08/13/1956

UCCSN Board of Regents' Meeting Minutes
August 13-14, 1956




08-13-1956
Volume 7 - Pages 264-270

                    UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA
                       REGENTS MEETING
                       August 13, 1956

The Board of Regents met in regular session in Room 205, Morrill
Hall, University of Nevada, on Monday, August 13, 1956.  The
meeting was called to order by Chairman Ross at 9:05 A.M.  Pres-
ent:  Regents Hardy, Grant, Lombardi, Thompson, Ross; Comptroller
Hayden and President Stout.  Engineer Poolman and Academic Vice
President Wood were present to discuss items in their areas.

Reporters Laxalt, Hulse and Digino covered the meeting for the
day.

 1.  Minutes of Previous Meeting

     Motion by Mr. Grant carried unanimously that the minutes of
     the regular meeting of July 19-20, 1956 be approved.

 2.  Comptroller's Claims

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

     Motion by Mr. Hardy carried unanimously that they be approv-
     ed, as follows:

         Regents Checks, numbers 56-220 to 56-238 inclusive for
         a total of $230,692.00 for June.

         State Claims, numbers 56-169 to 56-186 inclusive for a
         total of $151,033.11 for June.

         Regents Checks, numbers 67-1 to 67-17 inclusive for a
         total of $278,595.53 for July.

         State Claims, numbers 67-1 to 67-13 inclusive for a
         total of $167,390.72 for July.

 3.  Meeting with Property Owners on Evans Avenue

     At 9:15 A.M. Mr. and Mrs. Nat Wilson and Professor J. R.
     Van Dyke came into the meeting to protest the University's
     planned location for poles and wires in its construction
     program on the lower Campus, because they would be in view
     of the residents on Evans Avenue.  Professor Van Dyke sug-
     gested that the wires be placed between the two new Agri-
     cultural buildings, rather than along the Orr Ditch, as
     proposed.

     Mr. Poolman explained that the pole lines, as planned, will
     be at the junction of other lines and that this point is the
     the most firm point, with fewer outages than any other.  He
     said that present plans contemplate a change in the power
     distribution system which will place it somewhat north of
     its present location.  This line would tie in with that
     location, and would be out of the way of future construc-
     tion.  He also explained the reasons for not believing it
     desirable to put the wires between the two buildings - (1)
     that we do not want high tension wires going up over the
     Campus, (2) that the new system would have to be put in
     piecemeal, and (3) that at a point under the Fleischmann
     building for Agriculture, there will be an electronic bell
     and electric system which would tie in with the present
     system.

     Chairman Ross thanked Mr. and Mrs. Wilson and Professor Van
     Dyke for presenting their views, and promised careful con-
     sideration by the Board of Regents.  It was agreed that the
     Regents would look over the site of the proposed poles and
     wires and consider the matter later in the meeting.

 4.  History of the President's House

     Mr. Ross reported on the information he had gathered con-
     cerning the building of the President's house on the Campus,
     as requested by the Board of Regents.

     He stated that it was desired that the President be housed
     on the Campus, but that no State money was available for the
     purpose.  President Stubbs and other citizens of the State
     were sufficiently interested to offer donations so that the
     house could be built.  In December of 1899, an opinion of
     the Attorney General gave approval to the use of gift money
     for this purpose and also approval leasing land on the
     Campus on which to erect the house.  The minutes of April
     25, 1900, show that the lease between the Regents and Dr.
     Stubbs was entered into, at $1 per year.  On June 1, 1900
     the contract for the house was let to C. E. Clough, the
     lowest bidder, for $6433.

     The Legislature of 1915 approved $4154.50 to be paid to Mrs.
     Stubbs for money advanced by Dr. Stubbs.  The Legislature
     of 1919 reimbursed the other donors.

     A complete list of the donors will be placed in the recep-
     tacle in the cornerstone of the Sarah Hamilton Fleischmann
     Home Economics building, which will be on the site of the
     former President's house.

 5.  Operating Budget

     Deans Holstine, Carlson, Palmer, Irwin, Weems, Mr. Hill,
     Directors Fleming, Wittwer and Stucky came into the meeting
     to be available for questions concerning the budgets.  Dr.
     Joyal, member of the Legislative Investigating Team, was
     present as an observer.

     President Stout used tabulations prepared from information
     published by the Council of State Governments, which showed
     that the State of Nevada has lagged in providing funds for
     higher education and that the per capita wealth of the State
     is and has been the highest in the nation.

     Mr. Poolman next discussed the building program, projecting
     it into the next 18 years, and basing his discussion on
     population increase in the State and enrollment increase in
     the University.  He pointed out that the University will
     need approximately $29 million of construction in that peri-
     od.

     Mr. Wood then spoke of increase in staff to keep pace with
     the growth of the State and enrollment, and urged continu-
     ing study on these matters.  He stated that the staff will
     double by 1963 and again by 1970.

     President Stout recommended that a 7 1/2% increase in the
     salary budget be included for the first year of the bien-
     nium, and another 7 1/2% increase be included for the second
     year of the biennium, for personnel not under the State
     Personnel System.  He stressed that this would be used to
     increase brackets and individual adjustments within those
     brackets.  It will not be an "across the board" increase.

     Mr. Hardy discussed the Western Commission, and motion by
     Mr. Hardy carried unanimously that the item in the amount
     of $14,000 for participating membership in the Western
     Commission for Higher Education be eliminated at this time,
     because of his belief that the State is not ready for par-
     ticipation; however, if the Legislature takes action to
     participate in the program of the Commission, the Univer-
     sity will cooperate.

The Board recessed at 11:30 A.M. to look over the portion of the
Campus under discussion by the property owners on Evans Avenue.

The recessed meeting of the Board of Regents was called to order
by the Chairman at 1:30 P.M. with all Regents, the Comptroller
and the President present.  Present also were Dr. Wood and Mr.
Poolman.

 6.  Evans Avenue Property Owners (Continuation of Item #3)

     The Regents discussed the poles and wires involved in the
     area of the new Campus construction.

     Motion by Mr. Hardy carried unanimously that the University
     continue with the power lines as planned, with the pole to
     be moved 40 feet south, and that it be planned eventually
     to put the high tension wires underground.

 7.  Operational Budget (Continuation of Item #5)

     Motion by Mr. Grant carried unanimously that the Regents
     approve the operating budget for the biennium, as recommend-
     ed by the President to the Board of Regents, with the dele-
     tion of the item for participating membership in the Western
     Commission for Higher Education (motion by Mr. Hardy to Item
     #5) and with the addition of the item of 7 1/2% increase in
     the salary budget for each year of the biennium to be used
     for adjustment of brackets and within brackets.

 8.  Capital Outlay Budget

     The items under Capital Outlay, as presented to the Regents
     at their last meeting, were discussed.

     A.  Motion by Mr. Thompson carried unanimously that $39,000
         be approved as the first phase in the project to cover
         the Block N Ditch, and that $25,000 be approved for the
         Orr Ditch siphon as matching funds, provided the City
         of Reno or the Orr Ditch Company puts up a like amount.

     B.  Motion by Mr. Thompson carried unanimously that the item
         for remodelling the old Agriculture building be elimi-
         nated from this biennial budget on the grounds that the
         University is not now in a position to make definite
         plans for its use.

     C.  Remodel Bureau of Mines Building - Discussion led to the
         pilot plant and its housing, and it was agreed that Dean
         Scheid be called in for discussion.

         Dean Scheid came into the meeting and explained that
         when the plant was offered to the University, he believ-
         ed that the plant would be of great value to the Mackay
         School of Mines, and, in that belief, advised its ac-
         ceptance.  Later, studies have convinced him that the
         pilot plant would be of little value to the teaching
         area, and that it would be mainly of service to mining
         concerns.  For this reason, Dean Scheid suggested that
         if the pilot plant is housed and placed in operation,
         it be set up under a Head separate from the Mackay
         School of Mines.

         Motion by Mr. Grant carried unanimously that the item
         for remodelling the Bureau of Mines building in the
         amount of $153,780 be approved.

     D.  Motion by Mr. Thompson carried unanimously that the item
         for completing the remodeling of Manzanita Hall in the
         amount of $82,392 be approved.

     E.  Motion by Mr. Thompson carried unanimously that Phase A
         of the Primary Power Distribution System in the amount
         of $54,000 be approved.

     F.  Motion by Mr. Grant carried unanimously that the item
         for Addition to the Library in the amount of $895,000
         be approved.

     G.  Motion by Dr. Lombardi carried unanimously that the item
         for a Classroom building for Art, Music and Drama in the
         amount of $1,194,000 be approved.

     H.  Motion by Mr. Hardy carried unanimously that the item
         for a Classroom building for History, Political Science
         and Mathematics, in the amount of $642,000, be approved.

     I., J., K., L.  Motion by Mr. Grant carried unanimously that
         the following items be approved as indicated:

             Las Vegas Library Building          $268,500
             Las Vegas Classroom Building         535,250
             Las Vegas Landscaping and Planning    75,000
             Tennis Courts, Reno Campus            35,000

     M.  Motion by Mr. Thompson carried unanimously that $45,000
         be added to the budget for purchase of 18 acres of
         Capurro property which joins University property im-
         mediately on the north.

     N., O., P., Q.  Motion by Mr. Grant carried unanimously
         that the following items be approved as indicated:

             Men's Dormitory                     $660,000
             Women's Dormitory                    660,000
             Married Couples' Housing             352,000
             Dining Hall                          391,600

     R.  President Stout requested the addition of $10,000 to
         the budget for temporary partitions and other neces-
         sary remodelling in the top floor of the present Agri-
         cultural building to make it useable until a complete
         remodelling job can be done.

         Motion by Mr. Grant carried unanimously that $10,000
         be approved for this purpose.

     S.  Additional Greenhouses - Mr. Hugo Graumann of the Agri-
         cultural Research Service, U. S. Department of Agri-
         culture from Beltsville, Maryland, was recently on the
         Campus to talk about the possibility of federal partici-
         pation in building a greenhouse on the Nevada Campus.

         He believes that they are in a position to furnish cer-
         tain federal funds to erect an additional greenhouse
         bay on the Campus for the use of Mr. Oliver Smith in his
         research program.  Funds from this source cannot be
         spent for the erection of the headhouse, but only of
         the greenhouse itself.  The greenhouse would be erected
         to the same specifications as existing facilities.

         Motion by Mr. Grant carried unanimously that the offer
         of the U. S. Department of Agriculture be accepted and
         that the following resolution be adopted and forwarded
         to the Agricultural Research Service, U. S. D. A.:

                                RESOLUTION

             BE IT RESOLVED, that Minard W. Stout, President of
             the University of Nevada, is hereby authorized to
             enter into negotiations with the U. S. Department
             of Agriculture for construction of a greenhouse on
             the Campus of the University of Nevada.

 9.  Personnel Recommendations

     Personnel recommendations were presented by President Stout,
     as follows:

     COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCE

     Appointments as follows:

     a)  Malcolm E. Mc Donald, Assistant Professor of Biology, at
         a salary of $5800 for academic year 1956-57 (replacement
         for Dr. Richardson, resigned).

     b)  Gerald Swanson, Graduate Teaching Fellow in Chemistry,
         at a salary of $1500 for the academic year 1956-57 (re-
         placement).

     c)  Richard Wilcox, Graduate Teaching Fellow in Chemistry,
         at a salary of $1500 for the academic year 1956-57 (re-
         placement).

     d)  Richard M. Gillette, Student Assistant in Chemistry,
         at a salary of $800 for the academic year 1956-57 (re-
         placement).

     e)  Barbara Jane Lane, Instructor in Health, Physical Educa-
         tion and Athletics, at a salary of $4800 for the aca-
         demic year 1956-57 (new position).

     f)  Charles B. Koehler, Graduate Assistant in Health, Physi-
         cal Education and Athletics, at a salary of $1200 for
         the academic year 1956-57 (replacement).

     g)  Jack Myles, Lecturer in Journalism, at a salary of $600
         for the Fall semester 1956 (new position).

     h)  Robert T. Roelofs, Associate Professor of Philosophy,
         at a salary of $6600 for the academic year 1956-57 (re-
         placement for Dr. Monson, resigned).

     i)  Don Wallace Driggs, Instructor in History and Political
         Science, at a salary of $5000 for the academic year
         1956-57 (new position).

     j)  W. A. S. Smith, Assistant Professor of Psychology and
         Sociology, at a salary of $5500 for the academic year
         1956-57 (new position).

     MACKAY SCHOOL OF MINES

     Appointments as follows:

     a)  Aleksis von Volborth, Assistant Mineralogist, Nevada
         Mining Analytical Laboratory, effective August 1, 1956,
         at a salary rate of $7200 per year (replacement for Mr.
         Hammond, transferred to full-time teaching).

     b)  Donald F. Divens, Temporary Field Assistant, Nevada
         Bureau of Mines, at $280 per month for July and August
         1956.

     COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

     Appointment as follows:

     a)  Benjamin Monroe Wofford, Associate Professor of Eco-
         nomics and Business Administration, from September 1,
         1956 to June 30, 1957, at a salary rate of $7920 based
         on 12 months service (new position).

     COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

     Appointment as follows:

     a)  Richard G. Orcutt, Assistant Professor of Civil Engi-
         neering at a salary of $6000 for the academic year 1956-
         57 (new position).

     LIBRARY

     Appointments as follows:

     a)  Ruth Avery Cutten, Sub-Professional Assistant, at a
         salary of $3000 per year, effective July 1, 1956 (new
         position).

     b)  Margaret T. Frazier, Sub-Professional Assistant, at a
         salary of $3200 per year, effective July 1, 1956 (re-
         placement of Mrs. Carla Johnson, resigned).

     c)  Lucretia Seipel, Sub-Professional Assistant, at a salary
         of $3000 per year, effective July 1, 1956 (new posi-
         tion).

     d)  Olive Tissier, Sub-Professional Assistant, at a salary
         of $3000 per year, effective July 1, 1956 (new posi-
         tion).

     e)  Herman R. Storm, Associate Catalog Librarian, at a
         salary rate of $5200 per year, effective September 1,
         1956 (replacement for Mr. Staehlin, resigned).

     COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

     Appointment as follows:

     a)  Herbert A. Derfelt, Assistant Professor of Education,
         at a salary of $6300 for the academic year 1956-57 (new
         position).

     SUMMER SESSIONS - RENO CAMPUS

     Appointment as follows:

     a)  Lloyd A. Drury, Education - 8/4/56 to 8/18/56 - $315

     Reappointment as follows:

     a)  Day Alan Perry, Audio-Visual Education - 7/16/56 to
         7/27/56 - $450

     Supplementary Contracts as follows:

     a)  Lois M. Fitzgibbons, Physical Education - 8/5/56 to
         8/18/56 - $300

     b)  Carl Backman, Sociology - 8/4/56 to 8/18/56 - $260

     LAS VEGAS BRANCH - "NEVADA SOUTHERN"

     Appointment as follows:

     a)  Malcolm Graham, Assistant Professor of Mathematics at
         a salary of $6000 for the academic year 1956-57 (re-
         placement for part-time Assistants).

     SUMMER SESSIONS - LAS VEGAS AREA

     Appointment as follows:

     a)  Lucy Ann Nutty, Elementary Education - 8/6/56 to
         8/17/56 - $300

     Supplementary Contract as follows:

     a)  John S. Wright, History and Political Science - 8/6/56
         to 8/24/56 - $450

     Cancellation of Contract as follows:

     a)  Hugh J. Baird, Education - 7/16/56 to 8/3/56 - $150 (ap-
         proved at meeting of July 19, 1956) because of insuf-
         ficient enrollment.

     MAX C. FLEISCHMANN COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE

     Appointments as follows:

     a)  June Elizabeth Fehrm, Graduate Assistant in Home Eco-
         nomics, at a salary of $1200 for the academic year 1956-
         57 (replacement).

     b)  Jerry Robinson, Information Specialist, at a salary rate
         of $5400 per year, effective August 15, 1956 (replace-
         ment for Mr. A. Mc Call Smith, resigned).

     c)  William C. Behrens, Assistant Agricultural Agent for
         Elko County, at a salary rate of $5400 per year, effec-
         tive July 16, 1956 (replacement for Mr. Tavenner, re-
         signed).

     d)  Glenn V. Thomas, Assistant Agricultural Agent for White
         Pine County, at a salary rate of $5200 per year, effec-
         tive August 13, 1956 (replacement for Mr. Osborne, re-
         signed).

     Leave of Absence as follows:

     a)  John A. Mc Cormick, without pay, from October 14, 1956
         to June 1, 1957, in order that he might accept a Fellow-
         ship in the Graduate School of Public Administration at
         Harvard University.

     Salary Increase as follows:

     a)  Harold Wood, Newlands Field Station, from $300 to $400
         per month during the leave of absence of Mr. Mc Cormick.

     Motion by Dr. Lombardi carried unanimously that the person-
     nel recommendations be approved.

10.  Dean of Agriculture

     President Stout reported on his search for a Dean of Agri-
     culture.  After many months of correspondence and interviews
     with applicants, the field has been narrowed to 3 outstand-
     ing candidates, any one of whom he believes would do a good
     job at Nevada.

The meeting adjourned at 5:00 P.M.  The next meeting was set sub-
ject to the call of the Chairman.