Distinguished Alumnus Paul Doyle Serves as Honorary Coach

Distinguished Alumnus Paul Doyle served as honorary coach for the Bulldog men’s basketball team in a Jan. 24 game against Lake Superior State. Paul played for the Bulldogs in late 1970s before graduating in 1979.  He lives in Calendonia, Michigan with his wife Celeste, they have three children.

“Paul continues to be generous supporter of the FSU men’s basketball program and it was great to welcome him back to campus,” said Will Goode, senior athletic advancement officer.

Paul Doyle, basketball coach Andy Bronkema and Will Goode.


Doyle’s company, Paul T. Doyle and Associates, LLC, contracts with health care organizations and businesses across the nation to assist them with organizational transformations and help them to revamp or restructure how they provide their services to diverse populations. According to Doyle, diversity and organizational cultural competence are focal points of his company, along with addressing community health care disparities.

Doyle spends many hours of his personal time volunteering in his community. He is the founding board chair of the Grand Rapids African American Health Institute.  He has served as board chair of the Grand Rapids Community Foundation, president of the Kentwood Board of Education and as a board member of West Michigan March of Dimes.

Fundraising Software Updates Under Way

Updates are being made to Ferris State University’s fundraising software, which tracks an advancement officer’s initial contact with a potential donor to stewardship of that donor’s gift.

Heather Youngs

Heather Youngs, manager of Research and Prospect Management; Mary Kay MacIver, associate director of Advancement and Technology; and Jennifer Yontz, director of Annual Giving and Advancement Services, are working on “Millennium Rejuvenation,” a project focused on making necessary updates to the Millennium Advancement database used by employees across campus.

The updates will provide the system with more accurate data, up-to-date information and provide better reporting and data mining, Youngs said. The updates also will make the database more user friendly, allowing easier access to alumni information and gift tracking.

“We are really excited for the outcome,” Youngs said.

For more information, email Youngs at heatheryoungs@ferris.edu.

Student Alumni Gold Club Prepares for National Philanthropy Day

Zach Peters, SAGC member

Members of the Student Alumni Gold Club are busy preparing for the third annual National Philanthropy Day which will be held on Thursday, February 12.   FSU will be one of over 100 educational institutions worldwide participating in Student Engagement and Philanthropy Month, an initiative organized by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

SAGC has partnered with the  Office of Annual Fund to host “Tanks for Thanks.”   Beginning at 10 AM,  SAGC will have  tables located in the University Center, Student Recreation Center and the IRC,  where they will be asking FSU students to fill-out a “thank you” card in appreciation of an FSU donor. In return, students will receive a free Bulldog Nation “tank” just in time for spring break!

In the meantime, SAGC members are busy separating tanks, designing banners and shopping for their table top displays. SAGC began planning this year’s activity early last spring.

Heather Young Joins University Advancement and Marketing as Communications Specialist

Heather Young has joined the University Advancement and Marketing division as a communications specialist for News Services and Social Media. Her first day was Monday, Jan. 12.

Heather Young

Heather most recently served as the Senior Editor of Klenske Ink in Brussels, Belgium, and has served at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Brussels as producer and marketing coordinator, audiovisual coordinator, acting web editor and program coordinator.  She received her Master of Arts in Political Strategy and Communication from the University of Kent in Brussels and her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Heather will assist in all aspects of the News Services and Social Media unit, including but not limited to writing press releases, coordinating and executing social media efforts, collaborating on video projects and more. She will help the unit promote accurate, positive state and national media coverage of the University, its programs and its students, and to foster, clear communications between administrators, faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members through quality internal and external digital and print communications.

Heather can be reached at (231) 591-5604 and her email is HeatherYoung@ferris.edu.

Alumni Association Hosts 300 Alumni and Friends at the GLI

On Sunday, December 28, the Ferris Alumni Association hosted a pre-game reception for more than 300 Bulldog alumni, friends and hockey fans at the Joe Louis Arena as part of the 50th annual Great Lakes Invitational (GLI) hockey tournament. The Bulldog faced off against Michigan State University in their opening game.


Festivities included free food, fellowship and lots of door prizes with special thanks to the division of Administration and Finance, the Ferris Bookstore and the Alumni Association for the donated swag!


“I was fortunate to visit with many of our most supportive alumni from the area, including Roger Ratekin (B ’72), who helped to found our Ford Alumni group in the Detroit area,” said Jeremy Mishler, Associate Vice President for External Relations and Executive Director of the Ferris Alumni Association.


Several alumni spanning five decades from the Ferris chapter (Iota Psi) of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity were present.


Bulldog Hockey Alum Doug Nowels (EHS ’80) and his father Wayne Nowels (pictured here with FSU Senior Advancement Officer for Athletics, Will Goode).


There was even a guest appearance from the voice of Bulldog Hockey, Dom Hennig (B ’13), along with his brother and former Bulldog Hockey player Nate Henning (CET ’09) and their father Ron!


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