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The UI Athletic Department shoulders a good chunk of financial responsibility for the UI Marching Band.

The UI Athletic Department shoulders a good chunk of financial responsibility for the UI Marching Band.

Oct. 20, 2004

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    The University of Iowa is a member of the Big Ten Conference and the National Collegiate Athletic Association. As such, its administrative staff, coaching staff and more than 650 male and female student-athletes competing in 24 intercollegiate athletic sports programs are committed to achieving at the highest levels academically and athletically while making positive contributions to the greater Iowa City and University communities and the state of Iowa.

    You probably knew most of the aforementioned. But there's probably a lot you don't know about the intercollegiate athletics program at the UI or how it operates within the greater University in a coordinated effort designed to assist in achieving the institution's stated mission.

    hawkeyesports.com will add a new fact to the first "Did You Know..." fact noted below periodically over the next two months in an effort to broaden understanding of how the operation of the intercollegiate athletics program complements the efforts of other staff and students of the University of Iowa.

    If you have question, please don't hesitate to e-mail us.

    Did You Know...

    General Fund money allocated to the current UI Department of Intercollegiate Athletics - like General Fund money allocated to the former UI Department of Women's Intercollegiate Athletics - is used to fund the operation of the varsity women's soccer and women's rowing programs, to enhance the salaries for staff involved in the women's varsity sports programs, and to assist the University in meeting the requirements of Title IX legislation.

    (The UI Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will receive $1.9 million in General Fund support in 2004-05 -- more than $200,000 less than what it received in 2003-04. This support will assist the University in achieving its stated mission of enhancing the undergraduate, graduate and professsional educational experience and to do so in a culturally diverse environment.)

    The UI Department of Intercollegiate Athletics operates award-winning Finkbine Golf Course as an educational, recreational, intercollegiate athletics, community-outreach facility without any financial support from the University. The UIDIA completed a renovation of the turf and ancillary facilities at Finkbine Golf Course during the spring of 2004 at a total cost of $350,000.

    (Consistent with the policy for tickets to UI intercollegiate athletic events, current University students, current UI faculty and staff, and retired UI faculty and staff pay a reduced greens fee rate to play Finkbine Golf Course than golfers with no affiliation to the University.)

    The UI Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will provide financial support for the UI Marching Band in 2004-05 including the salaries and benefits of select faculty of the UI School of Music and all expenses associated with the UI Marching Band's uniforms, equipment and travel including all expenses related to the UI Marching Band's participation in a post-season college football bowl game should the UI participate in such an event.

    (Total financial support of the UI Marching Band by the UI Department of Intercollegiate Athletics in 2003-04 was $400,000. The total amount of support provided in 2004-05 depends on a number of factors including whether the UI football qualifies for a post-season bowl game, where that event is staged, how long the UI Marching Band stays at the bowl site and the mode of transportation used to transport the band.