09/23/1939

 UCCSN Board of Regents' Meeting Minutes

September 23-24, 1939 



09-23-1939
Volume 5 - Pages 263-270

                       REGENTS MEETING
                     September 23, 1939

The Board of Regents, all members being present, met in Executive
Session in their Office at the University at 9:30 o'clock Satur-
day morning, September 23, 1939.

The Chairman of the Board presented letters from (1) the Presi-
dent and faculty of the University of California, (2) the Presi-
dent and faculty of Cornell University, (3) the President and
faculty of the University of Utah, and (4) the Provost-Elect and
Chairman of the Executive Committee of the faculty of the Uni-
versity of Pennsylvania (which Executive Committee has the full
force and power of the University faculty), endorsing Leon W.
Hartman "as to moral character and qualifications as an educa-
tor" for President of the University of Nevada.  The above 4
letters were ordered filed.

Dr. Olmsted moved that the above endorsements be accepted and
that Dr. Leon W. Hartman be elected President of the University
of Nevada at a salary of $7200 per year, effective October 1,
1939, and the use of the President's house on the Campus, with
light, heat, water, telephone and janitor service furnished.
Mr. Williams seconded the motion.  Vote:

    Judge Brown          Aye
    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Mrs. Wardin          Aye
    Mr. Ross             Aye
    Dr. Olmsted          Aye

The Board went into regular session and Dr. Hartman was called.
The Chairman advised him of his unanimous election and said the
Board hoped he would accept the Presidency under the conditions
stated.

Dr. Hartman replied that he would accept the honor and was sensi-
ble of the high responsibility; that during his incumbency as
Acting President he had done what he thought to be proper and
right and he appreciated the support and confidence the Regents
had reposed in him.  He thanked the Regents for their confidence
and the honor they had conferred upon him.

Mr. Ross expressed the opinion that there should be an inaugura-
tion ceremony for our President.  We want other Universities to
know of our election of Dr. Hartman as our President and to be
represented at his inaugural.  He suggested that a Committee of
Deans plan the inauguration -- at a time convenient to our Pres-
ident -- and that we stand the expense of making it formal,
dignified and worthwhile.

Mrs. Wardin moved that the Chairman's suggestion as to the inau-
guration be approved and the motion was unanimously carried.

Mr. Ross asked that the record show that the Committee on the
Inauguration of the President consists of Dean Stewart, Chairman,
Dean Sibley, Dean Traner and Dean Wood and that the Secretary
notify these gentlemen of their appointment.  Unanimously car-
ried on motion of Mr. Williams.

The minutes of the July 5, 1939 meeting were, on motion of Mr.
Ross, approved by the following vote:

    Judge Brown          Aye
    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Mrs. Wardin          Aye
    Mr. Ross             Aye
    Dr. Olmsted          Aye

Comptroller Gorman presented each member of the Board and the
President with a copy of his report of September 23rd and in-
terpreted it for them.

On motion of Judge Brown the Comptroller was authorized to pay
from the Revolving Fund the bill of $3110 to Architect Russell
Mills and of $2500 to Architect Fred J. De Longchamps until such
time as bonds are issued for the construction of the Engineering
building and the Gymnasium -- probably in the Spring of 1940.
Vote:

    Judge Brown          Aye
    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Mrs. Wardin          Aye
    Mr. Ross             Aye
    Dr. Olmsted          Aye

Chairman Ross opened the following bids for fuel oil:

Company                    Shipping Point Per bbl. Total per bbl.

Washoe Wood and Coal Yard       Segura       .75      $1.7265
Tarr and Mc Comb, L. A.         Taft         .59       1.5665
Tidewater Associated Oil        Bakersfield  .75       1.7265
General Petroleum               Segura       .75       1.7265
Union Oil                       Maltha       .75       1.7265
Richfield Oil                   Maltha       .75       1.7265
Shell Oil                       Ora          .85       1.8265
Standard Oil                    Segura       .75       1.7265

On our requirements for this season the bid of Tarr and Mc Comb
will save the University $800 compared with other bids.  Mr.
Williams moved that the bid of Tarr and Mc Comb be accepted and
the Comptroller authorized to have the necessary papers signed.
Vote:

    Judge Brown          Aye
    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Mrs. Wardin          Aye
    Mr. Ross             Aye
    Dr. Olmsted          Aye

On motion of Mr. Ross the Comptroller was authorized to invest
the $10,000 discharged mortgage of the Robert Lardin Fulton
Foundation, plus the $50 interest, in government bonds, to yield
approximately 2.78%.  Vote:

    Judge Brown          Aye
    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Mrs. Wardin          Aye
    Mr. Ross             Aye
    Dr. Olmsted          Aye

On motion of Mrs. Wardin, the Comptroller's recommendation that
the cost of any program approved by Dr. Hartman and Dean Stewart
for the plowing and reseeding of the University Farm by its
present tenants be paid from the Farm Fund, in which the balance
is $1200, was approved by the following vote:

    Judge Brown          Aye
    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Mrs. Wardin          Aye
    Mr. Ross             Aye
    Dr. Olmsted          Aye

On Mr. Gorman's estimate of the University's General Fund for the
1st 6 months of 1940, Mr. Williams moved that the $8000 which
would normally constitute a reserve, should, in the present cir-
cumstances, "be applied so far as possible to the accumulated
over-expenditure of $41,000."  Vote:

    Judge Brown          Aye
    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Mrs. Wardin          Aye
    Mr. Ross             Aye
    Dr. Olmsted          Aye

                      TRIBUTE IN RECOGNITION
                              of the
                LIFE AND SERVICES OF MAXWELL ADAMS

    Dr. Maxwell Adams, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry in the
    University of Nevada, passed peacefully away at Monterey,
    California on Friday evening, September 15, 1939.

    A trained educator and capable leader, a kind and sympathetic
    adviser of youth, a skilful experimenter in the domain of
    Chemistry, a persistent and earnest seeker after truth, Dr.
    Adams has left the impress of his mind and genius on genera-
    tions of College students, many of whom now occupy positions
    of responsibility and influence in scientific and education-
    al worlds.  In their hearts and in ours is enshrined the
    memory of an enthusiastic and inspiring teacher and a devoted
    friend.

    It is with a sense of profound regret that we, the Regents
    of the University of Nevada, record the passing of the faith-
    ful and loyal servant who, during 33 years served the Uni-
    versity as Professor and Department Head, Chairman of im-
    portant committees, Dean of the College of Arts and Science
    and Vice President of the University.  The quality of the
    service of Maxwell Adams is attested both by its length and
    by the sense of loss that is ours today.

On motion of Judge Brown, the above Tribute was unanimously
adopted by the Regents and a copy ordered sent to Mrs. Adams
and their children.

President Hartman read a letter from Mrs. Adams and her family.

Dr. Hartman read the invitation of Holmes Gibson that the Uni-
versity's ROTC Unit and Band should participate in the Admission
Day parade to be held in Carson City October 31, 1939 and, in
view of the expense of transporting 280 men at $1 per each, rec-
ommended that the request be denied if the expense of the trip
had to be covered from University Funds.

On motion of Dr. Olmsted, the President's recommendation was
unanimously carried, with understanding that no objection would
be made if funds could be secured for this purpose from other
sources.

Dr. Hartman read Professor Walter Palmer's recommendation that
the University's hoist, which for some years has remained in the
shaft house at the C & C Shaft at Virginia City, which shaft
house was recently destroyed by fire, should be presented to
the Chamber of Commerce of Virginia City, if they would care to
have it as a tourist attraction.  Mrs. Wardin moved that the
matter be left to the judgment of Dr. Hartman and Mr. Palmer.
Carried unanimously.

On motion of Judge Brown, the request of the Chairman of the
Drafting Contest of the Associated Engineers of the University
that the Regents renew their offer of a $25 prize to the high
school student adjudged to have submitted the best drawing on
Engineers' Day, the money to be available to the winner during
his 1st semester in the University as an Engineering student,
was approved by the following vote:

    Judge Brown          Aye
    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Mrs. Wardin          Aye
    Mr. Ross             Aye
    Dr. Olmsted          Aye

As a matter of information, the President said he planned to
avail himself of the opportunity to acquire some interest on the
coupons of the Chilean bonds held in the David Russell Fund,
without in any way invading the value of the principal.

Dr. Hartman advised the Board that Hans Meyer-Kassel did not
care to accept the Lectureship in the Appreciation of Art which
was tendered him for this semester.

On motion of Mr. Ross, the Board approved the election of Clara
Bess Garrison as Dietitian-Matron, as recommended by Dean Mack
and approved by Dr. Hartman, at a cash stipend of $700 for the
1939-40 year, payable in 10 equal monthly installments, effec-
tive August 1, 1939, with room in Artemisia Hall throughout the
year, understanding if she remains for successive years, her
cash stipend will be advanced $100 per year until the cash max-
imum of $1200 is reached.  Whether or not the board should be,
as Dean Mack recommends, a part of her pay, or whether the cash
stipend should be advanced to cover the cost of board in the
Dining Hall, as a part of this motion, is left to the decision
of the President and the Comptroller.  Vote:

    Judge Brown          Aye
    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Mrs. Wardin          Aye
    Mr. Ross             Aye
    Dr. Olmsted          Aye

On motion of Mr. Ross, the recommendation of Director Creel that
Mrs. Marie Watkins be advanced in rank to Chief Clerk of the
Agricultural Extension Division and that her pay be advanced
from $1860 to $1980, both advances to be effective September 1,
1939, the salary payable from the Federal Smith-Lever Funds,
was held up until such time as the Executive Committee of the
Board and the President look into the matter and that power to
act be lodged with the Executive Committee.  Vote:

    Judge Brown          Aye
    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Mrs. Wardin          Aye
    Mr. Ross             Aye
    Dr. Olmsted          Aye

Dr. Hartman approved the recommendations of Professor Hill that:

a.  William C. Miller, Assistant Professor of English, be granted
    a year's leave of absence, from September 1, 1939, without
    pay.

b.  Edwin Semenza take charge of the dramatic work from September
    1, 1939 at a salary of $900, payable in 10 installments.

c.  The salary of William O. Holmes, Assistant in English, be ad-
    vanced from $500 to $900, effective September 1 and payable
    in 10 equal monthly installments, for taking over 3 addition-
    al periods in English.

Mr. Williams moved the approval of the above arrangements.  Vote:

    Judge Brown          Aye
    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Mrs. Wardin          Aye
    Mr. Ross             Aye
    Dr. Olmsted          Aye

Dr. Hartman approved the recommendation of Dr. Sears that C.
Leland Hill be elected Fellow in Chemistry, vice Warren Peril-
stein, resigned, at a stipend of $600 per year from September 1
and payable in 10 equal monthly installments.

Mr. Williams moved the adoption of the above recommendation.
Vote:

    Judge Brown          Aye
    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Mrs. Wardin          Aye
    Mr. Ross             Aye
    Dr. Olmsted          Aye

Dr. Hartman submitted with his approval, the recommendation of
Dr. Sears that W. F. Hoskins, Chemistry storekeeper, be advanced
in salary from $1200 to $1320 per year, payable in 10 monthly
installments, effective September 1, 1939.

Mr. Williams moved the adoption of the above recommendation.
Vote:

    Judge Brown          Aye
    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Mrs. Wardin          Aye
    Mr. Ross             Aye
    Dr. Olmsted          Aye

Dr. Hartman submitted, with his approval, the recommendation of
Miss Sameth that Miss Audrey Stewart (B. S., San Francisco State
College, 1939) be elected Fellow in Physical Education for Women
at a salary of $750, effective August 1, 1939, and payable in
10 equal monthly installments.

Judge Brown moved that Miss Stewart be so elected.  Vote:

    Judge Brown          Aye
    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Mrs. Wardin          Aye
    Mr. Ross             Aye
    Dr. Olmsted          Aye

Dr. Hartman recommended an advance in salary from $2100 to $2400
for Librarian Thea C. Thompson, effective September 1, 1939,
Miss Foster having resigned and there being no present intention
to elect any one in her stead.

Mr. Williams moved the proposed advance be granted to Miss
Thompson.  Vote:

    Judge Brown          Aye
    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Mrs. Wardin          Aye
    Mr. Ross             Aye
    Dr. Olmsted          Aye

Dr. Hartman recommended that the salary of William I. Smyth be
advanced from $2800 to $3000, effective September 1, 1939, the
advance to be payable from State Analytical Laboratory Funds.

Mrs. Wardin moved that this advance in salary be granted.  Vote:

    Judge Brown          Aye
    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Mrs. Wardin          Aye
    Mr. Ross             Aye
    Dr. Olmsted          Aye

Dr. Hartman presented, with his approval, the recommendations of
Dr. Frandsen of the University's Health Committee that:

a.  Dr. T. Clair Harper be elected University Physician, vice Dr.
    Cantlon, resigned, at $900 for the academic year 1939-40,
    payable in 9 equal monthly installments effective from
    September 1, 1939.

b.  Mrs. Eunice Griffiths, R. N., be elected Matron and Nurse
    of the College Infirmary, vice Mrs. Ethlet Shurtleff, re-
    signed, for this academic year, at a salary of $900, payable
    in 9 equal monthly installments, effective from September 1,
    1939.

Mr. Ross moved the election of these 2 persons, as above stated,
but requested the President to suggest to Dr. Frandsen that in
the future, whenever possible, his Committee should submit its
recommendations to the Regents at their Commencement meeting,
or, in any event, before the persons nominated come into serv-
ice.  Vote:

    Judge Brown          Aye
    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Mrs. Wardin          Aye
    Mr. Ross             Aye
    Dr. Olmsted          Aye

Dr. Hartman recommended that this University does not accept the
proposal of the Civil Aeronautics Authority to establish a train-
ing school on our Campus.  Carried unanimously, on motion of Mr.
Ross.

Dr. Hartman recommended:

a.  The cancellation of the delinquent ticket of $129.20 of
    Francis Sullivan, who was killed near Pyramid several
    years ago in an automobile accident;

b.  The cancellation of the David Russell note of Herman B.
    Eden;

c.  The canellation of the David Russell notes of the follow-
    ing deceased persons:

    # 82 - Scott G. Hyde     $60
      90 - Mary A. Ponsi     Balance of $2 on $30 note
      97 - Mary A. Ponsi     $20
      93 - Pauline Bull      $75
     426 - John White        $100

Mrs. Wardin moved the adoption of the above recommendations.
Vote:

    Judge Brown          Aye
    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Mrs. Wardin          Aye
    Mr. Ross             Aye
    Dr. Olmsted          Aye

The letter of August 21, 1939 of Peter J. Burfening in which he
asks that the non-resident tuition fee charged his son Peter for
the Fall semester of 1935 be rescinded by the Regents was on
motion of Mr. Ross, referred to Judge Brown and Dr. Hartman, with
power to act.  Carried unanimously.

Dr. Frandsen's request of August 22nd that, in lieu of the $1
Health Service Fee now charged all University students and the $3
Hospital Fee now charged all students living outside the Reno-
Sparks area, all students be charged an Infirmary Fee of $6 per
semester, beginning with the Fall semester of 1940, was ordered
received and referred to the Executive Committee for recommenda-
tion to the Board at a subsequent meeting.

Dr. Harrison presented the opinion of the Attorney General of
date July 19, 1939 to the effect that the Regents do not have
power to enter into contracts with life insurance companies
looking toward the establishment of annuities for staff members.

Major Max C. Fleischmann's letter of September 9, 1939 wherein
he sets forth his requirements for his scholarships was read and
his 3 requirements, which will be embodied in the next University
catalog, were accepted by the Regents and the President, who
again expressed their appreciation to Major Fleischmann for his
so timely aid to needy students of our University.

Dr. Hartman inquired what decision the Executive Committee had
reached with reference to the proposal of the 11 property owners
in the University Heights addition to deed a parcel of land to
the University.  The Committee expressed itself as being favora-
ble to the proposal as set forth July 5th and, on motion of Mr.
Ross, the Regents confirmed the judgment of the Executive Com-
mittee.  Vote:

    Judge Brown          Aye
    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Mrs. Wardin          Aye
    Mr. Ross             Aye
    Dr. Olmsted          Aye

Dr. Hartman presented a "Proposed Public Relations Programs for
the University of Nevada", as submitted to him September 12, 1939
by Mr. Thomas C. Wilson, to the Regents with recommendation that
this plan should not be undertaken at present, since Mr. Wilson
would expect a salary of $100 per month for his services.

Mr. Williams moved the adoption of the President's recommenda-
tion.  Carried unanimously.

Judge Brown submitted a letter of September 20, 1939 from At-
torney Charles A. Cantwell, who asked if the Regents would be
willing to administer the income of a trust fund (to be estab-
lished by a client of his) to further the conservation of bird
life in the State of Nevada.

Mr. Ross moved that the Regents would be glad to cooperate toward
the ends indicated in Mr. Cantwell's letter.  Carried unanimous-
ly.

It being the sense of the Board that we do have a real responsi-
bility in the matter, Mr. Ross moved that the fuel oil bill of
$72.50 for heating the training quarters, as presented by the
National Coal Company through Mr. Gorman to Mr. Harry Frost,
Chairman of the Board of Athletic Control, be referred to the
President and the Comptroller who, after due conference with
the Board of Athletic Control, shall decide the portion of this
bill which shall be paid by the University.  Carried unanimously.

Dr. Hartman read Graduate Manager Joe T. Mc Donnell's letters
of September 18 to the Board of Regents and to Mr. Ross, asking
that his duties in connection with his supervision of the Uni-
versity Gymnasium, the Mackay training quarters and the Mackay
Field, be specifically defined.

Mr. Ross moved that the President, in consultation with such
others as he may care to call in, be delegated to work out de-
tails and submit them to the Executive Committee, who have power
to approve the President's plan regarding the duties of the
Graduate Manager in the premises.  Carried unanimously.

Dr. Hartman read the letter of September 15, 1939 from Sheffield,
Iowa from President S. J. Galvin of the Association of Governing
Boards of State Universities and Allied Institutions in which he
invited the Regents to membership in his Association or, at
least to be represented at the meeting to be held in Austin,
Texas, October 26-28.  The communication was ordered placed on
file.

Dr. Hartman asked the Regents to give some thought to the follow-
ing 3 items of interest to him:

a.  Would it be feasible to charge students a fine for parking
    their automobiles on the Campus, the fines to be chargeable
    against their $10 general deposits?

b.  Would it be desirable to pay staff members on a 9-month basis
    and pay those who work 11 months extra for the 2 additional
    months of service?

c.  In place of the Public Relations program submitted by Tom
    Wilson, would it not be wise to place some University ad-
    vertising for several months each year in the newspapers of
    the State, beginning this service perhaps in April of next
    year, prior to the close of the high schools of the State?

On motion of Mr. Ross, the President was directed to attend the
annual meetings of the Association of State Universities and of
Land-Grant Colleges and Universities, to be held this year in
Washington, D. C. during the 3rd week of November.  And, if
possible, this year Dean Stewart should represent our College
of Agriculture at the Land-Grant College Conference.  Vote:

    Judge Brown          Aye
    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Mrs. Wardin          Aye
    Mr. Ross             Aye
    Dr. Olmsted          Aye

Mr. Ross requested the President to give some consideration to
the desirability and necessity of naming an Assistant to the
President, one who would be a general utility man, who could
represent him before different groups in the State, be a contact
man -- and advise the Board his judgment in the matter at some
subsequent meeting.

Mr. Ross will later name the date of the December meeting.

Adjourned.

                             Silas E. Ross
                             Chairman

Carolyn M. Beckwith
Secretary