JANUARY 21, 2003
ATTENDING: Brad Berg, Charlie Bridgeford, Jared Bruggeman, Maria Bruggeman, Judy DeMers, Phil Harmeson, Susan Jeno, Kathy McCann, Susan Nelson, John Sirignano, Bruce Smith, Roger Thomas,
Recorder: Bev Hopman
The meeting was called to order by Sue Jeno at 3:07 p.m. in room 1917, Medical Science North.
Minutes: Judy DeMers moved the minutes from November 19, 2002, be approved. Charlie Bridgeford seconded. Motion carried.
Class Credit for Student-athletes: Jared Bruggeman reported that he is continuing to work with the PEXS Office on awarding class credit for student-athletes, but is waiting for the PEXS Department to schedule a staff meeting to discuss the proposal. He and Bruce Deardon have been working together to establish an appropriate teaching schedule for the Athletic Department staff.
Roger Thomas said Athletics has been working with the Registrar’s Office to implement early registration for student-athletes. Due to the changing make-up of the student body, with more non-traditional students, more classes are being scheduled for the 3-6 p.m. time slot, which has traditionally been set aside for team practices. No definite number has been set, but Jared Bruggeman indicated approximately 50 slots may be open for student-athletes to register early. Maria Bruggeman said that this opportunity may help some student-athletes, but that a problem arises when a class or lab is offered at only one time during the semester. Sue Jeno suggested student-athletes design their schedules well in advance to allow time for the high demand courses. Susan Nelson said that for classes with only one option, the Athletic Department could contact the department chair to request seats be set aside for student-athletes. At this point, Jared Bruggeman said it has not been determined how the early registration time will be allotted to the students, but student-athletes who are academically struggling will be considered.
Website Update: John Sirignano handed out information on the IAC homepage. The site has information on the IAC structure and membership as well as minutes from past meetings. The website is located at: und.edu/org/iac/index.htm
Compliance: Jared Bruggeman reported on the Myron Allen situation. Allen tried out for the Fargo pro team prior to enrolling in junior college. He played a few minutes in an exhibition game and did not receive compensation other than expenses. A family friend helped arrange the trip and traveled with Allen to Fargo. When UND became aware of these facts, the Athletic Department self reported the violation to the NCAA. Roger Thomas, with assistance from Jared Bruggeman, did most of the investigation. The NCAA decided not to re-instate Allen and Phil Harmeson prepared an appeal. The appeal process will continue with a teleconference on Friday, January 24. The position that UND will be taking is that violations occurred, but that the penalty imposed was too severe. The appeal committee consists of 1 faculty athletic representative, 1 athletic director, 2 assistant athletic directors and 1 compliance officer. The decision of that committee is final and can not be appealed. Phil Harmeson pointed out that UND was not sanctioned. If the appeal is denied, President Kupchella will be offering Myron Allen a tuition waiver to enable him to complete his education.
Finance: John Sirignano reported that the attendance for the January 4 men’s hockey game was 11,697 with $30,000 in walk up ticket sales, the highest walk up total to date. The January 18th men’s basketball game against NDSU set a NCC single game attendance record of 8,891 (2,000 + students). Walk up sales for that game were $33,000.
The question was raised as to what effect the death of Ralph Engelstad would have on the Athletic Department and on the transition of Ralph Engelstad Arena to the University. John Sirignano replied that it would have little to no effect at this time. He indicated that the gifting of Engelstad Arena was still scheduled for some time in the future, but no date was set.
Phil Harmeson asked what method was used to track military attendance at women’s hockey. Roger Thomas said that “clickers” were used at the old Engelstad Arena and he thought they might be using them to count both the military and students at women’s hockey games. Judy DeMers asked what the revenue totals were for the women’s hockey program. John Sirignano replied the ticket revenue is about $18,000.
Athletic Department Update: Roger Thomas reported that the teams are doing very well and the UND has the potential to host playoffs in men’s hockey as well as men’s and women’s basketball. UND will also be hosting the women’s WCHA Final Five and the NCAA Division II National Swimming and Diving Championships. All of these events will take place in March. Volunteers will be needed, especially for the swim meet. To prepare for the national meet, facilities has updated the pool area with fresh paint and new starting blocks.
Jared Bruggeman reported that the GPA for fall semester was at 2.99. However, that number is being recalculated to ensure there are no errors and to account for Incompletes that have been changed to a letter grade.
Roger Thomas said the department is preparing for some personnel changes. Kathy McCann has announced that she will be retiring. No date has been set. Rob Bollinger will become the Development Officer for Athletics within the Alumni Foundation. A new director of the Fighting Sioux Club will be hired and become an Athletic Department employee.
Spring Semester Meeting Dates: After some discussion the following meeting dates were set for spring: February 18, March 25, April 15 and May 20 (tentative). Meetings will be held at 3:00 p.m. in the Medical School, Room 1917.
Approval of Fall Letterwinners: Committee members had been e-mailed a list of the fall sport letterwinners as proposed by the various head coaches. Judy DeMers moved to approve the list as submitted by the coaches. Susan Nelson seconded. Motion carried. The approved letterwinners are listed at the end of these minutes.
Women’s Hockey: Phil Harmeson commented on the success of the women’s hockey program. He said the team is ranked higher nationally then several teams that have had women’s hockey programs for years.
Post Graduate Scholarships: Phil Harmeson reported that three student- athletes are being considered for post graduate scholarships. They are Dustin Thornburg, Kelby Klosterman and Kate Cahill.
Basketball/Volleyball Schedule Proposal: Phil Harmeson said President Kupchella will propose a change in the basketball and volleyball schedules at the NCC Presidents’ Council spring meeting. President Kupchella will request that games be moved to Saturday and Sunday to limit the number of class hours missed by student-athletes. Bruce Smith asked whom on the UND campus the President discussed this proposal with. Susan Nelson said some teams leave for a week at a time, such as golf and baseball. She suggested the scheduling in those sports should be considered as well. Sue Jeno recommended the committee make a recommendation to the President after they’ve had time to consider the proposal. Phil Harmeson will provide more information to the IAC members prior to the next meeting.
Legislative Proposal: Roger Thomas reported that a bill was proposed in the ND Legislature to prohibit colleges from using state money to support Division I athletics. This bill was proposed to ensure that NDSU did not use state funding for their move to DI, however, as worded, it could impact UND’s hockey programs. Judy DeMers indicated the language in the bill would be reworked to clarify the author’s intentions.
Sue Jeno said that an update on facilities would be part of the next meeting agenda.
The meeting adjourned at 4:25 p.m.
The following student-athletes have been recommended by their coaches to be awarded letters for participating in the following sports for the fall of 2002.
Men’s Golf – Rob Stiles, Head Coach
Bugliosi, Jeffrey Capes, Jason Ganje, Barrett
Jacobson, Matt Kragero, Terry Messmer, Kyle
Mullally, Nate Nelson, Casey Sorvaag, Scott
Volleyball – Maria Bruggeman, Head Coach
Birk, Laura Effhauser, Jill Glassmann, Kristi
Hanson, Heather Heltemes, Monica Palbicki, Janel
Skadeland, Jamie Sorteberg, Liza Tuve, Emily
Welter, Holly Winters, Jennifer Wirtanen, Kari
Men’s Cross Country - Mike Grandall, Head Coach
Bremer, Jordan Campbell, Alex Davidson, Erik
DeKrey, Lee Felton, Cameron Fiala, Nathan
Goheen, Ryan Hanke, Steve Kriegler, Paul
Kriegler, Peter Lorentz, Brent Staskivige, Stephen
Soccer – Matt Granstrand, Head Coach
Best, Meghan Bielejeski, April Colago, Marie
Dockstader, Gale Glasoe, Lisa Knutson, Lindsey
Lapp, Christine May-Fraser, Tessa Mularoni, Johanna
Niezwaag, Kelsie Parry, Dana Pfieffer, Stephanie
Rodman, Stephanie Salberg, Ashley Scotland, Jonetta
Wolsky, Maren Woolridge, Lacey Wright, Cody
Women’s Cross Country – Dick Clay, Head Coach
Beeson, Brittany Britz, Stacy Caron, Amanda
Egeberg, Kari Frick, Renee Lichter, Jessie
Murch, Kristin Murphy, JoAan Orsua-Busse, Carolyn
Rewerts, Alissa Sackett, Rachel Sackett, Veronica
Sailer, Sara Schill, Jessica
Women’s Golf – Steve Christian, Head Coach
Belyea, Tara Benson,Brooke Benson, Laura
Johnson, Lindsay Kaler, Elizabeth McMillen, Stephanie
Raaen, Janelle Snyder, Stefanie
Football – Dale Lennon, Head Coach
Ahlers, Jesse Alkins, Jamel Anderson, Digger (Reid)
Beatty, Chris Bentow, Bret Blue, Casey
Bowenkamp, John Brandsted, Joshua Brennan, Ross
Charles, Demetrius Christofferson, Josh Copple, Josh
Dahlen, Tyler Dixon, Ben Dokken, Brian
Franklin, Jamaal Gagner, Dan Glas, Jeff
Grant, Ryan Halverson, Eric Hermes, Anthony
Irvin, Tom Johnson, Caleb Klosterman, Kelby
Kuper, Chris Mahmoud, Riza Maier, Brook
Manke, Ryan Marquis, Ethan Momerak, Jeff
Murphy, Ben Newhouse, Troy Nordick, Jacob
Olson, Ben Peterson, Jason Roland, Adam
Schneider, Mac Schwenzfeier, Aaron Smith, Barrett J.
Smith, Jesse Smith, Lee Stattelman, Willis
Stratton, Adam Thornburg, Dustin Vanderpan, Matt
Wilhelmi, Brian Wistoff, David