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MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE UNIVERSITY OF LOUSIVILLE
ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION, INC. BOARD OF DIRECTORS

In Open Session

Members of the University of Louisville Athletic Association, Inc., Board of Directors met at 12:00 p.m., on February 9, 2007, in the Jefferson Room, Grawemeyer Hall, Belknap Campus, with members present and absent as follows:

 

Present:            Dr. James Ramsey, Chair 
                        Mr. Bob Benson  
                        Mr. Zach Brooks                                                                                   
                        Prof. Tom Byers
                        Mr. Burt Deutsch
                        Prof. Brenda Hart                                                        
                        Mr. Wade Houston                                                                             
                        Dr. J. Blaine Hudson
                        Mr. Harry Jones 
                        Mr. Tom Jurich, ex officio   
                        Prof. Bruce Kemelgor
                        Prof. Melissa Laning
                        Mr. Darrell Messer 
                        Mr. Larry Owlsey 
                        Prof. George Raque
                        Mr. Sam Rechter
                        Mr. Mike Seebert
                        Prof. Robert Stenger 
                        Prof. Gerald Tolson 
                        Prof. Elaine Wise  

Absent: Dr. Henry Enck
                        Mr. Owsley B. Frazier
                        Mr. Brent Fryrear
                        Mr. Gordon Gahm
                        Mr. Grant Helman
                        Prof. Craig Roberts
                        Ms. Annette Schnatter
                        Dr. Shirley Willihnganz

From the
Trustees:           Mr. Bill Stone

From the
University:        Ms. Angela D. Koshewa
                        Mr. Mike Curtin
Mr. Keith Inman                                  
Mr. Darrell Griffith                               
Mr. Harvey Johnson
Mr. Kevin Miller                                  
Mr. Gary Friedman
Ms. Julie Hermann                               
Mr. Kenny Klein
Mr. Kyle Moats
Mr. Marvin Mitchell     
Mr. John Carnes
Mr. Pete Cautilli
Ms. Alicia Clark
Mr. John Drees           
Ms. Terri Rutledge                   
Ms. Kathleen Smith                             
Ms. Debbie Dougherty

Guests: Ms. Beth Brown
                        Rev. Louis Coleman
                        Dr. Joseph McMillian

  • Call to Order

 

Having determined a quorum present, Chair Ramsey called the meeting to order at 12:05 p.m. 

Approval of Minutes, 12/22/06                                     

Mr. Jones made a motion, which Mr. Seebert seconded, to approve the minutes of December 22, 2006. The motion passed unanimously.

II.         Financial Update                                                                      

Information Item:  2nd  Quarter Analysis

Mr. Miller reviewed the financial statements (copy attached) as of December 31, 2006. 

Action Item:  2007 Football Ticket Prices

Mr. Miller explained that planning for the 2007-08 budget has begun. Season ticket prices for football will allow:  (1) budget planning and (2) football marketing to begin immediately. The pricing is reasonable when measured against comparable and national programs, including those of the Big East.

The increase will include a $2 charge per game that is dedicated to the Stadium Expansion. Johnson Consulting recommended the increase, and the Stadium Expansion Advisory Committee endorsed it. The fee will be similar to the fee assessed at the new arena.  Mr. Miller confirmed that Marketing will develop Group Packages and special Promotions for games where visiting tickets are returned to be sold.  In response to Mr. Messer’s inquiries concerning the student ticket price and the surcharge for the expansion, Mr. Miller explained that a component will go toward debt service.  The $2 per ticket fee will not go toward overall debt service; it will help with expansion-related expenses.  Mr. Miller further noted the $2 per ticket increase was in line with the student increase.  Student ticket prices have not increased in three years.  Mr. Moats will meet with SGA representatives for further consultation Mr. Messer inquired regarding the prospect of adding a fee that would support scholarships for need-based financial aid.  Chair Ramsey explained once the prices are announced, they are set.  He and Mr. Messer have discussed the need for more scholarship funds and the Provost’s analysis was underway.  Dr. Ramsey noted the new Cardinal Covenant program starting in Fall 2007 and the Governor’s Kentucky Covenant program.  Mr. Rechter made a motion, which Mr. Jones seconded, to approve the

The Athletic Director recommends that the Board of Directors approve for Football a season ticket package for 2007 as outlined below:
                                                2006                            2007
Category                                 (6 games )                   (6 games)

Reserved                                $216                            $240
Club/Suites                             $246                            $270               
Faculty/Staff                           $204                            $228
L-Club                         $204                            $228
Family Plan                             $744                            $912   ($228 x
                                                                                                4 tickets)

 Students-Football only:
            Students                      $  48                            $ 54
            Student Guest            $  60                            $ 66
Student Combination:
            Student only               $192                            $210   
Single Game Reserved          $32/$40                       $45

The motion passed with Mr. Messer abstaining.

III.       Campus Improvements
                                                           
Information Item:  Stansbury Park Proposal

Chair Ramsey reported that over the past several years, the University has developed a robust residential community along 4th Street.  Many of the student-athletes live in these dormitories, and the proposal to upgrade Stansbury Park will directly affect the students who live in this area.  Chair Ramsey noted the discussions the University has held with the Mayor’s Office, Governor’s Office, and community members.  This presentation was provided to the Board of Trustees.  Chair Ramsey stated funds for the Stansbury Project will not come from the University’s operating budget; the University is seeking funding for this development from the Mayor in the upcoming budget session.  Chair Ramsey asked Beth Brown, President of Rowland Design-Kentucky to brief the Board on the Stansbury Park master plan.   Ms. Brown walked through the powerpoint presentation, noting the prospective development will include a new residence hall overlooking the park and additional, upgraded food services for the students.  Prof. Stenger applauded the development of this project.   Chair Ramsey said this presentation was provided for information purposes only, and he will update the Board as the proposal moves through its review and implementation processes.
           
Information Item:  Food Services Update

Chair Ramsey asked Ms. Hermann and Vice President Owsley for their report on the Food Service Task Force.  Vice President Owsley said he and Ms. Hermann prepared an overview of the Food Services Review.  The Review Committee focused on nutritional choices and hours of operation.  Nutritional issues consisted of what was best practice and the Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance “Making the Grade in School Nutrition Initiative.  The University of Louisville’s self-assessment consisted of Chartwells’ conducting a review and providing a nutritional programming for healthy living report, and a commitment from the highest levels at Chartwells to work with the University to achieve national recognition for a health/nutritional dining service program.  Mr. Owsley discussed the issues related to hours of operation and facilities, along with feedback regarding nutrition initiatives.  Mr. Owsley reported that Tom Jackson, Vice President for Student Affairs, recently sought the advice of a consultant regarding the Student Activities Center operation and atmosphere.  Mr. Owsley’s staff were involved with this consultation.  Ms. Hermann thanked Mr. Owsley for his work with this project.  In response to Prof. Byers’ inquiry concerning summer meal plans, Mr. Owsley said that was under consideration.  Prof. Stenger recommended publicizing the extended hours of operation to the faculty and staff.  Chair Ramsey thanked Mr. Owsley and Ms. Hermann for their work with this project and noted the Board looked forward to their final report by March 1, 2007.

  • Student/Academic Affairs Update

 

Committee on Academic Performance

Prof. Wise noted a full report will be provided at the next meeting of the board of directors.  She reminded board members that the Red and Black Banquet is scheduled for Sunday, February 25.  The banquet recognizes all student-athletes who have achieved at least a 3.5 GPA.  Prof. Wise coordinates the event in concert with the Committee on Academic Performance.  Prof. Wise encouraged everyone to attend and asked for board members to RSVP as soon as possible.  Mr. Roman Oben is the featured speaker.  Chair Ramsey thanked Prof. Wise for the update. 

Academic Athletic Administration

Chair Ramsey asked Mr. Mitchell to update the Board concerning the academic performance of the University’s student-athletes during 2006. (Prof. Byers departed at 12:50 p.m.)  Mr. Mitchell reported the student-athlete graduation rate was 56%.   In response to Mr. Jurich’s request for a program that allowed student-athletes to finish their degree after exhausting their eligibility, the Houston-Bridgeman Fellows Cardinal Degree Completion Program was established. The program assists returning student-athletes with the costs of full- or part-time tuition and books associated with completing their degree at the University of Louisville.  The program provides employment opportunities through the University of Louisville Athletic Association (ULAA) to allow former scholarship student-athletes the opportunity to receive financial assistance to complete their degrees.  Participation in the program is approved on a semester by semester basis, not to exceed four (4) consecutive semesters.  Continued employment in the subsequent semester is based on academic progress and the satisfactory completion of all employment requirements in a given semester. A total of 107 former student-athletes have inquired about the program.  Of the 51 students that have enrolled in the program, 31 have graduated and 9 are currently participating.   Twenty-two were football or basketball players.  Mr. Houston thanked Mr. Mitchell and his staff for their dedicated service to the student-athletes.  Mr. Mitchell received a round of applause.  Chair Ramsey thanked Mr. Mitchell for an excellent report.

CPE validation of University’s Diversity Program

Chair Ramsey reviewed the Council on Postsecondary Education’s diversity objectives for the University of Louisville.  UofL achieved all 8 diversity goals. 

  • Reverend Coleman/Dr. Joseph McMillan Remarks

 

Chair Ramsey introduced two guests who wished to speak to the Board, Rev. Louis Coleman and Dr. Joseph McMillan.  Rev. Coleman and Dr. McMillan expressed concern regarding coach hiring practices as they related to consideration of minorities.    Chair Ramsey directed their hiring practice questions to Mr. Harvey Johnson, Director of Affirmative Action.  Mr. Johnson assured Rev. Coleman and Dr. McMillan the University followed appropriate procedures in the hiring of coaches and staff/administrative positions at all levels within the University, and he explained the processes involved.  Chair Ramsey reiterated the University’s commitment to diversity and thanked Rev. Coleman and Dr. McMillan for their interest in the University. 

VI.       Executive Session                                                                    

Pursuant to KRS 61.810(1)(f), Mr. Rechter made a motion, which Mr. Houston seconded, to go into executive session to discuss personnel matters at 1:30 p.m.  The motion passed unanimously.

VII.      Open Session Reconvenes  

Ramsey reconvened the open session at 1:50 p.m. and reported no action was required concerning the personnel matter.   (Dr. Hudson, Prof. Wise and Mr. Mitchell departed at 1:50 p.m.)

VIII.     Report of Athletic Director                                                       

Vice President Jurich reported the hiring of Coach Kragthorpe kept the football team together.  During the signing date period, Coach Kragthorpe signed 15 football recruits. 

Men’s and women’s basketball teams are doing well. 

Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium expansion advisory committee meets every 2-3 weeks; the advisory committee has hired an architectural consultant. 

The RFP for the field hockey project is going out soon.  (Mr. Benson departed at 2:00 p.m.)

IX.       Report of the Chairman
                                                           
Update from Keith Inman on fundraising initiatives

Chair Ramsey introduced Mr. Inman, Vice President for University Advancement.  Mr. Inman noted there were many exciting activities currently underway on campus.  He introduced Mr. Darrell Griffith, who has joined the Advancement staff.

Carnegie/Big East Trip

Chair Ramsey reported the awarding of Grawemeyer Award in Music at Carnegie Hall on March 8 coincides with the Big East tournament.  He encouraged everyone to go to New York to attend the game and the music recital at Carnegie Hall. 

X.        Adjournment.

            Prof. Stenger made a motion,which Prof. Kemelgor seconded, to adjourn the
            meeting at 2:08 p.m.  The motion passed unanimously.


MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE UNIVERSITY OF LOUSIVILLE
ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION, INC. BOARD OF DIRECTORS

In Executive Session

Present:            Dr. James Ramsey, Chair 
                        Mr. Bob Benson  
                        Mr. Zach Brooks                                                                                   
                        Prof. Tom Byers
                        Mr. Burt Deutsch
                        Prof. Brenda Hart                                                        
                        Mr. Wade Houston                                                                             
                        Dr. J. Blaine Hudson
                        Mr. Harry Jones 
                        Mr. Tom Jurich, ex officio   
                        Prof. Bruce Kemelgor
                        Prof. Melissa Laning
                        Mr. Darrell Messer 
                        Mr. Larry Owlsey 
                        Prof. George Raque
                        Mr. Sam Rechter
                        Mr. Mike Seebert
                        Prof. Robert Stenger 
                        Prof. Gerald Tolson 
                        Prof. Elaine Wise  

Absent: Dr. Henry Enck
                        Mr. Owsley B. Frazier
                        Mr. Brent Fryrear
                        Mr. Gordon Gahm
                        Mr. Grant Helman
                        Prof. Craig Roberts
                        Ms. Annette Schnatter
                        Dr. Shirley Willihnganz

From the
Trustees:           Mr. Bill Stone

From the
University:        Ms. Angela D. Koshewa
                        Mr. Mike Curtin
Mr. Keith Inman                                  
Mr. Darrell Griffith                               
Mr. Harvey Johnson
Mr. Kevin Miller                                  
Ms. Kathleen Smith                             

I.          Call to Order

Chair Ramsey called the executive session to order at 1:35 p.m. 
           
II.         Personnel Matter

            Chair Ramsey discussed a personnel matter with the Board. 

  • Adjournment

 

            The executive session adjourned at 1:45 p.m.

 


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