Senate minutes – 02.03.15

For questions or clarifications, please contact Senator Amelia Fong at ude.l1545205450tsuw@1545205450gnof.1545205450ailem1545205450a1545205450

  • Presentation by Josh Whitman, Athletics director
    • NCAA Div III founding principles
      • No financial aid related to athletic abilities
      • Funded and staffed like other departments of the university
      • Special emphasis is placed on the experience of the student-athletes, as opposed to spectators
        • “received life-changing experiences”
      • Broad-based model
    • Member of the University Athletic Association
      • Numerous peer institutions are in the association
      • Comprises of 8 colleges
      • Recently celebrated their 25th anniversary
      • Principles:
        • Private, research institutions in large metropolitan areas
        • Highly regarded institutions offering diverse educational opportunities, including graduate and professional training
        • A belief that the quality of the athletic program should reflect the quality of the academic environment in which it exists
      • WashU focuses on providing a championship calibre experience to its student athletes
    • Difference in the WashU athletic experience:
      • Internationally recognized
      • Metropolitan setting
      • Full-time coaching and support professionals
      • National recruiting
      • Extensive travel
    • Nationally recognized athletic program (Directors’ Cup)
    • Impressive national rankings
    • Challenges and opportunities:
      • Facilities redevelopment and expansion
        • $55 million Gary and Rachel Sumers Recreation Centre
          • Repurposing the Francis towers and gym
          • Comprehensive fitness centre, expanded training facilities, 3-court gym, designated locker spaces in the basement for varsity athletes
        • Aggressive fundraising efforts
        • Scheduled completion date August 2016
        • Expected inconveniences
      • Staffing evaluation and growth
        • Sumers Center Personnel
        • Varsity growth and turnover
        • Staff integration
          • Integrating the new leadership with the staff
          • Selective implementation of change
          • Building trust amongst staff
        • Program evaluation
          • Resources/Budget
          • Sport Module/Title IX
            • Number of different sports that WashU doesn’t have (interest in those different sports)
            • Looking at what we offer at an club or varsity sport level
          • Student-Athlete Wellness/Preparation
            • Proactive programming
        • Campus Collaboration
          • Untapped area
          • Looking for greater involvement
          • Students
            • First-Year Center
            • Reslife
            • Greeks
            • Student Organizations
          • Faculty/Staff
          • Alumni
          • Parents
    • Questions?
      • Cost of physical education classes (U College)
        • Some classes require U College to hire outside instructors
        • Students need to offset the cost
        • e.g Aerobics, Spinning
      • Using the new Athletic Complex as a selling point to recruit athletes
        • Combination of both a strong athletic experience and academic experience
        • Using the Athletic Complex as a social hub, impacting the whole community
        • Hope that there will not be fees, so students have great access to the space
      • How can Senate play a role?
        • Ensure that when the new AC opens, ensure that WashU students don’t have to pay anything extra
        • Several years ago Senators passed a resolution to do away with the fees required for students to step into the gym
      • Any plans for an indoor track in the future?
        • Phase II that is imagined is an indoor track space
        • Unknown when it can be realized
        • Currently making improvements to the current recreational gym
      • Is WashU’s attendance lower than other division III schools?
        • Attendance varies widely from school to school
        • Tends to be better in smaller communities where there is a greater percentage of student-athletes
        • Students here are very academically focused, many avenues in the city to spend time, leading to our challenges in attendance
        • Talk to student athletes to spread the work about attending games
        • Sarah Burton (new Associate Director) has student outreach in her job scope
      • Is the new Athletic’s Center an opportunity for WashU Athletics to rebrand itself?
        • Challenge is to harness all these opportunities into a single unifying concept that represents our athletic department
        • Have at least 17 different logos that appear on different uniforms
        • Actively engaged in that process now
        • Thinking about social media presence, as well as all other platforms that are available
        • Increasing platforms to reach out to audience
          • Stream home events
          • Challenge is to figure a way to harness them all
      • How can Reslife get more involved with WashU Athletics?
        • Target freshmen students: most captive audience
        • Look at the move-in process, convocation
        • One of the first places that all freshmen go to is the AC
          • Expose them to WashU Athletics
        • Have things from WashU Athletics in the orientation packages
        • Get athletes involved in the move-in process?
        • Floor competitions to see who shows up to games
        • Floor competitions during half-time
      • Is it possible to have a varsity weight room in the future?
        • Potential to reprogram current spaces in the AC for new uses when the recreational center opens
        • Allow the general student body to utilize the space without conflict with student-athletes
      • New equipment will be used to furnish the new recreational center
      • Standing reservation for the Athletics Department in the underpass
      • Renovate existing locker rooms for students?
        • Existing locker spaces will be used for students, when the new recreational center opens
        • Willing to look into it should those spaces not be enough
      • Any aspirations to make WashU a div I school?
        • No immediate plans
        • Not in line with the University’s philosophy about the role of athletics
        • If WashU chose to elevate one sport to div I the influx of resources that would be required would be significant
          • Support structure
        • What does the competitive experience look and feels like to student-athletes?
      • Is it possible for WashU to use its facilities to host div I/NFL training and games?
        • Not ruling out this option, an interesting thing to consider
        • Would place a considerable strain on resources and wear on facilities
        • In particular for football and we lack field space
      • How can WashU better use Mudd field all year round?
        • Several challenges
        • Biggest: preserving it as a nice space
        • Ongoing tension between wanting to utilize the space and wanting to protect it
        • In discussion with the DUC about how to utilize it as effectively as possible
        • Safety issues of hosting social events like a fair and then using the space for games
      • Any plans to do campus outreach to educate students on how to be better athletes?
        • Looking at hiring a marketing/outreach person as more event opportunities increase
        • Looking to hire a campus coordinator for strength and conditioning
          • Be at the weight room to provide appropriate counselling and guidance to students
          • Prevent the use of improper techniques by students
  • Peer Institution Research
    • Needs to get done, add to action items!
  • Project updates from Committee Chairs
    • Acaff
      • Uma: cooking class
        • Has met with Nadeem and other people at dining services
        • Going to talk about Jen Smith
        • Connie (nutritionist) would be an interesting person to work with
      • Nicole: “dinner by the dozen” but with higher level administrators
        • Who’s going to host it?
        • How will it be marketed?
      • Amelia: place to showcase student work (actual space)
        • Any students can apply to show there
      • Jace: card services
        • Hard to figure out which buildings we have late night access to
        • Document online that lists building’s hours
      • Mike: Military Science minor (for ROTC students)
      • Exploring committee-wide projects
    • CServe
      • Stella: get flex points so that meal points can be used at Starbucks or Einsteins
        • Possible complication – meal plan is through bon appetit
      • Rahul: setting up a meeting with Ibby’s
      • Scott: meeting Dean Carroll about intramural sports and the Reslife experience
      • Gabi: get printers in Holmes and Lopata
        • Contacted STS and they are willing to help
        • Going to talk to the individual schools
    • UI
      • Ryan and Kabir: table for senate and give out free donuts
        • Put the feedback forms with food when peopleare waiting in the line before happy hour
        • Look at where you are doing it (South 40 – Freshmen and Sophomores)
      • Ryan: conduct surveys in the Loop Lofts to understand why there is a lack of community spirit
        • University didn’t want to fill the lofts immediately
        • What is the final plan?
      • Ani: reserving dance spaces
        • Going to talk to the head of the performing arts department
      • Natalie: improving the room reservation websites
  • Updates
    • Tommy
      • Will find time to schedule a dinner with LaTanya Buck, Director of the Center of Diversity and Inclusion
      • Assassin will start this week
    • Exec
      • Resubmitted the application for the SU Pre-orientation
      • Working on an all-school calendar with STAC
      • New Vice President of Public Relations
      • Working on a SU Yearly report
      • More candidates for Business Coordinator coming in
    • Judicial
      • Updated the website
      • Have more interaction between Senate, Treasury and Con Council
  • Open Forum
    • Kabir: on the time capsule committee that’s looking to put in a capsule at the AC
      • Want ideas about what students want inside