CUFO Departments Participate in Step into Spring Step Challenge

Departments across University Facilities and Operations kicked-off spring with some healthy competition, participating in a “Step into Spring: Digital Step Challenge” in partnership with Columbia’s Department of Work and Life from April 2 to April 22, with each participant choosing their own method of movement or exercise to help their team reach the finish line.  

May 05, 2022
graphic image with text: "Step Into Spring: Digital Step Challenge"

Each team (department) was challenged to complete an average mile goal. In addition to the team challenge, all participants also competed to be the highest steppers throughout the challenge.   

Coming in first place with the highest average of 97.72 average total miles was the Department of Public Safety. Strategic Communications came in second with an average 93.4 total miles steps, with the Department of Campus Services trailing closely behind with an average of 91.2 total miles. Columbia Residential’s Firehiwot Kebede earned the Challenge MVP for completing 709,279 steps, the highest step count by the end of the challenge. 

All team members were also entered in a raffle. View the list of teams and participants who have earned bragging rights below:  

THE TEAM WITH THE HIGHEST AVERAGE TOTAL MILES- Team Public Safety with 97.72 average total miles   

  • Raffle winner: Joselin Suarez 


  • Team Public Safety, raffle winner- Monica Ramphal 

  • Team Strategic Communications, raffle winner- Noah Lichtman 

  • Team Manhattanville Development, raffle winner- Denise Ferris 

  • Team Campus Services, raffle winner- James Joy 

  • Team Columbia Residential, raffle winner- Anton Deljaj 

  • Team Operations- raffle winner- Rebecca Bandierre  

CHALLENGE MVP- the participant with the highest step count at the end of the challenge  

  • Firehiwot Kebede, Team Columbia Residential, with 709,279 steps 

STEP CONTRIBUTOR RAFFLE- any participant who contributed steps during the challenge was entered in a raffle to win prize  

  • Fabbiola Green, Team Columbia Residential 

  • David Arce, Team Operations  

  • Maria Elena, Team Public Safety