Conference session presentations

PowerPoint presentations from the Orlando sessions

These presentations were delivered at the 2014 GCSAA Education Conference, Feb. 1-6, in Orlando.


Agronomic Solutions I: Rebuilding & Renovating Your Greens

No Till Renovation: Conversion from Bentgrass to Bermudagrass 
Ronald E. Kelly, CGCS, Country Club of North Carolina

Renovate, Rejuvenate and Reestablish: The Trials and Tribulations of Construction and Maintenance Projects
John Nachreiner, Director of Agronomy, Shady Canyon Golf Course, Calif.

The Why and How of Greens Reconstruction from an Agronomy Point of View
Jonathon L. Scott, Director of Agronomic Services, Nicklaus Design

BMPs of Greens Renovation
Patrick Karnick, President, Wadsworth Golf Construction; GCBAA Certified Builder Member

Agronomics of Renovations
Trey Rogers, Ph.D., Professor of Turfgrass Management, Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences, Michigan State University


Agronomic Solutions II: Choosing the Right Fertilizer for Your Turf

Nitrogen Sources: The Form That Fits 
Elizabeth Guertal, Ph.D., Professor of Turfgrass Management and Soil Fertility, Auburn University

Methods of Application
Jason Henderson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Soil Science, University of Connecticut

Sustainable Nutrient Management: Environmental
Brian Horgan, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Extension and Turfgrass Specialist, Department of Horticultural Science, University of Minnesota


Assistant Superintendent Session: The Do's and Don'ts of Creating Your Social Media Presence

Social Media in Turf
Jared Nemitz, Superintendent, The Ford Plantation, Ga.


Career Hot Topics: Finding and Keeping a Job in the Digital Age

Technology - Part of Our Daily Life in the Green Department
Brett Chapin, Superintendent, Redding Country Club, Conn.

Post with Caution: What Prospective Employers Can and Are Looking at Online
Megan C. Winter, Attorney, Fisher & Phillips, LLP

A Digital Life: Communication for Today & Tomorrow
Jim Myers, Superintendent, The Plateau Club, Wash.


CSI Turf: What Killed My Grass?

Why Won't My Weeds Go Away?
James Brosnan, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Plant Sciences, University of Tennessee

Summer Patch: Compaction and Aerification Get at the Root of the Problem
John Inguagiato, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Turfgrass Pathology, University of Connecticut

Does Your Course Have a Drinking Problem?
Kelly Kopp, Ph.D., Associate Professor/Extension Water Conservation and Turfgrass Specialist, Utah State University

The X Files: Practicing Prevention to Avoid the Cure
Thomas A. Nikolai, Ph.D., Turfgrass Academic Specialist, Michigan State University 


Healthcare Reform and the Hazard Communication Standard: What You Need to Know Now

Affordable Care Act
Rachel Cutler Shim, Counsel, Tax, Benefits and Wealth Planning Group, Reed Smith LLP

Revised Hazard Communication Standard
Joan Spencer, Compliance Assistance Specialist, OSHA's Region IV, Tampa, Fla.


Innovative Green Maintenance Facilities

Introduction
Mark Johnson, Associate Director, GCSAA Environmental Programs

Creative Solutions to Reduce Common Environmental Risks
Debra Swartz, Environmental Management Specialist

Taking Turf to New Heights: A Green Facility's Sod Roof
Matthew G. Shaffer, Director of Golf Course Management, Merion Country Club, Pa.

Zero Waste: A Sustainable Initiative
Josh Heptig, Superintendent, Dairy Creek Golf Course, Calif.


Innovative Superintendents: Cutting-Edge Ideas from Your Peers

Don't Be Afraid of the Test: Get Out of Your Box to Build a Better Course
Lee McLemore, CGCS, Country Club of Birmingham, Ala.

Cordova Bay Golf Course - Understanding Ecosystems
Dean R. Piller, Superintendent, Cordova Bay Golf Club, B.C.

Increasing Productivity via Technology
Robert W. Porter, Superintendent, Hiawatha Golf Course, Minn.

Promotion of Fairway Bentgrass at Hazeltine National
Chris J. Tritabaugh, Superintendent, Hazeltine National Golf Club, Minn.

All in the Family: Creating Kid- and Beginner-Friendly Forward Tees
Chris Thuer, CGCS, Bear Slide Golf Club, Cicero, Ind.


Selling Up: Working Together To Get the Project's Green Light

The Renovation of Scioto Country Club: Communication Strategies for Long-term Projects
Robert B. Becker, CGCS, Scioto Country Club, Ohio; and Michael J. Hurdzan, Ph.D., Golf Course Consultant, Hurdzan Golf Course Design

Why Renovate - How to Get What You Need Approved
Bill Bergin, Architect, Bergin Golf Design


Time to Talk Business: Communication and Leadership Skills for Superintendent Success

Bridge Your Budget Communications Gap: Using Concepts Understandable to Your Bosses to Help Sell Your Ideas
Chris Carson, Superintendent, Echo Lake Country Club, N.J.

Project Planning and Time Management
Nick Janovich, Superintendent, Oglebay Resort & Conference Center, W.V.

Selling Yourself: How to Stand Out in Today's Economy
Tyler Bloom, Assistant Superintendent, Sunnybrook Golf Club, Pa.


Turfgrass Talk Show

The Top 10 Things We Want to Know About Aerification
Thomas A. Nikolai, Ph.D., Turfgrass Academic Specialist, Michigan State University; and David M. Kopec, Ph.D., Extension Specialist/Field Researcher for Turf, University of Arizona

Dilution is the Solution
Roch E. Gaussoin, Ph.D., Professor and Head, Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Fairway Management at Merion Golf Club
Matthew G. Shaffer, Director of Golf Course Management, Merion Country Club, Pa.

Island Aerification
Kyle D. Sweet, CGCS, Sanctuary Golf Club, Fla.

Aeration and Soil Modification Strategies at Medinah Country Club
Curtis Tyrrell III, CGCS, Director of Golf Course Operations, Medinah Country Club, Ill.