December 10-11, 1953
Volume 6 - Pages 447-452
UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA
December 10, 1953
The Board of Regents met in regular session in the President's
office on Thursday, December 10, 1953. The meeting was called
to order by the Chairman at 9:30 A.M. Present: Regents Hardy,
Crumley, Lombardi, Grant, Ross; Comptroller Hayden and Presi-
The group left the President's office to tour the Campus as fol-
a) The Home Economics rooms in the Agricultural building
b) Student Union building site
c) Lincoln Hall
d) Mackay School of Mines
e) Victory Heights' Housing Units
Reporter Bill Gillis accompanied the party on the Campus tour.
At 1:45 P.M. the meeting was called to order at the President's
office. Reporters Gillis, Umberhauer and Burns covered the
1. Student Union Building Committee
President Stout recommended that a member of the Board of
Regents be appointed to serve on the Student Union Build-
ing Committee, which is now composed of Dean William D.
Carlson and Professor H. B. Blodgett of the faculty,
Milton Sharp and Robert Winkel of the student body and
Mrs. Roy Bankofier of the Alumni Association.
Motion by Mr. Grant carried unanimously that Mr. Ross, as
Chairman of the Regents Committee on Building and Grounds,
be appointed as a member of the Student Union Building
2. Minutes of Previous Meetings
Motion of Dr. Lombardi carried unanimously that the minutes
of the regular meeting of October 13, 1953 be approved and
that the reading thereof be dispensed with.
3. Comptroller's Claims
Mr. Hayden presented the following claims, which had been
approved by the Executive Committee, for approval of the
Regents Checks, Nos. 34-43 to 34-59 inclusive for a
total of $222,875.20 for October.
State Claims, Nos. 34-26 to 34-34 inclusive for a
total of $87,798,31 for October.
Regents Checks, Nos. 34-60 to 34-77 inclusive for a
total of $338,566.29 for November.
State Claims, Nos. 34-35 to 34-44 inclusive for a
total of $99,394.77 for November.
Motion by Mr. Hardy carried unanimously that the above
claims be approved.
The President reported the following gifts to the Univer-
1) Scholarship in memory of Chester A. Brennen, established
by his wife in the amount of $300 per year, to be paid
by income from securities set aside for that purpose.
Award of the scholarship will be made on the following
a) A male graduate of any Elko County high school may
b) A better than average high school scholastic record.
c) A satisfactory recommendation from the high school
d) A satisfactory score in the College Aptitude Test.
e) The recipient must register in the College of
2) Check for $300 from Mrs. Edith W. Albert to be used to
purchase securities (at her direction) to perpetuate
the fund of the Henry Albert Public Service Prize.
3) 100 mammal study skins which are representative of the
Fallon area donated by Mr. Albert Alcorn of Fallon,
4) Check in the amount of $139,050.41 from the Estate of
Wesley Elgin Travis for the Travis Student Building
5) Check in the amount of $650.84 from the estate of Wesley
Elgin Travis for a Student Loan Fund.
6) Framed picture of the 1900 graduating class of the Uni-
versity of Nevada from Mrs. M. R. Neustadt of San Mateo,
California, sister of Frances Skinner, a member of the
Motion by Mr. Crumley carried unanimously that the gifts
be accepted and that the Secretary be instructed to send a
note of thanks to the donors.
5. Personnel Recommendations
The following personnel recommendations were presented by
a) Appointment of James Olivas as Boxing Coach at a salary
of $700 for period October 1953 to April 1954.
b) Appointment of Walter S. Palmer, Jr. as Associate Pro-
fessor of Economics, Business and Sociology for the
Spring semester of 1954.
c) Appointment of John W. Bunten as Assistant in Education
at a salary of $300 for the Spring semester 1954.
d) Transfer of George Zappettini from District Extension
Agent to Extension Forester & Range Management Special-
ist at a salary of $2782 for 1/2 time services. (Addi-
tional funds from State Fire Warden will be paid to Mr.
Zappettini $2782 for 1/2 time services for that agency.)
e) Leave of absence for Wilbur S. Shepperson, Assistant
Professor of History and Political Science, for the
Fall semester 1954, without pay. He will devote his
time to study, travel and research.
f) Appointment of Albert J. Turk as Instructor in Metal-
lurgy and Junior Research Metallurgist in the Mackay
School of Mines at a salary rate of $5100 per year,
effective October 19, 1953. 2/5 of the salary will
be paid from teaching funds and 3/5 from Atomic Energy
g) Appointment of Francis W. Barsalou, Instructor in Eco-
nomics, Business and Sociology, to teach an extension
course in Business Administration at a salary of $120
for the period October 27, 1953 to February 1, 1954.
h) Appointment of James M. Hoyt, Instructor in Economics,
Business and Sociology, to teach an extension course
in Business Administration, at a salary of $500 for the
period October 8, 1953 to January 30, 1954.
i) Appointment of James A. Langford, Assistant Professor
of Education, to teach an extension course in Education
in Elko, at a salary of $112.50 for the period November
9, 1953 to November 21, 1953.
j) Appointment of Clyde F. Mead, Assistant Professor of
Education, to teach an extension course in Education
in Elko, at a salary of $112.50 for the period November
9, 1953 to November 21, 1953.
k) Contract with Milton Sharp as Student Body President at
a salary of $65 per month for the school year 1953-54,
to be paid from ASUN Funds.
l) Contract with Dorothy Bell as Secretary to the Student
Body President at a salary of $35 per month for the
school year 1953-54, to be paid from ASUN Funds.
m) Contract with Darrell Peterson as Janitor of the ASUN
building at a salary of $35 per month for the school
year 1953-54, to be paid from ASUN Funds.
n) Cooperating Teachers for Fall semester 1953, as follows:
Mr. Buddy Garfinkle $120
Miss Marilyn D. Amodel 60
Mr. Deloy Anderson 60
Miss Idel Anderson 60
Mr. Joseph Bashista 60
Mr. Bud L. Beasley 120
Miss Bernice Berry 60
Mrs. Angelina Birks 60
Mrs. Adah A. Bowen 60
Mrs. Lucille Byrd 60
Mr. Ernest M. Cicchese 60
Miss Kathryn Clark 60
Mr. Thomas H. Curtis 60
Miss Eileen Dillon 60
Mrs. Esther L. Doyle 60
Miss Juanita Elcano 60
Miss Margaret Ernst 60
Mrs. Ethel Figley 60
Mr. Robert W. Foard 60
Mrs. Alice Getto 60
Miss Inez Gillies 60
Mrs. Norma Gregory 60
Miss Kathleen Griffin 60
Miss Gladys Hamm 60
Mr. Leslie E. Hawkins 60
Miss Genevieve Johns 60
Miss Dorothy Kalmeyer 60
Mr. Edward L. Kane 60
Miss Mardelle Kornmeyer 60
Mrs. Florence Lehners 60
Mrs. Dorothy Lokke 60
Mrs. Hilma Lyon 60
Mr. John H. Marean 60
Mr. Louis Mendive 60
Miss Eleanor Miller 60
Mr. Andrew E. Morby 60
Mrs. Dorothea Nightingale 60
Mr. A. C. Nocciolo 60
Mrs. Merrie Jo Picollo 60
Mrs. Virginia C. Quirk 60
Mr. John E. Hobb 60
Mr. Earl H. Rosenburg 60
Mrs. Rudy Ruedy 60
Mr. Lyle A. Roush 60
Miss Beulah Singleton 60
Mr. Ivan C. Slotto 60
Mrs. Rachel L. Struve 60
Mrs. Lucylle Towner 60
Mrs. Marion Trabert 60
Mr. Richard Trachok 60
Miss Velva Trulove 60
Mr. Sessions S. Wheeler 60
Mr. Robert G. Whittemore 60
Mrs. Harriet Wolfe 60
Mrs. Andrea Woodbury 60
Mr. Richard Woods 60
Motion by Mr. Crumley carried unanimously that the personnel
items above (a) through (n) be approved.
6. ROTC Contract
(See item 13, minutes of October 13, 1953) President Stout
discussed the proposed contracts, together with a letter
from the Commanding General of the 6th Army Headquarters
which authorized certain changes in the wording of the
contract. With these changes, President Stout recommended
that the contract be signed.
Motion by Dr. Lombardi carried unanimously that the Presi-
dent be authorized to sign the ROTC contract with the
7. Communist Party Membership - Statement
The President reported on the faculty movement to sign the
statement on Communist membership. He explained that the
following statement was devised after he had met with the
various groups of the University to explain the Regents'
action, and after the Administrative Council and the Com-
mittee to advise the President on Faculty Matters had met
several times concerning it. The statement was then signed
by all regularly employed members of the University staff
with one exception (Mr. Howard R. Houston, Instructor in
English, who does not have tenure). The President recom-
mended that the statement be accepted as evidence of good
faith on the part of the present faculty. The statement
UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA
In order to dispel any concern that might be felt by
the people of the State regarding the attitude of
members of the staff of the University of Nevada on
Communism, I hereby affirm that I am not a member
of the Communist Party or affiliated with such party.
I do not believe in, and I am not a member of, nor
do I support any organization that advocates the
overthrow of the United States Government by force
or other unconstitutional means.
Motion by Mr. Crumley carried unanimously that the Regents
accept the above statement, with appreciation for the
cooperation of the faculty and staff.
Each member of the Board of Regents signed the above state-
The President recommended that a statement, as follows, be
made a part of future communications for employment at the
University. After discussing it,
Motion by Mr. Crumley carried unanimously that the follow-
ing statement be accepted:
POLICY ON THE EMPLOYMENT OF COMMUNISTS
AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA
The Board of Regents of the University of Nevada unani-
mously passed the following resolution:
Knowing that a member of the Communist Party is
not free to teach the truth, the Regents will not
appoint a member of the Communist Party to the
The faculty and all other employees of the Univer-
sity of Nevada agreed that a Communist should not
be appointed to or retained on the staff.
Therefore, we wish to ask each applicant for a
position on this staff to answer these questions.
Are you a member of the Communist Party?
Have you ever been a member of the Communist
Do you believe in, are you a member of, or do
you support any organization that advocates
the overthrow of the United States Government
by force or other unconstitutional methods?
(The usual "oath of office" prescribed by the State
Constitution will be signed by faculty members when
they begin their contracts, as is now the practice.)
8. American Council on Education
President Stout presented the invitation of the American
Council on Education for the University of Nevada to become
a member. He stated that this is the only State University
in the United States which is not a member. He pointed out,
also, that the American Council on Education is the out-
standing educational organization in the country, being to
State Universities what the Land Grant College Association
is to the Land Grant Colleges. Membership dues, based on
enrollment, would amount to $225 for the year.
Motion by Mr. Crumley carried unanimously that the Uni-
versity of Nevada accept membership in the American Council
9. School of Education
The President discussed with the Regents the shortage of
teachers in Nevada schools, the small output of teachers
at the University, and the fact that the State Constitution
setting up the University of Nevada specifically includes
teacher training along with other necessary educational
President Stout recommended that, starting July 1, 1954, in
order to meet the needs of the State, the School of Educa-
tion become a College of Education with the status of other
Colleges on the Campus, and charged with the responsibility
of meeting the great need of teachers in the elementary
and secondary schools of Nevada through:
(1) A stimulating program of recruitment of future
teachers in the high schools of the State.
(2) A program of thorough training for teachers at
the undergradudate level.
(3) Placement of the graduates of this program in
(4) Development of an in-service training program for
the teachers of the State through workshops, ex-
tension courses, Summer Schools, conferences, etc.
President Stout further recommended that, to give the Col-
lege of Education the proper leadership, it should be headed
by a Dean.
Motion by Mr. Hardy carried unanimously that (1) effective
July 1, 1954, the School of Education become a College of
Education with the same status as other Colleges at the
University of Nevada, (2) the College of Education be head-
ed by a Dean and (3) the President be authorized to search
for a Dean of the College of Education.
10. Statewide Educational Program
The President suggested that the Regents give thought to
a Statewide Program of Higher Education. General discussion
Motion by Mr. Grant carried unanimously that the Board of
Regents, believing that the University should continue to
develop a program of Higher Education to serve the needs
of this State, requests that the President study the in-
structional program as now conducted by the University in
Reno, at the Las Vegas Branch and the extension program in
other parts of the State, then to compare this with the
recognized needs of the State of Nevada. The results of
the study are to be reported to the Regents as early as
11. Retirement Policy
President Stout called attention to the fact that, while
there is a policy in regard to retirement age for members
of the teaching staff, no policy is in force as to a com-
pulsory retirement age for other groups - administrative,
clerical and buildings and grounds employees.
It was agreed that this matter would be given thought and
presented at the next meeting of the Board.
12. Regents Committees
Mr. Hardy reported that his report on the Mackay School of
Mines was ready for mimeographing and distribution to the
Regents, and that he would welcome discussion at the next
It was agreed that Mr. Grant would report on the College of
Engineering, Mr. Crumley on the College of Agriculture, Dr.
Lombardi on the College of Arts and Science and Mr. Ross on
the Buildings and Grounds - in that order, for future meet-
ings of the Board.
13. William R. Wood
President Stout reported informally on his trip around the
State with Dr. William R. Wood, Specialist in Lower Division
work, U. S. Office of Education, when high school principals
and superintendents were visited, with a view to learning
the educational needs of the high school graduates of
14. Atomic Energy Contract
The President presented the Cooperative Contract between
the University of Nevada and the U. S. Atomic Energy Com-
mission, dated December 7, 1953. Purpose of the contract
is as follows:
The Commission desires to encourage, further and in-
tensify basic research of the University on the deline-
ation of range livestock production problems in areas
adjacent to the Nevada Proving Grounds, with emphasis
on the effects of radioactivity on livestock production.
The contract provides that work will start January 1, 1954
and will continue through December 31, 1954. The University
will be paid by the Government the sum of $19,480 for carry-
ing out the contract.
Motion by Dr. Lombardi carried unanimously that the con-
tract with the Atomic Energy Commission, as explained above,
15. Lincoln Hall
The President reported that the remodeling work at Lincoln
Hall has now been completed and that the Notice of Comple-
tion to "Creditors and Others Concerned" had appeared in
the local papers stating that "Creditors' claims against
this contract should be filed with the undersigned not
later than November 30, 1953."
Motion by Mr. Hardy carried unanimously that the remodeling
job at Lincoln Hall be accepted.
The meeting adjourned at 3:55 P.M.
The next meeting was set for sometime in January, at the call
of the Chairman.