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USA Today, the third largest daily newspaper in the U.S. with a readership of over 4 million, has highlighted STMA and sports fields nationwide in its famous "snapshot" feature. The information will run in both print and online versions of USA Today. The paper's Web site receives around 15,046,000 monthly online visitors. See the full page view here.

Expire....your membership that is. STMA's official drop date and time is midnight tonight, April 1. To avoid interruption in all of your STMA services, including your magazine subscription, please renew your 2014 membership, here. We hope that you have used your benefits to help you better manage your fields, your staff and your boss. To review all that STMA offers its members, click here.

Three scholarships in the amount of $2,000 each are available from the SAFE Foundation, made possible by the Toro Giving Program. To honor its centennial and Dr. James Watson, who was the Toro Company's agronomist for more than 40 years, the Dr. James R. Watson Legacy Scholarship Program was developed. Dr. Watson passed away late last year. Apply here. The deadline to submit is Fri., April 4.

STMA’s 2015 Conference will take place in Denver, Colorado. Though this may seem early to think about conference sponsorships, existing slots are filling up fast. Conference sponsorships afford a unique opportunity to get in front of over 1,000 sports turf managers, academic and commercial members at some of the lowest rates available in the national conference space; in fact, there are extremely visible sponsorship opportunities available for as little as $2,000. Beginning the conference sponsorship process earlier (rather than later) allows STMA to spend that much more time making sure you are comfortable with your new opportunity.

Email Sales & Marketing Manager Shant Thomas at or call 800-323-3875 to learn more!

We need your name and your correct contact information before we publish the 2014-2015 STMA Membership Directory. It will go to press on July 1. Please log in to and update your contact information so that we have your most up-to-date information and your peers can contact you.

Have you been receiving the printed copy of the directory? More than 1,000 members have opted for the real-time, on-line directory. If you would like to 'go green' and forgo receiving a printed copy of the directory, email us here.

The SAFE Board of Trustees is holding a bowling tournament in Denver at the annual STMA conference in place of its annual golf tournament. The weather in Denver in January is just too unpredictable to try to plan an outdoor event. This fun event is open to all conference attendees! Look for more information on how you can help SAFE provide educational outreach and scholarships by bowling.

The 2-Minute Tip for Success

Employee engagement, or the lack of it, is often cited as a major reason people leave their jobs. Foster longer term employment relationships to create a positive working environment and save time and money. Click here to check out 4 tips on how to encourage employee engagement in the hiring and "onboarding" process.

Turf Rundown

Professional soccer players from 6 teams competing in Major League Soccer during the 2011 season participated in a study comparing field surfaces. The study focused on players' perceptions towards injuries, physical recovery and the effect of surface related factors on 3rd generation artificial turf compared to natural grass. Click here to view the study and see the results.

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