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UCCSN Board of Regents' Meeting Minutes
October 7-8, 1899








10-07-1899

Volume OC - Pages 181-182



                         Reno, Nevada

                       October 7, 1899



The Board of Regents met at their Office at 7:30 o'clock P.M.,

Saturday, October 7, 1899.  Present:  W. E. F. Deal, J. N. Evans

and H. S. Starrett.



Minutes of June 10 and August 21 read and approved.



President Stubbs presented his report touching on matters con-

nected with the University and Experiment Station as follows:



                     NEVADA STATE UNIVERSITY



                                           PRESIDENT'S OFFICE

                                           October 7, 1899



To the Honorable the Board of Regents:



Gentlemen:



I have the honor herewith to submit a partial report for the

month of September.  It is my purpose this year to prepare a re-

port at the end of each calendar month, covering the operations

of all Departments of the University, in order that the Regents

may be fully advised regarding the life and progress of the

University.  This present report is only partial and is to be

followed by a complete report within a few days.



 1.  The University opened for admission to students Tuesday,

     August 29th, and recitations were begun in all Departments

     Monday, September 4th.



 2.  Professor L. W. Cushman of the Department of English and

     Associate Professor G. F. Blessing of the School of Mechan-

     ical Engineering entered upon their duties at the beginning

     of the term.  With the approval of the Board, Instructor

     Anna H. Martin of the Department of History was granted a

     leave of absence for purposes of study for a period of two

     years, and Miss Jeanne Elizabeth Wier of Stanford University

     was appointed Acting Instructor.



 3.  The total enrollment of students is two hundred and seventy

     three.  Of these, one hundred and fifty nine are in the

     University Schools -- eighty men and seventy nine women.

     In the Preparatory Schools the total enrollment is one

     hundred and fourteen -- fifty eight men and fifty six women.



 4.  The work and life of the University for the month have been

     quite satisfactory.  The Professors report a studious spirit

     among their students.  The interest in Athletics continues

     and the organization of Athletics among the students is bet-

     ter than hitherto.  This being the season for foot-ball,

     from thirty to forty young men may be found on the foot-ball

     field every evening.  The Athletic Association has employed

     a Coach from the University of Pennsylvania, Mr. A. King

     Dickson, who seems to be doing good work and seems to exer-

     cise a moral influence among the young men.  The young la-

     dies have taken up basket-ball with considerable zeal and

     many of them may be found every afternoon, practicing either

     in the Gymnasium or upon the field in the open air.



 5.  On September 9th, Professor R. D. Jackson asked for a leave

     of absence for three months, offering at the same time to

     place Mr. Jacobs in charge of his work in the University.

     I felt it my duty to refuse to grant the request and com-

     municated my action to the members of the Board, receiving

     from them letters of approval of my action.  On September

     20th, Professor Jackson notified me that it was absolutely

     necessary that he have a leave of absence, and that unless

     it was granted, he must tender his resignation, to take

     effect as soon as I should return from Missoula, Montana.

     On October 2nd, immediately upon my return, I had an inter-

     view with Professor Jackson upon the subject of his request

     for leave of absence and his resignation.  I found that he

     did not wish to resign his position; that his business af-

     fairs were such as to require his personal attention to

     avoid considerable personal loss, and that he did not need

     all the time asked for.  Before the interview closed, Pro-

     fessor Jackson agreed with me that the principle upon which

     my refusal was based was sound.  Pending a meeting of the

     Board of Regents, I told him that I would not grant him the

     leave of absence, but that when it was necessary for him to

     be away, I should make no objection if he left his classes

     and his work in charge of Mr. Jacobs, but that I would hold

     him responsible for the results in his Department.  This

     subject is a very important one, and I shall discuss it fur-

     ther with the Board in an oral way.



 6.  Under appointment of the Board of Regents and also of the

     Governor of the State, I have attended the eighteenth ses-

     sion of the National Irrigation Congress, at Missoula, Mon-

     tana.  I left Reno on the morning of September 21st and

     returned home at noon, Monday, October 2nd.  It fell to my

     duty to act as temporary Chairman of the Congress and to

     made an address on Monday evening, September 25th, upon

     "The Relation of Agricultural Colleges and Experiment Sta-

     tions to the Irrigation Movement".  I also acted as Chair-

     man of the Committee on Resolutions.  I append herewith

     quite a full report of the proceedings of the Convention and

     direct your attention especially to the resolutions which

     present the best thought and final purpose of the present

     National Irrigation Movement.  My expenses amounted to

     Seventy Five Dollars and Thirty Eight Cents.



 7.  The several funds of the University are in a satisfactory

     condition, as is shown by the balances remaining in the

     funds on August 31st, and the bills which are submitted to

     you today for your approval.  It was suggested at the open-

     ing of the year that we ought to advance the price of board

     at the Dining Hall, owing to the advance in the prices of

     the staple articles of food.  I was averse to making any

     change in the expenses of living to our students, and I am

     glad to say that we are able to make such contracts for

     meat, flour and groceries for the year as to give assurance

     of being able to carry on the Dining Hall successfully with-

     out any advance in the price.  The Dining Hall was opened

     on August 16th.  All the bills for supplies and labor now

     due have been paid.  At the close of the month of October

     Miss Elizabeth Stubbs, Secretary-Treasurer of the Dining

     Hall, will be able to make a balance sheet which will show

     to the Regents the exact condition of the Dining Hall

     receipts and expenditures.



 8.  The following is the number of young ladies in the Cottage:

     45.  There were more applications at the beginning of the

     year for rooms in the Cottage than we could meet.  Conse-

     quently I had to rent two rooms in a private house for the

     use of some of our girls.  The following is the number of

     young men in Lincoln Hall:  88, being the largest number

     since the Hall was opened.  It must be very clear to the

     Regents and to all friends of the University, that the

     building of Lincoln Hall and the University Cottage has made

     possible the growth of the University.  It is to be hoped

     that the Cottage can be enlarged and a Dining Hall attached

     to Lincoln Hall before many years shall have elapsed.



 9.  The work in the Experiment Station for the past month covers

     the following subjects:  Professor Mc Dowell and Professor

     Wilson have completed a delayed bulletin on the Sugar Beet,

     which is now passing through the Press.  Professor Wilson

     has made a very careful selection of soils in the eastern

     portion of the State, upon which he will base a series of

     careful studies.  Professor Hillman is completing a work

     upon the seeds and forage grasses of the State.  Mr. Doten

     has taken charge of Meteorology and Climatology, and is

     assisting the Department of Entomology and Botany.  With

     the approval of the President of the Board of Regents, I

     sent Mr. Doten to the City to make a study of the equipment

     and methods of the Department of Agriculture in Meteorology.

     By the courtesy of Mr. F. G. Mc Adie, Weather Observer in

     San Francisco, Mr. Doten had a very find opportunity for

     study in the Office of the Weather Observer in San Francisco

     for the period of a month.  The sugar-beets grown by John

     Harrison of Lovelock this year show a remarkably high per-

     centage of sugar and purity coefficient.  It would seem as

     though the Lovelock Valley offers suitable conditions for

     the establishment of a beet sugar factory.  It is my pur-

     pose, as soon as possible, to make a careful study of all

     the conditions, including limestone, water and fuel, with

     a view to making a report on the commercial value of

     Lovelock Valley as a sugar producing section of the State.



10.  I have some suggestions to offer to the Board on the sub-

     ject of buildings which I will present in an oral way in-

     stead of submitting in writing.



                                  Respectfully yours,



                                  J. E. Stubbs



President Stubbs placed in nomination Mr. B. F. Buffum for the

position of Irrigation Agriculturist in the Experiment Station,

which was confirmed.



Upon motion of W. E. F. Deal, seconded by H. S. Starrett, it was

ordered that the salary of President Stubbs be increased to

$4500 per annum, to take effect October 1, 1899, and to be paid

as follows:  $3000 from the Agricultural and Mechanical College

Fund, $1500 from the Experiment Station Hatch Fund.



Upon motion of Regent Deal, it was ordered that the Secretary

of the Board be authorized to advertise for bids for a model

stock barn for the new Experiment Station Farm as soon as the

plans and specifications were ready.  Cost of said barn not to

exceed ($4000) Four Thousand Dollars.



President Stubbs recommended that Miss Anna H. Martin be appoint-

ed Assistant Professor of American and European History, which

was confirmed.



No further business appearing, the Board adjourned.



                             J. N. Evans

                             President



Geo. H. Taylor

Secretary