UCCSN Board of Regents' Meeting Minutes

December 10-11, 1918 

Volume OE - Pages 163-170

                         Reno, Nevada
                      December 10, 1918

The regular meeting of the Board of Regents was called to order
on December 10 at 10:45 by Acting Chairman Sullivan.

The following were present:  Regents Sullivan, Curler and Baker,
and President Clark.  Absent:  Regents Abel and O'Brien.

The minutes of the meetings of May 7 and September 10, 1918 were

The following items of unfinished business were reported on by
the President for approval of the Board:

1.  The matter of the David Russell investment in Riverside Mill
    bonds to the amount of $12,500.  The President reported that
    on careful investigation of the conditions under which this
    amount had been invested in Riverside bonds, he had informed
    the Washoe County Bank that he would now be willing to accede
    to an extension of time, as the majority of stock holders had
    already done.  He had had the legal opinion of Mr. Price on
    the matter, and had looked into the safety of the investment
    before making this decision.  Approval of the Board on this
    assenting to the extension for 5 years was asked by the Pres-
    ident as the Trustee of the fund.

    It was moved by Mr. Curler that the Board approve the action
    of the President with respect to the David Russell Estate in
    the Riverside Mill Co. bonds.  Motion carried, all voting

2.  The Committee report adopted by the University Senate with
    reference to the granting of University credit to students
    who entered the Army or Navy service during the war, as

                      UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA

                                            November 30, 1918

           Report on College Credit for Students Who Have
              Served in the United States Army or Navy

    1.  Any student who left the University and entered directly
        into Military Service, after the middle of any given
        semester, and whose grade in any subject at the time of
        his withdrawal was 80% or above, will be given the full
        semester's credit in that course.

    2.  Any student who entered military service will be given
        two College credits for each 3 months period which he
        remained in service up to one year, but in no instance
        shall this credit exceed 8 units.

    3.  Any student who entered an officer's training school,
        and attained a commission from the school, will be given
        6 College credits, in addition to those specified under
        the preceding paragraph.

    4.  Any student who has received 8 or more units of the above
        credit for military training shall not be given any addi-
        tional credit for later military training in the Univer-

    5.  The above credit under paragraph 3 will usually be ap-
        plied to fulfill the requirements for electives, but
        when any of the above credits represent technical or
        special work of any kind, they may be applied to fulfill
        requirements of a prescribed College course.  The de-
        tails of this adjustment will be administered by the Dean
        of the College in conference with the Head of the Depart-
        ment for which the war work is to be a substitute.

    It was moved by Regent Curler that the action of the Presi-
    dent and the University Senate in regard to the credit to
    be given to students of the U. S. Army or Navy be approved.
    Motion carried, all voting aye.

3.  As asked for in the last meeting, the Sagebrush presented a
    list of names to whom the Sagebrush was being sent through
    the courtesy of the Regents.  List accepted and passed for
    filing.  Regent Sullivan reported that he was not receiving
    the paper and that his name did not appear on the list.

4.  In accordance with the instructions to the committee for the
    acceptance of the Agricultural building, the building was
    duly accepted on October 3, 1918, inspection by the committee
    occurred on September 24.  The President recommended that any
    penalties or fines that might be imposed for incompleteness
    of the building by the contract time or the extended time,
    be remitted.

    It was moved by Regent Baker that the action of the committee
    appointed at the last meeting to inspect and accept for the
    Board the Agricultural building be approved, and also that
    any penalties or fines that were imposed, be remitted.  Mo-
    tion carried, vote:

        Mrs. Baker           Aye
        Mr. Curler           Aye
        Dr. Sullivan         Aye

The President reported on the following matters for the informa-
tion of the Board:

1.  The general financial condition of the University stating
    that he would ask for a meeting of the Finance Committee
    later in the month to go over the final financial reports
    to be submitted by the Comptroller at the close of the month
    and for the year.

2.  The President's trip to the East in November in attendance
    at the annual meeting of State University Presidents and also
    his visit and interview with Mr. Mackay.

3.  The influenza situation and on University quarantine which
    had been established on October 11th, lifted November 18th.

4.  The S. A. T. C., organized with due ceremony as such on Octo-
    ber 1, and demobilization orders received to begin such
    demobilization on December 2, the same to be completed by
    December 21, 1918.

5.  The death of Coach Ray M. Whisman on November 2, 1918.

6.  The death on November 18, 1918 of Mrs. Walter A. Clark, Jr.,
    of Los Angeles, the donor of the Catherine Hayes Mc Manus
    Scholarship of $250.

7.  The fire in the Chemistry building on December 5th.  Insur-
    ance adjustments are under way and the total amount allowed
    by adjusters to put the building in shape and replace ap-
    paratus and equipment was $1337.94.

8.  The Jim Butler Mining Company of Tonopah, through the Presi-
    dent of the Company, Mr. Frederick Bradshaw, had donated to
    the Mackay School of Mines the splendid models used in the
    Jim Butler - West End Suite.

9.  Due to the armistice, a number of the boys in service were
    planning on returning to College and were asking for work.
    The President's judgment of the enrollment for the coming
    semester was that there would be a small number of men and
    a possible fair enrollment of women.  The President was of
    the opinion also that a different system of allotting
    Janitorial positions should be worked out.  The system of
    having the two women now employed and the one man gave
    better results than the former student Janitorial Services.
    He recommended that Mr. Lynch, as Supervisor of Buildings
    and Grounds, should also have entire charge of the Janitorial
    Service formerly under Mr. Gassaway.  The possibility of the
    return of Mr. Gassaway, now on leave for the duration of the
    war, from November 1, 1918, without pay, was brought up and
    the President considered that in the event that he did re-
    turn, the different organization should be adhered to, that
    of having the Janitorial and Caretaking work under the super-
    vision of Mr. Lynch and that the number of Janitorial posi-
    tions given to students be limited.

    The discussion brought up the question of the interpretation
    of the "leave of absence" for the duration of the war, wheth-
    er the leave expired with the declaration of the armistice or
    when the peace agreement was signed.  He believed in a fair
    interpretation -- that is, for such time beyond the signing
    of the peace as will be necessary for persons on such leaves
    to get their discharge if enlisted for the duration of the
    war.  In regard to the student labor, the President was of
    the opinion that students should be given positions such as
    they were fitted for or in line with the work they were do-
    ing in the University, provided of course that there were
    positions of this kind open.

The President recommended the following:

 1.  That Miss Helena Shade, Y. W. C. A. resident Secretary,
     who by the former arrangement of the Board was receiving
     her board and room for services, be put on the University
     payroll, beginning September 1, 1918, at $40 per month,
     and closing when her duties closed in May, as the assistant
     to Dean Margaret Mack in Manzanita Hall, Miss Shade to pay
     her board and room out of the amount.

 2.  That the automobile allowance for members of the staff who
     used their autos for occasional official trips, effective
     September 1, 1918, be 10 cents per mile instead of 8 cents,
     as the former arrangement, subject to the following limita-

     a.  In case any member of the staff should present such
         vouchers for an amount over 4000 miles within any
         calendar year, he shall be allowed only 4 1/2 cents
         per mile for his mileage in excess of 4000.

     b.  No voucher must be honored which calls for more than
         the regular railroad passenger fare between the ter-
         minals of the trip, provided the trip could have been
         made by railroad.

     c.  No one must put in vouchers for auto travel over a
         route which that person has a railroad pass issued to
         him as a University staff member.

     d.  It is entirely improper that the owner of an auto
         should put in any vouchers for local travel to and
         from his own home or from the University downtown and

 3.  A reallotment to the various Public Service Departments of
     the Pulic Service balance which would otherwise revert,
     the savings having come through the reduction in the Food
     and Drugs Department due to the absence of Professor Dins-
     more.  This reallotment was agreed to by the Food and Drugs
     Commission and is as follows:

         Experiment Station        $ 306.74
         State Analytical Lab       1156.00
         State Hygienic Lab          250.00
         State Vet. Control Service  530.00
         Agricultural Extension      650.00

 4.  That Mr. Christian S. Neilsen be put in charge of all of the
     work of the Dairy Department at a salary of $110 per month,
     beginning November 1, 1918, this being the recommendation
     also of Dean Knight of the College of Agriculture.

 5.  That the resignation of Scott Jameson, Analyst in the State
     Mining Laboratory, effective October 31, 1918, be accepted,
     Mr. Jameson leaving to go into a better position, and that
     Mr. Henry L. Higgins, now in charge of the work for the
     State Assayer, be put in charge also of the work of the
     Analytical Laboratory, the arrangement for the balance of
     this year being that he receive $25 from the State Fund
     and $150 from the State Assayer.

 6.  That Professor Frandsen, who relieved Dr. Ruediger during
     his illness and that of his family, for 18 days in the State
     Hygienic Laboratory (October 13 to November 7), be allowed
     $75 extra compensation for these duties, this being at the
     rate of 1/2 the salary of the regular Director, as has been

     In the discussion that arose out of the matter of compensa-
     tion for Professor Frandsen in the Hygienic Laboratory, the
     President stated for the information of the Board that Dr.
     Ruediger had brought to him the proposition that had come
     through the State Board of Health whereby that Board might
     take over the Hygienic Laboratory.  This had been urged by
     the physicians working toward a more effective State control
     of health service.  The President thought possibly the Food
     and Drugs Control Service might also well go into this
     organization.  He thought it might be a wise consolidation
     provided there was not something in the history of the Uni-
     versity which might make it wiser to retain the present
     organization.  The President had discussed the matter with
     some of the men in the Public Service Division regarding
     the wisdom of the plan.

 7.  On the recommendation of Dr. Records, approved by Director
     Doten, that the salary of Miss Ruth Miller be made $45 per
     month from the Experiment Station funds instead of $40,
     effective January 1, 1919.

 8.  On the recommendation of Dr. Records, that the salary of
     Charles Reagan, assistant in the Veterinary Department, be
     increased from $75 to $80 from the Veterinary Control Serv-
     ice Fund, effective January 1, 1919.

     At this point the President spoke of his desire to have
     been able at this time to recommend an increase in the
     standard of the salaries of the faculty generally.  His
     ability to have done this at this time depended on the
     government aid received through the soldier training and
     on account of members absent on leave for war service.
     Had the war continued he felt that he would have been
     justified at this time in making such recommendation.

 9.  Mr. Romanzo Adams, who had been a member of the faculty for
     the past 17 years, and who had not in this time taken any
     leave of absence, was in serious ill health.  His wife was
     also ill.  A leave of absence with pay was recommended for
     Dr. Adams, effective immediately, that he might go away for
     diagnosis and treatment until September 1, 1919, if Dr.
     Adams desired the leave to continue that length of time.

     The matter was discussed, and the Board concurred with the
     recommendation of the President.

     In this connection the President reported for the informa-
     tion of the Board, only, the possibility of a leave of ab-
     sence for Professor C. R. Hill of the Department of Civil
     Engineering for Overseas Y. M. C. A. educational service.
     He considered that the work could be arranged as the en-
     rollment of men in the Engineering College would probably
     be small the coming semester.

     The possibility also of Mr. H. B. Bulmer, Acting Commis-
     sioner of Food and Drugs Control and Weights and Measures,
     severing his connection with the Public Service Division
     to accept a position in Mining Engineering lines at a con-
     siderable advance in salary, was reported to the Board.

10.  The President reported to the Board that he did not think
     it well at present to fill the position left vacant by the
     death of Coach Whisman, but that the position should be
     filled for the Fall semester.  Miss Sameth of the Department
     of Physical Education for Women has spoken concerning a pos-
     sible leave of absence next year for the purpose of doing
     work in a Medical School along her lines.  With this in mind
     and as the Coach had been giving athletic work to young wom-
     en, he recommended the appointment of Miss Catherine Somers,
     as assistant to Miss Sameth for the coming semester at a
     salary of $100 per month, beginning January 1, up to next
     September, when she might take over full work if Miss Sameth
     took the leave of absence, and if Miss Sameth did go, an
     increase in salary of $10 per month, the understanding with
     Miss Somers being that she was to teach the work in Physical
     Education in the 1919 Summer Session without extra compensa-
     tion.  Miss Sommers is to have the rank of Instructor in the

11.  Dr. Lincoln presented for approval course of study adopted
     for the secondary Mining Schools in the State, which the
     President recommended approved.

In a blanket motion to cover the above 11 recommendations, Regent
Curler moved that the recommendations of the President as made to
the Board be approved and arrangements be made for compensations
as recommended.  Vote:

    Mrs. Baker           Aye
    Mr. Curler           Aye
    Dr. Sullivan         Aye

The President reported to the Board that either Director Doten
or Mr. C. E. Fleming of the Experiment Station would attend the
deferred meeting of the American Association of Agricultural
Colleges and Experiment Stations to be held in Baltimore early
in January.  The President had hoped to attend this meeting while
East but on account of influenza conditions it had been deferred.
Director Doten had adopted a policy of allowing a staff represen-
tative to go and for this reason it was very likely Mr. Fleming,
who had been doing excellent work in Range Management, would go.

No further business occurring, the meeting adjourned.

                             J. J. Sullivan, M. D.
                             Acting Chairman

Louise Blaney