Absey, James Antes, Judy DeMers, Brian Faison, Greg Gagnon, Gail Ingwailson, Daniella
Irle, Jon Jackson, Sue Jeno, Jeremy Jones, Susan Nelson, Glenn Olsen, Lowell Schweigert, Bruce
Smith, Paul Todhunter
Recorder: Sue Jeno
Nelson called the meeting to order at 4:32 p.m. in the Memorial Room of the
Minutes: Greg Gagnon moved the minutes from the October 21, 2008,
meeting be approved as submitted. Judy
DeMers seconded. Motion carried.
Athletic Representative Report:
- Sue Jeno gave
a brief report from the NCAA Convention held January 13-17, 2009 in Washington D.C.
- Sue Jeno
announced that 1 football student-athlete has been nominated for an NCAA
Post-Graduate Scholarship, and 1 for the Walter Byers Scholarship.
Faison provided the committee with the fall academic report. Overall, some teams performed well, some
sports have work to do.
will be scheduled with those coaches who had students with academic issues.
with freshman student-athletes are a concern and we want to improve how we
are helping all our student-athletes with academic issues, but especially
- Brian Faison
shared that Idaho
has withdrawn from the football home opener and athletics is trying to
secure another team to play that game, however, it is very difficult at
this late date.
- The DI
scheduling requirement handout was provided for the committee
members. Next year all teams need
to have a complete DI schedule.
- The 10
year Alerus Center contract is complete and is
being signed. It should allow more
rental options for sports and more return to Athletics.
- Work on
the annual REA agreement begins soon and will hopefully be completed by
- Code of
Conduct – currently with legal counsel working on the “due process”
concerning the Summit League and concerns about the logo, scheduling, need
for a conference affiliation, the State Board involvement, etc. resulted
in the suggestion that Brian contact Bob Boyd to express the concerns of
Athletics on the issues.
- A new volleyball
coach has been hired. Ashley Hardee
was previously at New Mexico
State University. He will begin work on January 28, 2009.
Irle passed out a handout regarding the differences between DI and DII
Irle distributed and explained the proposed drug testing policy. The policy has been vetted through the
Dean of Students office, and meetings have occurred with the University Counseling Center
regarding this policy. It is meant
to be an opportunity for the student-athlete to gain education and
assessment for a problem before an issue arises that could result in NCAA
sanctions. Committee members were
asked to review the policy and be prepared to discuss at the next meeting
– the hand out was missing pages and will be re-sent electronically.
Jackson moved and Lowell Schweigert seconded the motion to approve the names
submitted by the coaches for the fall sports varsity letterwinners. Motion passed with 1 abstention (student
whose name appeared on the list)
Schweigert moved the baseball schedule be approved as submitted. Glenn Olsen seconded. Motion carried. Daniella Irle will follow up with the coaches
to make certain missed class time
letters will be provided to faculty.
Next Meeting: The next meeting will be Tuesday, February
17, 2009 at 4:30pm in the Memorial Room of the Memorial Union.
meeting adjourned at 5:45 p.m.