Present: Terry Bishop (Chair), TJ Lusher, Paul Bauer, Jan Rintala, Cary Groth, Earl Hansen, Paul Carpenter, Josephine Umoren, Malcolm Morris, Bob Beatty, Marcia Dick, Ray Tourville, Nolan Davis, Craig Marcus, Eric Johnson.
Guests: Dr. John Peters, President; Sheila Berg, Athletics Business Manager; Tekla Martin, Director of Development; Tim Stedman, Major Gifts Officers – Athletics.
Dr. Peters provided an overview of the upcoming search process.
Jan Rintala made a motion to approve the February 18, 2004 meeting minutes. Ray Tourville seconded the motion.
Having no additions, corrections or deletions, the motion was carried.
C. Student Welfare
No report. Kim Judson will present a report under New Business.
D. External Affairs
Tekla Martin said a draft of a survey to go to the Huskie Club has been done. A report will be made at the April meeting.
Jan mentioned that she and Cary had been scheduled to make a report to the University Council on March 3. That report was cancelled and has not yet been rescheduled.
As an informational item, Jan stated that since it is NCAA basketball tournament time, someone has looked into the graduation rates of the Top 25 teams in the tournament and somehow the information got out. She can provide a copy of an article from The Boston Globe regarding this matter.
A. North End Zone Facility Report – Tim Stedman
Provided a status report on the facility. Since the project is still in the “quiet phase,” he could not share renderings with the Board. He did give a general overview of the project. Once the project moves into the “public phase,” Tim will be able to share more information.
B. “Student-Athletes and the University: An Evolving Relationship” – Dr. Kim Judson
Kim presented a brief report on the study which is at the 18-month mark.
She has been asked to make recommendations of areas the Athletic Board should look in to.
1. Perhaps requiring professional counseling for the student-athletes. Could be offered as part of injury rehabilitation services.
2. Enhance athletes’ performances by offering training tables for student-athletes.
3. Continue to monitor weekly practice times relative to NCAA limits
4. Support incoming student-athletes who typically face academic challenges as freshmen.
5. Promote the high level of competition within the Mid-American Conference.
Cary said that with the exception of the training table, everything else costs nothing to implement or address. She also said with regard to limits on weekly practices, we need to do a better job making sure the athletes know the regulations. Coaches can help communicate the ’20 hour’ rule.
Terry thanked Kim for her report and said the Board will look at the identified points.
A. Tekla Martin brought up two dates for the Board to be aware of and to put on their calendars. On Wednesday, March 24, Cary is hosting a luncheon in the athletics offices at the Convocation Center beginning at noon. On Thursday, April 1, Athletics is having an open house for Cary at The Stratford Inn beginning at 5:00 pm. Please join us for either or both.
Ray Tourville made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Paul Bauer seconded the motion. Carried unanimously.
The next meeting of the Athletic Board will be on Wednesday, April 21, at 1:00 p.m. in Holmes Student Center Room #306. The executive committee will meet on Wednesday, April 14, at 1:00 p.m. in the administration conference room in the Convocation Center.