September 20, 2005


ATTENDING:Rob Bollinger, Charlie Bridgeford, Tom Buning, Judy DeMers, Lillian Elsinga, Sue Jeno, Cindy Flom-Meland, Donna Pearson, Betty Ralston, Lowell Schweigert, Bruce Smith, Paul Todhunter


Recorder:Bev Hopman


Sue Jeno called the meeting to order at 3:35 p.m. in the Memorial Room of the Memorial Union.


Election of IAC Chair:Lillian Elsinga nominated Ray Diez as chair of the IAC.Judy DeMers seconded the nomination.The committee cast a unanimous ballot to elect Ray Diez the new chair of the IAC.Sue Jeno will contact him to verify that he will serve.


Meeting Dates:The meeting dates for fall semester were set for October 18, November 15, and December 13.The October 18 will begin at 3:00 p.m., the November and December meetings will begin at 3:30 p.m.


Minutes:The minutes from the May 5, 2005, meeting were approved as submitted.


Introductions:Tom Buning, Director of Athletics, and Betty Ralston, Associate Director of Athletics, were introduced as well as two new committee members; Judy DeMers and Donna Pearson.


Department Updates:

Tom Buning gave a power point presentation to the committee to introduce himself and his philosophy. The presentation touched on the mission, goals, principles, facilities and direction of Department of Athletics.A copy of the presentation is attached.


Budget:One of the critical areas addressed was the Department of Athletics budget shortfall.Tom Buning indicated that if no changes were made to the Athletic budget, Athletics would end the year $680,000 in debt.He is working with Alice Brekke, Director of the Budget Office, and Juli Reisnour, Athletics Business Manager, to solve this problem.They have a three prong plan to cut the budget.One third will be from across the board budget cuts, one third will be from staff and personnel changes and one third will be from an increase in fund raising.


Sue Jeno said that the IAC approved a preliminary budget in the spring but that the committee was told a final budget would be presented for approval in the fall.It was also recommended that the IAC be provided with quarterly financial reports.


Judy DeMers questioned UNDís financial relationship with the Alerus and REA.Tom Buning said REA experienced a $400,000 deficit last year.He is working with others to rewrite the REA contract to increase revenues returned to UND Athletics.The Alerus contract is signed for this year but will be evaluated in the future.


Sioux Illustrated:A Publications Editor is being hired by Athletics and will report to the Director of Media Relations.The editorís primary responsibility will be Sioux Illustrated but that individual will also assist with other areas in Media Relations as time permits.Rob Bollinger said an editorial board has been formed to oversee Sioux Illustrated.The board members are Rob Bollinger, Amanda Hvidsten, Don Kojich and Jody Hodgson.


Athletic Reorganization:Tom Buning has been working with Human Resources on the reorganization of the Athletics staff.Two Associate Athletic Directors, Rob Bollinger and Betty Ralston, have been added, two Assistant Athletic Directors in operations and marketing will be added.Several positions will be eliminated and the reporting structure will be streamlined.The goal is to have new staff, including an Assistant Athletic Director Ė Marketing, in place by January 1.


Facilities:The Athletic Department will be working on a facilities master plan to present to the Presidentís Office.No target date has been set.


Division I/Division II:UND is studying the DI/DII question.Tom Buning reported that UND must be ready to capitalize on whatever decision is made regarding NCAA classification.


Next Meeting:The next meeting is scheduled for October 18, at 3:00 p.m.Items to be discussed should be hockey seating, spring GPA, fan behavior, Sioux logo-NCAA, NCAA rule changes and use/future of the old Engelstad Arena.†† Sue Jeno also requested that a monthly compliance report be presented.


The meeting adjourned at 5:00 p.m.