​​​TO: Members of STMA Affiliated Chapters

 As we move into mid-spring and beyond, we are finding that many of our student members have had their internships cancelled. Of course, this is very concerning not only to our association, but for the entire future of the industry. Our biggest fear is that if students do not get the excellent experience of learning and working in their chosen profession, they may adjust their educational goals and leave sports field management.

We are asking for your help. Please consider posting any internships your organization has available on our Job Board. If you are not a member of STMA, just register as a New Visitor (link is at STMA.org) and then you can post that opening at no charge. The Job Board is also accessible from STMA.org -- there is a tab at the top of the page.

If you know of any others who are not members of your chapter, please share with them the opportunity to post their internships on the STMA Job Board. Help us ensure the sustainability of the profession that we each were drawn to and enjoy so much.

Once again, if there is anything that the STMA or I can help you with please reach out to us. Stay safe and healthy as we all continue to work on this recovery together.

 Jimmy

Jimmy Simpson, CSFM
Town of Cary
Facilities Coordinator
919.380.2126





Sent on behalf of STMA President Jimmy Simpson, CSFM

 TO: Members of STMA Affiliated Chapters

I hope you and your families are well and staying safe during this unprecedented time.

Recently I invited the leadership of our 32 chapters to participate in a Zoom meeting to better understand how our industry is faring throughout the country and what STMA can do to help support chapters.

There was a lot of great information shared on the call. However, my main take-away is that sports field managers are, for the most part, being treated as essential personnel. It was also obvious that in many cases work schedules and cultural practices are being altered. A direct outcome of this meeting is for STMA to more frequently provide information to chapter members and make available resources that are traditionally behind the members-only wall. That is now complete. Anyone interested in our continuing education resources can register as a New Visitor at
STMA.org and have six months access to our members-only education -- virtually a free membership.

In addition, we know that our commercial partners have excellent continuing education. We are developing a Commercial Partners Virtual Learning Lab on STMA.org with links to their webinars, podcasts and other resources that are educational -- not promotional. That will be available next week.

As we navigate these times, our need to stay positive and have some normalcy is critical to executing our jobs as sports field managers. Immersing yourself or your team in a continuing education opportunity may indeed provide a short respite that feels “normal”. As things rapidly change please share with your chapter leaders or with STMA any suggestions that we can do to help you.

I look forward to reaching out again soon.

 
Jimmy

Jimmy Simpson, CSFM
Town of Cary
Facilities Coordinator
919.380.2126