Mid-Atlantic Sports Turf Managers Association Inaugural Meeting
The newly re-formed Mid-Atlantic chapter of the Mid-Atlantic Sports Turf Managers Association (MASTMA) had their first member organizational meeting at M & T Bank Stadium on October 25. About 150 STMA members and prospective members attended the event which included an educational program, information about the re-kindling of the chapter, and a field tour. The educational program included PowerPoint presentations, a panel discussion, and a field tour. The PowerPoint presentations included Baltimore Ravens Head Groundskeeper Don Follett, who spoke about the conversion of the M & T Bank Stadium from a synthetic surface to 419 bermudagrass, Jerrad Minnick from Growing Innovations who spoke about the latest technology in stadium lighting; Dr. Tom Turner who spoke about an overview of the turfgrass research program at the University of Maryland; and a panel discussion including lead groundskeepeers from many of the regional professional stadiums.
The field tour provided an opportunity for attendees to take a look at the overseeded 419 bermudagrass field and the SGL lighting system used to improve the light quality for the turf against the long shadows of this second half of autumn. The on-field portion of the meeting also included a presentation by University of Maryland professor Dr. Kevin Mathias demonstrating uses of a variety of field tools and instruments sports field managers can use to make their job easier and increase their turf management precision.
The event provided a good opportunity for sports turf managers in Maryland, DC, and northern Virginia to connect after what has been a very difficult summer in the Mid-Atlantic region. Steering committee member Jason Kopp captured the mood, “After the event talking with several people about what they liked and found useful they all said they got to meet other managers from the area who they didn't know. This is what the chapter is all about. Sharing resources, information, and building longstanding friendships.”
“It was a great day of learning, networking, and sharing ideas with other turf managers from the Mid-Atlantic. The overall attitude and response from the meeting was overwhelmingly positive, and I look forward to continuing to expand this network with MASTMA!” noted Ryan Bjorn, Director of Grounds and Environmental Maintenance at Maryland SoccerPlex.
The groundwork of the chapter rejuvenation has been accomplished over the last several months by a steering committee including sports turf managers at some of the region’s professional complexes and industry suppliers.
Re-starting a chapter that faded out about a decade ago, this first meeting represents a lot of hard work by the steering committee over the last several months. “I’m proud of what this steering committee has accomplished so far. There is a lot of work left to do but looking at where we are today and how far we have come in a short period of time is remarkable,” noted Mr. Kopp.
Nominations for the MASTMA Executive Board and Officers were accepted and members will be voting on these candidates in the next few weeks. After a new Board of Directors and Officers are installed later this fall, they will take the winter to continue to reach out to prospective members, set up committees, and get organized for 2017. Moving forward, the next chapter event will be March 17, 2017 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards
“It was invigorating to be a part of this process and to see it come together so well. The number of people that attended was great, but the level of enthusiasm for what we are trying to accomplish was what excited me the most. I can’t wait to see how we harness the momentum and carry it forward,” said Patrick Coakley, who manages Ripken [Sports Complex] in northeast MD and is on the steering committee.
Hopefully, MASTMA can keep the momentum. As evident from the crowd at M&T, sports turf managers from around the Mid-Atlantic are happy to have an STMA chapter they can call their own!
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You're invited to the
Mid-Atlantic Sports Turf Managers Assocation
Inaugural Meeting & Seminar
FREE: Lunch and Learn at M&T Bank Stadium
Join your colleagues, peers, and Mid-Atlantic industry experts for a full day of learning and sharing at the inaugural meeting of the newly formed Mid-Atlantic Sports Turf Managers Association (MASTMA). This full day educational seminar is eligible for 6 pesticide re-certification credits(Category 3C [Turf]).
Hear from the legendary Don Follett of M&T Bank Stadium, Jerad Minnick of Growing Innovations, and Dr. Kevin Mathias of University of Maryland.
Join us for a turf quality evaluation equipment field demonstration followed by an open panel discussion with leading industry experts including: Don Follett, Nicole McFadyen, John Turnour, Steven King, Ryan Bjorn, and Patrick Coakley.
The seminar adjourns with a quick turf grass research update from Dr. Thomas Turner and happy hour drink specials across the street at Pickles Pub.
The MASTMA steering committee will also be taking nominations for Board of Directors and officers. This meeting will set the stage for shaping the new chapter so all participation is encouraged.
Networking Happy Hour at Pickles Pub
Enjoy happy hour specials with your peers in a private party suite in the newly renovated second floor of the infamous Pickles Pub.
Conveniently located within walking distance from M&T Bank Stadium across from Oriole Park at Camden Yards: 520 Washington Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21230.
MASTMA Inaugural Meeting & Seminar
Mission Statement: The STMA Mid-Atlantic Chapter promotes the profession of sports field management via a nurturing environment consisting of education, innovation, mentoring, and networking.
October 25, 2016
Registration begins at 9:30 am
M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore - Club Level
ATTENDANCE IS FREE
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David Corbin Harmon, 76, of Williamsburg, VA, passed away on July 17, 2016, after a lengthy illness.
Dave was born in Anderson, IN on May 12, 1940, to I. Don and Martha (Guest) Harmon. He graduated from Purdue University in Lafayette, IN, with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Agronomy in 1962.
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Published in Daily Press on July 24, 2016 - See more at:http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dailypress/obituary.aspx?pid=180717671#sthash.cgKUhtb6.dpuf
Dear Maryland Turfgrass Council Members and Friends,
I am very pleased to announce that there is renewed and dedicated interest in re-establishing an STMA affiliated chapter in the Mid-Atlantic region. Led by Steering Committee members Nicole Andrews, Don Follett, Nicole McFadyen, Michael Stachowicz, Heather Johannes, Jerad Minnick, Jason Kopp, and Dr. Kevin Mathias, they are in the process of assessing interest; thus, the reason for this email.
STMA does not release its members’ email addresses without permission. If you are interested in learning about the Chapter’s formation and how you can be a part of it, please email me, and I will notify the Steering Committee.
I know you will agree, "All agronomy is local" and having a strong local chapter as a resource can be very valuable to your continuing education, career advancement and to your community.
Kim Heck, CEO
Sports Turf Managers Association
Our mailing address is:
805 New Hampshire, Ste E, Lawrence, KS, 66044
Copyright (C) 2013 *Sports Turf Managers Association* All rights reserved.
Maryland Turfgrass Council
Last Chance to get the RECERTIFICATION
of YOUR MD Pesticide and MD Fertilizer Applicator Licenses!!
When: Friday, June 24, 2016
Place: University of MD
Turfgrass Research Farm
395 Greenmeade Dr.
College Park, MD 20742
Cost: Free to MTC Members
$50 to Non-MTC Members
Registration: 8-9 am
Class: 9 am -1 pm
You can recertify both licenses by attending 1 class
Please pre-register by using one of the phone numbers or the e-mail below.
All Licenses expire Thursday June 30 unless YOU re-certify.
Vernon W. Cooper | Executive Director
O. 410-745-9643 | C. 443-742-6618 | F.410-745-8867
Institute of Applied Agriculture Celebrates 50 Years
On Saturday May 14 2016, the University of Maryland Institute of Applied Agriculture celebrated 50 years of growing careers in agriculture with its 50th Anniversary Gala at the University of Maryland Marriott Hotel and Conference Center. Tony Pagnotti had the welcoming remarks and was the nights emcee. Current students, alumni and friends of the IAA were encouraged by the remarks from Dr. Craig Beyrouty, the dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and from Gloria Hyman, director of the IAA, who gave the toast for the 'Tute.
Next up was Dr. Kevin Matthias, who then reflected on the 50 years of the Institute of Applied Agriculture and the student experience at the IAA.
Attendees had the opportunity to bid on dozens of silent auction items, many of which were donated by IAA students and alumni.
The MTC is a proud sponsor of the IAA 50th Anniversary Gala and congratulates IAA for its support of the turf industry.
A group picture of IAA alumni, which included some members from the very first class to the most recent. Congratulations to all of them.
A group picture of IAA alumni, which included some members from the very first class to the most recent. Congratulations to all of them.
Golf ball gift for the event
The Maryland Turfgrass Council P.O. Box 389, St. Michaels, MD 21663 Phone: (443) 742-6618