May 29-30, 1900
05-29-1900 Volume OC - Pages 191-195 Reno, Nevada May 29, 1900 The Board of Regents met at their Office at 8:30 A.M. Tuesday, May 29, 1900, a full Board being present. Minutes of February 19, 1900 and April 25, 1900 were read and approved. It was moved, seconded and carried that Professor J. M. Wilson be authorized to be absent from the University from time to time to do such work in California in connection with his Irrigation duties until the first of October, 1900. The invitation of the Senior Class for 1900 to attend the annual reception Thursday evening, May 31, was accepted with thanks. The Board adjourned until 2:00 P.M., this day. The honorary members of the State Board of Visitors met in the Regents Room at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, May 29, 1900, the following members being present: M. S. Bonnifield, Chairman Humboldt County J. W. Freeman Churchill County Andrew Manto Nye County T. V. Julien Washoe County Bert S. Smith Eureka County Board met at 2:00 P.M., May 29. All members present. President Stubbs placed the following names in nomination: Charles P. Brown for the position of Professor of Metallurgy at an annual salary of Eighteen Hundred dollars commencing with July 1, 1900. Mr. L. S. J. Winkle for the position of Professor of Mining and Civil Engineering at an annual salary of Twenty-Five Hundred dollars, commencing with September 1, 1900. Miss Maude M. Wheeler for the position of Instructor in Latin and Mathematics at a salary of Seven Hundred dollars per an- num, commencing with September 1, 1900. Miss Elizabeth S. Stubbs to the position of Secretary to the President at a salary of Six Hundred per annum from September 1, 1900. Miss Ada F. Edwards to the position of Instructor in Hygiene at a salary of Six Hundred dollars per annum from September 1, 1900. Professor Henry Thurtell to the position of Dean of the Faculty and Professor of Mathmatics. All of the above nominations was duly confirmed. President Stubbs recommended a leave of absence to Samuel B. Doten for 9 months for study in the Department of Experiment Sta- tions at Washington D. C. to take effect September 1, 1900. Upon motion, the leave of absence was granted to Mr. Doten with- out salary. It was moved, seconded and carried out that the communication of Professor Phillips of this date be spread upon the minutes and the following reply be ordered and signed by the President of the Board of Regents: Hon. J. N. Evans, Chairman of the Board of Regents of the Nevada State University Sir: I desire to make a statement to the Board of Regents of the facts and conditions, and their effect upon me, that led up to my action of last January, and to show the reasons for my belief that I was justified in that action. Since your peremptory dismissal of me from the faculty of the University I have felt it a duty that I owe to myself to make a state- ment. I further desire to show that your official action concerning me at the meeting of January 16 was based entirely upon false premises. I pray for the privilege of going before the Board at this meeting to make such statements, and I furthermore desire to have Dr. Stubbs and Professor Thurtell present. Respectfully yours, J. Warne Phillips Received at 9:30 A.M., May 29, 1900. Geo. H. Taylor Secretary Office of the Board of Regents State University Reno, Nev. May 29, 1900 Dr. J. Warne Phillips Reno, Nevada Dear Sir: On the 13th day of January, 1900, in the absence of both the President and Acting President of the University, when the students were laboring under great excitement which re- quired the active influence of every member of the faculty to prevent overt acts of insubordination, you wrote and published in one of the newspapers of Reno the following letter: Reno, Nevada, January 13, 1900 Prof. Henry Thurtell, Acting President of the University My dear Sir: I learn from the University bulletin that our honored and esteemed associate, Prof. R. D. Jackson, has resigned the Professorship of Mining and Metallurgy in the University, which, it is intimated, has been forced from him. Official- ly, as a member of the faculty, I know nothing of it. The faculty has not been convened to inaugurate the work of the term. No statement has been made and no opportunity has been given us to express the deep regret we feel on account of his departure. I regret that I am impelled to say that I cannot meet my students to given them instruction until the faculty receives a statement from the President or the Board of Regents vin- dicating their recent action taken in regard to Professor Jackson and removing the cloud under which he is leaving us. I desire you, in your official capacity, to have my classes taken care of, that my students may not suffer from my ac- tion. Respectfully yours, J. Warne Phillips You acted as you stated by your letter you would act until the Board met, January 16, 1900. You neither performed nor offered to perform any of your duties. You neither apolo- gized nor offered to apologize for publishing such a letter or for your neglect of duty. For these acts and omissions of yours, we, on the 16th day of January, removed you from your position as a Professor of the University. On the 28th day of May, 1900, you sent us the following communication: Hon. J. N. Evans Chairman of the Board of Regents of the Nevada State University Sir: I desire to make a statement to the Board of Regents of the facts and conditions, and their effect upon me, that led up to my action of last January and to show the reasons for my belief that I was justified in that action. Since your per- emptory dismissal of me from the faculty of the University, I have felt it a duty that I owe to myself to make a state- ment. I further desire to show that your official action concern- ing me at the meeting of January 16th was based entirely upon false premises. I pray for the privilege of going be- fore the Board at this meeting to make such statements, and I furthermore desire to have Dr. Stubbs and Professor Thurtell present. Respectfully yours, J. Warne Phillips After having over three months to reflect, you wish to ap- pear before us to make a statement, in which you propose showing that our action in removing you was based upon false premises. As you wrote and published the letter above quoted and as you neglected your duties as you threatened to do, and as we removed you for these causes, we fail to see what good purpose would be reached by your making a statement to us. By order of the Board. Respectfully, J. N. Evans, President Nevada State University, Reno, Nevada To the Honorable Board of Regents of the Nevada State University Gentlemen: I recommend that the degrees as approved by the faculty of the University be confirmed by your Honorable Board. Very respectfully yours, J. E. Stubbs, President Approved by the Board of Regents, May 29, 1900, as follows: Nevada State University Registrar's Office Dr. Joseph E. Stubbs, President Nevada State University Dear Sir: At a meeting held this day the faculty recommended for grad- uation the following students: For the degree of Bachelor of Science, School of Agriculture: John Hitchcock Chism For the degree of Bachelor of Arts, School of Liberal Arts: Mary Eugenia Arnot Ida May Holmes Lucy Grimes John Birchin Jones Scott Elliott Jameson George Allen Leavitt Clara Angelina Rammelkamp Amelia May North Margaret Elizabeth Rousseau Frances Adina Skinner Carlotta Dodd For the degree of Bachelor of Science, School of Mines: William Frank Berry Alfred Merritt Smith William Harry Brule Gustave Harry Sielaff Daniel William Gault William Francis Norris David Walker Hayes The faculty beg leave to recommend further that the degree of Bachelor of Science be conferred on Edward Emory Hardack and that he be graduated regularly from the School of Mines. Also, that the degree of Mining Engineer be conferred upon John M. L. Henry, a graduate of the class of 1896 who has completed the necessary amount of study and work to entitle him to said degree. We recommend further, that the following students be graduat- ed from the four year course in Nevada State Normal School: Alice Comerford Sadie May Hatherell Florence Rosaline Wittenberg Frances Kerby Ethel May Peckham Margaret Veronica O'Brien Vernie Adelia Frazer Edna Willma Bean Teresa Janet Fitzgerald Myrtle Montrose Mabel Spinner From the three year course: Martha Hinch Llora E. Hurff Isabel A. Nay Ada Belle Pitt Mae Eunice Pearson All of which is respectfully submitted. Robert Lewers, Registrar Nevada State University May 28, 1900, Registrar's Office Regent Deal moved, seconded by Starrett, that the President and faculty be authorized to publish a quarterly magazine devoted to University work when the advertising and subscriptions reached a sufficient amount to cover expenses of publishing said maga- zine. Upon motion of Regent Deal, seconded by Regent Starrett, the Secretary of the Board was authorized to issue a letter of rec- ommendation to Professor Hillman on his retirement from the Uni- versity in August next.