10/02/1911

  

UCCSN Board of Regents' Meeting Minutes
October 2-3, 1911
 



10-02-1911
Volume OD - Pages 337-347

                         Reno, Nevada
                       October 2, 1911

The Regents met at their Office in Morrill Hall at 10 o'clock
A.M. Monday, October 2, 1911.  All members of the Board and
President Stubbs were present.

The minutes of all meetings held from June 13, 1911, were read,
and, upon motion, approved with the corrections as suggested by
President Stubbs in the minutes of June 13th relating to old
Musical building as follows:

    That the entire building be given to Superintendent Brown
    for his use.

The appointment of Wesley A. Lacey as Instructor of History
in the University High School at a salary of $100 per month,
vice Volwiller, appointed and not accepting, was approved.

President Stubbs read his report as follows:

To the Honorable
The Board of Regents
of the University of Nevada

Gentlemen:

The attendance this year shows a decided growth.  On the first
of October last year we had 174 students; this year we have 212
University students.  The increase in University students is 38,
or 21.5%.  On the first of October last year we had 82 High
School students; this year we have 76 High School students; or
a loss of 6 students, or 7.9%.

The number of Freshmen last year was 56; the number of Freshmen
this year is 75.  The number of Freshmen and Special Students
who became regular last year was 58; the number of Freshmen and
Special Students who will probably become regular this year is
86, an increase of 28 students or 48.3%.  This increase in the
entering class is a sure indication of a gradual but healthy
growth from now on.  The Regents can predict with reasonable
safety an attendance of 300 University students at the opening
of the year 1914.  When the University registers an actual at-
tendance of 300 students and the high schools of the State are
well equipped to do the work for their students, then the Uni-
versity High School can gradually be dropped off, perhaps a year
at a time, until only one year of the High School remains.  It
will probably be advantageous to maintain one year of the High
School for a number of years, for the reason that there is always
some preparatory work in the first year of the High School to
be done by College students.

THE NEW COURSE OF STUDY

It was to be expected that there would be some friction in ar-
ranging the new course of study, but on the whole the University
has done very well, and, by the end of this year, it will have
ironed out most of the wrinkles.  The arrangement of the courses,
I think, has justified itself, and in two or three years it will
be clearly seen that the changes have been in the line of sub-
stantial progress and will appeal to many students to come here
who could not have come under the old course of study.  The
College of Education is well started and will do good work.

All of the Schools and Colleges have received an increase of stu-
dents, except the Mining School, which has fallen off in the
number of entrance students.  This decrease in the number of
Mining students is common to every Mining School, or Mining De-
partment of a University, in the country.  Notwithstanding this,
the $1000 spent in advertising the Mackay Mining School was well
spent and its good effects will be seen in the future years.  Two
years ago we received 383 answers to our advertisement; this year
we have received 381 answers.  39 of the United States are repre-
sented and several foreign countries.  Among the answers that the
magazines brought us, the Saturday Evening Post leads.

COOPERATIVE LABORATORY

On the 19th instant Mr. Cameron of the Bureau of Soils, Depart-
ment of Agriculture, Mr. Free of the same Department, and Mr.
Gale, of the United States Geological Survey, and Professor
Young, met in my office.  The Bureau of Soils and the Geological
Survey are investigating the potassium resources in Nevada.
They thought it would be well to establish a cooperative Labor-
atory representing the Mackay Mining School, the Bureau of Soils
of the Department of Agriculture and the Geological Survey.  They
propose to give Professor Young the executive management of the
work and to employ at their own expense an analyst, and, if the
correspondence is very heavy, a stenographer.  They will pay all
of the expenses for chemicals, etc., and the University gives
them the Laboratory room.  This proposal was very agreeable to
us.  Professor Young was very willing to take executive charge of
the Laboratory and to give them room in the Mackay Mining build-
ing.  All reports will be made up in triplicate -- one for the
Mackay Mining School, one for the Bureau of Soils, and one for
the Geological Survey.  The general plan only awaits the approval
of the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agricul-
ture.  When it is received, the Laboratory will be established.

POULTRY ASSOCIATION

I have a letter addressed to the President and Board of Regents
from the Nevada State Poultry Association asking that the sub-
ject of poultry culture be added to the subjects of special
investigation and study in the Experiment Station and in the
College of Agriculture.  The request is a good one and should be
granted as soon as the Department of Agriculture and Animal Hus-
bandry can take care of it in the Experiment Station and the
College of Agriculture also can give it special attention for
its value to the students in that Department.

AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION

According to the action of the Association of Agricultural Col-
leges and Experiment Stations at Portland, the work is really
divided into three main divisions:  The Agricultural College;
Agricultural Extension; The Experiment Station.  A bill has been
introduced into the House of Representatives to establish Agri-
cultural Extension Departments in connection with Agricultural
Colleges and Experiment Stations.  This bill proposed "That in
order to aid in diffusing among the people of the United States
useful and practical knowledge in subjects connecting with Agri-
culture and Home Economics, there shall be established in the
Agricultural Colleges and Experiment Stations a Department of
Agricultural Extension to give instruction and demonstrations
in Agriculture, Home Economics, and similar lines of activity to
persons not resident in said Colleges in the several communities
as may be approved by the State accepting the provisions of this
Act, and to convey and impart to such persons information with
reference to the improvement of rural life.

"That for the purposes of paying the necessary expenses of main-
taining said Agricultural Extension Departments as hereinabove
described, and printing and disbursing information on Agriculture
and Home Economics, the sum of $15,000 shall be annually appro-
priated out of the money in the Treasury."

R. T. CRANE'S INDICTMENT OF THE UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES OF
THE COUNTRY

The Regents doubtless read a column or more published in all the
papers throughout the country setting forth the Universities,
as Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia and Cornell, were booze
resorts and that from 85% to 95% of the young men drank liquor
to excess, and that 15% of the young men went utterly to the bad.
The article was so intemperate and the figures so unjust that it
carried its own defense with it.

I took pains however to investigate the conditions in the Univer-
sity of Nevada somewhat carefully, and the resulting percentages
I embraced in the following dispatch to the papers:

    Have read R. T. Crane's indictment of Universities and Col-
    leges of the United States as booze resorts.  While, so far
    as the University of Nevada is concerned, I knew that these
    charges of drinking among students were wholly untrue, yet
    I have taken great pains to ascertain the percentages of
    students in the University of Nevada who were addicted to
    the use of intoxicating liquors.  We have at present 150
    young men in the University.  Of these, it is carefully and
    reliably estimated that at least 80% do not use malt or
    spirituous liquors in any form.  That 14 1/2% occasionally
    drink a glass of beer, but do not drink it habitually, and
    in no case use spirituous liquors.  It is estimated that
    6 1/2% of the students have at some time or other drunk
    liquors to excess on occasions when their enthusiasm over
    results of College teams has gotten the better of their
    judgment.  Even this small percent, however, have not formed
    the habit nor indulged in the use of liquors to excess except
    on the few occasions here mentioned.

    I think that 1/2 of 1% of the men of the University of Nevada
    represent the drinking that is referred to in Mr. Crane's
    indictment of the leading Colleges of the country.

RETIREMENT

According to the recommendation made to the Regents and adopted
by them, it was agreed that the age of retirement of the Presi-
dent, any Professor, Associate Professor, or Assistant Professor,
should take place at the age of 65.  This age basis is that
adopted by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teach-
ing.  Pursuant to this action, I would like to retire as Presi-
dent of the University of Nevada on March 19, 1915.

LEAVE OF ABSENCE

Since coming to the University more than 17 years ago, I have
given myself unremittingly to the advancement of the University
to the present time, without once taking a Sabbatic leave.  I
now ask the Regents to grant me a year of Sabbatic leave on full
pay beginning June 1, 1913.  I put this one year late, because
next year is the Legislative year and I think it best to be at
the University during the year in which the session of the
Legislature comes.

ADVERTISEMENT

Mr. Sam P. Davis and Mr. J. M. Reuck desire the Regents to take
a page advertisement in a special edition of 50,000 copies, or
more, which these gentlemen are going to publish about Christmas
Day or New Years Day.  The price at which they offer to take the
advertisement is $500.  I think Mr. Davis will be here in person
to present the matter to you.

WEIGHTS AND MEASURES

On the first of January, 1912, I want to put into effect the law
regarding the weights and measures.  In a prior report to the
Board of Regents I explained that the Bureau of Standards ad-
vised that to do this work effectively we should employ a man
who was strong in the subject of Physics and Electricity.  I
will nominate, at the proper time, Mr. Ellsworth R. Bennett,
whose record in the Department of Physics, Mathematics and Mining
is first class.  He will make a No. 1 man to carry out the prac-
tical work in regard to weights and masures.

THE DINING HALL

The management of the Dining Hall is left as it has been with one
exception.  The Office of Secretary-Treasurer has been divided
and Mr. C. H. Gorman has been made Treasurer, and received all
of the money on Board accounts and checks it out.  In other
respects the management is the same as it has been.  Richard
Brown is in charge and Carolyn M. Beckwith is Secretary.

SOIL FERTILITY

I have received a letter from the National Soil Fertility League
which says, "The object of this League is to secure largely in-
creased appropriations from the Federal and State Treasuries, to
enable Agricultural Colleges to begin extension and demonstration
work upon a moderately large scale, and to increase it from year
to year until every county of average size shall have trained
agriculturists to assist the farmers to understand and apply the
best methods of farming."  The League has no axes to grind, noth-
ing to sell, and no private interests to serve.

MONEY FROM THE STATE

I herewith submit, first, a letter which I wrote to the Honorable
C. H. Baker, and to which I have had no reply; also a letter to
the Honorable George Brodigan, from which I received the follow-
ing reply.  The Board will see from Brodigan's reply that some
of the claims have been sent to the Attorney General for his
opinion, and some others have not been passed upon by reason of
the absence of some members of the Board, but he failed to tell
me that which I asked, namely, what claims had not been passed
upon, and which ones had been held up by the Board.  Sometime
this week I am going to Carson and get a list of the unpaid
claims, both those in the hands of the Board of Examiners and
those in the hands of the Attorney General, upon which the Board
of Examiners has asked for an opinion.

GRADING OF THE DAM

The Reno Construction Company, by Harry Stewart, Manager, says
they will put on enough teams and men this week to finish the
dam right up.  The extra grading I arranged with the Reno Con-
struction Company to do at a cost of $6 for the team and man
per day, instead of $7.50, which they wished to charge, plus
15% for managing the work.  I have asked our Engineer to give
attention to the grading of the land in front of the embankment
of the dam, extending from Virginia Street on the west to the
road leading into the University grounds from Center Street on
the east.  Do the Regents think that a covering of 6 inches of
good soil over the land, this covering to be 6 inches higher
than Ninth Street, would be sufficient for the grass and shrubs
that we are planning to put out?  I think there is no reason why
the grass should not be put in as soon as the grading is done
and the good soil placed upon the land.

I have arranged with the Southern Pacific Company to give us the
good soil without expense from their land west of Mrs. Chism's
ranch.  On Friday last, I called upon Mrs. Chism and asked per-
mission to go through her land to get the soil, and she gracious-
ly gave permission provided the University would keep the roadway
wet while we were hauling out the soil, and would put the bridges
in good repair, and restore the hollows made by taking away the
soil by scraping into them some of the nearby soil.  To all of
which I agreed.

BOOKKEEPING

The Secretary of the Board of Regents is keeping and has kept
the account of the University with the State Funds, the Agri-
cultural and Mechanical College Funds, the Hatch and Adams Funds,
and all other accounts, in a most admirable way, as the report
which I shall read to you shows.  But there is a detailed account
kept with the Departments of the University that his books never
touch.  The President some years since undertook to correct this
by keeping a report of the Departments under the charge of one
of his Secretaries.  The whole matter however, has grown so large
that it was very evident that we needed a good Bookkeeper and
Accountant, to keep these accounts with the different Depart-
ments, and through whose hands were made all of the requisitions
by Departments, who examined the bills and, in short, kept an
accurate and detailed statement of the accounts with the Uni-
versity Departments, and this is no light task.  I have, in
pursuance with the wishes of the Board of Regents, given Mr.
Gorman entire charge of these detailed accounts of the Depart-
ments of the University, and, through his office the issuance
of requisitions to the Heads of Departments, etc.  I have author-
ized him to get a set of loose leaf ledgers so that he can keep
these accounts with accuracy and with system.

The Board of Regents requested some time since that I lay before
them a detailed statement of the expenditures by Departments,
based upon my annual report, and we have been most diligent in
arranging the accounts so as to lay before the Board this state-
ment.  Within a day or two I have found that the report was very
incomplete.  Therefore, I beg the indulgence of the Board for
another month, when I expect to be able to lay before them a
carefully prepared statement, such as they requested.

THE COURSES OF STUDY IN THE COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCE

The request that I am now making was passed upon at an informal
meeting of the Board, but I make it now so that the whole Board
may consider it.  The request is this:  That the Regents instruct
the President of the University to make a report about the first
of April, 1912, in regard to the working of the course of study
adopted last year for the College of Arts and Science.  The Pres-
ident, of course, could do this without referring it to the Board
of Regents, but he wishes their special authority for obvious
reasons.  That the adoption of this course was in the line of
progress, I think there is no doubt, and, in part at least, our
increase in attendance is attributable to the breadth of the
courses thus outlined.  It may be, however, that it will need
some further revision, and I want the report, which I shall make
very carefully, to constitute the basis for this revision.  This
report will come to the Regents after the faculty has considered
the changes that may be suggested in this course of study.  I
have had two complaints from members of the faculty about the
application of the course, claiming that the Committee on Regis-
tration were unjust in their demands of the students.  Thinking
that this was possibly the case, I took up the matter very care-
fully with all the parties concerned and smoothed out the ap-
parent difficulty.  At the same time, I informed the parties
making the complaint that there was no intentional injustice to
their Departments.

STONE FOR THE ELECTRICAL BUILDING

One week ago last Saturday I received a telegram in answer to
mine from the Furst-Kerber Cut Stone Company that they were ship-
ping the stone on Monday, September 25.  I had instructed them
more than a month since to ship over the direct line of the Union
Pacific and Southern Pacific, and as soon as I got word I asked
Mr. Fulton to telegraph to Mr. Neimeyer, General Agent of the
Union and Southern Pacific, to look after the carload of stone
and rush it right through, as our building was delayed on account
of not having the stone.  To my amazement, I found that the Stone
Company had shipped it by the Santa Fe, and the Denver and Rio
Grande.  It is clearly within our rights to dictate the routing
and I sent two sharp dispatches to the Cut Stone Company, the
last one saying that they could either ship the stone the way we
directed, or they could cancel the order.

I fancy the stone will be delayed a week in coming by the Santa
Fe and Denver and Rio Grande.  The stone should have been here
by Wednesday, the 4th of October.

                             Very truly yours,

                             J. E. Stubbs
                             President

Upon motion of Regent Williams, seconded by Regent Henderson,
the Regents agreed to take one page in the Greater Nevada of
50,000 copies, at a cost of $500, the University to furnish
matter for the magazine, 100 copies to be furnished the Univer-
sity without cost.

Motion of Regent Williams, seconded by Regent Henderson, that
the matter of the Mining School as recommended in President
Stubbs' report, be approved.

Motion of Dr. Reid, seconded by Regent Henderson, poultry matter
recommended by President Stubbs approved.

Motion of Henderson, seconded by Williams, recommendation of
President Stubbs relating to Arts and Science approved, and
report asked for early in 1912.

Regent Williams submitted the following report of his visit to
eastern Colleges:

                                            October 2, 1911

To the Honorable
The Board of Regents
of the University of Nevada

Gentlemen:

In compliance with the wishes of the Board, I have, during my
recent trip to New England, studied the administrative and
financial methods of several Colleges in that section with a
view to comparing their methods with ours in the University of
Nevada.

The Colleges visited were the Massachusetts Institutes of Tech-
nology in Boston; the Tuft's College in Medford, Massachusetts;
the Massachusetts Agricultural College and the Amherst College in
Amherst, Massachusetts; the New Hampshire Agricultural College at
Durham, New Hampshire; and the Dartmouth College at Hanover, New
Hampshire.  These are Colleges of the smaller type, though the
attendance is from 300 to 1200 regular students.  In addition to
a study of these Colleges, I have, by reading and inquiry, sought
to inform myself regarding educational methods throughout the
East.

In this section State Universities do not occupy as prominent a
position, relatively, as in our western states.  The majority
of eastern Colleges are individual or corporate institutions,
independent of state support or control.  They are maintained
largely by yearly earnings of irreducible endowments from private
benefactors.

Such funds are invested by the Boards of Control with no restric-
tions whatsoever, except that of State Laws relative to the in-
vestment of trust funds.

A large portion of these endowments is invested in railroad and
other industrial securities.  In some instances, endowments come
to these Colleges in these forms, and with restrictions, and
even prohibitions, as to their sale.  The net earnings of these
investments in the Colleges which I visited average about 5%.
The Dartmouth College has used a portion of its endowment to
build and maintain student dormitories, and the rentals are so
adjusted as to yield a fair income on the money so invested.

I find that the work required of teachers, leaves of absence
allowed, etc., are about the same as in our University.  The
smaller eastern Colleges pay about the same salaries as in the
University of Nevada for Assistant and Full Professorships, but
considerably less to Instructors.  The clerical help allowed in
the Library and Administrative Departments is about the same as
in our University, though the wages paid are about 1/3 less.

The Alumni Associations of old, established Colleges in the East
are strong supporters, financially and morally, of their respec-
tive Colleges, and their recommendations carry much weight in
the shaping of College policy.  Quite frequently, members of the
Alumni serve on the Boards of Control.

The methods of making purchases, and disbursing money therefor,
are much the same as those recently introduced in our University.
The system employed at the Agricultural College of New Hampshire
works especially well, and I believe it can be applied here where
not already in use.

I find that the necessary expenses of students is less in the
University of Nevada than in any of the 6 Colleges above men-
tioned.  Opportunities for student employment are about the same
here as there, although those -- the old established Colleges --
have a few more scholarships to offer students.  In none of them
did I find room rent as low, and board is a little higher.  Lab-
oratory and other fees are fully as high as with us.  In addition
to this, all privately endowed Colleges charge a tuition averag-
ing over $100 per year.  Even the state supported Colleges charge
some tuition of students from without the state, while a student
can enter the University of Nevada from anywhere on earth without
paying any tuition.

A study of the entrance requirements and courses of study shows
that our University maintains practically the same standard, and
is giving as thorough and up-to-date instruction as the eastern
Colleges.

The cost of maintaining our University is somewhat higher, per
pupil, than in the Colleges which I visited.  This is due partly
to the higher prices for service of all kinds in Nevada, but
more to the fact that ours is an educational institution of many
Departments.  With but 300 students it follows that we must main-
tain many classes with but few pupils in them.  This requires a
relatively large teaching force.  It is not feasible to have a
teacher give instruction in two or more entirely different De-
partments, nor is this attempted anywhere in first class Col-
leges.

If our University had 50% more students, it would require but
very little increase in our teaching force, and the cost per
pupil would be materially reduced.  This we can reasonably hope
for, as our State population continues to increase.

The State of Nevada is supporting our University with a liberal-
ity, in proportion to its resources, unequalled by any other
state in the Union.  We are as liberal in our disbursements as
any of the eastern Colleges of our size and standing, and we
should be careful of our Mackay Endowment, and our State and
Federal appropriations, and ready to consider any combinations
whereby our resources may be conserved.

                             Respectfully submitted,

                             Frank Williams
                             Regent

The following claims were allowed:

                           State Fund

    Payrolls
        Regular for Support of University            $3476.95
        Student                                        232.22
        Improvement of Grounds                         175.00
        Regents Fund                                   125.00
        Electrical Building and Equipment              154.00
        State Hygienic Laboratory                      274.50
        Food and Drug Control                          375.00
        University High School                         685.00

    Claims for Support of University
        American Breeders Association                $  20.00
        Edward G. Allen                                  7.67
        American Clydesdale Association                 25.00
        American Historical Association                  3.00
        William J. Gerhard                              17.41
        A. C. Mc Clury & Co.                           347.75
        Physical Review                                 54.00
        F. George Reed                                  28.21
        Scientific American                             96.00
        F. C. Stechert Co.                               3.25
        G. E. Stechert                                   5.96
        Luther Tucker and Sons                          45.00
        Allyn and Bacon                                  1.36
        Braun-Knecht-Heimann                            59.49
        J. R. Bradley Company                           87.78
        J. E. Cowell                                   193.90
        Daniels and Steinmetz                          413.55
        A. W. Holmes                                    20.00
        J. C. Jones                                    135.50
        Harry Kelly                                     81.00
        A. Lane and Co.                                 30.00
        Landslow Fowler Co.                             18.00
        J. A. Mc Dermott                               284.67
        Nevada State Journal                            12.00
        Nevada Engineering Works                         6.25
        A. F. Neidt                                     97.50
        Nevada Transfer Company                         14.50
        Nevada Hardware and Supply Company             646.67
        Nevada Vacuum Cleaning Company                  20.95
        Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Company           58.00
        Pierson Mill and Lumber                         88.15
        Reno Plumbing and Heating Company               52.35
        Reno Wallpaper and Paint                       162.99
        Reno Mill and Lumber                            30.20
        Reno Mercantile Company                         12.88
        Reno Ice Delivery                                5.15
        Reno Power Light and Water Co.                 264.25
        J. D. Scrugham                                  29.30
        Raymond Spencer                                 18.00
        C. H. Stoelting Co.                            360.77
        A. G. Spalding                                  16.70
        Gordon H. True                                  11.00
        University Revolving Fund                      219.77
        Union Lumber Co.                                89.42
        Washoe Wood and Coal                            70.00
        White Co.                                      166.63
        Reno Construction Co.  (Improvement of Grounds)881.57
        Nevada Hardware & Supply Co. (Electrical Bldg.) 10.10
        E. A. Brainerd, Sup. (Experiment Station)       38.30
        Highland Dairy Farm (Experiment Station)        66.00
        W. M. Clark (Experiment Station)                68.00
        Reno Mercantile Co. (Experiment Station)        40.10
        Braun-Knecht-Heimann (Food and Drug)             1.00
        Reno Printing Co. (Food and Drug)                4.25
        Raymond Spencer (Food and Drug)                  9.00
        White Company (Food and Drug)                    5.50
        University Revolving Fund (Food and Drug)      268.80
        University Revolving Fund (Weights & Measures)   1.50
        Nevada Hardware & Supply Co. (State Hygienic Lab)2.40
        White Company                                    4.00
        University Revolving Fund                       10.25
        Reno Mercantile Co.                              2.10
                                    Total            $5844.80

                          A & M Fund

    University Revolving Fund                        $ 188.71
    Ashcroft Manufacturing Co.                         100.00
    James G. Biddle                                    138.56
    Bausch & Lomb                                       74.49
    Braun-Knecht-Heimann                               315.66
    Braun-Knecht-Heimann                                 3.60
    Babcock and Wilcox Co.                            1722.00
    Eimer and Amend                                    493.69
    Edison Storage Batter Co.                          120.00
    Fairbanks Morse Co.                                526.29
    Frederick Post Company                               8.26
    C. H. Stoelting co.                                  3.60
    Sierra Construction Co.                             43.50
    Eston Electric Co.                                 102.00
    Charles H. Ward Laboratories                       212.00
                                    Total            $4052.36

    Payroll                                          $2912.15

                      MACKAY INSTRUCTION FUND

    Payroll                                          $ 400.00

No further business appearing, the Board adjourned to meet at
the call of the Chairman.

                             A. A. Codd
                             Chairman

Geo. H. Taylor
Secretary