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Have you registered yet for STMA's 25th Conference & Exhibition in San Antonio? Don't forget December 15 is STMA's early bird deadline, when conference registration is only $375; after December 15, that price goes up to $450. As many members know, STMA's annual conference and exhibition is the premier educational event for the men and women who manage sports fields, both nationally and worldwide.
STMA has scheduled its annual meeting on Thurs., Jan. 23, 2014, 12 - 1:15 p.m. The meeting and luncheon will take place in Ballroom A at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, TX. All STMA members are invited to attend.
STMA announces its 2013 "Field of the Year Award" winners. Since 1992, STMA's Field of the Year Award is given to members who manage baseball, football, softball, soccer and other sporting grounds at the professional, collegiate or schools (K-12) and parks level. The 2013 winners are:
Don't forget to renew your 2014 membership dues! STMA has sent out invoices electronically, which can be printed and returned with payment via mail or fax. The electronic invoices also include a link to STMA's shopping cart where you can renew your dues online. If you have any questions, please contact headquarters at 800-323-3875 or at STMAinfo@STMA.org.
STMA's election closes on Dec. 15. All voting members of STMA were sent an email with an individual link to their ballot. Those without an email address in its membership management system were sent a ballot via U.S. mail. If you need another copy of your ballot link or a paper copy, please contact headquarters at 800-323-3875 or at STMAinfo@STMA.org.
The STMA International Committee is asking members who speak a second (or third) language to volunteer to assist non-English speaking conference attendees. If you volunteer, STMA will keep your name and cell phone number at the conference registration area, and when an international attendee checks in, he/she will be asked if they need any help in finding their way around the conference. If so, staff will share the on-site conference information of the appropriate volunteer.
The SAFE Foundation annually awards scholarships to students in four-year, two-year and graduate programs. This year, it awarded $12,500 to eight deserving students. Fifteen judges from the STMA Scholarship Committee independently scored the applicants. In addition to the scholarship money, students receive a complimentary conference registration and three nights lodging in San Antonio. They will be recognized during the annual awards banquet on Fri., Jan. 24, 2014 in San Antonio.
SAFE is STMA’s charitable foundation, and its mission is a simple one: “To enrich communities through championing safe, sustainable sports and recreation fields for all athletes.” To that end, SAFE supports students in sports turf programs nationwide through educational grants and scholarships. You can help SAFE’s mission in a variety of ways; several big events are coming to STMA’s conference in San Antonio this January you won’t want to miss: