|We sincerely appreciate
the hospitality provided by Vassar College’s Tom Allen, Executive Director
of Buildings and Grounds and Kevin Mercer, Grounds Manager and their willingness
to host this STMONY program. The college staff is always busy this time
of year yet they offered their assistance in numerous ways.
What a great opportunity…to
hold an educational program where one of the fields received a national
award from the Sports Turf Managers Association! Under the leadership Anne
Beckingham, Athletic Field Supervisor, her soccer field was recognized
with this prestigious award.
The weather was just perfect
for our program which focused on Preparing Fields for Fall Sports and Cost
and Time Saving Management Tips.
45 individuals representing
8 school districts, several turf businesses, another local college, and
major equipment and product suppliers attended this program. The feedback
from all was very positive.
We couldn’t help but notice
that a number of attendees were past Cornell Turfgrass Short Course alumni.
Brian Harnen (Vassar College), Laurie Griffin (Saratoga Sod), Dan Fick
(Turface), and Mike Albino (Ballard Sports Fields) all attended the Course
held on campus and Mike Grande (Good Earth Co.) and Kevin Schlapfer (Altamont
LLC) attended the Course held in the Hudson Valley.
STMONY appreciated the help
provided by Cornell Cooperative Extension of the Hudson Valley and the
endorsement by the Superintendents of Buildings and Grounds.
Special thanks to our presenters
who provided practical, useful information for attendees to consider adopting
for use on their own fields : Anne Beckingham, Vassar College, Jim Sutton,
Middletown CSD, Laurie Griffin, Saratoga Sod, Chuck Hicks, Redexim, Mike
Albino, Ballard Sports Fields and Joann Gruttadaurio, Rosenza Professional
As always we appreciate the
support provided by participating exhibitors:
Grassland Equipment and Irrigation
Steven Willand Inc.
to our break sponsor: