The 2011 STMA Regional Conference will be hosted by The University of Tennessee-Knoxville, June 15-16, 2011. University of Tennessee professors Dr. Jim Brosnan and Dr. John Sorochan, with the 2011 Regional Conference Steering Committee, are putting together a rich program that encompasses both sports turf research updates, tours of the varsity athletics facilities and a tour of the new state-of-the-art UT Center for Safer Athletic Fields. The Tennessee Valley (host), Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia Chapters will be participating, and will be sending members from all over the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states.
While focusing on sports turf managers, STMA encourages attendance by members, crew, coaches, parks and recreation professionals, athletic directors, school business officials, and others, and will be providing education for all levels of sports turf experience. Education will be provided by local professional sports turf managers, academics, builders and architects, all with significant sports field experience. According to Pam Sherratt, STMA Director- Academic, “You will not find a better sports turf specific educational experience outside of the STMA Conference and Exposition held every January.”
As a special treat, after touring Smokies Park, attendees will get a night at the ballpark and watch the Tennessee Smokies, the Double-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, take on the Chattanooga Lookouts.
Registration and Exhibition costs for the 2-day event are still being determined, and online registration will be available for STMA members, so keep checking your inbox and at www.STMA.org for the most up to date information regarding the event.