xt7qbz61634d https://exploreuk.uky.edu/dips/xt7qbz61634d/data/mets.xml Lexington, Kentucky University of Kentucky 1917059 minutes English University of Kentucky Contact the Special Collections Research Center for information regarding rights and use of this collection. Minutes of the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees Minutes of the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees, 1917-05-apr9-ec. text Minutes of the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees, 1917-05-apr9-ec. 1917 2011 true xt7qbz61634d section xt7qbz61634d 

                   UIVERSITY 0F 1KETUCK1Y
                        Aopril 9, 1917.

     The -xiecative Board of the University of Kentucky met
in President 3atker's office with the following members pre-
sent:  R. C. Stoll. 1. B. Terrell, Frank McKee, G. G. Brock,
P. P. Johnston, Jr., and J. E. Drown.

     Chairman Fichols being absent, Mr. Johnston was elected
to tpke the chair.

     Dhile the meeting was called primarily to discuss cer-
tain phases of Bxperiment Station work with Professor IV. 1.
Carlyle, Dean of the College of Agriculture of the University
of Oklahoma at Stillwater, Oklahoma, the Board, before eall-
ing Mr. Carlyle into the room? took up several matters relat-
ing to the University's attitude toward national defense.

     It was the opinion of members of the Board that the
University,being a State institution, should take steps to
put itself in coordination with governmental functions look-
ing toward the defense of the country.

     Professor A. M. Miller, Dean of the College of Arts and
Science and Profetsor Anderson. Dean of the College of Mech-
anical and Blectrical Engineering, were called into conferenc
by the Board and asked for suggestions looking toward solving
the problem of prospective student enlistment in the United
States Army.  Dean Anderson held that as the case was extraor-
dinary, extraordinary measure should be adopted to meet its
exigencies. He believed therefore, that senior students should
be permitted to leave the University now and be graduated with
their class In June without further work or examination, pro-
vided they enlist In the army.  He also contended that under-
elas-men should be permitted, in case of enlistment, to
leave the University now and go on next year with their
succeeding studies as if they had successfully passed the
examinations of the present year.

     On this point, Dean Miller said that he believed that
in cases where students were failing at this time and would
very likely fail on examination, the step might not be a
wise one in, that It provided credit for work not satisfacto-
rily accomplished. However, Dean Miller realized that the
case was an extreme one and rather agreed with Dean Anderson
that the University was within its rights to take such steps
as would emphasise its patriotism and its purpose to assist
in the contry's defense even though this step did entail
the Irregularity here pointed out. Dean Miller, however,
stated that he could see some difficulties arising out of
permitting students who would not attain passing grades thus


to be arbitrarily passed. Dean Anderzon in response to this
asoumed that such might be the case but contended that the
ends justified the means.

     He said he believed that any man who had the pluck to
go into the army and the patriotism to fight for his country
had the "tunffn In him that was perhaps bigger and better than
mere class standing and that the University should thus place
a premium upon enlistment.

     Mr. Stoll submitted the following resolution which was
adopted unanimously by the Board:

     WHEREAS, a state of war exists between the United
     States of America and the Imperial German Govern-
     ment; and

     WREREAS, it is the duty of this University to aid
     the United States in any way it can; and

     WHEREAS, Zhere may be students in this University
     who may desire to volunteer for service in the army
     or navy of the United States; and

     THBREFOIRE BE IT RESOLVED, by the Executive Committee
     of the University of Kentucky as followst

          l.  If any student be a member of the Senior class
     of the University and he enlists for service in the army
     or navy of the United States. he shrill be graduated at
     the regular commencement in June and receive his diploma
     and degree without any further examinations,

          2.  If any student be a member of the Junior. Soph-
     omore or Freshman Class and he enlists for service in
     the army or navy of the United States, he shall be en.-
     titled unon his return to enter the next advanced class
     In all resrects as if his examinations had been success-
     fully taken at the end of the collegiate year.

          3. Any student so enlisting "411 notify the Pres-
     ident of the University of that fact.

     Mr. Stoll moved also that any Professor or Instructor In
the University who gave his services for the defense of the
Government should be permitted to leave the University as if
on leave of absenae and returning after such services had been
rendered to the Government, should be allowed to resume his
position; and that any instructor employed to fill such vacancies
be employed with this understanding. The motion was adopted by
unanimous vote.

The Board went on record as endorsing the recent tender


by President Barker to the nublic of the University' s grounds
and military equipment for the purpose of drilling volunteer

     The Board also went on record as approving President Bar-
ker's aceeptance of the invitation to the University band to
furnish music the night of Wednesday April 11. for the patriotic
demonstration to be held in Franikfort and further a o -roved the
President's order that both the band and battalion take part in
similar patriotic demonstration to be held in Lexington on
the night of Saturday April 14.

     The following communication which explains itself was
submitted to the Board by Professor BE. L. Gillis, Registrar
for the University:

                                New York, Mlarch 27? 191?.

     Ezra L. Gillis,
         Registrar, University of Ky..
              Lexington, Ky.

              The Navy Recruiting S.ations are having
     difficulties in handling the enrollmnent of the
     comparatively few thousand applicants for enlist-
     ment in the Navy.  If a call comes for half a mil-
     lion or a million volunteers for the Army. the
     Recruiting machinery will probably break down al.-
     together, Rdgistrars and their staffs are trained
     and their offices are equipped for just this sort
     of work.  Recruiting Stations could be established
     with ease In practically every college registrar's
     office in the country.  I iould like to offer the
     War Department the support and services of the
     Association in making such arrangements.

                Uo yoW feel that the Association would
     back me up in such an offer.? I have conferred with
     the President of the National Association of Phy-
     sical Directors and he is communicating with his
     Bxecutive Gommittee to find out whether he can of-
     fer his association for conducting and sunervising
     the physical examination of rectuits. The two of-
     fices together could, of course, do the work with
     the proper military supervision. Please telegraph
     your opinion.


Frank A. Dickey


April 3, 1917.

     Adjutant General Henry P. MeCain,
         War Department,
               Washington, D. C,

     Si r.

                As an aid in recruiting the five hundred
     thousand men which the President of the United
     States has advised Congress should be enlisted at
     once, your attention is respectfully called to the
     possibility of making use of the registration facil-
     ities-office, equipment and staff- of colleges and
     universities. Registrars and their assistants
     are trained in the work of enrollment, their of-
     fices are arranged and equipped for it.  The es-
     tablishment of a recruiting office in every col-
     lege throughout the United States would serve
     large districts immediately.  Such offices should,
     of course, be general stations not intended solely
     or even primarily for students but for all the
     people of a given locality.

                As President of the American Association
     of Collegiate Registrars I have the honor to offer
     the support and services of the Association In ob-
     taining the cooperation of the governing boards of
     colleges and universitibs to this end, and in de-
     vising means by which such facilities may be most
     quickly called into service and may be used to the
     best advantage. Should you consider this proposal
     favorably, I should be glad to confer with whorm-
     ever you may designate for the arrangement of de-

                              Yours very truly,

                                   F. A. Dicker.

     Mr. Stoll moved that the entire office force and ma-
chinery of the registrar's office of the University be put
at the service of the Government to assist in registration
of recruits for the army and navy and that the President
of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and
the War Department be notified by President Barker of this
action. This motion was adopted by unanimous vote.

     The following bulletin establishing formerly In the
University the Military Training Course provided in General
Orders No. 49, which the University had prevbsay accepted,
was received and ordered filed herewith as fecord:


                                     War Department,,
                                        Wa shington,

     aulltin No.                                      191.

          by direction of the President aad pursuant to the
     authority vested in him by the provisions of Section 41
     of the Act of Gongress approved june 3, 1916, and in
     response to the application of the University of Kentucky,
     Lexington, Kentucky, the authorities of which have agreed
     to establish and maintain a two years' compulsory course
     of military training as a minimum for its physically-fit
     male students, which course when enttred upon by any
     student shall, as regards such student, be a prerenui-
     site for graduation, to allot a minimum of an average
     of three hours per week per academic year to military
     training and instruction during the first two academic
     years and to arrange for five hours oser week duringithe
     remainder of such student ' s course, and to use their
     endeavors to Dromote amd further the objects for which
     the training corps is organized, there is hereby es-
     tablished in said University of Kentucky, Lexington,
     Xentucky, an infantry unit of the Senior Division, Re-
     serve Offieerst Training Corps,
          (2564298, A.G.O.)

          By order of the Secretary of War:

                               H. L. Scott,
                               Major Genera.1, Ghief of Staff,

        H. P. McCain.
        The Adjutant General,

                    For the President, University of Kentucky.
                                       Lexington, Kentucky.

     Mr. Terrell moved that this Board give sanction to an
indebtedness of not more than $90O made by the editors and
promoters of the Kentuck$-an, University Annual, In accordance
with a custom of this Board. Motion was adopted by unanimous

     It was explained in this connection by President Barker
that it had been the custom of the University to guarantee
the account for publishing the Annual but that the University
had never been called nponvor would it this year be called
upon to make good any part of this account.

     At this point, Professor W. L. Carlyle of Oklahoma Univ-
ersity was called into the room, introduced to the Board and
entered Into a general conference with its members upou questions


affecting the Experiment Station and College of Agriculture in
which Professor Carlyle's own fitness for the position was dia-
c'ussed freely. After discussion of more than an hour, Professor
Carlyle was taken by the members of the Committee on a general
tour of inspection of the Experiment Station and its grounds
during which various phases affecting the administration
and activities of the College of Agriculture and Experiment
Station were discussed.

     The following recomommendadon was received and upon motion
of )r. Stall by unanimous vote concurred in by the Board:

     To the mxecutive Committee,
     Uni'versity of Kentucky.

     Gentlemen: -

               Acting u'pon your reference of March 21,
     we respectfully recommend that the leave of absence
     of Doctor J. J. Tigert from the Chair of Philosophy
     be not extended.

                               COMMITTEE OF~ DEAN~S.

                                    F. P. Anderson, Chairman
                                    Arthur M. Miller, Secy.

     The Secretary was instructed to spread upon the minutes
in this connection the following letter from Doctor J. J.

                                     Lexington, Ky. April 9,17.

     Dean A. M. Miller,
     College of Arts and Science,
     University of Kentucky.

     Dear Dean Miller:-

               Last year the Board of Trustbee gave me
     one year's leave of absence from the Department of
     Philosophy.  I understand that some question has
     arisen in regards to the exact action which the
     Board took in this matter.   I have furnished Pro-
     fessor Anderson a copy of the minttes of the meet-
     Ing In which this action was taken, and it is my
     understanding that the Committee of Deans, of which
     Professor Anderson is Chairman, will take action on
     the matter today. When the Committ.ee convenes and
     the minutes of the Board are read, I beliteve that
     any doubt that may have existed in this matter will
     be immediately dissolved.   I do not care to have


my leave of absence extended.
          I am meakig this written statement to yoU
as a result of the conference which we had last week.

                         Very cordially yours,

                                   J. J. Tigert.
The Board adjourned to meet at the next regular meeting
day in May.

                         Re speatfully,

                         (Signed) Enoch Grehan