Presented 5 5 04
Approved 5 5 04

Athletic Board
Wednesday, April 21, 2004
Holmes Student Center Room #306, 1:00pm

Present: Terry Bishop (Chair), TJ Lusher, Ron Short, Jan Rintala, George Shur, Paul Carpenter, Josephine Umoren, Malcolm Morris, Gip Seaver, Bob Beatty, Ken Davidson, Marcia Dick, Nolan Davis, Craig Marcus.

Guest: Tekla Martin, Director of Development

  1. Call to Order - Terry Bishop
  2. Approval of March 17, 2004, Meeting Minutes

    Jan Rintala made a motion to approve the March 17, 2004, meeting minutes. TJ Lusher seconded the motion.

    Malcolm Morris pointed out three minor corrections to the minutes. Having no further changes or corrections, the motion was carried.

  3. Committee Reports

    A. Budget
    No report. Terry did say that Ray Tourville's passing was tragic. He contributed not just to the Athletic Board but to Athletics. Terry asked the Board members to think about something the Board could do to honor Ray's contributions as a long-standing member of the Board. He has one suggestion but if other Board members have ideas, please e-mail them to Terry.

    Terry then pointed out that we have two Athletic Board meetings coming up - one on May 5 and one on June 16. The FY05 budget will be submitted at the May meeting for action at the June meeting.

    B. Equity/Diversity
    TJ stated that she will have a report for the May 5 Board meeting.

    C. Student Welfare/Academics
    No report.

    D. External Relations
    Tekla Martin provided reminders of a couple of upcoming events. Joe Novak is throwing out the first pitch at tomorrow's White Sox - Yankees baseball game. There are only four tickets left if anyone is interested. May 6 is the athletics department fundraiser at Ditka's. We need to increase the number of attendees at that event so please spread the word. Athletics has planned three bus trips for the upcoming football season - September 18 to Iowa State; October 23 to Western Michigan; and October 30 to Ball State.

    Bob Beatty added that a couple of projects are in the works - administering a survey to Huskie Club members regarding how better to communicate with them. Also looking at a "Coach for a Day" project but trying to decide who the right people are to ask and how the process will work. A report will be forthcoming when more information is available.

  4. Faculty Athletics Representative - Jan Rintala

    Jan is currently conducting exit interviews and getting surveys from graduating student-athletes. She will report her findings in the fall.

    Jan will be traveling to Anaheim, California, the first week of May to attend NCAA meetings.

    Discussed an article in the recent edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education regarding incentives/disincentives.

  5. George Shur, Interim Athletics Director

    George reported on his experiences thus far as interim athletics director. He also reminded the Board that they are the 'eyes and ears' on campus for Athletics and we need to make sure the east side of campus is aware of the great successes Athletics has experienced, both athletically and academically.

    Terry stated that Gip Seaver has been named chair of the search committee for the permanent athletics director and asked Gip to say a few words about the process. Gip said a press release regarding the process and the search firm will probably go out next week. It is the committee's intent to move as quickly as possible, but not hastily, with the process.

  6. Adjournment

    Malcolm Morris made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Bob Beatty seconded the Motion. Carried unanimously….beats the old meeting time record by 15 minutes at a total time of 30 minutes!!!

The next meeting of the Athletic Board is Wednesday, May 5, 2004, at 1:00 pm in Holmes Student Center Room #306. The executive committee will meet on Wednesday, April 28, 2004, at 1:00 pm in the athletics administration conference room in Convocation Center Room #200.