February 26, 2004


ATTENDING:  Charlie Bridgeford, Judy DeMers, Ray Diez, Lillian Elsinga, Phil Harmeson, Sue Jeno, Susan Nelson, Elizabeth Nichols, Sherry Penner, Lowell Schweigert, John Sirignano, Paul Todhunter


Recorder:  Bev Hopman


Sue Jeno called the meeting to order at 3:05 p.m. in room 1917 of the Medical School. 


Minutes: Susan Nelson moved that the minutes from the January 22, 2004, meeting be approved.  Judy DeMers seconded.  Motion carried. 


Football Letterwinners:  Ray Diez moved that the football players recommended as letterwinners by their head coach be approved.  Susan Nelson seconded.  Motion carried.


NCAA Self Study:  Sue Jeno said work on the NCAA self study is nearly completed.  The committee has been holding monthly meetings and on March 24, there will be a teleconference.  As part of the self study, the Athletic Department is updating their policy and procedure manual.  The deadline is in June and she will submit a copy of the completed report to the IAC.


IAC Annual Report:  The IAC annual report to the University Senate is due in March.  Sue Jeno is preparing the report and requested other members of the committee to send her any information they felt should be included.


Schedules:  The proposed schedules for football and men’s and women’s basketball were announced at a press conference on February 10.  Ray Diez asked if the schedules conflicted with final exams.  It was determined that any games during finals week were either at home or very near by.  Ray Diez moved the schedules be approved as submitted.  Lillian Elsinga seconded.  Motion carried.


Class Credit for Athletic Participation:  Sue Jeno read a draft of a letter she will be sending to Dr. Ron Brinkert, chair of the PEXS Department.  The letter requested the PEXS Department to consider the resolution that was passed by the student senate and expressed the support of the IAC.  A copy of the letter is attached to the minutes. 


IAC Web Page:  John Sirignano indicated that the IAC web page has been updated, but not uploaded.  He said that he is going to train Bev Hopman on how to perform updates and she will post the minutes in the future.  He also suggested that a link be established at the “Search A-Z” section of the UND home page.  The committee requested that a link also be established from the Athletic Department main page. 


Fan Behavior:  Bev Hopman reported that Roger Thomas had sent a letter to all the student hockey season ticket holders.  A copy of the letter is attached to the minutes.  Student behavior was better at the last home hockey series, but the students have expressed resentment about the stricter enforcement of sportsmanship guidelines.  It is hoped that by taking positive action early next fall, the atmosphere will improve.  Ray Diez said he was encouraged by a letter to the editor in the Dakota Student.  Lowell Schweigert said Roger Thomas’ letter was well written and the points were well taken.  Grand Forks and UND are hoping to host future playoff events and the NCAA may consider fan behavior prior to awarding game sites.  Lillian Elsinga complimented the Athletic Department staff on mingling with the students and moving from section to section to observe behavior. 


President Kupchella held a special meeting with IAC members on February 5, 2004, regarding fan behavior.  Judy DeMers will prepare a summary of that meeting and distribute it to committee members.


Other Business:  Ray Diez had questions on several budget items.  The first was the video system, the second was what was included in general sports and the third was whether revenues were current.  John Sirignano stated the video equipment was purchased by football for their exclusive use and will be paid for by donations from football alumni.  General sports include miscellaneous expenses that are common to all sports such as socks.  The revenues reported were through December of 2003.  The contract with Ralph Engelstad Arena guarantees Athletics will receive the budgeted for ticket sales.  Sue Jeno verified that Athletics observes the same fiscal year as the rest of campus, July 1 – June 30.


Sue Jeno asked if the pay lag information has been addressed within the Athletic Department.  Sherry Penner said it has been covered at several staff meetings. 


Meeting Dates:  Spring semester meeting dates will be Feb. 26, March 25, April 22, and May 27 (if necessary) at 3:00 p.m. in room 1917 of the Medical School.


The meeting adjourned at 3:46 p.m.  The next meeting is scheduled for March 25.  Sue Jeno will be out of the office so Judy DeMers will chair the March meeting.