Brinkert, Ray Diez, Lillian Elsinga, Cindy Flom-Meland, Sue Jeno, Paul
Kriegler, Ray Lefebvre, Patti Mahar, Susan Nelson, Mark Rudolph, Lowell
Schweigert, Bruce Smith, Roger Thomas, Paul Todhunter
Sue Jeno called the meeting to order at in the Medora Room of the Memorial Union.
Minutes:Ray Diez moved that the minutes from the May 26, 2004, meeting be
Introduction of new
members:Sue Jeno welcomed the new
members to the committee and asked both returning and new committee members to
introduce themselves.New members in
attendance were Ray Lefebvre, Paul Kriegler, Rob Brinkert and Cindy
Election of new
Chair:Sue Jeno said she has served
as chair of the IAC for the last two years and will be unable to act as chair
for the 2004-05 school year.Lillian
Elsinga nominated Paul Todhunter.He
respectfully declined.Ray Diez
nominated Susan Nelson.Lowell
Schweigert seconded.Lillian Elsinga
moved a unanimous ballot be cast for Susan Nelson.Ron Brinkert seconded.Motion carried.Susan Nelson was named the new chair.
Selection of fall
semester meeting dates and times:Fall
semester meeting dates were set for the third Tuesday of each month at Sue Jeno asked Roger Thomas if a coach has been selected to serve on the
IAC.Roger Thomas said because of the
practice times and team travel, he will appoint a coach for fall semester and a
different coach for spring semester.
Review of IAC Duties
and Responsibilities:Sue Jeno
verified that everyone had received the memo from Nancy Krogh listing the IAC
committee members for 2004-05 and the information on the functions and
responsibilities of the committee.She
reviewed those responsibilities as listed:
review and update all policies pertaining to intercollegiate athletics,
including those in the Athletic Department Manual.
and recommend the annual athletic budget and provide guidance concerning
other financial matters of the Intercollegiate Athletic Program.
and approve all competitive schedules.
and approve all Athletic Department awards to athletes.
information and assistance to the official representative of the
University for all athletic conference and NCAA meetings.
that the intercollegiate athletic program adheres to all policies, rules
and regulations set forth by the University administration and the NCAA.
policy relating to the use of athletic facilities as they relate to the
policies related to fundraising for athletics.
implement and annually review policies on equity and nondiscrimination,
including monitoring progress toward achieving full gender equity in UND
in the search and screening process for head coaches and senior Athletic
and keep current committee website.
final NCAA Self Study Report:Roger
Thomas said Phil Harmeson submitted the final report to the NCAA and recommended
he be asked to report on it at the next meeting.
update:Roger Thomas said the Athletic
Department has had three strategic planning meetings to date and has identified
specific areas that need attention.The
department is now at the stage to define how to “attack” each problem.Some of the hot spots identified were
Division I vs. Division II, the budget and public relations.More information will be available at the
Compliance:Jared Bruggeman was at an NCAA
meeting. Roger Thomas reported that the NCAA has moved into an environment
of self-reporting.Rather than
requiring every minor violation be turned into the NCAA, more of the
responsibility has been shifted to the college campuses.Schools submit their minor violations to
their conference offices.Lillian
Elsinga said Jared Bruggeman’s policy of reporting to the IAC is an
excellent professional procedures.Sue Jeno asked that the IAC continue to be kept informed of any
Budget:Athletics is currently reassessing its budget.Increased costs, including women’s
hockey WCHA fees, new medical expenses and scholarship increases, have caused
shortages in other areas.Lowell
Schweigert asked if there was a
cut in the marketing budget.Roger
Thomas said that there has not been a cut, but the emphasis has been on
basketball and volleyball to increase fan attendance at the BESC.Lillian Elsinga asked what portion of
athletic scholarships were covered by student fees.Roger Thomas said Athletics receives
approximately $800,000 from fees.This year’s scholarship budget is around $1.3 million.Paul Todhunter asked if Athletics took
advantage of some of the tuition compacts.Roger Thomas said the main recruiting areas besides North
Dakota are Minnesota,
South Dakota, Montana
is not currently a part of any tuition exchange program.
Facilities:Roger Thomas reported that the new BettyEngelstadSiouxCenter is now open and the
volleyball team has started playing games there.When asked why basketball was being
played in the Ralph Engelstad Arena, Thomas replied that part of the
reason was the money generated from suite sales and also the ability to
use the Ralph as a recruiting tool.Sue Jeno asked how season ticket sales went for basketball.Roger Thomas said season ticket sales
stayed about the same, but that attendance at volleyball has been between
600-700 per game which is considerably higher than attendance was at the
Hyslop.The plan is to grow
volleyball and soccer into revenue producing sports.Paul Todhunter asked what the long range
plans were for the old REA.Roger
Thomas said estimates have come in at around one million dollars to repair
the old Engelstad Arena’s roof and siding.It would also cost about one million dollars to tear it down.If it’s torn down, Athletics would like
to build an indoor track and practice facility. An architect has been hired by UND
Facilities to look at various options.Paul Kriegler said it would give student-athletes a safe place to
go in winter.The Hyslop is now used
primarily as a practice facility.
Scheduling:Roger Thomas said finances have
become an important issue in scheduling now that the NCC has changed.The conference match ups with Fargo and
Brookings are gone and those teams have been replaced with teams such as FerrisState and DeltaState.Team travel and guarantees are higher as
a result.Sue Jeno asked if the
non-revenue sports are affected as much.Roger Thomas replied that it impacts them but has more effect on the revenue
sports.Paul Todhunter asked about
the future of the NCC and whether the teams would be traveling to the same
number of games.Roger Thomas
answered that UND will try to keep most of their games within the region
to keep travel days and missed classes to a minimum.The NCC does not have any schools waiting
to join the conference and may have trouble surviving if UND and UNO were
to leave the conference.Lillian
Elsinga said Tim O’Keefe indicated an unintended consequence of
eliminating the NDSU game may be a decrease in revenue.Mark Rudolph said the Fighting Sioux
Club generates revenue from annual givers who receive ticket preference
and preferred parking.Membership
has remained fairly stable.Roger
Thomas said Rob Bollinger and Jeff Bowen work with athletic development
and long term giving.
Open positions:Roger Thomas said the two vacant
assistant athletic director positions previously held by Sherry Penner and
John Sirignano are being combined into one position which will function as
the Athletic Department’s financial officer and senior women’s
administrator.With the opening of
the new BESC, facilities and game management duties no longer require a
full time AD.Changes in the
coaching staff include: Dave Hakstol replacing Dean Blais as head men’s
hockey coach; Cary Eades as a new assistant coach in men’s hockey; Tim
Bennett replacing Matt Granstrand in soccer; Dan Tannahill replacing Steve
Christian in women’s golf; and the addition of a new full time assistant
coach in swimming, Steve Parsons.
conflicts:Roger Thomas said the
Athletic Department has identified some upper level classes that traditionally
conflict with practice times.The work
done by the IAC through the Dean’s Council has made progress toward solving
this issue.Sue Jeno recommended that
the IAC keep this as an ongoing project.Bruce Smith said to submit the list of problem classes to IAC.It will then be presented to the Dean’s
Class credit for
student-athletes:In March 2002, the
IAC endorsed the Student Senate resolution recommending college credit be
awarded for participation in varsity athletics.Ron Brinkert said the proposal was discussed at a PEXS staff meeting and
received a “lukewarm” reception.While Ron
Brinkert was on developmental leave no further action was taken on the
proposal.After much discussion, Ron
Brinkert said he will discuss this with the PEXS staff and will report at the
October IAC meeting.
The meeting adjourned at The next meeting is
scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 19, at