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The reviews are in, and thus far the STMA conference, which was held in Denver Jan. 13-16, was acclaimed as highly successful by attendees. Ninety-six percent(96%) of attendees rated the conference excellent (60%) or good (36%). Ninety-two percent (92%)of those who attended the Keynote presentation in its new format during the annual meeting and lunch indicated that they definitely enjoyed it. Keynote presenter was Karl Mecklenburg, former Denver Broncos Captain and All-Pro Linebacker.
The 2015 STMA Board of Directors was introduced to the membership at its annual meeting on Thurs., Jan. 15, held in Denver in conjunction with the annual conference and exhibition.
The SAFE Foundation, STMA's charity, in conjunction with the association has created three educational videos about field safety. Sports and Recreation Fields – Safety First, is a video outreach program directed to non-technical audiences -- parents, volunteers, athletic directors, coaches, referees -- anyone who comes in contact with athletic fields or oversees outdoor sporting events.
STMA has developed a unique on-line training course, Introduction to Turfgrass Science. This self-paced training will provide a good refresher for anyone who manages sports fields. It is especially pertinent for new crew members or for those who have not been formally educated in turfgrass science.
In late 2014, STMA joined the Waters Advocacy Coalition with other industry organizations to contribute comments to the US EPA and US Army Corp of Engineers proposed rule to define waters of the US under the Clean Water Act. The coalition had numerous concerns with the rule as did STMA, and we supported the more than 85 pages of comments.
Congratulations to all STMA Student Challenge participants for their exceptional performance on the 2015 exam! The Student Challenge is presented by SAFE, Founding Partner Hunter Industries, and new sponsor Ewing. Eight two-year teams and 23 four-year teams competed for $4,000 awards in each division. Winning the two-year competition was Penn State University – Team 207. Mt. San Antonio College - Team 206 took second place, and Mt. San Antonio College – Team 202 took third place.
STMA partnered with IQ Media this year to bring you recorded education sessions. Recorded sessions will be available through an On-Line Library where users can have access to education at any time throughout the year. CLICK HERE to access the library and purchase sessions.
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’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.
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.