April 2009 Archives

On Friday April 24, 2009 the Pennsylvania Turfgrass Council (PTC) Awarded scholarships to three outstanding graduating seniors in Penn State's undergraduate turfgrass science major. The $2,000 scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement and leadership potential. The students were honored at a recent breakfast meeting at the Nittany Lion Inn.

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Drew Barnett receiving scholarship from PTC President Mr. Tom
Bettle. Drew will soon start a position at Corral de Tiarra Country
Club in Corral de Tierra, CA.

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Matt Elmore receiving scholarship from PTC President Mr. Tom
Bettle. Matt will be attending graduate school at the University
of Tennessee under the direction of Dr. James Brosnan.

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Bettle. Joseph will soon start a position at The Chevy Chase Club
in Chevy Chase, MD.

Join the Pennsylvania Turfgrass Council in congratulating these students! The Penn State Turf Team would like to thank the PTC for their continued support!

Dr. Mike Fidanza • Penn State Berks Campus - Originally printed in CPGCSA newsletter The Green Sheet

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Silent Auction Committee members (L-R) Dr. Mike Fidanza,
Mark Del Santro, and Jim Byrne (missing: Tony Leonard,
and honorary committee members Jim and Karen Loke).

With thanks and gratitude to the vendors, sponsors, our industry partners, golf course superintendents, and other members of the green industry, we had another successful silent auction during the 2009 Eastern Pennsylvania Turfgrass Conference and Trade Show, Valley Forge, PA. The 2009 silent auction resulted in $16,000+. Funds raised from the silent auction support Penn State's turfgrass research and education programs. To date, during the six-year history of the silent auction program, we have raised a total of $92,000+! THANK YOU for your support!

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We are pleased to announce that Mr. Drew Barnett, senior in turfgrass science at Penn State was a successful candidate to the Jacobsen's Future Turf Manager's Seminar to be held in Charlotte, North Carolina May 18-21, 2009.

"We started this program in the 1970s to give promising young minds in the industry a glimpse of life as a turf professional," said Ralph Nicotera, who has been involved in the Future Turf Managers program for nearly 30 years and currently serves as Jacobsen vice president of sales. "Jacobsen has always invested in education and this program has helped hundreds of turf students get a jump start on their careers."

Drew did his internship last summer at Quaker Ridge Golf Club in Scarsdale, NY during the summer of 2008. He will be starting as an assistant at Corral de Tierra Country Club in Corral de Tierra, CA in June 2009.


Originally posted on Penn State Live

Baseball fields, soybean plots, golf courses and your lawn -- what do these things have in common? Each of them consists of areas maintained with the help of turfgrass and agricultural equipment. A lack of service technicians to keep this machinery running could make it harder for everything from teeing off to harvesting crops.

Turfgrass and agricultural equipment industry representatives have reported shortages of qualified, ready-to-work technicians, said Bill Harshman, an instructor in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. He notes that the Equipment and Engine Training Council estimates that a critical shortage of 30,000 qualified technicians exists in the industry.
Faculty from Penn State's Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering worked with input from the agricultural equipment and turfgrass industries to develop a two-year certificate program for service technicians to improve their technical and business skills.
The fall 2009 session of the Turfgrass and Agricultural Equipment Service Technician Program begins at the University Park campus in October. The program consists of four, eight-week sessions over two years designed to train and place high-quality technicians in the turfgrass and agricultural industries. The curriculum covers engines, hydraulics, electrical systems and equipment operation and adjustment, while incorporating computer and business skills.
"The program is designed to improve technical and management skills to prepare technicians for a successful future in the industry," said Harshman.
Students in the program commit approximately 24 hours over a four-day week, Monday through Thursday. The extended weekends and six- to seven-hour daily commitment makes it possible for students to hold part-time jobs while completing their courses. Many of the students maintain part-time jobs at equipment dealerships, equipment-rental locations or golf courses.
The fall semester lasts from mid-October through December and the spring semester runs from January through mid-March. Students are required to complete a six-month, on-the-job internship between the first and second year of the program. The cost of the certification program includes all necessary text materials and class supplies.
The Turfgrass and Agricultural Equipment Service Technician Program is accepting applications until the fall class is filled. More information about the program is available online at http://abe.psu.edu/TAE.

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Internship Award

The college of Agriculatural Sciences Alumni Internship awards were recently announced. Among the winners were two Turfgrass Science 4-year students.

2008 Internship Award Recipients

  • Tyler Garrison Bloom, Turfgrass Science
  • Matthew Elmore, Turfgrass Science
  • Meghan Furey, Animal Sciences
  • Jonathan B. Hafer, Environmental Resource Management
  • Jennifer Oliver, Environmental Resource Management
  • Lisa Rankin, AgriBusiness Management
  • Elizabeth Scott, Environmental Resource Management
  • Amy Stauffer, Agricultural Sciences

The purpose of the Internship award, established in 1986, is to reward students who participate in an academically approved, educational internship program, show support of the internship program, and encourage alumni to make agriculture-related intern programs available to College of Agricultural Sciences students.

To date, almost 200 students have benefited from the award, both financially and with the recognition of their work. With the assistance of donors and friends, more than $98,500 has been designated to the awards process during the lifetime of the award.

To contribute to this endowment, please send donations to:


Ag Alumni Office
College of Agricultural Sciences
The Pennsylvania State University
229 Ag Administration Building
University Park, PA 16802

Make check payable to:

The Pennsylvania State University


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