NOVEMBER 19, 2002
ATTENDING: Brad Berg, Rob Bollinger, Jeff Bowen, Charlie Bridgeford, Judy DeMers, Ray Diez, Lillian Elsinga, Phil Harmeson, Jill Holen, Susan Jeno, Patti Mahar, John Sirignano, Bruce Smith, Roger Thomas,
Recorder: Bev Hopman
The meeting was called to order by Sue Jeno at 3:05 p.m. in room 1917, Medical Science North.
Minutes: Judy DeMers moved the minutes from October 15, 2002, be approved. Patti Mahar seconded. Motion carried.
Website: Bev Hopman said John Sirignano has activated the IAC website. The site will eventually be linked to the University Senate website. The web address will be sent out with the next meeting reminder.
Class Credit for Student-athletes: Bev Hopman reported that Jared Bruggeman has had several conversations with Bruce Dearden, PEXS chair, concerning academic credit for student athletes. The subject will be placed on the agenda for the next PEXS staff meeting. It is hoped that Ron Brinkert, the previous department chair, will be available for that meeting.
Compliance: Bev Hopman said there were no major violations to report.
Athletic Department Update: Roger Thomas announced that it was a year of firsts for our fall sports. Soccer made the NCC semi-finals for the first time ever, which was the coach’s goal at the start of the season. The team they lost to was Nebraska-Omaha which was ranked 3rd in the nation. Volleyball started off very strong, winning a tournament in Hawaii. They faltered a little toward the end of the season, but still qualified for the regional playoffs for the first time. The first round of the playoffs are in Greeley, CO, beginning November 21. Maria Bruggeman was selected as Co-Coach of the Year in the NCC for her work with this year’s team. Roger Thomas said that even though football had a losing season, they lost four games by a total of 14 points. For the winter sports, men’s hockey is off to a great start at 9-1-0, women’s hockey has 3 wins and a tie, which is respectable for a fledgling program and basketball will start Nov. 22.
Assistant Athletic Director, External Affairs - Job Search: Roger Thomas said that two candidates have been on campus for interviews for the Assistant Athletic Director – External Affairs position. After visiting with several people inside and outside the department, it has been decided to place the decision on hold for a short time. Roger Thomas expects to have more information available at the next IAC meeting.
Spring Semester Meeting Dates: After checking with the members present, the IAC meeting dates for spring semester have been tentatively set for the third Wednesday of each month beginning at 3:15 p.m. in Medical Science, Room 1917. The dates are January 15, February 19, March 19, April 16 and May 21 (tentative).
Other Business: Phil Harmeson responded to a question regarding the NCAA Minority Report by stating that the NCAA has made no decisions at this time. The report has been referred to the Championship Committee,the Presidents Council and Executive Committee for further review. The report will not affect the WCHA playoffs. Phil Harmeson also reported that Roger Thomas has been selected to serve on the Management Council, one of the governing bodies of the NCAA. A question was raised at the last meeting as to the status of UND and other DII schools sharing in the proceeds from the DI playoffs. Phil Harmeson indicated that discussions are still taking place, but currently there are no plans to change the distribution method.
Jill Holen questioned the process used to determine the budget amounts allocated to the various sports programs. Roger Thomas explained the coaches meet one on one with the Asst. Athletic Director – Internal Affairs to discuss their budget needs for the upcoming year. The allocations are then based on the coach’s request and the overall department funds available.
Judy DeMers asked if the student section in hockey was being moved. Roger Thomas said the decision has not been made at this time. However, there are issues with the handicap seating in Ralph Engelstad Arena that need to be addressed. Jeff Bowen added that if seats need to be moved within the arena, the same priority method that was used previously will be implemented again. Patti Mahar asked when such a move would be made. Roger Thomas said if it happens it would be before next season.
Roger Thomas informed the IAC members that the coaches will be submitting their letterwinners for the fall sports. The board will be asked to take action on the coaches’ recommendations at the next meeting. He also reported that the student-athletes overall GPA for fall semester will not be available until January.
Finances: John Sirignano reported that revenues to date (including season ticket sales) for men’s hockey is $1,645,442; for women’s hockey $16,305, and for basketball $133,000. The actual revenue from football was $338,000. However the contract with Ralph Engelstad Arena guaranteed an income of $375,000, so REA will make up the difference.
Reunion Weekends: Jeff Bowen talked about the Hockey Reunion Weekend which will be November 22-23. Jim Archibald as well as the 47-48 and 58-59 teams will be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame during a noon luncheon Saturday at the Holiday Inn. He also reported on the Basketball Reunion Weekend which will be held on Sioux-Bison weekend, January 17-18. The 64-65 and 65-66 men’s basketball teams will be inducted into the Hall of Fame that weekend. Dave Vonesh was inducted at the banquet in October of this year. Rob Bollinger said that women’s basketball and volleyball also had reunions during Homecoming. He indicated that the reunions have been well received and that Jeff Bowen the incoming president of the Letterwinners Association will work with the Alumni Association to continue the programs.
Lillian Elsinga moved the meeting adjourn. The motion was seconded and carried.
The next meeting is scheduled for December 17 at 3:00 p.m. in the Medical School, Room 1917. Please contact Sue Jeno or Bev Hopman with any agenda items