INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETIC

COMMITTEE  MEETING

SEPTEMBER 17, 2002

 

ATTENDING:  Rob Bollinger, Jeff Bowen, Brad Berg, Jared Bruggeman, Judy DeMers, Ray Diez, Lillian Elsinga, Phil Harmeson, Jill Holen, Susan Jeno, Kathy McCann, Susan Nelson, Elizabeth Nichols, Tim O’Keefe, John Sirignano, Roger Thomas,

 

Recorder:  Bev Hopman

 

The meeting was called to order by Judy DeMers at 3:10 p.m. in room 1917, Medical Science North. 

 

New Members/Chairperson:  After the introduction of this year’s membership, Judy DeMers called for nominations for a new chairperson.  Sue Jeno was nominated by Judy DeMers, Kathy McCann seconded.  Kathy McCann moved a unanimous ballot be cast for Sue Jeno.  Judy DeMers seconded.  Motion carried.  The new chair will assume her duties at the next meeting.

 

Tim O’Keefe will be the new executive vice president and CEO of the Alumni Association.  Due to the change in his position, he will be stepping down from the IAC.  The Alumni Association will contact the IAC after a replacement is named. 

 

Future Meetings:  It was decided to hold the future IAC meetings on the third Tuesday of each month at 3:00 p.m. in room 1917 at the Medical School.  The dates for 2002 will be October 15, November 19 and December 17.  Judy DeMers will schedule the room.

 

Review of Last Year:  Roger Thomas reported on a very successful 2001-2002 year in Athletics.  He cited the top ten finish for the Sears Cup, the second consecutive win of the North Central Conference Women’s All-sports Trophy and the National Championship in football.  All of this was accomplished with no major NCAA compliance issues and student-athletes who maintained a high composite GPA.  With the additional ticket sales and increased Fighting Sioux Club memberships generated by the opening of two new facilities, the Athletic Department also is in a healthy financial state.  Judy DeMers said the Wellness Center and the addition of women’s hockey were also major accomplishments.  Sue Nelson asked Roger Thomas about the combining of the Athletic Department and Ralph Engelstad Arena marketing personnel.  Roger reported that joining the two forces makes the best use of the resources available.  It also is good from a customer service point of view.  It provides vendors and donors with a single point of contact.  Judy DeMers recommended  a broader selection of merchandise be available through the marketing group (REA) to include more items that do not contain the Sioux Head Logo.

 

Women’s Basketball Request:  Roger Thomas reported on a request from Gene Roebuck regarding a planned trip to Hawaii by the women’s basketball team in December of 2003.  The trip is planned for December 16-22, which will interfere with final exams.  Coach Roebuck would like suggestions on what action to take to make it possible for all of the student-athletes to make the trip.  Lillian Elsinga stated that the Dean of Students Office gets many calls on arranging different times for final exams, but that the final decision is made by each individual faculty member.  Various members of the committee stressed that the most important step would be for students to notify professors as early as possible.  Ray Diez moved that the Intercollegiate Athletic Committee approve the trip to Hawaii for the women’s basketball in December of 2003.  Elizabeth Nichols seconded.  Phil Harmeson offered a friendly amendment that the Athletic Department notify the instructors the first week of class.  Elizabeth Nichols seconded.  The motion and amendment passed.

 

Class Credit for Student-athletes:  Last year, the IAC approved a motion recommending class credit for participation in varsity athletics.  The request was forwarded to the Physical Education Exercise Science Department.  At this point, no action has been taken by PEXS.  Roger Thomas will contact their office to see if any action is planned. Elizabeth Nichols suggested that Dr. Dan Rice, Dean of the College of Education and Human Development, could also be contacted for assistance.  Jared Bruggeman will follow up with Dr. Rice. 

 

Wellness Center:  The Wellness Center is now open for student and faculty use.  It is located on the 3rd floor on the south side of the Hyslop Sports Center.  New equipment has been purchased and the hours of operation have been expanded.  Faculty must now pay $240 to use the cardio and weight rooms.  The rooms are still free to students with a valid student ID.  Sue Jeno reported that Governor Hoeven and Mayor Brown both participated in the dedication which was held on September 14. 

 

Facilities:  Roger Thomas said that competition for the use of the limited athletic facilities is still a problem.  Plans are ongoing to move the Athletic Department into a new facility.  When the move occurs, it will free the Hyslop for renovation into a total wellness center.

 

Division I:  UND Athletics has received many varied reactions relating to NDSU’s announcement regarding their move to the Division I level.   Phil Harmeson indicated that the situation is constantly being looked at and assessed, but at this time, the Athletic Department and the President’s Office have no plans to move to DI.  Financially, things to take into consideration are salaries, travel expenses and scholarships.  Sue Jeno asked if NDSU had found a conference yet?  Roger Thomas answered that at this time, no Division I conference had expressed an interest in expanding.  Ray Diez asked if the NCC had considered moving to Division I as a conference.  Phil Harmeson said it had been discussed at conference meetings, but that the NCC had decided not to change divisions.  Rob Bollinger questioned whether UND would continue to play NDSU and if so, for how long.  Roger Thomas replied that at this time, nothing has been decided.   

 

Tim O’Keefe cautioned the committee to be aware of the positive moves NDSU is making.  They are taking the necessary steps to become bigger and better in all areas and are creating a genuine excitement for the move to Division I.  Tim recommended that UND pay attention to the things we can control and place the university in a position to make the move to DI if necessary.    He does not want UND to be in the position of playing catch up. 

 

Phil Harmeson responded that UND is in an excellent position to watch what is happening in Fargo.  When the new facilities at UND are completed (the new athletic complex and the Hyslop/Wellness renovation), along with the Alerus and Ralph Engelstad Arena, UND will have facilities in place to recruit student-athletes.

 

Accreditation:  Lillian Elsinga indicated that Jared Bruggeman has helped her gather information regarding athletics for the accreditation report.  She will submit a copy to the IAC when the report is ready.

 

Sue Jeno moved to adjourn the meeting.  Elizabeth Nichols seconded.  Motion carried. 

 

The next meeting is scheduled for October 15 at 3:00 p.m. in the Medical School, Room 1917.