January 25, 2006


ATTENDING:Rob Bollinger, Ron Brinkert, Tom Buning, Aileen Cahill, Dick Clay, Ray Diez, Lillian Elsinga, Cindy Flom-Meland, Phil Harmeson, Susan Jeno, Donna Pearson, Betty Ralston, Mike Schepp, Lowell Schweigert, Bruce Smith, Paul Todhunter


Recorder:Bev Hopman


Ray Diez called the meeting to order at 3:30 p.m. in the Memorial Room of the Memorial Union.


Minutes:Lillian Elsinga moved the minutes from the Dec. 13, 2005, meeting be approved.Lowell Schweigert seconded.Motion carried.



Department Updates:


PERSONNEL:Tom Buning said Chris Lee has been hired as Director of Marketing and Promotions.The Business Manager position was advertised internally and externally, but the search did not produce qualified candidates.Tom Buning felt the timing, over the Christmas holidays, affected the number of applicants.The position is being opened again with the job description strengthened and the salary increased.††


FACILITIES:Tom Buning said he is still working on developing a master plan for Athletics.Alumni, donors, students, faculty, PEXS and the Vice President of Student Affairs were cited as parties to be consulted and kept informed of developments.He asked the committee if there were others that should be contacted.Lillian Elsinga said the student government changes in March and recommended working with the new student body president to keep the students informed.


NCAA CLASSIFICATION STUDY:Tom Buning said the committee has started meeting.


COMPLIANCE/STUDENT LIFE:Betty Ralston reported that the composite GPA for student-athletes was over 3.0 for the 15th time in the last 16 semesters.She distributed a list of the student-athletes that made the Athletic Directorís Honor Roll (3.0 or higher).The list is attached at the end of the minutes.There were some student-athletes that were declared academically ineligible but Ms. Ralston said the overall rating was excellent.Improvements have been made in the graduation rates. A comparison of UND to the other schools in the region is attached.


Phil Harmeson said he was just notified that Veronica Sackett, womenís track/cross country, was named a finalist for the fall NCAA postgraduate scholarship.Betty Ralston reported that Meghan Mutrie, soccer/womenís hockey, plans to apply for the winter award.


EXIT INTERVIEWS:Betty Ralston will work with the winter sports to schedule exit interviews for the senior student-athletes.


CLASS ATTENDANCE:Lillian Elsinga said mandatory class attendance was discussed at the Deans Council.Because of the large number of absences and the varying reasons for those absences, each instructor is allowed to set their own attendance policies.However, the Deans Council agreed that it must be articulated in the course syllabus to be enforced.Bruce Smith said it would be evaluated on a case by case basis if a student-athleteís grade will be affected by an absence caused by sports competition.


BUDGET:Tom Buning said the Department of Athletics started the year with a projected $700,000 deficit.Cost savings have been achieved through personnel cuts and a 10% across the board reduction in each sportís operating budget.Other areas to cut costs are shared medical expenses and cutting the number of graduate student employees.Alumni priority needs funds may also be used to help balance the budget.The department is trying to be creative and find new methods of fundraising.Besides the national campaign initiated by the Fighting Sioux Club, Athletics is hoping to raise money with better media contracts, REA funding and proceeds from the Super Gala.


MEETING TIME:Ray Diez asked if the 5:00 p.m. meeting time was working for everyone.It was determined that the meetings would be held on the third Wednesday of each month at 5:00 p.m.The next meeting will be Feb. 15.Since the third Wednesday in March is during spring break, the date will be determined at the February meeting.


STUDENT FAN BEHAVIOR:Tom Buning met with student hockey season ticket holders on January 18 regarding issues at menís hockey games.There have been confrontations between students and other fans regarding standing and foul language.One of the questions asked was whether standing or arena location was more important to the students.If the student section is moved it will impact other fans. Tom Buning said the Department of Athletics wants to partner with the students and get enough information to make the right changes.He stated that the students have used their full allotment of tickets for one game only this season.


INTERIM CHAIR:Ray Diez will be on sabbatical the rest of spring semester.Paul Todhunter has agreed to serve as interim chair of the IAC.


REA CONTRACT:Tom Buning said it is time to start negotiations on next years REA contract.This yearís contract will be signed in about two weeks.REA and UND will continue to function under the old contract until the new one is signed.


BROADCAST/TV RIGHTS:Tom Buning said broadcasting rights are being evaluated.Web casting will be part of UNDís national outreach and needs to be included in broadcast discussions.Lillian Elsinga asked if web casting would be available internationally.Tom Buning felt it would be.


SEATING FOR HOCKEY:Ray Diez said he has been approached by fans seated in section 113 who have concerns about reseating REA.They are wondering how seat relocations would be handled and how much it would cost season ticket holders.Tom Buning said those questions are still being evaluated.He stressed that if it happens, Athletics wants to do it once and do it right.


MATTERS ARISING:Ray Diez recommended making ticket packages available for games played when students are not on campus.


The meeting adjourned at 6:00 p.m.

Athletic Directorís Honor RollFall 2005†† 3.0+ GPA

4.0ís are in bold.


Baseball††††††† 21/44††††††††††††† 48%†††††††††††††††


Travis Alvine

Jameson Benson

Ryan Bodell

Anthony Brenner

Aaron Cook

Sean Cooley

Lance Forster

Tyler Frenzel

Chris Gulsvig

Ryan Hendrickson

Darin Heston

Ryne Jungling

Sam Kinne

Alex Kringen

Mike Lundeen

Josh Nelson

Cody Randt

Sam Sadler

Luke Sandman

Scott Schmidt

Bo Stanley


Menís Basketball††† 9/18††††††††††††††† 50%


Josh Doyle

Jimmy Hoy

Adam Jacobson

Tyler Koenig

Tommy Leikas

Evan Lindahl

Andrew Miller

Geoff Probst

Dane Seckar-Anderson


Womenís Basketball†††††††††††††††††††† 13/15††††††††††††† 87%


Kayla Bagaason

Karla Beck

Kristi Boese

Lindsay Draayer

Danyelle Guinn

Jordan Holthausen

Carissa Jahner

Keirah Kimbrough

Whitney Ledger

Amy Mahlum

Cierra Roebuck

Val Sannes

Jenna Werdell


Football†††††††† 54/112††††††††††††††††††††††† 48%


Casey Ahlers

Donovan Alexander

Jordan Armentrout

Chris Beatty

Chris Belmore

Nathan Boll

Kyle Bondy

Mitchell Braegelmann

Steve Brennan

John Bronson

Matthew Buisker

Shad Carney

Trent Christensen

Tyler Dahlen

Thomas DeSautel

Weston Dressler

Branden Dungy

Daniel Freund

Dan Gagner

Tyson Giles

Jeff Glas

Michael Greenwood

Lee Groeschel

Michael Hegg

Brandon Hellevang

Nathan Johnston

Andrew Knoll

David Koelln

Ryan Konrath

Will Kusler

Clayton Leith

Thomas Loegering

Brook Maier

Reed Manke

Rory Manke

Andrew Miller

Tyler Morrow

Alexander Nicholas

Nicholas Nolte

Drake Otto

Jeff Richter††††

Samuel Schmitz

Andrew Sorbo

Tyler Storhaug

Robert Stroup

Brandon Strouth

Brett Svidal

Jeffry Tescher

Marcus Tibesar

Brady Trenbeath

Brian Troen

Dan Ullsperger

Alexander VanDyke

Kenley Wahlin


Menís Golf††† ††††††††††† 8/13††† 62%


Kristopher Ahmann

Tyler Bakke

Brian Egan

Seth Maliske

Jonathan Peterson

Jeffrey Running

John Suess

Adam Zander


Womenís Golf††††††††† 5/6†††††† 83%


Amanda Kaler

Elizabeth Kaler

Sarah Lucken

Kayla Mattfeld

Natalie Rupport


Menís Hockey†††††††† 17/2763%


Todd Alexander

Taylor Chorney

Ryan Duncan

Eric Fabian

Joseph Finley

Zach Jones

Rylan Kaip

Andrew Kozek

Brian Lee

Ryan Martens

Chris Porter

Mike Prpich

Matt Smaby

Drew Stafford

Aaron Walski

Matthew Watkins

Travis Zajac


Womenís Hockey†† 14/23 †††††††††† 61%


Anysley Allen

Christy Allen

Christine Carlson

Laura Cecko

Sarah Connelly

Devon Fingland

Elizabeth Funk

Anne Girtz

Casie Hanson

Amber Hasbargen

Meghan Hopps

Alyssa Johnson

Jessica Kovacevich

Meghan Mutrie


Soccer†††††††††††††††††††††† 18/24††††††††††††† 75%


Jenna Barr

Jessica Bjerke

Marie Colago

Lisa Glasoe

Lindsay Kirchoffner

Christine Lapp

Laura Lentz

Kalya Lightfoot

Cassandra Lund

Mallory McCartney

Shannon Murphy

Meghan Mutrie

Kelsie Niezwaag

Erin Pederson

Katie Romfo

Lauren Sera

Sarah Thaden

Lara Traczyk


Softball††††††††† 10/19††††††††††††† 53%


Rori Carlo

Felicia Carter

Melissa Champion

Casie Hanson

Carrie Oswald

Tara Petersen

Jessica Price

Nicole Puerling

Justine Wernick

Michele Wolf


Menís Swimming/Diving†† 11/33††††††††††††† 33%


Andrew Brand

Kevin Chamberlain

John Degenstein

Rodrigo Ferreira

John Fitzgerald

Eric Knight

Adam Rollins

Jeffrey Schneider

Shaun Seaburg

Josh Starkweather

Benjamin Swanholm


Womenís Swimming/Diving††††††††††††††††††† 24/33††††††††††††† 73%


Caycee Anvik

Kari Bentz

Natalie Busso

Kathryn Chmielewski

Carli Cota

Kathi DiGregorio

Madonna Dorscher

Dana Goens

Rachel Gordon

Jennifer Johnson

Melissa Johnson

Krissy Keen

Elizabeth Kiczula

Christine Lindsey

Lauren Mickelson

Annelisse Nelson

Kari Nolz

Abby Palmer

Elizabeth Schlossin

Emily Smolkovich

Nordica Stocker

Kayley Uvaas

Danielle Visina

Erin Wessman


Tennis†††††††††††††††††††††† 13/20††††††††††††† 65%


Lindsay Altepeter

Shauna Anderson

Hana Bloomberg

Michelle Boyung

Shauna Differding

Katie Hoversten

Emma Hustad

Amanda Miller

Erica Nelson

Danielle Pesch

Erin Sullivan

Mollie Sullivan

Katie Wessman


Menís Track/Cross Country††††††† 20/34††††††††††††† 59%


Donovan Alexander

Clark Carlson

Lee DeKrey

Kyle Downs

Matthew Fick

Brian Fransen

Matthew Gerszewski

Jonathan Gilson

Zachary Green

Thomas Hansen

Josh Haugen

Jeremy Jones

David Josephson

Joshua Korczak

Adam Krebsbach

Nathan Nordlund

David Rygh

Matt Sailer

Richie Spitsberg

Brandon Yates


Womenís Track/Cross Country24/28††††††††††††† 86%


Renee Aune

Brittany Beeson

Jessica Boger

Michelle Burgard

Jessica Clausnitzer

Nicole Dahlstrom

Rachelle Duerre

Heidi Evans

Jessica Fleck

Erica Fossum

Amanda Gefroh

Lindsy Gegelman

Lindsey Haushauer

Suzanne Homstad

Kristy Keithley

Krista Klabo

Margaret Landberg

Shannon Lentner

Jessica Lichter

Callie Malone

Amanda Nagel

Veronica Sackett

Krista Vogel

Heidi Zander


Volleyball††††† 11/17††††††††††††† 65%


Aileen Cahill

Heidi Evans

Shelly Francis

Lyndsy Gegelman

Ashley Holmen

Tara Holmen

Kristin Hoy

Kendyll Jones

Jenna Skadeland

Tara Smith

Laura Stirling



Fall 2005 ††††† UND Athletic Team GPAís




Womenís Golf††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 3.553

Womenís Track†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 3.522

Womenís Cross Country††††††††††††††††† 3.522

Menís Cross Country††††††††††††††††††††††† 3.361

Womenís Basketball††††††††††††††††††††††† 3.310

Menís Track†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 3.274

Volleyball††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 3.261

Womenís Swimming/Diving††††††††††† 3.197

Soccer††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 3.132

Womenís Hockey††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 3.129

Menís Golf††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 3.086

Tennis†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 3.071

Menís Hockey††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 3.056

Baseball†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 2.915

Softball†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 2.792

Football††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 2.769

Menís Basketball††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 2.644

Menís Swimming/Diving††††††††††††††††† 2.588



Student-Athletes above 3.00†††††††††††††††††† 272/466††††††††† 58.4%


Student-Athletes with a 4.00†††††††††††††††††† 50


Student-Athletes with 3.50-3.99††††††††††† 103


Student-Athletes with 3.00-3.49††††††††††††† 119


Overall Student-Athlete Average GPA3.019


Women Student-Athletes above 3.00†† 132/185††††††††† 71%


Men Student-Athletes above 3.00††††††††† 140/281††††††††† 50%


Team GPAís above 3.00†††††††††††††††††††††††††† 13/18††††††††††††† 72%


Average Team GPA†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 3.121






NCAA Graduation Rate Data for NCC & Area Universities

(4 class averages)


††††††††††† 2004 Data (FA 97 entry)††††††††††††††††† 2005 Data (FA 98 entry)


School††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† All students††† Student-Athletes††††††† All students††† Student-Athletes


Augustana††††††††††††††††† 63%††††††††††††††† 65%††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 64%††††††††††††††† 63%††† †††††††††††††††††††††††


MN-Duluth††††††††††††††††† 44%††††††††††††††† 62%††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 45%††††††††††††††† 60%†††††††††††††††


MN-Mankato††††††††††††† 46%††††††††††††††† 62%††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 47%††††††††††††††† 60%†††††††††††††††


Neb-Omaha†††††††††††††† 31%††††††††††††††† 53%††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 33%††††††††††††††† 53%†††


North Dakota†††††††††† 49%††††††††††††††† 59%††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† 50%††††††††††††††† 61%†††††††††††††††


St. Cloud St†††††††††††††† 41%††††††††††††††† 53%††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 41%††††††††††††††† 50%†††††††††††††††


South Dakota††††††††††† 45%††††††††††††††† 57%††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 46%††††††††††††††† 60%


Central Washington50%††††††††††††††† 61%††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 51%††††††††††††††† 63%


Western Washington62%††††††††††††††† 68%††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 63%††††††††††††††† 71%


Bemidji State†††††††††††† 38%††††††††††††††† 50%††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 38%††††††††††††††† 48%


MN-Crookston†††††††††† 31%††††††††††††††† 54%††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 37%††††††††††††††† 58%†††


MN-Moorhead†††††††††† 39%††††††††††††††† 45%††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 41%††††††††††††††† 45%†††††††††††††††


NDSU†††††††††††††††††††††††† 49%††††††††††††††† 60%††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 50%††††††††††††††† 63%†††


Division II Average††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 45%††††††††††††††† 54%








Prepared by Betty Ralston from data on




2005 NCAA Graduation Rate Data for NCC & Area Universities

(scholarship freshmen entering in 1998-99 academic year)



School††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† All students††† Student-Athletes†††††††


Augustana††††††††††††††††† 65%††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 62%††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††


MN-Duluth††††††††††††††††† 46%††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 64%†††††††††††††††††††††††††††


MN-Mankato††††††††††††† 48%††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 51%†††††††††††††††††††††††††††


Neb-Omaha†††††††††††††† 37%††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 56%†††††††††††††††††††††††††††


North Dakota†††††††††† 54%††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 71%†††††††††††††††††††††††††††


St. Cloud St†††††††††††††† 43%††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 46%†††††††††††††††††††††††††††


South Dakota††††††††††† 45%††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 60%†††


Bemidji State†††††††††††† 42%††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 44%


MN-Crookston†††††††††† 37%††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 38%†††††††††††††††††††††††††††


MN-Moorhead†††††††††† 41%††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 42%†††††††††††††††††††††††††††


NDSU†††††††††††††††††††††††† 52%††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 63%


Central Washington49%††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 64%†††


Western Washington65%††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 79%†††


Division II average††† 46%††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 54%





Prepared by Betty Ralston from data on