UCCSN Board of Regents' Meeting Minutes
Volume 6 - Pages 127-134
February 18-19, 1949
The regular meeting of the Board of Regents was called to order
on February 18, 1949, at 9 A.M., and recessed to go to Carson
City to meet with the combined legislative committees on Finance
At 3:30 P.M. the recessed meeting was called to order by Chairman
Ross in the President's office. Present: Regents Hilliard,
Sheerin, Cahlan, Arentz, Ross; Comptroller Gorman, President
Motion by Mr. Cahlan passed unanimously that the reading of the
minutes of the meeting of January 8, 1949, be dispensed with and
that they be approved as submitted.
Reporter Bill Henley of the Reno Evening Gazette came into the
meeting at 3:45 and remained throughout the afternoon.
President's Informal Report:
Spring figures are: Men 1244
Of the above students, 733 are attending under the Veterans
Education Bills as follows:
Under G. I. Bill 697
Under Vocational Rehabilitation 36
About 15 veterans pending - awaiting process of papers.
Enrollment - Spring 1940 as compared with Spring 1949:
1940 Spring semester:
Nevada students 966
Total enrollment 1064
Nevada Non-Res Total
1949 Spring semester:
Veterans enrolled 421 322 743
Non-veterans 814 150 964
Grand total 1235 472 1707
Women housed 173
Men housed 328
Couples housed 147
Manzanita Hall Artemisia Hall Lincoln Hall
Students 80 Students 91 Students 125
Adults 1 Adults 1
Old Gymnasium Field House
Students 69 Students 10
Highland Terrace Housing Units
Dormitory No. 27 Students 37
Dormitory No. 28 Students 40
Dormitory No. 30 Students 47
Couples - 20 (not under University supervision)
Campus Housing Units Trailer Court
Students 100 Couples 35
Faculty 12 (1 trailer lost by fire)
112 (8 units, 14 couples each)
Dr. P. G. Auchampaugh, Associate Professor of History and
Political Science, died on January 30, 1949.
1) Mrs. Frank Payne of Reno donated $200 to the President's
2) Mr. Martie Hess of Redwood City, California, has given
the University 100 shares of Tonopah Divide Mining Com-
A. Recommendations for Degrees
Motion by Mr. Cahlan passed unanimously that the following
candidates for degrees, as approved by the University faculty
at its meeting on January 28, 1949, be approved and that
they be given the indicated degrees and diplomas:
COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCE
Bachelor of Arts
Brown, Binney Arnold Reifachneider, Olga
Carmichael, Patricia Ann Saurennan, John
Childs, Robert Barney Shelby, Eugenia
Churn, Thomas Browning Spirig, J. J.
Denton, Nixon Edward Walpole, John Patrick
Edmunds, Earl A. Waterstraat, Vivian G.
Morrison, Robert A. Williams, Harry James
Proctor, Jean Marie Winn, Billie Rae
Reed, Edward C. Jr.
Bachelor of Science
Hardison, Julia L. Taylor, James J.
Michael, John Harold Welch, Rosemary
Tarble, Richard Douglas
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
Brown, Betty Jean Kehoe, John J.
Caserta, John Alfred Levack, Samuel
Geyer, Charles W. Rice, Robert Marshall
Granata, Evo Angelo
COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING
Bachelor of Science in Geological Engineering
Collins, Benjamin J.
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Taylor, Robert Arthur
Bachelor of Science in Metallurgical Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering
Fiddes, Paul Simons, John
B. Recommendations on Personnel
Motion by Mr. Hilliard, passed unanimously that the follow-
ing recommendations, 1 to 4, inclusive, be approved:
History and Political Science
1) That, effective February 1, 1949, Harry Anderson be ap-
pointed as Assistant in History at a salary of $800 for
the Spring semester, 1949, to take the lower division
classes formerly taught by Dr. Auchampaugh.
2) That, effective February 1, 1949, James D. Rogers be
appointed as Instructor in Civil Engineering at a salary
of $1400 for the Spring semester, 1949, payable in 4
3) That, effective February 1, 1949, Berton James Scull be
appointed as Instructor in Geology at a salary of $3300
for the Spring and Fall semester, 1949.
Agricultural Extension Division
4) That, effective February 15, 1949, Mrs. Frances Hailand
be appointed as District Extension Agent for Douglas and
Ormsby counties at a salary of $3240 per year, in the
place of Mrs. Olive C. Mc Cracken, resigned.
Comptroller's Report and Recommendations:
1) Fallon Experimental Farm
While it has been understood that the Newlands Experimental
Farm at Fallon could be secured by the University of Nevada
with the only provision being that existing projects be
carried to completion, the Bill now pending in Congress pro-
vides that the Farm is to be returned to the Government.
Dr. Gorman read a letter from Senator Mc Carran giving the
above information and requested direction in framing a
Motion by Mr. Cahlan, seconded by Mr. Arentz, passed unani-
mously that the Comptroller be instructed to reply to Sena-
tor Mc Carran that the University is interested in the
Fallon Experimental Farm if it can be secured fee simple,
but is not interested otherwise; and further, that the
matter be taken up with the Agricultural Committee of the
Motion by Mr. Hilliard passed unanimously that the following
claims, as approved by the Executive Committee, be approved:
List No. 7, Regents Checks 89-171 to 89-204, inclusive,
for a total of $176,248.03.
List No. 7, State Claims 89-127 to 89-153, inclusive,
for a total of $73,103.51.
3) Right-of-Way - Neilson Property
A letter under date of February 17, 1949, from Mr. Sievert
Neilson was read, offering to sell to the University a strip
of land along the east side of his property approximately
30 feet wide and 272 feet long for (1) the sum of $2,000,
(2) access by owners of his property to this right-of-way,
(3) the provision of a right-of-way across University land
situated east of the Adele Rickard property or easement to
lead from Neilson property to the right-of-way granted to
Mrs. Rickard in the Act of March 6, 1945; and further, that
the University bear the costs of transfer, title research
and other expenses involved.
Action on the above matter was postponed until the Regents
have personally inspected the land under consideration.
4) Nevada Bank of Commerce letter of February 5, 1949, was
presented in which request was made that the Bank be desig-
nated as a depository for a portion of the University's
Motion by Mr. Arentz, seconded by Mr. Cahlan, passed unani-
mously that the Comptroller be directed to distribute some
of the federal funds of the University to the Nevada Bank
of Commerce and to the Security National Bank, provided
they meet all the requirements of the law - these deposits
to be made after July 1, 1949, when federal money is received
for the new fiscal year.
The Board recessed at 4:35 in order to go to the north end of the
Campus to inspect the ground there.
The recessed meeting was called to order by Chairman Ross at 9
A.M., Saturday, February 19, 1949, with all Regents, the Presi-
dent and the Comptroller present.
Reporter Lloyd Rogers came into the meeting at 9:30 A.M. and
reporter Frank Mc Cullough came into the meeting at 9:40 A.M.
Both remained until noon.
Mr. Guy Bowman appeared before the Regents at 9:50 A.M. and
called their attention to an article in the Wall Street Journal,
telling about the erection of Dormitories in Oklahoma, the money
for which was secured from sale of bonds by the University, which
are tax exempt. It was Mr. Bowman's suggestion that the Univer-
sity of Nevada might wish to use a similar means of financing
the erection of a Student Union building.
Dean Edward Steidler, Head of the School of Mineral Industries at
Pennsylvania State College, who is visiting in Reno, appeared be-
fore the Regents at 10:15 A.M. He explained briefly the situa-
tion in Pennsylvania, which, he felt, was comparable to that in
Nevada, saying that Pennsylvania had reached the point where they
had to have new knowledge and modern methods to maintain its
mineral economy since the cream of the mineral resources were ex-
hausted. Therefore, the mineral industry recommended the es-
tablishment of a School of Mineral Industries. Trained leaders
are now employed in mineral research and extension who take the
new processes out among the workers in the mines, just as the
Agricultural Extension Agents are doing for Agriculture. In
1929, a building costing almost a million dollars was erected.
At the present time, a building is being built at a cost of over
a million dollars, the equipment of which will cost $325,000.
Chairman Ross thanked Dean Steidler for giving the Regents this
information and for the pleasure of meeting him.
The Legislative Program was discussed, especially with
reference to questions which the legislative committees had
asked concerning the University salary lists, teaching and
administrative load, etc.
Motion by Mr. Hilliard, seconded by Mr. Cahlan, passed unani-
mously that we cheerfully furnish the Legislature with the
information requested, broken down as follows:
(1) Qualified administrators who have no other duties.
(2) Instructional staff who have no other duties.
(3) Those whose duties are both administrative and in-
(4) Clerical personnel.
(5) Maintenance staff.
Also, that a copy of the budget as presented to the Governor
be furnished the Legislature.
After some discussion, motion by Mr. Cahlan, seconded by Mr.
Arentz, passed as follows, with Regents Sheerin, Arentz,
Cahlan and Ross voting "aye" and with Regent Hilliard voting
"no" because he feels that the State Planning Board has
authority of decision under the law, and that they have been
The Board of Regents, having submitted its plans and recom-
mendations to the State Planning Board, and having discussed
the Heating Plant in a spirit of cooperation, it is hereby
agreed that the problem of providing a Heating Plant rests
with the Planning Board in accordance with law. We recom-
mend that an adequate, efficient plant be constructed.
It is further agreed that the Regents recommend that the
Heating Plant be constructed on a 3-year or unit program.
It is understood that the Planning Board will submit an
estimate to the Legislature for the completed plant. We
suggest that (1) money now appropriated be used for the
first 2-year program, (2) the law be amended to conform with
this suggestion, (3) that funds will be requested from the
Legislature, 2 years hence, for the completion of the Plant.
It is further agreed that Regent Arentz be the official
representative of the Regents in the above matter.
Engineers Council for Professional Development
President Moseley read a letter from Dean C. L. Eckel, member
of the E. C. P. D. Committee, stating that, on January 28 and
29, an inspection had been made of the College of Engineering
and approving, in general, the improvements which have been
made since the last visit of the Committee, especially the
physical facilities of the College - the new Engineering
building and the new Laboratory equipment. The letter stated
In one important aspect, the College of Engineering
appears to lag. I refer to the general lack of adequate
and experienced teaching staff.
I believe that the teaching loads of the regularly ap-
pointed members of the Civil Engineering Department are
too heavy and that Professor Blodgett's load is exces-
sively heavy. The staff in the Departments of Mining
Engineering and Metallurgy is inadequate, and Dean
Palmer's teaching load is also too heavy.
We are quite sure that members of the Engineering faculty
are doing their best. It cannot be expected, however,
that a Department Head with one or more Instructors who
are likely to be recent graduates, immature and inexper-
ienced, and undergraduate Assistants, constitute a teach-
ing staff that will permit the College of Engineering at
the University of Nevada to operate on a comparable basis
with other Colleges of Engineering in this region.
I am sure that approval of a budget along the lines Dean
Palmer has suggested to you will enable him to appreci-
ably remedy this situation and the necessity of making
every effort in this direction is urged.
A formal report from the E. C. P. D. will be forthcoming at
a later date.
Because it is the opinion of the PMS&T that the old Gymnasium
building is unsuited for conversion to an Armory and because
there is a likelihood that in the near future the Federal
Government will construct on the Campuses of Land Grant Col-
leges Armories which will meet their specifications:
Motion by Mr. Cahlan passed unanimously that the Comptroller
is instructed to have a Bill drafted which will release the
$20,000 now earmarked for remodeling the old Gymnasium build-
ing into an Armory to a fund to rehabilitate the Gymnasium
and make it usable for current needs.
Land North of Campus
Motion by Mr. Cahlan passed unanimously that the Executive
Committee be given power to negotiate and purchase the
land now under discussion with Mr. Sievert Neilson, if funds
Motion by Mr. Cahlan passed unanimously that an additional
$5,000 be added to the budget for the acquisition of land
and the improvement thereof.
Reports of Committees
Air Base Dormitory Building
The Properties Committee reported that stakes have been set
for the two Men's Dormitory buildings to be brought from the
Reno Army Air Base.
Dr. Gorman reported that, due to weather conditions, it has
not been possible to move the building from the Air Base to
the Campus; and because of the death of the contractor, the
cement foundation has not been laid. Work will progress as
soon as weather permits.
Committee on Resolutions
Motion by Mr. Sheerin passed unanimously that the Comptroller
be instructed to prepare suitable resolutions for the Regents
on the death of Dr. Auchampaugh and that copies be sent to
the members of the family.
The Board recessed at 12:15 noon for luncheon in the University
Dining Hall and was called to order by the Chairman. All were
President Moseley read a letter from Mr. Stuart Williams,
written on behalf of Mrs. Fred L. Cole, formerly of Nevada,
offering the library of her late husband to the University
of Nevada for the Mackay School of Mines.
Motion by Mr. Arentz passed unanimously that the gift be
accepted and that Mrs. Cole be thanked.
Reporter Lloyd Rogers returned and remained throughout the after-
President Moseley presented a letter from Mr. H. H. Atkinson.
Motion by Mr. Arentz, seconded by Mr. Cahlan, passed unanimously
that the President be instructed to confer with Mr. Atkinson
regarding the matter brought up on his letter of February 16 and
explain the impossibility of the Regents taking any action.
Motion by Mr. Cahlan passed unanimously that the Regents
confirm the recommendation of President Moseley to confer
the degree of LL. D. on Mr. Jack Kinnear.
Motion by Mr. Arentz, seconded by Mr. Cahlan, passed uani-
mously that the recommendation of President Moseley be
approved that the honorary degree of Sc. D. be conferred
upon Stanley G. Palmer and Jay A. Carpenter.
By telephone vote, it was unanimously agreed, on March 14,
1949, to confer the degree of LL. D. upon Dean Charles E.
Motion by Mr. Arentz passed unanimously that the President,
Vice President, Mr. Hilliard and Mr. Ross represent the
University at the meeting of the Legislative Committees in
Carson on Monday, February 21st.
The Regents went into executive session at 2 P.M. and returned
to open session at 3 P.M.
The meeting adjourned until the next regular meeting on Saturday,
June 4th, unless it becomes necessary to meet earlier to consider
actions of the Legislature.