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February 11, 2014

The Iowa Turf Blog received a 2014 Super Social Media Award during the 2014 Golf Industry Show last week in Orlando.  The award is given by Golf Course Industry and Aquitrols.

Pictured are Ryan Adams (left), Nick Christians (center), and Marcus Jones (right).

Form more details on the awards, see





April 9, 2013

A few weeks ago, I traveled to Columbus, Ohio to receive  a Distinguished Alumni Award from the Ohio State University, College of Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Sciences.  It was a very nice experience, thank you Ohio State.  The information below is a press release from the event:

Congratulations to Dr Nick Christians (OSU Classes of 1977 and 1979, MS and PhD degrees) recipient of the CFAES Distinguished Alumni Award, 2 March 2013.

Dr Christians has made a significant contribution to the field of turfgrass science during his >30 year career. He has 1130 published works, including 128 refereed journal articles, 233 popular publications, 147 abstracts, and 622 published research reports. He has supervised 53 graduate students (including our own Dr David Gardner!!!). He is a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy and the Crop Science Society of America. Dr Christians is a faculty at Iowa State University, and in 2000 was recognized as ‘University Professor"


Toro Super Bowl Sports Turf Training Program-2013

January 21, 2013

Kevin Hansen, one of our sports turf students, was chosen for the Toro Super Bowl Sports Turf Training Program this year.  As part of this, he will work for 7 days to help prepare for the Super Bowl and will be on the side-lines for the game.  Only one student nation-wide is selected for this honor. 

This has been getting a lot of publicity locally.  Here are links to the Des Moines Register story and a press release by the university.

Watch for him at the game.

Kevin Hansen has been selected for the Toro's Super Bowl Sports Turf Training Program. Hansen, a senior in horticulture, will work alongside NFL field director Ed Mangan and the Super Bowl grounds crew on turf maintenance, logo painting, field preparation for media day, halftime preparation and clean-up at the Superdome in New Orleans for Super Bowl XLVII on Feb. 3. Hansen also scored a spot on the sidelines during the game.

Links at:



November 29, 2012

Congratulations to Tim VanLoo and the crew at Iowa State Universities Athletic Department for winning this year’s SportsTurf Managers Association of America's (STMA) Football Field of the Year Award.  This is a highly competitive and very prestigious national award and we here at Iowa State are very proud of them.

The winning field is selected by a panel of 11 judges who independently score each entry based on the playability and appearance of the playing surfaces, innovative solutions employed, effective use of budget, and the development and implementation of a comprehensive, sound agronomic program.

The presentation of the award will be made at the STMA annual awards banquet on Fri., Jan. 18, 2013, held at the Ocean Center and the Hilton Daytona Beach in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Tim can be reached at:

Tim VanLoo, CSFM
Iowa State University
Jacobson Athletic Bldg
1800 S 4th St
Ames, IA 50011


Here are a few pictures of the field taken by graduate student, Zach Simons, who works with Tim at the ISU Athletic Department.