March 2013

News You Can Use

Final Month to Renew Membership
STMA's membership year is Jan. 1 through Dec. 31; however, we provide a grace period until March 31 for you to pay your annual dues.

If you have not already done so, please renew your dues by March 31 to avoid interruption in your membership services. To renew on-line, click here. If you need an invoice, please contact

New Educational Bulletin
Are you doing everything you can to advance professionally?  Click here to learn 5 essential tips that answer the question, "Are You Interview-Ready?" With today's changing job climate and transitional workforce, it is important to project a professional image at all times and to be prepared to take advantage of networking opportunities.

2013 Conference Recordings
Don't forget to take advantage of recorded conference education sessions. Click here to access 23 different audio recorded sessions synced with presenter slides, all for one low price of $10 if you were a 2013 conference attendee. Regular prices apply to non-conference attendees. Sessions are available online only. In addition, 9 quick tips for a successful career in sports turf management were also recorded and are available for free.

Hurry and take advantage of this valuable opportunity to advance your education and stay current with industry trends and research! The $10 discounted price is only available to conference attendees until April 3!

Click here to view and purchase recorded education sessions.

The 2014 STMA Call for Presentations is Now Open!
Share your expertise by being a presenter at the 2014 STMA Conference and Exhibition. The conference will be held in San Antonio, Texas from January 21-24. Presenting at the conference is a great way to share research and experiences and also increase your visibility within the sports turf management profession. STMA is seeking engaging presentations in the areas of sports turf management, design and construction, environmental regulation and compliance, professional development, and new technologies and research. For information on what is required on the online form and to submit your presentation ideas, click here.

The Conference Education Committee completes a thorough review of each presentation in order to give everyone equal consideration. Presentations that are not selected are shared with our SportsTurf editor Eric Schroder for possible use as an article.

Please complete and submit all the required materials by the March 29, 2013 deadline. Submittals will be reviewed by the STMA Conference Education Committee and notification of selection will be sent out prior to June 1, 2013. For any additional questions, please contact Kristen Althouse at, or 785-542-9243.

And the Winner is...
Thank you to everyone who took the 2013 STMA Conference and Exhibition Survey. The winner of the drawing for the STMA complimentary 2014 Conference Registration is Chad Laurie from the Buffalo Bisons! The name was randomly drawn by STMA Education Manager Kristen Althouse from those who filled out the Post Conference Survey. The registration will provide access to conference education, networking, meals, receptions, and the annual awards banquet. The conference and exhibition will be held January 21-24 in San Antonio, Texas.

Are You Connected to STMA on Social Media?
STMA is continuing to build on its efforts to reach out to members through social media, and we'll be doing more of it in the near future in new and interesting ways! Did you know we have both Facebook and Twitter accounts? If you're not already connected, please visit each of our pages (Facebook: and Twitter: so you're up-to-date on all the latest and greatest news on STMA.

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Turf Rundown

Sports Turf Research Focusing on Athlete Safety
Dr. John Sorochan from University of Tennessee presents a webinar focusing on the research being conducted to increase athlete safety. Click here to learn how proper field management can help ensure athlete safety and minimize the threat of injury.








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