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Spurr's Acts To Shape Development
Of Future Plans in Resources School


are a vital factor in industrial
development, Dean Spurr pointed
And the federal government-
especially the President's Out-
door Recreation Resource Com-
mission-has been urging a greater
use of the nation's outdoor recrea-
tion facilities.
Much of the research into the
development of these areas is ex-
pected to be done at the Univer-
sity. In connection with this, the
school ha hosted officials from
various federal resources services,
who undergo a year-long training
program at, government expense,
in natural resources administra-
Faculty Committees
Faculty committees are cuirently
at work on all four of these po-
tential areas of expansion for the
school, studying the proposals and
developing plans of implementa-
The school is "definitely inter-
ested" in these projects, Dean
Spurr says; the main problem, of
course, is to obtain the necessary
funds after the plans are formu-
lated and approved.
He noted that his school mnst
take great caution in expanding,
and not move into areas that na-
tural resource units at agri-
culture colleges, for example, can
handle better.
Whole Range
Thus, the school is attempting
to strengthen its "whole range of
facilities," instead of concentrat-
ing on any individual segment.
But with the promise and pro-
gress that accompany a growing
school in a growing field, several
major, although not critical, prob-
lems also spring up.
"One of the most important,
and difficult, tasks of the incom-
ing dean will be that of more
closely "uniting the school," the
faculty committee predicted.
Dean To Lead
"We are not suggesting that he
should control the direction of
development in any department,
but it seems certain that if he is
to be successful, the dean will
have to lead departmental devel-
opment down related rather than
independently diverging paths."
Dean Spurr is attempting to
promote this unity by means of
"communication and the foster-
ing of mutual understanding, es-
pecially when there is such a
diverse group of faculty" in the
school's five departments.
"A dean at this University must
be a coordinator, and not an
'Basic Dichotomy'
In any professional school, there
is a "basic dichotomy" of view-
point among the faculty between
the "clinicians" and the "academ-
icians," Dean Spurr believes.
The first group is professionally-
oriented, with strong emphasis on
technical aspects in their field.
The "academicians," on the other
hand, are less, vocational, and are
more concerned with concepts
rather than practice.
The dean prefers to think of
his school as a "professional school
in a liberal arts atmosphere." Some
vocational training is given, so
that the students are not complete
neophytes when they enter their
working profession, but the
school's emphasis will remain on
general preparation, in the belief
that the bulk of vocational know-
ledge will be picked up by neces-
sity on the job.
Demand Attention
Another aspect of the school
that will continue to demand at-
tention is its relationship to other
There is already a high degree
of this integration, as a large
number, of courses for under-
graduate natural resources stu-

dents are taken in the literary and
engineering colleges.
Interdisciplinary programs, which
already exist between the natural
resources school and the public
health and business administra-
tion schools and the literary col-
lege, are developing rapidly, and
even more integration will emerge
in the future, he feels.
High Cost
A third problem for the school
involves its relatively high cost.
Virtually every instructor is a tull
professor or associate professor,
as the school's heavy laboratory
schedule necessitates the use of
highly experienced faculty men
rather than teaching fellows.
Also, the school's classes are
primarily for graduate and upper-
class students-whose instruction
is more costly than underclass-
men's. Only 20 per cent are fresh-
men or sophomores, since the
school requires many outside
courses for graduation. (Work is
in the planning stage to expand
undergraduate instruction in na-
tural resources curricula, however.)
Urban Environment
A fourth problem of the cchool
is one it can hardly help: the
University's urban enviornment.
"Our location hurts us most in
attracting freshmen students, who
don't think of the University as
a natural resources center," Dean
Spurr explains.
But there is little difficulty in
"recruiting" outstanding graduate
students or faculty members, he
continues. "For example, the three
best graduate schools for forestry
in the United States are at the
University, Yale University and
the University of California at
Berkeley-and each of the three
is located in a metropolitan area,"
he points out.
So Dean Spurr has potentials to
exploit and problems to solve.
In adition to these deanship
duties, he hopes to teach at least
one course a semester ("in tem-
perament I'm still a professor"),
carry on research and continue
to work on the "academic aspects"
of the University's upcoming year-
round operations.
AMES - The Interfraternity
Council administrative board of
Iowa State University has re-
scinded a year-old ruling denying
pledging privileges to the univer-
sity's chapter of Phi Delta Theta.
The original ruling had resulted
from a charge of unfair rush
practices brought by Sigma Chi.
IFC decided upon a motion of
"official censure" after the case
was appealed on the grounds that
the former ruling was "too harsh."
S* * *
on the National Students' Asso-
ciation concept of "in loco paren-
tis" as expressed in a 1961 resolu-
tion, Sherman E. Smith, dean of
students at the University of New
Mexico, said that students on the
New Mexico campus are given a
great deal of independence with
generally good results.
"For reasons of educational
theory, and on the score of con-
venience, administrators would
like to move away from 'in loco
parentis' as rapidly as they can,"
he added.
* * *
BERKELEY - Regents at the
University of California gave final
approval to a trimester program at
their July meeting. Plans are in-
complete, but the program is
scheduled to begin in 1964-65.

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