08/02/1954

UCCSN Board of Regents' Meeting Minutes
August 2-3, 1954




08-02-1954
Volume 7 - Pages 54-60

                    UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA
                       REGENTS MEETING
                       August 2, 1954

The Board of Regents met in regular session at the home of Dr.
Lombardi, who was recovering from an illness.  The meeting was
called to order by Chairman Ross at 10:20 A.M.  Present:  Re-
gents Hardy, Crumley, Grant, Lombardi, Ross, Comptroller Hayden
and President Stout.  University Editor Laxalt and reporters
Hulse, Friel, Bennyhoff and Lufkow were present.

 1.  Student Union Building

     Architect Erskine and members of the State Planning Board
     met with the Regents to discuss matters concerning the
     Student Union building.  Further meeting and discussion was
     anticipated when an exact sum of money is made available
     from the Travis Estate.

 2.  Minutes of Previous Meetings

     Motion by Mr. Hardy carried unanimously that the minutes of
     previous meetings be approved as follows, that the reading
     thereof be dispensed with, and the actions of the Executive
     Committee be approved:

         a)  Regular meeting of June 5, 1954
         b)  Executive Committee meeting of June 8, 1954, and
             awarding of the contract.

 3.  Comptroller's Claims

     Claims which had been approved by the Executive Committee
     were presented for approval of the Board.

     Motion by Mr. Crumley carried unanimously that the claims,
     as follows, be approved:

         Regents Checks, Nos. 34-194 to 34-215 inclusive for
         a total of $177,294.48 for June.

         State Claims, Nos. 34-116 to 34-132 inclusive for
         a total of $136,768.02 for June.

         Regents Checks, Nos. 45-1 to 45-19 inclusive for
         a total of $167,229.63 for July.

         State Claims, Nos. 45-1 to 45-12 inclusive for
         a total of $85,447.03 for July.

 4.  Candidates for Degrees

     The following candidates were recommended for degrees by the
     College of Arts and Science at its regular meeting held on
     June 3, 1954.  Because of the fact that they entered the
     armed forces before the close of the semester, and state-
     ments attesting this fact were not received prior to Com-
     mencement, their names were not included in the list pre-
     sented to the Regents on June 5, 1954.  Their papers are
     now in order.

     Motion by Dr. Lombardi carried unanimously that the candi-
     dates be approved and that they be granted the indicated
     degrees:

         James A. Paterson                  B. S in Bus. Adm.
         Arthur Darrell Peterson            B. A. in Journ.

 5.  Personnel Recommendations

     A)  The Board recessed as a Board of Regents and convened
         as a Board of Control for the Agricultural Experiment
         Station to consider the personnel recommendations as
         follows:

          (1)  Resignation of C. B. Hutchison, effective June 30,
               1954, as Dean of Agriculture, Director of Resident
               Teaching in Agriculture, Director of Agricultural
               Extension Division and Director of Agricultural
               Experiment Sttion.

          (2)  Appointment of Du Wayne Le Roy Goodwin as Assist-
               ant Professor of Range Management and Assistant
               Plant Ecologist, effective July 1, 1954, at a
               salary of $5400 for the year, the salary to be
               pro-rated between Resident Teaching and Experiment
               Station funds.

          (3)  Appointment of Gerald S. Strickler as Graduate
               Research Assistant in the Experiment Station,
               effective July 1, 1954, at a salary of $2000 per
               year with exemption from tuition and fees.

          (4)  Appointment of Marshall H. K. Humphreys as Gradu-
               ate Research Assistant in Agricultural Experiment
               Station, effective July 1, 1954, at a salary of
               $2000 per year with exemption from tuition and
               fees.

         Motion by Mr. Crumley carried unanimously that the above
         recommendations be approved.

     B)  The Board adjourned as a Board of Control for the Agri-
         cultural Experiment Station and reconvened as a Board
         of Regents.  The President presented the following rec-
         ommendations:

          (1)  Resignation of C. B. Hutchison, effective June 30,
               1954, as Dean of Agriculture, Director of Agri-
               cultural Experiment Station, Director of Agricul-
               tural Extension Service, and Director of Resident
               Teaching in Agriculture.

          (2)  Appointment of Rollie A. Weaver as Assistant
               County Agent, Churchill County, at a salary rate
               of $4200 per year, effective June 14, 1954, in the
               place of Mr. Belmont, resigned, and reappointment
               of Mr. Weaver as of July 1, 1954 with the same
               title and salary.

          (3)  Salary increase for Walter C. Christensen, Assist-
               ant County Extension Agent, Washoe County, effec-
               tive July 1, 1954, to $4800 per year from County
               funds.

          (4)  Salary increase for Grover Roberts, Jr., Assistant
               County Extension Agent, Elko County, effective
               July 1, 1954, to $4800 per year from County funds.

          (5)  Appointment of Du Wayne Le Roy Goodwin as Assist-
               ant Professor of Range Management and Assistant
               Plant Ecologist, effective July 1, 1954, at a
               salary of $5400 for the year, the salary to be
               pro-rated between Resident Teaching and Agricul-
               tural Experiment Station funds.

          (6)  Appointment of Howard C. Brooks as Laboratory
               Assistant in the Nevada Mining Analytical Labo-
               ratory, effective July 1, 1954, at a salary of
               $280 per month during the Summer for full time
               service and $140 during the school year for 1/2
               time service in the place of Darrell Lemaire.

          (7)  Appointment of David Hand as Field Assistant in
               the Nevada Bureau of Mines at $270 per month for
               July and August 1954.

          (8)  Appointment of Lon S. Mc Girk, Jr. as Assistant
               Research Mineralogist in the Mackay School of
               Mines Atomic Energy Project for August 1954
               and June 1955 at a salary of $425 per month.

          (9)  Appointment of Robert J. Morris as Assistant
               Research Chemist in the Mackay School of Mines
               Atomic Energy Project for August 1954 and June
               1955 at a salary of $450 per month.

         (10)  Appointment of H. Jerome Seim as Assistant Re-
               search Chemist in the Mackay School of Mines
               Atomic Energy Project for August 1954 and June
               1955 at a salary of $390 per month.

         (11)  Appointment of John S. Winston as Assistant Re-
               search Metallurgist in the Mackay School of
               Mines Atomic Energy Project for July and August
               1954 at a salary of $450 per month.

         (12)  Appointment of Marvin C. Abrams as Junior Re-
               search Chemist in the Mackay School of Mines
               Atomic Energy Project for July and August 1954
               at a salary of $320 per month.

         (13)  Change in contract for Hazel D. Mc Comas, In-
               structor in Summer Sessions, from $300 to $420
               for the period June 14, 1954 to July 16, 1954,
               to compensate for additional teaching load.

         (14)  Appointment of John R. Gottardi as Instructor in
               Summer Sessions for the period July 19, 1954 to
               August 20, 1954 at a salary of $420 for the ses-
               sion, in the place of Dr. Paolozzi, resigned.

         (15)  Appointment of Edward W. Yates as Instructor in
               the Las Vegas Summer Session for the period June
               7, 1954 to June 25, 1954 at a total salary of
               $300.

         (16)  Appointment of Vivienne Worley as Instructor in
               the Las Vegas Summer Session for the period June
               28, 1954 to August 6, 1954 at a total salary of
               $941.70.

         (17)  Appointment of Burton C. Newbry as Instructor in
               the Las Vegas Summer Session for the period July
               19, 1954 to August 6, 1954 at a total salary of
               $300.

         (18)  Appointment of James A. Langford as Instructor in
               the Las Vegas Summer Session for the period July
               19, 1954 to August 6, 1954 at a total salary of
               $300.

         (19)  Appointment of Effie Mona Mack as Special Lecturer
               in Las Vegas for the school year 1954-55 at a sal-
               ary of $3040 for the year.

         (20)  Appointment of Arthur B. Anderson as Inspector in
               Foods and Drugs, Weights and Measures, effective
               July 1, 1954 at a salary of $3600 per year.

         Motion by Dr. Lombardi carried unanimously that the
         above recommendations be approved.

     C)  The Board recessed as a Board of Regents and convened as
         a Board of Control for the Agricultural Experiment Sta-
         tion to consider personnel recommendations as follows:

          (1)  Appointment of John R. Bertrand as Dean of Agri-
               culture, Director of Resident Teaching in Agri-
               culture, Director of Agricultural Extension Divi-
               sion and Director of Agricultural Experiment Sta-
               tion, effective October 1, 1954, at a salary of
               $10,250 to be pro-rated from funds in the above
               mentioned Divisions.

          (2)  Appointment of C. E. Fleming as Acting Dean of
               Agriculture, Acting Director of Agricultural
               Extension Division and Acting Director of Agri-
               cultural Experiment Station, for the period July
               1, 1954 to October 1, 1954, at an additional
               stipend of $300 for the period, from unallocated
               salary funds.

          (3)  Appointment of Howard James Weeth as Assistant
               Professor of Animal Husbandry and Assistant Physi-
               ologist in the Agricultural Experiment Station,
               effective September 1, 1954, at a salary rate of
               $5400 per year to be pro-rated between the funds
               of the two Divisions.

         Motion by Mr. Crumley carried unanimously that the above
         recommendations be approved.

     D)  The Board adjourned as a Board of Control for the Agri-
         cultural Experiment Station and reconvened as a Board of
         Regents.  The President presented the following recom-
         mendations:

          (1)  Acceptance, with recognition of appreciation for
               his services over the years, of the request of
               Dean Fredrick Wood that he be granted retirement
               as of July 1, 1955, when he will be eligible for
               automatic retirement.

          (2)  Approval of the request of Dean Fredrick Wood that
               he be granted leave of absence with pay for the
               period October 1, 1954 to January 1, 1955.

          (3)  Appointment of Ralph Irwin as Assistant Dean of
               the College of Arts and Science for the year 1954-
               55 with a salary of $7700 for the year.

          (4)  Increase in salary for Joe Moose, Director of
               Research and Graduate Studies, to $8100 per year,
               effective July 1, 1954, because of increasing
               load in Graduate Studies and the necessary addi-
               tional time spent by Dr. Moose during the Summer
               in carrying on his duties.

          (5)  Appointment of Sidney J. Claunch, Jr. as Instruc-
               tor in Economics, Business and Sociology at a
               salary of $4400 for the academic year 1954-55, or
               as Assistant Professor at a salary of $4500 if he
               receives his Ph. D. degree by September 1954.

          (6)  Appointment of Lauren L. Brink as Associate Pro-
               fessor of English for the academic year 1954-55
               at a salary of $5400 for the year.

          (7)  Resignation of Gabriel J. Paolozzi as Assistant
               Professor of Foreign Languages effective July 1,
               1954 to accept a position with the State Depart-
               ment in foreign service.

          (8)  Appointment of Mitchell Smith as Lecturer in
               History and Political Science at a salary of $4500
               for the academic year 1954-55, in the place of Dr.
               Shepperson, on leave.

          (9)  Appointment of John R. Bertrand as Dean of Agri-
               culture, Director of Resident Teaching in Agri-
               culture, Director of Agricultural Extension Divi-
               sion and Director of Agricultural Experiment Sta-
               tion, effective October 1, 1954, at a salary of
               $10,250 per year, plus $1000 for moving expenses.

         (10)  Appointment of C. E. Fleming as Acting Dean of
               Agriculture, Acting Director of Agricultural
               Extension Division and Acting Director of Agri-
               cultural Experiment Station, for the period July
               1, 1954 to October 1, 1954, at an additional
               stipend of $300 for the period, from unallocated
               salary funds.

         (11)  Appointment of Howard James Weeth as Assistant
               Professor of Animal Husbandry and Assistant Physi-
               ologist in the Agricultural Experiment Station,
               effective September 1, 1954, at a salary rate of
               $5400 per year.

         (12)  Increase in salary for John N. Butler, Project
               Engineer and Research Metallurgist in the Mackay
               School of Mines Atomic Energy Project to $7920
               per year, effective July 1, 1954, from Atomic
               Energy funds.

         (13)  Increase in salary for Henry Phillip Ehrlinger,
               Assistant Research Metallurgist in the Mackay
               School of Mines Atomic Energy project to $5580
               per year, effective July 1, 1954, from Atomic
               Energy funds.

         (14)  Increase in salary for Robert W. Stephens, Assist-
               ant Research Metallurgist in the Mackay School of
               Mines Atomic Energy Project to $5580 per year,
               effective July 1, 1954, from Atomic Energy funds.

         (15)  Reappointment of Lester L. Crawford as Laboratory
               Helper in the Mackay School of Mines Atomic Energy
               Project, effective July 1, 1954, at a salary of
               $280 for the month of July 1954 and $300 per month
               thereafter.

         (16)  Appointment of Joseph John Mendive as Laboratory
               Technician in the Mackay School of Mines Atomic
               Energy Project, effective July 1, 1954, at a sal-
               ary of $280 per month for full time service during
               the Summer months and $140 per month during the
               school year for 1/2 time services.

         Motion by Dr. Lombardi carried unanimously that the
         above recommendations be approved.

The meeting was recessed at 12:15 noon for luncheon.

The recessed meeting was called to order by the Chairman at 2 P.
M. with all Regents, the President and the Comptroller present.
Reporters present were Laxalt, Bennyhoff, Hulse and Lufkow.  Mr.
Friel came into the meeting at 2:05 P.M.

 6.  Presentation of Needs of the University for the Biennium
     1955-57 in Budget Form

     At the request of President Stout, the following individ-
     uals met with the Regents to discuss the needs of their
     particular Division.

     a)  Dean S. G. Palmer             College of Engineering
     b)  Dean Fredrick Wood            College of Arts & Science
     c)  Acting Dean C. E. Fleming     College of Agriculture
     d)  Dean Vernon E. Scheid         Mackay School of Mines
     e)  Dean William R. Wood          Statewide Program of
                                           Higher Education
     f)  Comptroller Hayden            Buildings and Grounds
     g)  President Stout (in the
         absence of Dean Holstine)     College of Education

 7.  University Farm

     The proposed sale of the South Virginia Farm was discussed
     along with the Governor's rejection of the sale.  After
     some discussion, it was agreed that a resolution should be
     prepared explaining the position of the Regents.  Regent
     Crumley, as Chairman of the Committee on the College of
     Agriculture, presented the resolution.

     Motion by Mr. Hardy carried unanimously that the resolution
     be adopted, as follows:

                            RESOLUTION

         With reference to Governor Charles Russell's rejection
         of the proposed exchange of the present University Farm
         on South Virginia Road for the Gilbert property and
         certain considerations in cash and equipment, the Board
         of Regents believe its action in the matter to be sound.

         With due respect to the Governor, the Board of Regents
         feels that it is better qualified to judge what is good
         for the University than the committee chosen by the
         Governor to evaluate the proposed deal.  Many months
         were spent by the Board - collectively and individually
         and with the best technical advice available - in arriv-
         ing at a decision.  In the brief period of its existence
         it seems improbable that the Governor's committee could
         possibly have acquired a background of knowledge on the
         pros and cons of the farm matter comparable to that of
         the Regents.

         As such, a strictly cash sale of the farm property is
         obviously no solution.  The Regents could no more justi-
         fy disposing of this farm with no prospects of a re-
         placement in sight that it could sell any of the Uni-
         versity's instructional buildings out from under its
         students.

         From the time of our decision to sell this farm because
         it is considered to be inadequate for the experimental
         and laboratory requirements of our College of Agricul-
         ture, the Regents made it plain that their first con-
         sideration was to find a suitable replacement property
         so that required experimental and laboratory work could
         go on with the least possible interruption.

         The Board of Regents feels the reasons given by the
         Governor's committee in recommending against the trans-
         action are lacking in sufficient merit to warrant dis-
         approval of the sale.

         Why the Governor did not extend or have his committee
         extend the courtesy of a meeting with the Board of
         Regents - prior to making his decision - is not readily
         apparent.  Neither is it readily apparent why the opin-
         ions of such recognized and qualified experts as Dean
         C. B. Hutchison of the College of Agriculture, and other
         competent members of his staff, were not sought.  In-
         formation from these sources would have been made read-
         ily available to the Governor and his committee, which
         information would have instantly refuted many conten-
         tions contained in the committee's report.

         The Regents feel they have at all times acted in good
         faith and in the best interests of the University.  We
         doubt that the best interest of the University, or of
         the State as a whole, have been served by the rejection
         of this proposal.

 8.  Fleischmann Grant

     The President reported the $500,000 gift granted by the
     Trustees of the Max C. Fleischmann Foundation of Nevada
     to be added to the sums previously granted by the Founda-
     tion and given under the same conditions as previous grants.

     Motion by Mr. Grant carried unanimously that the gift be
     accepted and the Secretary instructed to write a note of
     thanks to the Trustees of the Fleischmann Foundation on
     behalf of the Board of Regents.

The meeting adjourned at 6:55 P.M.

The next meeting was called for Friday, August 13, 1954.