April 2011


Nutrient and Pesticide Losses Caused by Simulated Rainfall and Sprinkler Irrigation

Dense stands of turfgrass have been identified as filtering and reducing nutrients and pesticides in runoff water. However, dense turfgrass stands may not be able to handle runoff from major storm events. High amounts of runoff become an issue after recent applications of nutrients or pesticides.
Click here to read how researchers at Oklahoma State University measured nutrient and pesticide runoff from bermudagrass turf plots receiving sprinkler irrigation and simulated rainfall.

The 2-Minute Tip for Success

5 Tips to Getting the Job

1. Interview like a jobholder, not a job hunter. Job hunters might come across as needy, dejected and too willing.

2. Too much honesty isn't necessarily a good thing. Being too honest and revealing too much can turn against you in the job hunting process--especially, if you've been laid off or let go. When an employer asks you, "Why did you leave your last job?" or "Why were you let go?" he's really asking: "What's wrong with you?" An example response is: "My company suffered a severe downsizing. My immediate boss had no choice but to let me go and after she let me go, she was let go."

3. Would you hire this guy? Don't come into the interview cocky. Dress professionally. Go after every interview like it's the last one you'll ever have.

4. In salary negotiations, the person who mentions the number first loses. When they ask you how much looking for, say that you don't want to disqualify yourself by a number, can you tell me how much you have budgeted for this position? You can also give employers a ballpark, saying that your current compensation package is in the $60,000 range and that you want to stay in that range. Lump all your compensation together. By throwing out numbers you might sell yourself short. After all, you don't know the company's range of salary or compensation.

5. Say thanks by sending thank you letters within 24 hours of each interview. If three people interview you at one company, send three separate thank you notes. Cohen says that when competition for a job is tight, thank you notes have the power of swaying an employer your way.

Attributed to Barry Cohen, University Employment Coordinator, City University of New York, published in Job Hunting: Get Aggressive to Get the Job You Want by Lisette Hilton

News You Can Use

Details Emerging on 2011 Regional Conference

The 2011 Regional Conference, June 15-16 in Knoxville, Tenn., hosted by STMA with the support of several chapters including the Tennessee Valley (host), Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia Chapters, is a must attend educational event for anyone who deals with athletic turf regularly. While focusing on Sports Turf Managers, STMA encourages attendance by members, crew, coaches, parks and recreation professionals, athletic directors, school business officials, and others, and will be providing education for all levels of sports turf experience.

More than ten hours of education is highlighted by nationally recognized sports turf authorities Drs. John Sorochan, Jim Brosnan, Tom Samples, Grady Miller and Mike Goatley will be lending their expertise to presentations and/or panel discussions on natural turfgrass, pest control, turf covers, field painting, and managing bermudagrass. There will also be behind the scenes tours of the University of Tennessee's football, baseball, softball and soccer facilities, as well as a tour of the University's new Center for Athletic Field Safety. There will be an exhibition held at the Center for Athletic Field Safety as well. Other education will be provided by local professional sports turf managers, builders, and architects with significant sports field experience.

Registration will include all education, entrance to the exhibition, most meals, and as a special treat, attendees will get a night at the ballpark, watching the Tennessee Smokies take on the Chattanooga Lookouts in exciting minor league baseball action! Registration costs for the event are $95 for a member of STMA National or one of the participating chapters and $125 for a non-member.

Online registration will be available for STMA National members, and STMA will also be negotiating reduced rates at Knoxville area hotels, so keep checking www.STMA.org and your email inbox for the most up to date information regarding the event.

Put June 15-16 on your schedule and start talking to your employer about making sure that you are able to attend this incredible educational opportunity. If you have any questions, please contact STMA at 800-323-3875 or

Are you a company that is interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at this event? Please contact Patrick Allen, STMA Manager of Sales and Marketing at 800-323-3875 or

Long Beach: an Awesome Vacation & Convention Destination!

In January 2012, STMA heads to Long Beach for its 23rd annual Conference and Exhibition. Long Beach is a new destination for STMA, and it offers so much for attendees. The Convention Center is located on the waterfront and situated in an eight-block entertainment district with more than 100 restaurants.

Three airports serve Long Beach and that means you can shop for the best airfares. John Wayne/Orange County is 24 miles away and LAX is 23 miles. The Long Beach Airport is within 10 miles of the convention center.

The temperature in January ranges from 68 to 73 degrees!

Plan on extending your stay for a family vacation. Long Beach offers a central destination for many attractions, and there is inexpensive and accessible transportation if you do not want to rent a car and drive. Take your family to Universal Studios Hollywood, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Knott's Berry Farm and of course, Disneyland. All are within 35 miles. Long Beach also offers a Carnival Cruise line terminal! Adding on a cruise to the end of the conference is easy and a perfect getaway for couples or families. Catalina Island, an hour off of the coast, also offers a unique couples destination, and its express boat has daily trips from Long Beach.

Five miles of sandy beaches and exciting local attractions such as the historic Queen Mary, make this southern California city a must-visit location. The conference education and exhibition will be a must-attend event. The Conference Education, Tours and Exhibition committees are hard at work developing the program. Look for detailed information on the conference in the coming months, but start making plans now to attend. Conference pricing remains the same as in Austin, $375 for a full conference registration package that includes meals!

No More Pull Tabs

The SAFE Foundation has relied on a game: cash pull-tabs, to generate excitement and revenue for the Foundation during the STMA Annual Conference. Due to increasing regulations affecting gaming, SAFE was not able to conduct the pull-tab game in Austin this year, and is not allowed to use them in Long Beach in 2012.

Please consider building into your 2012 budget funding for SAFE to help replace this loss. SAFE also conducts live and silent auctions; items donated for these activities are also very welcome. SAFE is the charitable arm of STMA and it currently funds scholarships, research and education. The Foundation is undergoing a significant change to make it a more active and relevant foundation. It's new focus is on improving communities through championing safe sports and recreation fields for athletes at all levels.

Traveling Internationally?

If you are traveling internationally, keep STMA top-of-mind with those whom you meet. You benefit from the education and information provided by the association. Help others benefit, too. STMA headquarters can provide you with information and resources to share with sports turf managers in other countries. For more information, contact STMA Headquarters, 800-323-3875.

The Baby will be Born in 9+ Months!

That is the STMA Conference ‘Baby'! The 2012 conference in Long Beach will soon be here and it is not too early to begin thinking about how to fund your trip. STMA is providing to its chapters two complimentary conference registrations, so be sure you ask your chapter leadership about how you can be the recipient of one of them. Some chapters also help by providing travel money to defray expenses. Some members have been successful in getting authorization to attend by offering to their employers to personally pay some of the costs. STMA also will take purchase orders and can set up a payment plan -- so there are easy ways to spread out the fee. Conference attendance is all about value and return on investment. The education program is under development and promises to provide excellent value to you and your facility. Look for the complete education program in July.

Five educational resources now available en Espanol

STMA has three oif its most popular educational bulletins and two DVDs translated into Spanish. The educational bulletins now in Spanish include Strategies for Managing Heavily Used Fields, Football/Soccer Field Safety and Maintenance Checklist and Field Management During a Drought. These are accessible from the STMA home page. Also on the homepage is a link to Baseball Field Management in Spanish, funded by the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, an initiative of Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association.

Two STMA DVDs have also been translated into Spanish and the viewer can select to watch them in English or Spanish. Baseball Mound Reconstruction: A Professional Approach, with a bonus track, Home Plate Maintenance, and its companion DVD, Baseball Infield Maintenance are available for a special purchase price of $25 (plus shipping) for the set from STMA.

For more information, contact STMA headquarters at 800-323-3875 or

International Resources