February 14-15, 1955
Volume 7 - Pages 96-100
UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA
February 14, 1955
The Board of Regents met in regular session in the President's
office at the University on Monday, February 14, 1955. The meet-
ing was called to order by the Chairman at 10 A.M. Present: Re-
gents Hardy, Grant, Lombardi, Thompson, Ross; Comptroller Hayden
and President Stout.
Reporters who covered the meeting were Robert Laxalt, James
Hulse, Carl Digino and Henry Rilling.
1. Minutes of Previous Meetings
Motion by Mr. Grant carried unanimously that the minutes of
previous meetings be approved as follows:
a) Regular meeting of January 22, 1955
b) Executive Committee meeting of January 29, 1955
2. Comptroller's Claims
Claims which had been approved by the Executive Committee
were presented for approval of the Board.
Motion by Mr. Thompson carried unanimously that the claims,
as follows, be approved:
Regents Checks, Nos. 45-109 to 45-126 inclusive for
a total of $189,252.53.
State Claims, Nos. 45-84 to 45-100 inclusive for
a total of $130,555.32.
3. Personnel Recommendations were presented by the President.
Motion by Mr. Thompson carried unanimously that the follow-
ing recommendations be approved:
COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCE
Department of Economics, Business and Sociology
1) Reappointment of Mrs. June Fant as Assistant in Eco-
nomics, Business and Sociology for the Spring semester
1955 at a salary of $700 for the semester.
Department of Health, Physical Education and Athletics
2) Reappointment of Harold Bailey as Golf Coach for the
season March 1 to June 1, 1955, at a salary of $150
for the period.
3) Reappointment of H. A. Nenzel as Tennis Coach for the
season February 1 to June 1, 1955, at a salary of $225
for the period.
4) Reappointment of John L. Carline as Graduate Assistant
in Health, Physical Education and Athletics for the
Spring semester 1955 at a salary of $375 for the
EVENING DIVISION - Reno Region
5) Appointment of Walter S. Palmer, Jr. (supplementary
contract) to teach a course in Accounting for the month
of January 1955. This course was begun by Mr. Geyer in
the Fall of 1954 (minutes of December 10, 1954) who is
unable to complete the last month of his contract (Janu-
4. Out-of-State Tuition Awards
President Stout presented the following recommendation of
the Committee on Scholarships and Prizes:
That the out-of-state tuition awards should be quali-
fied in regard to need and scholarship, as follows:
I. NEW STUDENTS
(1) Must be admitted by the Admissions Office of
the University of Nevada.
(2) Must designate urgent or very urgent need.
II. MATRICULATED STUDENTS
(1) Must designate urgent or very urgent need.
(2) Must have an overall grade point average of
2.0 or better.
Motion by Mr. Hardy carried unanimously that the recom-
mendation be approved.
5. Gifts received by the University were reported to the Re-
gents as follows:
a) Ralston Purina Scholarship
Objective: To give recognition and assistance to
outstanding undergraduate students in
One scholarship will be available annually in each State
and 3 in Canada, for awarding to an incoming Senior in
the College of Agriculture at the Land Grant College.
Circumstances may exist wherein the local committee may
choose to recommend an incoming Junior for the scholar-
ship instead of an incoming Senior.
The recipient must qualify as follows:
Scholastically - Upper 25% of the class
Leadership - As evidenced by special ac-
tivities in which he is
Character - Moral firmness and vigor in
all his relationships
Extra Curricular - A record demonstrating good
Sincerity of Purpose - In Agriculture as his chosen
Financial Need - Clearly demonstrated
Selection to be made by the scholarship or equivalent
committee at the institution, with their recommendation
being forwarded to the Ralston Purina Company for final
Each scholarship is for $500, deposited with the Treas-
urer in the name of the recipient, payable to him during
the year for which the award is made.
Motion by Mr. Grant carried unanimously that the schol-
arship and its conditions be accepted and turned over to
the Faculty Committee on Scholarships and Prizes.
b) "Pastoral Poets" - written by Professor A. Dandini of
the Department of Foreign Languages - 50 copies given
by him to the University Library.
Motion by Mr. Thompson carried unanimously that the gift
of Dr. Dandini be accepted.
c) From the Max C. Fleischmann Foundation of Nevada, check
in the amount of $600,000 to be added to the $800,000
previously provided to the University, making a total of
$1,400,000 paid in by the Foundation.
Motion by Mr. Thompson carried unanimously that the gift
The Secretary was instructed to write a note of thanks, on
behalf of the Board of Regents, to each of the donors.
6. College of Agriculture
a) President Stout read a letter of February 2, 1955, ad-
dressed to the Board of Regents, from Mr. Julius Bergen,
Executive Secretary, Max C. Fleischmann Foundation of
Nevada, stating that the Trustees of the Foundation
voted unanimously in favor of the proposal that the
Home Economics unit of the Max C. Fleischmann College
of Agriculture be named "The Sarah Hamilton Fleischmann
School of Home Economics".
Motion by Dr. Lombardi carried unanimously that, in
accord with the action of the Trustees of the Max C.
Fleischmann Foundation, the Home Economics unit be
named "The Sarah Hamilton Fleischmann School of Home
b) Mr. Thompson reported the contract with Mr. Parsons,
architect for the Agricultural building, had been
checked with Mr. Summerfield and with the architect,
and that certain changes were made as suggested by the
Regents and as worked out in these conferences. The
contract being ready for signature, Mr. Ross signed on
behalf of the Board of Regents, as authorized in the
meeting of the Executive Committee on January 29, 1955.
c) The Washoe County Agricultural Extension Service has
had the use of a storage building located at 1200 East
Second Street, Reno, since March, 1939. Approximately
$4000 was paid from funds of the Washoe County Agri-
cultural Extension Service (then called Washoe County
Farm Bureau) either for the repair or construction of
the building. (None of the funds used were State or
federally appropriated money.) The building was con-
structed on land owned by Washoe County. Under a law
passed by the 1947 Legislature, all property which was
held under Farm Bureau ownership, but which was pur-
chased or acquired with County, State or Federal funds,
was to be transferred to the Agricultural Extension
Service. However, there is apparently no legal record-
ing of the storage building being so transferred. In
May 1950 Washoe County sold the land on which the build-
ing is located to the City of Reno (Vol. 305, page 533,
Washoe County Clerk's records).
Recommendation was that the University waive any and all
rights to the building with the understanding the pro-
ceeds received by Washoe County from the sale of the
building be used toward providing satisfactory storage
and office facilities for the Washoe County Agricultural
Extension Service with the provision that the Agricul-
tural Extension Service of the University of Nevada be
given until July 1, 1955 to make proper disposition of
its equipment that is stored in the building.
Motion by Mr. Hardy carried unanimously that the waiver
be signed, on conditions as stated above.
7. Mrs. Marcelle Herz presented a letter, in person, expressing
the feeling of parents and teachers in the great loss in the
field of Child Development, due to death of Miss Virginia
Carroll. The letter urged the continuance of her work at as
early a time as possible.
Motion by Dr. Lombardi carried unanimously that the Secre-
tary to the Board write a letter to Mrs. Herz thanking her
for her interest and telling her that the Board is cogni-
zant of the need for courses in Child Development and that
the University is endeavoring at this time to find a suit-
able person to carry on this work next semester.
8. Student Housing
President Stout distributed a prepared report on "The
Importance of Dormitories to the Educational Program and
in the Development of the Physical Plant at the University
of Nevada", and discussed it with the Board of Regents.
Motion by Mr. Hardy carried unanimously that Regent Thompson
be authorized to study the present Housing Act, and to work
with Attorney General Dickerson in preparing a bill for in-
troduction in the Legislature requesting permissive legis-
lation for the erection of housing units at the University
to be financed on a self-liquidating basis.
The Board recessed at 11:50 A.M. for luncheon, and for tour of
The recessed meeting was called to order by the Chairman at 3:10
P.M. All persons were present who were at the morning session.
9. Legislative Program of the University was discussed by the
President. He reported on his meeting with Mr. Russell Mc
Donald, Bill Drafter for the Legislature, concerning permis-
sive legislation to enable the University to take advantage
of social security and group insurance plans. These bills
are in the process of preparation. He reported also on a
bill being drawn up at the present time which calls for a
branch of the University, including a building, in Clark
By consensus, it was agreed that the members of the Legis-
lature be invited to visit the Campus to see for themselves
the needs of the University.
10. Land - North of Campus
Mr. Ross reported on his meeting with Mr. Capurro, owner
of land north of the Campus, as authorized by the Board of
Regents. Mr. Ross found that there is land north and north-
east of the Campus which Mr. Capurro would be willing to
Mr. Ross was authorized to continue negotiations with Mr.
11. Land - Las Vegas Area
Mr. and Mrs. Howard R. Wilbourn came into the meeting at
3:25 P.M. Mrs. Wilburn offered to the Board of Regents a
gift of 60 acres of land as the site for a branch of the
University of Nevada in Las Vegas, the gift to be made as
a memorial to her mother, Mrs. Anita Julia Cornish, who was
an early pioneer of Nevada. In addition to the gift, Mrs.
Wilbourn offered an option on 20 additional adjoining acres
of land at $35,000.
President Stout reported on his visit to Las Vegas inspect-
ing various parcels of land which were under consideration
for sites for a Southern Branch of the University. He be-
lieved that the land offered by Mrs. Wilbourn was the most
promising site of all that had been offered.
President Stout recommended that the offer of 60 acres be
accepted with full appreciation of the gift and of what it
means to the youth of Southern Nevada; and that the option
on the additional acres be accepted at $35,000 until June
30, 1956, to see if money can be raised to purchase it.
The President recommended that in the first building con-
structed on the site, there be a plaque in memory of Mrs.
Motion by Mr. Grant carried unanimously that the offer of
Mrs. Wilbourn be accepted, both as a gift of land and option
on additional land. Mr. Ross was authorized to sign the
papers on behalf of the Board of Regents. Regent Grant
paid the $1 called for in the option.
Motion by Mr. Grant carried unanimously that a letter be
written by the President to the Bureau of Land Management
withdrawing the protest of the University to giving title
of the land to Mrs. Estelle Wilbourn, with copies of the
letter to Ernest Brown (Attorney for Mrs. Wilbourn), and
to Mrs. Wilbourn; and also that the Governor be notified
of the withdrawal of the protest.
Motion by Mr. Thompson carried unanimously that the Presi-
dent write a letter to Mr. and Mrs. Wilbourn, in care of
Ernest Brown, Attorney, notifying them officially of the
acceptance of their offer.
Motion by Mr. Thompson carried unanimously that the Regents
extend thanks and appreciation to Regent Grant, Dean William
Wood and President Stout for their research in regard to
locations in Southern Nevada and for the information which
they brought back to the Board.
Motion by Mr. Grant carried unanimously that letters be
sent by the President to those who were especially helpful
to him in his work and study of suitable sites in Southern
Nevada, namely, Mr. A. W. Magelby of the Las Vegas office
of the Bureau of Land Management, Mr. Warren Portenier, and
Mr. Ray Germain, thanking them for their interest and help
in bringing about the acquisition of this land.
It was suggested that others who have offered sites or who
have helped in any way to secure sites for the University
should be thanked by the President.
The meeting adjourned at 4 P.M.
The next meeting was set at the call of the Chair.