ATTENDING:† Charlie Bridgeford, Ron Brinkert, Jared
Bruggeman, Ray Diez, Phil Harmeson, Sue Jeno, Paul Kriegler, Ray Lefebvre,
Patti Mahar, Cindy Flom-Meland, Susan Nelson, Mark Rudolph,
Recorder:† Bev Hopman
Susan Nelson called the meeting to order at in the Memorial Room of the Memorial Union.†
Minutes:† Spelling corrections were made to both the December 14 and January 25 minutes.† Ray Diez moved the minutes from the December 14, 2004, meeting be approved as corrected.† Lowell Schweigert seconded.† Motion carried.† Ray Diez moved the minutes from the January 25, 2005, meeting be approved as corrected.† Bruce Smith seconded.† Motion carried.
Football Letterwinners:† Dale Lennon had submitted a list of 2004 letterwinners for football.† Sue Jeno moved the list of letterwinners be approved as submitted by the head coach.† Ray Diez seconded.† Motion carried.
Athletic Director Search:† Susan Nelson reported
she had volunteered to serve on the search committee as a representative of the
IAC.† The Presidentís Office told her
that Phil Harmeson will be serving on the search committee as the IAC and
faculty representative.† Jared Bruggeman
expressed concern that there are two athletic coaches and no athletic
administrative staff on the search committee.†
He stated that it would have been inappropriate for there to be two
athletic administrators on the committee and no coaches and pointed out that the
administrators work directly with the AD everyday.† Susan Nelson and Ray Diez both expressed
concerns that the faculty was underrepresented.†
Susan Nelson asked if there were other groups on campus that had
expressed concerns.† Phil Harmeson said
one group, the minority council, had contacted the Presidentís Office.† Patti Mahar asked how many were on the search
committee.† There are nine members.† Lowell Schweigert said the business community
Roger Thomas said the job of Athletic Director at UND is a challenge.† The job has changed dramatically since he was hired six years ago.† UND has some unique issues such as Division I, the logo, facilities and developing womenís hockey.† Finances will be an even bigger issue in the future.† UNDís Athletic Department is almost self supporting. Income is derived from endowed money, student fees, licensing, ticket sales and FSC.† Athletics has also received some tuition waivers in the past.† It is important that the new AD find new revenue streams to keep UND Athletics on top.
Budget:† Roger Thomas had a budget sheet for the IAC to review.† He indicated copies would be made available to IAC members upon request.† Sue Jeno asked if there were particular areas where revenue fell short.† Roger Thomas replied that ticket sales for basketball and menís hockey were less than expected.† Susan Nelson asked if ticket sales were the ďmake or breakĒ budget item for athletics.† Phil Harmeson replied that it is very complex.† Roger Thomas said a better contract was negotiated with the Alerus and new contracts being developed with REA and the Alumni Association will benefit Athletics.
††††† a. † Department Update:† Roger Thomas said the womenís basketball team and the swim † teams are both very high in the rankings.† With only twelve conference games, there is †††† very little margin for error in basketball, but there is a chance UND could host NCC † playoff games.†
††††††††††† Jared Bruggeman said UND will be hosting the Menís Division
II Elite Eight ††††††††††† Basketball
Tournament in March.† This is an exciting
event and will be good for the †††† city
††††††††††† The 40 Years of Womenís Athletics celebration went very well.† Roger Thomas said it †††† was great to see female athletes from the pioneer teams meet and mingle with recent †††††††† alums.† Jared Bruggeman said Maria Bruggeman had indicated it was the best event †††††† she has attended and that everyone had a great time.
b.†† Compliance:† Jared Bruggeman said there was nothing new to report.
c.†† Fighting Sioux Club:† Mark Rudolph indicated nothing new to report on the FSC.
Class Credit for S/A:† Jared Bruggeman asked if any progress had been made on issuing class credit for participation in varsity athletics.† Ron Brinkert said one of the concerns expressed by PEXS was whether student-athletes would be double dipping, getting credit for athletic participation and also getting credit for 101 PEXS classes.† He indicated that S/U grading would be recommended.† Jared Bruggeman said he would be willing to help in any way with this issue.
Provisional Admission:† Phil Harmeson reported that provisional admission has been approved for specific groups of students that have a support system in place on campus such as student-athletes and Native American students.† Students who do not meet standard admission requirements can be admitted under this system.† They will need to take certain required classes and will not be allowed to register for more than 15 credits.† Roger Thomas stated that this may not eliminate the problem for recruiting student-athletes since their application will still need to go before a committee.† Jared Bruggeman said it was his understanding that Athletics could make the decision in lieu of the admission committee.† It is not clear if that is correct.† Mark Rudolph asked if a rejection letter went out to the prospective student-athlete if they did not meet admission requirements.† Yes, a letter does go out.† Sue Jeno suggested a list of prospective student-athletes be provided to Admissions and that the IAC request a letter not be sent unless the admission committee denies the application.† Charlie Bridgeford asked how often the admission committee would be meeting.† The plan is for them to meet once a week.† Roger Thomas said the Athletic Department would be not use the provisional admission for anyone that was below the NCAA admission requirements.† Sue Jeno will continue to monitor the situation.
The meeting was
adjourned.† The next meeting will be