We do not need artificial turf on Eischeid Field. At the time we applied for admission into the NSIC, we were told by the teams conducting site visits that we already had among the best athletics facilities in the conference. We do not need to pave the parking lots. Gravel is just fine and more environmentally friendly to boot. We do not need fencing around the baseball and softball fields. Who are we trying to keep out? We should be encouraging as many spectators as we can to attend games, not dissuading them with fences and high admission fees.
I do think the proposal to remodel the remaining dressing rooms in Dorman Gym is a necessary one.
Response: We would certainly support another indoor gym for activity related to all of our programs. The turf project affects the greatest number of student athletes and is more cost effective than the construction of a building that would at a minimum cost between 2 and 3 million dollars depending on the size.
Gravel parking lots are not very facility friendly or patron friendly when patrons must walk through them to enter all of the buildings on campus on cold, rainy or snowy days. Tracking the gravel, sand and grit into the buildings leads to more maintenance in those building which costs more to maintain the quality of those buildings. It should be noted that the parking areas at all athletics or recreational facilities are gravel. Dorman Gym, Recreation Center, Softball Complex, Baseball Complex and Eischeid Stadium and Pattison Soccer Fields.
We currently can not host any NCAA or NSIC post season softball or baseball tournaments without having to rent fencing so that admission can be charged. Even the high school events for softball and baseball that we could host for the State Activities Association shy away from our facilities due to our lack of crowd control fencing.
The opportunity to create revenue for spring sports would help with the budget and enable us to provide the facility to others for use in the community.
Vandalism has been a problem for us as well and the fencing might put up another barrier to help in facility security.
I place great value on the co-curricular learning that occurs when students are involved in competitive athletics.
However, very few UIU student-athletes go on to careers as professional players in their competitive sports. To ensure their future success after they leave UIU, we must all be united in our support of their academic goals and achievements.
Response: We do. We provide, through our membership in D II, the Life Skills program that is designed the assist student athletes entering their junior and senior years in preparing for life after athletics. We provide study tables two nights a week