January 20, 2009


ATTENDING:   Cory 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


Susan Nelson called the meeting to order at 4:32 p.m. in the Memorial Room of the Memorial Union. 


Minutes:  Greg Gagnon  moved the minutes from the October 21, 2008, meeting be approved as submitted.  Judy DeMers seconded.  Motion carried.


Faculty 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. 


Departmental Updates:


Athletic Director:

  • Brian Faison provided the committee with the fall academic report.  Overall, some teams performed well, some sports have work to do.
  • Meetings will be scheduled with those coaches who had students with academic issues.
  • Problems 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 our freshman.
  • Brian Faison shared that Idaho State University has withdrawn from the football home opener and athletics is trying to secure another team to play that game, however, it is very difficult at this late date.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 April.
  • Code of Conduct – currently with legal counsel working on the “due process” issues.
  • Discussion 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.



  • Daniella Irle passed out a handout regarding the differences between DI and DII regarding compliance.


Drug Testing Policy:

  • Daniella 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.



Jon 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)


Baseball Schedule:  Lowell 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.


The meeting adjourned at 5:45 p.m.