12/21/1917

  

UCCSN Board of Regents' Meeting Minutes
December 21-22, 1917
 



12-21-1917
Volume OE - Pages 105-113

                         Reno, Nevada
                      December 21, 1917

The Board of Regents met in the Office of the President of the
University at 11:35 on December 21, 1917, and was called to
order by Chairman Abel.

Present:  Regents Abel, Sullivan, O'Brien and Baker, and Presi-
dent Clark and Vice President Lewers.  Absent:  Regent Curler.

The first order of business was a reading of the minutes.  As
a transcript of the same had been sent to the members of the
Board, it was moved by Dr. Sullivan that the minutes up to and
including December 11 be approved.  Motion carried.

The order of business was set aside by the Chairman for the
moment and he stated that in order to finish all business con-
cerning the election of President Clark, he wished to present
some additional letters.  Mr. Abel then read to the Board his
letter under date of September 17, 1917, to Dr. W. E. Clark,
notifying him of his election as President of the University of
Nevada; also Dr. Clark's reply under date of September 25, 1917,
accepting the election.  To complete the file of Dr. Clark's
credentials, the Chairman read a letter from Mr. Edwin R.
Seligman of the Political Science faculty of Columbia University,
containing the endorsement of that faculty by Dr. Clark, also a
letter from President Nicholas Murray Butler, President of Colum-
bia University, transmitting the same.  The communications were
received and ordered put on file (File 8-7).

The Chairman stated that if agreeable to the Board, he and Vice
President Lewers would take one or two hours of the afternoon
and go over with President Clark the matters to come before the
Board and decide what matters should be taken up at this time.
President Clark requesting this and the Board being agreeable,
recess was taken until 3 the same afternoon.

The recessed meeting of the Board of Regents was called to order
at 3:20 P.M. by the Chairman.

Present:  Regents O'Brien, Baker, Curler, Sullivan and Abel, and
President Clark and Mr. Lewers.

The confirmation of the appointment of Dr. Gustav F. Ruediger as
Director of the State Hygienic Laboratory, vice Dr. Mullin, re-
signed, was taken up, the same having been left to Regent Sulli-
van and the Acting President at the previous meeting of the
Board.  It was moved by Mr. Curler that the appointment of Dr.
Gustav F. Ruediger as Director of the Hygienic Laboratory, at a
salary of $3000 per year, beginning November 1, 1917, be approv-
ed.  Vote:

    Mr. O'Brien          Aye
    Mrs. Baker           Aye
    Dr. Sullivan         Aye
    Mr. Abel             Aye
    Mr. Curler           Aye

Dr. Sullivan reported that the members of the Washoe County Medi-
cal Association were highly pleased with the election of Dr.
Ruediger and with the policy of conduct for the laboratory for
which he had outlined.

A letter was read from Professor S. C. Dinsmore, dated December
20, in which he asked for leave of absence for the duration of
the war to go into the service of the Food Division of the
Sanitary Corps, Surgeon General's Department, under commission
as First Lieutenant.  It was moved by Mrs. Baker that Mr. Dins-
more be granted leave of absence for the duration of the war.
Motion was carried, all voting aye.

Without motion it was agreed that the arrangement of the work of
the Department of which Mr. Dinsmore was Head, should be left to
the President, he to see if the present staff could handle, or,
if necessary, to have addition help to recommend accordingly.

A letter dated November 12, 1917, from Professor Woodward, was
read, in which he tendered his resignation as Professor of Dairy
Husbandry, to take effect as soon as the work of the first semes-
ter is completed, Mr. Woodward stating that he was accepting a
similar position in the State College of Washington, Pullman,
Washington.  Mr. Woodward also asked in this letter if part or
the whole of money advanced to him as moving expense should be
refunded to the University.  The matter was discussed in regard
to the refund and also in regard to some policy to be adopted
as to the length of service a man should give to the University
when accepting a position on the staff, and the accepting of
other positions during the year, excepting of course, government
service during the war.

Mr. Curler moved that the resignation of Professor E. G.
Woodward as Professor of Dairy Husbandry, to take effect Janu-
ary 1, 1918, be accepted, and that the Board considered that
Mr. Woodward should refund the full amount of money, $200, ad-
vanced to him as expense money.  Vote:

    Mr. O'Brien          Aye
    Mrs. Baker           Aye
    Mr. Abel             Aye
    Mr. Curler           Aye
    Dr. Sullivan         Out of the room when vote taken

Three cases of persons leaving on account of entering war service
were cited to the Board by the Acting President:  Miss Kempton,
who went to take up Y. M. C. A. work at Camp Funston, Junction
City, Kansas, Mr. Peter Mc Kinlay, who left to accept a Junior
Lieutenantship in the Navy, and Mr. A. W. Preston, who was leav-
ing to accept service, also, in the Navy.

Mr. Curler related to the Board that word had come to him rela-
tive to Miss Kempton's leaving, that she had not been given her
full month's salary, and that on account of her various gener-
osities to the Red Cross, Liberty Bond Subscription and the Y.
M. C. A. Friendship Fund, she was somewhat short of money and
was compelled to borrow in order to meet her traveling expenses.
Mr. Curler spoke of Miss Kempton's excellent service to the Uni-
versity, and as she left on the 19th of the month, felt that it
would be better to grant her the remaining salary for November.

Acting President Lewers stated in this connection that the
Comptroller was not authorized to pay more than the actual amount
earned up to the day of departure of Miss Kempton, and said that
it would be well to have a ruling to meet such a case in the
future.  Mr. Curler was of the opinion that every assistance
should be given to anyone leaving for the purpose of taking up
war service, and suggested that if they left after the middle
of the month, full salary for that month be given.  Acting Pres-
ident Lewers suggested that such a motion be put on the books,
but the President suggested that Miss Kempton's case be handled
as a single case and not as a precedent.

Mr. Curler moved:  That Miss Elizabeth Kempton be given leave of
absence during the period of her service with the Army Y. M. C.
A. work, or any other governmental services in connection with
the war, and that she be allowed full salary for the month of
November, 1917.  Vote:

    Mr. O'Brien          Aye
    Mrs. Baker           Aye
    Mr. Abel             Aye
    Mr. Curler           Aye
    Dr. Sullivan         Aye

It was moved by Mrs. Baker that Mr. Peter G. Mc Kinlay and Mr.
A. W. Preston be granted leaves of absence for the period of
their war service.  Motion was carried, all voting aye.

The Chairman read to the Board a letter from Mr. J. L. Weatherwax
dated November 19 tendering his resignation as Instructor in the
Department of Physics, the same to take effect January 1, 1918.
It was moved by Mr. O'Brien that the resignation of Mr. J. L.
Weatherwax to take effect on January 1, 1918, be accepted.  Mo-
tion carried, all aye.

The matter of a successor to Mr. Weatherwax in the Department of
Physics was, without motion, left in the hands of the President,
both as to the candidate for the position and the salary to be
paid, which would probably be recommended to the President by
Dr. Hartman of that Department.

The matter in a misunderstanding regarding the salary paid to
Mr. C. R. Hill, and his status in the Department of Civil Engi-
neering, was brought to the attention of the Board, it being
Mr. Hill's understanding that he was to receive $125 per month
for 12 months or $1500 per year, while the Board was of the
opinion that their arrangement was for $125 per month for the
year, beginning September 1, 1917.  Mr. Lewers reported that
Mr. Hill's services were very satisfactory, that he was offered
a very good salary in government service, and recommended that
he be paid $150 per month, beginning January 1, 1918.  Vote:

    Mr. O'Brien          Aye
    Mrs. Baker           Aye
    Mr. Abel             Aye
    Mr. Curler           Aye
    Dr. Sullivan         Aye

The matter of the salary of Mr. Ed Hancock, as referred to in a
letter from Professor Wilson under date of October 4th, and laid
over from the last meeting was taken up and discussed, the recom-
mendation of Vice President Lewers being that his salary should
be raised from $115 to $125, being a $10 increase, the $15 over
the $100 representing pay for the use of Mr. Hancock's auto-
mobile.  Mr. Lewers explained that some of the laborers working
on the Farm were receiving $3 per day, and that if Mr. Hancock's
salary were raised from $115 to $125, it would mean that he was
receiving $110 as Foreman of the Farm and $15 for the use of
his automobile.

Dr. Sullivan took the Chair.

It was moved by Regent Abel that the salary of Mr. Ed Hancock
be set at $125 per month, beginning January 1, 1918, the same
to include the use of his auto as heretofore.  Vote:

    Mr. O'Brien          Aye
    Mrs. Baker           Aye
    Mr. Abel             Aye
    Mr. Curler           Aye
    Dr. Sullivan         Aye

Mr. Abel resumed the Chair.

Vice President Lewers brought up the matter of the salary of Miss
Mack, who since Miss Kempton left was assuming extra duties.  Mr.
Lewers recommended Miss Mack be paid an additional amount that
would cover the cost of her board at the University Dining Hall;
Mr. Lewers explained that by a proper division of the work, he
thought that the Dining Hall would be able to run without a suc-
cessor to Miss Kempton, at least for the present.  Mr. Stevens,
a student, was doing considerable of the management work, Miss
Mack had assumed some, and the Chef, Mr. Arden, some more.  Some
discussion arose as to the status of Mr. Stevens in the Dining
Hall, and of student labor variously, the sense of the Board be-
ing that no student -- except in exceptional cases -- should earn
more than the amount necessary to pay his or her board in the
University Dining Hall.

Mr. Curler offered the following resolution to cover this:

    BE IT RESOLVED that it shall be the general policy that
    no student shall, save in exceptional cases, be given pay-
    ment by the University a sum in excess of that necessary
    to pay his or her board in the Dining Hall.

Vote:

    Mr. O'Brien          Aye
    Mrs. Baker           Aye
    Mr. Abel             Aye
    Mr. Curler           Aye
    Dr. Sullivan         Aye

Some discussion as to the salary of the Chef arose, it having
been recommended that he be paid an additional $15 per month.

It was moved by Regent O'Brien that the salary of Miss Margaret
E. Mack, as Dean of Women and Assistant Professor of Biology, be
fixed at $200 per month, beginning January 1, 1918, and that the
salary of Mr. Phil Arden, Chef for the Dining Hall, be fixed at
$115 per month, beginning January 1, 1918 (see Miss Kempton's
letter of September 12, 1917).  Vote:

    Mr. O'Brien          Aye
    Mrs. Baker           Aye
    Mr. Abel             Aye
    Mr. Curler           Aye
    Dr. Sullivan         Aye

A joint letter from Mr. S. C. Dinsmore and Dr. Ruediger, was read
asking that the salary of Miss Sybil Hartung be raised from $60
to $75 per month, 1/2 payable from the Department of Hygienic
Laboratory and 1/2 from the Food and Drugs Department.  It was
moved by Regent Curler that the salary of Miss Sybil Hartung be
fixed at $75 per month, beginning January 1, 1918, payable under
the same provisions as heretofore (1/2 from Hygienic Laboratory
funds and 1/2 from Food and Drugs funds).  Vote:

    Mr. O'Brien          Aye
    Mrs. Baker           Aye
    Mr. Abel             Aye
    Mr. Curler           Aye
    Dr. Sullivan         Aye

A letter was read from Dean Knight, dated December 20, 1917,
containing recommendations concerning the salaries of workers
in the College of Agriculture, which recommendations were to the
effect that Miss Joanna Brown receive $90 per month, divided as
follows:  Secretary of the Agricultural College $270 per year,
Agronomy Hatch $270 per year, Animal Husbandry $270 per year,
and Dairy Husbandry $270 per year; also that C. S. Neilsen in
charge of the manufacturing work in the Dairy Department receive
$100 per month.  After some discussion as to the salary of Ste-
nographers working in purely stenographic positions and those
doing secretarial work, the President recommended that the in-
creses be granted as asked for by Mr. Knight.

It was moved by Mr. Curler that the recommendation of the Presi-
dent be approved, and that the salary of Miss Joanna Brown, Sec-
retary in the Agricultural College, be set at $90 per month, be-
ginning January 1, 1918, payable as recommended in Dean Knight's
letter, and that the salary of C. S. Neilsen, in charge of the
Manufacturing work in the Dairy Department, be fixed at $100 per
month beginning January 1, 1918.  Vote:

    Mr. O'Brien          Aye
    Mrs. Baker           Aye
    Mr. Abel             Aye
    Mr. Curler           Aye
    Dr. Sullivan         Aye

Vice President Lewers brought up the matter of proper compensa-
tion for Professor Frandsen who had charge of the Hygienic
Laboratory work after the departure of Dr. Mullin, and before
Dr. Ruediger arrived, being from September 1, 1917 to November
12.  During this period there was a diphtheria epidemic, which
increased the work of the laboratory to a considerable degree.
Mr. Lewers stated that Professor Frandsen had not presented any
claim, but he considered that what had been paid to former as-
sistants during the absence of the Director ($125 per month),
should be paid to him.  It was moved by Mrs. Baker that the
matter relative to the proper compensation of Professor Frandsen
for his services in the State Hygienic Laboratory be referred
to the President with power to act.  Vote:

    Mr. O'Brien          Aye
    Mrs. Baker           Aye
    Mr. Abel             Aye
    Mr. Curler           Aye
    Dr. Sullivan         Aye

Vice President Lewers was requested to withdraw from the meeting.

Dr. Sullivan suggested to the Board that something in the way of
compensation be done for Mr. Lewers for his many extra duties
as Acting President from January 1 to December 21, 1917, and
the following resolution was offered by him:

    Since many of the active duties of the President has de-
    volved upon Vice President Lewers since January 1, 1917,

    BE IT RESOLVED, that he be allowed the sum of $250 as
    compensation for that service.

Vote:

    Mr. O'Brien          Aye
    Mrs. Baker           Aye
    Mr. Abel             Aye
    Mr. Curler           Aye
    Dr. Sullivan         Aye

Mr. Lewers was recalled to the meeting.

President Clark read a letter from Director Norcross of the Ex-
tension Division, under date of December 20, containing statement
of the balances in the various funds of the Department of Agri-
cultural Extension, over and above the salaries and expense ac-
counts for members of the Extension staff, paid in part from
these funds, to June 30, 1918, being to the amount of $4438, and
also stating some of the immediate needs of the Department in
the way of appointments to the staff.  Mr. Norcross' letter asked
specifically for the transfer of $1000 Agricultural Extension
Service funds from next year's reserve to this year's budget,
and for authority to make the following appointments as set forth
in his letter:

    State County Agent
    Assistant State Leader in Club Work
    County Agent, Humboldt County
    County Club Demonstrator

The President also read a letter from Mr. Norcross dated December
21, to the effect that Mr. W. E. Meyer, one of the men under
consideration for a position as State County Agent Leader, had
declined the offer.

It was moved by Regent O'Brien that the matters contained in
Mr. Norcross's letters be referred to the President with full
power to act.  Motion carried, all voting aye.

Mr. Lewers made a report on the status of the Agricultural build-
ing and reported what bills had been contracted for materials,
a beam, cable and changes and certain extras.  He also related
to the Board the story of their experience in obtaining a car-
load of lumber from Oregon, the delay in the arrival of which
had somewhat delayed the building progress.  Mr. Lewers also
stated the items which should receive precedence in the expendi-
tures for necessities and equipment.  He stated these necessary
expenditures as follows:

    1.  Sidewalk and retaining wall around building
    2.  Window shades, chairs and desks, lights
    3.  Window screens, necessary on some windows

    Equipment

    Necessary equipment for Agronomy Department
    Necessary equipment for Home Economics Department

The name of Mildred Williams Campbell was presented as a candi-
date for the one-year Normal Diploma, being the recommendation
of the Department of Education.  It was moved that Mrs. Mildred
Williams Campbell be granted the one-year Normal Certificate,
which entitled her to a State Elementary Certificate of the
Second Grade.  Motion carried, all voting aye.

The Board approved the list of Claims against the State of
Nevada dated December 21, 1917, Nos. 355 to 373, inclusive,
except No. 368, for a total of $9312.74; also list of Claims
dated December 21, 1917, and the December Payroll, Checks 127
to 134 inclusive, amounting to $18,505.56.

Mr. Curler offered the following resolution:

    RESOLVED that the Board of Regents directs President Clark
    that the unexpended balance to the credit of the Agricultural
    Building fund shall be expended in this preferential order:

        Sidewalk and retaining wall around building
        Window shades, chairs and desks, lights
        Window screens necessary on some windows
        Equipment for Agronomy Department
        Equipment for Home Economics Department

Motion carried, all voting aye, except Mrs. Baker, who withdrew
before a record of this vote was taken.

Recess was declared until 2 o'clock, December 22.