Penn State Turfgrass Science Students Travel to STMA in Texas

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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.

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This page contains a single entry by ANDREW SCOTT MC NITT published on January 20, 2011 3:42 PM.

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