A Tribute to Noel Jackson, Turfgrass Pathologist (Dec. 25, 1931 – May 29, 2018)

Noel Jackson, Ph.D, Professor Emeritus of Plant Pathology at University of Rhode Island, passed away peacefully at home at age 86 with his loving family on Tuesday May 29th. Dr. Jackson was a natural teacher, with tremendous passion and curiosity for learning. He inspired a generation of students to pursue careers in the turf industry and academia.

Penn State Students Learn About Turf Management Practices in Italy

Ten undergraduate students, faculty, and staff from Penn State’s turfgrass program traveled to Italy during the second week of May as part of TURF 499 “Turfgrass Management Practices in Italy,” an international study course. The 3-credit course involved weekly lectures during the 2018 spring semester on golf course management practices and attitudes towards golf in Europe. The course culminated in an 8-day trip to visit several golf courses in different regions of Italy. Italy was of particular interest because we wanted students to observe how golf course managers and owners are adapting to a recent ban on synthetic pesticides for golf course turf.

Congratulations to the Class of 2018

Congratulations to the Class of 2018

PTC Scholarship Winners Announced

The Pennsylvania Turfgrass Council announces the winners of the 2018 PTC Student Scholarships. This year’s recipients are Nathaniel Leiby, Aleksander Schuler and Shawn Moore.

Turfgrass Field Days 2018

This year's Turfgrass Field Days will be held August 8th 2018 at the Joseph Valentine Research Center, located in University Park, PA.

In Memoriam: Barry Grote

The Penn State Turfgrass Program and The Pennsylvania Turfgrass Council (PTC) received sad news last week that one of our strongest supporters and good friend, Barry Grote, passed away following a long battle with cancer.

2018 Collegiate Turf Bowl on the Golf Channel

Although Penn State didn’t take home the cup this year, we did manage to get two teams into the Top 10 of this year’s Collegiate Turf Bowl. Additionally, the students, along with Dr. McGraw, were featured on the Golf Channel’s Morning Drive. Check out the interview below.

Penn State Turf Students Compete at the STMA

This year's national Sports Turf Manager's Association annual conference was recently held in Fort Worth, TX. In addition to professors, Turfgrass staff, and Beaver Stadium grounds personnel, Penn State sent 12 students; 8 from the 4-year turf program and 4 two-year turf students. These students traveled to the event to either compete in the SAFE Foundation's Student Challenge or receive a SAFE Foundation Scholarship or both.

Join the Alumni Association at the GIS

Please join us on Wendesday, February 7th at 2pm for a casual alumni meeting. Room assignment near the trade show floor will be announced in the near future.

Devon Carroll Receives Western Seed Association’s President’s Scholarship

Master of Science student Devon Carroll was awarded the Western Seed Association President’s Scholarship. The Western Seed Association was founded in 1899 as an organization devoted to addressing industry issues and facilitating seed business. The organization distributes 12 scholarships each year to students pursuing education in seed related studies. One of the scholarship recipients is
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