Welcome to the second installment of "Ask Jim," a feature on FullertonTitans.com that allows fans, supporters, and friends of Cal State Fullerton athletics the opportunity to submit questions to Athletic Director Jim Donovan.
Thank you to everyone who submitted questions for our second edition! If you wish to submit a question for our next installment, please click here.
Now, without further ado...
From Steve Thomas (Yorba Linda, Calif.)
A: Steve, thank you for your question. You actually cover several different aspects in your question, so let me “back up” and fully explain the rationale for the $25 donation and how it is accounted for when you send your check in to pay for your season tickets – and THANK YOU very much for being a Titan Baseball season ticket holder!
The IRS allows 80% of a donation associated with purchasing athletic tickets to be tax-deductible. So, $20 of the $25 donation you are making in conjunction with the purchase of your season ticket is tax- deductible as a charitable contribution. (This should not be construed as tax advice, which should only be offered by your professional tax advisor.)
With the donations associated with season ticket purchases (we also implemented this concept with men’s basketball season ticket sales) being unrestricted it provides us maximum flexibility to meet my main responsibility as Athletic Director – to make sure we keep our Titan Baseball program nationally competitive, while at the same time increasing the competitive level of all our other existing sports.
From William Schuster (Newport Beach, Calif.)
A: William, thank you for your questions. We are looking into creating a Letterwinner’s Club for Titan Athletics. We have received several inquiries and suggestions from former student-athletes, and our Director of Development (Greg Paules) is planning to spend time during the Spring of 2014 to formulate the bylaws, benefits and membership requirements for such a club (for example, will membership be restricted to those that actually received a Letter or to those that are listed on a roster – and what do we do about the “early years” when we may no longer have any documents related to Letters or even any “official” rosters).
At this time, there are no plans to have a varsity lettermen’s wall plaque in the lobby of Titan Gym, but we will list the members of the CSUF Letterwinners Club on our website.
From Larry Braverman (Yorba Linda, Calif.)
A: Larry, a permanent press box is certainly something we look forward to developing, most likely through donor support as university funds for facility-improvement are limited.
In addition to a permanent press box, Titan Athletics would like to see more bathrooms, a permanent concession stand, new coaches offices, a new locker room for the student-athletes and if possible some suites that can be sold to create additional revenue to support our sports programs. We have many projects and issues to address, but I’m hopeful between university support and donors we can address some of the issues I’ve detailed – including a permanent press box. (but it’s highly doubtful the permanent press box will be addressed before the 2014 Titan Baseball season…)
From Jeff Rojas (La Mirada, Calif.)
A: Jeff, thank you for your question. First of all let me state that only recently, because of another issue, have I been educated on “retired” and “honored” jerseys at Cal State Fullerton. This education has only applied to past decisions, and there’s been no discussion to this point on the actual process to retire a number/jersey going forward.
That said, I’m all for honoring great former CSUF student-athletes by displaying their jerseys in a public and prominent location – similar to what we have done with jerseys in Titan Gym.
I will look into the process of retiring a jersey/number – but with the utmost respect to Mark and all other former Titan student-athletes, I think this action should only be taken in very compelling and exceptional cases (previous jersey/number retirement decisions not withstanding). That said, I will sit down and talk to Coach Vanderhook about this concept (and I have been told that no one has worn Mark’s number since 1998).
Q: Why aren't softball shirts sold in the bookstore?
In addition, the bookstore is looking into the possibility of online purchases, where the buyer will be able to customize their purchase. As I understand it, there will be a basic Titan brand to the item, but the buyer will be able to customize it to softball, or soccer, etc. Further, if things go according to plan, you will be able to customize for an order as small as one item. When this concept becomes a reality – hopefully sometime this academic year – we will let our fans know about it through a feature story on our Titan Athletics homepage.