10/02/1943

 UCCSN Board of Regents' Meeting Minutes

October 2-3, 1943 



10-02-1943
Volume 5 - Pages 373-388

                       REGENTS MEETING
                       October 2, 1943

The meeting was called to order by Chairman Ross at 2:20 P.M.
Present:  Regents Ross, Wardin, Sirkegian, Sheerin and Acting
President Gorman.

Mrs. Wardin moved that the minutes of the last meeting, September
1, 1943, be approved.

    Mrs. Wardin          Aye
    Mr. Sirkegian        Aye
    Mr. Ross             Aye
    Mr. Sheerin          Aye

The Comptroller presented September claims for approval as fol-
lows:  Regents List No. 3, Checks Nos. 34-34 to 34-51 for a total
of $78,303.12; State List No. 3, Claims Nos. 34-035 to 34-047 for
a total of $25,972.89.

    Mrs. Wardin          Aye
    Mr. Sirkegian        Aye
    Mr. Ross             Aye
    Mr. Sheerin          Aye

Change signature cards were signed covering Board of Regents de-
posits in bank:  S. E. Ross as Chairman, Anna H. Wardin as Vice
Chairman and C. H. Gorman as Comptroller.  Two signatures are
necessary for withdrawals; Chairman or Vice Chairman and Comp-
troller.  Statement was signed by Chairman Ross certifying to
First National Bank the President of the University of Nevada
is ex-officio Trustee of the David Russell Estate as provided
in the will of David Russell.

Matters which had been approved by the Executive Committee upon
recommendation of the Acting President during the month of Sep-
tember were as follows:

a.  Inasmuch as Miss Sameth's Physical Education classes had been
    taken out of the old Gymnasium, arrangements were made with
    the Reno School authorities for Miss Sameth to hold her
    classes in the Northside Junior High School gymnasium from 8
    to 10 A.M. Mondays through Fridays and transportation was
    arranged with the Reno School Bus Company at $2 per trip, two
    trips per day, amounting to $20 per week to get the students
    to and from the Campus.  Insurance has been arranged by the
    Bus Company to cover University students.

b.  Mrs. Ruth Ferris was employed to take one section of English
    at $40 per month, also 1 section of English, formerly taught
    by Mrs. Benson at $40 per month, for a total of $80 per month
    for 9 months while school is in session.

c.  Mrs. Andrew Rice, Ph. D., was appointed to teach Nutrition
    and Dietetics at $700 per year, 26 students and Miss Virginia
    Carroll was appointed to teach Child Development at $700 per
    year, 21 students; both in the Department of Home Economics.
    It had been arranged in the Spring that these Instructors
    would be appointed if the Fall registration justified.

d.  Authorized necessary expenditures to repair and renovate
    S. A. E., A. T. O. and Lamba Chi Alpha Houses with a cost
    as follows:

        Sigma Alpha Epsilon House                 $  919.00
        Alpha Tau Omega House                      1,330.00
        Lamba Chi Alpha House                        759.78

e.  Mrs. Benson, Dean of Women, is seriously ill and may be un-
    able to resume her duties for some time.  Mrs. Addenbrooke,
    who had been employed at $100 per month plus board to super-
    vise the Dining Room at the A. T. O. House, has resigned on
    account of serious illness.  Mrs. Alice B. Marsh was appoint-
    ed Acting Dean of Women and Supervisor of Women's Dining Hall
    at the A. T. O. House.  The matter of additional compensation
    is to be submitted for approval of the Board later.

f.  F. W. Wilson was named Acting Dean of Agriculture.  His sal-
    ary was set at $400 per month in accordance with a rule of
    the Regents setting salaries of Deans at that amount.  In
    accordance with the same rule the salary of Dean S. G. Palmer
    was increased from $375 to $400 per month and the salary of
    Dean F. W. Traner was increased from $375 to $400 per month,
    effective September 1, 1943.

Mr. Sheerin moved that action of the Executive Committee in the
foregoing matters be approved.

    Mrs. Wardin          Aye
    Mr. Sirkegian        Aye
    Mr. Ross             Aye
    Mr. Sheerin          Aye

Upon recommendation of Mrs. Marsh, Acting President recommended
that Miss Ethel Dixon of the Physical Eduction Department for
Women act as Supervisor of the 16 women students living in the
Lamba Chi Alpha House and that she be paid $70 per month, $40 of
this sum to be paid by her for room and board.  Mrs. Wardin moved
that the recommendation be approved.

    Mrs. Wardin          Aye
    Mr. Sirkegian        Aye
    Mr. Ross             Aye
    Mr. Sheerin          Aye

Authority was asked for the expenditure of $350 to make changes
in the old Gymnasium so that the main part of the building will
be directly connected with the showers and lockers in the base-
ment to accommodate the Army Specialized Training Detachment as
recommended by Major Howard, Dr. Martie and Dean Wood.  These
changes are part of the program that was approved for remodelling
the old Gymnasium when it was assigned to the R. O. T. C.  Mr.
Sirkegian moved that authority be given for this expenditure.

    Mrs. Wardin          Aye
    Mr. Sirkegian        Aye
    Mr. Ross             Aye
    Mr. Sheerin          Aye

Authority was asked for the expenditure of $1000 to cover cost
of laying 1/2 inch screenings in the area east of the new Gym-
nasium to take it passable in wet weather, also to gravel the
approach to the fire hydrant located north of the athletic field.
It is expected that the City of Reno will loan its grading equip-
ment to the University for this work.  Mr. Sheerin moved that
authority be given for this expenditure.

    Mrs. Wardin          Aye
    Mr. Sirkegian        Aye
    Mr. Ross             Aye
    Mr. Sheerin          Aye

Authority was asked for the expenditure of $100 for The Alumnus
publication, October 1943 issue, which will cover cost of an ad
for the University and 100 copies of the issue.  Mr. Sirkegian
moved that this amount be approved.

    Mrs. Wardin          Aye
    Mr. Sirkegian        Aye
    Mr. Ross             Aye
    Mr. Sheerin          Aye

Authority was asked for the expenditure of $500 for the installa-
tion of equipment and change in seating arrangement in the lec-
ture room of the Home Economics Department, subject to the ap-
proval of the Departments of Botany and Biology, and the Dean of
Agriculture, to make possible a program on the conservation of
food as planned last Spring by the Department of Home Economics.
Equipment has already been purchased.  Mrs. Wardin moved that
authority be given for this expenditure.

    Mrs. Wardin          Aye
    Mr. Sirkegian        Aye
    Mr. Ross             Aye
    Mr. Sheerin          Aye

Acting President recommended that the salary of Miss Swift as
Head of the Department of Home Economics be increased from $3200
to $3300, effective September 1, 1943, in accordance with an
agreement which Miss Swift had with Dr. Hartman when she accepted
the position here that her salary would be increased eventually
to $3600 per year.  Mrs. Wardin moved that the Board approve this
recommendation.

    Mrs. Wardin          Aye
    Mr. Sirkegian        Aye
    Mr. Ross             Aye
    Mr. Sheerin          Aye

Acting President recommended that the matter of research at the
University as outlined in the letter of Sigma Xi dated October
1, 1943 be approved as follows:

1.  That a committee on research be appointed to consist of:
    W. D. Billings, E. M. Beesley, Ralph A. irwin, C. R. Hicks,
    George W. Sears.

2.  That the personnel of this committee may be changed at any
    time by the Acting President as circumstances may require.

3.  That the committee be made a standing committee and be pub-
    lished in the University catalogue.

4.  That no project in research be commenced without the approval
    of the group.

5.  That the expenditure of $250, or as much thereof as may be
    necessary, be authorized for the period ending June 30, 1944.

6.  That this money is to be spent on requisition of the Chairman
    of the committee.

The following projects are contemplated during the period ending
June 30, 1944:

P. G. Auchampaugh - for photostats of political
    correspondence written during the administration
    of Polk                                               $ 25
E. W. Lowrance - for thermoregular and glassware to
    be used in study of effect of temperature on de-
    velopment of earwig eggs                                25
Austin E. Hutcheson - for photostats of correspondence
    in study of silver policy in Nevada history             20
W. D. Billings - for an Assistant to make chemical
    analysis of altered andesitic soils in investi-
    gation of effects of these soils on plant growth        25
Anatole G. Mazour - for library work and books in the
    study of Russian social thought of the 19th century     20
Loring R. Williams - for Technical Assistant in reduc-
    tion of magnesium ore                                   30
George W. Sears - for Technical Assistant in the develop-
    ment of colorimetric indicator in industrial process    30
Research Committee - for purchase of published articles
    written by faculty members, mailing costs of such
    reprints, and to cover additional publications until
    June 30, 1944                                           75
                             Total                        $250

Mr. Sheerin moved that the recommendation as presented be ap-
proved by the Board.

    Mrs. Wardin          Aye
    Mr. Sirkegian        Aye
    Mr. Ross             Aye
    Mr. Sheerin          Aye

Chairman Ross asked to be excused to attend to personal business.
Mrs. Anna H. Wardin, Vice Chairman, presiding.

Acting President recommended that Mrs. Alice B. Marsh be paid an
additional $100 per month effective September 1, 1943.  This ad-
ditional compensation is for work as Acting Dean of Women vice
Mrs. Benson and Supervisor of Women's Dining Hall in the A. T. O.
House vice Mrs. Addenbrooke.  This payment of $100 per month is
to continue for the 9 months of the school year.  Mr. Sirkegian
moved that the recommendation be approved.

    Mrs. Wardin          Aye
    Mr. Sirkegian        Aye
    Mr. Sheerin          Aye

The Orr Ditch flume at the west end of the tramway is so narrow
that it creates a bottleneck, backing up the water with likely
damage to property west of Virginia Street.  This entrance to
the flume should be widened.  Acting President recommended that
the Comptroller be authorized and directed to get estimates on
the cost of this improvement and that the work be done as soon
as water is taken out of the ditch and that the Executive Commit-
tee be authorized to approve an expenditure of not to exceed $750
for this work, on approval of the plans and estimates.  Mr.
Sheerin moved that the recommendation be approved.

    Mrs. Wardin          Aye
    Mr. Sirkegian        Aye
    Mr. Sheerin          Aye

Comptroller presented an analysis of the salary roll of the staff
of the University showing savings to the University General Fund
due to:  (a)  faculty members on leave, and (b)  allocation of
salaries of faculty members to Army contracts.

Acting President reported that the securities belonging to the
David Russell Fund had been transferred to him as Acting Presi-
dent on September 30, 1943, in accordance with the provisions of
the will of David Russell making the President of the University
Executor of the Will and Trustee of the Fund.  A detailed list
of the securities found in the safety deposit box follows:

 1.  $6,000 p. v. U. S. A. Treasury 2 3/4% Bonds of 1951-54,
            Nos. 86406F, 68348J, 68351A, 68352B, 68353C and
            68354D for $1,000 p. v. each, with June 15, 1943
            cpn and s. c. a.

     $3,000 p. v. U. S. A. Treasury 2 3/4% Bonds of 1951-54,
            Nos. 69029K, 69030L and 68648J for $1,000 p. v.
            each, with June 15, 1943 cpn and s. c. a.

 2.  $1,000 p. v. Republic of Bolivia 7% External Secured Gold
            bond, due 1958, No. M9117, with January 1, 1931
            cpn and s. c. a.

 3.  $5,000 p. v. Republic of Chili 20-year 7% External Loan
            Sinking Fund Gold Bonds, due 1942, Nos. M5469,
            M5470, M11965, M11966 and M13307 for $1,000 p. v.
            each, with November 1, 1939 cpn and s. c. a.

 4.  $7,000 p. v. Republic of Chile 6% External Sinking Fund Gold
            Bonds, due 1961, Nos. M1489, M1490, M5349, M6182,
            M23767, M23768 and M5350 for $1,000 p. v. each, with
            August 1, 1938 cpn and s. c. a.

 5.  $3,000 p. v. Commonwealth of Australia External Loan of 1925
            30-year, 5% Gold Bonds, due 1955, Nos. M40030 and
            M19513 for $1,000 p. v. each, with July 15, 1943 cpn
            and s. c. a.

 6.  Certificate No. 148 for 40 shs. of the Colonial Hotel Com-
            pany Capital Stock registered in the name of the
            "President of the University of Nevada and/or his
            successors in office, Trustee".

 7.  Certificate No. 444 for 104 shares of The Realization Com-
            pany Class A Stock, registered in the name of Est.
            David Russell.

 8.  Trust Agreement duly executed by Charles Elmer Clough per-
            taining to the Charles E. Clough Scholarship and
            sundry papers in connection therewith.

 9.  Copy of the Last Will and Testiment of David B. Russell and
            a copy of the Decree of Distribution of the Estate
            of David B. Russell.

10.  Miscellaneous letters, papers, receipts and bank statements
            all pertaining to the Estate of David Russell.

The present estimated value of the David Russell securities is
as follows:

    $ 9,000 p. v. U. S. Treasury Bonds               $ 9,000
      1,000 p. v. Republic of Boliva, due 1958           200
      5,000 p. v. Republic of Chile (matured in 1942) No Value
      7,000 p. v. Republic of Chile, due 1961          1,400
      3,000 p. v. Australia Bonds, due 1956            2,400
    $25,000                                          $13,000

Acting President recommended that, subject to the opinion of
Regent Mc Namee as to the legal question involved, this bequest
be carried in the University Controller's books and that all
future investments be made in accordance with the restrictions
provided for the investment of State Funds.  Mr. Sirkegian moved
that the recommendation be approved.

    Mrs. Wardin          Aye
    Mr. Sirkegian        Aye
    Mr. Sheerin          Aye

Acting President discussed the legal questions involved in the
present method of paying faculty members in 12 monthly install-
ments.  Under present arrangements, with the University opening
in September and monthly payments beginning in July, faculty
members receive salary checks for the months of July and August
before they have rendered any service to the University.  This
constitutes payment in advance.  Both Federal and State laws pro-
hibit payments in advance.  Federal funds are appropriated for
fiscal years July 1 to June 30.  The faculty members render serv-
ice to the University from September 1 to May 31.  If the monthly
installments begin in September, the 11th and 12th payments, viz.
July and August of the ensuing year, are paid from appropriations
for a different fiscal year from that in which the service was
rendered.  10 monthly installments beginning in September and
ending in June would enable the University to pay for services
as rendered and out of funds appropriated for the particular
fiscal year in which services are rendered, and would also
enable us to avoid payments in advance.

The only objection to paying the yearly salaries in 10 install-
ments is that it is a hardship for the faculty members to go two
months without a salary check.  Acting President suggested that
the Regents give this matter due consideration and bring it up
for discussion and decision at a later meeting.

Acting President presented a schedule of salaries paid the facul-
ty, showing the degree held by each member of the faculty, his
yearly salary and the date of his entering the service.  In the
Spring of 1943 when the $7,500 granted by the Legislature for in-
creases in the lower salaries was allocated, some of the inequal-
ities in the salary roll were adjusted.  There are still a number
of inequalities existing which should be adjusted not later than
July 1, 1944, and if possible on January 1, 1944 in order to
remove one of the serious complaints or criticisms of the Admin-
istration.  Acting President called the attention of the Regents
to the lack of any definite program or plan of advancement either
in rank or salary for members of the faculty.  Acting President
recommended that a study of the salary roll be made and that a
report and recommendation be presented to the Regents at the next
meeting for their consideration.

Regent Sheerin suggested that it would be helpful if an agenda of
the matters to be presented to the Board at any meeting could be
sent to the members of the Board several days in advance of the
meeting.  Acting President suggested that that would be done and
stated further that in his opinion the Regents should not be
asked to decide important questions at the meeting in which they
were first presented.

Acting President gave a resume of the report of Director Harold
Brown of the Summer Sessions for 1943.  The report showed that
the Sessions cost the University about $500 above receipts and
that the enrollment at the 6-week Session was 114 and the enroll-
ment at the 12-week Session was 47.  The question was raised as
to whether the fees for the 12-week session should be the same
as for a regular semester.

Upon the recommendation of the Acting President, Mr. Sheerin
moved that the Acting President be authorized and directed to
execute a bond in the sum of $12,276.75 in favor of the United
States of America to cover government property in connection
with the Department of Military Science and Tactics now in the
custody of the University of Nevada, in accordance with the
request of the United States military authorities.

    Mrs. Wardin          Aye
    Mr. Sirkegian        Aye
    Mr. Sheerin          Aye

In checking the contents of safety deposit box No. 630 a certifi-
cate for 40 shares of the Colonial Hotel Company of Reno was
found, registered in the name of "President of Nevada and/or his
successors in office, Trustee".  Acting President recommended
that, subject to the opinion of Regent Mc Namee concerning the
legal question involved, the Comptroller be authorized and di-
rected to have this certificate registered in the name of the
Board of Regents of the University of Nevada and that the account
be carried on the books of the Comptroller.  Mr. Sirkegian moved
that the recommendation be approved.

    Mrs. Wardin          Aye
    Mr. Sirkegian        Aye
    Mr. Sheerin          Aye

Sometime ago the Regents authorized the purchase of a piece of
property from Mrs. Adele O. Rickard at $1,000.  The Regents
agreed to give Mrs. Rickard a 30-foot right of way over Univer-
sity property so that she would have access to the rear of her
property.  It will be necessary to remove the curb on Virginia
Street and to gravel the dirt approach to Mrs. Rickard's proper-
ty.  This right of way is part of the proposed road on the pres-
ent north line of the University property.  Acting President
recommended that Mr. Mc Namee be asked to draw up the proper
agreement for this right of way and that the Chairman of the
Board be authorized to sign same.  Mr. Sirkegian moved that the
recommendation be approved.

    Mrs. Wardin          Aye
    Mr. Sirkegian        Aye
    Mr. Sheerin          Aye

Chairman Ross presiding.

Acting President presented list of students for graduation as
recommended by the faculty at its meeting on August 28, 1943 and
recommended that they be granted the indicated degrees and di-
plomas, also that diplomas be issued and delivered as soon as
possible.

    COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCE

    Bachelor of Arts

        Dixie Joan Davis                Ethel B. Mc Guire
        Hazel Eather                    Otto Oshida
        Doris Rice Ham                  Alyce La Mar Savage
        June Julian

    COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE

    Bachelor of Science in Agriculture

        Alfred Leroy Talcott

    COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

    Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering

        George Raymond Homer            Nye Woodrow Tognoni

Mr. Sirkegian moved that the list be approved as read.

    Mrs. Wardin          Aye
    Mr. Sirkegian        Aye
    Mr. Sheerin          Aye
    Mr. Ross             Aye


For the information of the Board, the Acting President reported
as follows:

(a)  Letter from Denver Dickerson commenting favorably on the
     creation of a Department of Journalism.

(b)  Letters of sympathy on the death of Dr. Hartman.

(c)  Letter from Bell Telephone Company of New York enclosing
     $72.60 for the purchase of Physics books in honor of Dr.
     L. W. Hartman by friends of his son, Paul, and the Acting
     President's response thereto.

(d)  Letter from Senator James G. Scrugham regarding gift of
     books on the Civil War by George Wagoner of St. Louis,
     Missouri.

(e)  Letter of Chairman Ross asking the faculty for their ideas
     concerning the qualifications of the new President.  Re-
     sponses from the faculty to this letter were delivered to
     Chairman Ross, October 2nd.

(f)  Program of memorial exercises to be held in the Educational
     Auditorium on Sunday, October 3rd.

(g)  Tetsno Nojima, aged 23, born in Japan and now working in a
     laundry in Elko was refused admission to Mining Engineering
     on Regents' regulation of May 9, 1942, viz., "no further
     matriculation be permitted of persons of Japanese birth or
     ancestry, unless born in the State of Nevada."

(h)  Mr. Barski, employed in the U. S. Bureau of Mines, was ex-
     cused from non-resident tuition fee on recommendation of
     Dean S. G. Palmer because of special conditions surrounding
     his case.

(i)  Comptroller reported receipt of 1250 shares of Standard
     Brands common stock.  This represents 1 share of new stock
     for 4 shares of old stock, and this exchange was authorized
     by the Board of Regents.

(j)  A written report of the Puffinbarger case was mailed to each
     member of the Board of Regents on September 7, 1943.

(k)  Notice regarding exclusion of all students from the Campus
     between the hours of 6:30 P.M. and 7:00 A.M. in the interest
     of war time military discipline was presented.

Gardella Ranch and Goodfellow Will was discussed.

The meeting adjourned at 5:20 P.M. with the understanding that
the next meeting will be at the call of the Chair.