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STMA's Nominating Committee has finalized the slate of candidates for the 2015 election. Each voting member will be sent an email with a specific link to cast their vote. Paper ballots also will be available for those who do not have an email address. The voting process will begin Nov. 17 and close on Dec. 12. Be sure to vote and make your voice heard for the leadership you want guiding the association.


Immediate Past

David Pinsonneault, CSFM, CPRP, Town of Lexington, Lexington, MA


Allen Johnson, CSFM, Green Bay Packers, Green Bay, WI


Jeff Salmond, CSFM, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK


Jeffrey Fowler, Penn State Cooperative Extension, Franklin, PA
Timothy Van Loo, CSFM, Iowa State University, Ames, IA



Professional Facilities:

Phil McQuade, Dicks Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, CO
Dan Bergstrom, Houston Astros, Houston, TX

Higher Education:

Vacant due to T. Van Loo slated in Secretary/Treasurer-To be appointed by the President

Schools K-12:

Andrew Gossel, Covenant Christian High School, Indianapolis, IN
Bobby Behr, CSFM, Ashley Ridge High School, Summerville, SC


Vacant due to J. Fowler slated in Secretary/Treasurer-To be appointed by the President

Commercial Director:

Doug Schattinger, Pioneer Athletics, Cleveland, OH
Jimmy Rodgers, CSFM, Luck Stone Co., Ruckersville, VA

At-Large Elected:

Jimmy Simpson, CSFM, Town of Cary, Cary, NC (Parks & Rec)
James Bergdoll, CSFM, Elizabethtown Sports Park, Elizabethtown, KY (Parks & Rec)

At-Large Appointed:

To be appointed by the President.

(Not up for election) Sarah Martin, CSFM, City of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ is starting the second year of her two-year term as the Director representing the Parks and Recreation segment.

GrasStains Productions is working on the video for the annual STMA Awards Banquet. This video highlights you, your crew and your work! Please send in any photos or videos -- young and current photos of you and your crew, awkward 'oops' moments, beauty shots-- anything that tells your story.

Send to and we'll get it to our talented producer, Steve Legros. Thank you!

The SAFE Foundation, which is STMA's charity, is seeking items for its auction and raffles. SAFE raises more than 80 percent of its funds during the events it holds at the annual STMA Conference. Please donate team gear, products, equipment, tickets to sporting events, gift cards, sports memorabilia...just about anything will be most appreciated. You can ship items to STMA's headquarters or bring it to the conference and drop it off at registration.

Please help SAFE continue to fund scholarships and educational outreach to stakeholders such as parent groups, volunteers, coaches and athletes. Its first video on safety at football and soccer facilities is in production. The video helps to educate these non sports turf managers on how to visually inspect the playing surface, goals and goal posts, and general areas such as fencing, and bleachers. Equally important in the video is what to do if there is a problem identified.

Help SAFE provide safer athletic fields by donating an item, purchasing items, and participating in its events during the conference. Not coming to conference? Cash donations are always appreciated. Donate here.

STMA is hosting a 5 part webinar series that focuses on natural grass sports turf management. The second webinar in the series will take place Wednesday, November 5 at 2 pm EST. Dr. Doug Linde will be presenting "How Mowing Affects Turf".

The purpose of the presentation is to inform the audience on how mowing affects turf. Plant response, benefits and disadvantages of mowing, as well as recommended mowing practices will all be discussed.

Don't miss out on this great opportunity to involve your employer, coaches, volunteers, and other facility users in learning about the turfgrass industry. Only 50 people can take part in the live webinar, so register today by clicking here!

Upcoming Webinars:
Back to Basics: Understanding Turfgrass Fertility with Brad Jakubowski on Wednesday, November 19 at 11 am EST - Register Here.

Smart Irrigation Practices with Dr. Alec Kowalewski on Tuesday, December 2 at 1 pm EST - Register Here.

Athletic Field Renovation Tips with Jeff Fowler on Wednesday, December 17 at 1 pm EST - Register Here.

To view recorded webinars, click here.

The most important element of a sports turf manager's job is to provide the safest fields for athletes, regardless of the level of play. Across the country there is heightened focus on athlete safety which has resulted in increased scrutiny of all potential contributors to athlete injury. The "harder" the playing surface, the greater amount of impact is absorbed by the player's body, and therefore, the greater the probability a fall will result in serious injury. A properly maintained playing surface can help reduce injury risk. Click here to learn how you can test and manage field hardness.

It is that time of year -- membership renewal time. The easiest and fastest way to renew is to go on-line. Log in to your members only page. Click on the Membership, Merchandise and Online Registration and select the correct dues renewal category. For help in determining your correct category, click here. Are you taking full advantage of all that your membership offers? There are dozens of new educational resources for members only under the Knowledge Center tab at STMA also is debuting a new webinar series, which is being recorded so that you can watch and listen at your conveniences.

STMA has a membership benefit that we hope you'll never need to use – the extension of your STMA membership at no cost to you, if you lose your job. We know that organizations are cutting back, which could adversely affect your job security. STMA stands behind its members and will assist any member in any category who loses his or her job by continuing their STMA membership, at no charge for six months. This benefit relies on the 'honor system', and if you become employed during this six month-period, the association assumes that you will pay your regular membership dues.

This membership extension allows you access to very important job search benefits on the Members Only side of the web site. You'll be able to view job listings, post your resumé, access career information and actively network with your peers using the on-line STMA Membership Directory. Your membership continues seamlessly, with all rights and privileges of your membership category. STMA's membership year is calendar based, January through December. As this year draws to a close, if you are affected by a job loss, please call STMA to activate this benefit.

There are very few rules. You must have been a member of STMA for at least one year. If you have not found employment after six months, STMA will offer an Affiliate Membership to you at the $50 member rate.

Volunteer your time to help guide STMA's work by volunteering for committee service. We'll have an on-line sign up sheet, a description of the committees available for your participation, information about the work to accomplish for the year, and the time commitment requested. We'll be soliciting sign-up in January. Incoming President Johnson will be making the appointments in February and committee work will be underway in March.

Early bird registration – and pricing – ends Dec. 15! All conference registration for Denver 2015 is now open so make sure to register today. Hard copy brochures were mailed out recently and a digital version of that brochure is available online here. To help expedite the registration process, STMA is asking that all attendees register online (instructions and links on homepage). Those who require a hard copy registration form for their own internal approval or payment processing purposes may still download one at

Also, don't forget to also make your hotel reservations directly with Denver's Hyatt Regency. There are companies already contacting individuals, claiming to be STMA's booking agent. It is a scam. STMA does not employ "booking agents" for our conference. The Hyatt will not have any record of your reservation. Please make your reservation directly here.

Each month two speakers presenting at the 2015 National STMA Conference and Exhibition in Denver, Colorado will be featured. Don't miss the educational opportunities offered at the conference!

BFresenburgBrad Fresenburg, Ph.D. is an Assistant Extension Professor at University of Missouri. On Tuesday, January 13 he will be presenting "Bermudagrass Culture and Disease Management in the Upper Transition Zone" with Lee Miller, Ph.D. New, more cold-tolerant cultivars have pushed the border of bermudagrass management farther north into the upper transition zone. While bermudagrass provides superior agronomic benefits such as wear recovery and stress tolerance, there are also some management differences from cool-season grasses that must be considered. The workshop will focus on the emphasis areas of nitrogen fertility (rate and timing), aerification and thatch management, and spring dead spot control.

After attending this session, attendees will be able to:

1. Develop a management schedule for bermudagrass management in the upper transition zone.

2. Discuss the improved bermudagrass varieties and their benefits, and decide if conversion is worth the cost.

3. Understand the biology of the spring dead spot pathosystem and develop a management strategy for its control.

On Wednesday, January 14 Dr. Fresenburg will be presenting "Cultural Practices and Guidelines for Low Budget Athletic Fields". The priority when maintaining sports fields at any level is to provide safe, playable fields for athletes. All too often, budgetary limitations get in the way of proper care and maintenance of athletic fields. Although there is no universal budgetary formula, some level of success can be achieved at most facilities. Understanding and applying the essential cultural practices, as well as utilizing outside sources, athletic directors, coaches, and sports turf managers can collaborate to provide a healthy field that meets expectations.

By attending this session, attendees will:

1. Learn how to design a maintenance plan that gets the most for your dollars knowing that preventative maintenance is usually more economical than recovery maintenance.

2. Understand how proper cultural practices can reduce pest potential - saving time and money.

3. Discuss alternative approaches for getting the job done through outside relationships.

DShetlarDavid Shetlar, Ph.D. is a Professor of Urban Landscape Entomology for the Ohio State University Department of Entomology. On Wednesday, January 14 he will be presenting "Insect Management for Early Career Sports Turf Managers". This session will cover identification of the most common, turf-damaging pests of sports turf in North America - white grubs, mole crickets, billbugs, turf-infesting caterpillars and nuisance ants. Their biologies will be discussed in order to help early career managers establish a pest calendar and implement an Integrated Pest Management Approach. Actual specimens of the common turfgrass pests will be available for attendees to view and inspect.

After attending this session, attendees will be able to:

1 - Identify the major sports turf insect pests by their damage and by looking at the actual insect.

2 - Describe the life cycles of these major insect pests and understand the stages that are easiest to control.

3 - Use the IPM approach - monitoring for insect pests and utilizing short term (pesticide applications) and long term (host plant resistance, habitat modifications, and biological controls) management tactics.

The 2-Minute Tip for Success

Given how much time most of us spend at work it makes sense to think about your career and the goals that you would like to achieve within your working life. However, when you’re busy both professionally and personally, it can be hard to justify spending time on career development planning. 

Luckily, it doesn’t need to be a time consuming process and the benefits of clearly defined career goals are well worth it. Not sure where to start? Consider these career development tips

Turf Rundown

Last year's winter weather made it a tough growing season for warm-season turfgrasses. Winterkill and spring dead spot were common in the transition zone. Click here to read about some management practices that can be implemented to improve the health of bermudagrass prior to winter dormancy.

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