UCCSN Board of Regents' Meeting Minutes

December 4-5, 1937 

Volume 5 - Pages 199-202

                       REGENTS MEETING
                      December 4, 1937

The Board of Regents met at the University Saturday morning De-
cember 4 at 10 o'clock.  All members of the Board, except Mr.
Wingfield, who was called out of town, were present.

The minutes of the September meeting were unanimously approved.

President Clark presented views of the Rio Tinto Mine, "Thank
You" letters from Director Fulton and Professor Sameth and told
in some detail of his conference in New York with Mr. Mackay who:

a.  Promised soon to pay the $3000 overlooked as of January 1,

b.  Will soon forward the $5000 for the last payment on the new
    land -- still to be an anonymous gift.

c.  Will forward the $3000 on January 1 and July 1 of the re-
    spective years ahead.

d.  Promised at the President's urgent suggestion to give defi-
    nite and legally binding instructions to his Executors for
    funding of the $18,000 per year in his Will and to send to
    the Board of Regents of the University a copy of such in-

President Clark presented a PWA project for leveling a 400-ft.
square playing field north of the training quarters, piping it
for the irrigation and seeding it, which had already been ap-
proved by Washington.  The only expense to the University will
be covered by an expenditure of not to exceed $1700 and very
possibly not to exceed $1300 or $1400.  Query arose as to whether
the water main up Evans Avenue was a 4" or 6" main.  This the
President is to find out.

On motion of Judge Brown the President and Comptroller were
authorized to sign this PWA project contract.  Vote:

    Judge Brown          Aye
    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Dr. Omsted           Aye
    Mr. Ross             Aye

President Clark told of an - as yet - unapproved by Washington
PWA project to concrete a retaining wall extension of the present
wall near the Civil Engineering building at a cost of some $3200
to $3700 to the University for materials, job to be finished in 4
months' time, barring severe freezing weather.  A contractor's
estimate for this job is some $10,000.  No action necessary until
Washington has approved the project.

The President presented the letter from George W. Pontius, at-
torney of Seneca Falls, New York and a copy of Will of Augusta
Benham, deceased, in which she wills the residue of her Estate
(perhaps some $12,000) to the University for a fund to provide
scholarships to Nevada students.  The Will does not comply with
the N. Y. requirements and the University may not receive this

President Clark recommended that Ernest L. Inwood (B. A., Nevada,
1927; Ph. D. in Econ., California, 1935) be elected as Associate
Professor in the Department of Economics, Business and Sociology,
at a salary of $2400 beginning September 1, 1938, with under-
standing that:

a.  If he remains a 2nd year, he is to be advanced to not less
    than $2600 from September 1, 1939 and to be made Acting Head
    of the Department from August 1, 1939, and

b.  Professor Sutherland, from August 1, 1939, is to be released
    from administrative responsibility but is to continue to
    carry a full-time teaching load in the Department and his
    annual salary is to be, by his own proposal, reduced to $1800
    from September 1, 1939 and to remain at this figure so long
    as he remains in teaching service.

Mr. Williams moved the adoption of the above recommendation.

    Judge Brown          Aye
    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Dr. Omsted           Aye
    Mr. Ross             Aye

On recommendation of Dr. Records, approved by President Clark,
Judge Brown moved that Mrs. Sylvia Haven be elected to be Labora-
tory Technician at a salary of $100 per month from December 1,
1937 in the Veterinary Control Service, with understanding that,
beginning July 1, 1938 and each 6 months thereafter, her pay
shall be advanced $5 per month until it reaches $125.  Vote:

    Judge Brown          Aye
    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Dr. Omsted           Aye
    Mr. Ross             Aye

On motion of Regent Williams, the President was authorized to
approve the choice of Dr. Wood, Head of the Department of Math-
ematics, or a man to be an Assistant in Mathematics at a salary
of $960, to be paid in 12 equal monthly installments beginning
August 1, 1938.  Vote:

    Judge Brown          Aye
    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Dr. Omsted           Aye
    Mr. Ross             Aye

On motion of Judge Brown, the following Resolution was adopted:

    RESOLVED, that Charles H. Gorman, Curator, be and hereby is
    authorized to sign all monthly reports or forms in connec-
    tion with the permission of this University to use tax free
    alcohol for scientific purposes and that a copy of this
    Resolution be forwarded to the Alcohol Tax Unit of the
    Treasury Department's Internal Revenue Service at San Fran-
    cisco in accord with the instructions in their letter of
    November 15, 1937 (14-BP-FH).


    Judge Brown          Aye
    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Dr. Omsted           Aye
    Mr. Ross             Aye

President told of negotiations now under way toward the securing
of Eldon Wittwer to be Professor of Agricultural Engineering in
the College of Agriculture beginning with the University year

President Clark told of the correspondence between G. M. Butler,
Regional Chairman of the Engineers' Council for Professional
Development at Tucson, Arizona, and himself in re. the rating
of our Engineering Schools in which the Mechanical and Civil
Engineering Schools were not accredited.  The President stated
his belief that if a new full-time man is elected in Mechanical
Engineering with some upward changes in course offerings in
Mathematics and in the curricula of these 2 Schools, together
with a presentation of the facts regarding our Engineering setup,
which facts Mr. Butler seems not yet to have had presented en-
tirely correctly to him by the Council members making the in-
spection of our Engineering College, the Mechanical and Civil
Engineering Schools may be on the Council's accredited list next
year.  The President urged that since their main criticism in
Civil and Mechanical Engineering is overcrowding, lack of certain
laboratories and need for 1 or 2 added teachers, their criticisms
may be helpful leverage toward the securing of a new Civil En-
gineering building from the 1939 Legislature, at which time it
will have been 12 years since a building has been erected on our
Campus by State Funds.  Such a new building is imperatively need-
ed if all the work is to be well done in all of our Engineering

Chairman Ross said that he thought the Regents should do some-
thing for President Clark in appreciation of his services during
the past 20 years; it has been the practice of the Board to grant
leaves of absence to staff members because of health breaks, to
pursue advanced work and in recognition of long and faithful
services and he submitted the idea that the Regents grant a leave
of absence with full pay to President Clark, effective January 1,
1938 and ending with the opening date (August 29) of the Fall
semester of 1938.

On motion of Regent Williams the Board cordially endorsed the
Chairman's idea and granted the leave.  Vote:

    Judge Brown          Aye
    Mr. Williams         Aye
    Dr. Omsted           Aye
    Mr. Ross             Aye

In thanking the Regents and accepting the leave granted to him,
the President said that he would not leave in January until
registration problems properly coming to his Office had been in
the main disposed of and that he would take care of his part of
the copy for the University catalog, the Regents' Biennial Report
and the 1938 edition of the Alumni Directory in whole for the 1st
2 publications and in large part for the 3rd publication before
leaving Reno.

Dr. Adams, Vice President, will serve during Dr. Clark's absence.
Whether or not there will need to be some adjustment made in the
teaching of certain courses in Chemistry or some adjustment be-
tween Dr. Adams and Dr. Sears as to Deanship responsibility in
the College of Arts and Science is a matter to be worked out with
Vice President Adams.  When Dr. Adams was on leave, Dr. Sears
took over the College Deanship responsibility and some teaching
for an added stipend of $100 for the semester.

The next meeting was set for January 31, 1938.

                             Silas E. Ross

Carolyn M. Beckwith