DelVal turf management professor to present at a national turf conference

Credit: Delaware Valley College. Dr. Doug Linde, professor of turf management.

Aug 06, 2014

Dr. Doug Linde, a Delaware Valley College professor of turf management, has been invited to speak at the 2015 National Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) Conference and Exhibition in Denver, Colorado in January. STMA is the national organization for sports turf managers.

“It’s an honor to be selected to be a speaker,” said Dr. Linde. “This will give the College exposure on the national level in the turf industry.”

On Jan. 14, he will be presenting “How Soil Profiles and Layering Can Impact Turf and Playability.” On Jan. 15, he will be presenting, “How to Attract Interns and How to Land an Internship."

During his first talk, Dr. Linde will be drawing from real-world examples to explain the basics of soil profiles and how layers can impact turfgrass and playability. Participants will learn how to diagnose and prevent problems associated with soil layering at their facilities.

During his second presentation, "How to Attract Interns and How to Land an Internship," he will be bringing sports turf managers and students into one room to learn about internship programs. Dr. Linde will be sharing both sides of the internship, helping managers attract the best talent and then, sharing with students how they can get internships that will help them advance in their careers. Following the presentation, candidates will meet and greet each other in a format similar to speed interviewing.

Dr. Linde chose the topic because interns in turf management are currently in high demand.

“Employers rely on interns for their labor force in the summer,” said Dr. Linde. “There are less students studying turf than there were ten years ago, so, they can really pick and choose where they want to go. They’re in the driver’s seat. They can get paid well and get great work experience.”

Dr. Linde connects DelVal turf management students with internships at golf courses and sports fields. That real-world experience pays off when they graduate.

“We have practically a 100 percent job placement rate for the turf program students due to their work experience,” said Dr. Linde.

Graduates from the program have gone on to work for famous employers including: Merion Golf Club, which hosted the U.S. Open, Saucon Valley Country Club, Pine Valley Golf Club, Crooked Stick GC, the Baltimore Orioles, and various minor league baseball fields.