UCCSN Board of Regents' Meeting Minutes
February 17-18, 1950

Volume 6 - Pages 204-225

February 17-18, 1950

The regular meeting of the Board of Regents was called to order
by the Chairman at 9:15 A.M., February 17, 1950, in the office
of the President. Present: Regents Hilliard, Sheerin, Arentz,
Cahlan, Ross and Acting President Parker. Also present were
Legislative Counsellor Springmeyer and reporters Robert Bennyhoff
and Bryn Armstrong.

Minutes of the meeting of December 10, 1949, as amended by mail
were unanimously approved, upon motion by Mr. Cahlan.

President's Informal Report

A - Purchasing of University Supplies

Mr. Hayden has been studying the matter of University pur-
chases since last Fall to see what items can profitably be
purchased in quantity for Campus distribution. Amount of
storage space has also been surveyed. Two items have been
purchased by the Comptroller to date at great savings to the
University. It was noted if a central Purchasing Department
should be set up in Carson City, the University could benefit
from staple items, but that chemicals and scientific supplies
would have to be purchased by the University.

B - Auditor's Report

The auditors from the General Accounting (Vet. Accts.) office
completed their audit last month. The Comptroller's report
on that audit was presented. Exceptions noted by the audi-
tors at this University paralleled those made at other Land
Grant institutions throughout the country. The amounts are
so large and the Land Grant opinion concerning them so uni-
form that it is reasonable to expect that Congressional con-
sideration will be given this problem. It will be about
6 to 8 months before action can be taken.

C - Enrollment

Close of registration, February 18, 1950:

Men 1183
Women 466
Total 1649

Of the above students, 589 are attending under the Veterans
Education Bills as follows:

Under G. I. Bill 562
Under Vocational Rehabilitation 27

D - Housing

Manzanita Hall Artemisia Hall Lincoln Hall
Normal Cap 100 Normal Cap 100 Normal Cap 125
Students 76 Students 83 Students 127
Adults 1 Adults 1
77 84

Highland Terrace Housing Units
Normal Capacity 130
Dormitory No. 27 Students 40
Dormitory No. 28 Students 40
Dormitory No. 30 Students 50

Hartman Halls
Normal Capacity 70
Students 80

Field House
Students 5

Campus Housing Units Trailer Court
Normal Capacity 112 Normal Capacity 35
Students 105 Students 35
Faculty 17

E - Out-of-State Tuition

The following action has been taken by this office on ap-
plications for exemption from out-of-state tuition:

(a) Exemption granted:

James T. Clarkson, established residence
William Cockrell, parents established residence
George Pence, Jr., established residence
Mathew J. Piccini, established residence
Raymond Wade Porter, established residence
Margaret K. Terry, parents established residence
Jane Baty Tieslau, established residence
Robert Baird, established residence
Virginia Agnes Hansen, parents established residence
Evans L. Harris, established residence
Patricia Pike, parents established residence

(b) Exemption refused:

Helen Keddie, conditions presented insufficient
Jeri Lyons, failed to meet any conditions for exemption
Benita Mellon, intent to establish residence may exist,
but residence not actually established

F - Wolves Frolic

The echoes of the Wolves Frolic, which caused much unfavor-
able comment, have died down. Criticism was directed toward
the fraternity which set fire to the decorations because of
injudicious use of flash powder and to other individuals and
groups because of vulgarity included in the skits. Two fra-
ternities and one club were reprimanded by letter from this
office. One individual was placed on conduct probation for
the remainder of the Fall semester. The Associated Students
and the Associated Women Students took prompt action on their
own part to condemn the undesirable skits and to foster a
healthier attitude on the part of the student body in the

The effort to establish and maintain a higher social and dis-
ciplinary standard has included the following:

Disapproval of organizational social functions at clubs,
etc. outside of the city limits of Reno.

Disapproval of off-campus apartments as living quarters
for women students.

Disapproval of student assemblies during class hours for
other than serious purposes.

G - Expulsions

Proceedings of the Justice's Court of Reno Township in and
for the County of Washoe, State of Nevada, show that John
Arthur Collins and Charles Richard Crabtree, students of
the University of Nevada, were on December 14, 1949, convict-
ed of the crime of petit larceny. After consultation with
the Dean of Men, who investigated the case, and with various
members of the faculty, these students were expelled effec-
tive January 5, 1950 because of that offense.

H - Vandalism

A wave of vandalism has occurred in recent months as evi-
denced by the following incidents. The Chief of Police of
Reno has been notified and his advice sought.

a. Since the University opened last September, 3 basket-
balls have been stolen from the new Gymnasium and several
windows broken.

b. There has been thievery of parts from cars parked in the
Victory Heights area.

c. During the Christmas holidays, windows were broken in
Stewart Hall one night, and on another occasion, windows
were broken in the old Gymnasium both up and downstairs.

d. Several door mats were found one morning on the steps
of one of the buildings apparently collected off Campus
and dumped there.

e. A rock was thrown through the plate glass front door of
the Education building.

f. Youngsters who skate on Manzanita Lake have been allowed
to use the toilets in the Library and have raised con-
siderable trouble there. A valuable marble bench inside
the Library was smashed.

g. Four doors were broken in the Field House.

Lt. Louis Spitz, Head of the Juvenile Division of the Reno
Police Department, has started activity groups. He has ap-
prehended some of the trouble makers and learned the names
of others. The net result of these two lines of attack has
been a decrease in the disorders here.

I - Literary Magazine

A new literary magazine has been authorized and the sum of
$100 from the President's Discretionary Fund promised for
its support for the remainder of this school year. No ad-
vertising is to be solicited. The governing board includes
both students and faculty, the faculty members being selected
from the English Department and the Art Department.

J - Armory

A Site Board from Headquarters, 6th Army in San Francisco,
visited Reno for the purpose of selecting a site for an
armory for units of the organized reserve. The Board met
with Colonel Parker. After consultation with the local
members of the Executive Committee, Colonel Parker offered
the Site Board the choice of several suitable locations on
the Campus on terms similar to those governing the Naval
Reserve, with the suggestion that they consider the advisa-
bility of combining ROTC funds and ORC funds to provide a
larger armory which would serve the needs of both groups.
Since that time another Site Board visited Reno and it has
been decided to construct a combined Armory for the National
Guard and the Organized Reserves. The President did not
consider it desirable to combine the ROTC with these two
in an Armory project on the Campus because of the nature of
their social occasions.

K - Soil Conservation Service

The Soil Conservation Service has been granted part time
use of laboratory space in the Veterinary Science building.
Their request was approved under the same conditions that
govern the use of University facilities by other federal
agencies on our Campus.

L - Suspensions

36 students were suspended at the end of the Fall semester
1950. At the end of the Fall semester 1949, 62 students were

M - Churchill County Farm Bureau

With the appointment of Mr. Zappettini as Assistant Agent,
the request of the Churchill County Farm Bureau for addi-
tional help was met. The President of the Churchill County
Farm Bureau has been furnished with an organization chart
of the 3 Agricultural Divisions of the University, the pro-
posed budget for County Extension work in Nevada for the
calendar year 1950 with the number of farms in each County
indicated, and figures concerning the last 6 years as they
apply to Churchill County alone.

President's Recommendations

Comptroller Hayden came into the meeting to present his lists of
claims, approved by the Executive Committee, for approval of the
Board, as follows:

1) Claims

List No. 6, Regents Checks Nos. 90-132 to 90-149 inclusive
for a total of $172,068.97.

List No. 6, State Claims Nos. 90-154 to 90-189 inclusive
for a total of $88,106.03.

List No. 7, Regents Checks Nos. 90-150 to 90-161 inclusive
for a total of $18,248.07.

List No. 7, State Claims Nos. 90-190 to 90-199 inclusive
for a total of $6,453.84.

List No. 8 Regents Checks Nos. 90-162 to 90-187 inclusive
for a total of $160,974.36.

List No. 8, State Claims Nos. 90-200 to 90-239 inclusive
for a total of $103,424.55.

Motion by Mr. Cahlan passed unanimously that the above
lists be approved.

2) Plumbing and Paint Shop

Since the Plumbing and Paint Shop in the basement of Lincoln
Hall constitutes a serious fire hazard, it was the recommen-
dation of Mr. Horn that these Shops be moved to a building
in back of Lincoln Hall, vacated by the U. S. Bureau of
Mines. Request was made for authority to do the necessary
work in making the new building suitable for such use, at
an estimated cost of $700.

Action was deferred until an inspection could be made of the
basement of Lincoln Hall and the proposed location.

3) Parking Space

Request was made for authority to spend $100 for gravel to
put the area adjacent to Lincoln Hall in shape for use as
a parking area. Action was deferred until an inspection
could be made of the area.

4) Financial Statements

Financial statements were distributed by the Comptroller

a) Estimated balance - Federal Funds - as of June 30, 1950
- $5,963.01.

b) Actual and estimated income - all Divisions of the Uni-

c) Expenditures - all Divisions of the University.

d) Veterans Administration accounts, 1946-49.

Motion by Mr. Cahlan passed unanimously that the reports be

5) $125,000 Appropriation

Balance of $11,990 remains unexpended from the $125,000 ap-
propriation of the Legislature for salary increases. The
President requested authority to make this sum available
to the Deans for planning salary increases which would be
submitted to the Regents for consideration at their June
meeting. Action was deferred until other recommendations
involving salary have been presented.

6) Storage Space - Records

The Comptroller pointed out that many records of his Depart-
ment are stored in the basement of Morrill Hall in rooms
which are not fire-proof. Microfilming of such records was
discussed, with the suggestion that the equipment in Carson
City might be used.

Motion by Mr. Cahlan passed unanimously that an investiga-
tion be made concerning the microfilming of such records,
and also the procedure to be followed if the University
wishes to destroy some of its old records, and a report
made to the Regents at their next meeting.

7) Switchboard

The Comptroller presented correspondence of the Bell Tele-
phone Company on the survey made by them for the instal-
lation of a central switchboard for the Campus. Additional
cost to the University was of approximately $600 per year
over present costs for telephone service. Mr. Hayden es-
timated that additional costs, including operators would
amount to approximately $4200 per year. It was brought
out that the present telephone service is inadequate.

Motion by Mr. Arentz passed unanimously that the President
be authorized to designate someone to investigate the
matter further and to get definite and up-to-date figures
for report to the Regents at their June meeting.

The Regents recessed as a Board of Regents and convened as a
Board of Control for the Agricultural Experiment Station to
consider the following matter:

8) Rural Electrification - Elko County

On December 10, the Board of Regents directed the Comptrol-
ler to consult with Mr. Shipley and make recommendations
regarding the Rural Electrification Project at the Knoll
Creek Station in Elko County. The Comptroller's report

The original electrification plan submitted to the
Regents and turned down by them, required a guarantee
by the University of Nevada of at least $30 a month
over a period of 35 years.

The present plan, covering the town of Wells and ad-
jacent territory extending north to Contact, Nevada,
has been checked by Federal representatives of the
Rural Electrification Program and progress had been
made to the point where an office has been established
in Wells with a Director and a staff in charge, and a
formal application for a federal loan has been made.
The present plan calls for a guarantee of $45 a month
for the first year. At the end of the first year the
plan is to go on a kilowatt rate based on the first
year's cost of operation. For your information this
first year would cost the University $540. Mr. Shipley
informs me that the cost of operating the present light
plant at Knoll Creek is at least $1 a day, in addition
to upkeep on this, one overhaul job last year amounted
to $180, thus bringing the cost of operating our present
plant to at least the amount it would cost the Univer-
sity under the Rural Electrification Plan. Mr. Shipley
further informs me that there are at present some 800
subscribers for electricity in the Wells area and by
going in now, a line will be built from the highway
into the Station, some 4 1/2 miles, at no cost to the

If the University does not go into this plan at the
present time, it will mean that they will have to wait
until the needs of the present subscribers are ade-
quately supplied and then the University will be put
to the expense of building this 4 1/2 miles of line
at an estimate cost of $1500 a mile. Mr. Shipley and
Director Fleming are very much interested in partici-
pating in the present plan, for as they state, it would
not look well for the University with a Research Sta-
tion located at Contact to develop their own light and
power by diesel operation when the rest of the area is
participating in the Rural Electrification Program.

Mr. Shipley states that a contract will be let for the
erection of the line sometime in April or May and must
be completed within 3 months. This means that power
will be available in the area sometime in September or

It is recommended that the University be authorized to
participate in this project.

Motion by Mr. Arentz passed unanimously that authorization
be granted to participate in the project, based on the above
report, with the understanding that the initial contract is
for one year only, and at no cost to the general funds of
the University.

The Board recessed as a Board of Control for the Agricultural
Experiment Station and reconvened as a Board of Regents.

9) Mrs. Vern Sullivan Bequest

Under the terms of the Will of Mrs. Vern Sullivan, the Uni-
versity of Nevada was given a special legacy of $500. The
check has been received and the Comptroller's receipt for-
warded. The Will placed no restriction upon the use of this

Motion by Mr. Arentz passed unanimously that this sum be
placed in the General Endowment Principal Account.

10) Comptroller's Office Personnel

Mr. Hayden requested authority to employ a man in his office
to be designated as Chief Accountant at a salary of $3600
to $4000. He further recommended that the man have the fol-
lowing qualifications:

Not over 35 years of age.
Be qualified Accountant with adequate experience.
Preferably a graduate of this institution.
Must be responsible to the Comptroller.

Motion by Mr. Arentz carried that the employment of such a
man to assist the Comptroller be authorized, effective July
1, 1950, at a salary range of $3600 to $3800, with the rec-
ommendation to Mr. Hayden that he do his best to keep at
the lower figure.

Vote: Aye - Sheerin, Cahlan, Arentz
No - Hilliard, Ross - "no" on the $3800 as top
figure, "aye" on the rest of the motion.

Comptroller Hayden left the meeting at 10:25 A.M.

11) Personnel

Colonel Parker recommended the following personnel matters:


a) That the resignation of Dr. Q. E. Fortier as University
Physician be accepted, effective June 15, 1950.

Motion by Mr. Cahlan passed unanimously that the above
recommendation be approved.


b) That, effective February 13, 1950, Mrs. Marianne Spann
be appointed as Loan Librarian at a salary of $2800 per
year, in the place of Mrs. Caryl Moore, resigned.

Motion by Mr. Cahlan passed unanimously that the above
recommendation be approved.

Agricultural College


c) That the salary of Mrs. Phoebe Swett, Secretary, be in-
creased from $203 to $210 per month, retroactive to
July 1, 1949.

Motion by Mr. Arentz passed unanimously that the rec-
ommendation be approved.

Agricultural Economics

d) That the appointment of Mr. Williard F. Williams as
Assistant Professor of Agricultural Economics at a sal-
ary of $1925 for the period January 16, 1950 to June 30,
1950, be confirmed. (See minutes of December 10, 1949
for authorization.)

Motion by Mr. Sheerin passed unanimously that the above
recommendation be approved.

Home Economics

e) That Miss Virginia Carroll's status be changed from
Assistant in Home Economics to Lecturer in Home Eco-
nomics with no change in salary status.

Motion by Mr. Cahlan passed unanimously that the above
recommendation be approved.

Arts and Science College

Economics, Business and Sociology

f) That Richard Bernhard be employed on a full time basis
for the Spring semester 1950 at a salary of $2100 for
the semester to assume the courses formerly taught by
Walter Palmer, Jr., who will be absent from the Campus
during the Spring semester to pursue graduate studies
at Stanford University.

Motion by Mr. Sheerin passed unanimously that the above
recommendation be approved.


g) That the salary of $1200 be allowed Dr. Jensen for his
services in conducting the European tour during the
Summer of 1950.

Motion was made by Mr. Sheerin that the above recommen-
dation be approved.

Amendment by Mr. Hilliard that the "$1200" be changed
to read "$1000" lost with Regent Hilliard voting "aye"
and all other Regents voting "no".

Motion above by Mr. Sheerin then carried with Mr.
Hilliard voting "no" and all other Regents voting "aye".

h) That leave of absence with pay be granted to Dean Fred
Traner in order that he may represent Nevada on a 6
weeks tour of Europe sponsored by Michigan State College
and Yale University with the objective of studying the
political, social, economic and educational conditions
and programs in Great Britain and European countries.
The group will leave New York March 15, 1950.

Motion by Mr. Hilliard passed unanimously that leave of
absence with full pay be granted to Dean Traner and
that he be complimented upon being selected.


i) That the reappointment of Mr. John Chamberlin as Assist-
ant in Mathematics at a salary of $550 for the Spring
semester 1950 be confirmed.

Motion by Mr. Sheerin passed unanimously that the above
recommendation be approved.


j) That the appointment of Mr. John Whittlesey as Instruc-
tor in Astronomy in the Department of Physics for the
Spring semester 1950 at a salary of $1600 for the semes-
ter, to handle some of the courses formerly taught by
Professor Blair, be confirmed.

Motion by Mr. Sheerin passed unanimously that the above
recommendation be approved.

k) That the appointment of Mr. C. E. Shepherd as Lecturer
in Meteorology in the Department of Physics at a salary
of $300 for the Spring semester, 1950, in the place of
Mr. Richard Tarble, resigned, be confirmed.

Motion by Mr. Cahlan passed unanimously that the rec-
ommendation be approved.

Engineering College


l) That Mr. Conrad Martin be reappointed as Instructor in
Geology for the Spring semester 1950 at a salary of
$1600 for the semester.

Motion by Mr. Arentz passed unanimously that the rec-
ommendation be approved.

Agricultural Extension Division

m) That the appointment of Mr. George Zappettini as As-
sistant Extension Agent for Churchill and Lyon Counties,
effective February 1, 1950, at a salary of $3300 per
year, be confirmed.

Motion by Mr. Sheerin passed unanimously that the ap-
pointment be confirmed.

The Board recessed as a Board of Regents and convened as a Board
of Control for the Agricultural Experiment Station, to consider
the following personnel recommendations:

a) That the appointment of Mr. Michael Galli as Assistant
in Soils Research at a salary of $300 per month for the
period March 1, 1950 to June 30, 1950, be confirmed.

Motion by Mr. Sheerin passed unanimously that the above
be approved.

b) The livestock project which has been conducted on the
Brennan Ranch in Elko during recent years will be com-
pleted this Spring and no further federal funds allo-
cated to its support after June 30, 1950. Since the
University will have no further need for the services
of Mr. Chester Brennan, who has been in charge of this
project, the President recommended that his employment
be terminated as of June 30, 1950.

Motion by Mr. Sheerin passed unanimously that the rec-
ommendation be accepted and that Mr. Brennan be thanked
for the excellent work he has done for the University;
and that, further, he be told that the Regents hope he
will continue his interest in the University.

c) That the title of V. E. Spencer be changed from Associ-
ate in Soils Research to Head of the Soils Department
of the Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station with no
change in salary status.

Motion by Mr. Sheerin passed unanimously that the above
recommendation be approved.

The Board adjourned as a Board of Control for the Agricultural
Experiment Station and reconvened as a Board of Regents.

12) Summer Sessions

Dr. Brown reports that the faculty for the 1950 Summer
School is now complete. The Summer School has been self-
supporting for several years but Dr. Brown is watching ex-
penses with especial care this year because of the possi-
bility that the decrease in G. I. students will result in
decrease in Summer School registration.

Motion by Mr. Cahlan passed unanimously that contracts as
listed below for the 1950 Summer Sessions be approved:

E. M. Beesley, Mathematics, 1st Term $ 420
H. B. Blodgett, Civil Engineering, Both Terms 540
C. R. Breese, Civil Engineering, Both Terms 630
Miss Marie Burgess, Education, 2nd Term 400
H. A. Classen, Geography, Both Terms 840
A. Stuart Daley, English, 1st Term 240
V. F. Dawald, Education, Both Terms 1000
M. R. Demers, Mathematics, 2nd Term 300
Russell Elliott, History, Political Sci., 2nd Term 420
R. S. Fox, Education, 1st Term 500
E. M. Gibson, Spanish, 2nd Term 300
R. M. Gorrell, English, 1st Term 420
J. R. Gottardi, Foreign Languages, Both Terms 840
R. Guild Gray, Education, 2nd Term 420
I. E. Gunn, Economics, Bus. Admin., 1st Term 420
J. L. Henry, Chemistry, 1st Term 270
C. R. Hicks, History, Political Sci., 2nd Term 300
R. A. Hume, English, 2nd Term 420
A. E. Hutcheson, History, 1st Term 420
E. L. Inwood, Economics, Bus. Admin., Both Terms 840
R. A. Irwin, Psychology, 1st Term 420
Miss Freda Jensen, Education, 1st Term 500
Miss Mary Le Bow, Music, Both Terms 900
Mrs. Hazel Mc Comas, Art Education, Both Terms 720
Garner Mc Crossen, Mathematics, 1st Term 360
Miss Dorothy Mc Laughlin, Education, 2nd Term 450
C. F. Melz, Foreign Languages, Both Terms 720
Miss Virginia Merrill, Education, 1st Term 450
W. C. Miller, English, 2nd Term 300
John Milstead, English, 2nd Term 240
R. J. Morris, Chemistry, 1st Term 360
Miss Bette Poe, Business Administration, Both Terms 840
Miss Elsie Pond, Education, 1st Term 450
R. H. Poole, Spanish, 1st Term 300
Mrs. Penelope Rice, Education, 1st Term 180
H. Jerome Seim, Chemistry, 2nd Term 270
Edwin Semenza, English, 1st Term 360
Gordon Shelley, Economics, Bus. Admin., 2nd Term 420
C. C. Smith, Political Science, 1st Term 420
George H. Smith, Psychology, Both Terms 1000
Samuel M. Strong, Sociology, Both Terms 950
Lloyd C. Sweetman, Education, 1st Term 500
Owen Ulph, History, 1st Term 420
Loring Williams, Chemistry, 2nd Term 400
Miss Mary Zingheim, Education, 2nd Term 450

13) Infirmary - Summer Sessions

Minutes of the Board of Regents meeting of August 26, 1949,
defer consideration of having the Infirmary open and the
Physician on duty during Summer Sessions. It is now the
recommendation of the Health Committee that the Infirmary
be kept open during Summer Sessions with a part-time Physi-
cian, one Registered Nurse and one Assistant Nurse on duty
and that authorization be given to charge all students a
fee of $2 each of the two Sessions. It was the unanimous
agreement that this be authorized.

14) Gifts

a. Under the terms of the Will of Mrs. Vern Sullivan, the
University of Nevada was given a special legacy of $500.
(See item 9.)

b. The Standard Oil Company of California has made avail-
able for the 1950-51 academic year scholarships in the
amount of $2000 to be awarded under the same conditions
as those for the current school year.

c. Mrs. Edward North of Los Angeles sent a donation of $5
in memory of her son, Edward Guy North, and asked that
this money be credited to the Student Union Building

d. The Women's Faculty Club has donated $200 for equipment
in the Home Economics Nursery School.

e. Mr. and Mrs. George Springmeyer of Reno have given $50
in memory of Mrs. Springmeyer's father, Justus Ruperti,
to be used by the Home Economics Nursery School.

f. Mrs. Elizabeth White of Reno has given $5 to the Home
Economics Nursery School.

g. Edward S. Parson's service in planning the remodeling
of the President's office was estimated to be $150 in
value. The service has been donated.

Motion by Mr. Cahlan passed unanimously that these gifts be
accepted and, where appropriate, acknowledged.

h. The following equipment has been received by the Elec-
trical Engineering Department as a gift of the Radio
Corporation of America:

2 each WV-73A Voltmeters and WR-53A FM Sweep
Generators; 1 each W027A DC Oscilloscope and
WE-82A Dynamic Demonstrator.

This gift has been acknowledged.

i. Encyclopedia Britannica Films Scholarships - 4 scholar-
ships of $20 each will be given by the Encyclopedia
Britannica Films, Inc. to students of the University of
Nevada 1950 Summer Sessions. The University of Nevada
was one of 26 institutions selected from 111 which ap-
plied upon the basis of its visual aid programs.

Motion by Mr. Hilliard passed unanimously that the
scholarships be accepted and acknowledged and that the
work of Dr. Jensen be commended.

The Board recessed as a Board of Regents and convened as a Board
of Control for the Agricultural Experiment Station.

j. The Sears-Roebuck Foundation is purchasing 4 bull calves
as a gift to the University of Nevada for its Experi-
ment Station cattle breeding project. The 4 bulls will
cost the Sears-Roebuck Foundation $1200.

Motion by Mr. Cahlan passed unanimously that the gift
be accepted and acknowledged.

The Board adjourned as a Board of Control for the Agricultural
Experiment Station and reconvened as a Board of Regents.

15) Agricultural Economics

Item 8 on page 187 of the minutes for December 10, 1949,
directs that the President investigate and report regarding
duplication in the teaching of elementary courses in Eco-
nomics. The President quoted Dr. Wittwer as saying that
the only courses in which there is any duplication is in
Agricultural Economics 201 and Economics 201. In both
courses the principles of Economics are taught, but in
Agricultural Economics 201 special emphasis is given to
the application of these Economic principles to the field
of Agriculture. This is not done in Economics 201. The
difference, therefore, is in the application. The number
of students enrolled in Agricultural Economics 201 is
usually 25 to 30, all of whom are accommodated in one

Dean Wood reported that the Department of Economics is al-
ready short in teaching staff, with the Instructors teach-
ing large classes, and that another section would only in-
crease the load. The transfer of a section from Agriculture
to the College of Arts and Science would not give Dr.
Wittwer enough relief so that he could teach all the other
classes in Agricultural Economics.

Both the course material and the administrative organization
are considered satisfactory by both Dr. Wittwer and Dean
Wood and it is recommended, therefore, that there be no

General discussion followed in which it was agreed that, in
general, basic courses in one subject should not be given
in different Departments for special groups.

It was the unanimous agreement that no action be taken at
this time, but that the appointment of Mr. Williams in
Agricultural Economics be considered temporary and that
Dr. Wittwer be asked to submit recommendations as to how
his College could be strengthened.

16) Registrar's Office

The President recommended that remodeling totaling $400 be
done in the Registrar's office, as follows:

Carpenter work $200
Painting 150
Electrical work 50
Total $400

He further recommended that $122 additional be appropriated
for placing linoleum on that part of the floor in the Reg-
istrar's office which is now bare concrete. It was previ-
ously planned to include this linoleum in an additional
budget for the next fiscal year with the expectation of
doing the work during the Summer but in view of the remodel-
ing for which approval is requested now, it seems best to
cover the floor at the same time.

17) Committee Structure

The Administrative Council was asked to act as a Committee
on Committees to study the present committee structure and
to make recommendations for improvement. The revised com-
mittee structure was recommended to the general faculty
and approved by them at their meeting on February 15 for
recommendation to the Board of Regents.

Motion by Mr. Hillard carried that the faculty standing com-
mittees of the University be changed to read as follows
effective immediately:

Administrative Council and Its Sub-Committee

a. Budget
b. Curriculum and Improvement of Instruction
c. Faculty Welfare
d. Physical Plant
e. Public Relations
f. Scholastic Standing
g. Student Welfare

Admissions and Advanced Standing
Assemblies and Lectures
Board of Athletic Control (Faculty Representatives)
Catalogue and Other Publications
Clerical Personnel Board
Counselling, Orientation, Testing, Guidance
Faculty Advisory (Elected by the Faculty)
Graduate Study
Scholarships and Prizes
Student Activities
Summer Sessions

The Board recessed at 12:15 noon for lunch in the University
Dining Hall and an inspection tour. It was called to order by
the Chairman in the President's office at 2:05 P.M., with all
Regents and the Acting President present. Mr. Springmeyer,
reporters Bennyhoff, Armstrong and Burns were also present.

18) Faculty Housing

Dr. Inwood came into the meeting to present his proposal
for faculty housing to be sponsored to the University. His
plan was based upon its being financed by funds in the State
Retirement Fund in Carson City which, he understands, is
available for loans for such purposes. Dr. Inwood suggested
that about 25 or 30 housing units be erected on University
property for rent to University faculty exclusively, or
possibly setting aside about 5 such units for students.

Motion by Mr. Cahlan passed unanimously that:

1) The opinion of the Attorney General be secured to see
if the University can embark on the project.

2) If the opinion is in the affirmative, that further
study be given to check figures, methods, etc.

3) If the opinion is in the negative, that the University
look into the housing project being sponsored by the
City of Reno.

4) That Dr. Inwood be thanked for his efforts in this

5) That the object of the project be to work out some
method of meeting the housing needs of the faculty.

Unfinished Business

Deferred from the morning session until a tour of the Campus
had been made.

Parking Space (Item #3, Page 207 of minutes)

Motion by Mr. Arentz passed unanimously that not to
exceed $100 be authorized for putting into shape the
parking area near Lincoln Hall.

Registrar's Office (Item #16, Page 214 of minutes)

Motion by Mr. Cahlan passed unanimously that not to
exceed $225 be authorized for remodeling work in the
Registrar's office.

Plumbing and Paint Shop (Item #2, Page 207 of minutes)

At 3 P.M. Mr. Horn came into the meeting to discuss with
the Regents the moving of the Plumbing and Paint Shop and
the transformers. Mr. Horn said that the transformers
are the property of the University, the voltage being
2300 in and 220-power, 110-lights, out. He pointed out
that in the event they are moved, new cables would be

Motion by Mr. Arentz passed unanimously that the paint
and other inflammable materials now in the basement of
Lincoln Hall be moved into the building left vacant by
the Bureau of Mines, and that $200 be appropriated for
this purpose; but that the Plumbing Shop remain in
Lincoln Hall.

It was unanimously agreed that money be included in the
budget for the next biennium for moving the Shops and

Mr. Horn left the meeting at 3:20 P.M.

19) Psychology Clinic

The President's Informal Report for the August 26th meeting
of the Board of Regents included a paragraph concerning the
new Psychological Clinic which was then being established on
the Campus. During the past 5 months this Clinic justified
its continued existence and the support of the University.

It is now recommended that the sum of $480 be appropriated
for improving Dr. Anderson's offices.

Painting 3 offices, 2 hallways, stairway,
front entrance and 3 floors $400
6 window shades 30
2 electric fixtures 50

Motion by Mr. Arentz passed unanimously that not to exceed
the above amount is authorized.

20) President's Office

The space between my office and Miss Terry's office has been
cleared with a view to its use as a chart room and possibly
a reception room and office for a Director of Public Rela-

It is recommended that a total of not to exceed $375 be
appropriated for its improvement.

Such work would normally be ordered by the President's of-
fice and paid for from funds budgeted to Buildings and
Grounds. That budget was cut so sharply last Summer to
provide for increase in salary for Buildings and Grounds
personnel that it is insufficient to meet this demand.

Motion by Mr. Cahlan passed unanimously that the above be

21) Registrar's Office - Travel

On December 10 when Mr. Byrd's transfer to his new assign-
ment as Director of Admissions and Assistant Registrar was
authorized, mention was made of plans for sending the new
Director and the Registrar to other localities to survey
what other Colleges are doing. No budget was requested be-
cause detailed plans had not been made.

The President now recommends the appropriation of not to
exceed $375 to permit the Registrar to attend a national
convention in San Francisco and the Director of Admissions
to make a tour of 4 western Universities.

Motion by Mr. Hilliard passed unanimously that $375 be al-
lowed for this purpose.

22) College of Agriculture

The Director of Resident Teaching is developing detailed
plans for a 2-year course in Agriculture. The President
presented a preview of these plans, noting that they were
not yet in final form and that they had not yet received
customary faculty approval.

After some discussion as to necessary staff changes, prob-
able enrollment, admission requirements, certificate to be
awarded and average to be obtained if a student should
desire to go on with the 4-year course.

Motion by Mr. Hilliard passed unanimously that the matter
be referred back for more details, and that it be processed
through the Administrative Council and its sub-committees;
then that the recommendations be sent to each Regent in-
dividually for comment and suggestion, and re-sent for mail

23) Laboratory Fees

The following changes in laboratory fees have been recom-
mended by the general faculty:

Agronomy 364 from $5 to $10
Agronomy 316 from $3 to $ 5
Agronomy 315 from $3 to $ 5
Metallurgy 356 from $2.50 to $ 6
Electrical Engineering 462 to carry a $10 fee to enable
the class to make an inspection trip

Motion by Mr. Arentz carried with Regent Sheerin passing his
vote because of his reluctance to increase student expenses,
and all other Regents voting "aye".

24) Degrees

The President recommended the following candidates for de-
grees as approved by their College faculties and by the
general faculty at its meeting on February 15:

Motion by Mr. Cahlan passed unanimously that the indicated
degrees be granted, as follows:


Bachelor of Arts

Blanche Rita Armstrong John Arthur Holloway
Herbert Curtis Baker Matthew E. Klimaszewski
Ruth Louise Barakat Ernest Martinelli
Elio Alfred Barsanti Charles E. Murdough, Jr.
William George Bowden Roger R. Olmsted
Mary S. Bray, Jr. Louis J. Popp
Kathryn-Ann Brennan Charles S. Sancic
Constance Dione Burkholder Richard Carey Sieber
Lowell J. Cox Loran Gerald Sloan
John Patrick Foley Maclin B. Summers
Raymond B. Free, Jr. Delbert Thomsen
Theodore Allen Furchner Jane Baty Tieslau
George M. Hill Ibrahim Hilmi Voskay

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism

Karl K. Karrasch Peter Mygatt

Bachelor of Science

John Brummelkamp Robert C. Sumner
Virginia Spencer Cottam Robert L. Wells
Robert Elliott Little Phillip F. Whitmer
Elizabeth Anna Rice

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Vincent J. Asta Robert J. Drown, Jr.
James Jewett Bright Shirley Ann Mc Donough
Eleanor F. Brown Darrol H. Morrison
Jerry Lee Davis Robert Keith Read


Bachelor of Science in Agriculture

Daniel Campbell Melarkey Warren James Welsh
Eugene Bernard Straka George Zappettini

Bachelor of Science in Home Economics

Jane Ann Hendricks Sloan


Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

Stewart F. Broyles Robert William Gillispie

Bachelor of Science in Geological Engineering

Freeman K. Beach Edward Morrice, Jr.
Gerald Elgin Knowles David Whitman Shoemaker

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Wallace Oliver Birdsall Daniel G. Illerich

Regent Sheerin suggested that, since the term of office of Acting
President Parker expires on June 30, 1950, the Chairman of the
Board be given whatever assistance is necessary toward the end of
naming a permanent President for the University.

Motion by Mr. Arentz passed unanimously that the Chairman be
authorized to spend up to $1000 between now and June 15, 1950
for such clerical and other help as he might need in checking
on applications for the Presidency, in order that letters may
be written to Colleges and Universities, especially Western Land
Grant and State Universities, with the view to securing a west-
tern man as President.

The Board recessed at 4:40 P.M.

The recessed meeting was called to order by the Chairman at 9:20
A.M. on February 18, 1950, with all Regents and the Acting Pres-
ident present. Reporter Armstrong and Mr. Springmeyer were also
present. Reporter Bennyhoff came into the meeting at 9:25 A.M.

President's Recommendations (continued)

25) Easement - South Virginia Farm

Mr. Holgate, County Engineer, came into the meeting to
present a request for an easement on the University South
Virginia Farm for use as a bridle trail. He pointed out
that the trail is already there, but has not been used by
outsiders since Major Fleischmann took over the farm.

Chairman Ross suggested and the Regents unanimously agreed
that the easement be granted subject to the stipulations
that the bridle trail be fenced, that all fencing, ditch
maintenance, etc. be carried by Washoe County, that public
use be exclusively for bridle purposes, the University re-
taining the right to use it for any purpose; and that the
easement be drawn up by the Attorney General, first having
the approval of the Directors of Agriculture.

Mr. Holgate left the meeting at 9:45 A.M.

26) Buckman Salary

Mr. Creel came into the meeting at 9:45 A.M. to comment on
the letter of Mr. Buckman requesting a salary adjustment.
Mr. Creel stated that he did not get as much money for sal-
ary increases as he had wanted and that all members of his
Department had been cut from the original recommendation.
He felt that Mr. Buckman's cut was proportional to other
staff members. He presented figures to show that Mr.
Buckman's salary was comparable with those paid for like
positions in other States, that Mr. Buckman's title is
misleading in that his work is more nearly that of a leader
or supervisor rather than an Assistant Director. Mr. Creel
further stated that he is keeping within the budget and
that an increase granted to Mr. Buckman at this time would
encourage other requests for salary increases.

Mr. Creel left at 10:10 and Mr. Buckman was called in to
present his petition for salary increase.

Mr. Buckman recalled that his petition was first presented
last September and that no action has been taken. He said
that he felt his salary should be $6300 per year. He stated
that he had received only one raise in 10 1/2 years, not
counting the one granted last July 1. He presented a tabu-
lation dated 1942 which he suggested be used as a basis for
determining his salary. Mr. Buckman pointed out that he is
charged with starting new projects for the entire State and
that this work should be recognized in establishing his
salary. He objected to the small size of differential be-
tween his salary and the salaries paid to Extension Agents
in the country and district offices and between his salary
and that of the Director; and suggested that certain econo-
mies could be made in the administration of the Agricultural
Extension Division, which he could point out, which would
enable the Administration to give him the salary he request-

At 10:30 Mr. Buckman left the meeting.

The Regents discussed the matter, noting that Mr. Buckman
has a high standing throughout the State and that he has
served the University for many years, but feeling that the
present salary is in line.

Motion was made by Mr. Arentz that the President's recom-
mendation be approved that the request of Mr. Buckman for
a salary increase be disapproved. The motion carried, with
Regent Sheerin voting "no" and all other Regents voting
"aye". Regent Hilliard said, in voting, that he thinks
Mr. Buckman is entitled to more money but is against appeals
to this Board in individual cases because it would set a
bad precedent.

27) Puffinbarger Salary

Dean Wood and Dean Traner were called into the meeting at
10:30 to discuss the salary and status of Professor Puffin-
barger. Dean Traner read the following statements prepared
by himself for presentation to the Board of Regents:

This (petition) is the culmination of a campaign of
constant, persistent and aggressive pressure tactics
on the part of Mr. Puffinbarger to advance his own
selfish interests, regardless of general policies or
the just desserts of all other members of the staff.

1. In January, 1938, President Clark told him plainly
that the University had no funds to give him any
increase whatever. In April he threatened Presi-
dent Clark that unless he were given a $700 to
$1000 increase he would resign to accept a position
paying such a salary elsewhere. President Clark
called his bluff and told him if he had any such
opportunity by all means to accept it. Mr.
Puffinbarger stayed at the University the next
year, 1938-39, at his old salary of $2000.

2. Although Dr. Hartman found it possible after the
legislative appropriation to eke out some slight
increases for hardship cases on the staff, includ-
ing $100 for Mr. Puffinbarger - Mr. Puffinbarger was
not satified to accept reasonably the judgment of
the President but tried to interest outside parties
to push his case for more money for him. See Pres-
ident Hartman's reply of May 8, 1939, to Lester
Summerfield, in which again there is reference to
a threat by Mr. Puffinbarger that if he isn't given
what he wants he will resign. Mr. Puffinbarger did
not resign but accepted the increase that Dr. Hart-
man worked out as fair in comparison with other
members of the staff.

3. In May of 1942 Mr. Puffinbarger was granted a leave
of absence to accept a lucrative commission with the
Navy. No sooner had Dr. Gorman assumed the Presi-
dency, upon the death of Dr. Hartman, than Mr.
Puffinbarger began to needle him about a promotion
in rank. Indeed in 1944, while he was still away
from the Campus, Mr. Puffinbarger instituted a
vigorous campaign to get himself promoted in rank,
a proposition which seemed to me, preposterous. By
this time President Gorman had instituted the chain
of command idea and would take no action without a
recommendation from below. I refused to make such a
recommendation to Dean Wood and Dean Wood refused to
make it to President Gorman. That, however, would
not be accepted by Mr. Puffinbarger. He still kept
hammering on the matter till the Dean's Committee
on August 25, 1944 categorically stated that they
would not recommend Mr. Puffinbarger for advance in

4. With the advent of Dr. Moseley to the Presidency,
Mr. Puffinbarger short-circuited the Chairman of
his Department, the Dean of his College, and the
Dean's Committee and began to work directly upon
President Moseley to get himself the advance he had
decided he should have.

In 1948, after 6 years of absence from the Univer-
sity, Mr. Puffinbarger decided he wanted to come
back to the University and President Moseley, Dean
Wood and I figured that, with the general increases
in salary that had occurred since Mr. Puffinbarger
left in 1942, $3600 was a fair and just salary for
him. Now I insist that Mr. Puffinbarger did not
have to come back to the University - he was en-
titled to take the best position he could possibly
find in the whole world. The fact that he did come
back, and at $3600, indicated that this job was the
best he could get. I maintain, therefore, that it
was his ethical responsibility to go to work and be
satisfied. But no - true to his nature, he began
immediately to demand that he be increased in rank
and correspondingly in salary, and that if he could
not get such promotion by the regular channels, he
would get it by court action. He accordingly insti-
tuted proceedings that carried the matter to the
office of the Attorney General in Carson. Mr. Bible
eventually ruled that the Board of Regents could not
be coerced by court action to grant increases in
rank and salary.

5. Possibly Mr. Puffinbarger would have let the matter
rest there, except that a new President having taken
office, here was an opportunity to make a new drive
on a top official to get for himself what he demand-
ed and could not get through regular channels.
President Parker here, knows the rest of the story.

This is then the last act by which Mr. Puffinbarger
seeks to attain his own ends, and by which he puts Dean
Wood and me on trial as unfair and unjust in the dis-
charge of our trust and responsibility.

Dean Traner further pointed out that Professor Puffinbarger
did not have the Ph. D. degree when he came here, although
he knew that his permanent appointment would be dependent
upon his securing that degree. Upon direct question, Dean
Traner said that he saw no reason for disapproving when Dr.
Clark made the appointment; however, he did not recommend
it nor did he believe it was intended to be a permanent ap-
pointment. It was brought out that there is no one in the
Education Department now Mr. Puffinbarger's senior who was
his junior before the war. Dean Traner stated that he be-
lieved Mr. Puffinbarger to be:

(1) Dishonest and unreliable
(2) Scholastically incapable of being a satisfactory
(3) Not willing to accept, as the other members of the
staff, decisions that are made, and abide by them

Upon direct question, Dean Wood stated that he agreed with
all that Dean Traner had said.

Reporter Bennyhoff, of his own initiative, assured the Re-
gents that neither he nor Mr. Armstrong would report the
interviews of the Buckman case or the Puffinbarger case,
for which Chairman Ross thanked him.

At 11 A.M. Dean Wood and Dean Traner left and Professor
Puffinbarger came into the meeting.

Mr. Puffinbarger stated that his purpose in meeting with the
Regents was to clarify his situation at the University. He
pointed to the law which guarantees returning Veterans no
loss in seniority rights, but stated that he sought the ad-
vice of Attorney Taber at the request of Dr. Moseley. He
stated, further, that the two matters to be settled are:
(1) when his promotion should take place, and (2) the mat-
ter of back pay. He said he felt he was entitled to a de-
cision on the basis of merit, not on the basis of his status
as a returned Veteran; that he was basing his claim on his
service at the University during the last two years. Mr.
Puffinbarger said, "I have not asked for promotion since I
came back. I am happy and very satisfied here. I like it
here. I am offered a very good job in California now but
I like Nevada and Nevada people and want to stay here until
I retire."

Mr. Cahlan asked, "If you should be granted a promotion, it
should be retroactive to 1943 and based on merit." Mr.
Puffinbarger answered, "That is right." Colonel Parker next
put to him the question, "You are vacating this position
which you took regarding the law in your letter of July 14,
1949." Mr. Puffinbarger agreed that he was. Mr. Cahlan
asked, "Upon your original employment at the University,
there was some discussion about your doctorate." "It has
been so far back, I do not say 'yes' or 'no' to that."

Mr. Cahlan, "The thing boils down to the fact that you feel
you have been discriminated against while you were in the
service." Mr. Puffinbarger, "I was" and went on to explain
that while he was in the service he was prevented from tak-
ing graduate work, finishing with, "As far as I am concerned
if it cannot be granted on that basis, we will just forget

Professor Puffinbarger left at 11:25 A.M.

Motion by Mr. Cahlan passed unanimously that the President's
recommendation that the status of Mr. Puffinbarger remain
unchanged be accepted.

President Parker suggested that the matter of Mr. Puffin-
barger's tenure be discussed at this time. The Regents were
unanimous in directive to the President that Dean Traner,
Dean Wood, other members of the Administrative Council and
the President call Mr. Puffinbarger in and tell him that he
has the rest of this semester to clear himself and if he
does not, he is liable to lose tenure.

At the suggestion of Colonel Parker, the Secretary was or-
dered to record the interview with Mr. Puffinbarger in
greater detail than would ordinarily be done. (Steno-
graphic report is on file in the President's office.)

The Board recessed at 11:50 for luncheon with the Board of Ath-
letic Control and the Downtown Boosters. The recessed meeting
was called to order at 2:50 P.M. by the Chairman with all Regents
and the President present. Comptroller Hayden and Mr. Spring-
meyer were also present.

The Athletic situation was discussed in general and the total of
$45,449.99 shown under accounts receivable as owed to the Uni-
versity by the Downtown Boosters.

Motion by Mr. Cahlan passed unanimously that action be deferred
for consideration at a later meeting of the Board of Regents,
called for April 15, 1950, at which time more data upon which to
base a decision would be available to the Regents.

At 3 P.M. Reporters Armstrong, Bennyhoff, Olsen and Burns came
into the meeting.

Comptroller's Office (See Item #10, Page 209)

Chairman Ross suggested reconsideration of the effective
date for the employment of a Chief Accountant in the Comp-
troller's office.

Motion by Mr. Arentz passed unanimously that the date be
changed to read "not before April 1, 1950".

Mr. Hayden left the meeting at this point.

President's Recommendations (continued)

28) Promotion Policy

The Promotion Policy, as recommended by the general faculty
was presented by Colonel Parker.

Motion by Mr. Arentz passed unanimously that action be de-
ferred to give the Regents an opportunity to study the
policy recommended.

29) Agriculture Budget

In the budget approved last year, $1160 was set aside for
the Dean of Agriculture. The amount remains intact, since
the office no longer exists. The President recommended that
$400 be appropriated during this fiscal year for:

(1) Expenses of Dr. Wittwer in attending a regional
meeting of Resident Teachers of Land Grant Colleges
- $100

(2) Expenses of Dr. Wittwer in visting Nevada High
Schools - $150

(3) Office Supplies - $100

(4) Telephone and Telegraph - $50

It was further recommended that the remaining $760 be left
in the Dean of Agriculture budget, available for allocation
during the next fiscal year.

Motion by Mr. Hilliard passed unanimously that the recommen-
dation be approved.

Reporters Bennyhoff and Olsen left the meeting at 3:20 P.M.

30) Advisory Comittee - Mackay School of Mines

Briefs of the report of the Advisory Committee for the
Mackay School of Mines were distributed, the full report
to be mailed to the Regents as soon as it can be duplicat-
ed. Colonel Parker stated that "Mr. Hardy, as Chairman of
the Committee, in the presence of Mr. Greenan and Louis
Gordon, reported to me that there was complete unanimity
on every count of the report submitted from the Committee."

Motion by Mr. Arentz passed unanimously that the Committee
be thanked for the work they have done.

31) Heating Plant

The President reported as follows:

The present University Heating Plant is a mixture of
several types. There is a central plant having 2 hot
water boilers and 1 steam boiler. There are separate
plants, some hot water and some steam, for the Presi-
dent's house, the field house, Hartman Halls and the
temporary classroom buildings on the lower Campus. The
central plant serves some buildings that are piped for
hot water and connected to steam while others are piped
for steam and connected to hot water. Hatch Station is
piped for steam, connected to hot water and heated by
3 or 4 stoves. 3 large ventilating systems have been
partially installed but are not in operation. The plant
as a whole is 20 to 30 years old and many parts are in
need of renewal. The need for a new central plant has
been recognized for some time and repeated appropria-
tions for a new plant have been made by the Legislature,
but in each case rapidly rising costs rendered the ap-
propriation so inadequate as to make it appear inad-
visable to initiate the project. 3 more or less com-
plete sets of plans have been made but there is no es-
sential agreement as to whether the final solution
should be a steam plant, a hot water plant or a combi-
nation of the two.

Statute 301, an Act providing for the installation of a
steam boiler in the Engineering building at the Univer-
sity of Nevada, making adjustments in the central heat-
ing system at the University, providing for the comple-
tion of the heating and ventilating system in the new
Gymnasium and the Mackay Science building, providing
for emergencies, making an appropriation, and other
matters relating thereto, enacted a year ago, is a stop-
gap measure. A copy is enclosed. If the funds are to
be used to the utmost, work should start this Spring on
those elements which can proceed while classes are being

Before commencing this work, it is essential that there
be a decision as to what the final plant is to be.

It is recommended, therefore that this office be author-
ized to:

(a) Consult a heating engineer of established repu-
tation to advise regarding the type of plant.
It would be necessary to have an opinion from
the Attorney General as to whether a part of
the $50,000 appropriation can be expended for
this purpose.

(b) To decide upon the type of plant to be built.

(c) To employ an engineer to direct the work
authorized in Statute 301, and make the nec-
essary contract for doing it.

Motion by Mr. Arentz passed unanimously that an opinion be
secured from the Attorney General as to how much of the
appropriation can be utilized to meet emergencies in case
the present plant breaks down now, and if the money could
be used immediately in such an event.

Motion by Mr. Cahlan passed unanimously that Mr. Arentz be
appointed by the Regents to represent them in conference
with the State Planning Board and with the Engineer of the
State Legislative Counsel Bureau, whose advice was the basis
of the Legislative Act, and report back to the Regents at
their April meeting.

32) Public Relations

Colonel Parker presented a plan for a public relations pro-
gram and also submitted the names of applicants for the
position of Director of Public Relations.

Motion by Mr. Sheerin that the matter be tabled carried
with Regent Arentz voting "no" and all others voting "aye".

33) Political Activities Code

Colonel Parker reviewed events since his presentation of
the Political Activities Code. The faculty, at its meeting
on February 15, 1950, passed the following resolution:

RESOLVED, that the faculty of the University of Nevada
is opposed to the enactment of any Code designed to
control or restrict in any way the political activities
of its members.

Colonel Parker recommended that the Political Activities
Code, enacted by the Regents on December 10, 1949, be

Motion by Mr. Hilliard carried that the recommendation be

Colonel Parker next presented a less specific measure as a
possible substitute for the one rescinded.

Motion was made by Mr. Hilliard that the Regents accept the
resolution of the faculty as adopted at its meeting on
February 15, 1950.

Discussion followed as to the advisability of adopting a
portion of the Code presented by Colonel Parker.

Vote was taken and the motion lost, with Regent Hilliard
voting "aye" and all other Regents voting "no".

$125,000 Appropriation (See Item #5, Page 208)

Referring to the previous motion to defer action, it was the
unanimous decision that action be now deferred until the
April 15 meeting.

Senator Tasker L. Oddie's Death in San Francisco was noted by
Chairman Ross.

Motion by Mr. Cahlan passed unanimously that suitable resolutions
be drawn for the Regents, regretting the passing of Senator
Oddie and expressing sympathy to the widow.

The meeting adjourned at 5:15 P.M. until the special meeting
scheduled for April 15, 1950, unless a meeting is called prior
to that time by the Chairman.


The Regents have received with deepest sympathy and profound
regret notice of the death on February 17, 1950, of Honorable
Tasker Lowndes Oddie, a loyal and distinguished citizen of
Nevada. The University and the entire State have suffered a
great loss in his passing.

Tasker Lowndes Oddie came to Nevada in 1898 and engaged in
mining. He received his LL. B. degree from New York Uni-
versity and his D. Engr. from Colorado School of Mines. He
brought to the mining industry of Nevada the fine training
and experience which he had gained in the East and the Mid-
dle West. His interest in Nevada grew rapidly and in 1904
he was elected to the Nevada State Senate. His outstanding
work as State Senator and his natural interest in his public
welfare led him to run for Governor of the State. He was
elected in 1910 and served a 4-year term. His deep interest
and broadened experience next prompted him to seek an office
where his services would be more widely useful to the people
of Nevada, and he was elected to the United State Senate in
1921 and served until 1933. In all of these offices, and
indeed throughout his entire career, he maintained an active
interest in the State University.

On June 7, 1948, the Board of Regents of the University of
Nevada conferred upon Tasker Lowndes Oddie the degree of
LL. D. in recognition of his outstanding service. The
citation given to Senator Oddie at that time expresses the
warm feeling which the Regents have for him:

Tasker Lowndee Oddie ........ Mining Engineer ........
Developer of the Great Tonopah and Goldfield mining
districts ........ Prospector extraordinary ........
Loyal builder of Nevada ........ Governor of the State
........ United States Senator ........ Friend of the
University of Nevada ........ Leader in national high-
way legislation ........ Loyal public servant ........
Doctor of Laws.

On behalf of the Administration, faculty, students and alumni
of the University of Nevada, the Regents express deepest
sympathy to his widow in the loss of a loving husband.

A copy of this resolution has been made part of the minutes
of the meeting of the Board of Regents of February 18, 1950,
as permanent tribute to a beloved fellow citizen and friend.

For the Board of Regents,
University of Nevada

Chairman of the Board

Acting President


Secretary of the Board