INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETIC

COMMITTEE MEETING

March 29, 2005

 

ATTENDING:Ray Diez, Lillian Elsinga, Sue Jeno, Paul Kriegler, Ray Lefebvre, Patti Mahar, Cindy Flom-Meland, Susan Nelson, Lowell Schweigert

 

Recorder:Bev Hopman

 

Susan Nelson called the meeting to order at 3:35 p.m. in the Medora Room of the Memorial Union.

 

Minutes:Sue Jeno moved the minutes from the Feb. 15, 2005, meeting be approved.Lowell Schweigert seconded.Motion carried.

 

Department Updates:Bev Hopman reported on the following items:Tim Bennett, the head womenís soccer coach, has resigned.The search for his replacement has started and the IAC will be informed when candidates are brought on campus for interviews.The menís hockey team will be playing in the Frozen Four national championships in Columbus, OH.The Alumni Association is coordinating a charter for UND fans.The Fall 2004 Academic Highlights form was distributed.For the thirteenth time in the last fourteen semesters, UND student-athletes achieved a goal of 3.0 or higher.

 

Athletic Director Search:Bev Hopman reported that the Athletic Search is moving forward and the search committee will be bringing candidates on campus soon for interviews.Lillian Elsinga suggested that once the interview process is completed, the IAC should prepare a group report to present to the President.She did not feel the IAC needed to recommend whom to hire but should list the pluses and minuses of each candidate.Lillian Elsinga moved that the IAC request a meeting time with each candidate brought on campus for interviews.Ray Diez seconded.Motion carried.Susan Nelson will send the request to Phil Harmeson.Sue Jeno reminded the committee that the IAC can not pick the time of the meetings.When meeting times are scheduled, she encouraged IAC members to make every attempt to attend.Lillian Elsinga recommended the IAC meet the morning after that last candidate is on campus to prepare a report for the President.

 

Athletic Schedules:Tentative schedules were distributed for menís and womenís basketball, football, menís and womenís hockey, volleyball, baseball and swimming.†† Ray Diez moved to table voting on the schedules until more team schedules were available for review.Patti Mahar seconded.Motion carried.

 

Review of IAC Functions and Duties:Susan Nelson had requested the IAC members to review the duties of the IAC prior to the March meeting.The functions and responsibilities have not been updated since 1999.Lillian Elsinga said fan behavior has become a nationwide issue.The IAC has provided some leadership in that area and she felt fan behavior should be a charge of the committee.Ray Lefebvre said an ad hoc Student Government committee, Sporting Events Atmosphere Committee, has been formed.The committee has worked with the distribution of student hockey tickets and several game promotions.He felt the committee could be more active and help provide a positive fan atmosphere.†† Susan Nelson asked if the committee was affiliated with Sioux Crew.A representative from Sioux Crew is on the committee but it is a separate organization.After some discussion, Sue Jeno moved the IAC provide ongoing support for and monitoring of fan behavior policies and their effects on athletics and academics at UND.Ray Diez seconded.Motion carried.It was recommended that this be made function and responsibility 11 and that function 11 be moved to function 12.Lowell Schweigert said one of the issues of fan behavior was the serving of alcohol at athletic events.Sue Jeno stated that the IAC was to be involved with policies not enforcement.

 

Each of the 11 functions and responsibilities of the IAC as outlined by the University Senate was discussed.

 

1.Formulate, review and update all policies pertaining to intercollegiate athletics, including those in the Athletic Department Manual.Lillian Elsinga pointed out that this was done through the IACís participation in the NCAA self study conducted last year.

 

2.Review and recommend the annual athletic budget and provide guidance concerning other financial matters of the Intercollegiate Athletic Program.Ray Diez said that when he was chair of the IAC, he received regular financial reports from Athletics.That practice has been discontinued.It was recommended that the committee chair request that quarterly financial reports be provided to the committee.It was also recommended that a copy of the year end final audit report be sent to the committee chair.

 

3.Review and approve all competitive schedules.This is done each spring.No additional action was recommended.

 

4.Review and approve all Athletic Department awards to athletes.Cindy Flom-Meland moved the wording be changed to:Review and approve all Athletic Department letterwinner awards.Lowell Schweigert seconded.Motion carried.

 

5.Provide information and assistance to the official representatives of the University for all athletic conference and NCAA meetings.It was recommended that the FAR discuss NCAA agenda items prior to departing for meetings.It was also recommended that the chair of the IAC stay familiar with NCAA issues.

 

6.Ensure that the intercollegiate athletic program adheres to all policies, rules, and regulations set forth by the University administration and the NCAA.No additional action was recommended.

 

7.Review policy relating to the use of athletic facilities as they relate to the Athletic Department.No additional actions was recommended.

 

8.Review policies related to fundraising for athletics. The Fighting Sioux Club and the Alumni Association are the primary fundraisers for the Athletic Department.No additional action was recommended.

 

9.Establish, implement, and annually review policies on equity and nondiscrimination, including monitoring progress toward achieving full gender equity in UND Athletics.A copy of theNCAA Gender Equity Report is provided to the IAC for their review each fall.No additional action was recommended.

 

10.Participate in the search and screeningprocess for head coaches and senior Athletic Department administrators.The IAC is notified when on campus interviews take place and are invited to participate.No additional action was recommended.

 

11.Maintain and keep current committee website.This is done through the Athletic Department.No additional action was recommended.

 

The next meeting date will be at 7:00 a.m. after the last Athletic Director candidate is interviewed.As soon as those dates are announced, IAC members will be notified.

 

Lowell Schweigert moved that the meeting be adjourned.Paul Kriegler seconded.Motion carried.Meeting adjourned at 4:51 p.m.