OF THE STANDING COMMITTEES OF THE GENERAL FACULTY
||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
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
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