03/31/1925

  

UCCSN Board of Regents' Meeting Minutes
March 31, 1925
 



03-31-1925
Volume OE - Pages 419-425

                         Reno, Nevada
                        March 31, 1925

The Board of Regents met in the Office of President Clark at
9:30 Tuesday morning, March 31, 1925.  All members of the Board,
President Clark and Comptroller Gorman were present.

The minutes of the meeting of February 28, 1925 were approved
as amended with the consent of Regent Williams, who introduced
the motion re. the portrait of O. H. Grey, by the following
vote:  (Motion by Mr. Pratt)

    Mrs. Hood            Aye
    Judge Talbot         Aye
    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Mrs. Williams        Aye
    Mr. Pratt            Aye

The minutes of the meeting of March 14th were, after the in-
sertions, at the request of Judge Talbot, of the words "any con-
siderable number of Nevada" before the word "girls" in the second
line of the 3rd paragraph from the last, on motion of Mr. Pratt,
approved by the following vote:

    Mrs. Hood            Aye
    Judge Talbot         Aye
    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Mrs. Williams        Aye
    Mr. Pratt            Aye

List No. 4, Regents' Checks Nos. 5029 to 5038 inclusive for the
net sum of $34,364.52, and List No. 3, State Claims, Nos. 23 to
34 inclusive for the net sum of $22,489.32, on motion of Judge
Talbot were approved by the following vote:

    Mrs. Hood            Aye
    Judge Talbot         Aye
    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Mrs. Williams        Aye
    Mr. Pratt            Aye

President Clark presented the resignation of Mr. Hardy Shirley
as Assistant Professor of Mathematics to be effective, at his
own request, September 1, 1925, since Mr. Shirley is going east
to enter a School of Forestry.  The President recommended the
acceptance of Mr. Shirley's resignation.  Regent Williams moved
the adoption of the President's recommendation.  Vote:

    Mrs. Hood            Aye
    Judge Talbot         Aye
    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Mrs. Williams        Aye
    Mr. Pratt            Aye

On the recommendation of Director Fulton, President Clark recom-
mended that Mr. V. P. Gianella of the Mackay School of Mines
should be granted a two years' leave of absence to enable him
to complete his course work for the Ph. D. degree at some eastern
University, with understanding that, at the end of this time, Mr.
Gianella could return to us at a salary of $2250 and the rank of
Assistant Professor if he does not earn his Ph. D. degree, or at
the same salary and the rank of Associate Professor if he has in
the meantime earned his doctorate.  Mrs. Williams moved the ac-
ceptance of the President's recommendation.  Vote:

    Mrs. Hood            Aye
    Judge Talbot         Aye
    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Mrs. Williams        Aye
    Mr. Pratt            Aye

President Clark recommended the following advances in rank:

    Mr. Edward G. Sutherland from Instructor to Assistant
    Professor and Acting Head of the Department of Economics,
    Business Administration and Sociology, to take effect
    from this date.

    Dr. P. A. Lehenbauer from Associate to full Professor of
    Biology, as recommended by Dr. Frandsen.

    Dr. Williams M. Hoskins from Assistant Professor to Associ-
    ate Professor of Chemistry as recommended by Dr. Adams.

    Mr. Edwin E. Williams from Instructor to Assistant Professor
    of Modern Languages, as recommended by Dr. Chappelle.

Regent Williams moved that the above 4 recommendations of the
President be adopted.  Vote:

    Mrs. Hood            Aye
    Judge Talbot         Aye
    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Mrs. Williams        Aye
    Mr. Pratt            Aye

On the recommendation of Dr. Hill, President Clark recommended
the election of Miss Luethel Austin to be Instructor in English
for the coming University year on a basis of $1500, salary to
begin August 1, 1925.  Mrs. Williams moved the adoption of the
President's recommendation.  Vote:

    Mrs. Hood            Aye
    Judge Talbot         Aye
    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Mrs. Williams        Aye
    Mr. Pratt            Aye

On the recommendation of Dr. Haseman, President Clark recommended
the election of Mr. Charles L. Searcy to be Instructor in Math-
ematics for a probational year beginning with the next University
year, at a salary of $2100, to begin August 1, 1925, with under-
standing that if his work during this probational year is satis-
factory he shall be made Assistant Professor at a salary of $2250
for his second year in service at this University.  Mr. Williams
moved the adoption of the President's recommendation.  Vote:

    Mrs. Hood            Aye
    Judge Talbot         Aye
    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Mrs. Williams        Aye
    Mr. Pratt            Aye

President Clark suggested that if courses in Sociology and Ad-
vanced Accounting were to be offered in the Department of Eco-
nomics, Business and Sociology the Department should then become
a 3-man Department.  He therefore recommended for election as
Instructors in this Department the following 2 men for the coming
University year:

    Mr. William R. Blackler, at a salary of $2200 to begin
    August 1, 1925, with understanding that if his work is
    satisfactory during his initial and probational year with
    us, he shall be retained for the second year with no advance
    in salary.

    Mr. Elmer Pendell, at $2500 to begin August 1, 1925, with
    understanding that if his work is acceptable during his
    first and probational year, he will be retained for a
    second year at the same salary and with the rank of As-
    sistant Professor.

Mrs. Hood moved the adoption of the President's above recom-
mendation.  Vote:

    Mrs. Hood            Aye
    Judge Talbot         Aye
    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Mrs. Williams        Aye
    Mr. Pratt            Aye

At the recommendation of President Clark, Mrs. Hood moved that
the President be authorized to make arrangements with Mr. Clyde
D. Souter to give a lecture course in General Law for the
semester beginning January 1, 1926.  Vote:

    Mrs. Hood            Aye
    Judge Talbot         Aye
    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Mrs. Williams        Aye
    Mr. Pratt            Aye

President Clark recommended that Music for the coming year be
given by the following:  Miss Dorothy Crandall as part-time
Instructor in Music in the School of Education to give the
Teacher's Method Courses in Music in the School of Education,
the Women's Glee Club work and other courses such as Apprecia-
tion of Music and History of Music and that for this part-time
service Miss Crandall receive $900 for the coming year in place
of the $600 for the current year; that Professor Haseman and
Professor Kent be continued for the coming year in charge re-
spectively of the Men's Glee Club and the Band at a compensation
of $100 per semester in addition to their regular salaries and
that Mr. Edwin E. Williams be put in charge of the University
Orchestra for the coming year at a compensation of $100 per
semester in addition to his regular salary -- it being understood
that each of these 3 men is to meet his musical group regularly
two periods per week throughout each semester.

After considerable discussion, 12 o'clock having arrived, the
Board recessed until 2 P.M.

The Board reconvened at 2:20 P.M., all members being present.

After a full discussion of the Music situation, Mr. Williams
moved that the President's recommendation for the 4 to be in
charge of Music for the coming University year to be approved
and adopted, with understanding that the President be instruct-
ed to endeavor to get a good man teacher for the year begin-
ning August 1926, who can do the entire work in Music at what-
ever salary may be necessary to secure such a man, even though
that salary has to be appreciably above $3000.  Vote:

    Mrs. Hood            Aye
    Judge Talbot         Aye
    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Mrs. Williams        Aye
    Mr. Pratt            Aye

Chairman Pratt read a letter from Mr. George O. Mc Nees, asking
for position as Supervisor of Building Construction, during the
erection of the proposed new University building.  Judge Talbot
said that Mr. Burke and Mr. Hooper had both spoken to him about
this position.

Chairman Pratt moved to reconsider the action of the Board on
February 28th to construct a Public Service building on the
Campus.  Vote:

    Mrs. Hood            Aye
    Judge Talbot         Aye
    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Mrs. Williams        Aye
    Mr. Pratt            Aye

The subject then being open for discussion, Chairman Pratt asked
the Secretary to read two letters:  (1)  from Senator T. T.
Fairchild, Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee of the Sen-
ate, and (2)  from Governor James G. Scrugham.

The text of the letters is given herewith:

                         STATE OF NEVADA
                         SENATE CHAMBER

                                 Carson City, March 20, 1925

    To the Honorable the Board of Regents
    University of Nevada
    Reno, Nevada

    Gentlemen:

    This letter will confirm the message sent you by the Comp-
    troller of the University to the effect that the Ways and
    Means Committee of the Senate objects to the use of any
    part of the money raised or to be raised by the Permanent
    Construction Fund levy of 2 cents for a Public Service
    building.

    It was called to our attention, too late to arrange with
    you for a meeting, that the Board of Regents had arranged
    for a Public Service building to cost about $90,000 to be
    paid for from this Fund.  I was a member of the Ways and
    Means Committee that recommended this levy of 2 cents, and
    it was my distinct understanding, and it is so stated in
    your printed reports, that this levy was made for the pur-
    pose of helping to complete the Educational Building Program
    at the University.  No mention was ever made about a Public
    Service building, and I am sure that no tax levy would have
    been granted for that purpose, and none would have been
    granted if it was understood that any effort would have
    been made by the Regents to expend it for any other purpose
    than that for which it was granted, namely, to complete the
    urgently needed buildings outlined in your report.

    The officials of the University have always heretofore shown
    a disposition to cooperate with the Legislature, and the
    Ways and Means Committee, feeling that the Regents would
    continue this cooperation, and would not expend moneys for
    any purpose other than that for which tax levies or appro-
    priations were made, especially after the matter had been
    called to their attention, agreed to recommend a continuance
    of the 2 cent levy for the coming biennium, reserving the
    right to oppose its continuance at the next session unless
    proper attention is given to this protest.

    The Committee regrets that it was impossible to call this
    matter to your attention at a meeting with your Board, but
    it was the opinion of the Committee that nothing could be
    brought out at such a meeting that would change the opinion
    of the members that money raised for the educational plans of
    the University was about to be expended for other purposes.
    This in our opinion would have been a breach of faith that
    would be inexcusable.

    Trusting that you will give this matter the action it merits,
    I am

                             Respectfully yours,

                         /s/ T. T. Fairchild
                             Chairman, Senate Ways and
                             Means Committee

                         STATE OF NEVADA
                        EXECUTIVE CHAMBER
                           Carson City

                                              March 7, 1925

    Honorable Walter E. Pratt
    Chairman, Board of Regents
    University of Nevada
    Reno, Nevada

    Dear Mr. Pratt:

    In conformity with our conversation on yesterday, I here-
    with present certain suggestions for consideration of the
    Board of Regents in regard to financing the Building Program
    of the University for the next biennium.

    I understand that there is now on hand the sum of approxi-
    mately $90,000 available for construction purposes.  The
    yield from the 2 cent tax levy during 1925 and 1926 will
    be approximatley $80,000 additional, making a total of
    about $170,000 available by December 31, 1926.

    The University is reported very urgently to need an addition
    to the Women's Dormitory as well as extensions and repairs
    to the Central Heating Plant.

    In accordance with our conversation it appears practicable
    for the State to meet payments as follows:

        During 1925  Addition to Women's Dormitory  $55,000
        During 1925  Addition to Heating Plant      $35,000
        During 1926  Public Service Building        $80,000

    Later additions can be made when found necessary.

    The above suggestions are based upon figures given by the
    Controller's Report and upon my Executive budget as presented
    to the Legislature.

    Wishing you all success in your plans for the advancement of
    the University, I am

                             Yours truly,

                         /s/ J. G. Scrugham
                             Governor

Full discussion followed as to which of the two buildings, Public
Service building and Annex to Manzanita Hall, was most needed
and should therefore be constructed first, it being agreed that
the new steam heating plant must be installed during this bi-
ennium in any event.

At the end of the discussion, Mr. Williams stated that he was
ready to vote for the immediate construction of the Annex to
Manzanita Hall at a cost of not to exceed $85,000 if the members
of the Board will pledge themselves not later than March 1, 1927,
to vote for the construction of the Public Service building on
the Campus of this University at a cost of not exceeding $85,000
with the proviso that proper authority says such building may be
paid for from University's 2 cent Permanent Construction Fund.
"If we can agree informally to this plan and put it in the min-
utes, then I am ready to make the motion."  Mrs. Williams, Mr.
Pratt and Mrs. Hood so agreed with Mr. Williams.

Mr. Williams moved that the Regents authorize the construction of
an addition to Manzanita Hall at an expense of not to exceed
$85,000 and that the Chairman of this Board and the President of
the University consult with Architect De Longchamps and secure
plans and submit them to this Board at its next regular meeting.
Vote:

    Mrs. Hood            Aye
    Judge Talbot         No
    Mrs. Williams        Aye
    Mr. Pratt            Aye
    Mr. Williams         Aye

Judge Talbot wished to go on record as saying he was not in favor
of building an extension to Manzanita Hall and he thinks it un-
nessary at this time.  As we have not had to turn away any con-
siderable number of Nevada girls, the extension is not needed
for two years.  He believes that the Public Service building
should be built first properly to house these Departments and
for the good of the tax payers of the State.


Mr. Pratt desired to have it recorded that he considered the
construction of a Public Service building of high importance.

Mrs. Williams moved that the Chairman of the Board be authorized
to enter into a lease for the Board of Regents with the Vestry of
Trinity Church for the property at the corner of Fifth and Sierra
Streets now used by the State Hygienic Laboratory and Pure Food
and Drugs Division for 3 years, at his discretion.  Vote:

    Mrs. Hood            Aye
    Judge Talbot         No
    Mrs. Williams        Aye
    Mr. Pratt            Aye
    Mr. Williams         Aye

No further business appearing, the Board adjourned until April
30, 1925.

                             Walter E. Pratt
                             Chairman

Carolyn M. Beckwith
Secretary