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NCSU student to attend Jacobsen Future Turf Managers' Seminar

April 30, 2010
By Charles Peacock

Phillip Huffman standing with Dr. Charles Peacock in front of Williams Hall

A request was sent to University Turf programs to send their best and brightest to the Jacobsen 2010 Future Turf Managers' Seminar. On the recommendation of NCSU Turf Faculty, graduating Senior, Philip Geoffrey Huffman received a free trip to Jacobsen's Charlotte, NC headquarters to attend the prestigious event.

Philip is a dual major graduating with a B.S. in Turfgrass Science and a B.S. in Landscape Design. His excellent academic standing, determined work ethic, attention to detail and work experience made him a clear candidate for the honor. Philip has worked at courses including Briar's Creek, and Johns Island-serving both internships while maintaining above a 3.0 GPA. Mr. Huffman was also an employee of Brinkmans Greenhouse, and the Ohio Department of Transportation. He completed the 2008 NC Pesticide Applicators License Program and is eligible for a permacuture license. It is clear to see his dedication and interest in horticulture and turfgrass management.

During his time at NCSU Philip also worked with the NCSU Men's Basketball Team as a Student Assistant. In addition to making the Dean's List (Fall of 2009), he was also awarded the Four Year Award winner for the NC State Men's Basketball Team Student Assistant.

Jacobsen will host students like Philip, for the May 17th -20th event at a 4-star hotel and provide all food and transportation. Perhaps even more valuable will be the "once in a lifetime opportunity" to experience the life of a turfgrass professional. NCSU has another "former" Jacobsen Future Turf Managers' Seminar attendee in its faculty- Dr. Charles Peacock. When pressed, Dr. Peacock lit the room with a laugh as he smiled and said "it had been nearly 31 years ago and it was a great time that he'll never forget!"