INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETIC

COMMITTEE MEETING

August 28, 2007

 

ATTENDING:  Jim Antes, William Behrmann, Tom Buning, Judy DeMers, Ray Diez, Sue Jeno, Amanda Kahler, Glenn Olsen, Becca Olson, Donna Pearson, Betty Ralston, Lowell Schweigert, Bruce Smith, Paul Todhunter

 

 

Recorder:  Bev Hopman

 

Ray Diez called the meeting to order at 4:30 p.m. in the Badlands Room of the Memorial Union.  He announced that Kyle Brennan, the candidate for the Director of Compliance position, would not be available for interviews at this meeting. 

 

Minutes:  Judy DeMers moved the minutes from the April 24, 2007 meeting by approved as submitted.  Lowell Schweigert seconded.  Motion carried.

 

Election of IAC Chair:  Judy DeMers nominated Ray Diez to serve as IAC chair for the 2007-08 academic year.  Bruce Smith seconded.  Lowell Schweigert moved nominations cease. The motion was seconded and carried.  Judy DeMers moved to cast a unanimous ballet for Ray Diez.  The motion was seconded and carried.

 

Ray Diez said that Kyle Brennan has been tentatively rescheduled to meet with the IAC on Tuesday, September 11, at 4:30 p.m.  Glenn Olsen asked what role the IAC fills in the hiring process.  Ray Diez stated that the IAC is one of the organizations that gives input to the search committee.  IAC also has a representative on the 5 person search committee.

 

Faculty Athletics Representative:  Sue Jeno said the Division I Transition Advisory Committee will have their first meeting on September 11.  With the move to DI, the IAC will need to take a more active role than in the past.  The plan is to divide the sports between the 9 faculty members, giving each sport a “go to” person for the coaches, student-athletes, compliance issues and issues dealing with student-life.  Next month the FAR will have information available on NCAA rules and regulations and how they will change with the move to DI.  The IAC will also serve as a conduit to disseminate information to the faculty and the University Senate.

 

Sue Jeno announced that Michael Greenwood was named as the first alternate for an NCAA post-graduate scholarship.  The original recipient turned down the scholarship, so the $7500 NCAA post-graduate scholarship went to Greenwood which he is using to attend Medical School at UND. 

 

Department Updates:

 

Tom Buning gave a departmental update along with a power point presentation.  Highlights included:  1) UND Athletics budget finished in the black  2) UND has signed a one-year working agreement with the Alerus and is working on a long term contract 3)Trade agreements will be handled as cash equivalents per UND policy  4)Facility improvements have been scheduled which include field turf at Memorial Stadium, a new scoreboard for the soccer field, an academic support room in the Hyslop and upgrades to coaches offices.  5) Football will be a member of the Great West Conference beginning next season.

 

Ray Diez asked about the new parking fees implemented by the Alerus.  Tom Buning responded that Athletics was notified on Aug. 9 that the Alerus would be charging $5.00 per car for parking at the Alerus during UND football games.  As a result, the Athletics Department now must pay the Alerus $3000 per game for Fighting Sioux Club parking.  Glenn Olsen asked if Athletics received any of the $18,000 revenue the charge would generate.  Tom Buning said Athletics does not receive any portion of the parking fees.  Ray Diez asked if the Alerus also controlled tailgating.  Buning replied that the Alerus controls the tailgating.  Lowell Schweigert stated that having a reserved tailgating space is convenient, but he was disappointed the fees go to the Alerus rather than Athletics. 

 

Judy DeMers asked if UND paid for the DI consultant.  Tom Buning said the consultant was paid for out of Alumni and FSC funds but that UND will repay $50,000 of the cost.  Judy DeMers commented that many faculty members have the perception that Athletics is taking money away from academics.

 

Compliance/Student Life:

 

Betty Ralston distributed the new policy and procedures manual for Athletics and updated the committee on some new NCAA guidelines.  She said there are currently 423 student-athletes, but that number could change as coaches hold tryouts. 

 

Old Business:

 

Ray Diez stated that the IAC and University Senate need to re-evaluate the charge of the Intercollegiate Athletic Committee to better meet the challenges of Division I.

 

New Business:

 

Ray Diez thanked the student representatives for attending and taking part in the IAC meeting.

 

Kyle Brennan is scheduled to meet with the IAC at 4:30 p.m. on September 11 to interview for the Director of Compliance. 

 

Future IAC meeting dates were set for September 18, October 16 and November 20.  All meetings are scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m.

 

The meeting adjourned at 5:45 p.m.