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Share your expertise by being a presenter at the 2016 STMA Conference and Exhibition. The conference will be held in San Diego, California from January 19-22. 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 16, 2015 deadline. Submittals will be reviewed by the STMA Conference Education Committee, and notification of selection will be sent out in early June. For any additional questions, please contact Kristen Althouse at, or 785-542-9243.

Thank you to everyone who took the 2015 STMA Conference and Exhibition Survey. The winner of the drawing for the STMA complimentary 2016 Conference Registration is Jeff Hughes of City of Airdrie, Alberta, Canada! 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 19-22 in San Diego, California.

More than 225 committee volunteers have been placed for 2015 on 18 committees by President Johnson. Notifications to members about their committee service and its charges for the year will begin this week. If you signed up to serve and do not hear from your chair or from headquarters by March 13, please contact

Some sports turf managers have had great success with promoting their professionalism and facility management expertise through signage at their facility. Here is an example of a banner design. If you are interested in having a banner produced for your facility, contact We'll customize it to fit your needs (no cost to you) and offer recommendations on how and where to get it produced.

Thirty percent of STMA members indicate that they are a veteran in STMA's three-question survey conducted last month. Nearly sixty percent of those who answered the survey (veterans and non-veterans) are interested in connecting with sports turf managers who are veterans. The same percentage of respondents are also willing to share career advice about the profession with veterans who are not sports turf managers. Look for more information about how you can get involved.

Don't forget to purchase education session recordings from the 2015 conference! Sessions were recorded and are available through an On-Line Library or by flash drive. Price for an all access subscription to the On-Line Library is $99 for all STMA members. Individual sessions are also available via the On-Line Library for $15 per session.
CLICK HERE to purchase recorded education sessions and enhance your education!

STMA is a Community Partner with the Green Sports Alliance in support of its annual Summit. The Summit is the largest

and most influential gathering for the sports community to unite around sustainability. The event will be held in Chicago, June 29-July 1. The event brings together more than 800 industry stakeholders including 300 pro and collegiate sports teams and venues, to learn and share better practices and the latest innovations in greening operations, advancing the supply chain and engaging fans.

Our partnership affords all members a discounted registration fee. Pay only $299 if you register by March 30; prices will increase to $475.

STMA has been selected to present at the Summit. Jon DeWitt, CSFM, Georgia Athletic Association will speak about Innovative Irrigation Solutions During Water Restrictions. Find out more here.

The 2-Minute Tip for Success

At the core of an effective work-life balance definition are two key everyday concepts that are relevant to each of us. Click here to find out what they are and how to apply them to your everyday life.

Turf Rundown

A new study shows young football players are less likely to get hurt or suffer head injuries when playing for coaches who have been trained in teaching proper tackling fundamentals. Click here to learn more about the research completed.

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