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The on-line form to sign up for a 2015 committee is now available. Please click here to view a list of the committees, their purpose and approximate amount of time you will be asked to commit to serve. All of the STMA Committees meet via conference calls; some hold a call just once a year; others meet almost monthly.

STMA encourages commercial members to volunteer for any of these committees, except the Innovative Awards Judging. Our traditional commercial exhibition and commercial membership committees are on hiatus this year due to the proposed formation of a commercial advisory council.

Please sign up for one committee (no more than two, please). STMA appreciates the time you can give to serve. We know that the time commitment to serve on multiple committees can be significant and do not want to cause you to overburden yourself!

Just a reminder that you will need to sign up, even if you served on a 2014 Committee. Committees do not roll to the next year. The only exception is the Natural Grass Task Group, which was formed in late 2014 and will continue its work in 2015.

Committee sign-up closes on Jan. 26. Thank you for your interest in volunteering to help STMA advance its mission.

STMA’s SAFE live and silent auctions will have something for everyone in Denver! For those looking to bid on great grounds crew apparel items and tickets, be sure to visit the silent auction at STMA’s trade show; the silent auction will be held Friday, January 16 from 10 am – 12:30 pm.

Among the many crewed-themed items at the silent auction will be exciting new packages sponsored by teams of Major League Baseball, including:

  • The Groundskeeper “Experience” Package, courtesy of the Washington Nationals Baseball Club (valued at $2,500). The package includes:
    • Four Infield Box tickets – mutually agreed upon date; Opening Day, prime and postseason games are excluded
    • Four on-field passes to warch batting practice
    • The opportunity for one (1) person to be honorary groundskeeper (aged 14+) [note: mutually agreed upon game]
    • Parking for one (1) car in a parking garage adjacent to Nationals Park.
  • “Guest Grounds Crew For a Day!” Winners of this package will be able to choose one of these teams for behind-the-scenes access and game tickets:
    • Phillies
    • Marlins
    • Cardinals
    • Twins
    • Mariners
    • Padres
  • Date to be mutually agreed to; some restrictions will apply.

The excitement continues to build for SAFE’s live auction and pre-Awards Banquet reception. The live auction, set during the reception and beginning at 6:30 pm Friday, January 16, will feature a variety of big ticket items, including electronics and fashion:

  • Kindle Fire HDX 7" Tablet (HDX display, WIFI, 32 GB)
  • Garmin HUD+ Navigation System
  • UP 24 by Jawbone (fitness wristband) - Bluetooth Enabled 
  • Coach Metro Signature C Tote in Khaki & Tan
  • And much more!

Proceeds from these events will go to STMA’s charitable foundation, SAFE. Thank you for your support and good luck on your bidding!

Each month 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!

On Friday, January 16, four short Innovative Sessions will be presented on the Trade Show Floor.

The first speaker, Shane Conroy from Spectrum Technologies, will be presenting "Using Soil Moisture Meters to Make More Informed Irrigation Decisions." This presentation will outline how water affects turf health, how to effectively monitor soil moisture levels using different methods, and how to use this information to make better irrigation decisions. The presentation will help groundskeepers and turfgrass managers make more informed irrigation decisions based on real-time soil moisture measurements.


Next, Mike Hebrard from Athletic Field Design will present "2 Hour Infield Renovation." This presentation will cover the basic procedures involved to renovate baseball infields. Topics of discussion will include acquiring equipment, application strategies to suit timing and region, working around game schedules, managing a labor force, and methods for achieving quality results.

The third Innovative Session will feature Alexander Duffy from Aquatrols speaking about "Surfactant Effects on a Municipal Sports Field." This presentation will cover the results of a multi-year, multi-product field trial performed on three soccer fields and one softball field in New Jersey. The field trial focused on surfactant use and how they relate to water savings.

The final Innovative Session features Bruce Jump and Aaron Johnsen from WinField. They will be presenting "Using Insight Tools to Drive Decision Making Technology." New technology including the GEO TECH and TURF TECH 5.0 Insight tools that can be used to measure turfgrass quality will be introduced to sports turf managers. A demonstration on how fact based decision making can support professionals in the field will be included.

Troy M. Kimmel, Jr. is a Senior Lecturer, Studies in Weather and Climate in the Department of Geography and the Environment – University of Texas at Austin. On Wednesday, January 14, he will be presenting "Lightning – What We Do (and Don't) Know". This session will address the basics of lightning including the atmospheric environments that produce it and how it develops. Focusing on people that work outside and/or people that have outdoor operations, we will talk about how to be proactive and to remain safe when thunderstorms and lightning threaten.

After attending this session, attendees will understand that:

1 – While we have a pretty good knowledge of lightning and its dangers, it is still quite mysterious and there are things we don't know (like where it is going to strike exactly!!).
2 – One of those things we do know...lightning does NOT kill everyone it strikes. While thousands of people in the USA directly or indirectly feel the effects of lightning, every year, the death toll, on average, is less than 75.
3 – Lightning preparedness, awareness and safety is especially important for people that work outside or have operations that might be affected.

STMA is committed to providing current, relevant education to every member. STMA is partnering with IntelliQuest Media again to audio record educational sessions at the 2015 conference. These recordings will benefit conference attendees unable to make it to concurrent sessions as well as those unable to attend the conference.

Recorded sessions will be available through an On-Line Library where users can have access to education at any time throughout the year. Order on-site for discounts! Price for an all access subscription to the On-Line Library is $99.00 for conference attendees. Take advantage of this low rate – post conference pricing is $159 for STMA members and $199 for non-members. Individual sessions will also be available via the On-Line Library for $20 per session. A DVD-ROM will be available for purchase for those interested in a hard copy back up to the online content.

Please visit the IQ Media sales desk in the conference registration area for more information on the On-Line Library and purchasing options. Following the conference, visit the STMA Conference Knowledge Center to purchase and view education sessions. Make sure to take advantage of this valuable opportunity to enhance your education and stay current with industry trends and research!

Access various conference features including the schedule, exhibitor list, speaker list, education session information, maps, and sponsors. Create your own personalized schedule to make sure you attend all the conference has to offer. Build your own profile and connect with other attendees and exhibitors to boost your professional contacts. Download the STMA conference app to your smart phone or tablet now by going to the App Store. Search for Zwoor Event and install – it's FREE! Once the App has installed on your smart device, search for the STMA Conference by entering Meeting Code STMA2015. Connect and share with others about the education sessions you are attending, new products and services on the trade show floor, and the various networking opportunities!

Evaluate education sessions using STMA's survey app on your mobile device. We need your feedback regarding this year's educational sessions as well as suggestions for education topics for 2016. Go to the app store and download Zwoor Survey for free. Enter the survey code "STMA2015Survey" and click Validate Code. Enter your feedback, and click Submit. Click Take Survey Again to evaluate all of the education sessions you attend.

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) - 0.25 Education Points Tuesday, Jan. 13; 1.0 Education Point Wednesday, Jan. 14 - Friday, Jan. 16
Irrigation Association (IA) - 2.5 CEUs Tuesday, Jan. 13; 2.75 CEUs Wednesday, Jan. 14; 1.0 CEUs Friday, Jan. 16
National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) - All education sessions qualify for points toward recertification for Athletic Directors
Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) - 1.0 CEU per hour of instruction
Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) – 1.5 CEUs per day for CGM's and CGT's
Colorado Pesticide Recertification Credits* - 1 credit, Category 206, Turf Pest Control will be awarded for attendance at any one of the approved sessions

*Pesticide Recertification credits will only be available for Colorado. 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.

Make sure to visit STMA's Conference Handout page to access presentation materials for the education sessions. STMA will not be providing handouts during the conference, so be sure to print out the materials for the sessions you plan to attend. These materials will be available on the website prior, during, and after the conference. Check back after the conference to access recorded education sessions and catch up on presentations you may have missed.

The 2-Minute Tip for Success


Here are a few professional development ideas that can help you prepare for the career advancement and success that you want to achieve:

• Master Technology - Make a point of becoming an expert user of technology that is relevant to your career field. You'll position yourself as forward thinking while developing skills that can make you an invaluable employee.

• Improve Communication Skills - If you want to prepare to step up to management, take advantage of every opportunity to become a more effective communicator. Remember: Your technical skills might help you stand out as a management candidate, but it's your communication skills that will put you over the top and enable you to become successful.
• Seek Leadership Roles - What better way to show your company that you are someone who is ready to move up that by actively seeking out leadership roles on workplace committees and task forces.

Turf Rundown

In a study being conducted at the University of California – Riverside, researchers have been and continue to study turfgrass carbon dynamics under reduced inputs of water. Click here to learn about the variables that affect water use efficiency and how reduced water impacts carbon uptake.

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