August 6-7, 1958
Volume 8 - Pages 11-17
UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA
August 6, 1958
The Board of Regents met in Room 205, Morrill Hall, University
of Nevada on Wednesday, August 6, 1958. Present: Regents Ander-
son, Bastian, Elwell, Hardy, Thompson; Comptroller Hayden, En-
gineer Rogers and Acting President Wood. Regents Broadbent,
Grant and Sawyer were absent because of business commitments.
Regent Lombardi was detained at the hospital. The meeting was
called to order at 9:20 A.M. by Regent Hardy, appointed as
senior member of the Board, to preside in the absence of the
Chairman and the Vice Chairman.
Neil Humphrey of the Nevada Taxpayers' Association, Leola
Wohlfeil of the Legislative Counsel Bureau, and A. N. Jacobson,
Legislative Auditor, were present as observers. Reporters Jim
Hulse and Bryn Armstrong covered the meeting.
1. Minutes of Previous Meeting
Upon motion by Mr. Thompson, seconded by Mr. Elwell, the
minutes of the meeting of July 11-12, 1958 were unanimously
2. Comptroller's Claims
Mr. Hayden presented the following claims for approval, with
the recommendation of Acting President Wood:
Regents Checks, nos. 78-310 to 78-316 and 89-1 to 89-18
inclusive for a total of $357,525.08 for July.
State Claims, nos. 89-1 to 89-17 inclusive for a total
of $246,899.83 for July.
Motion by Mr. Thompson, seconded by Dr. Anderson, carried
unanimously that the claims be approved.
Gifts which had been received by the University were pre-
sented to the Board for acceptance as follows:
From Atomic Energy Commission, Washington, D. C. -
$40,000 for purchase of equipment and materials to be
used in the educational and training program as re-
quested by the University of Nevada.
From KOLO-TV of Reno - studio facilities in the amount
of $632.25 during April and May for presentation of the
From the Nevada State Medical Association - 7 medical
books for the Orvis School of Nursing.
From Ella Bell Jones, Caliente - various nursing jour-
nals and magazines for the Orvis School of Nursing.
From Drs. Paul Wiig and Silas Ross - medical books and
journals for the Orvis School of Nursing.
From Board of Trustees, Lyon Health Center, Yerington -
an autoclave for the Orvis School of Nursing.
From Arthur E. Orvis - an original oil portrait of him-
self as the founder of the Orvis School of Nursing.
From Curtiss-Wright Corporation, Wood Ridge, New Jersey
- $2083 as the July payment for Curtiss-Wright Project
From Mrs. Harold Hunter, Las Vegas - a chemistry scale
for the Nevada Southern Regional Division.
From Edgerton, Germeshausen and Grier - $1000 to cover
the EG&G Scholarships in Electrical Engineering and
Physics for the coming year.
From the Executor of the Holmshaw Estate - $2100 for the
Harry F. Holmshaw Scholarship Fund.
From the Southern Nevada Chapter of Nevada Society of
Registered Professional Engineers - a Scholarship Loan
Program in the amount of $400 as per attached:
Southern Nevada Chapter
Registered Professional Engineers;
Engineering Scholarship Loan Foundation
1. The fund is to be made available as a loan to
a student who has reached his Junior or Senior
2. That the student be enrolled in some branch of
Engineering or in the Mackay School of Mines.
However, in event the faculty determines that
there is no worthy student who wants the loan,
in the Colleges noted above, then the faculty,
at their option may select a student from an-
other of the Science Schools such as Physics or
3. That there be at least one member of the faculty
of the School of Engineering or from the Mackay
School of Mines on the committee that selects
4. That the student must start repayment of the
loan within one calendar year after leaving
school, except in event of required military
duty. The student at his option might start
repayment of the loan within the specified
year or start repayment upon termination of
his military career.
5. That the interest rate be only a token rate.
The rate will be determined by the faculty.
6. That the faculty administer the distribution
and the collection of the loan.
7. That from the proceeds of the loan there be
purchased life insurance acceptable to the
faculty, with an assignment thereon covering
the amount due upon the loan in event of death
of the borrower.
Southern Nevada Chapter
Nevada Society of Registered
Motion by Mr. Elwell, seconded by Mr. Bastian, carried
unanimously that the gifts be accepted and that the Secre-
tary write an appropriate note of thanks to the donors.
The Administration was asked to seek clarification of item
no. 7 of the conditions of the Southern Nevada Chapter of
Nevada Society of Registered Professional Engineers Scholar-
ship Loan Program.
4. Personnel Recommendations
Dr. Wood presented and discussed the personnel recommenda-
tions as follows:
COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCE
Reappointments as follows:
Sidney D. Root, Jr., as Graduate Assistant in Health,
Physical Education and Athletics at a salary of $1200
for the academic year 1958-59.
Evelyn P. Falk as Assistant in Mathematics at a salary
of $600 for the Fall semester 1958.
Elisabeth S. Constantino as Assistant in Mathematics
at a salary of $300 for the Fall semester 1958.
Appointment as follows:
William Henry Dennett as Graduate Assistant in Physics
at a salary of $1500 for the academic year 1958-59 (new
position under the Fleischmann Foundation Grant).
Supplementary contract as follows:
Paul F. Secord, Associate Professor of Psychology and
Sociology, to carry on research under the grant from
the National Institute of Mental Health during July
and August 1958, at a total salary of $1731.
NEVADA SOUTHERN REGIONAL DIVISION
Resignation as follows:
Celesta Lowe as Library Technician effective August 31,
1958, for personal reasons.
Reappointment as follows:
Herbert C. Wells as Lecturer in Civil Engineering in the
Evening Division at a salary of $450 for the Fall semes-
COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE
Appointments as follows:
Helen L. Wells as Associate Professor of Home Economics
at a salary of $8200 for the academic year 1958-59 (to
fill an unfilled position).
Dorothy Brownfield as Associate Professor of Home
Economics at a salary of $7800 for the academic year
1958-59 (replacement for Dorothy Sidwell).
Elizabeth White as Assistant Professor of Home Economics
at a salary of $6600 for the academic year 1958-59 (new
Motion by Dr. Anderson, seconded by Mr. Bastian, carried
unanimously that the personnel recommendations be approved.
Regent Thompson had to leave the meeting at 9:30 A.M. to go to
Court, and in the absence of a quorum, the meeting recessed
until Dr. Lombardi arrived at 9:45 A.M.
5. Bid Opening
A meeting for opening bids was held in the President's
office at 4 P.M. on Friday, August 1, 1958. Notice had
duly appeared in local papers calling for bids for Rough
Grading for Cattle Feeding Station, Main Station Farm,
Reno. Present: Engineer Rogers, Dean Adams, Comptroller
Hayden and 2 members of Eckley Construction Company.
Bids were opened by Mr. Hayden as follows:
Helms Construction Company - accompanied by certified
check - $5430.48. Work to commence within 10 calendar
days and be completed within 30 days.
Eckley Construction Company - accompanied by bid bond -
$3570.00. Work to commence within 10 calendar days
and be completed within 10 working days.
The bids were referred to the University Engineer for study
Recommendation: The bid of Helms Construction Company is
not acceptable as it is not signed. The bid of Eckley
Construction was the low bid and is consistent with the
estimate prepared in this office. I therefore recommend
that this bid be accepted and a contract be drawn with this
firm for the work involved. The money for the project will
be furnished by the Agriculture Experiment Station.
James D. Rogers
James E. Adams, Dean Fleischmann College of Agriculture
P. W. Hayden, Comptroller
Wm. R. Wood, Acting President
Motion by Mr. Hardy, seconded by Mr. Elwell, carried
unanimously that the recommendation and the awarding of
the bid be approved.
6. Ladino Dairy - Elcano Request
Dr. Wood called on Mr. Rogers to report on his study of the
boundary line at the Ladino Dairy (University Experimental
Dairy Farm), necessary in the consideration of the request
for quitclaim by Attorney Clark Guild, Jr., on behalf of
his client, Paul Elcano. Mr. Rogers had searched the re-
cords of deeds, maps and available agreements regarding the
boundary line, but the results of the study were not con-
clusive. Upon recommendation by Dr. Wood,
Motion by Dr. Anderson, seconded by Mr. Hardy, carried
unanimously that the matter be referred to the Attorney
General for study and advice, and that Attorney Guild be
7. Housing and Home Finance Agency
Dr. Wood received a letter dated July 16, 1958 from the
Housing and Home Finance Agency enclosing an agreement for
acceptance by the Board of Regents, as follows:
AGREEMENT FOR PUBLIC WORKS PLAN PREPARATION
Project No. Nev. 26-P-3002
Contract No. H-602-517
To: Board of Regents, University of Nevada
Reno, Washoe County, Nevada
Pursuant to the provisions of Public Law 560, 83rd
Congress, as amended, and your application, as modified
and supplemented, and subject to the terms and condi-
tions, dated ------, attached hereto and made a part
hereof, the United States of America, acting by and
through the Housing and Home Finance Administrator,
hereby offers to make you an advance of not to exceed
$51,761 to aid you in financing the cost of plan
preparation, to consist of preparation of final plans
comprising complete working drawings, specifications,
cost estimates, soil tests and related work to allow
advertising and bidding for the proposed construction
of College housing units (housing for married students;
men's dormitory and dining hall).
By the acceptance of this offer, you agree to complete
the above-described plan preparation within 130 days
from the date hereof and covenant that you will repay
the advance when required to do so under the provisions
of said Law and terms and conditions.
This offer must be accepted, if at all, within 60 days
from the date hereof.
This 16th day of July, 1958.
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Housing and Home Finance Admin.
/s/ Robert E. Mc Cabe
Acting Regional Administrator
In order that no unnecessary time would be lost to the
University, Chairman Grant had requested the Secretary to
poll the Board of Regents by telephone, and the vote was:
Anderson, Broadbent, Elwell, Grant, Lombardi, Thompson -
in favor of accepting the agreement; Regents Bastian, Hardy
and Sawyer were traveling and could not be reached. Having
received a majority vote of the Board, the Chairman signed
the agreement. The matter was here presented for ratifi-
cation and inclusion in the minutes.
Motion by Mr. Hardy, seconded by Dr. Anderson, carried
unanimously that the acceptance of the agreement and the
signature by Chairman Grant be ratified.
8. Housing and Dining Hall Fees
Dr. Wood presented the recommendations of the Housing -
Dining Hall Fee Committee, as follows: These rates were
set to meet the loan obligation with the Housing and Home
Finance Agency, in the event the University receives the
money for construction of married housing, dormitories and
As the result of the deliberations of the Housing and
Dining Hall Committee, it is respectfully requested
that the following fees be put into effect for the
below new housing units and dining hall when completed:
Dining Hall $540 per academic year
New Dormitories $200 per academic year
Married Student Housing $65 per month - plus
It is further recommended that effective September 1,
1959 rates for Lincoln Hall, Hartman Hall, Manzanita
and Artemisia be as follows:
Lincoln Hall $190 per academic year
Artemisia Hall $190 per academic year
Manzanita Hall $190 per academic year
Hartman Hall No change - $90 per
/s/ Sam M. Basta
Chairman Housing-Dining Hall
Fee Committee (Ad Hoc)
cc: Dean Mobley
Robert L. Kersey
P. W. Hayden
Motion by Dr. Anderson, seconded by Mr. Hardy, carried
unanimously that the recommendation be accepted and the
fees set accordingly.
9. Orr Ditch Solution
Mr. Rogers reported on progress in negotiations with the
Orr Ditch Company, as per Resolution in minutes of meeting
of June 1, 1958. The agreement proposed by the Orr Ditch
Company had been submitted to the Attorney General, who
replied, "This office has examined the proposed contract
between the University of Nevada and the Orr Ditch Company
relating to the construction of a siphon to alter the course
of the Orr Ditch located on the University Campus, and we
approve the contract as to its form." A letter from the
State Engineer stated, "This office becomes involved in
matters pertaining to change of point of diversion of water
from the natural stream (Truckee River), place of use or
manner of existing water rights; therefore, improvements
or realignments on the ditch are matters to be taken up
with the officials of Orr Ditch Company."
Motion by Mr. Hardy, seconded by Mr. Bastian, carried
unanimously that the President be authorized to execute
an agreement with the Orr Ditch Company for construction
and maintenance of the proposed siphon, in accordance with
terms of enabling legislation.
10. Paving - Wells Avenue
Mr. Hayden presented a letter from the City of Reno Comp-
troller requesting formal approval by the Board of Regents
for claim against the State in the amount of $10,500 for
the University's share of the paving project on North Wells
Avenue from East Ninth Street north to Sadlier Way to comply
with provisions of Assembly Bill No. 356.
Motion by Mr. Hardy, seconded by Mr. Elwell, carried unani-
mously, that contingent upon appropriate checkings by the
University Engineer, the City Comptroller be notified that
the Board of Regents approves payment, in the amount of
$10,005 as provided by legislation.
11. Biennial Budgets
Dr. Wood discussed the process by which the budgets were
checked and studied since the last meeting of the Board.
He and Mr. Hayden met each Dean and Division Head individu-
ally, went over the compilation of requests from the faculty
in an attempt to remove errors, inconsistencies and dupli-
cations on personnel and equipment. The requests were
checked against increased enrollment and expenses of the
program, and as a result, certain revisions are here pre-
sented. The Regents were given statements of changes for
further study, with action on the entire budget to be taken
at the next meeting.
The Regents requested that the Deans and Division Heads
again review carefully, with the Acting President and the
Comptroller, the total budget with a view to possible re-
duction prior to the final presentation to the Regents at
the September meeting.
12. Engineering Transfer Board
At the suggestion of Mr. Elwell, the Transfer Board in the
College of Engineering was discussed, with the view to its
immediate improvement. The unsafe condition with this
Transfer Board was brought to the attention of the Regents
by Dean Blodgett in his presentation of budget needs at the
last meeting of the Board.
Motion by Mr. Elwell, seconded by Mr. Hardy, carried unani-
mously that the Dean of Engineering and the University En-
gineer be asked to check into the conditions of the Transfer
Board to see what can be done to improve the safety factors,
and to report at the September meeting.
The next meeting was set for Saturday, September 6, 1958.
The meeting adjourned at 1 P.M.