ATTENDING: Jim Antes, Charlie Bridgeford, Ron Brinkert, Tom
Bunning, Richard Clay, Judy DeMers, Ray Diez, Cindy Flom-Meland, Susan Jeno, Donna
Pearson, Betty Ralston, Mike Schepp,
Guests: Bill Carr, Gerald O’Dell, Maviael Sampaio
Recorder: Bev Hopman
Ray Diez called the meeting to order at in the Memorial Room of the Memorial Union.
Minutes: Ron Brinkert moved the minutes from the
Reclassification: Betty Ralston introduced Bill Carr and Gerald O’Dell from Carr and Associates. Their firm is working with the University to develop a plan of action for the transition from Division II to Division I. Bill Carr said both he and Gerald O’Dell have strong backgrounds in college athletics as former coaches and athletic directors. They are currently reviewing the information compiled by the Reclassification Task Force. Another on campus visit is planned for January with a goal of submitting a business plan for sustained success by March, 2007. Mr. Carr stressed that reclassification is an institutional issue, not just an athletic issue.
Carr stated that the number of graduating seniors in
Components of the business plan will be an environmental scan, strategy for DI membership, strategy for conference affiliations, scheduling and recruiting, organizational design, compliance, Title IX, financial business model, facilities and overall support services.
Lowell Schweigert asked if any program cuts are planned. Bill Carr answered that the plan of action is being developed under the assumption that all current programs will remain intact. Dick Clay asked how specific the report would be, if it would predict actual costs. Gerald O’Dell said it will define realistic expectations for each sport. Jim Antes asked if the fact that some schools have stated they will not schedule UND because of the nickname will be addressed. Bill Carr said the institution must respond to the realities of the nickname issue. Dick Clay asked if UND could be provided with a list of other schools making the transition from DII to DI to assist with scheduling. Bill Carr promised to deliver that information.
Athletic Director: Tom Buning distributed a hand out titled “Frequently Asked Questions” regarding the transition to Division I. The hand out can be viewed at the following website: http://D1.und.edu
Sue Jeno was introduced as the new Faculty Athletic Representative.
Contracts are either completed or near completion with the Alerus and Ticketmaster. The new Athletic website supported by XoS is scheduled to be online in January, 2007.
Budget: Tom Buning reported that the budget is on target for FY07. To help control budgets, restrictions have been placed on coaches’ purchasing procedures. Athletic administrators are evaluating various improvements and budget controls for next year. The renewal date for season tickets and Fighting Sioux Club membership will be earlier in 2007 to allow for an aggressive marketing campaign to sell vacant seats. Unbudgeted expenses incurred to date include financial incentives to successful coaches and the overlapping salary expense that will occur in women’s hockey.
Academic and Compliance: Betty Ralston said there was nothing new to report.
Letterwinners: Bev Hopman submitted a list of recommended letterwinners for men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, soccer and volleyball. Judy DeMers moved the list of letterwinners as recommended by their head coaches be approved. Lowell Schweigert seconded. Motion carried. A list of letterwinners is attached.
The meeting adjourned at The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 23, at
The following student-athletes have been recommended as varsity letterwinners by their head coaches.
Men’s Cross Country – Mike Grandall, Head Coach
LaBlanc, Josh Mahoney, Patrick Nordlund, Nathan
Rosseau, Kyle Spitsberg, Richie
Women’s Cross Country – Dick Clay, Head Coach
Baker, Natika Benke, Lori Dehlheimer, Kristi
Duerre, Rachelle Gefroh, Mandy Hofland, Leslie
Keithley, Kristy Landberg, Margaret Malone, Callie
Messer, Jessica Nordlund, Rachel
Men’s Golf – Rob Stiles, Head Coach
Ahmann, Kris Corbett, Grant Peterson, Dan
Peterson, Jon Riewer, Blake Steiner, Dustin
Suess, Jerad Thompson, Carson
Women’s Golf – Dan Frei, Head Coach
Dahle, Kelli Gagnon Laplante, Alexia Hoerth, Kayla
Lucken, Kristi Lucken, Sarah Mattfeld, Kayla
Soccer – Brock Thompson, Head Coach
Boehmer, Mandi Boese, Kristi Brown, Kassi
Herrmann, Lauren Horner, Rose Houlihan, Meagan
Johnson, Amy Kirchoffner, Lindsay Lindeman, Kevyn
Oxley, Janine Pappas,
Remmenga, Holly Rohwer, Ashley Sera, Lauren
Strohbusch, Alyssa Thaden, Sarah Tracy, Megan
Volleyball – Katy Peterson, Head Coach
Blume, Mary Cahill, Aileen Delahanty, Nicole
Evans, Heidi Hanson, Britta Holmen, Ashley
Langseth, Megan Louwagie, Allison Kazociuniene, Kristina
Mason, Stephanie Vortherms, Lindsay