July 23-24, 1951
Volume 6 - Pages 322-327
UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA
July 23, 1951
The Board of Regents met in regular session in the President's
office on Monday, July 23, 1951. The meeting was called to order
by the Chairman at 10 A.M. Present: Regents Lombardi, Hardy,
Arentz, Crumley and Ross; Comptroller Hayden and President Love.
Reporter William Gillis was also present.
1. Minutes of Previous Meeting
Motion by Dr. Lombardi carried unanimously that the minutes
of the meeting of June 9 and 11, 1951 be approved and that
the reading thereof be dispensed with.
2. Painting Bids
Referring to the meeting of July 6, 1951 for opening of bids
for painting jobs on the Campus,
Motion by Mr. Hardy carried unanimously that the Board ap-
prove the awarding of the bid to the Nevada Painting and
3. Comptroller's Claims
The following claims were approved by the Executive Commit-
tee of the Board of Regents and presented for approval of
the full Board.
Regents Checks Nos. 01-255 to 01-283 inclusive for a
total of $205,727.74.
State Claims Nos. 01-350 to 01-375 inclusive for a
total of $58,815.51.
Motion by Mr. Crumley carried unanimously that the claims
4. Comptroller's Report
(a) Finances for the past biennium. Instead of a biennial
financial report from now on, an annual report will be
(b) Remodeling and renovation from the fund made available
for that purpose by the last Legislature. To date
$26,440 has been spent or obligated for the Heating
Plant, and around $40,360 for other projects.
(c) Fuel Oil. Bids have been mailed out for heavy oil.
Material is being prepared for bids on light oil.
Following the Comptroller's report, there was general dis-
cussion concerning desirability of securing bids whenever
Motion by Mr. Arentz carried unanimously that any expendi-
ture by the University amounting to over $500 should be let
on bid, unless the necessity for a bid is waived by the
Executive Committee of the Board of Regents.
6. Heating Plant
The President reported that Mr. Charles Thompson had de-
cided not to accept the proposal made by the Board of Re-
gents at the last meeting (item 2, page 1). The proposal
of Russell Mills for the work at Lincoln Hall had previously
been distributed to the members of the Board. A similar
agreement was proposed for the Heating Plant work.
Motion by Mr. Crumley carried unanimously that the services
of Mr. Mills be utilized for the Heating Plant projects as
long as he has associated with him a qualified engineer, the
agreement to be made on a 6% basis.
7. Marine Armory
The President reported that representatives of the Marine
Corps came from San Francisco to see if they could arrange
for a Marine Corps Armory on the Campus. Land on either
side of the Naval Armory was found to be acceptable to them.
Motion by Mr. Crumley carried unanimously that the President
be authorized to enter into arrangements such as the Uni-
versity has with the Navy, with the Marine Corps to make
available for their use ground on whichever side of the
Naval Armory they should choose. The Chairman of the Board
was authorized to sign for the Board.
8. Nevada Art Gallery
Pursuant to the action of the Board of Regents at their last
meeting (item 20) the Attorney General was requested to give
an opinion on the legal status of deed to property which the
Nevada Art Gallery has deeded to the University of Nevada.
Opinion dated July 10, 1951 was received from the Attorney
General and presented to the Board of Regents that the Uni-
versity does have title.
Motion from Mr. Hardy carried unanimously that the President
get an opinion from the Attorney General as to whether or
not the University can deed the property back to the Nevada
9. Washoe County Ministerial Association requested in a letter
to the Board of Regents and to the President that Baccalau-
reate Services not be held at 11 A.M. on Sunday morning be-
cause of their interference with regular church services.
Motion by Mr. Crumley carried unanimously that the matter
be referred to the President for further study.
10. European Tour
The President reported that a number of students who made
the European Tour with Dr. Jensen have been dissatisfied
with the accounting methods of the tour. The tour was
first planned as a private venture and in the later arrange-
ments, permission was given to allow University credit. The
Comptroller was informed that students would be allowed to
register for credit but that the University would have no
responsibility other than for giving credit.
The Regents concurred in the opinion that the problem is
between the students themselves and Dr. Jensen, and that
it does not involve the University.
Reporter Bennyhoff came into the meeting at 11:45 P.M.
11. Personnel Recommendations
(a) Motion by Mr. Crumley carried unanimously that the res-
ignation of Mr. Raymond Pflug, Instructor in English,
be accepted. Mr. Pflug resigned to enter military
(b) Motion by Mr. Crumley carried unanimously that the
following recommendations be approved:
(1) Salary increase for Mr. Jose Madriaga, University
Farm Worker, from $165 to $175 per month, effec-
tive June 1, 1951.
(2) Appointment of Mr. Earl W. Kerston, Jr., as
Instructor in Geography in the Department of
Geology, for the academic year 1951-52, at a
salary of $3600 for the year, in the place of
Mr. Harold A. Classen, resigned.
(3) Appointment of Mr. David B. Slemmons as Assistant
Professor in the Department of Geology, for the
academic year 1951-52, at a salary of $4000 for
(4) Appointment of Mr. Joseph Lintz, Jr., as Assistant
Professor in the Department of Geology, and 1/2
time Assistant Geologist for the State Bureau of
Mines, for the year 1951-52, 12 months service,
at a salary of $4700, to replace in part Mr. B.
J. Scull, resigned.
(5) Appointment of Mr. Roderick A. Falk as Fellow in
Chemistry, 1/2 time, for the year 1951-52, at a
salary of $1100 for the school year, with freedom
from tuition and general University fees in the
(c) The Board recessed as a Board of Regents and met as the
Board of Control for the Agricultural Experiment Sta-
tion to act upon the following item.
Motion by Dr. Lombardi carried unanimously that Mr. W.
B. Dye be appointed as Research Chemist in the Experi-
ment Station, effective about September 1, 1951, at a
salary of $5800 per year.
The Board recessed at 12:05 noon for luncheon.
The recessed meeting of the Board of Regents was called to order
in the President's office at 1:30 P.M. by the Chairman. All Re-
gents, the Comptroller and the President were present. Present
also was reporter Burns.
12. Athletic Situation
There was general discussion on the athletic situation and
the problems which the Regents would need to consider in
joint meeting with the various interested groups.
Reporter Gillis came in at 1:55 P.M.
13. Bids for Acoustical Work
The Comptroller had duly advertised for bids for acoustical
treatment in the new Engineering building, the time for
opening of such bids was set at 2 P.M. on this date. Repre-
sentatives of Walker Boudwin and the Yancey Companies were
Chairman Ross opened the bids as follows:
The Yancy Company of Reno - $7,433.00
Work to begin within 15 days and be completed within
The Walker Boudwin Company of Reno - $7,839.65
Work to begin within 5 days and be completed within
Western Asbestos Company of San Francisco - $7,321.00
Work to begin within 15 days and be completed within
Motion by Mr. Crumley carried unanimously that the bids be
referred to the Comptroller for codification and recommenda-
Reporter Bennyhoff came into the meeting at 2:15 P.M.
14. Dean of Agriculture
Mr. M. L. Buchanan from North Dakota Agricultural College
met with the Regents at 2:15 P.M. to discuss his application
for the position of Dean of Agriculture. Mr. Fleming was
also present. Mr. Buchanan told about his work at North
Dakota and his work and experience prior to his appointment
there. There was general discussion on the agricultural
situation here and Mr. Buchanan's views as regards Agri-
culture in general. Mr. Fleming and Mr. Buchanan left the
meeting at 2:55 P.M.
The President was authorized to offer the position of Dean
of Agriculture to Mr. Buchanan.
15. Bids (continution of item 13)
The Comptroller recommended that the bid for acoustical
treatment in the new Engineering building be awarded to
the Western Asbestos Company, being the lowest bidder and
licensed in this State.
Motion by Mr. Crumley carried unanimously that the bid of
the Western Asbestos Company of San Francisco be accepted.
16. Home Demonstration Agent, Ormsby-Douglas District
Chairman Ross presented letters requesting that Mrs. Frances
Hailand be retained as Home Demonstration Agent for the
Ormsby-Douglas District. Letters were signed as follows:
Dennis Heitman, President Douglas County Farm Bureau
Mrs. F. W. Fricke, President, and
Mrs. G. A. Young, Secretary, Carson Valley Homemakers
Mrs. H. A. Winkelman, President, Genoa Homemakers Club
Mrs. Alma Meyers, President, and
Mrs. Mary Nebel, Secretary, New Empire Community Club
Motion by Dr. Lombardi carried unanimously that the Presi-
dent be authorized to do whatever he can in complying with
The meeting recessed at 4:05 P.M.
At 7:30 P.M. a meeting was held in the President's office for the
purpose of discussing the athletic program. All Regents, the
President and the Comptroller were present. Also present were
members of the Press, the Alumni Association, the Board of Ath-
letic Control, the Faculty Eligibility Committee, the Reno Cham-
ber of Commerce, as follows: Jack Walther, John Benson, William
Brussard, Dave Goldwater, George Lohse, William Gillis, Bob
Bennyhoff, Charles Irish, John Morrison, H. B. Blodgett, James
Mc Nabney, Gene Mastroianni, Rodney Reynolds, James Bailey, Wayne
President Love summarized the athletic situation and the problems
facing the University and all those who are aiding in the work of
providing scholarships for athletes. He pointed out that last
year a previous balance was used up and that this year the pro-
gram has ended with an operational deficit of $15,750. By direc-
tion from the Legislature, none of the money now budgeted for
operational expenses for the coming biennium can be used for ath-
letic scholarships. It was estimated that scholarships of $750
each would have to be provided for approximately 32 athletes to
assure a team to carry through the football season. After gen-
eral discussion by all present, it was the consensus of opinion
that sufficient money could not be raised. The above group of
men, except reporters Bennyhoff, Irish and Gillis, left the
meeting at 11:15 P.M.
The recessed meeting of the Board of Regents was called to
order at 11:15 P.M. by the Chairman with all Regents, the Presi-
dent, the Comptroller, Gene Mastroianni, John Benson and the
Motion by Mr. Hardy carried unanimously that the following reso-
lution be adopted:
WHEREAS, for the past several years the football program
of the University of Nevada has been conducted on a deficit
WHEREAS, various organizations have found it impossible or
impracticable to fulfill their commitments to aid the ath-
letic program at the University, and
WHEREAS, at the 1951 Session of the Nevada State Legislature
funds were appropriated for the 1951-53 biennium, and
WHEREAS, such appropriations did not include moneys which
could be utilized for conduct of the athletic scholarships,
WHEREAS, it appears that it is wholly impracticable to carry
on a football program without the aid of scholarships, and
WHEREAS, in the opinion of the Board of Regents of the Uni-
versity of Nevada, it is a physical impossibility to meet a
football schedule such as that made for 1951 without incur-
ring futher heavy indebtedness, and
WHEREAS, the existing national emergency has created a situ-
ation making it difficult to procure and retain enrollment
of athletes, and
WHEREAS, there appears to be general dissatisfaction through-
out the State of Nevada with the conduct of the athletic
program at the University,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that intercollegiate football
be suspended at the University of Nevada for the duration of
the present national emergency and until such time as ade-
quate finances are made available to the University to permit
the conduct of a satisfactory football program.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that each school with whom a game
has been scheduled in the 1951 season be notified immediately
of this action of the Board of Regents, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that each student who has been of-
fered an athletic scholarship be notified immediately, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the above outlined action be
made effective immediately.
Motion by Mr. Arentz carried unanimously that the contract be-
tween the Board of Athletic Control and Coach Sheeketski be
terminated as of September 1, 1951; and in order to enable him
to seek employment elsewhere, that Mr. Sheeketski be released
from his duties immediately.
Motion by Mr. Arentz carried unanimously that the Chairman of
the Board of Regents be authorized to secure competent legal
The meeting adjourned at 12:05 A.M.
The next meeting will be at the call of the Chairman.