UCCSN Board of Regents' Meeting Minutes
October 20-21, 1978


Pages 86-101



October 20, 1978

The Board of Regents met on the above date in the Edward L. Pine

Auditorium, Jot Travis Student Union, University of Nevada, Reno.

Members present: Fred M. Anderson, M. D.

Mr. James L. Buchanan, II

Mr. John Buchanan

Mrs. Lilly Fong

Mrs. Molly Knudtsen

Louis E. Lombardi, M. D.

Miss Brenda D. Mason

Mr. John Tom Ross

Members absent: Mr. Chris Karamanos

Others present: Chancellor Donald H. Baepler

President William Berg, NNCC

President Joseph Crowley, UNR

President Jack Davis, WNCC

President Brock Dixon, UNLV

President Paul Kreider, CCCC

President Lloyd Smith, DRI

General Counsel Larry Lessly

Secretary Bonnie Smotony

Also present were Senate representatives Blauert (WNCC/N), Leland

(DRI), Mattson (UNLV), Page (UNR), Reed (Unit), Rosich (CCCC),

and student association representatives Braxton (WNCC/N), Caesar

(CCCC), Neuweiler (ASUN), Schefcik (USUNS), Schenk (WNCC/S), and

White (CSUN).

The meeting was called to order by Chairman Buchanan at 9:50 A.M.

1. Approval of Consent Agenda

Chancellor Baepler voted that the agenda had been prepared

in a different format, using a Consent Agenda including sev-

eral items which required Board approval but which, in the

opinion of the Administration, did not require individual

presentation and discussion, and could be acted upon in a

single motion. Dr. Baepler pointed out, however, that any

item appearing on the Consent Agenda could, if requested by

a Regent, be removed from the Consent agenda to the Action

Agenda for discussion and separate action.

Chancellor Baepler recommended approval of the following

items contained on the Consent Agenda:

A. Approval of Minutes of the September 22, 1978 meeting.

B. Concurrence by the Board in the 1978-79 UNS Capital

Improvement Program Request (Ref. C-1, filed with per-

manent minutes), revised to reflect State Public Works

Board final cost estimates and recommendations for

funding sources. Order of priority remains the same

as that previously approved by the Board of Regents.

Projects 5, 13, 14 and 15 are not recommended by the

State Public Works Board for funding in this biennium;

however, they will continue to be an integral part of

the University's request for capital improvements.

Concurrence by the Board with the source of funding

reflected on the revised request will allow the final

document to be prepared for presentation to the Gover-

nor and the 1979 Legislature.

C. Acceptance of the gifts and grants as reflected in

Ref. C-2 (filed with permanent minutes).

D. Allocation of $5,000 from the Board of Regents Special

Projects Account to supplement the Board of Regents Host

Account for 1978-79. This Host Account is used for meal

and coffee service provided in conjunction with Board

meetings and Committee meetings, as well as offical en-

tertainment on behalf of the Board.

E. Proposed Amendment of Purchasing Policy to require that

advertisement of bids for purchase of materials, sup-

plies and equipment shall be placed not less than 4 days

prior to opening of bids, rather than 10 days as pres-

ently required.

F. Write off of $2,563.61 in uncollectible loans at UNLV.

UNLV annual report reflected the following loans out-


NDSL $2,040,132.95

Nursing 307,301.00

University Loans 10,067.63

CCCC report reflected the following loans outstanding,

none of which is considered uncollectible:

NDSL $368,217.80

College loans 2,987.80

G. Amendment of lease agreement with the Environmental

Protection Agency whereby UNLV will provide janitorial

services and pay utilities, in return for which EPA will

increase their annual rent sufficiently to allow the

University to add six janitorial positions and to cover

utility costs, plus approximately $20,000 in overhead.

Amendment of the lease agreement required the following

revision of the Estimative Budget for the EPA lease:

Amendment Amended

Budget Requested Budget


Opening Cash Balance $ 24,146 $ 2,777- $ 21,369

Revenue 84,525 249,075 333,600

Total $108,671 $246,298 $354,969


Classified Comp. $ 68,971 $ 72,461 $141,432

Operating 24,700 173,837 198,537

Ending Fund Balance 15,000 15,000

Total $108,671 $246,298 $354,969

H. Approval of following Estimative Budget for 1978-79 for

Atmospheric Sciences Center Electronics Services Group:


Sales $ 72,477


Professional Salaries $20,218

Technical Salaries 32,222

Wages 6,000

Fringe Benefits 11,537

Operating 2,500

Total Expenditures $ 72,477

I. Award of bid to Ian Mc Sween for $87,788 for construc-

tion of the north porch of Morrill Hall. Other bids

received were as follows:

Ken Bugica $ 89,420.18

Nevada Builders 91,873.00

Capriotti Construction 108,150.00

Mrs. Fong requested that Item E of the Consent Agenda be

removed to the Action Agenda.

Mr. John Buchanan moved approval of the Consent Agenda ex-

cept Item E. Motion seconded by Mr. Ross, carried without


2. Proposed Amendment of Purchasing Policy

Chancellor Baepler recommended that the Board's policy on

purchasing be amended to require that advertisement of bids

for purchase of materials, supplies and equipment shall be

placed not less than four days prior to opening of bids.

The present policy states not less than ten days. This re-

quested change will decrease the number of days required

for the Purchasing Department to respond to the procurement

needs of the University.

Approval of this recommendation would result in the follow-

ing amendment to Chapter 3, Section 1, of Title 4 of the

Board of Regents Handbook:

5. Basic Purchasing Procedure. All materials, supplies

and equipment shall be purchased from the lowest and

best bidder after giving due consideration to quality,

availability and service.

(a) Single item or conglomerate purchases from a single

vendor, the established cost of which exceeds

$2,500, shall be purchased after the Purchasing


(1) advertises for bids at least once in a news-

paper of general circulation in the area of

the Campus to be supplied and not less than

four days prior to opening bids;

In response to a question from Mrs. Fong, Chancellor Baepler

assured the Board that this change in policy would not be

restrictive to prospective bidders but was intended only to

allow the University to respond more quickly to the needs of

the Campus. Purchase of items requiring more lead time to

the bidder would be advertised earlier than the minimum of

four days permitted by this proposed change.

Mrs. Fong moved approval. Motion seconded by Miss Mason,

carried without dissent.

3. Proposal for Modification of Retirement Options for Faculty

Chancellor Baepler reported that the UNR Faculty Senate has

proposed that a study be conducted by the Public Employees

Retirement System Board of the feasibility of some type of

retirement programs that encourage early retirement or phas-

ing into retirement. Details of the proposal contained

in Ref. B, filed with permanent minutes.

Dr. Baepler reported that he and the other Officers endorse

this proposal and recommended that the Board of Regents take

the following actions:

(1) approve a request by the University of Nevada System to

the PERS Board to study the possibilities of implement-

ing a "phase-in" retirement program in the near future;


(2) approve a request to the Legislative Counsel Bureau to

study the effects of allowing public agencies to par-

ticipate in a plan to allow phasing into retirement.

Dr. Lombardi moved approval. Motion seconded by Mrs.

Knudtsen, carried without dissent.

4. Request for Allocation to USUNS

Chancellor Baepler recalled in 1975 the Board of Regents

had recognized the organization of Nevada College Students

Government Council, which has subsequently been renamed the

United Students of University of Nevada System (USUNS), and

allocated $1,000 from the Board of Regents Special Projects

Account to assist in payment of travel expenses for their

annual meeting. In 1977 the organization increased its

meetings to 4 each year and the Board of Regents increased

its allocation to $2,000.

Chancellor Baepler endorsed a request from Larry Schefcik,

USUNS President, that the Board allocate $3,000 for funding

for this organization this year and recommended that this

allocation be provided from the Board of Regents Special

Projects Account.

Miss Mason moved approval. Motion seconded by Mrs.

Knudtsen, carried without dissent.

5. Approval of Sale of Property in San Bernardino County

President Smith recalled that in 1973, the Desert Science

Foundation deeded 60 acres of land in San Bernardino County,

California to the Desert Research Institute. He noted that

the Institute does not foresee a use of this land and re-

quested authorization from the Board to begin the procedures

for its sale. Chancellor Baepler recommended approval.

Mr. Ross moved approval. Motion seconded by Mrs. Fong,

carried without dissent.

6. Appointment of Scientific Information Officer and Executive

Director, DRI

President Smith reported that the procedures for the ap-

pointment of a Scientific Information Officer for the

Institute and an Executive Director for the Energy Systems

Center were not completed and he requested the matter be

withdrawn from the agenda.

7. Authorization to Sell University Property

President Dixon recalled that in August the Board had au-

thorized the sale of approximately 54 acres of land which

had been donated to the University in 1962 by Mr. and Mrs.

S. J. Hall. 3 bids were received with the low bidder re-

questing that his bid be withdrawn and the earnest money

check returned to him. The following 2 bids were con-


Lewis Homes, Las Vegas $513,000

Chism Homes, Las Vegas 515,000

President Dixon reported that the bid from Lewis Homes

stipulated a $100,000 down payment with the remainder to be

paid in four annual installments at 8% per year, with a

prorata reasonable release provision as principal payments

are made. The bid from Chism Homes was for cash payment at

the close of escrow. Neither bid included payment of a

commission to a real estate broker.

President Dixon recommended the bid of Chism Homes for

$515,000 in cash be accepted. Chancellor Baepler concurred,

noting that sale of this property also requires concurrence

of the Governor.

Miss Mason moved approval. Motion seconded by Mrs. Fong,

carried without dissent.

8. Request for Name Change, UNLV

President Dixon presented, with his endorsement, a request

from the Department of Secondary Education for a name change

to Department of Secondary, Postsecondary and Vocational

Education, to reflect the Department's involvement in all

three areas. Chancellor Baepler concurred.

Mrs. Fong moved approval. Motion seconded by Miss Mason,

carried without dissent.

9. Proposed Change in Out-Of-State Tuition for Medical

Students, UNR

President Crowley reported that the nonresident tuition

for medical students at UNR is $6,000 per semester, plus

$1,200 in-State registration fee. In most instances, he

noted, this nonresident tuition is paid by the sending state

under the WICHE compact and was the rationale in its origi-

nal establishment. However, it is anticipated that the

Medical School will have additional nonresident students in

the future who will not be receiving the WICHE support and

the $6,000 semester tuition is considered excessive for such

students and imposes an enormous hardship.

President Crowley endorsed a recommendation by the Medical

School that the $6,000 per semester tuition be retained for

students receiving WICHE support, but for other nonresident

students, the tuition be established at $1,800 per semester.

In each case, he noted, this tuition is in addition to the

in-State registration fee of $1,200 per semester.

In the discussion following, Dean Scully cited some compara-

tive figures from other medical schools supporting the con-

cern that UNR's nonresident tuition was far in excess of

that charged by other State-supported schools. There was

also concern expressed that this difference between the

tuition to be charged WICHE-supported students and those not

receiving WICHE support might be challenged at some point in

the future.

Chancellor Baepler recommended approval of the change in

tuition, effective Fall semester 1978, as requested by the

Medical School and endorsed by President Crowley, noting

that should a challenge to the fee differential be received

at some future point, it could be dealt with at the time,

pointing out that this same differential exists in other

states with regard to WICHE-supported and other nonresident

students and had not been challenged in those instances.

Mrs. Knudtsen moved approval. Motion seconded by Mrs. Fong,

carried without dissent.

10. Main Station Farm Parcel #3

Chancellor Baepler recalled that in September the Board had

approved a recommendation by President Crowley that new bid

specifications be developed for Parcel #3 of Main Station

Farm and that a proposed course of action be brought back

to the Board at its October meeting. Accordingly, the UNR

Administration determined that it wished to offer Parcel #3

for lease and the necessary documentation had been prepared;

however, it was not completed until the preceding day.

Chancellor Baepler recommended that action on this be de-

ferred until December to permit adequate review by the

Regents of the lease documents and bid specifications prior

to action by the Board.

Mrs. Fong moved that this matter be deferred until December.

Motion seconded by Dr. Lombardi, carried without dissent.

11. Approval of New Departments, CCCC

President Kreider requested approval of the following new

Departments for Clark County Community College:

Department of Mathematics

Department of Science

Department of Hotel/Food Service Technology

Chancellor Baepler recommended approval.

Miss Mason moved approval. Motion seconded by Mrs. Fong,

carried without dissent.

12. University of Louisville v. UNLV Litigation

President Dixon recommended settlement of the University of

Louisville versus UNLV litigation by payment of the sum of

$15,000 plus costs of the suit. Chancellor Baepler con-

curred, specifying that the costs of the settlement would

be paid from funds available to UNLV.

Dr. Lombardi moved approval. Motion seconded by Mr. Ross,

carried without dissent.

13. Request for Reservation of Season Basketball Tickets, UNLV

President Dixon recalled that at the September meeting, a

motion by Miss Mason that 100 season basketball tickets at

UNLV be reserved for the black community was tabled until

the October meeting. A report was included with the agenda

containing a response from President Dixon to that request

and to questions subsequently raised in a letter from Regent

Mason. (Report identified as Ref. S-1 and filed with perm-

anent minutes.)

Chairman Buchanan noted the inclusion on the supplemental

agenda of a recommendation for the selection of an architect

for the UNLV Sports Pavilion and suggested that construction

of this facility would resolve the problem of lack of tick-

ets cited by Miss Mason.

14. Request for Discussion of Housing Policy for Dormitory

Residents, UNR

President Crowley noted that Mrs. Fong had raised certain

questions concerning the housing policy for UNR dormitory

residents and had requested a discussion of this matter

at the Board meeting. He noted that a report had been sent

to Mrs. Fong previous to the meeting and offered to respond

to any further concerns she might have.

Mrs. Fong stated that the questions she had raised had es-

sentially been resolved by the report sent to her by Presi-

dent Crowley but expressed further concern that it had taken

so long to get a response from the staff responsible for the

housing program at UNR.

15. Fall Enrollment Report

Chancellor Baepler distributed the Fall Enrollment report

showing Fall 1978 net FTE students, compared with the Fall

1977 net FTE students, as follows:


1977-78 (2) 1978-79 (1) Increase

Fall Fall Decrease

University of Nevada, Reno

Lower Division 3,759 3,618 -3.75

Upper Division 1,789 1,749 -2.24

Graduate 844 756 -10.43

Total 6,392 6,123 -4.21

School of Medical Sciences 96 134 39.58

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Lower Division 3,587 3,473 -3.18

Upper Division 1,551 1,468 -5.35

Graduate 689 642 -6.82

Total 5,827 5,583 -4.19

Clark County Community College

Occupational 1,329 1,661 (3) 24.98

Liberal Arts 1,063 1,254 17.97

Developmental 173 167 -3.47

Total 2,565 3,082 20.16

Northern Nevada Community College

Occupational 151 157 3.97

Liberal Arts 195 234 20.00

Developmental 11 8 -27.27

Total 357 399 11.76

Western Nevada Community College-South

Occupational 353 424 20.11

Liberal Arts 283 344 21.55

Developmental 41 33 -19.51

Total 677 801 18.32

Western Nevada Community College-North

Occupational 757 785 (4) 3.70

Liberal Arts 565 585 3.54

Developmental 69 82 18.84

Total 1,391 1,452 4.39

SYSTEM TOTAL 17,305 17,574 1.55

(1) University enrollments are Fall totals; Community

College enrollments are Fall totals, but estimates of

Fall alternate semesters have been used, since these

registrations have not been completely tallied.

(2) For purposes of comparison, Fall 1977 enrollments have

been converted to 15 undergraduate and 8 graduate cred-

its equals 1 FTE student.

(3) Excludes 93 FTE apprenticeship enrollments.

(4) Excludes 99 FTE apprenticeship enrollments.

Chancellor Baepler pointed out that these are FTE figures

only and are considered final for the two Universities. He

noted the decline in enrollment for UNR and UNLV of approx-

imately 4%, suggesting that this, for the first time in

Nevada, reflects the national trend in declining enroll-

ments in higher education. He further suggested, however,

that given the rapid population growth which Nevada is now

experiencing, it is anticipated that this decline will re-

verse itself over the next two years.

Dr. Baepler suggested that the decline in enrollment at the

two Universities can also be attributed, especially in the

Reno area, to the very favorable employment market.

Dr. Baepler noted that the Community College figures are

estimates, reflecting the actual Fall enrollments but the

alternate semester enrollments are not yet known. He sug-

gested that part of the decreased enrollments at the Univer-

sities may be reflected in the substantial increases realiz-

ed by the Community Colleges, particularly CCCC and WNCC/S.

Chancellor Baepler also commented on the decline in graduate

enrollments at both UNR and UNLV, suggesting that several

factors might be identified as the cause: the employment

market, particularly in Reno, causing many people to take

fewer credits and work more hours; and the yet-to-be-assess-

ed impact of the offerings in Nevada of graduate courses by

out-of-state institutions.

He suggested that the net effect of the enrollment figures

will be a significant reduction in the budget request for

the two Universities, particularly as it pertains to addi-

tion of faculty positions. The budget request for the Com-

munity Colleges should not require revision since a substan-

tial increase for those instructional units was built into

the request when it was originally developed.

16. Phase II Proposal - Master of Science in Land Use Planning,


President Crowley recalled that in September the Board re-

ceived a Phase II proposal for a Master of Science in Land

Use Planning to be offered by UNR, and action by the Board

was tabled until October to allow further consultation con-

cerning some of the questions raised, specifically those

raised by Mr. John Buchanan. Subsequently, Mr. Buchanan had

met with the Committee charged with developing the program,

and several changes had been agreed upon.

Dr. Glen Atkinson, Chairman of the Committee, reported the

following changes made in the Phase II proposal:

a. Title Page:. . .With Options In: A) Policy, B)

Environmental and Land Use Law, C) Economics, D)

Planning and Administration, and E) Environmental. .

.was added

b. Page One: The last sentence of the main paragraph was

omitted. It read: The intent is to admit students who

have completed an undergraduate program in a relevant

technical field and offer them an education in policy


c. Page Three: Under "c" item 1 was changed to read:

Baccalaureate degree with a 3.0 grade point average on a

4.0 point scale.

d. Page Four: Numbers 3-6 were changed to i-iv under a new

number 3 which was inserted. It reads: The following

requirements must be met by all students.

Applicants who do not meet all of these curricular re-

quirements, but who have developed competency through

relevant professional experiences, may become eligible

for entry into the program through satisfactory per-

formance by examination and interview.

e. Page Five: Line two under "Fields of Specialization"

was changed to read: . . .additional courses in two of

the five options of Principles of Land. .

f. Page Five: The asterisk was omitted, along with the

respective notation.

g. Page Six: The "s" was removed from each of the five

options listed, making them "Option" (singular).

Mr. John Buchanan expressed satisfaction with the results of

his meeting with the Committee, adding that although he

still had a few concerns about this particular program, he

did not believe it should be prevented from being implement-

ed. Rather, he said, he hoped that his concerns would be

considered in the further development of the program. Mr.

Buchanan cited the following areas of concern:

(1) The term, "Land Use Planning", was a bit narrow for

what is actually offered in this particular planning


(2) The transition between the disciplines; i. e., the

possibility of planning students taking engineering

courses with other engineering students without the

instructor being aware of their specialization in


(3) Lack of sufficient option courses to strengthen the

specializations proposed.

(4) Lack of accreditation goals for the program.

(5) Insufficient number of credits required for the

master's degree. Suggest at least 45 hours.

Mr. John Buchanan again emphasized that his concerns were

meant to be constructive and he hoped that the program could

be strengthened sufficiently to provide the means to bring

all types of disciplines together to produce the kind of

professional planners needed.

Mr. John Buchanan moved approval of the Phase II Proposal

with the changes as agreed upon by the Committee and dis-

cussed by Dr. Atkinson and himself. Motion seconded by

Mrs. Fong, carried without dissent.

17. Design Development Drawings, Addition to Dickinson Library,


Mr. Harry Wood, System Architect, reviewed the proposed

addition to and remodeling of the existing library struc-

ture, noting that the project also included site development

work surrounding both structures. The project will add ap-

proximately 60,000 net assignable square feet to the exist-

ing 60,000 net assignable square feet. Funding for the

project is as follows:

Higher Education Capital Construction Fund $1,827,000

Capital Improvement Fee Revenue Bonds 5,100,000


The construction budget is $5,596,000 and the budget for

furnishings and equipment is $546,000.

Mr. Bob Fielden, of the firm of Jack Miller and Associates,

presented the design development drawings and requested

approval and authorization to proceed with construction


In the discussion following, there was some objection offer-

ed to the red color treatment proposed for the exterior

staircases and the pedestrian concourse between the exist-

ing Library and the proposed addition; however, a motion to

change the red to an earth tone was subsequently withdrawn.

Dr. Lombardi moved approval of the design development draw-

ings as presented. Motion seconded by Miss Mason, carried

with Mrs. Fong opposing.

18. Investment of Howard Contribution to Medical School

President Crowley reported that Mr. Claude Howard had re-

quested consideration of investment of funds which he had

contributed to the University for the benefit of the Medical

School and requested that the Board consider this as an

emergency item.

Mr. John Buchanan recommended this be added to the agenda as

an emergency item. Motion seconded by Mrs. Fong, carried

without dissent.

Dr. Crowley explained that Mr. Howard had requested that the

University purchase two $1 million Certificates of Deposit

for one year at 9% interest, from accounts established

through his contributions. He noted that one of these ac-

counts is a passbook savings account for $1,234,000 at 5%

interest, the second is a first deed of trust for $924,000

at 8.5% interest. Mr. Howard has requested that $1 million

be taken from the savings account for the purchase of one

Certificate of Deposit, and that $76,000 from this savings

account be added to the deed of trust for purchase of the

second Certificate of Deposit. An additional $159,000 re-

maining in the savings account may be used by the Medical

School for equipment. Chancellor Baepler recommended


Mrs. Knudtsen moved approval. Motion seconded by Mrs. Fong,

carried without dissent.

19. Design Development Drawings, College of Business Adminis-

tration Building

Mr. Harry Wood, System Architect, reviewed the proposed new

College of Business Administration building, and adjacent

site developments. The project consists of approximately

47,000 net assignable square feet. Funding for the project

is as follows:

Higher Education Capital Construction Fund $1,892,000

Capital Improvement Fee Fund Revenue Bonds 4,000,000


The construction budget is $4,862,000 and the budget for

furnishings and equipment is $402,000.

Following presentation of the design development drawings

for the project, there was discussion concerning the width

of the walkways through and to the sides of the building,

proposed to carry pedestrian traffic between the south and

north sides of the Campus. Mr. Ross expressed concern that

8-foot walkways were inadequate and would cause congestion

in the movement of traffic through that part of the Campus.

Dr. Lombardi moved approval of the plans as presented with

consideration of widening the walkways on each side of the

building. Motion seconded by Mr. Ross, carried without


20. Selection of Architect for Sports Pavilion, UNLV

President Dixon reported that Congress had approved legis-

lation giving Nevada the slot machine tax rebate which had

been anticipated in the planning for sports pavilions for

Reno and Las Vegas. He noted that sufficient progress had

been made at UNLV in advance planning for the project in-

tended for Las Vegas, that it is now appropriate that action

be taken to nominate an architect to the State Public Works

Board. Accordingly, President Dixon recommended the firm of

W2C Architects (John Carl Warnecke, Art Cambeiro and Domingo

Cambeiro) be nominated to the State Public Works Board as

the project architects for the Sports Pavilion for UNLV,

noting that this project can proceed if the federal legisla-

tion passed by Congress is subsequently approved by Presi-

dent Carter and assuming approval for the project is forth-

coming from the 1979 Nevada Legislature. Chancellor Baepler


Mr. William Morris, President of the UNLV Rebels Boosters,

spoke concerning the involvement of that organization in the

advance planning for this project and their interest in its

construction on the UNLV Campus. Mr. Morris reported that

he had been authorized by Mr. Parry Thomas and Mr. Jerome

Mack to assure the Board that any or all of their pledged

contribution of $1 million could be advanced toward the

architectural fees for this project while waiting action by

the Nevada Legislature.

Mr. Ross moved approval of the nomination of the Firm of W2C

Architects to the State Public Works Board as the architects

for this project. Motion seconded by Dr. Lombardi, carried

without dissent.

President Crowley reported that UNR is at the stage where

feasibility studies and market analysis are being done and

will probably be ready for review by the Board at the

February meeting, together with a proposal as to the nature

of the special events facility to be provided in Reno and

its approximate costs.

The meeting adjourned at 1:00 P.M.

Bonnie M. Smotony

Secretary to the Board