September 18, 2007


ATTENDING:Jim Antes, Charlie Bridgeford, Judy DeMers, Ray Diez, Sue Jeno, Glenn Olsen, Betty Ralston, Lowell Schweigert, Brian Strom, Paul Todhunter


Recorder:Bev Hopman


Ray Diez called the meeting to order at 4:37 p.m. in the Memorial Room of the Memorial Union.


Minutes:Judy DeMers moved the minutes from the August 28, 2007, meeting by approved as submitted.Glenn Olsen seconded.Motion carried.


Announcement:Ray Diez announced that Betty Ralston and Steve Brekke have been named as co-acting athletic directors during Tom Buningís leave of absence.Betty Ralston will be dealing with internal matters and Steve Brekke will handle external affairs.


FAR Updates:

  • Sue Jeno reported the DI Committee met on Sept. 11.Betty Ralston said the committee would continue to meet in Tom Buningís absence and will be divided into 4 areas: Philosophy; Rules/Compliance; Academic Integrity; and Equity Welfare and Sportsmanship.
  • At the last IAC meeting, Sue Jeno explained the plan to divide the 450+ student-athletes among the 9 faculty members of the IAC.Each IAC faculty member will work with the student-athletes and coaches to address academic and student life issues.The teams were divided into groups of approximately 50 student-athletes with the tentative IAC assignments as follows:football/offense - open; football /defense - open; menís basketball, womenís basketball and volleyball Ė Ray Diez; menís and womenís hockey Ė Judy DeMers; baseball and softball - open; menís and womenís swimming - open; menís and womenís golf, womenís track and cross country Ė Jim Antes; menís track and cross country; tennis Ė Paul Todhunter; soccer Ė Glenn Olsen.Sue Jeno will contact the absent faculty members to assign the open sports.


Department Updates:

  • Betty Ralston thanked everyone for their assistance in the Director of Compliance search.One candidate, Kyle Brennan, was brought on campus for interviews.
  • Athletics will be advertising for an Associate Athletic Director/Chief Financial Officer.This position was not in the Proforma but was recommended by Phil Harmeson, Alice Brekke and Diane Nelson.
  • Another new position will be open soon for a Director of Athletic Academic Services.Betty Ralston said this will start with an internal search since knowledge of UND and the NDUS will be helpful.
  • Alice Brekke has asked to be on the agenda for the October meeting.
  • Betty Ralston displayed the UND Vision One brochure.The brochure is being sent to Presidents, Athletic Directors and coaches of conferences UND is interested in joining.The brochure is also being used as a fundraising tool by the UND Foundation.
  • There were no major compliance issues to discuss.Focus has been on getting/keeping the fall teams eligible.
  • Grant Corbett, golf, won the Sioux Invitational held Sept. 17-18.


Old Business:

  • Susan Logan Nelson has agreed to fill the open spot on the IAC.
  • Bev Hopman reported that the Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet was held on Sept. 15.Six individuals and three teams were inducted.Dave Hakstol was honored with the Thomas Clifford Award for coaching and Dave Gunther was named Honorary Letterwinner.††
  • Ray Diez reported that the Ron Pynn Cross Country Invitational was well attended.The UND menís team finished 2nd and the womenís team finished 3rd.


The meeting adjourned at 5:05 p.m.The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 4:30 p.m.