March 17-18, 1952
Volume 6 - Pages 347-354
UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA
March 17, 1952
The Board of Regents met in regular session in the President's
office on Monday, March 17, 1952. The meeting was called to
order by the Chairman at 10 A.M. Present: Regents Lombardi,
Hardy, Arentz, Crumley and Ross; Comptroller Hayden and Presi-
dent Love. Also present were J. Springmeyer, Legislative
Counsellor, Chester Smith, State Budget Director, reporters
William Gillis and Ted Scripps.
1. Minutes of Previous Meeting
(a) Motion by Mr. Crumley carried unanimously that the
minutes of the regular meeting of January 4, 1952 be
approved, and that the reading thereof be dispensed
(b) Motion by Mr. Crumley carried unanimously that the
actions of the Executive Committees, as recorded in
the minutes of their meetings on January 19, 1952,
March 1, 1952 and March 5, 1952, be approved, and
that those minutes be made a part of the permanent
The following claims had been approved by the Executive
Motion by Mr. Crumley carried unanimously that they be ap-
proved by the Board:
Regents Checks, Nos. 12-103 to 12-118 inclusive for
a total of $151,938.27 for January 1952.
State Claims, Nos. 12-72 to 12-83 inclusive for a
total of $91,766.06 for January 1952.
Regents Checks, Nos. 12-119 to 12-135 inclusive for
a total of $125,427.87 for February 1952.
State Claims, Nos. 12-84 to 12-95 inclusive for a
total of $96,885.62 for February 1952.
3. Lincoln Hall Renovation
The matter of Lincoln Hall remodeling and renovation was
discussed. It was pointed out that the necessity for re-
moving the center stairway and relocating stairways on
either side of the building (as a safety measure in case
of fire) had run the cost of initial remodeling to an
amount which does not permit 2/3 of the work to be done
with the amount appropriated by the State Legislature for
the job. It was the unanimous opinion that Mr. Mills, the
architect, be consulted and that, after further study, the
Executive Committee be empowered to act.
4. Student Union Building
The University of Nevada was named in the Will of Mr. W. E.
Travis, who died on February 24, 1952, to receive a sum of
money toward the erecton of a Student Union building as
University of Nevada
Reno, Nevada 30% but not to exceed $300,000
Said bequest to the University of Nevada, is made on the
specific condition that it be used to construct on the
Campus of the University of Nevada at Reno, Nevada, a
building to be known as the "Jot Travis Student Build-
ing" for use by the students of the University of Nevada
for recreation purposes and containing suitable offices
for bona-fide student organizations and offices for the
Alumni Association and upon the further condition that
at least an equal sum be furnished by the State of
Nevada and/or others within two (2) years after my
death for use in conjunction with my said bequest for
the construction of said building.
An ad had been published in local papers asking for creden-
tials and references from architects interested in being
considered for the Student Union building. Local architects
also received letters giving the same information. Follow-
ing general discussion, it was the unanimous opinion of the
Board that the President meet with the members of the State
Planning Board to discuss further procedure.
5. Charles Thompson
The Comptroller distributed copies of a letter from Sidney
W. Robinson, Attorney for Charles Thompson, claiming that
there is due him for work in connection with various ap-
plication engineering services furnished to the University
a total sum of $2,035. Chairman Ross referred the material
to Regent Arentz, who had served as a committee of one in
regard to Heating Plant matters, so that he might study
(a) Motion by Dr. Lombardi carried unanimously that Dr. C.
B. Hutchison be appointed Dean of the College of Agri-
culture, Director of Resident Teaching, and Director
of the Agricultural Extension Division, effective July
1, 1952, at a salary of $8500 per year (including sal-
ary as Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station
- see item c below).
(b) Motion by Mr. Hardy carried unanimously that Mr. Paul
Maloney be made Acting Associate Director of the Agri-
cultural Extension Division, effective July 1, 1952,
and until the arrival of Mr. Hutchison, who will then
be asked to make recommendation.
The Board recessed as a Board of Regents and met as a Board
of Control for the Agricultural Experiment Station.
(c) Motion by Dr. Lombardi carried unanimously that Dr. C.
B. Hutchison be appointed as Director of the Agricul-
tural Experiment Station, in addition to his above
assignments, effective July 1, 1952.
(d) Motion by Mr. Crumley carried unanimously that Mr. C.
E. Fleming be made Associate Director of the Agricul-
tural Experiment Station, effective July 1, 1952.
(e) Motion by Dr. Lombardi carried unanimously that Dr.
Joseph Robertson be appointed as Head of the Depart-
ment of Range Management in the Experiment Station,
in addition to his other assignments.
The Board adjourned as a Board of Control for the Agricul-
tural Experiment Station and reconvened as a Board of Re-
(f) Motion by Dr. Lombardi carried unanimously that the
following be retired with emeritus rank, and with
appreciation for their long years of service to the
Effective June 30, 1952
Helen Joslin, Lecturer in Art
Alice B. Marsh, Associate Professor of Home
Walter S. Palmer, Professor of Metallurgy and
Director of the State Analytical Laboratory
Cecil W. Creel, Director of the Agricultural
Fred W. Traner, Dean of the School of Education
Vincent P. Gianella, Professor of Geology
Effective July 31, 1952
Jeanette C. Rhodes, Registrar
The President reported that Dr. E. Ericksen, Lecturer
in Philosophy, will not return after the current semes-
ter. He has emeritus rank from the University of Utah.
(g) Motion by Mr. Arentz carried unanimously that M. J.
Webster be retired as of June 30, 1952, having reached
retirement age, but that he be rehired as Professor
of Economics, Business and Sociology for the year
(h) Motion by Mr. Arentz carried unanimously that the fol-
lowing promotions be approved, effective June 30, 1952:
From Assistant Professor to Associate Professor
John Bonell, Department of Civil Engineering
J. Craig Sheppard, Department of Art
R. E. Worley, Department of Physics
From Instructor to Assistant Professor
T. V. Frazier, Department of Physics (dependent
upon Ph. D. degree)
G. J. Paolozzi, Department of Foreign Languages
Eric Axilrod, Department of Economics, Business
W. S. Shepperson, Department of History and
(i) Motion by Dr. Lombardi carried unanimously that Dr. H.
N. Brown be named Director of the School of Education
and Director of Special Services.
(j) Motion by Mr. Arentz carried unanimously that Charles
Monson be appointed as Instructor or Assistant Profes-
sor (dependent upon whether or not he has the Ph. D.
degree) in the Department of Philosophy, at a salary
of $3800 for the academic year 1952-53.
(k) Motion by Mr. Arentz carried unanimously that the at-
tached salary and personnel list for the year 1952-53
be approved (filed with permanent minutes).
(l) Motion by Mr. Hardy carried unanimously that the fol-
lowing appointments be confirmed:
Francis W. Barsalou as Instructor in the Department of
Economics, Business and Sociology, at a salary of $1900
for the Spring semester 1952.
Joseph B. Key as Lecturer in Animal Husbandry at a
salary of $300 for the Spring semester 1952.
Mrs. Katharine Phillips as Loan Librarian, effective
January 1, 1952, at a salary of $235 per month.
Miss Gloria Griffen as sub-professional Assistant in
the Library, effective February 1, 1952, at a salary
of $175 per month.
Miss Mary F. Alvey as Librarian and Map Curator for the
Mackay School of Mines and the Nevada State Bureau of
Mines, effective February 27, 1952, at a salary of
$4000 per year, on a 12 months basis.
7. Easement - Victory Heights
Comptroller Hayden reviewed the history of the easement,
saying that when the University obtained the land at the
north end of the Campus from the Evans Estate, there was a
road leading from Highway 395 to the section now known as
Victory Heights. The easement for the road was in the deed
granted to the University by the Evans Estate, and that
deed carried the provision that when the land is no longer
used for Agricultural purposes, the easement is to be
abandoned. Recently, the road has been and is now being
used as a short cut by residents living in the northwest
section of town and traffic is becoming heavy and unsafe
for individuals living in Victory Heights.
For the above reasons, and with the permission of the Reno
Fire Department (providing that the gate be held by a chain
which they could cut), and with the approval of the City
Councilman representing that district, the Comptroller rec-
ommended that the road be closed and fenced on the east and
Motion by Mr. Arentz carried unanimously that the recommen-
dation be approved and the Comptroller be authorized to
proceed with the closing of the road.
8. Right-of-Way - Astronomical Observatory
In order to provide power service to the newly constructed
Astronomical Observatory on the Campus, the Sierra Pacific
Power Company has asked for a right-of-way along the north-
ern fence line of the Campus, at no cost to the University,
to provide such a power line.
Motion by Mr. Arentz carried unanimously that the President
be authorized to negotiate with the Sierra Pacific Power
Company in granting a right-of-way for the purpose of serv-
ing University buildings, providing that the power line is
put 20 feet south of the University property line.
9. Easement - South Virginia Farm
At the present time, an easement is held by the University
of Nevada, granted by Perry Morgan, whose property joins
the South Virginia Farm, for ditch purposes. Mr. Morgan
desires that the easement be terminated, and a new easement
be granted which would alter the course of the ditch. Since
the diversion would need to be replaced whether or not a new
easement is granted, it was pointed out that the expense
would be practically the same in either case.
Motion by Mr. Crumley carried unanimously that the President
be authorized to sign the necessary papers, to be drawn up
by the Attorney General, covering the change in easement.
The Board recessed at 12:15 noon for lunch.
The recessed meeting was called to order by the Chairman at 2:45
P.M. in the President's office. All Regents were present, the
Comptroller, the President, Attorney General Mathews and Deputy
Foley, and reporters Gillis, Johnson and Scripps.
10. Right-of-Way - South Virginia Farm
The Comptroller presented the request for a right-of-way on
the property of the South Virginia Farm for an anchor from
poles which would carry power and telephone lines.
Motion by Mr. Arentz carried unanimously that authority be
granted for such right-of-way.
(a) From Basic Refractories, a pilot plant now located at
Gabbs, Nevada, when housing can be provided on the
Campus. This gift was made through Mr. Howard Eells,
President of Basic Refractories.
(b) From Arthur E. Orvis of Reno, $1000 for the President's
(c) From Mrs. G. B. Ethington of Salt Lake City, Utah,
photostat copies of "Mormon Station, Memoirs of John
Reese" for the Department of History and Political
(d) From General Electric Company, a distribution type
transformer for the Electrical Engineering Department.
(e) The Reno Branch National League of American Penwomen
is giving an award this year to an Art student of the
University of Nevada in the amount of $50.
(f) From the Estate of Anne Henrietta Martin, $250 which
represents 1/2 the amount bequeathed to the University
to be used for bringing the books from her library to
the University and for bookplates and a plaque, as
provided in her Will.
Motion by Mr. Hardy carried unanimously that these gifts be
accepted with appreciation, and that a special note of
thanks be sent to Mr. Eells.
12. President's Informal Report
(a) As authorized by the Regents at their meeting on Janu-
ary 4, a Library Advisory Committee has been formed,
and the following have accepted membership:
Mr. B. F. Schlesinger, Palm Springs, California
Dr. Fred Anderson, Reno
Mr. Walter V. T. Clark, Iowa City, Iowa
Mrs. Harriet Craven, Fallen Leaf Lake, Lake Tahoe
Mrs. Thomas Craven, Reno
Dr. Paul Eldridge, University of Nevada
Mr. Duncan Emerick, Library of Congress, Washing-
ton, D. C.
Mr. Robert A. Griffen, Reno
Mr. Joe Mc Donald, Reno
Mr. George Ogilvie, Elko
Mrs. H. W. Sawyer, Fallon
Mrs. Gerald Wyness, Boulder City
(b) Professor J. E. Martie has been named to represent the
University in the State Civilian Defense Program.
(c) Correspondence - Notes of appreciation for sympathy
extended in the name of the Board of Regents were re-
Mrs. James R. Brown and family
Mrs. John J. Sullivan and family
Mr. W. T. Mathews and family
(d) Regent Hardy and Professor Joe Moose will go to Wash-
ington, D. C. on March 23 to meet with government of-
ficials in regard to a possible research project to be
conducted on this Campus.
(e) Reverend Fred Trevitt, graduate of the University of
Nevada, has accepted an invitation to deliver the
Baccalaureate Sermon. It was unanimously agreed that
Dr. Monroe Deutsch be invited to give the Commencement
Address. (Dr. Deutsch has accepted.)
13. Sheeketski Contract
Mr. Mathews and Mr. Foley, being present for the purpose of
discussing the contract between the Board of Athletic Con-
trol and Coach Joe Sheeketski, told the Regents of their
study of the contract and its termination by the Regents.
In the general discussion which followed, it was brought
out that Mr. Sheeketski had received $2000 on the contract
for the current fiscal year. It was understood that Mr.
Sheeketski had received from outside earnings during the
fiscal year, about $6,500. The Attorney General suggested
the possibility of a year to year settlement of the con-
tract which would give Mr. Sheeketski the difference between
his receipts and the amount of the contract. An alternate
proposal was that a cash settlement might be agreed upon in
conference with a representative of the Board of Regents or
its Council, and Mr. Furrh, together with his client, Mr.
Sheeketski, and that payment might be made over a period of
3 years. Since the money, in either case, is not presently
in the University budget, action of the State Legislature
would be necessary.
Motion by Mr. Crumley carried unanimously that a member of
the Board of Regents be appointed to consult with the At-
torney General with the view to arranging a conference with
the Attorney General and Deputy Foley, Mr. Furrh, Mr.
Sheeketski and the representative of the Board of Regents.
Report of the conference would be submitted to the Board of
Regents for action.
The Attorney General was authorized to notify Mr. Furrh of
the action of the Board of Regents.
Mr. Mathews, Mr. Foley, Mr. Springmeyer and Mr. Smith left
the meeting at 3:10 P.M.
Chairman Ross appointed Regent Sam Arentz to represent the
Board of Regents in a conference concerning the Sheeketski
14. Charles Thompson (continued from item 5)
Mr. Arentz reported that he had reviewed the letter and
other material from Mr. Charles Thompson, and felt that his
study would require conferences with Mr. Hayden and Mr.
Motion by Mr. Arentz carried unanimously that he be given
further time for his study of the Thompson claim and that
after such study he will recommend to the Executive Com-
mittee of the Board what disposition should be made of the
items in the account.
15. Wesley Elgin Travis
Motion by Mr. Crumley carried unanimously that copies of
the following resolutions on the death of Mr. W. E. Travis
be sent to the members of his family.
WESLEY ELGIN TRAVIS
News of the death of Wesley Elgin Travis, who died on
January 24, 1952, was received with great sorrow on the
Campus of the University of Nevada. He was a real
friend to the students - his loss is deeply mourned.
They had looked forward to associating with him, be-
cause of the fine and interesting person that he was,
and because of his expressed desire to visit the Campus
and to become acquainted with them.
Born in Hamilton, Nevada, 140 miles from the nearest
railroad, he early realized the need for transportation
facilities. In the 1890's, when he and his father
operated a stagecoach business, he found his life's
interest. Motor transportation caught his imagination,
and he made it his career. As the industry grew, he
grew, until he became President of the Pacific Greyhound
Lines; and then, in 1946, was made Chairman of the Board
of the Greyhound Corporation and Chairman of the Execu-
tive Committee. The steady growth of motor transporta-
tion helped westward expansion. A fine service was thus
performed, which becomes a part of the history, not only
of the West, but of the whole United States.
His was a full and useful life. In it, he saw the
country grow and the West come into its own. He con-
tributed immeasurably, and reaped the reward of satis-
faction which comes to men of accomplishment.
The University of Nevada is glad that it had the
privilege of conferring on Wesley Elgin Travis the
Doctor of Laws degree at its last Commencement, and
is happy that he was on the Campus to receive it.
The Board of Regents pay their sincere respects to
this outstanding man. They recognize his great works.
They appreciate his love for Nevada and its University.
They express their sorrow and extend their sympathy
to the family.
These resolutions are a part of the minutes of the meet-
ing of March 17, 1952 of the Board of Regents of the
University of Nevada.
16. Candidates for Graduation
The following candidates for graduation were approved by the
faculty at its meeting on February 19, 1952.
Motion by Mr. Hardy carried unanimously that the candidates
be approved as follows and that they be granted the indicat-
ed degrees and diplomas:
COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
Bachelor of Arts
John Michael Barry Gail Moana Monroe
Frederick E. Conelly Robert H. Moore
Francis E. Couch James Scott Morrison
Ruth Fyfe Marlene Nyberg
John Andrew Gonda Patricia Elaine Pike
Virginia Carlyle Grafton George Edward Reading
David Dale Hanna Myrna Varnes
Portia Hawley George Edward Waxham
Malcolm Gene Matteucci Frank Whitman Wilson, Jr.
Blanche Mary Ann Mc Clure
Bachelor of Science
Robert Stuart Leondard Gordon I. Saxton
John Shurtliff Mc Culloch
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
Frank D. Kiser, Jr.
COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING
Bachelor of Science in Agriculture
Charles William Goff Leland John Virag
Bachelor of Science in Home Economics
Carol Elizabeth Mac Iver
COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
Marshall J. Cuffe Norman Sidney Hall
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Lester G. Brownell Roy White
Paul Edward Gieselmann
MACKEY SCHOOL OF MINES
Bachelor of Science in Geological Engineering
Donald Clarence Norseth
Master of Science
Glen C. Christensen
Following general discussion on investments of University
Motion by Dr. Lombardi carried unanimously that the Comp-
troller prepare a list of current assets in University
invested funds with the view to studying these investments,
and that he be authorized to seek information and advice
from a bank, or investment company, and to make recommenda-
tion to the Board of Regents.
The meeting adjourned at 4:15 P.M. until the Commencement meet-
ing unless a special meeting is called by the Chairman.