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Recreational Sports Committee

September 3, 2008—Election of Vice Chair
Introductions were made and the election for vice chair took place. Professor Cullingford, chair, nominated James Deitrick (accounting) who was unanimously elected.

Committee Overview
Tom Dison, ex officio, provided an overview of Recreational Sports and the role of the Recreational Sports Committee along with a sampling of divisional highlights from 2007-08. The committee watched a Recreational Sports PowerPoint presentation. Divisional publications were distributed, including the Recreational Sports 2007-08 Annual Report. Dison also outlined the divisional goals and challenges for the current year.

September 19, 2008—Recreational Sports’ 2009-10 Budget Presentation
The committee was given an overview of the concepts and philosophy upon which the Division of Recreational Sports approaches budget issues, and an explanation of how the budget process works relative to the Student Services Budget Committee (SSBC). Dison explained the proposed 2009-10 budget requests that would be submitted to the SSBC. The Recreational Sports Committee reviewed and discussed the information provided and unanimously supported the proposed budget requests.

October 24, 2008—Recreational Sports’ Resource Development Initiative Presentation
Tom Dison introduced the Division of Recreational Sports’ new fundraising initiative. He explained its purpose, structure and application within the division. The committee provided feedback on the idea of pursuing corporate sponsorship opportunities.

December 1, 2008—Budget Updates
The committee was given an update on the status of the 2009-10-budget process. Due to budgetary shortfalls facing the University at large, the Division of Recreational Sports is exploring additional ways to reduce expenditures, or explore new revenue streams. Dison presented two ways in which the division might accomplish this – decreased usage of the Texas Swim Center; and continued use of the Recreational Sports Center (RSC) fee once the RSC bond is paid-off. Both items were tabled for further discussion in the spring.

Miscellaneous Updates
A list of topics for the spring semester was presented to the committee. This list included membership and facility usage fees, Recreational Sports budget items, 2010-11 and 2011-12 budget proposals, and a faculty/staff-matching program. The committee was given updates on current and future Recreational Sports events.

January 28, 2009—Membership and Facility Usage Fees
The committee reviewed and supported the Recreational Sports 2009-10 membership and facility use fee schedule. Recreational Sports proposed a 2 percent increase in faculty/staff membership fees; an increase in fees for faculty/staff spouse and senior child, which would bring these fees into parity with the primary membership; and modest increases in locker and towel service fees. A flat 3.9 percent increase in the facility use fee was also proposed.

The committee offered feedback to the Division of Recreational Sports concerning the reduction in use of the Texas Swim Center and a University-supported, faculty-matching program.

February 4, 2009—Recreational Sports’ 2010-11 and 2011-12 Budget Requests

Dison presented the Recreational Sports’ 2010-11 and 2011-12 budget requests for the committee to review. The committee unanimously supported the proposed budget requests, which will be forwarded to the Student Services Budget Committee. The committee also discussed and supported Recreational Sports’ proposal for continued use of the Recreational Sports Center (RSC) fee after the RSC bond is paid-off.

March 26, 2009—Outdoor Leadership Development Center Presentation
The committee viewed a PowerPoint presentation that offered the most current information pertaining to the proposed Outdoor Leadership Development Center project, including the project’s history and forecast for the future. Dison also provided updates on ongoing projects.

April 17, 2009—Chair Election
Professor James Deitrick was elected chair of the 2009-10 Recreational Sports Committee.

The committee discussed a correspondence from a Recreational Sports member questioning the music policy at Gregory Gym (GRE). The group agreed that the division should continue to play music in the common areas (i.e. lobbies, corridors, restrooms). Dison agreed that the division would conduct a survey to determine the general consensus as to whether music should be played in the GRE weight rooms and at the GRE running track.

Committee Activities/Meeting Topics for the 2009-10
  • Introductions and committee overview
  • Election of vice-chair
  • Review of divisional accomplishments from 2008-09 and goals for upcoming year
  • RecSports' budget presentation for 2010-11 and 2011-2012
  • Membership and Facility Usage Fees for 2010-2011
  • Updates and Announcements
  • Special Topics as needed
Elizabeth Cullingford, chair