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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 stma.org homepage).
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 STMA.org 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".
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.
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.
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.
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:
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!
October is a very busy month for a large swath of STMA members. On October 1st, online registration for the 2015 Conference opens. The conference will be held in Denver, Colorado Jan. 13-16, 2015. The hard copy brochure should be in your mailbox by the end of this month, and you will also be able to view the online digital version at that time.