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B-2 Recreational Sports Committee

The Recreational Sports Committee is a standing committee of the University charged with advising on matters of policy, providing input on facility construction and expansion, hearing appeals from various councils, and promulgating regulations for participation in non-student programs. It also serves as a representative group of the campus by providing input and advice to the division from its various constituents. The committee met seven times throughout the fall and spring semesters of 2001-2002.

In the area of facility construction and expansion, the committee participated in ongoing discussions relative to completing the Gregory Gymnasium renovation project’s final phase – the Gregory Gym Aquatics Complex. The committee reviewed and provided input in the final schematic design phase of the project.

The committee reviewed and offered direction to the Division of Recreational Sports concerning its budget request for 2002-2003. As part of this process the committee deliberated and approved the recreational sports budget, non-student membership fee schedule, and facility use fee schedules prior to forwarding to the student services fee committee and budget office, respectively. Also during this discussion, the committee expressed concern about available funding sources for the Sport Club program. The committee also noted that the implementation of payroll deduction for faculty/staff memberships resulted in increased participation by providing an affordable method of payment.

The committee expressed its support for the ‘Friends of RecSports’ initiative by overseeing the launching of the inaugural issue of Inside RecSports, a biannual newsletter reaching over 10,000 past intramural champions, former student staff members, and other friends of RecSports. The newsletter is the first step in reconnecting with the many individuals who have been associated with the program since its inception in 1916.

Other topics of discussion included parking challenges associated with Bellmont Hall, and the benefits of increased joint programming with other University departments and student affairs agencies. The committee also reviewed divisional protocols for protecting the health of students with eating disorders who may be compromising their health through over-exercise.

The committee supports the Division of Recreational Sports’ goal to be central to the mission of The University of Texas at Austin—to transform lives for the benefit of society—by providing education through recreation. The committee also continues to support the expanded role that the Division of Recreational Sports plays within the University community by hosting events and participating in University-wide functions.

  Michael P. Starbird, chair


This document was posted on the Faculty Council Web site, www.utexas.edu/faculty/council/ on July 29, 2002. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, FAC 22, F9500.

  Last updated:July 29, 2002
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