December 2017

SportsTurf provides current, practical and technical content on issues relevant to sports turf managers, including facilities managers. Most readers are athletic field managers from the professional level through parks and recreation, universities.

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7 December 2017 // PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE www.spor President: Tim Van Loo, CSFM Immediate Past President: Jeff Salmond, CSFM President-Elect: Sarah Martin, CSFM Secretary/Treasurer: Jody Gill, CSFM Vice President Commercial: Doug Schattinger Professional Facilities: Weston Appelfeller, CSFM Academic: Beth Guertal, Ph.D. Higher Education: Nick McKenna, CSFM Parks & Recreation: Jimmy Simpson, CSFM Schools K-12: Sun Roesslein, CSFM Commercial: Boyd Montgomery, CSFM, CSE Elected at-Large: Matt Anderson, CSFM Appointed at-Large: Randy Price Stma Office 805 New Hampshire, Suite E Lawrence, KS 66044 Phone: 800-323-3875 Fax: 800-366-0391 Email: STMA Editorial Committee Chairman: Mark Frever, CSFM Joe Churchill; John Clintsman; Jim Cornelius, CSFM; Jeremy Driscoll; Chrissy McLairn; Scott Stevens, CSFM; and Dr. Joey Young, Technical Editor Publisher's Notice: We Assume No Responsibility For The Validity Of Claims In Connection With Items Appearing In Sportsturf. Reader Service Numbers Are Given To Facilitate Further Inquiry. Mention Of A Commercial Product Does Not Imply Endorsement By Sportsturf Or EPG Media & Specialty Information, Or Preference Over Similar Products Not Mentioned. SportsTurf (ISSN 1061-687X) (USPS 000-292) (Reg. U.S. Pat. & T.M. Off.) is published monthly by EPG Media & Specialty Information at 75 Pike Street, Port Jervis, NY 12271. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Sportsturf, PO Box 2123, Skokie, IL 60076-7823. For subscription information and requests, call Subscription Services at (845) 856-2229. Subscription rates: 1 year, $40 US & Poss.; 2 years, $65 US & Poss.; 1 year, $65 Canada/ Foreign Surface, 1 year, $130 Airmail. All subscriptions are payable in advance in US funds. Send payments to Sportsturf, PO Box 2123, Skokie, IL 60076-7823. Phone: (847) 763-9565. Fax: (847) 763-9569. Single copies or back issues, $8 each US/Canada; $12 Foreign. Periodicals postage paid at Port Jervis, NY and additional mailing offices. COPYRIGHT 2017, SportsTurf. Material may not be reproduced or photocopied in any form without the written permission of the publisher. Professionalism, why me? Tim Van LOO / CSFM / STMA President / / @cycloneturf FALL SPORTS ARE DONE, and we move onto winter sports. It seems like there is never a shortage of work in the so-called "off season." For us at Iowa State University, we move onto indoor track, equipment maintenance, and snow removal. We also start our planning for the upcoming season while our successes and failures are fresh in our minds. By far my favorite part of the off season is winter conferences and trade shows. Like many of you, I get to participate in our local shows and the STMA Conference and Exhibition. It is an opportunity to network, solve problems, and learn from one another. I believe conferences and trade shows are the most important things that take place for our industry to continually evolve and grow. I cannot recall a year of conferences and trade shows when the word "professionalism" did not come up in conversation. It seems that everyone has an opinion on what we should be wearing, how we should act, and mostly complaints about not being respected. Please allow me to share my opinion on this subject, and share some of the strategies I think each of us should embrace. Professionalism: it starts with what we wear and ends with how we act. I am 100% a jeans-and- t-shirt guy. I embrace simple and pay no attention to styles and new trends in clothing. When it comes to work, I simply do what is best for me professionally and what is best for our industry. I have a new role at Iowa State where I now have more meetings with ADs, architects, and engineers. I also do many of my old tasks that require me to "get dirty." On days when I do both, I bring a change of clothes. Our industry has been fi ghting for a "seat at the table" when it comes to making decisions that affect athletic fi elds. We cannot mess this up by wearing work clothes to a meeting where everyone else will be in business or business casual attire. For conferences, business casual should be the minimum. Our industry is blue collar, but it does not have to look like that when we are together and learning or meeting with folks who are not blue collar! To be respected within the work place, we must act in a manner that can be respected. Most all of us are passionate about what we do. Sometimes that passion can boil over to anger, resentment, and make us diffi cult to work with. We must be aware of how we treat our employees, our co-workers, and most of all, our patrons. We must always act in a way that we would want our employees to imitate and that our superiors would approve. To be respected, you fi rst must be respectful! The STMA is a professional organization made up of professionals. We are also a professional organization that is here to help one another. If there is, anything that STMA Headquarters or I can do to help you, please let us know. /ST/ @cycloneturf

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