sustainable practices, pest management, and soil and plant
fertility, this seminar will also explore the American College and
University President’s Climate Commitment, LEED certification, and
Don’t Let Water Restrictions Strike You Out
Speakers: Bryan Hopkins, Ph.D. - Brigham Young University;
Kelly Kopp, Ph.D. - Utah State University
This session will focus on helping you develop a pro-active strategy for
managing water shortages and potential restrictions in your community.
Emphasis will be placed on performing a thorough analysis and
description of existing water management practices, as well as
implementing best management practices (BMPs) under restricted
Facts and Misconceptions Regarding Natural Grass and
Speaker: Andrew McNitt, Ph.D. - The Pennsylvania State University
There are lots of misunderstandings concerning natural grass and
synthetic turf. This presentation will discuss the many misconceptions
concerning synthetic turf and natural grass as well as many actual truths
about both surfaces.
Sports Field Management on a Shoestring Budget - Part 2
Speakers: Mike Goatley, Jr., Ph.D. - Virginia Tech;
Michael Skelton - Culpeper County Parks and Recreation
Sports field managers typically face budget restrictions that result in
choices and sacrifices in strategies to best manage their fields. This
presentation will focus on proven strategies to stretch your budgeted
dollars as far as possible by way of novel grassing alternatives and
establishment/renovation techniques, strategies in building your soil,
forming an equipment/tool inventory that best serves your needs, and
modifying equipment to expand its usefulness.
5:15 - 6:15 pm
STMA Networking Sessions
Meet with your peers during this formalized networking session.
Each category of membership meets separately to share issues and
Thurs., Jan. 26
8 - 9:15 am
So You Want to Be a Meteorologist? Weather and Your Venue
Speaker: Kevin Kloesel, Ph.D. - University of Oklahoma
Severe weather in the US is unique, and short-fused high impact weather
hazards can strike any venue at any time. This presentation will provide
an overview of common weather hazards at sports facilities, including
lightning, winter weather, flooding rain, hail, and tornadoes, and the
emergency planning needed to keep those that work on athletic fields
Stadium Field Renovation
Speaker: Richard White, Ph.D. - Texas A&M University
Stadium field renovation can be a daunting task and requires team work
to provide the desired product in a timely manner. Typical renovations
usually involve some form of soil property alteration. This presentation
will help sports field managers understand basic soil physics principles,
recognize important root zone specifications, and apply quality
assurance standards for root zone materials to achieve a successful
stadium field renovation outcome.
Pushing Bermuda's Boundaries: Managing Bermudagrass in
the Transition Zone and Beyond
Speakers: Marcus Dean, CSFM and Gregg Munshaw, Ph.D. -
University of Kentucky
The combination of global warming and new cultivars bred specifically
for cold tolerance may mean it is time to begin considering bermudagrass
in cooler climates. This session will discuss currently available cultivars
and each of their strengths and weaknesses including turf quality, cold
tolerance, and traffic tolerance. In addition, successful bermudagrass
management in the transition zone will be covered.
Warm-Season Sports Turf Weed Management
Speaker: Jay McCurdy, Ph.D. - Mississippi State University
Sports turf managers in warm-season climates are faced with greater
weed pressure than their cool-season colleagues. This presentation will
focus on weed identification of common and tough-to-control turfgrass
weeds, proven means of control for common weeds, and herbicide
programs that work year-round.
Managing Stress and Avoiding Burnout
Speaker: Lisa Goatley, M.S., L.P.C. - The Cascade Group
Sports turf managers face a multitude of stressors in their professional
lives. It is difficult to meet expectations of others; budgetary and labor
limitations are problematic; long and uncertain hours are hard; and
balancing family demands creates conflicting priorities. This
presentation will address techniques to assist you in managing stress in
order to avoid burnout. Don't let stress interfere with your ability to have
a long and satisfying career.
Sports Turf Management, Past, Present, Future
Speaker: Bob Campbell, CSFM - Retired
This presentation will provide a short history of our profession and
STMA. Discussion topics will include tips on how to define yourself as a
professional, what it really means to be a sports turf manager and why we
have always had a special place in peoples' hearts, and our responsibility
to uphold the trust placed upon us as sports field managers.
9:30 - 10:45 am
You Can Grow Grass, Now Let’s Grow Your Program
Speaker: David Pinsonneault, CSFM, CPRP - Lexington DPW
This session will highlight methods to help grow, maintain and sustain
your maintenance program. Main topics discussed will be budget,
personnel, equipment and how to sell the program and yourself.
Lexington will be used as an example of how a maintenance program
was expanded and supported to provide safe, playable fields for all.
Factors that Affect Dislodgeable Foliar Residues and
Environmental Fate of Pesticides
Speaker: Travis Gannon, Ph.D. - NC State University
Much concern exists around human pesticide exposure, and
understanding factors that affect dislodgeable foliar residues is
imperative to ensure human health is not adversely affected.
Understanding the biological and chemical attributes of pesticides and
their fate after application is also imperative to optimize pesticide
efficacy while minimizing off-target movement. This presentation will
help attendees devise best management practices to minimize pesticide
exposure and off-target movement.