UCCSN Board of Regents' Meeting Minutes
Volume 5 - Pages 439-446
March 24, 1945
The regular meeting of the Board of Regnets was called to order
at 9:40 A.M. in the President's office. Present: Regents Ross,
Henningsen, Mc Namee, Sheerin; Comptroller Gorman and President
Moseley. Absent: Regent Sirkegian, weather conditions prevent-
ing his trip.
Motion by Mr. Mc Namee that the reading of the minutes be dis-
pensed with and that they be approved as submitted, passed uani-
A. Recommendations for Degrees
B. Recommendations on Personnel
(1) That, effective July 1, 1945, Dr. Anatole G. Mazour,
Associate Professor of History and Political Science,
be granted a leave of absence without pay for one year
in order that he may accept a position as Visiting
Associate Professor at Sanford University.
(2) That, effective September 1, 1945, Dr. Robert M. Gorrell
be appointed as Assistant Professor of English in the
place of Professor Holmes at a salary of $2800 per year.
(3) That, effective March 21, 1945, Mr. Robert Prince be
appointed as Geologist in the State Bureau of Mines at
the salary of $300 per month, to be paid from Bureau
of Mines funds.
(4) That, effective March 15, 1945, Mr. E. L. Cobb be ap-
pointed as part-time Laboratory Assistant in the Petro-
leum Products Inspection Laboratory at a salary of $90
per month, to be paid from Petroleum Products Inspection
(5) That, effective February 26, 1945, until the end of the
semester, Mrs. Robert Hume be appointed as Acting As-
sistant in English in the place of Professor Holmes, at
a total salary of $550 for the 11 weeks.
C. Recommendations on Policy
1. Salary Schedule. (See minutes of January 7, 1944 for
previous salary schedule.) Upon motion of Mr. Mc Namee
passed unanimously, the following salary schedule was
adopted to be applied upon an individual basis upon the
recommendation of the Dean of the College concerned with
due regard to tenure and efficiency:
Instructor $1600 - $2400
Assistant Professor 2400 - 3000
Associate Professor 3000 - 3600
Professors (including Heads) 3600 - 4500
Academic Deans and Directors 4800 - 5500
The understanding with the Governor and the Ways and
Means Committees of the Legislature is that in case those
now on leave return to the University prior to the end
of this biennium, the University could go to the next
session with a deficit and secure relief.
2. Pay Increases. Motion of Mrs. Henningsen that the Presi-
dent be instructed by the Board to present at the May
meeting recommendations for salary increases to the aca-
demic faculty now on duty in the approximate amount of
$25,000, said increases to be effective July 1, 1945,
3. Mr. Le Grand Walker. President Moseley read a letter
from Mr. Walker, now with the Utah Industrial School at
Ogden, Utah, presented his qualifications for a position
as Foreman of the University Farms. Upon motion of Mr.
Sheerin that the President be instructed to ask Mr.
Walker to visit Reno to discuss the situation, preferably
at the time of the next meeting of the Board in May,
4. The Agricultural Program. Motion was made by Mr. Sheerin
and passed unanimously that the President be instructed
to bring in a recommendation at the May meeting for an
over-all Dean of Agriculture, whose duties shall be to
coordinate the work of Agriculture Resident Teaching,
Agricultural Extension and Agricultural Experimentation,
which 3 Departments of the University's Agricultural
program shall be directed respectively by a Director of
Agricultural Resident Teaching, a Director of the Agri-
cultural Extension Division and a Director of the Agri-
cultural Experiment Station.
5. After discussing administrative policies in connection
with the Department of Agricultural Extension, upon
motion by Mr. Mc Namee that further consideration of
these policies be deferred until the next meeting of the
Board of Regents, the motion was unanimously passed.
6. The Building Program. By informal assent the Board
agreed that, assuming that we can build only one build-
ing and that it is to be called a "classroom building",
the President was instructed to explore ways and means
of including within the building some laboratories which
are most urgently needed for relief of crowded conditions
in the Agricultural building.
7. The Health Committeee. Revision of rules were adopted by
the University Health Committee at a meeting on March 20,
1945, and presented to the Board of Regents for consider-
ation as follows:
THE UNIVERSITY HEALTH SERVICE
With the exception of graduate students and of students
registered in 5 or fewer hours, all students are charged
a Health Service Fee of $6 per semester. The funds ob-
tained from this fee are used to provide an enlarged
health service in accordance with the general practice of
other Colleges and in line with the recommendations of
the American Student Health Association. Students paying
the fee are entitled to the following privileges and sub-
ject to the restrictions imposed by them:
1. A thorough medical and physical examination at the
time of entrance with such subsequent examinations
and check-ups as may seem desirable in order to
ensure the individual's physical fitness for the
scholastic and athletic program which the student
would like to undertake.
2. Any student found on such examination to be suffer-
ing from some chronic or handicapping ailment which
makes it unlikely that he can effectively carry on
his studies will be advised accordingly and may be
required to limit his activities.
3. Any student found to be a carrier of an infectious
disease of such a nature as to make him a menace to
the general health of the Campus may be required to
discontinue his work at the University.
4. Standard immunity tests for certain infectious
diseases may be given, and when practicable and
desirable, susceptible individuals may be immunized.
5. Any student who refuses to comply with any health
regulation established by the State or local boards
of health or by the University Administration may be
denied the privilege of registering or continuing
work in the University.
6. Free daily consultation periods with the College
Physicians and Nurses will be provided for all stu-
dents who wish to consult about health matters. The
chief object of these consultations is the detection
of illness before it becomes serious. Students are
urged to take advantage of it. The privilege should
however, not be abused by expecting unreasonable
services at unreasonable times.
7. Injuries or illnesses incurred on the Campus. A
student injured or taken ill while on the Campus is
entitled to the following benefits without addition-
al charge: (a) necessary emergency attention; (b)
all laboratory examinations, X-rays, prescriptions
and medicines which may be required by the Univer-
sity Physician in the course of the treatment in the
Infirmary; (c) use of the Infirmary for a period not
exceeding 2 weeks in any semester, including meals,
treatment, visits of University Physician, and gen-
eral nursing. (NOTE: The term "Campus" as used in
this and succeeding paragraphs is hereby defined as
the geographic limits of the Campus proper, and all
fraternities and sororities or other living quarters
under supervision of University authorities and de-
voted exclusively to housing University students.)
8. Injuries or illnesses incurred off the Campus. A
student injured or taken ill off the Campus is sub-
ject to the following regulations: (a) all calls
for medical or nursing service, whether provided by
member of the regular Infirmary staff or by other
doctors and nurses, must be paid for by the individ-
uals requesting such service; (b) a student injured
or taken ill off the Campus must pay all expenses of
transportation to the Campus, and must pay for all
other expenses incurred off the Campus by or through
such illness or injury; (c) a student injured or
taken ill off the Campus may use the University In-
firmary, provided that the student in question and
his attending physician agree to rest convalescent
care in the hand of the University Physician and
Nurse, and provided he pay for all meals, laboratory
examinations, X-rays, prescriptions and medicines
for the entire period of hospitalization.
9. After a period of 2 weeks hospitalization in any one
semester, regardless of where the injury or illness
occurred, the student will be charged an additional
$2 per day for such extended period.
10. Requests for consultation period with the University
Physician at times other than regular consultation
period at the Infirmary must be paid for by the in-
dividual requesting it. A student may be hospital-
ized in the Infirmary only upon the recommendation
of the University Physician acting in his capacity
11. The Student Health Association will not be respon-
sible, financially or otherwise, for the treatment
and care of injuries incurred by a student partici-
pating in inter-collegiate athletics, either in
training or in competition, except as may be provid-
ed under rule 8 above. Benefits provided under rule
7 above are expressly excluded.
12. When an operation is advised or deemed necessary,
the student must make his own arrangements and as-
sume the responsibility for the payment of all
surgical, nursing and hospital costs connected
13. Certain injuries and illnesses may be deemed by the
University Physician to be of such a nature or de-
gree of severity that they cannot be cared for ade-
quately at the University Infirmary. In such cases
the student will be so advised, and the student
will make his own arrangement for care elsewhere at
his own expense.
14. Neither the University nor the Student Health As-
sociation will assume any responsibility for the
payment of hospital or other medical expenses in-
curred on or off the Campus, unless such expense is
expressly authorized by the University Health Com-
mittee. In certain instances of unusually heavy
medical expenses, and when Student Health funds make
it possible, the Student Health Committee, solely
at its own discretion, may provide some financial
relief to a student.
15. The failure to make use of the health service offer-
ed will not be accepted as a reason for exemption
from the payment of the health service fee or for
refunds therefrom in any semester.
Upon motion of Mr. Mc Namee, passed unanimously.
At the suggestion of Mr. Mc Namee, Comptroller Gorman
was instructed to investigate the cost of a malpractice
policy. Mr. Mc Namee was requested to look into the mat-
ter of the legal responsibility of the University.
8. Out-of-State Tuition. Upon motion of Mr. Mc Namee and
passed unanimously, tuition for out-of-state students was
advanced from $75 per semester to $100 per semester, ef-
fective July 1, 1945.
9. Honorary Degrees. Motion of Mrs. Henningsen that honor-
ary degrees be granted at the Spring Commencement as fol-
lows, passed unanimously:
Major Max C. Fleischmann, LL. D.
Reverend Brewster Adams, LL. D.
Senator Patrick A. Mc Carran, LL. D.
Miss Anne Martin, LL. D.
Mr. Robert A. Allen, Honorary M. S.
Mr. Robert R. Warren, Honorary M. S.
Mr. Roy Hardy, Honorary M. S.
According to custom, it was agreed that no publicity
should be given to the awarding of honorary degrees
until near Commencement.
Motion of Mr. Mc Namee that the Comptroller be authorized
to rent or purchase sufficient gowns for the honorary de-
grees and University guests, passed unanimously.
Motion of Mr. Mc Namee that the matter of giving Robert
A. Allen a bachelor's degree in view of the fact that he
has done sufficient engineering work to make up for the
credits which he lacks in academic work, be referred to
the faculty for recommendation, passed unanimously.
President's Informal Report:
(1) The death of William O. Holmes, Assistant Professor of Eng-
lish, occurred at his home on February 22, 1945. Professor
Holmes, who had been in apparent good health, suffered a
heart attack and died within a matter of a few hours. He
had been connected with the University since 1937.
(2) After a lapse of several years, the Young Women's Christian
Association has been re-established on the Campus, under
the leadership of Miss Kate Harris, who was appointed on
March 3, 1945, as full-time Secretary at a salary of $215
per month, of which the University pays $40 per month, rep-
resenting room and board in Manzanita Hall. The remainder
of the salary is paid from YWCA funds. The YWCA received
a grant of $1000 from the Reno Community Chest. Their funds
have been supplemented during the past year by a donation of
Mrs. Lora J. Knight, 615 Riverside Drive, Reno, Nevada, in
the amount of $1000, which donation, according to the wishes
of the donor, is to remain anonymous. The YWCA room in
Artemisia Hall has been redecorated and is now in the proc-
ess of being furnished by the YWCA. An office for Miss
Harris has been prepared in the Student Center.
(3) A Red Cross unit under the leadership of Mrs. John O.
Moseley has been established on the Campus for the conven-
ience of the ladies of the University staff. This unit
works under the supervision and control of the Reno Red
Cross. Quarters are provided by the University on the 3rd
floor of Manzanita Hall.
(4) According to custom, the next meeting of the Board of Re-
gents will occur on Saturday, May 12th, followed by the
Baccalaureate sermon on Sunday, May 13th, and the Commence-
ment Exercises on Monday, May 14th. The Honorary Board of
Visitors will hold its annual meeting on Friday, May 11th.
(5) Mr. Thomas E. Dixon, Mayor of Caliente, Nevada, on March
6, 1945, made a cash donation to the University in the
amount of $3000, the income on which is to be used to assist
a graduate of the Lincoln County High School through the
Freshman year at the University. The faculty of the Lincoln
County High School, in cooperation with the Committee on
Scholarships and Prizes at the University, will select the
student in accordance with the standards set up by the
Committee. This account is carried on the Comptroller's
books as the "Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Dixon Memorial Scholar-
(6) On March 15, 1945, Mr. Otto A. Kohl, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa,
who operates the Chick Bed Mine at Fernley, Nevada, made a
cash donation to the University of Nevada in the amount of
$250, to be used for a Fernley High School student, to be
selected by the Board of Education at Fernley, Nevada, and
Dr. Harold N. Brown, Chairman of the Committee on Scholar-
ships at the University of Nevada.
(7) Permission has been given to Rev. James Asa White, Associ-
ate Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Reno, to organize
a Summer Institute for the clergy, lasting over a period of
2 weeks and making use of such facilities of the University
as will not interfere with the normal functioning of the
(8) The University staff has, in recent months, participated in
many community activities, an example of which has been
the outstanding work of Dr. Harold N. Brown, Professor of
Education and Director of the Summer Sessions, and Dr.
Ernest Inwood, Head of the Department of Business Adminis-
tration, in assisting in organizing and conducting the
Lassen County Teachers Association. Letters of thanks and
compliments on their work have been received from Mr. Martin
W. Sword, Superintendent of Schools at Herlong, California.
Comptroller Gorman asked for approval of the claims that have
been approved by the Executive Committee of the Board as follows:
List No. 7, dated January 31, 1944, covering Regents Checks
45-140 to 45-164 inclusive for a total of $68,365.77;
List No. 7, dated January 31, 1945, covering State Claims
45-98 to 45-119 inclusive for a total of $37,858.92;
List No. 8, dated February 28, 1945, covering Regents Checks
45-165 to 45-187 inclusive for a total of $61,790.30;
List No. 8, dated February 28, 1945, covering State Claims
45-120 to 45-134 inclusive for a total of $35,967.95.
Upon motion of Mr. Mc Namee, passed unanimously.
Comptroller Gorman submitted to Mc Namee legal papers pertaining
to the Rickard property, the Evans property, the Fleischmann
Farm and other transactions resulting from recent University
legislation. Upon motion by Mr. Sheerin and unanimously passed,
authority for the execution and transfer of these papers was
granted to the Comptroller after the Governor has signed perti-
nent University bills and upon the approval of Mr. Mc Namee.
Heating Plant. Upon motion of Mr. Sheerin and unanimously pass-
ed, Mr. Sirkegian was appointed as a Committee of 1 to study the
question of improving the present heating equipment of the Uni-
versity and of locating the new heating plant. Mr. Sirkegian is
requested to render a report on these matters at the next meeting
of the Board.
Retirement Plan. Upon motion of Mr. Mc Namee and unanimously
passed, faculty members who accepted the terms of the retirement
plan extended by the Legislature for acceptance or rejection
until July 1, 1945 shall be required to pay into the fund the
amount which they would have paid from January 1, 1944.
Upon motion of Mr. Mc Namee and passed unanimously, the lease on
the South Virginia Farm is to be renewed to Mrs. Annabelle
Washburn for 1 year at a rental of $1500 per month.
A letter from the Reno Fire Department was presented as follows:
CITY OF RENO
March 23, 1945
C. H. Gorman, Comptroller
University of Nevada
Dear Mr. Gorman:
On a recent inspection of Artemisia Hall, we found the plat-
form on the first floor fire escape without a ladder extend-
ing to the ground. In case of a fire, the occupants of the
second and third floors, using the escape, would have to
return into the building from the first floor platform and
leave through the front or rear entrance, or jump from the
base of the escape onto the ground, a distance of about 10
feet. Directly underneath the escape platform is a ramp
going into the basement which consitutues a further and ad-
ditional life hazard for those making the jump.
At the base of the north exit, we found a permanent iron
railing obstructing the ready egress from the base of the
fire escape. Anyone using this fire escape would have to
climb over this iron railing.
We recommend the construction of a metal ladder, extending
to the ground on the first mentioned escape and in the
latter, remove the iron railing from the north exit.
Thanking you for your cooperation in the matter, I am,
Yours very truly,
/s/ K. C. Tate, Captain
in charge of Fire Prevention
Reno Fire Dept.
Motion of Mr. Mc Namee that authority be given to the Comptroller
to carry out the Fire Chief's recommendations at an approximate
cost of $350, passed unanimously.
After discussion of the fire hazard at the President's home,
Comptroller Gorman stated that he would remedy the condition.
Some criticism of the University has come about through the in-
vestigation of the Administration of Fire Chief Twaddle, and the
Chairman of the Board of Regents had been approached by the
Chamber of Commerce Committee in that connection. Chairman Ross
reported that every recommendation made by the Fire Department
has been followed by the University and it was the feeling of the
Board that the Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce Committee
should be invited to verify this report.
By informal vote, the Board postponed deciding the details of the
new Gymnasium improvement program until the next meeting in order
to take advantage of the views of Mr. Sirkegian.
Comptroller Gorman reported the investment of the $3000 received
from Mr. Thomas E. Dixon in 2 1/2% Treasury Bonds, 1966-71. Upon
motion of Mr. Mc Namee, approved unanimously.
The financial statement of general funds of the University of
Nevada, March 1, 1945 to June 30, 1945, showed receipts amounting
to $244,659.60 and expenditures amounting to $222,500.00, leaving
a balance as of June 40, 1945 amounting to $22,159.60.
Upon motion of Mrs. Henningsen, the Chairman of the Board was
authorized to sign proxies in the name of the Board.
President Moseley asked for the opinion of the Board in regard to
necessary additions to the staff in order to keep the standard of
the University at a high level, no definite commitments to be
made without first being submitted to the Board. The sense of
the Board was that such additions should be made, and that facul-
ly members on leave of absence be encouraged and assisted to
Comptroller Gorman asked for authority to sell the U. S. Govern-
ment Bonds held in the irreducible University Fund in the State
Treasurer's office and to re-invest the money in 2 1/2% U. S.
Treasury Bonds; and to draw the necessary resolution. Motion
of Mr. Mc Namee that authority be granted passed unanimously.
President Moseley asked for a discussion on the matter of money
which might be donated to the University. Mr. Mc Namee was of
the opinion that money should be received in the name of the
University of Nevada since the law refers to the University as
the "corporate body of the University of Nevada". However, if
SB 108, giving the Regents the right to accept gifts, is signed
by the Governor, there could be no question.
Chairman Ross called to the attention of the Board that the
Annual Report of the Agricultural Experiment Station for 1944
did not contain a letter of transmittal and that it was sent
out under the name of the Board of Control of the Agricultural
Experiment Station, which is also the Board of Regents, but that
they had no opportunity to see its contents before it was sent
to the printer. Suggestion was made that the matter be called
to the attention of the President and that he come to the Board
at the next meeting with a definite recommendation.
The meeting adjourned at 1:10 P.M.
The next meeting will be the regular Commencement Meeting on
Saturday, May 12, 1945.