January 2018

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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STMA IN ACTION www.spor 54 // January 2018 UNVEILING THE NEW STMA.ORG S TMA's website,, is officially debuting its new website to the membership after nine months in development. The unveiling will take place during the STMA Annual Conference, January 16-19 in Fort Worth. The website has been completely re- engineered for a more fl uid and relevant user experience. The design has been updated for a more visual, contemporary look and feel. There are fi ve content categories: About STMA, Knowledge Center, Job Board, News, and Programs. Members can easily sign on and seamlessly move between members only and the public side. There will not be any difference between the sites; visually they are identical, unlike the previous website. The Job Board is a brand-new feature hosted on the public side for optimal viewing. It allows for easy posting of a job opening through a submission form. There is no charge to members to post a position; however, non-members will be charged $60, and automatically provided an affi liate membership. The job board is searchable by position type, location and experience level. Those who wish to apply, click on a button, Apply for the Job, and they are directed how to do so for each position that interests them. Another feature is an interactive map of STMA's chapter network. Hover over a state and the chapters in that state pop up, then, click on the chapter you want. Chapter administrators will fi nd the quick access links helpful to streamline the annual paperwork required to be an affi liated chapter. The new site also has a Search feature that encompasses the entire site! Are you seeking technical information on mole crickets? Just type that in the search bar and any resource that has information about mole crickets will appear, from educational resources to conference presentations to webinars. Or, if you are seeking non-technical information, the same process applies. If you need a list of STMA Committees, just type Committees in the search bar, and you'll fi nd that list, plus articles that detail STMA's committee process. STMA's social media platforms are accessible from every page by clicking on the representative icon. The Technology Team, which is made up of STMA volunteers, provided oversight on this redesign. Members of that team include Chairman Matt Anderson, CSFM, Chris Bell, Jason Craft, CSFM, Grant Davisson, Ben Polimer, Jeff Salmond, CSFM, and Edgar Vallejo. Internally the project was led by Sales and Marketing Manager Kenzie Jay, and supported by all staff. The company that redesigned STMA. org is fusionSpan, Rockville, MD. Kelly Rensel wins STMA Mowing Patterns Contest T he STMA named Kelly Rensel, Head Groundskeeper at the Great Lakes Loons (Midland, MI), its fifth annual "Mowing Patterns Contest" winner. Rensel was selected via a Facebook voting contest for his intricate design at Dow Diamond, home to the Great Lakes Loons. "Kelly continues to elevate awareness of the sports turf industry through his impeccable fi eld art," says Kim Heck, CAE, CEO of STMA. "Finding the perfect balance of safety and visual appeal can be challenging, y e t h e h a s m a n a g e d t o accomplish this impressive feat." Rensel's design w i l l h a v e a custom poster featured at the 2 0 1 8 S T M A Conference & Exhibition in Fort Worth, TX.

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