UCCSN Board of Regents' Meeting Minutes
March 4-5, 1907


Volume OC - Pages 445-450

                         Reno, Nevada

                        March 4, 1907

Special meeting of the Board of Regents was held at the Office

of the Chairman of the Board, at 2:00 P.M., March 4, 1907.

Present Regents Smith, Sunderland and Souchereau.  Absent

Regents Lewers and Henderson.

Motion of John Sunderland, seconded by J. E. Souchereau, the

President of the University was authorized to prepare a bill for

the Legislature authorizing the Regents to sell the present Ex-

periment Station Farm, and the purchase of other lands instead.

The President of the University was also authorized to prepare

a bill granting the assent of the State to accept the Adams Fund

appropriation from the U. S. Government.

The report of the President of the University on his eastern trip

was submitted and ordered to be copied in the minutes.

                             March 4, 1907

To the Honorable

    The Board of Regents

        of the University of Nevada


I have the honor to make the following report of things done, and

things to be done, during my trip, covering the time from Janu-

ary the 17th to March the 3rd, 1907.

This trip to Chicago, New York, New Haven, Philadelphia and Wash-

ington was taken by official order of the Board of Regents.

The report is intended to give briefly and accurately the several

persons herewith mentioned, who have manufactured considerable

interest in the University, which you have the honor as a Board

of Regents to direct and control.

I.     Mr. F. M. Smith has given to the University this year the

       sum of One Thousand dollars to assist students in the

       Mining School.  I had an interview with Mr. C. B.

       Zabriskie, who assured me that this amount of One Thousand

       dollars would be continued an indefinite number of years

       for the same purposes to which it is now devoted.  Mr.

       Zabriskie also advised me to see Mr. Smith upon his re-

       turn to California in April and suggest the plan of a new

       building for the University to be given by Mr. Smith and

       to be named after him.

II.    In Washington, I had two interviews on different days with

       Senator George S. Nixon, regarding his proposition to se-

       cure gifts of a considerable amount of money to the Uni-

       versity.  He authorized me to say to the Regents that as

       soon as in his judgment the time was ripe, he would take

       the responsibility for the University from the men who

       have made their money in Nevada, a sum of money that would

       aid the University in carrying out the larger ideas in

       regard to its teaching force, its equipment, its buildings

       and its grounds.  Just in what special Department of the

       University this money shall be applied, he will leave to

       the Regents and the faculty largely to determine.

III.   I am not permitted to say to the Regents just now what was

       said by Mr. Clarence H. Mackay.  I asked his permission to

       state what he said to me to the Board of Regents, but he

       requested that I should not do it just at the present.  I

       called his attention to several items of importance and he

       has taken these suggestions under advisement and will give

       us an answer possibly within two months.

IV.    I spent most of two days at Yale University.  I called on

       President Hadley and later on Professor A. H. Cook, one

       of the Professors of English, and talked with them about

       the type of man we wanted for the English Department of

       the University.  The conference between us was very satis-

       factory, and he said he would do all in his power to as-

       sist us in getting the right man for the place.  I was

       shown through the Mining Laboratory by Professor Huntoon,

       who has charge of the Department.  A School of Mines has

       been established at Yale within the last two years, and

       the Mining Laboratory is the gift of John Hays Hammond.

       It is a very commodius building of brick and stone simi-

       lar to the Mackay building.  The course of study is real-

       ly five years in length, three years for the Sheffield

       Scientific School and two years for the Mining and Metal-

       lurgical course.  I was impressed with the substantial

       character of the buildings, both at Columbia and Yale.

       The buildings are very generally of stone and brick and

       the inside finish of the buildings is generally of Oak

       or Maple.  I have brought with me a plan of the cabinets

       for specimens of ore which is the best thing I have seen.

V.     I spent one day at Teachers' College, making a study of

       the Physical Education Department, the Horace Mann High

       School and the several Departments devoted to technical

       and Engineering training.

VI.    I spent one day in New York with the Secretary of the

       Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.  As

       the Board of Regents doubtless knows, Mr. Carnegie has

       established this foundation with a fund of Ten Million

       dollars, the proceeds of which are to be used as pensions

       for Teachers of Colleges and Universities.  Mr. Carnegie

       excluded members of Universities which were governed by

       sectarian boards.  He did not include State Universities

       nor did he exclude them, but left the question to be de-

       cided by the Governing Board of the Foundation.  I sought

       to show the Secretary in this conversation that it was

       very doubtful whether any Legislatures of any State would

       make an appropriation to pension the Professors, who, by

       reason of old age or by reason of failing health, were

       unable to continue teaching.  Of one thing I was quite

       sure, and that is that the Universities in the smaller

       States, such as Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming,

       New Mexico and Arizona, would not do so.  At the Secre-

       tary's request, I am to present to the Carnegie Foundation

       for the Advancement of Teaching, these reasons in a more

       formal manner.

       I am of the opinion that the action of the Trustees of the

       Foundation will result in including State Universities

       within the plan of pensions.  I want to call the attention

       of the Board of Regents to one case which I think may well

       be put under this plan and application made for a pension

       from the Foundation.  I refer to Professor Thomas W.

       Cowgill, Professor Emeritus of English at the University

       of Nevada, who has been an invalid for seven years.  I

       know of no case that should appeal to the Carnegie Founda-

       tion for the Advancement of Teaching more successfully

       than this one, and I suggest that a resolution be adopted

       by the Board of Regents, recommending Professor Cowgill

       for a pension of One Thousand dollars a year from this

       Foundation, and that in due time, I will take steps to

       present his case very fully to the Trustees of the


VII.   I also called at the Office of the General Board of Edu-

       cation which has recently received the gift of Thirty-Two

       Millions of dollars from Mr. John D. Rockefeller.  None of

       this money goes to State Universities, but is to be de-

       voted to the education of women and men, particularly in

       the South, and in the East and Middle West.  Nevertheless,

       I am persuaded that some part of Mr. Rockefeller's bene-

       faction might come to the University of Nevada after a

       little while, if the Board of Regents should deem a gift

       from him as one that would be welcomed by the Regents

       and by the State.  Mr. Gates of 26 Broadway is the Chief

       Advisor in the distribution of these funds.

VIII.  Mrs. Stubbs and I visited Mr. Borglum's studio on the

       22nd, and had an opportunity to study the statue of John

       W. Mackay.  The work impressed us as a masterpiece, show-

       ing Mackay in the garb of a Virginia miner just at the

       moment when, with a specimen of ore in his left hand, he

       lifts his eyes toward the horizon as though in a vision

       he saw the opportunity of doing great good to his time

       and to his kind.

       This statue is completed and ready to be sent to Reno

       to the University whenver the building is far enough to

       place the statue in position ready for unveiling.

                             Very respectfully yours,

                             President Stubbs

No further business, the meeting adjourned to meet at the call

of the Chairman.

                             Oscar J. Smith


Geo. H. Taylor