Golf Course Management

MAY 2014

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104 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 05.14 Northwest David Phipps Once in a lifetime you come across an individual who exceeds all expectations, and you know this person will be doing special things with his or her life. Unfortu - nately, Jason Oliver's life ended much too soon. In Jason's short time on this earth he touched many lives, and through their generous support, the Jason Oliver Me - morial Scholarship was established. This endowed fund is held at the Oregon State University Foundation and will create an opportunity to promote the education of future turfgrass managers while honoring the memory of another. Recipients will be undergraduate and graduate students who carry a GPA of 3.25 or above and are studying in OSU's turf management pro - gram within the department of horticulture in the college of agricultural sciences. Jason Oliver had an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and education. He met every learning opportunity with excitement and passion. Jason wanted to be the very best in everything he pursued. Jason was well on his way to reaching his dream of becoming a certified golf course super - intendent. He also wanted to become the youngest president in the history of GCSAA. He is greatly missed by family and friends, but his hard work and passion can live on in perpetuity through this scholarship. If you wish to contribute, please make your check payable to "OSU Foundation" with Jason Oliver Memorial Scholarship on the memo line and send it to 850 S.W. 35th St., Corvallis, OR 97333. For more information, contact OSU Foundation development officer Jack Holpuch at Mid-Atlantic Chase Rogan So, what is the value of networking? I think to truly determine its value, we can only look back and see what past networking has accomplished for us. For example, I can take every significant move in my career thus far and track it back to a number of first-time handshakes that ended up creating new opportunities later in my career. When you look at the value of networking through this hindsight lens, I'd say it's pretty high. I always stress the value of face-to-face networking and how important it is, especially in the context of Twitter, Face - book, Instagram and other social media trends. I still believe the highest value in our local, regional and national conferences and meetings is networking — excuse me, face-to-face networking. When is the last time you heard about Joe Bean getting hired because his em - ployer enjoyed his tweets? Or that the same potential employer could get a good feel for Joe's personality and character based off his Facebook posts? Or that the employer really valued Joe's team-oriented attitude after seeing his Instagram photographs? My answer: never! Don't get me wrong, I am an avid user of social media myself, and I believe it is a tre - mendous tool in today's business and personal worlds. But do these social media outlets replace the value we realize in face-to-face networking? I do believe these social media sites are a great way to stay in tune with current news and information from around the world, which is pretty cool. They can also work as a great "introductory" tool. While there is no doubt that social media has its place in today's business world, the key cog in professional network development still remains face-to-face interaction. For the latest blog posts from all of GCSAA's feld staff representatives, visit community/regions.aspx. (In the field) Jeremy L. Clay, Supt. Mbr., Atascadero Julio J. Riojas, Student, Riverside Priti Saxena, Educator, Riverside COLORADO Brad J. Wagner, Associate, Englewood CONNECTICUT Bill A. Abbe, Supt. Mbr., East Hartford Joseph T. Imperio, Class C, New Canaan FLORIDA Tristan T. Burch, Student, Lakeland Robert K. Hitchcock, Student, Citra Marc Lajeunesse, Student, Winter Park Robert J. Mulhare, Student, Lake City John Raycroft, Associate, Melbourne Javier Valero, Associate, Naples GEORGIA Jon D. Bradberry, Student, Athens ILLINOIS Derek A. Love, Class C, Chicago Rolando A. Ramos, Class C, East Moline INDIANA Charles Kaser, Associate, Fishers KENTUCKY Jordan C. Alexander, Class C, Louisville LOUISIANA David L. Edgar, Class C, Monroe MARYLAND Nicholas A. Albrecht, Class C, Pikesville Mark T. Best, Supt. Mbr., Oakland John Critzos, Student, College Park Gabriel D. Gammill, Student, College Park MASSACHUSETTS Glenn K. Johnson, Class C, Dedham Shaun S. Mitchell, Class C, Worcester Andrew D. Travers, Student, Amherst MISSOURI Nicholas J. Althauser Jr., Student, Lee's Summit Casey Corbin, Class C, Kansas City Justin M. Thomas, Student, Linn Steve B. Urbansky, Class C, Saint Louis Brent Vardsveen, Class C, Eureka NEBRASKA Jason T. Wilcox, Supt. Mbr., Scottsbluff NEVADA Christopher M. Miera, Class C, West Wendover NEW HAMPSHIRE Zachary J. McNamara, Class C, Bedford Jason Oliver, pictured with Tiger Woods at Stanford University GC where he was the assistant superintendent, died in 2010 at age 25. Photo courtesy of the Oliver family 100-109_May14_Departments.indd 104 4/16/14 2:56 PM

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