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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. During the past year, it has produced five videos on field safety for non-sports turf managers. The videos help educate parents, volunteers, coaches and athletes on how to visually inspect the playing surface, goals and goal posts, and general areas such as fencing, and bleachers. The videos cover natural grass fields and synthetic surfaces. The videos also cover what to do if there is a problem identified on a field. Watch the videos here.

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.

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 to at your convenience. You'll find everything indexed and easy-to-find under the knowledge center.

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 can cut 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.

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 2016 STMA Conference will feature a University Research Panel on Fri., Jan. 22, 8-10 a.m. Thirteen academic experts will take part in the panel to discuss the current sports turf research they are conducting. Following the presentation, the panelists will break out for roundtable discussions with attendees. Learn about the latest research taking place across the country by visiting STMA's website. Under "Latest Research" in the Knowledge Center, you can find a list of the agronomic research pertaining to sports field management being conducted at colleges and universities.

This year speakers have volunteered to present short 15-30 minute webinars prior to the conference as an introduction to their education session. Don't miss out on this great opportunity to prepare for conference education sessions! Only 50 people can take part in the live webinar, so register today. Webinars will be recorded and available for On-Demand access in STMA's Webinar Library.
The November schedule for webinars is as follows:

Crisis Communications for Sports Turf Managers with Scott Boyle and Dr. Brandon Horvath on Monday, November 2 at 2:30 pm EST – Register Here

Keys to Success in Media Interviews with John Fech on Wednesday, November 4 at 12:00 pm EST – Register Here

Access recorded webinars in the Webinar Library:
Plant Soil Interactions with Dr. Nick Christians
Natural Grass Fields – From Construction to Performance and Perception with Dr. Brad Fresenburg
Advanced Weed Control for Athletic Field Turf with Dr. Jared Hoyle

Each month we will feature a panelist and the research he/she is conducting to benefit the sports turf industry. Dr. Jason Kruse from University of Florida will be participating on the panel and presenting information on light requirement research and upcoming root physiology work. Click here to read about Dr. Kruse's research.

The panel and the website serve to keep you up to date on how sports field management is progressing so you can apply the latest research to your fields and facility.

Refer to the Snow Removal on Natural and Synthetic Athletic Surfaces to help you address the variables that need to be taken into consideration to ensure efficient snow removal from your sports field.  The bulletin will help you develop a plan for where to dispose of removed snow, how much of the field to clear, when to clear the field, who will clear the field, and various recommendations for how to clear the field safely and prevent damage to the athletic surface.

STMA has a free, easy to use internship posting service. To have an open internship posted in the career center, send it to and we’ll post it. Be sure to include in your email how long to keep it up. We will also be tweeting out the opportunity, as we do for all new employment postings -- whether an internship or for an opening for a sports turf manager. 

Each month two speakers presenting at the 2016 National STMA Conference and Exhibition in San Diego, California will be featured. Don't miss the educational opportunities offered at the conference!

Joel Stitzel, Ph.D. is a Professor at Wake Forest University. On Wednesday, January 20 he will be presenting "Virtual Human Models for Biomechanics of Injury Mitigation and Prevention."

This talk will focus on computational human body models and their place in the realm of injury prediction, mitigation and prevention. In the automotive and military realms such models are becoming more advanced and augmenting anthropomorphic test devices, or crash test dummies, for this type of work. Manufacturers use them for product development prior to, or in conjunction with physical testing. We will discuss their application in these areas and their challenges and potential for application to sports.


Brad Fresenburg, Ph.D. is a State Turfgrass Specialist / Asst. Extension Professor at University of Missouri. On Thursday, January 21, he will be presenting "Natural Grass Fields - From Construction to Performance and Perception" with Mike Munie.

Natural grass fields have historically been perceived as poor performers since the influx of synthetic fields. It's not that natural grass fields are bad, perform poorly or are unsafe. Some may say that they were never really given a fair chance due to construction and maintenance constraints. This session will discuss why natural grass fields are viewed as they are. We will examine the perceptions and benefits of a playing surface that can be playable and safe in a public culture wanting everything natural.
To preview this education session, view the webinar.

Please join STMA and the SAFE Foundation in its annual golf fundraising event, the Diamond Pro SAFE Golf Tournament. This event will be held on the Presidio and Mission courses at Riverwalk Golf Club in San Diego on Tues., Jan. 19, 2016. The tournament will be a shotgun start beginning at 11 am. With a variety of great prizes, including a chance to win $10,000, this year's event promises to be a great success. Drink tickets and lunch will be provided. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, including title sponsor Diamond Pro and drink ticket sponsor Carolina Green Corp., nearly all registration fees will go directly to the SAFE Foundation to fund scholarships, grants and educational outreach.

Increase your professionalism by taking advantage of the continuing education units (CEUs) being offered at the STMA Conference this year. Earn up to 1.5 CEUs through STMA. In addition to STMA, the following professional organizations have agreed to provide CEUs for attending education sessions at the conference:

American Sports Builders Association (ASBA) - All education sessions qualify for points toward recertification for Certified Field Builders
National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) - 1.5 CEUs for the entire conference
Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) - 1.0 Education Point for the entire conference
Irrigation Association (IA) - 5 Tier 1 CEUs for attending sessions Tues., Jan. 19 and Wed., Jan. 20
National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) - All education sessions qualify for points toward recertification for Athletic Directors
National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) - 1.0 CEU per hour of instruction
Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) - 1.5 CEUs per day for CGM's and CGT's
California Pesticide Recertification Credits* - 4 hours – attendees must be in attendance for all approved sessions to receive credit

*Pesticide Recertification credits will only be available for California. If you are attending from another state and are in need of pesticide recertification credits, you are responsible for contacting your state's Department of Agriculture for approval.

Visit us online or see the onsite brochure for a detailed listing of education sessions that qualify for CEUs and recertification credits. Be sure to sign in using the appropriate form during the education sessions.

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Turf Rundown

Agricultural and Environmental Letters is an open-access journal published by American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), and Soil Science Society of America (SSSA). The journal will publish research from around the world that is high-impact, broad-reaching, and timely that addresses major scientific advances in agricultural and environmental sciences. Click here for more information.

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