MPSTMA SPRING WORKSHOP - REGISTRATION 2018

                                              JUSTIN CRANDALL            763-274-9829            midwestgroundcover@gmail.com

MINNESOTA PARK AND SPORTS TURF MANAGERS ASSOCIATION                                                                    FEBRUARY 2018

MPSTMA Spring Workshop Set for Thurs., March 8
At the University of Northwestern / St. Paul

The MPSTMA Spring Workshop will take place on Thursday, March 8 at the University of Northwestern in St. Paul. Vendors have tabletop display and demo opportunities. Attendees will enjoy the comfort of two theatre auditoriums. A solid speaker schedule has been set by the MPSTMA Spring Workshop Committee. Playground Maintenance, Web-based Irrigation Systems, Tree Inventory and motivational talks are set.

Spring Workshop Agenda
6:30 Doors open
7:00-8:00 Registration and Vendor Time

8:00-9:50 - Breakout Sessions

Auditorium 1
 
"Playground Maintenance"  - Minnesota/Wisconsin Playground
"Web-based Irrigation Systems" - Jim Ruzicka, Mainline Consulting

Auditorium 2
"Value of Conducting a Tree Inventory"  David Katz, Birch Tree Care
"Masterful Leadership: Uplevel Your Presence On and Off the Field"  
- Barbara Churchill, Barbara Churchill Coaching & Consulting, LLC
"Do you wonder why it’s easier to communicate with certain people than it is with others? Are you frustrated when customers just don’t get you? Do you want to know how to finally be understood and create a more productive team? Learn the four types of communication priorities and preferences people choose and how to effectively communicate with them all. This interactive presentation will show you:
  • What your natural communication preference is
  • How your style differs from o
thers and how to recognize those differences
  • How to effectively communicate with differing styles to build lasting relationships and
create a cohesive and effective team
Successful leadership is not just having a great idea. Stand out from the rest by showing your
team you really understand them and what their needs are by speaking their language. This presentation is perfect for anyone who leads a team large or small on a regular basis."


9:50 - Vendor Introductions
(Participating vendors will speak for a minute or two)

10:10 - Vendor Time
11:30 - Hot Lunch
12:30 - "Sports Field Performance Testing" 
           - Chase Straw, University of Minnesota
"Performance testing of sports fields is becoming more common to quantify surface properties (such as surface hardness and traction). Enhancements in sensor/sampling technology and increased concern for athlete safety and field performance has further driven interest. This presentation will discuss how to operate current sensor/sampler technology and integrate their use into daily management practices."

2:00 - MPSTMA Board Meeting (Auditorium 1)

To register on-line, go to:   www.mpstma.org/springwork.htm

Sponsors include: Midwest Groundcover, Reinders,
Frost Inc., Equinox Enivormental Products, Covermaster, Superior Tech Products, St. Croix Recreation

Printable forms:   MPSTMA SPRING WORKSHOP - REGISTRATION 2018      MPSTMA SPRING WORKSHOP - VENDOR REGISTRATION 2018

MPSTMA EVENTS

March 8, 2018
MPSTMA SPRING WORKSHOP
University of Northwestern / St. Paul
7:00 - 3:00 pm
MORE INFORMATION

March 29, 2018
FUN IS GOOD TEAM
New Brighton Community Center
8:30 - 10-30 am
MORE INFORMATION


April 4-5, 2018
TRAINING PROGRAM FOR MANAGING
SAFE PLAYGROUNDS
City of Burnsville City Hall
MORE INFORMATION

July 13-14, 2018
CHAPTER CLASH
Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin
Lacrosse, WI

July 25, 2018
MPSTMA DEMO DAY
Site to be Determined

August 9, 2018
MTGF / UM FIELD DAY
TROE Center and UFORE Nursery
7:00 - 3:00 pm

Nov. 14,
2018
MPSTMA FALL WORKSHOP
City of Eagan Community Center
7:00 - 3:00 pm

A Comprehensive Training Program for Managing Safe Playgrounds
Set April 4-5, 2018 at City of Burnsville City Hall
100 Civic Center Parkway, Burnsville MN, 55337

The two-day Playground Maintenance Technician Program (PMT) focuses on practical playground maintenance practices, inspection principles and best practices in making repairs. This program does not focus on play theory or memorizing standards. Course modules explore the maintenance challenges associated with the common materials found in playgrounds, including concrete, metal, wood, plastics, fasteners and various surfacing materials. Through videos and case studies, participants learn about the types of playground inspections, how to repair damaged equipment and associated legal considerations. A virtual playground offers participants the opportunity to apply newly learned skills.

EARLY REGISTRATION ENDS: March 2, 2018                       
Times
: Wed 8am-3:30pm; Thurs 8:30am-3:30pm
Local Contact: Paul Miskimen, Parks Crew Leader, 952-895-4541 (office), 952-215-9012 (cell), 
paul.miskimen@burnsvillemn.gov

Questions about the PMT training: Sally Pelto-Wheeler, sjpelto@indiana.edu , P: 812-856-1446 

For more information and to register visit:  http://playgroundmaintenance.org/

2018 MPSTMA
BOARD OF DIRECTORS

MPSTMA Board of Directors 2018

Matt Grosjean
President
University of Minnesota

Josh Gerth
Vice President
Bethel University

Tracy Closson
Past President
Northfield Schools

Roger Weinbrenner CSFM
Treasurer
University of St. Thomas

Bruce Leivermann
General Member
Representative
Minnesota State University

Reid Johnson CSFM
General Member
Representative
St. Paul Academy & Summit School

Larry Gorman
Commercial Representative
MTI Distributing Inc.

Steve Scanlan
Commercial
Representative
Cushman Motor Co.

Joe Churchill
MTGF
Representative
Reinders, Inc.

Ben Wallin
MTGF
Representative
National Sports Center

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Jeff Turtinen
Executive Secretary
MPSTMA Business Office

Join the 'Fun is Good' Team
With Mike Veeck and Fran Zueli
On March 29 in New Brighton


Mike Veeck, pictured on the left, and Frank Zueli of the “Fun is Good” team. They are passionate about helping organizations develop and sustain a positive, fun and creative culture for employees and customers alike.

All green industry professionals, from both small and large organizations, will benefit from their message about:

• Customer Service
• Employee Engagement
• Taking Risks
• Team Work
• Cultivating Creativity
• Enhancing Cross-Generational Communications

Get excited about the upcoming green industry season, and make 2018 your best year ever. Join us for the 2018 Season Kick Off!
$5.00 per person. Registration price includes coffee and free parking.

REGISTRATION FORM

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2018 NORTHERN GREEN FACTS

Total Registered Attendance - 5,341

Industry Segment Breakdown
21.8% - Parks, Sports Turf, School Grounds
20.7% - Landscape Contractor
20.3% - Landscape Management
15.5% - Hardscape Installer
14.0% - Snow Plow
12.7% - Landscape Designer
12.1% - Golf Course
8.5% - Gardening Services
7.8% - Arborist
7.4% - Garden Center
7.4% - Irrigation Contractor
5.2% - Nursery Grower
3.5% - Flower Grower
3.3% - Tree Care Services
2.2% - Supplier
1.1% - Student
0.6% - Cemetery
0.5% - Sod Producer

Geographic Origination of all Attendees
83.6% - Minnesota
7.1% - Unknown
5.8% - Wisconsin
1.6% - Iowa
1.1% - North Dakota
0.8% - South Dakota

Note: Some registrants may have checked more than one category that describes their work. Totals add up to more than 100%.

Minnesota Turf and Grounds Foundation

GIFT PROGRAM

The Minnesota Turf and Grounds Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, invites you to submit a research proposal to the 2018 Research Gift Program. Funding approved by the MTGF will not be subjected to overhead or any other indirect charges or costs. We are excited to fund new applied agronomic, environmental and regulatory research that will benefit turf and grounds management.

TIMELINE
Friday, March 2, 2018                    Proposals due at MTGF Business Office
Thursday, March 15, 2018               Proposals reviewed by the MTGF Board of Directors
Thursday, March 22, 2018             Researchers notified of projects approved for funding

RESEARCH CRITERIA
·       Collaborative projects involving multiple turf faculty and faculty from other Green Industry disciplines
·        
Research leading to timely peer reviewed publication
·        
Projects targeted to research priorities identified by the turf and grounds industry
·        
Research that creates partnerships with other funding sources

RENEWAL OF GIFTS
Research gifts may be awarded for multiple years based on the timeline listed on the initial funding request. In these cases, funding may be renewed each subsequent year based on demonstrated progress towards the research goal and after a progress summary is reviewed by the MTGF Board of Directors. Those seeking support for multiple years must submit a progress report and an updated research proposal. Investigators will be notified of project renewal at the same time as other applicants.

SUPPORT FUNDING
In addition to research gifts, the MTGF recognizes that money may also be requested to pay for activities that support a research, teaching or extension effort in turf and grounds but are not activities that can be allocated to a particular research project. Each year the MTGF Board will allocate a budget for support funds. Support funds may be requested to complement an ongoing program of teaching, research or extension when all other sources of funding have been exhausted. The request for funds must state in writing the purpose of these funds, the sources of other related outside funds, the efforts made to seek additional funds and the impact these funds will have on the mission of the MTGF.

PROPOSAL REVIEW PROCESS
Only proposals that are received by Friday, March 2, 2018 that contain the required information will be reviewed by the MTGF Board of Directors.

MORE INFORMATION


MPSTMA COMMITTEES

Spring Workshop (Thurs., March 8)
Roger Weinbrenner CSFM
Jeff Hintz
Matt Grosjean

Fall Workshop (Wed., Nov. 15)
Ben Boeding CSFM
Paul Miskimen
Al Hentges

Tour on Wheels
Bruce Leivermann
Steve Scanlan
Tracy Closson
Roger Weinbrenner CSFM

Community Service Project
Mike McDonald CSFM
Ben Boeding CSFM

Field of the Year
Greg Brodd
Mike McDonald CSFM
Roger Weinbrenner CSFM
Ben Boeding CSFM
Reid Johnson CSFM

Chapter Clash / Golf
Mike McDonald CSFM
Paul Griffin

Social Media
Joe Churchill
Reid Johnson CSFM
Jack Leuning

Education
Jay Stadler
David Nozal
Joe Churchill

Membership
Roger Weinbrenner CSFM
Josh Gerth

Editorial
Jay Stadler
Joe Churchill

Awards
Amy Howard

Bowling
Ben Boeding CSFM
Mike McDonald CSFM

ARE YOU APPLYING FOR A MPCA GRANT?
Go to:
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MNPCA/bulletins/1d61b17


 
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                                              JUSTIN CRANDALL            763-274-9829            midwestgroundcover@gmail.com
  
 

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The Minnesota Park and Sports Turf Managers Association
is an Allied Association of the Minnesota Turf and Grounds
Foundation. All members of MPSTMA are members of MTGF. 
 

The Minnesota Park and Sports Turf Managers Association
is an Affiliate Chapter of the Sports Turf Managers Association
of America. Individuals must pay dues to be a member of STMA.