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Leadership is the single most important element in building, sustaining and innovating an association. Become a part of the core 13-member Board of Directors who have that responsibility for STMA. Board service is also personally satisfying. Just ask recent board member David Pinsonneault, who served on the STMA Board for 10 years.

The STMA Nominating Committee is asking for interest from the membership as it begins to develop the slate of candidates. The slate will be presented to the membership in late November via an electronic ballot. Voting will close in mid-December, and the new Board of Directors will take office in January 2017 during the annual meeting.

Show your interest in STMA Board service by filling out this interest form. Nominations close on Aug. 15. If you need more information, click here to view Board of Directors responsibilities.

The Historical Committee needs your help to identify the stadium in the accompanying photo. If you know anything about it, please contact

This is just one of the many historical images they are working to categorize. Now their daunting task is much more manageable thanks to a generous donation from Pioneer Athletics and additional funding authorized by the STMA Board of Directors.

Tasked with reviewing tens of thousands of slides amassed from collections of members and prominent academics, the Committee recommended to the STMA Board in 2015 that it authorize funding, in addition to Pioneer's donation, to outsource the scanning of the entire collection. The Board approved funding at its Fall 2015 meeting.

The scanning process took nearly three months to complete. Post scanning, a temporary employee was hired to transfer data from the slide jacket to the electronic scan. The collection was then segmented into approximately 100 images per group. The Committee works on one group at a time through a file sharing service, first determining whether or not an image is significant to the profession or to the association. The images that are significant are then further identified by what/who is in them and then each image is uploaded to a PowerPoint slide where more information is added in the Speaker Notes section.

This may seem a bit laborious, but the process is really very streamlined. Imagine if the Committee had to load each slide into a slide projector to view or lay them on a light table and look through a magnifier!

Ultimately, the Committee plans to have an electronic "museum" where members can access the photos.

In its first year, the Stars and Stripes contest received more than 20 entries via social media. The contest gave STMA members the chance to show off their patriotic-themed field designs in honor Independence Day.

Casey Griffin, Director of Field Operations for the Albuquerque Isotopes (Albuquerque, N.M.), the Triple-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies is the winner. His intricate design at Isotopes Park generated nearly 500 "likes" through STMA's Facebook's voting platform.

Griffin's winning submission will be included in a future issue of SportsTurf, STMA's official monthly publication. He will also receive a complimentary conference registration to the 2017 STMA Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, Jan. 24-27.

STMA announces that the Red Bull Training Facility in East Hanover, NJ, is the first facility to receive Certification for Environmentally Responsible Management. This is a new program that STMA has been developing for four years and rolled it out to the membership in June.

Submitted by Zachary Holm on behalf of his team, Dan Shemesh, Neal Sitzman, and Dylan Martin, The Red Bull Training Facility achieved the 80% or higher ratings on the 10-part written assessment to qualify to have the facility attested. Dr. Doug Linde subsequently completed the attesting and validated that environmental management practices are in place at the training facility.

To find out how you can receive certification for your facility, click here.

The results are in! Median compensation for head Sports Turf Managers increased $7,000 since the previous Compensation and Benefits Study of 2012.

If you participated in the survey, look for an electronic copy of the full results early in September. Those results will include a comprehensive section on benefits that sports turf managers are receiving, average compensation by region, by education level, by certification status, a solid look at assistant's compensation and benefits and more. Comparisons to the 2012 report will also be provided.

The STMA Conference Education Committee has selected Laura Katen to be the keynote speaker during this year's Annual
Meeting, Thurs., Jan. 26, 2017 at 11 a.m.

Katen is the President of Katen Consulting, a New-York based professional development training company. Katen and her team travel nationally conducting seminars for all types of organizations, from Fortune 500 companies to not-for-profit companies. Katen will address the topic of professionalism, and how communication at an individual and organizational level influences how you are perceived by your peers, your employer and your community.

STMA's popular tours during the annual conference to sports specific sites around Central Florida are set. Mark on your calendar for Tues., Jan. 24, 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. for the full day tour, and Fri., Jan. 27, 1:15 - 4 p.m.

Tuesday's stops will be:
• Tampa Bay Buccaneer's Practice Facility
• Raymond James Stadium
• Disney/ESPN Wide World of Sports
Cost for Tuesday's tour is $65 if reserved by Dec. 15. Includes transportation, tour, and lunch.

Friday's stops will be:
• Orange County Parks
• Citrus Bowl

Cost for Friday's Tour is $35 if reserved by Dec. 15. Includes transportation and tour. The Seminar on Wheels tours are sponsored by Bush Sports Turf.

Very often as managers we give instruction to employees only to have the message misinterpreted, which can lead to misunderstandings, frustration, and conflicts. Employees significantly influence the outcome of any work project. Choosing the right words, actively listening, and getting the message across are skills we all need to improve. Click here to learn about methods to help resolve communication issues.

Each month two speakers presenting at the 2017 National STMA Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, Florida will be featured. Don't miss the educational opportunities offered at the conference!

Dr. Bryan Hopkins is a Professor at Brigham Young University. On Wednesday, January 25, he will be presenting "Balancing Management and Legal Liabilities: BMPs for Success".

Decisions have consequences. A broad overview of a sports turf management decision tree will be given to help field managers balance managing excellent surfaces while minimizing legal and liability risks. Specific case studies and selected data review will be offered for examples. Topics will include decision making on sports field surface type (artificial vs. natural) and the inputs and record keeping needed to have successful fields from the perspective of users, administrators, public perspective, and regulators. In other words, "how do I do my job well while protecting myself and my organization from liability and perception problems?"

After attending this session, participants will be able to:
1) Understand the specific, comprehensive listing of legal/liability issues that need consideration by sports field managers and their associates.
2) Relate to three case studies, which vary from utter failure to success, in terms of how following or failing to follow documented, proven, scientifically based BMPs and proper record keeping impacted legal, liability, and perception issues.
3) Proactively make a plan to better manage both the quality of the playing surfaces while simultaneously manage risks.

Dr. Hopkins will also be co-presenting with Dr. Kelly Kopp, a Professor and Extension Specialist at Utah State University. Their topic of discussion will be "Don't Let Water Restrictions Strike You Out".

This session will focus on helping you develop a pro-active strategy for managing water shortages and potential restrictions in your community. Emphasis will be placed on performing a thorough analysis and description of existing water management practices, as well as implementing best management practices (BMPs) under restricted water supplies.

Attendees will learn:
1) About the basic types and structures of water restrictions that they may come across in their day to day operations.
2) How to thoroughly assess, describe, and report upon their facilities' water use and its importance to their communities.
3) About Best Management Practices as they relate to water management for their facilities.

Pamela Sherratt is a Sports Turf Specialist at The Ohio State University. On Wednesday, January 25, she will be presenting "A Spring and Summer Renovation Plan".

This presentation will provide a detailed look at how to renovate a field in the spring and play on it in the fall. The discussion will address turf selection, weed and disease control and grow-in practices that will maximize ground cover in a short period of time.

Attendees will learn how to:
1) Communicate to others the value of field renovation.
2) Develop a time-line of turf renovation practices between April & August.
3) Make informed decisions about turfgrass, pesticide and fertilizer selection.

STMA will be holding its 2017 annual conference at Disney Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. on Jan. 24-27. Exhibitor booths are filling up fast and so are sponsorship opportunities! Sponsorship is a great way to get your company's brand front and center for all attendees to see.

STMA extensively recognizes its sponsors in a number of different ways including SportsTurf Magazine, attendee brochure, conference on-site guide, conference signage, in general sessions and many more.

STMA also has multiple channels for sponsorship outside of the conference, such as the Awards Program, Chapter Program and Membership Directory.
For more information about available sponsorship availabilities please contact Eric Maydew, Business Development Manager for STMA at or 800-323-3875.

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Turf Rundown

August typically means hot, dry weather. It also means fall sports are about to rev up and be in full swing by September. Iowa State University's bulletin on Athletic Field Seeding and Irrigation provides information you will need regarding alternative seeding rates and irrigation options for reviving current grass or complete renovation of field turf.

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