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As of October 1, all conference registration is open. 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 or by calling the hotel directly at 303-436-1234, don't forget to reference the Sports Turf Managers Association to get the STMA room rate.

October 15 is STMA's big deadline day. It is the deadline to submit for all of STMA's awards, grants and scholarship programs. These include the Field of the Year, Innovative Awards, Founders Awards, SAFE Scholarships, and SAFE Educational grants. Go to for more information and all the necessary applications. All submitted materials must be received by October 15 to be eligible for consideration.

STMA is hosting a 5 part webinar series that focuses on natural grass sports turf management. The first webinar will take place Thursday, October 16 at 11 am EDT. Dr. Brad Fresenburg will be presenting "Maintaining Athletic Fields on a Limited Budget".

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.

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!

Before the hectic holiday season begins to impact your time, take a few minutes now to renew your STMA membership for 2015. You'll experience no interruption in services and give yourself the gift of continuing personal and professional development. Benefits continue to grow, especially in the area of timely, up-to-date resources help you do your job better. Hear from a member about the true value of STMA. To renew on-line, go here, log in to member's only and click the Membership, Merchandise, and Online Registration link on the left side of the page. For those who require a paper invoice, look for yours to hit your desk in early November.

STMA hired Virginia-based Buffalo Communications (BC) in November 2013 to spearhead an aggressive media relations effort on behalf of the association. Buffalo is a division of Billy Casper Golf, "owner-operator of more than 130 golf properties nationwide" and has offices in New York, Phoenix, Boston, Minneapolis and Pinehurst, NC, according to its Web site.

Every month in News Online, we will list out some highlights of Buffalo's efforts on our behalf. The list below is comprised of media hits Buffalo Communications secured throughout the month of August:

  • WAFB-TV (Interview with STMA member Eric Fasbender)
  • Boston Globe (Interview in "Careers Section" with STMA member Mike Buras)
  • (STMA member Jeff Fowler educational article)
  • D Business (Online) Magazine website (Interview with STMA member Heather Nabozny)
  • Website (STMA Little League World Series)
  • Sports Destination Management (STMA Celebrates 15th Anniversary at Little League World Series) Omaha World-Herald Newspaper/Website (Interview with STMA member Dan Blank)
  • (Interview with STMA member Jeff Monette, Wessen Lawn Tennis Club)
  • Stadium Journey (An Inside Look at Tiger Stadium. Interview with STMA member Eric Fasbender)
  • The Oklahoman Newspaper/Website (Interview with STMA member Jeff Salmond)
  • ("World Cup Legacy: Grass is Good" ghostwritten article)
  • Western Turf Magazine (STMA Toro Honors Three Students)
  • The Scorecard ("World Cup Legacy: Grass is Good" ghostwritten article)
  • Golf Course Management Magazine (STMA President David Pinsonneault wins APWA Manager of the Year/STMA, Toro Scholarships)

For more media hits made possible by Buffalo Communications on STMA's behalf, please visit our Sports Turf Managers In the News page here!

STMA is going mobile again at the 2015 Conference! 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. Stay tuned for more information on how you can 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!

Penn State's Center for Sports Surface Research is offering a few lucky facilities the opportunity to have a sample of their new field tested for upright fiber wear resistance. The data will be compiled in an online database and be available to the public. For more information on how you can be part of the program, click here.

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.

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!


Keith Winter is the Head Groundskeeper for the Fort Wayne TinCaps in Fort Wayne, Indiana. On Wednesday, January 14, he will be presenting "Turf Management Practices on High Use/High Wear Sports Fields." Almost every sports turf manager fights heavy use and high wear on their field. Whether in-season or out of season, there are few secrets, but many practical practices and procedures that can go into the tool box to keep your field looking and playing its best. Join in as tips and techniques are shared to help "defeat the cleat."

Attending this session will allow attendees to:

1. Discuss fighting field traffic tolerance and wear management.

2. Understand steps and practices for turf recovery, including the use of bio-nutrients.

3. Develop a practical year-round fertility program.

JakubowskiBrad Jakubowski is an Adjunct Professor of Environmental Sciences at Doane College. On Wednesday, January 14, he will be presenting "Improving Water Efficiency: Take the Million Gallon Challenge!" Water efficiency is important no matter the source or method of use! This seminar challenges turf managers to conserve one million gallons throughout the course of a season by improving irrigation efficiency and by implementing water saving practices throughout the entire facility. Saving one million gallons promotes environmental stewardship and enhances public relations with a water conscious public. Be a standout Sports Turf Manager; take the Million Gallon Challenge today!

After attending this session, the participant will be able to:

1. Identify and monitor a facility's water use areas.

2. Increase irrigation efficiency of turfgrass and landscaped areas and implement water saving practices throughout the facility.

3. Improve their stock as a turfgrass manager by reducing costs and improving public perception.

The 2-Minute Tip for Success

"Many who are new to the working world arrive there from a path that has been shaped by many "guides." These include high school counselors, college career services professionals, and even parental input into career options and choices. Once you've landed that all-important first "real" job, however, all of that help can dry up; at that point, your career development is down to you, and you alone. In this post, L.E.K. Consulting's Rose L. provides four ways that new consultants can ensure that they are building their skills and taking steps to advance their careers. The good news: her advice applies for employees across a variety of other industries too!"

Turf Rundown

The fall sports season is underway and it is more important than ever to provide a safe, playable field for your athletes. Click here for some simple tips on mowing, fertilization, overseeding, and aerification to help minimize field wear.

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