northwest Associa-
tion of Secondary and Higher Schools.
9. Mackay School of Mines Report
Roy Hardy, Regent Chairman, Committee on Mackay School of
Mines, presented his "Report on Mackay School of Mines and
Related Organizations", which had been mimeographed and
mailed to the members of the Board of Regents prior to the
Dean Scheid was present for this portion of the meeting and
assisted in the presentation of the report.
Mr. Hardy's report first showed the organization of the
Mackay School of Mines and Related Organizations, then
devoted separate sections to (A) Mackay School of Mines,
(B) Nevada Mining Analytical Laboratory and (C) Nevada
Bureau of Mines.
(A) Recommendations concerning the Mackay School of Mines
were submitted as follows:
1. Yearly reconsideration of the subjects offered
be made. This to insure a sound academic program,
with courses conducted to meet the demands of
2. Careful preservation of the Mackay Endowment and
the Hunt Foundation Funds, with an investment
policy designed to produce the maximum amount of
3. Consolidation and reorganization of the Library.
This to bring all reference books into one area
for greater efficiency and accessability.
4. Completion of the remodeling of the Mackay School
of Mines building and the former U. S. Bureau of
Mines building. This to utilize more advanta-
geously the space for classrooms, laboratories,
offices, etc., and, also, to modernize the facili-
5. Construction of and equipping a mineral industry
pilot plant. This to aid research activities of
the School and of the mineral industry. With the
gift of pilot plant equipment by Basic Refrac-
tories Incorporated as a nucleus, this project
should be pushed to completion as soon as funds
This is to better equip graduates to cope with one
of the problems confronting the mineral industry,
and to teach economy in operation to meet foreign
competition and to lower prices for products of
the mineral industry.
6. Installation of course work in Geophysics and
Geochemistry, with appointment of a Professor in
7. Installation of course work in fundamental mineral
economics, and appointment of a mineral economist
to the Department of Mining.
8. Appointment of a full-time Curator for the Museum.
This to properly catalog existing exhibits, to
add new exhibits, and to generally put the Museum
into shape for more efficient utilization as a
teaching medium, for reference and research, and
for the general public.
9. Retention of the name "Mackay" with reference to
the School of Mines. This for the reason that
the trend among Universities has been to rename
schools of mines to names more inclusive and
descriptive, such as : "School of Mineral Sci-
ences", "School of Mineral Industries", etc.
Suggestions have been made to "modernize" the
name of "Mackay School of Mines". However, the
endowments to the School of Mines by Marie Louise
Mackay and Clarence H. Mackay, wife and son of
John W. Mackay, famous in the annals of mining
and especially in Nevada mining, the long associ-
ation of the name "Mackay" with the School, and
the further fact that the name "Mackay School of
Mines" is so well known and revered by all of
its graduates, that in my opinion, a change in
the name of the School of Mines would be a mistake
and decidedly undesirable. In fact, the name
"Mackay" has become almost a "trade name" so far
as the School is concerned. Many graduates of the
Mackay School of Mines have brought credit and
distinction to it and, if any change of name might
be considered, "Mackay" should always be retained
in the name.
10. Encouragement of high school students of ability
to prepare for careers in the mineral sciences
in the Mackay School of Mines. This to be ac-
complished by the appearance of faculty members
of the Mackay School of Mines before high school
student bodies with a sound publicity program,
that would outline the educational facilities
and opportunities in mineral industries for
graduates of various field of mineral sciences
offered by the Mackay School of Mines, and with
printed literature to support the appearance of
faculty members, as well as list achievements of
graduates and faculty.
In conclusion I wish to point out that the technical
training received by graduates of the Mackay School of
Mines, for many years, has enabled them to establish
enviable records in the various fields of the minerals
industry all over the world. In order to maintain this
standing and to keep the School in a competitive status
with other Colleges and Universities, it is necessary
for the Mackay School of Mines: (1) To be alert and
vigorous at all times, (2) To maintain a constant
program of self-evaluation of all Departments, (3)
To maintain a staff of outstanding personnel, (4) To
maintain up-to-date and adequate equipment in its
laboratories, and (5) To maintain a constant check
on the commercial fields of the mineral industry in
order to keep courses of study abreast with industry
(B) Recommendations concerning the Nevada Mining Analytical
Laboratory were submitted as follows:
1. Replacement of the half-time Laboratory Assistant
with a full-time Assistant. This for the reason
that the work of the Laboratory has doubled since
2. Make available to the Laboratory greater know-
ledge on modern mineralogy. This to speed up the
work and broaden the scope of the activities of
3. Employment of a Laboratory Assistant well versed
in mineralogy. He would assist in identification
of unusual minerals and rocks, compile data on
the many rare and unusual types of minerals, and
prepare such data for publication, both locally
and in national scientific journals. This to
stimulate interest in minerals in Nevada.
4. Establish an orientation of training program on a
permanent basis. This to familiarize staff mem-
bers with work being carried on by the Laboratory
and the Nevada Bureau of Mines, as well as similar
agencies in adjacent States.
(C) Summary concerning the Nevada Bureau of Mines was sub-
mitted as follows:
1. Has planned and attempted to do more field work
and to concentrate Bureau publications on scien-
tific and engineering reports. This to further
one of the prime purposes of the Bureau, which
is to obtain and disseminate new information con-
cerning the mineral resources of Nevada.
2. Has increased the technical staff to build a more
active and productive Bureau of Mines. Nevada
cannot support a large mineral organization, but
should support a staff of 6 or so technical men
in diversified fields, in order to efficiently
execute its responsibilities to the mineral
industry of the State. Although considerable
progress has been made in staffing the Bureau
with adequately qualified and trained technical
men, the Bureau should continue its efforts along
3. Has acquired some very vital and necessary equip-
ment to carry on the work of the Bureau.
In conclusion, mining is one of the major industries
of the State, and it is vitally important that the
Nevada Bureau of Mines received appropriations of
sufficient size to adequately conduct geological and
mining investigations and to publish their findings.
In discussion, Mr. Hardy stated that the Mackay School of
Mines is on the upgrade, but further progress is necessary.
Motion by Mr. Crumley carried unanimously that the follow-
ing resolution be adopted:
WHEREAS, the Report on the Mackay School of Mines and
Related Organizations, dated December 1953 and prepared
by Regent Roy A. Hardy, is a most thorough, comprehen-
sive and informative report, and
WHEREAS, this document is and will continue to be of
great value to the Board of Regents, the President and
all those responsible for the administration of the
University of Nevada, and
WHEREAS, it is obvious that a vast amount of time and
effort has gone into this report, and
WHEREAS, this is the first of such reports to be sub-
mitted by individual members of the Board,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the University of
Nevada Board of Regents accepts this report, that it
does take this means of expressing its gratitude to
Regent Hardy for his meticulous preparation of the re-
port hereinabove referred to and does further herewith
commend for for a job exceedingly well done.
Motion by Mr. Grant carried unanimously that a matching
original copy of the above resolution be furnished Regent
Hardy over the signatures of the other members of the Board
and the President of the University.
It was unanimously agreed that the report be sent to members
of the Nevada Mining Association, public and private librar-
ies in the State, and to Chambers of Commerce in the State.
It was further agreed that, following next general election,
copies be sent to the members of the State Legislature.
In discussing endowments for the Mackay School of Mines, Mr.
Hardy suggested that a committee be set up to study the in-
vestment, not only of the School of Mines funds, but of all
invested funds of the University. Following further general
Motion by Mr. Hardy carried unanimously that a study be made
of investment of University funds, that a committee be asked
to assist in this study, and make recommendations to the
Board of Regents concerning such investments.
It was unanimously agreed that the composition of the com-
mittee (mentioned in the above motion) be composed as fol-
Thomas Little, Dean Witter Company
Harry W. Shelly, Mitchum Tully Company
W. W. Hopper, First National Bank of Nevada
S. E. Ross, Chairman Board of Regents
Minard W. Stout, President University of Nevada
Perry W. Hayden, Comptroller University of Nevada
11. Student Union Building
President Stout presented the latest plans from the archi-
tects for the Student Union building, and also presented the
suggestions from a meeting of the overall committee on the
Student Union building.
Motion by Dr. Lombardi carried unanimously that the plans
as drawn, be approved in principle, with provision that a
sketch of the completed building, as projected, be made by
the architects and submitted to the Board of Regents.
Mr. Hardy told of the desire of Mr. Travis, expressed to
Mr. Hardy prior to his death, that a suitable cornerstone
be laid in the Student Union building by masonic ceremony.
Motion by Mr. Grant carried unanimously that, in keeping
with the wish of Mr. Travis, the architects be notified
that the University desires a cornerstone for the Student
Union building in keeping with the specifications of the
Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, and that the
masonic order be requested to conduct the laying of the
cornerstone at an appropriate time and place.
The meeting adjourned at 4:15 P.M.
The next meeting was set at the call of the Chair.