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Recreational Sports Committee


August 31, 2011 – Election of Vice-Chair
Introductions were made and the election for vice chair took place. David Birdsong nominated Thomas Hunt, 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 2010-11. The committee watched a PowerPoint presentation, which provided a synopsis of the programs, services and facilities that Recreational Sports offers, as well as a list of its divisional objectives for 2011-12. Packets of divisional publications and related materials were distributed, including a list of divisional highlights for 2010-11.

September 30, 2011 – Recreational Sports’ Financial Overview, Budget Review
The committee was given an overview of the concepts and philosophy upon which the Division of Recreational Sports approaches the use and expenditure of funds, along with an overview of how the budget process works relative to the Student Services Budget Committee (SSBC). RecSports has been experiencing budget reductions since 2003-04. In 2009-10, RecSports began a concentrated period of contraction, with a total of $800K in reductions to date and an additional $100K in planned reductions expected by 2014-15. Dison reviewed the budget reductions RecSports had identified thus far. He explained that the 2012-13 budget request is proposing no growth items or large changes. The division will be moving forward conceptually, hoping for no additional budget reductions.

October 31, 2011 – Membership and Facility Usage Fees
The committee reviewed and supported the recreational sports 2012-13 membership and facility use fee schedules. Recreational sports did not request an increase in faculty/staff membership fees, but did suggest a small increase for towel service to accommodate an increase in contract costs and increased quality of towel. A flat 1.15 percent increase in the facility use fee was also proposed. The increase is intended to compensate for escalating maintenance and utility costs and is based on the average consumer price index (CPI) over the past three years.

December 1, 2011 – RecSports Surveys
The Division of Recreational Sports consistently conducts research and collects data in an effort to identify trends, allocate resources, and determine future directions. The data RecSports collects include usage and participation, satisfaction levels, benefits and outcomes, and demographics. The division typically schedules 6-8 assessment projects annually. Dison reviewed the recent faculty/staff survey and RecSports member survey with the committee.

February 09, 2012 – RecSports Updates
Gregory Gym Retail
December 1, 2011, recreational sports issued a request for proposal to the bidding community for the repurposing of the Gregory Gym Café space. Bids closed on January 5. Nike Inc. was the only respondent. An evaluation committee reviewed the Nike proposal and made a recommendation to purchasing with an intent to award issued. A contract is now in process. RecSports is working with the architect to create a combination retail outlet and fitness resource center that hopes to serve as a new fitness hub for students and RecSports members. The committee viewed a slide show with some concept designs for the new space and fielded questions from the committee.

Five-Year Plan
RecSports submitted its updated 5-year budget plan through 2015-16 on January 31. As required by the University, the plan identifies 2 percent of applicable salaries for a possible merit pool or redistribution. The total includes funds that will be made available from the closing of the current gym store. The plan will be updated each year as required. The committee was supportive of RecSports’ plan to manage costs through 2015-16.

April 05, 2012 – Election of 2012-13 Chair-Elect
The Faculty Council requested that the committee elect a chair for the following fiscal year at this meeting. David Birdsong nominated the current vice-chair, Thomas Hunt. Jane Moore seconded the nomination. No other nominations were made. A vote was called, and Hunt was unanimously elected.

April 30, 2012 – Committee Activities/Meeting Topics for 2012-13

  • Introductions and committee overview
  • Election of vice-chair
  • Review of divisional accomplishments from 2011-12 and goals for upcoming year
  • Recreational sports’ budget updates for 2013-14 and 2014-15
  • Membership and facility usage fees for 2013-14
  • Updates and announcements
  • Special topics as needed


David Birdsong, chair