12/11/1908

UCCSN Board of Regents' Meeting Minutes
December 11-12, 1908
 







12-11-1908

Volume OD - Pages 61-70



                         Reno, Nevada

                      December 11, 1908



The Board of Regents met at their Office in Morrill Hall at 10

o'clock A.M., Friday, December 11, 1908.  Present, Regents Smith,

Lewers, Souchereau and Sunderland; also the President of the

University.  Absent, Regent Henderson.



Minutes of last meeting read and approved.  Balance sheets, show-

ing condition of funds to October 31st, read.



Upon motion of Regent Lewers, seconded by Regent Souchereau, the

recommendation by President Stubbs of the appointment of Reuben

Cyril Thompson as Instructor of Latin in the High School at a

salary of Twelve Hundred dollars per annum beginning with the

15th of November, 1908 was approved.



Upon motion of Regent Lewers, seconded by Regent Souchereau, the

following resolution was adopted:



    RESOLVED, that the Board of Regents of the University of

    Nevada appreciate the high purpose of Mr. Andrew Carnegie

    in establishing the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement

    of Teaching.  They see clearly its far-reaching and bene-

    ficient results in advancing the dignity of the teacher's

    office, in protecting the old age of unselfish public serv-

    ants, and in increasing the efficiency and promoting the

    elevation of the standards in American Colleges and Uni-

    versities.



    They therefore desire that the University of Nevada shall

    participate in the benefits of this Foundation, and hereby

    make application for the admission of the University of

    Nevada into all the rights and privileges of the Carnegie

    Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.



The President of the University read his report, which was or-

dered recorded in the minutes, as follows:



                                            Reno, Nevada

                                            December 4, 1908



To the Board of Regents,

    The University of Nevada,

        Reno.



Gentlemen:



I append herewith a list of the claims on the State Fund and on

the A & M Fund.  This list also includes the payment of salaries

to the Professors and students for the months of November and

December.



At the last meeting of the Board of Regents, I read a communica-

tion to the Governor requesting on behalf of the Board of Regents

that the State Board of Examiners allow a deficiency of Nine

Thousand dollars for the remainder of this year, on the grounds

that this represented money that the Legislature appropriated

but, owing to circumstances delaying the building, which we did

not receive in time for this year.  On that evening I was taken

somewhat severely ill with rheumatism which kept me confined to

my bed until after the election.  Then I went to Bryon Hot

Springs and took a course of treatment for three weeks in the

hope that I would be pretty well cured.  It did not do as much

for me as I had hoped.



While I was ill, Professor Lewers, Vice President of the Univer-

sity, had charge of the University and attended to all of its

duties.  Just before I went to Byron Hot Springs, I wrote to the

Governor asking him to appoint a day when Professor Lewers could

see him and present in detail the reasons for our request for a

deficiency.  Professor Lewers met the Governor and Mr. Stoddard

and went over the ground very thoroughly with them and understood

that the Governor and the Attorney General were both disposed to

grant the request of the Board of Regents, and probably this has

been done, although I cannot say for certain.  At the request of

the Governor, Professor Lewers submitted a list of the deficiency

claims and the salaries, amounting to somewhere between Eight and

Nine Thousand dollars.



I recommended the election of Reuben Cyril Thompson to the In-

structorship in Latin in the High School at a salary of $1200 a

year beginning with the 15th of November, 1908.  He is a graduate

of Harvard University and besides his ordinary testimonials from

the State Normal School at Albion, Idaho, he has a very strong

letter from John William White of Harvard, which I will submit

to the Board of Regents.  Mr. Van Nostrand desired to accept the

position of private teacher to Senator Nixon's son and, after

consideration, I deemed it best to release him.  I notified the

members of the Board by letter of the selection of Mr. Thompson

and received their approval.



According to the requirements of the Carnegie Foundation for the

Advancement of Teaching in order that we may receive the benefits

of the fund for retiring allowances to aged and infirm teachers,

recently provided for State Universities by an additional gift

of Five Millions of dollars, it is necessary that this Board

pass a resolution requesting the Carnegie Foundation for the

Advancement of Teaching that this University is enrolled among

the beneficiaries of that Fund.  The rules of the Fund, however,

require that besides this resolution by the Board of Regents

asking that the University of Nevada be admitted to the benefits

of this Fund, we must have the approval of the Governor of the

State and the assent, by joint resolution, of the State Legis-

lature.



I herewith submit to the Board of Regents a draft of a resolution

which may be taken as a guide for the proper form of the request

from the Board of Regents:



    At a meeting of the Board of Regents of the University of

    Nevada on the above date, the following was unanimously

    adopted:



    RESOLVED, that the Board of Regents of the University of

    Nevada appreciate the high purpose of Mr. Andrew Carnegie

    in establishing the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement

    of Teaching.  They see clearly its far-reaching and bene-

    ficient results in advancing the dignity of the teacher's

    office, in protecting the old age of unselfish public serv-

    ants, and in increasing the efficiency and promoting the

    elevation of the standards in American Colleges and Univer-

    sities.



    They therefore desire that the University of Nevada shall

    participate in the benefits of this Foundation, and hereby

    make application for the admission of the University of

    Nevada into all the rights and privileges of the Carnegie

    Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.



                         /s/ By the Regents of the

                                 University of Nevada

                             Geo. H. Taylor, Secretary



    SEAL



While at Byron Hot Springs Mr. Bliss came out to see me just be-

fore we went to New York in response to a request from Mr. Mackay

and we discussed pretty fully the plans which he expected to pre-

sent to Mr. Mackay for the training quarters and the grandstand.

As the Regents know, Dr. Kennedy and the other members of the

Mackay Athletic Committee have had in charge the sum of Ten Thou-

sand dollars for preparing the athletic field and this work has

been done under the advice of the Committee associated with him.

It is probable that to complete this work, the Committee will

require about Four Thousand dollars additional.  The matter of

the training quarters and the grandstand rests upon a somewhat

different basis.  On November 18th I received the following

telegram from Mr. Mackay:



    After lengthy interview with Mr. Bliss and Mr. Richardson,

    have approved of plans for training quarters as well as for

    grandstand, with minor changes.  Have instructed architects

    training quarters should be built of brick, similar to Mackay

    School of Mines.  This will be additional cost of Four Thou-

    sand dollars, but I am willing to assume this in view of my

    desire to make building permanent and worthy of Institution.

    Have wired Professor Kennedy on similar lines, stating that

    work can be proceeded with at once.  Letter follows.



The letter, under date of November 18th, says further:



    I think that no further comment is necessary, except that I

    hope no time will be lost in having the work started, and

    that on completion it will be architecturally, and also from

    the point of construction, as successful an institution as

    the Mackay School of Mines.



    I have instructed Mr. Bliss as heretofore that all certifi-

    cates on payments should be passed upon by you and the Ath-

    letic Committee, and then forwarded to this office for pay-

    ment.



    I was greatly interested in the letter that you addressed

    to the Publicity Committee of the Anti-Gambling League of

    Reno.  It was admirably expressed and touched a very deep

    chord.  I saw a little while ago by the papers that you

    were not so fortunate as to carry your point at this last

    election, but I feel positive that with the proper influences

    at work they will in time predominate and a new order of

    things be established in Reno.  You are certainly deserving

    of every encouragement for the fearless fight that you are

    waging.



I presume that the meeting of the Board of Regents occurs the

4th of January for the purpose of clearing up business, intro-

ducing the new members of the Board, and arranging for its organ-

ization.  This suggests to this Board of Regents the question of

some further conference respecting the report of the Honorary

Board of Visitors, especially that part of it referring to the

Head of the Mining Department.  In conference with the Governor

on Monday respecting this report, I found that the Chairman of

the Honorary Board of Visitors had already talked over the matter

with the Governor, who said that he had also heard some reports

in the State unfavorable to the Mining School.  Would it not be

well to invite the Governor and the Chairman of the Board of

Visitors to meet with both the old Board and the new on Monday,

January 4th, and talk over fully this matter?



I will probably have my report for the two years ending December

31, 1908, with recommendations for the two years ending December

31, 1910, prepared and ready to submit to the Board of Regents

by the 20th of this month.  I shall send to each member of the

Board of Regents a copy.  It will be necessary that the Board

of Regents directs the preparation of its part of the report to

the Governor so that the report may be submitted to him by the

4th of January.



                        RECOMMENDATIONS



1.  I recommend that the Board of Regents, upon the recommenda-

    tion of the faculty of the Normal School, approve the length-

    ening of the Normal School Course from one year to two years;

    the new two year course beginning September 1st, 1909, keep-

    ing for the present the same requirements for admission that

    now obtain.



2.  Upon the recommendation of the Academic Council, I recommend

    the approval of the Board of Regents to several changes in

    the requirements for admission to the Freshman Class of the

    University beginning September 1st, 1909:



    a.  That Chemistry and Solid Geometry, with 2 1/2 units

        elective, be added to the entrance requirements for

        the Engineering courses;



    b.  That ten units elective be added to the requirements of

        all other courses except the Normal course;



    c.  That the University High School adopt a High School

        course of four years, beginning with September 1st,

        1909;



    d.  That the present High School students belonging to the

        first and second years be held to this four year course;



    e.  That the Legislature be asked for a sufficient appro-

        priation to provide for such enlargement of the High

        School course;



    f.  That ten units of History be required for the Liberal

        Arts and General Science courses, as follows:  U. S.

        History and Civics - 5 units; either English or Ancient

        History - 5 units; total 10 units.



    g.  The statistics of the Freshman Class for this year show

        that we can advance to a four years' requirement in 1909

        as readily as to wait until the beginning of the Fall

        term in 1910.  The only condition that is made is that

        the Committee on Admission and Advanced Standing shall

        make arrangements to that High School students who are

        deficient in High School Chemistry for next year shall

        have the opportunity to make it up without impairing

        their standing the first year in College.



Upon motion of Regent Lewers, seconded by Regent Sunderland, the

recommendations in the President's report were approved.



Upon motion of Regent Lewers, seconded by Regents Souchereau and

Sunderland, the President was requested to invite the Governor

and Chairman of the Board of Visitors to meet with the Regents

at its first meeting to be held in January, 1909.



Claims were allowed from the several funds, as follows:



    Contingent Fund and Interest Account



        October Payroll, Professors & Instructors    $ 2,293.06

        October Payroll, Students                        224.90

        November Payroll, Professors & Instructors     2,304.86

        November Payroll, Students                       245.45

        December Payroll, Professors & Instructors     2,252.36

        December Payroll, Students                       193.55

        J. E. Stubbs                                     100.00

        Geo. H. Taylor                                   637.60

        Geo. H. Taylor                                    19.50

        C. O. D. Wood & Coal Co.                          57.97

        Union Oil Co.                                    221.43

        Heywood & Wakefield                              180.00

        A. W. Holmes                                     137.75

        Standard Oil Co.                                  47.33

        Central Coal & Coke Co.                          109.50

        C. M. Beckwith                                    16.55

        Nevada Wood & Fuel Co.                            76.05

        The Argonaut, S. F.                                6.40

        Harms & Morrill                                  238.15

        Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Co.                 16.55

        Reno Power Light & Water Co.                     532.25

        William Wagner                                   210.93

        Nevada Hardware & Supply Co.                     260.18

        Reno Mill & Lumber Co.                           339.15

                                    Total            $10,721.47



    Cement Walks Fund



        Cheney, Massey & Price                       $    35.00

        Joseph Durkee                                    169.50

                                    Total            $   204.50



    Mackay Building Equipment Fund



        Harron, Rickard & Mc Cone                    $   320.75

        Union Lumber Co.                                 240.00

        J. B. Hastings                                    75.00

        Nevada Hardware & Supply Co.                     150.05

                                    Total            $   785.80



    Mackay School of Mines Instruction Fund



        October Payroll, Professors & Instructors    $   450.00

        November Payroll, Professors & Instructors       450.00

        December Payroll, Professors & Instructors       450.00

        Reno Evening Gazette                               8.50

                                    Total            $ 1,358.50



    A & M College Morrill Fund



        October Payroll, Professors & Instructors    $ 2,139.91

        November Payroll, Professors & Instructors     2,347.81

        December Payroll, Professors & Instructors     2,065.07

        Nevada Hardware & Supply Co.                       5.28

        Nevada Hardware & Supply Co.                       1.00

        Nevada Hardware & Supply Co.                      11.14

        Nevada Hardware & Supply Co.                      28.65

        Nevada Hardware & Supply Co.                     304.78

        Eugene Dietzgen Co.                                5.13

        Eugene Dietzgen Co.                                2.70

        Fritz & Goeldel Mfg. Co.                           3.80

        G. E. Steckhert                                   22.90

        G. E. Steckhert                                    2.25

        A. C. Mc Clury & Co.                               2.63

        Keuffel & Esser Co.                               16.15

        Electric Controller Mfg. Co.                      31.50

        Bausch & Lomb Optical Co.                          6.12

        Bausch & Lomb Optical Co.                          4.80

        Bausch & Lomb Optical Co.                          8.94

        Bausch & Lomb Optical Co.                          4.28

        John Wiley & Sons                                 15.15

        Nevada Machinery & Supply Co.                      2.20

        Nevada Machinery & Supply Co.                     16.65

        Spencer Lens Co.                                  60.22

        Spencer Lens Co.                                  41.58

        A. C. Mc Clury & Co.                              24.64

        Braun, Knight, Heimann Co.                       184.88

        Ward's Natural Science Establishment              31.32

        W. H. Bidwell                                      8.00

        Geo. H. Taylor                                    19.30

        Sol Levy                                           3.40

        Nevada Engineering Works                           4.40

        Nevada Engineering Works                           5.00

        Mott Stationery Co.                                4.45

        Mott Stationery Co.                                3.15

        Porteous Decorating Co.                          327.00

        Porteous Decorating Co.                            2.00

        Porteous Decorating Co.                            5.30

        Porteous Decorating Co.                             .85

        Cleator Dexter Co.                                 2.60

        T. R. Cheatham                                      .90

        John Breuner Co.                                  64.75

        Reno Saddlery Co.                                  2.00

        Riverside Studio                                  22.00

        Union Lumber Co.                                   5.00

        Self & Sellman Mill & Bldg. Co.                   13.00

        Reno Mill & Lumber Co.                            15.80

        Reno Mill & Lumber Co.                            16.25

        Reno Power Light & Water Co.                      36.55

        Nevada Hardware & Supply Co.                      13.60

        Nevada Hardware & Supply Co.                     219.58

        Nevada Hardware & Supply Co.                      10.12

        Nevada Hardware & Supply Co.                      13.36

        Nevada Hardware & Supply Co.                      74.60

                                    Total            $ 8,284.34



No further business, the Board adjourned to meet at the Office

of Mr. Oscar J. Smith, 204 North Virginia Street, January 4th,

1909, at 8 o'clock P.M.



                             Oscar J. Smith

                             President



Geo. H. Taylor

Secretary