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inagnews COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES

INSTITUTE OF APPLIED AGRICULTURE

WINTER/SPRING 2013

Sports Turf Terps Are Tops Intercollegiate Athletics to manage the universities sports facilities. Then, the coaches held lots of study sessions. Students studied over winter break and took one practice test after another. Students are tested in all areas of sports turf from turfgrass weed, insect, and disease identification to such field safety issues as field hardness, traction, and overall playability. See TOPS,  pg.  4

Pictured with  STMA  President  are  (L  to  R);  Ryan  Higgins,  Jus>n  Patenaude,  Ma?  Park  and  Sco?  Hosier

By Glori Hyman Sports Turf Terps are #1. Boy! Say that fast three times. Whether your tongue gets twisted or not, the fact remains that our team took first place in the Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) 2013 Student Challenge, held January 14-18 in Daytona Beach, FL. The IAA began its sports turf program in the fall of 2009, and entered its first Sports Turf Managers student

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competition in January 2011, taking 3rd place. Being competitive by nature, the Good Dr. Mathias wanted to be number one. The following year, Maryland climbed to second place in a competition so tight that only 6.5 points separated first from sixth place. Maryland was a mere 1.5 points behind first-place Purdue. By the third year, the Terps blew the turf out from under our opponents, scoring an unprecedented 149 points! Maryland’s team outpaced second-place Penn State by 15 points, and beat last year’s score by 18.5 points. How did we do it? First, IAA Advisor Dr. Kevin Mathias recruited Alex Steinman to help coach the team. Steinman works with campus Institute of Applied Agriculture 2123 Jull Hall, University of Maryland College Park, Maryland 20742-2525 http://iaa.umd.edu

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From the D irector ... p 2 Willowsford Taps IAA... p3 New Faculty Introduced... p4 Tops In San Diego.. p 6 Alumni Spo tlight... p 8 Around the ‘Tute ... p 1 0 Student File s ... p 11

INAGnews winter-spring 2013  

IAA news from winter and spring 2013.

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