Football Locker Room Gets a Facelift

The Bulldog Football locker rooms are sporting a new look.

Will Goode, UAM’s Athletic Advancement officer, has reached out to Ferris football alumni to encourage participation in the Bulldog Athletic Association’s Football Locker Room Sponsorship Program. Each former football player who makes a donation will get a reserved Place of Honor on one of 130 lockers in the Football Alumni Locker Room in Ewigleben Sports Complex.

The updated locker rooms are not only a way to recognize Ferris’ valued alumni, but provide its student-athletes with proper equipment and space.

“We want our student-athletes to have a first-class experience,” Goode said.

The Bulldog Athletic Association will host “A Cut Above,” a ribbon-cutting ceremony and celebration of completion of the locker room renovation, at noon Feb. 7 at Ewigleben Sports Complex. Alumni donors are invited to enjoy refreshments and brief remarks by head football coach Tony Annese, director of Athletics Perk Weisenburger and President David Eisler.

For more information on the Locker Room Sponsorship Program, go to

For questions or more information on making a gift to the Bulldog Athletic Association, contact Goode at or visit


Pictured, left to right:

Cory Martin – Store Manager, The Home Depot
Robert McGeorge – SCORE/Prison Build Coordinator (MDOC)
Ron Ovaitt – Contracter, Sales, The Home Depot
Nick Chambers – Pro Department Supervisor, The Home Depot
Jared Ayres – Prison Build Program, Saginaw Correctional Facility
Ed Rosek – Administrative Assistant, Saginaw Correctional Facility
Tony Annese – Head Football Coach, Ferris State University
Will Goode – Athletics Advancement Officer, Ferris State University
Perk Weisenburger – Athletics Director, Ferris State University

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

News Services and Social Media Team Produces University Center Video

The renovated and brand-new University Center is officially opened for business on the Big Rapids campus.

Videographer Hannah Crouch and new Communications Specialist Heather Young visited the UC to chat with several people involved with the renovation and management of areas of the facility.

Check out Heather’s in-depth story about the UC’s opening, here.

View Hannah’s video, here. The video, in a short period of time, is already close to 4,000 views.

UPDATE (Jan. 14, 2015): The video now has more than 4,500 views.

Advancement and Marketing Teams with Ferris Community to Produce Holiday Greeting Video


Who doesn’t like to play with paint? Dozens of students, faculty and staff members joined President David Eisler and our beloved mascot, Brutus, for a “hands-on” approach to the university’s holiday greeting this year.

President Eisler suggested that we do a fun, interactive video message to wish our Ferris family and friends a wonderful holiday season, so our University Advancement and Marketing team rounded up a few folks and some Ferris red and gold paint.

Happy Holidays!

Advancement and Marketing Team Members Attend CASE V Conference in Chicago

Eight members of the Advancement and Marketing team attended the recent CASE V Conference in Chicago to enhance their professional development and networking opportunities.

CASE, the acronym for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, is a leading resource for knowledge, standards, advocacy and training in alumni relations, communications, fundraising, marketing and related activities.

The Case V Conference featured top professionals from colleges universities from the Great Lakes area and included more than 80 professional development sessions, extensive networking and keynote speakers.

The University Advancement and Marketing contingent who attended the CASE V Conference in Chicago included Paul Hobart, Brett Scott, Jeremy Mishler and Sandy Gholston. Also attending were Shelly Armstrong, Ted Halm, Brandi Behrenwald and Steven Nicolet.