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Thomas A. Habegger, Ph.D., Professor, Sport & Exercise Studies
Don C. Laubenthal
, M.S., Instructor, Sport & Exercise Studies
Eric Welch
, M.A., Associate Professor, Sport & Exercise Studies
Antoinette Perkins, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Sport & Exercise Studies
Amy Hart, Ph. D. Associate Professor, Sport & Exercise Studies
Mandi Cecil, B.S., Coordinator, Human Performance Center
Johnna E. Kay, M.S., Teaching Assistant, Sport & Exercise Studies
Zach Scott, Office Associate

Dr. Thomas A. Habegger

Office: Delaware Hall 077
Phone: (614) 287-5422
Fax: (614) 287-6064


Dr. Habegger enters his 27th year as an associate of Columbus State, twenty-two of those years as a faculty member in the Sport & Exercise Studies program. He developed and  initiated the SES program in 1992 and taught the first year on a part-time basis while maintaining his position as Director of Intercollegiate Athletics. In the summer of 1993, Tom accepted a full-time appointment  and has been working with the SES program since that time.

Dr. Habegger has been at Columbus State since the winter of 1987 when he served as a graduate assistantship while completing his master’s degree from The Ohio State University. Later that year, after his graduation from OSU, he was named the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics. In that role, Tom directed the establishment of the athletic program at Columbus State beginning in 1988. By the time he left the Student Activities and Athletics department, he had forged a nine-sport, nationally recognized program. For his accomplishments, including the winning of 1993 NJCAA Division III Men’s Golf National Championship by the golf team, Habegger was named the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference’s “Athletic Director of the Year” for 1993. From 1991 to 1993 he served as the Commissioner of the OCCAC.

In addition to his position at Columbus State, Habegger teaches as an Affiliated Faculty member with The Union Institute & University and has taught in the Wilberforce University’s CLIMB Program. He has served as a faculty member of the United States Sports Academy sport management program in Daphne, Alabama as a local examination proctor and served Capella University as a Ph.D. committee member for several Doctoral learners. He has held several national board positions including the National Exercise Science Education Foundation and is past President of the FoKus on the Youth Foundation.

For his work as a Professor in the Sport & Exercise Studies program, Tom has been honored for his efforts in the classroom by receiving Columbus State's highest teaching award, the Columbus State Distinguished Teaching Award in 1994, 1999 and 2008 and was named a finalist in 2002.

Recently, Dr. Habegger was named as the 2012 Distinguished Full Professor of the year, Columbus State's highest faculty honor. In addition, Tom was acknowledged by the Columbus State office of Diversity Initiatives, M.A.N. Initiative as the 2011 "Man of the Year." Habegger was a finalist for the 2009 Ohio Association of Two Year Colleges Faculty Member of the Year. The professor was also recognized in Who's Who Among American Teachers and Strathmore's Who's Who in Business & Leadership in 2013 in addition to being named a "2003 Columbus Secret Santa Hometown Hero" by the Clear Channel broadcast organization for his volunteer work with Columbus Children's Hospital over the past twenty-one years. Dr. Habegger has served the community in a variety of capacities, including as an advisory board member for Metro Fitness (Formerly World Gym), volunteer for the Columbus AIDS Task Force, First Tee Program board member at the former Bridgeview Golf Course in Columbus and an active volunteer with Children's Hospital. Tom has also served as a Trustees Member on the YMCA Suburban North Board.

The Westerville, Ohio native in 2005, was inducted as a member of the Westerville South High School Alumni Hall of Fame. While at Westerville South High School. Habegger was an eight-time varsity letter-winner in diving and cross country and earned top ten state honors in diving in 1983. The proud Westerville South Wildcat alum still resides in his hometown and attends as many Westerville South functions as he can.

A true West Virginia University Mountaineer at heart, he is often spotted in his navy blue and gold apparel around Columbus and mistaken by many for a Michigan fan but he is quick to correct the error of the passerby with a heartfelt "Let's Go Mountaineers!!" Tom in 2012 was honored by his alma mater by being selected for a three year appointment to the prestigious West Virginia University College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences Visiting Committee. In 2011, Dr. Habegger was selected for induction into the West Virginia University Alumni Cheerleading Association Alumni Hall of Fame. While at West Virginia University, he was a scholarship student-athlete and a varsity letter-winner as a member of the men's diving team, as well as a three-year member of the West Virginia University Cheerleading Squad.

In addition, Tom has coached various age groups of springboard divers and cheerleaders. Dr. Habegger is also an advocate for the plight of racing greyhounds and is active with Ohio organizations saving retired racing greyhounds from being destroyed through adoption. Tom enjoys spending his personal time with his dogs, Maggie (Moo) and Angel (rescued greyhounds).



Doctor of Philosophy
Sport Management
The Union Institute & University

Master of Arts
Sport Management
The Ohio State University

Bachelor of Science
Physical Education/Sport & Exercise Studies
West Virginia University

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Don Laubenthal, M.S.

Instructor, Sport & Exercise Studies
Office: Delaware Hall 077
Phone: (614) 287-3843


Don has been a part of the Sport and Exercise Studies program since September of 1995 when he began working at Columbus State as an adjunct instructor. In 1996, Don combined his adjunct work with the development of the Sport and Exercise Studies Human Performance Center. He developed policies and procedures, practicum student training protocols, and community outreach programs. Don also designed policies and procedures for a staff of exercise specialists that needed to be hired as demand for the HPC’s services grew. By 2003, Don was the full-time coordinator of the HPC and he was responsible for practicum students, 10 exercise specialists, on campus wellness programs, special training programs, and multiple off campus outreach programs.

In 2008, Don became a full-time faculty member in the Sport and Exercise Studies program and he teaches much of the exercise science curriculum. Courses he teaches include, Exercise Physiology, Quantitative Methods, Exercise Prescription, Kinesiology, Advanced Resistance Training, and Fitness Concepts for Special Populations. Don is responsible for curriculum development, student advising, and classroom instruction.

Don is a graduate of Ohio University where he earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Exercise physiology in 1990. He is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Don has had the privilege of applying his education in many different environments such as, athletic strength and conditioning, cardiac rehab, occupational therapy, fitness center management, personal training, and teaching.


Master of Science
Exercise Physiology
Ohio University

Bachelor of Science
Exercise Physiology
Ohio University


Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist - NSCA

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Eric Welch

Associate Professor, Sport & Exercise Studies
Office: Delaware Hall 077
Phone: (614) 287-2697
Fax: (614) 287-6064

Eric began his tenure as a full-time faculty member at Columbus State in the fall of 1999. He came to the Sport & Exercise Studies program that year after serving in the Student Activities and Athletics Department for ten years. Welch arrived at Columbus State in the spring of 1990 when he was hired as the Coordinator of Recreational Activities and served in that capacity for three years.

In the summer of 1993, he was promoted to the position of Supervisor of Student Activities. Prior to his full-time employment at Columbus State, Welch served a graduate assistantship here at the CSCC while completing his master’s degree at The Ohio State University. During that time, he helped coordinate recreational and intramural programs and started the school’s first baseball program in the spring of 1988. After graduating from OSU, Eric served as an assistant baseball coach at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina in 1989 and 1990.

Outside of Columbus State, Eric has been involved in numerous activities. From 1991 to 1993, he served as the Director of Public Relations for the Ohio Community College Athletic Association. The Huntington, West Virginia native also served as that organization’s Commissioner from 1997 to 1999 and was voted the OCCAC’s “Athletic Director of the Year” for 1999.

In 1993, Welch began a seven-year stint coaching and managing in the independent Frontier Professional Baseball League. During the 1993 and 1994 seasons, he was a coach with the Zanesville Greys and was then named manager of the club before the start of the 1995 season. He served in that capacity for two seasons until the organization left Zanesville after the 1996 season. From there, Eric was hired as a coach with the Chillicothe Paints and worked with that organization from 1997 to 1999. From 2001 through 2003, Welch served as an assistant baseball coach at Westland High School before becoming the head baseball at Columbus State for one season – 2004.

At Huntington East High School (WV), Welch was a member of the three-time state championship baseball team (1980, 81, 82) and also played on the school’s basketball team. From 1984 to 1987, he was a varsity letter-winner with the Marshall University baseball team.

Eric resides in the Columbus area and spends all of free time with his three children.


Master of Arts, Sport Management
The Ohio State University

Bachelor of Business Administration
Marshall University

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Dr. Antoinette Perkins
Associate Professor
DE 077A

Dr. Antoinette Perkins joined the SES faculty in 2010 after serving as the Coordinator and Assistant Professor in the Massage Therapy program at Columbus State for six years. Dr. Perkins teaches courses in the Exercise Science major as well as some Physical Education course work.

Dr. Perkins earned her B.S degree from the University of Florida in Sport & Exercise Studies in 1999. She earned her Masters in Human Physiology from Ball State University in 2000 and earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Capella University in 2010. Antoinette is married and has two children. She enjoys pending her free time with her family and is an avid runner.

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Mandi Cecil
Coordinator: Human Performance Center
B.S. Exercise Science, The Ohio State University
B.S. Leadership, Union Institute and University
A.A.S. Sport and Exercise Studies- CSCC
Certified Personal Trainer: ACSM
Clinical Exercise Specialist: ACSM
Physical Activity in Public Health Specialist: ACSM
Johnny G. Spinning Instructor
(614) 287-2083

Mandi holds a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Ohio State University, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Leadership with a concentration in Sport Management from Union Institute and University and an Associate of Applied Science degree in Sport and Exercise Studies from CSCC. Mandi is a certified and practicing spinning instructor and is a certified personal trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine, and holds several certifications with ACSM. She holds seats on the Franklin County Physical Activity Plan and the Healthy Ohio Business Council to help promote physical activity and wellness. Mandi is an avid runner and has successfully completed a number of marathons.

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Zach Scott

Office Associate

Delaware Hall 077

Zach is the newest member of the Sport & Exercise Studies Department, starting October 1, 2009 as the Associate to the Chairperson of the Department. He also serves as an Adjunct Instructor for the Sport & Exercise Studies Department.  He is currently in pursuit of a series of degrees in Sport Management and Physical Education. He is a graduate of Bishop Ready High School and he attended West Liberty State College where injury brought the competition portion of his wrestling career to a close. Prior to joining the SES department he was the Sales and Office Manager for a family owned and operated pattern stamped concrete company for eight years. Zach is still involved with the wrestling community where he has trained and mentored athletes from the novice to collegiate levels. Zach, his wife Lauren and their daughter Lyla currently reside in Gahanna, Ohio.


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