04/10/1917

  

UCCSN Board of Regents' Meeting Minutes
April 10-11, 1917
 



04-10-1917
Volume OE - Pages 36-42

                         Reno, Nevada
                        April 10, 1917

The meeting was called to order April 10, 1917 at 10 o'clock A.M.
by Chairman Abel.

Present:  Regents Curler, O'Brien, Baker and Abel, and Acting
President Lewers.  Absent:  Dr. Sullivan.

Acting President Lewers read a letter from Dean Scrugham in re-
gard to an assistant in the Engineering Department (Mechanical
Engineering) to take the place of Mr. C. P. Campbell, who had
been on leave for the past year, and who had resigned, effective
July 1, 1917, and recommending for the position as Instructor
in Mechanical Engineering Mr. Peter G. Mc Kinlay, a graduate of
the University of Nevada, and at present a member of the faculty
of the University of Maine.  Dean Scrugham appeared before the
Board and explained the needs of the position.

Mr. Curler offered the following motion:  I move that the recom-
mendation of Acting President Lewers that we employ Mr. Peter G.
Mc Kinlay as Instructor in Mechanical Engineering, his employment
and salary to commence on July 1, 1917, that the salary be $1500
a year with the understanding and agreement that if his work is
satisfactory his salary shall be increased to $1650 at the end
of the year, be approved.  That Mr. Mc Kinlay be employed under
these conditions and that he be notified to report to the Univer-
sity by August 1, 1917.

Vote being taken was as follows:

    Mrs. Baker           Aye
    Mr. O'Brien          Aye
    Mr. Curler           Aye
    Mr. Abel             Aye

Acting President Lewers read a petition presented by a Senate
Committee on the High Cost of Living, and the need for increase
of salaries for the various Departments of the University.

Mr. Lewers read a petition from the men working on the University
grounds and in the buildings signed by Mr. Lynch, the Superin-
tendent and his staff, asking for increase in salaries to meet
the rising cost of living.  The communications were held over
for further consideration.

A letter from Miss Sameth relative to increase in salary was also
presented and laid over.

Acting President Lewers presented a letter from S. C. Dinsmore,
dated April 5, 1917, with regard to the Ice Cream Bill passed by
the Legislature in 1917.  (Pasteurization Bill.)  The matter was
laid over for further consideration.

Mr. Lewers also discussed the matter of appointing a Marketing
man for the State to work in connection with the Agricultural
Extension Division.  No action was taken.

A request from students for additional tennis courts was present-
ed and the matter was laid over.

Dr. P. A. Lehenbauer appeared before the Board and stated that
he had been offered a position in the University of Illinois;
that he would like to stay at the University of Nevada, and
presented to the Board a specific request for a more definite
policy concerning his work.

The Board took a recess until 1:30 P.M. the same date.

The Board of Regents resumed its meeting at 1:30 P.M. April 10.

Present:  Regents Curler, Baker, O'Brien, Abel, Sullivan (ar-
rived at 3:15 P.M.) and Acting President Lewers.

Mr. O'Brien moved that the Board increase Dr. Lehenbauer's
salary to $2000 a year beginning July 1, 1917, that his title
be Associate Professor of Botany and Horticulture, and that he
be requested to advise the Board whether he was going to remain
or not.  Vote being taken was as follows:

    Mrs. Baker           Aye
    Mr. O'Brien          Aye
    Mr. Curler           Passed his vote
    Mr. Abel             Aye

Comptroller Gorman presented his report of April 10, 1917.  On
motion the report was received and placed on file.

Mr. Gorman called the special attention of the Board to:

    1.  Overdraft on the University Farm
    2.  The relation between the Dining Hall and the University
        Dairy
    3.  Placing the Olin Ward Bequest in the Savings Bank
    4.  Notes due the University from students

It was moved by Mr. Curler that the Comptroller be directed to
write a letter to all students whose notes are past due setting
forth the desire on the part of the Board that the students give
whatever attention to these notes they can, and expressing to
them that while the Board of Regents had no disposition to crowd
them, that if the money can be paid it will help the University
and asking that those notes that could not be paid be renewed;
that the letter as prepared be submitted to the Chairman of the
Board of Regents for his approval and suggestion.  The motion was
carried.

Dr. Sullivan arrived at this time.

It was ordered by the Board that the next installment of Hatch
and Adams Funds be deposited in the Scheeline Bank and that the
Olin Ward and the Philo C. Bennett Scholarship funds be placed
in the Savings Department of the Reno National Bank.

A letter of Frederick M. Lee, dated March 20, 1917, was read
to the Board and it was suggested that the Acting President en-
deavor to secure continuity of work in the Comptroller's office.

Acting President Lewers read in part a plan submitted by Profes-
sor Wilson for the conduct of the University Farm and stated
that he thought that Professor Wilson's plan for the operation
of the Farm would gradually cut down the overdraft in the Farm
expenditures.

It was moved by Mr. Curler that the recommendation of the Comp-
troller that $13,711.30 from the reservation in the Student Fees
Fund be transferred to the Regents' Contingent Fund to pay the
old notes and other charges to make up that sum.  Record vote
being taken was as follows:

    Mrs. Baker           Aye
    Mr. O'Brien          Aye
    Mr. Curler           Aye
    Dr. Sullivan         Aye
    Mr. Abel             Aye

The matter of the old Dining Hall account was ordered left over
until the close of the semester.

It was moved by Mr. Curler that the Comptroller be authorized to
make a contract with Mr. Gault for renting 10 inches of water
from the Orr Ditch to Mr. Gault for $28.80 for the season.  A
record vote being taken was as follows:

    Mrs. Baker           Aye
    Mr. Curler           Aye
    Mr. O'Brien          Aye
    Dr. Sullivan         Aye
    Mr. Abel             Aye

The recommendation in Mr. Gorman's report that the Philo C.
Bennett Scholarship Fund of $400 and the Olin Ward Fund of $570
be placed in the Bank of Nevada Savings Department was approved.

The matter of having the abstract of the title to the University
Farm brought down to date was referred to the Comptroller.

The matter of the plan for the operation of the College Farm was
laid over until the next meeting when copies of the report could
be put in the hands of the members of the Board.

Mr. Abel called the attention of the Board to Frederick M. Lee's
letter of March 20th.  The letter was discussed and it was the
sense of the Board that Mr. Gorman could bring the University
books up if he gave his attention to the matter.

It was suggested that the Chairman and the Acting President, when
they went to San Francisco, talk to Mr. Lee in regard to his re-
quest for further remuneration.

Mr. Abel read to the Board the letter of Mr. Paul Gaston dated
April 5, 1917, which accompanied his Claim against the Univer-
sity for $800 for unpaid services.

It was moved by Mr. Curler that the communication be placed on
file and that the Claim for $800 be rejected and that Mr. Gaston
be notified of the action of the Board.  Record vote being taken
was as follows:

    Mrs. Baker           Aye
    Mr. O'Brien          Aye
    Mr. Curler           Aye
    Dr. Sullivan         No
    Mr. Abel             Aye

Acting President Lewers suggested the advisability of sending
someone to investigate personally the candidates for positions
on the University faculty and recommended that the Chairman of
the Board be sent, and that he report to the members of the
Board and keep them advised as to applicants for the positions.

Mr. Abel read to the Board a letter of S. P. Capen relative to
the printing of the Survey Report.

The Board took a recess until 7:30 the same date.

The meeting was called to order at 7:30 P.M.

Present:  Regents O'Brien, Curler, Baker and Abel, and Acting
President Lewers.  Absent:  Regent Sullivan.

The letter to Mr. Clarence H. Mackay prepared by the special
committee was read and accepted by the Board.

A committee appointed for the purpose of drawing a resolution
offering the services to the United State Government offered the
following resolution, which was adopted and ordered spread upon
the minutes:

    WHEREAS, the University of Nevada is a public institution
    drawing its support from Federal and State Funds, and in-
    stituted to train young people to become patriots as well
    as highly useful citizens, and

    WHEREAS, the United States in the present crisis has need
    for all its men and material resources,

    THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Regents of the
    University of Nevada places the various agencies and build-
    ings and laboratories of the University at the service of
    the United States whenever the President may need them.

It was moved by Mrs. Baker that the recommendation of Acting
President Lewers that the regular practical Summer work in
Surveying and Geology as outlined in the course of the School of
Mines be carried on and that the President be authorized to pro-
ceed with that work.  Record vote being taken was as follows:

    Mrs. Baker           Aye
    Mr. O'Brien          Aye
    Mr. Curler           Aye
    Mr. Abel             Aye

By action of the Board the request of Dr. Church that his work
in Meteorology be financed from State Funds was laid over until
the next meeting.

It was moved by Mr. Curler that the minutes of the January meet-
ing as corrected be approved.  The motion was carried.

It was moved by Mr. Curler that the Chairman of the Board of
Regents be authorized to make a trip east to investigate the ap-
plicants and possible candidates for the positions now vacant in
the University, including that of the President, at the expense
of the State, and to make such recommendations as he saw fit.

Mr. Curler took the Chair.

Record vote being taken was as follows:

    Mrs. Baker           Aye
    Mr. Curler           Aye
    Mr. O'Brien          Aye
    Mr. Abel             Passed his vote

Mr. Abel resumed the Chair.

The letter of Colin Cazier, Business Manager of the Artemisia,
dated April 6, 1917, was read to the Board.  It was moved by Mrs.
Baker that the letter be referred to Vice President Lewers with
instructions to use his best judgment in the matter.  The motion
was carried.

A letter from the Associated Students, dated April 9, 1917, was
read to the Board.  The Secretary was instructed to acknowledge
the letter and to say to the Associated Students that the Acting
President of the University and the Chairman of the Board would
be glad to take up with the Associated Students the matter of a
Director of Athletics and to receive their recommendations.

There being no objection, Mr. O'Brien's request that Mr. Hendrick
be allowed to remain in the President's house for a few days
after May 1, was granted.

It was moved by Mr. O'Brien that the matter of building a bridge
across the Orr Ditch and of fixing the banks of the ditch be
referred to Acting President Lewers.  Record vote being taken was
as follows:

    Mrs. Baker           Aye
    Mr. O'Brien          Aye
    Mr. Curler           Aye
    Mr. Abel             Aye

It was moved by Mrs. Baker that the Acting President be authoriz-
ed to take up with the Committee of the Orr Ditch the matter of
arranging for the control of the water in the University Lake.
The motion was carried.

The Board took a recess until May 14, at 10 o'clock A.M.