UCCSN Board of Regents' Meeting Minutes

December 11-12, 1948 

Volume 6 - Pages 116-120

                       REGENTS MEETING
                      December 11, 1948

The special meeting of the Board of Regents was called to order
by Chairman Ross at 9 A.M. in the office of the President, Decem-
ber 11, 1948.  Present:  Regents Henningsen, Cahlan, Sheerin,
Ross, Regent-Elect Sam Arentz, Jr., Comptroller Gorman and Presi-
dent Moseley.  Mr. Ross stated that the purpose of the meeting
was to consider the budget for the next biennium.

Comptroller Gorman presented the proposed budget as tabulated
from requests of the various Departments and Divisions of the
University.  Each Regent and the President were supplied with a
copy.  It was decided to take up the Public Service Division by
Departments, and then consider the Academic Division of the Uni-
versity, and this procedure was followed.

Mr. Jeff Springmeyer, Legislative Counsellor, came into the meet-
ing at 9:30 A.M. and was given a copy of the proposed budget.
Mr. Springmeyer spoke briefly on the need for presenting to the
Legislature reports and budgets in such a way that they will be
easily understood.

At 10 A.M. Mr. Creel appeared before the Regents and discussed
the Extension Division budget.  He also reported on his confer-
ence in Washington with Secretary Brannan concerning the Newlands
Farm, who urged that Senator Mc Carran be kept informed of the
action and wishes of the University regarding the Farm.  A para-
graph was read from a letter from Mr. P. V. Cardon, Research
Administrator of the U. S. D. A., as follows:

    The most recent incident of a serious nature relating to
    decreases in appropriations occurred in May 1947 when our
    1948 requests were under consideration.  The House Committee
    had approved a decrease of $100,000.  This was restored by
    the Senate with the following proviso:

        ....the Committee felt that the various irrigation and
        dryland experiment stations proposed for closing under
        the conditions of the House bill should be maintained
        until the respective states are given adequate oppor-
        tunity to provide funds for their operation.  At least
        part of these stations have permanent values to states
        concerned and they should have the opportunity of pro-
        viding support for them and to accept the responsibil-
        ity for them.

    It would appear that the approaching session of the Nevada
    Legislature gives "adequate opportunity" for the State to
    provide for the Fallon, Nevada, station.

The following resolutions adopted at the annual meeting of the
Nevada State Farm Bureau were read:

    RESOLUTION - It is probable that the United States Depart-
    ment of Agriculture will discontinue the Newlands Field
    Experiment Station at Fallon on July 1, 1949, as a place of
    study and research.  It has offered to donate the Farm with
    its improvements and equipment to the University of Nevada
    Agricultural Experiment Station for use as a laboratory to
    carry on further research of general agricultural problems,
    livestock feeding and dairying, and therefore, the Nevada
    State Farm Bureau requests the Board of Regents of the Uni-
    versity to accept this property on behalf of the Nevada Agri-
    cultural Experiment Station and continue its use as an Ex-
    perimental Farm.

    The Nevada State Farm Bureau also requests the State Legis-
    lature at its next session to appropriate sufficient addi-
    tional funds to the Board of Regents in order to maintain
    the high state of production of the Farm; to pursue further
    research work and also improve and maintain the buildings,
    equipment and livestock on the Farm.

    RESOLUTION - We wish to commend the Agricultural Experiment
    Station for the fine progress made during the past two years

        1.  The Soil Fertility investigative program.
        2.  The production of tomato transplants in Clark County.
        3.  The Range and Meadow Hay improvement program at the
            Knole Creek Experiment Station in Elko County.
        4.  The production of high quality, high yielding and
            disease-free alfalfa.

    We recommend that the Nevada State Farm Bureau ask the Legis-
    lature to continue these projects.

Reporter Frank Mc Cullough came into the meeting at 10:20 and re-
porter Lloyd Rogers at 10:45 during the above discussion, and
remained until noon.

Motion by Mr. Sheerin, seconded by Mr. Cahlan, passed unanimously
that the Board of Regents request the 1949 Legislature to pass an
enabling Act authorizing the Board of Regents of the University
to take title from the Federal Government of the Newland's Exper-
imental Farm at Fallon, with an appropriation of $10,000 for the
biennium for the operation of the Farm; and that the Comptroller
be instructed to have the proper Bill drawn up and presented to
the Legislature.

Mr. Creel next proceeded with the discussion of his Agricultural
Extension budget, pointing out the difficulty of coordinating
salaries for his people on a 12-month basis with those of the
faculty on a 9-month basis.

The Board recessed at 12:30 noon for luncheon in the University
Dining Hall and was called to order at 1:30 P.M. with the 4
Regents, Mr. Arentz, Dr. Gorman, President Moseley and Mr.
Springmeyer present.

Reporter Rogers returned at 1:45 P.M. and Mr. Mc Cullough at 1:50
P.M. and remained throughout the afternoon.

Mr. Creel and Mr. Fleming met with the Regents from 2:10 until
2:20 P.M. for discussion on the Experiment Station budget.  Mr.
Fleming was instructed to prepare a breakdown on the operation
of the Newland's Farm at Fallon showing the necessity for the
State to appropriate $5,000 per year for the coming biennium.
The budget of the Agricultural Extension Division was returned
for a more detailed breakdown.

Mr. Ross read a letter from Mr. Hilliard outlining Mr. Hilliard's
attitude on the proposed salary increases.

After general discussion on the budget, motion by Mr. Sheerin,
seconded by Mr. Cahlan, passed unanimously that the Regents
return the proposed budget to the President and the Comptroller
for screening, and re-figuring salaries on the new proposed sal-
ary schedule as follows:

    Instructors              $2400 - $3900
    Assistant Professors      3600 -  4800
    Associate Professors      4400 -  5600
    Professors                5200 -  6000
    Deans and Directors       6000 -  7500

and that the new budget be prepared as soon as possible, that
copies be submitted to each member of the Board of Regents for
study and consideration at the next meeting of the Board.

President's Recommendations:

A.  Personnel

    1)  Motion by Mr. Cahlan passed unanimously that Dr. Earl W.
        Sheets be appointed as Acting Professor of Animal Hus-
        bandry and Acting Head of the Department of Animal Hus-
        bandry at a salary of $540 per month for the 6-month
        period January 1, 1949 to June 30, 1949, in place of
        Professor F. W. Wilson, who died on December 7, 1948.

B.  Policy

    1)  Motion by Mrs. Henningsen passed unanimously that the
        following recommendation of the Dining Hall Committee
        be approved:

        That men and women who reside in the University Dormito-
        ries for one or both sessions of the 1949 Summer School
        be required to board at the University Dining Hall.

        That the cost for board and room, double occupancy, be
        $90 for the session of 5 weeks.

        That the cost for board and room, single occupancy, be
        $100 for the session of 5 weeks.

        That the Summer session students who do not live in the
        Dormitories but who desire to eat in the Dining Hall
        regularly may do so by paying in advance for the 5-week
        session.  People who desire to take only occasional
        meals may do so by paying the guest rates which will be
        posted and which may be subject to change from time to

        Breakdown on the above amounts for board and room is as

            Board - $15 per week for 5 weeks               $75
            Room  - single occupancy - $5 per week 5 weeks  25
            Room  - double occupancy - $3 per week 5 weeks  15

Comptroller's Claims

    Motion by Mrs. Henningsen passed unanimously that the follow-
    ing claims, as approved by the Finance Committee, be approv-

    List No. 5, dated November 30, 1948, Regents Checks Nos.
    89-107 to 89-138, inclusive, for a total of $187,583.27.

    List No. 5, dated November 30, 1948, State Claims Nos.
    89-88 to 89-107, inclusive, for a total of $68,510.90.

Dr. Gorman reported that, as of October 28, 1948, the University
received title to the Clark Field Housing Units (Victory Heights)
and the Trailer Court on West Second Street.

Death of F. W. Wilson

    Motion by Mrs. Henningsen passed unanimously that Dr. Gorman
    be appointed to draw up resolutions on the death of Professor
    F. W. Wilson, and that copies be mailed to the family of Mr.

    It was the unanimous opinion of the Board that, in view of
    the fact that Mr. Wilson's work will be taken over by Mr.
    Maloney and Mr. Reed, and in view of Mr. Wilson's long serv-
    ice at the University, his salary be allowed for the full
    month of December, 1948.

Building Program

    Chairman Ross said that the State Planning Board has asked
    the Regents to let them know which building the Regents
    consider to be first in their proposed building program.

    Motion by Mr. Sheerin passed unanimously that the State
    Planning Board be informed that it is the unanimous opinion
    of the members of the Board of Regents that the next building
    on the Campus, in order of importance, is the Laboratory
    building or such units of that building as can be construct-
    ed with the funds which we may be able to secure.

The meeting adjourned at 5:55 P.M. with the next meeting subject
to the call of the Chairman, tentatively set for January 8, 1949.


    With profound regret the Regents of the University of Nevada
    received notice of the death on December 7, 1948, of Profes-
    sor Frederick W. Wilson of Reno, a loyal member of the Uni-
    versity staff since 1915.

    The University and its students, the City of Reno and the
    State of Nevada have suffered a great loss in the passing of
    this distinguished citizen, teacher and friend.

    Upon his graduation from the Kansas State Agricultural Col-
    lege, he entered the services of the University of Arizona
    where his integrity and ability were soon appreciated.  A
    farm owner, himself, he had a practical, as well as theoreti-
    cal understanding of the problems of western agriculture, and
    recognizing his ability, the University of Nevada asked him
    to join the faculty of this institution to formulate a pro-
    gram to build up the College of Agriculture.  He remained on
    the University staff until the time of his death.

    As a member of the faculty of the University of Nevada, Pro-
    fessor Wilson was extremely active in the improvement of the
    teaching of Agriculture at the University, and in the prac-
    tical application of the same principles for the benefit of
    the livestock men of the State, who soon grew to respect his
    judgment and sincerity.  The high esteem in which he was held
    by the farmers and businessmen of Nevada has long reflected
    favorably on the University and has been of great value in
    cementing relationships between the people of Nevada and
    their only institution of higher education.

    He was not only a fine teacher and a wise advisor to the
    farmers of the State, but he was also a friend and advisor
    to the students and alumni.  He served on numerous student
    boards and worked out many complex problems for his young
    friends.  He was especially interested in athletics and
    served in that field for many years quietly and without any
    public acknowledgment of his valuable work.

    During his more than 3 decades of service thousands of stu-
    dents have passed through the University of Nevada and many
    of them have become oustanding citizens through the aid and
    encouragement of Professor Wilson.  Friendly, understanding
    and sympathetic, he had countless friends among the alumni
    of the University.

    On the behalf of the President, faculty, students and alumni
    of the University of Nevada, the Regents extend deepest
    sympathy to his widow and sons in their irreparable loss of
    a loving husband and father.

                             For the Board of Regents.

                             Chairman of the Board

                             Vice President and Comptroller


    Secretary of the Board