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This year's national Sports Turf Manager's Association annual conference was recently held in Austin, TX. Besides professors, Turfgrass staff, and Beaver Stadium grounds personnel, Penn State sent 19 students including 12 undergraduates from the 4-year turf program, 4 two-year turf students, and 3 turf science graduate students. These students traveled to the event to either compete in the SAFE Foundation's Student Challenge or receive a SAFE Scholarship or both. We took a couple graduate students to help manage/coach the undergraduate students.


The students spent three days attending conference seminars, visiting exhibitors in the trade show and enjoying Austin, TX.

 In the student challenge Penn State's Two-year team placed second and are pictured below.

Thumbnail image for DSC01318.JPGSAFE Student Challenge Second Place Team from left to right:

Tim Kelly, Wayne Lee, Ernest Bendzak, and Justin Gladhill.


Penn State was also fortunate enough to be awarded five scholarships.


From left to right: Tom Serensits received the Dr. James Watson Graduate

Scholarship, Julie Adamski, George Peters, Jolynda Rolli,

and Alex Steinman all received undergraduate scholarships.

All four of the undergraduate students are members of the Beaver Stadium Grounds Crew and among other experience completed internships at the Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles, Trenton Thunder Baseball, and the University of Maryland Grounds crew, respectively.

The students would like to thank TORO and the Keystone Athletic Field Manager's Association both of which again donated travel support to the students and Hunter Industries for their support of the student challenge.

The students also want to thank instructors and graduate students who spent personnel time working with the students as they prepared for the competition. These persons included: Jeff Borger, David Huff, Al Jarrett, Al Turgeon, Pete Landschoot, Danny Kline, Max Schlossberg, John Kaminski, Andy McNitt, Mike Shelly, Chase Rogan, Tom Serensits, Kyle Hivner, Tanner Delvalle, Kyung Han, and Yu Huang.

Derek Pruyne.jpgUNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Derek Pruyne, a Penn State student majoring in Turfgrass Science, has been selected as a College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society Internship Award winner. Pruyne is the son of Thomas and Lori Pruyne of Athens, PA.


The award, which includes a $750 stipend, was established to encourage students to enroll in internship courses offered within the College of Agricultural Sciences. Winners are chosen on the basis of an internship plan, a final report on the internship, an employer evaluation and a letter of recommendation from the internship course supervisor.


Pruyne was an intern with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees in Moosic, PA.


Mr. Pruyne will be traveling to Austin, TX next week to compete in the 2011 Student Challenge sponsored by the Sports Turf Manager's Association and Hunter Industires, he also is a lab assistant at Penn State performing turfgrass research.


"The Alumni Society recognizes the importance of on-the-job learning experience to prepare undergraduates for today's competitive job market," says Naomi Knaub, the college's director of alumni relations. "By working as interns, students can establish networks of professional contacts and discover which areas of specialization appeal to them."

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for DSC01431.JPGThe Northeastern Pennsylvania Turf Conference and Trade Show has been the premier turfgrass industry event in the Pocono region for decades.  Penn State's Turfgrass Program, The Cooperative Extension and the Pennsylvania Turfgrass Council are continuing this tradition and the 2011 show will be held on Thursday, January 27th at The Woodlands Inn & Resort, Wilkes-Barre, PA. http://www.thewoodlandsresort.com  This event is administered by Penn State University and typically draws about 300 participants for the full day show.  We believe we have a great educational program and you'll get a chance to visit with the many vendors exhibiting there.

Walk-Inns are welcome but you can preregister and save $5. You can also register online at http://cropsoil.psu.edu/turf/events


If you have any questions you can contact either Lisa Crytser at 814-865-2543 or Andy McNitt at mcnitt@psu.edu or 814-863-1368

We hope to see you at the show.


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