March 6, 2006

New coordinator of Cougar athletics emphasizes success in the classroom

Mary Ferguson, Ph.D., has joined Columbus State as coordinator of athletics, overseeing 12 varsity men's and women's sports.

Ferguson’s philosophy on athletics is that athletic programs should complement, not dominate, an academic experience. She says, “I believe that successful participation in athletics can only exist if there is successful participation in the classroom.”

Ferguson was previously with the Columbus Public School District for seven years, serving as athletic director at South High School, Eastmoor Academy and Linden McKinley High School. She also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Ohio Dominican University’s Sports Management Program. She earned her doctorate in education and policy leadership from Loyola University Chicago. 







Mary Ferguson, Coordinator of Athletics

Prior to joining Columbus Public Schools, Ferguson worked as assistant director of campus recreation at Loyola. Since 2002, she has also served as an assistant coach of special teams for the Columbus Comets of the National Women’s Football Association.

Ferguson graduated from the University of Dayton with her bachelor’s degree in communication, and she earned her master’s degree in physical education, health and sport studies from Miami University. She also graduated from the Institute of Scandinavian Physical Culture in Denmark in 2001.

She is a certified instructor for leadership training and coaching principles courses and works with athletes and coaches on recruiting, scholarship and camp activities. She has been recognized by the National Federation of High School Athletic Associations as a Certified Master Athletic Administrator, and she was nominated multiple years for Columbus Public School’s Athletic Director of the Year.


Input sought in college planning process

Last week more than 60 employees from across the college met at Franklin Park Conservatory to discuss trends impacting our community and how Columbus State can build on its strengths to continue to serve central Ohio.

In order to extend participation to the entire campus, Knowledge Resources and Planning has created an online Strategic Directions survey to gather your input. The 15-question survey covers topics such as the overall business of the, key stakeholders, competitors, strengths, resources, and more. Click here to access the survey.

Please submit your ideas by March 9. The results of the confidential survey will be shared with process facilitators around the campus.

If you have any questions or have difficulty in completing the survey, contact Sunday Zidonis, coordinator in Knowledge Resources and Planning, at ext. 5987.

Data Center team are CHAMPs

The Data Center’s Asset Team members of Carla Ardinger, Harry Lloyd, Mona Mawalkar, Joyce Willison, and Steve Wolfinger have attained the credentials of Certified Hardware Asset Management Professional (CHAMP).

To earn the certification, the team received the International Association of Information Technology Asset Manager, Inc. (IAITAM) training focusing on the goals of uncovering savings, gaining control, reducing risk, improving performance and increasing accountability. After training, the members passed the CHAMP exam. With this designation, the team members are now better equipped to build and maintain hardware asset management programs for the college.

IAITAM is the professional association for individuals involved in any aspect of the lifecycle processes for IT assets in organizations of every size and industry across the globe. Serving IT asset management professionals in more than 18 countries, IAITAM provides skills development and a widespread understanding of IT asset management best practices and their value to organizations.

Etienne Martin, director of the Data Center, says, “This certification process is an important achievement and a milestone in our ability to manage college-wide IT assets from sourcing to disposal. The Data Center and the division of Information Technology are now positioned to better respond to the college's needs.”

Office exercises stretch your back and hips

The Wellness Activities Initiative committee continues its efforts to help you alleviate aches and pains by providing exercises that help prevent long-term injuries. This month’s simple office exercise tips are the wall stretch which helps with back, shoulder and neck pain and the hip stretch that stretches the muscles of the hip and lower back. To view the video, click here.


If you have any questions about the exercises, contact Don Laubenthal at ext. 3627.


Being prepared for tornado season

With tornado season around the corner, Rosalind Porter, program coordinator of Health and Safety, has put together an informational tornado preparedness brochure for campus. The brochure contains information on the differences between a tornado watch and warning, emergency escape routes, and tornado shelter areas. The brochure will be distributed soon, and if you want additional copies for your area, contact Rosalind Porter at ext. 3860.