Columbia International University Grounds Superintendent Norm Stewart has been named a certified grounds manager. He is one of only 143 people to achieve the status from the Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) headquartered in Baltimore, Md. PGMS unites professional grounds managers, promotes educational information regarding grounds management and assists grounds managers in maintaining a high standard of business ethics. 

To achieve the award, Stewart had to pass tests, have his work site reviewed by certified grounds managers and submit a PowerPoint presentation covering nine areas, including turf management, irrigation, budges and finances, and safety. He will receive a plaque and will be acknowledged at the annual PGMS awards banquet in Louisville, Ky., in October.