04/03/1912

  

UCCSN Board of Regents' Meeting Minutes
April 3-4, 1912
 



04-03-1912
Volume OD - Pages 404-412

                         Reno, Nevada
                         April 3, 1912

The Regents met at their Office in Morrill Hall at 10 o'clock
A.M. Wednesday, April 3, 1912.  All members of the Board and
President Stubbs were present.

The minutes of the meetings held March 5, 7 and 20 were read
and approved.

Letter of the State Board of Examiners under date of March 20,
1912, read and ordered filed.

The President read his report as follows:

                                            April 3, 1912

To the Honorable
The Board of Regents
The University of Nevada

Gentlemen:

The attendance for the second semester of this year is as fol-
lows:  (see Exhibit 1); the attendance for the first semester
is as follows (see Exhibit 2); the attendance for the two terms
in the University and in the University High School is given in
the Summary (Exhibit 3).

At the last meeting of the Board a resolution was passed abolish-
ing the University High School on July 31, 1912.  It was under-
stood, however, that the Board would adopt some plan for a sub-
Freshman year, which I believe is quite necessary.  Superintend-
ent Billinghurst says that the Reno High School will take care
of our students from abroad, probably without any expense.  He
said he would have preferred not to take any students from the
University High School until a year later, but that they would
do the best they could.

I recommend, therefore, that the Board establish a sub-Freshman
year and that for the ensuing University year the University
takes care of all students who would naturally be Seniors in the
University High School next year and all students who come to us
and by reason of age or lack of preparation must take work in
this sub-Freshman year.  Further, that the work in the Commercial
School be continued as it is now.  It should be understood, how-
ever, that all foreign students who would come to the University
High School and take work in the Reno High School will be permit-
ted to board and room in Lincoln and Manzanita Halls.  I recom-
mend that this sub-Freshman year be in charge of Professor Reuben
Cyril Thompson.

Summer School for Teachers

The Regents have authorized the University to establish a Summer
School for teachers under the care of the Department of Education
- the length of the session to be 6 weeks, beginning about June
20th.  The Regents have appropriated $600 for the maintenance of
this school.  Mr. John Edwards Bray, Superintendent of Public
Instruction, guarantees an attendance of not fewer than 40 teach-
ers and on this guarantee the University has established the
school for this year.  We have decided to charge $18 per month
for board and $2 per month for room, making $20 a month for their
living expenses.  The University will charge a registration fee
of $5 each and this is to go to pay the expenses of an additional
teacher in industrial training.  The teaching force will be the
two Professors in the Department of Education and one additional
Instructor in industrial education, and they will be assisted by
Mr. John Edwards Bray, Superintendent of Public Instruction, and
in addition to these we will invite the deputy superintendents
of public instruction and other men to lecture from time to time
during the session of the Summer School.  I think this Summer
School for teachers will prove a very good feature of the Uni-
versity work, and will be valuable also from the fact that it
will bring together from 40 to 80 teachers in Reno at a time
when the people usually go out from Reno rather than come into
it.

Recommendations

I recommend that Dr. Romanzo Adams be elected to the Chair of
Economics and Sociology.  You will remember that you created this
Chair a year ago and appointed Dr. Adams temporarily to the
Chair.  I now recommend that his appointment be made permanent.
It is understood that this relieves him from the work in the
Department of Education.

I recommend the appointment of Professor Gordon H. True as
Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station in charge of the
work under the Hatch and Adams Funds and that he also has charge
of the work in dry farming, this appointment to take effect at
once.  It is understood that Professor True's Department in the
Agricultural Experiment Station and in the Agricultural and
Mechanical College is that of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry,
which includes irrigation and dairying.

I recommend that Dr. P. B. Kennedy be appointed Director of Uni-
versity Extension Work, which is to include Farmers Institutes,
Railroad Demonstration trains, and country life.  It is under-
stood that Dr. Kennedy's Department in the Agricultural Experi-
ment Station and in the College is that of Botany, Horticulture
and Forestry.

I recommend that Dr. William Sidney Tangier Smith, Professor of
Geology, be given a leave of absence without pay from the first
of August, 1912, to the first of August, 1913.  We can take care
of his work during this absence without addition to our teaching
force, by giving part of his work to the Assistant Professor in
Mineralogy.

University Farm

The need of a University Farm needs no argument to this Board of
Regents.  We are entitled to use 10% of the proceeds of the sales
of public lands granted to the State of Nevada by the Federal
Government for the purchase of lands for sites or experimental
farms.  According to this, we can expend $9650 for an agricul-
tural farm whenever we are authorized to do so by the Legislature
of the State of Nevada.  This is a good beginning (see Exhibit
4).

I had an interview with Mrs. E. H. Harriman at her home No. 1
East 69th Street, New York City, on February 26.  Apparently the
interview was very satisfactory, and I took the opportunity to
ask that she give attention to the University of Nevada as a
worthy University that must needs have help by gifts to accom-
plish what it aims to accomplish and what the people of the State
and the nation expect it to accomplish.  I say "people of the
nation" because a large part of our money for the support of the
State institution comes from the Federal Government.  I herewith
submit as Exhibit 5 the paper which I left with Mrs. Harriman.
This paper is an argument setting forth the urgent need of a
University farm and further the fact that the State could not
afford to buy the farm, and asking for her consideration of a
gift in addition to the $10,000 which we now have to purchase
the farm, citing the fact that Mr. Mackay had found this Univer-
sity was worthy, that in his desire to advance its standard and
influence he had contributed - in round numbers - $250,000 within
the past 6 years.

I would suggest, therefore, that the Regents, having in round
numbers $10,000 toward the purchase of a farm, take steps pri-
vately to ascertain which such a farm as the University requires
can be purchased for and that an option be taken upon said farm
for the period of one year from the first of April.

The Evans Land

There are a little more than 8 acres east of the Campus that
the University desires to acquire to fill out its plans for the
Campus and as a suitable place for the buildings of the Agri-
cultural Department.  You remember I called the attention of the
Board to this land and it was agreed that we ought not to pay
in excess of $500 per acre.  Mr. John Evans, speaking for his
mother, said that these 8 acres ought to bring Mrs. Evans
$20,000, in addition to her reserving a site for a Theta House
and the University agreeing to preserve the pond at the southeast
corner of the Campus so that she might have the water permanently
to water her yard.  Of course, I considered that Mrs. Evans,
through John, made this offer prohibitive, not intending to sell
or to make a bona fide proposition to the University.  In ac-
cordance with the views, not only of the Regents but of several
good judges of land, I wrote to Mrs. Evans (see Exhibit 6) say-
ing that the Regents would give her $100 for an option on the
land for one year from the first of April at $5000 being a
little more than $500 an acre and that for 5 years from the
time that the University acquires the land, they would let Mrs.
Evans have the present barnyard and place for her hay stacks
and access to her farm on the top of the hill.  I have heard
nothing from her since writing the letter and I presume that we
will hear nothing.  I am sorry because I am sure that I could
have raised the $5000 for the purchase of this land independent
of the State and we need it for our agricultural development.
The time will come, I think, when she will sell it for the price
named but that time will be too late for our using that place
for our Agricultural Department.

Passes for University Professors

I herewith give you the names of the University Professors to
whom the Southern Pacific Company has issued annual transporta-
tion (Exhibit 7).

President William Sproule has been exceedingly kind to the Uni-
versity in granting this transportation for the sake of aiding
Professors in their travel through the State and I think the
Regents should make some proper acknowledgment of his courtesy.
I have had each one of the Professors receiving a pass state in
writing that he would use this annual transportation only when
he was traveling on business in the interests of the University.
The law clearly stated that these passes may be used on the
occasion of University business.

I am having some correspondence with the State Railroad Commis-
sion with regard to their order to the Tonopah and Goldfield
Railroad Company that they should not issue annual transporta-
tion to our Professors.  From a letter from Judge Bartine I take
it that the State Railroad Commission maintains that transporta-
tion issued Professors should be used only when they are on Uni-
versity business.  I agree with this position but they should
permit, and the law permits, the issuance of transportation -
either annual, or trip, or reduced fare (see Exhibit 8).

Eel Worm Investigation

The Station is permitted to use either the Adams Fund or the
Hatch Fund for the eel worm investigation.  This is on the au-
thority of Dr. A. C. True of the Office of Experiment Stations.
I am finding it troublesome to get just the right man for this
work and I have been in telegraphic correspondence with Dr. True,
Dr. W. A. Cobb, Dr. Orton, the last two men being especially
well qualified in regard to the eel worm conditions.  I have
asked Dr. Orton to recommend some good man from his Department
to aid us in this investigation for 3 or 6 months, the Regents
to pay this man from the Adams Fund.  Since writing the above,
Dr. Orton telegraphs that Dr. Cobb is on his way to Washington
and that he will hold my telegram until he has an opportunity
to talk with him.  He says he has no doubt however that the
Bureau of Plant Industry will detail a man to pursue the eel
worm investigations.

My Trip to New York

I left Reno Friday, January 12th, for New York and arrived at
home Saturday morning, March 2nd., having been absent just 50
days.  I arrived in New York Thursday morning, January 25th.
Friday, January 26th, I went to Troy, New York, to visit the
manufactory of W. & L. E. Gurley, from whom we had purchased
about $1100 worth of weights and measures apparatus.  I also
visited Dr. Reichman's office at Albany, New York.  Dr. Reichman
is Superintendent of Weights and Measures in New York.  I went to
Washington on Monday, the 29th, and spent the 29th, 30th and 31st
in Washington, visiting the Department of Agriculture and con-
ferring at length with Dr. A. C. True of the Office of Experiment
Stations.  I was in search of a good man for the work in soil
physics.  I tried to get Mr. Mc Intyre of the State College of
Pennsylvania, but he had just accepted a position in the Univer-
sity of Tennessee.  I saw Professor Fortier, Head of the Irriga-
tion Division, also of the Bureau of Agriculture.

On Tuesday I had an interview with Dr. Cobb and Dr. Orton and
Dr. Scofield of the Bureau of Plant Industry.  Dr. Cobb who has
had a large experience in eel worms both in Australia and in
this country said that it was a serious pest and the State of
Nevada ought to do everything in its power to eradicate it at
once.  Their recommendations are the ones that I am following
out at the present time, but we have no man that we can use for
this purpose, and therefore I have asked Dr. Cobb to give us a
man from his Bureau.

Met Mr. Mackay by appointment Thursday afternoon, February 1st.
He had had all of the papers from Reno and was, I thought,
quite disturbed by these unwarranted publications.  I could see
that these newspaper articles were of a kind that were inter-
fering with the progress of his negotiations with friends to
carry out the plans for the buildings and grounds of this Uni-
versity.  I said to him that I knew absolutely nothing of the
origin of these reports and that I wanted to assure him that
none of them emanated from the University, or that a University
man either Regent or faculty had said anything at all.  He had
had several interviews with people who ought to be interested
with him in promoting the welfare of the University of Nevada
and he expected that he would be able to say something definite
about what they would do in May of this year.  I suggested to
him to say something by which we could contradict the report that
he and his friends had planned to give $1,000,000 as an endow-
ment fund for the University.  I knew very well that this report
was false, and, after thinking a few moments, he said that he
would like to do it but he did not know just how to do it, and
for me to see him again in a week or so thereafter.  In the
meantime he would take the matter into his thought.  He made an
appointment for me again at 3 o'clock Friday, Feb. 16.

Meanwhile, I went to Washington to attend the Conference of
Weights and Measures Officials at the Bureau of Standards.  This
session was very helpful to me.  I returned to New York at noon
on the 16th and at the appointed hour met Mr. Mackay and had a
very earnest and satisfactory conference with him for more than
an hour.  He seemed to be in the very best of moods and talked
about this University and its growth in a way that was delight-
ful to hear.  He compared the University of Virginia with this
University and said that he had submitted the watercolor made
by Mr. Bliss to one of the most noted of the young architects
of New York whose opinion was that the plans for the buildings
and grounds was very, very fine and could not, he thought, be
surpassed.  He spoke with a great deal of enthusiasm and said
that he would let me know early in May what these friends would
do.  He said he had learned to be very patient; he was surprised
at himself.  He wrote for me a denial of the report in the papers
which I incorporated in the interview which I gave to the papers
upon my return.  I talked with him at length about my seeing
Mrs. Harriman with a view to securing some aid to the Univer-
sity, especially with regard to a farm, but I didn't let the
matter rest with that.  Mr. Mackay thought that I should see
Mrs. Harriman and lay the matter before her, and he gave me a
letter of introduction which proved to be the "open sesame".
I left him with assurances that made me feel hopeful.  The next
day I enclosed the letter of introduction from Mr. Mackay to
Mrs. Harriman and two days thereafter I received an appointment
to meet her at her home on February 26th.  I was very cordially
received, took my son, had also the satisfaction of meeting Mr.
John D. Rockefeller, Junior, and the interview with Mrs. Harri-
man was delightful, and I feel very hopeful of interesting her
in the University of Nevada, especially along agricultural lines.

The total cost of my trip I have placed at $493.95, leaving a
balance of $133.50 for my personal expenses.  The apportionment
is as follows:

    Agricultural Experiment Station, Hatch Fund         $100.00
    State Fund, Weights and Measure                      100.00
    General State Fund, Cost of President's Traveling
        Expenses                                         293.95
                             Total                      $493.95

Going, I had transportation from Reno to New Orleans, and re-
turning I had transportation from Chicago to Reno.

Mr. Mackay's Letter

I have a personal letter from Mr. Mackay under date of March 20th
which I will read to the Regents in confidence and state what has
been done about it.

Expenses for Visting Schools

The time for visiting the schools of the State and nearby schools
in California is at hand.  I recommend the following appropria-
tions:

    Adams - Goldfield, Tonopah, Yerington, Dayton       $ 48.55
    Hill - Carson, Elko, Virginia City                    24.00
    Smith - Fallon, Austin, Wadsworth, Gardnerville       46.30
    Hartman - Ely, Winnemucca, Lovelock                   44.50
                             Total                      $163.35

California Schools

    Susanville, Alturas, Cedarville                     $ 47.60
    Loyalton, Quincy, Greenville                          37.25
    Truckee, Grass Valley, Nevada City, Auburn            28.70
                             Total                      $113.55

This makes a grand total of $276.90.  There is at present in the
Fund appropriated $493.70.  I recommend the Regents to appro-
priate $300 for the expenses of visiting schools.

Puddling the Bottom of the Pond

I have herewith the report of Professor H. P. Boardman, Civil
Engineer, containing his recommendations for making the bottom of
the pond so that it will hold water (Exhibit 9).  It seems to me
it would be wise to adopt his last recommendation, that is, to
puddle the deepest part of the pond, say about 10,000 square ft.,
and then let the water in and try it.  If this is not sufficient
then take some more clay and puddle 20,000 square feet.  I under-
stand that we can get clay north of Lincoln Hall and we can haul
it with our own teams and reduce the expense to a minimum.

Reduction in Telephone Service

The local management of the Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Co.
insisted that the following schedule of rates should obtain for
telephone service to the University:

    Trunk to main office and Electrical building        $  6.00
    Extension to President's office                        1.00
    Hygienic Laboratory                                    3.00
    Manzanita Hall                                         3.00
    Lincoln Hall                                           3.00
    Chemistry and Mackay buildings                         4.50
    President's residence and extension to study           3.00
    Hospital                                               2.00
                             Total                      $ 25.50

In talking over this with some of our Regents it seemed that the
Telephone Company ought to allow the University $3 per month
for the use of its cable lines and wires upon the University
grounds and, further, that they should reckon the phones as
residence phones instead of business phones in all places ex-
cepting the Business Office of the University.  This would make
an additional reduction of $4.50, or a total reduction of $7.50;
from $25.50, this would leave $18.00.  Mr. Noble, with head-
quarters at Sacramento, claimed that they could not make the
allowance asked for.  I wrote also to Mr. John Kearns, Division
Commercial Superintendent of the Pacific Telephone and Telegraph
Company at San Francisco, and he replied that they would not
make us the reduction asked for.  I went to the City on Sunday
night, obtained a letter of introduction to Mr. E. C. Bradley,
Vice President and General Manager of the Pacific Telephone and
Telegraph Company.  I called upon him; was received very cordial-
ly; he invited in Mr. P. H. Coolidge, General Superintendent,
and in two minutes it was all arranged that we were to get the
concessions asked for - namely, $3 per month for the use of our
lines, and $4.50 for the residence instead of business phone
rates.  Mr. Bradley asked that we have the State Railroad Com-
mission write a letter stating that they were willing for this
change to be made and would sanction it.  I immediately wrote
a letter from San Francisco to the State Railroad Commission
asking them to advise Mr. Bradley according to the agreement
made.  As this agreement now stands, the Company is to put in
11 telephones for which we are to pay $18 per month from the
first of April, 1912.

                             Respectfully submitted,

                             J. E. Stubbs
                             President

Upon motion of Dr. Reid, seconded by Regent O'Brien, the report
of President Stubbs was ordered received and placed in the min-
utes.

Upon motion of Regent Williams, seconded by Dr. Reid, the fol-
lowing Resolution was carried:

    WHEREAS, it is the intention of the Board of Regents in
    establishing a sub-Freshman year to admit only such students
    as are deficient in their preparation for admission to the
    Freshman Class of the University in an amount of work not
    exceeding two units.

    RESOLVED, that students who are deficient in not more than
    two units can enter the sub-Freshman course in addition to
    their Freshman work in the University proper.

Upon motion of Regent Henderson, seconded by Regent Williams,
the following tolerances on Butter and Bread were adopted:

                       Tolerance on Butter

              1/3 oz. on 1     pound  equals 2.08%
              1/2 oz. on 1 1/2 pounds equals 2.08%
              2/3 oz. on 2     pounds equals 2.08%

                        Tolerance on Bread

              (Tentative)
              1/2 oz. on 1 pound not over 15 hours from the oven

Motion of Regent Williams, seconded by Regent Henderson, the
recommendations of President Stubbs that Romanzo Adams be elected
to the Chair of Economics and Sociology was approved.

Motion of Regent Williams, seconded by Regent Henderson, the
Regents residing in Reno were appointed a Committee to hold a
conference with the State Board of Examiners as soon as possible.
In this connection, the Secretary of the Board of Regents was in-
structed to write to the Clerk of the Board of Examiners to ar-
range for a meeting with the Regents on Friday, April 12, 1912.

Upon motion of Regent Williams, seconded by Regent Henderson,
Gordon Haines True was appointed Director of the Nevada Agri-
cultural Experiment Station at a salary of $3000 a year, payable
monthly, to take effect April 1, 1912.

Upon motion of Dr. Reid, seconded by Regent Henderson, a leave
of absence was granted to Dr. W. S. T. Smith for one year from
August 1, 1912, without salary.

Upon motion of Regent Williams, seconded by Regent Henderson, it
was decided that the Regents in Reno and Sparks look into the
matter of securing a farm, and that the Regents secure the same
under an option.

Upon motion of Regent Henderson, seconded by Dr. Reid, the Re-
gents decided to send a letter of thanks to President Sproule
of the Southern Pacific Company for the passes issued by his
company to the various Professors of the University.

The action of President Stubbs regarding the eel worm, as set
forth in his report, upon motion of Dr. Reid, seconded by Regent
Williams, was approved.

Upon motion of Regent Williams, seconded by Regent Henderson,
the recommendation of President Stubbs regarding the visiting of
schools in Nevada and California was approved, and an appropria-
tion was made for the expenses of such trips not to exceed $300.

The expenditure of $100 to pay for puddling 10,000 square feet
of the pond with clay was authorized by the Regents; motion of
Williams, seconded by O'Brien.

Upon motion of Dr. Reid, seconded by Regent Henderson, the action
of President Stubbs regarding the phone rental at $18 per month
was approved.

Upon motion of Regent Williams, seconded by Regent O'Brien, the
Chairman of the Board was requested to have the student body
submit their request to the Regents though the proper channel.

Upon motion of Regent Williams, seconded by Regent Henderson,
beginning with August 1, 1912, the Regents decided to consolidate
the Departments of Physical Culture and Elocution, and authorized
the President to arrange for the same.

Upon motion of Dr. Reid, seconded by Regent Henderson, the Re-
gents made the salary of President Stubbs $5000 a year, begin-
ning June 1, 1912, to be paid from the State Funds; and $475 for
the months of April and May, to be paid from the State Funds.

Upon motion of Regent Reid, seconded by Regent O'Brien, the
Chairman of the Board was authorized to appoint a Committee to
look into the insurance carried on buildings and equipment at
the University.

Upon motion of Regent O'Brien, seconded by Regent Williams, the
President and Mr. Gorman were authorized to confer together on
the Financial Statement so that they might arrive at the dif-
ferences in figures and adjust them on the expenditures for the
remainder of the year 1912.

Upon motion of Dr. Reid, seconded by Regent Henderson, it was
ordered that if it was necessary for Professor True to have some-
one in his office, he should employ some extra help, and that
Mrs. Blaney remain as assistant to Mr. Gorman.

No further business appearing, the Board adjourned to meet at
the call of the Chairman.

                             A. A. Codd
                             Chairman

Geo. H. Taylor
Secretary