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February 27, 2015

Wayne State University to honor civil rights activist Viola Gregg Liuzzo
Civil rights activist and Wayne State University student Viola Gregg Liuzzo will be posthumously honored at 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 10, 2015, in the Spencer Partrich Auditorium at Wayne State with...

February 26, 2015

Wayne State University to host Shakespeare’s First Folio Exhibition in 2016
Wayne State University, in collaboration with the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Detroit Public Library, has been selected as the host site for the state of Michigan for First Folio! The Book...
Wayne State University’s Mortuary Science Program receives $10,000 grant for 3D technology project from Service Corporation International
Detroit, MI – The Mortuary Science Program in the Wayne State University Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences today announced it has received a $10,000 grant to support its 3...

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Detroit News: WSU to honor civil rights martyr Liuzzo with degree, Feb 26, 2015
The late Viola Gregg Liuzzo will be granted an honorary doctor of laws degree at Wayne State University. Liuzzo, a Detroit mother of five, was murdered by Ku Klux Klan night riders on March 25, 1965, as she drove her Oldsmobile on a highway near Selma, Alabama. Liuzzo, 39, was a student at Wayne State and the wife of Teamsters business agent Anthony Liuzzo. The degree from Wayne State, the first time the university has bestowed one posthumously, will be the highlight of three days of honors, April 10-12, that are pegged to Liuzzo's April 11 birthday (she would have been 90). It's a time of heightened awareness of what happened in Alabama 50 years ago, prompted by the feature film "Selma" which went into wide release in early January and focuses on the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and the violence-plagued voting rights marches in Alabama in 1965. Kim Trent, who is a member of Wayne State's Board of Governors, recommended the award, and the board voted unanimously to grant Liuzzo the honor. "It really means the world to me, that we're planning these events," Trent said. As part of the April weekend's events, Wayne's Law School will dedicate a tree or greenspace in Liuzzo's name in the Law School courtyard, and Morris Dees, co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, will give a lecture about her activism. "She walked right into danger," said Gary Pollard, chairman of WSU's Board of Governors. "She had a just heart, she wanted to do right by people, and ended up losing her life in such a tragic way." Wayne State's Trent said Liuzzo is a particularly apt role model for the school, "particularly because she was a mature student, almost 40 when she died," she said. "We have a lot of nontraditional students, and students who think about changing the world. There is no better example of that than Mrs. Liuzzo."
NYT: How Wayne State Police helped breathe life into a blighted Detroit strip, Feb 24, 2015
The Midtown area is one of Detroit’s most striking economic-revival success stories. Those who live and work in the area point to the Wayne State University police department, which has become the primary security force in Midtown. This is no ordinary campus police squad. All of Wayne State’s officers are commissioned by the Detroit Police Department, with the same enforcement powers as the city’s force. Wayne State requires its officers to have a bachelor’s degree, while city officers need only a high school diploma. In 2009, the university expanded the department’s purview to cover all crime calls in a four-square-mile territory that encompasses both the campus and all of Midtown. “People won’t move somewhere they don’t feel safe,” said Michael G. Wright, Wayne State’s chief of staff. “We recognized that if Detroit was going to experience an economic comeback — particularly in Midtown, our neighborhood — this was a big issue.” With a larger budget from the university and grants from several foundations, Wayne State’s police chief, Anthony D. Holt, expanded his department and shifted some of its practices. The unit adopted a data-driven CompStat program to help it identify and disrupt crime patterns in “hot spot” areas. It also began focusing on preventive tactics. One of its most successful programs entails sending its officers out along with the Michigan Department of Corrections’ parole agents when they do home checks in the area. “When the person opens the door, they see two police officers,” Chief Holt said. “The agent goes in, and if any contraband is found, the person goes with us.” Wayne State’s video surveillance system is among the most extensive in Michigan, with 850 cameras tracking locations across the school’s campus and beyond. The efforts are paying off. Midtown’s major-crimes rate is down 52 percent since 2008.
Dbusiness: WSU's ENGAGE student investment conference to include live broadcast on CNBC, Feb 23, 2015
CNBC's Fast Money Halftime Report, hosted by Scott Wapner, will broadcast live from Detroit's Cobo Center on March 27 during Wayne State University’s Engage International Investment Education Symposium. In addition, the network's senior economics reporter, Steve Liesman, will report live from the event on March 26. The two-day event is being billed as the largest student investment conference in the world with officials predicting an attendance of up to 2,000 students and investment professionals, the latter of which can earn continuing education credits for attending the event. Engage will present the latest trends and best practices from such experts as Dennis P. Lockhart, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. There will also be several panels consisting of CEOs, presidents, CIOs, and economists from prominent firms, including Charles Swab & Co. in Boston and Highland Capital Management in Dallas.
WSU professors among Detroit Today panelists examining the missing links between Black history and American history, Feb 19, 2015
What are the missing links between Black history and American history? Host Bankole Thompson is joined by a panel of experts to discuss the relationship between the two narratives and how they function together. Guests include Wayne State University History Professor Kidada Williams, Wayne State Lecturer in Africana Studies Kefentse Chike, Principal of Paul Roberson Malcolm X Academy Dr. Jeffrey Robinson, CEO of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History Juanita Moore, and Rev. of the Galilee Missionary Baptist Church Tellis Chapman. The panel also examines the prominence of Detroit, a city that has served as the backdrop for many crucial moments throughout Black history in the U.S. “I think Detroiters have a sense of this history, but there are times I wonder and I worry whether or not some of that has been lost by some of the younger people. So, I worry that young black Detroiters don’t know the rich history of protest and struggles and advancement of the city," said Williams. Chike adds that poignant conversations about Detroit's Black history, an inclusive education model and taking action to preserve that legacy is when things can move beyond theory and make a real difference. "I think the key is, again, moving from theory or knowing, to being and doing," says Chike, "and I simply challenge people of African descent to be African period."
Dr. Craig Spencer, ebola survivor and WSU School of Medicine alumnus, says virus difficult to stamp out, Feb 17, 2015
There are lessons to be learned from the Ebola outbreak of 2014 because the dreaded virus is not going away, Dr. Craig Spencer said Tuesday while recounting his tale of surviving the disease after treating patients in West Africa. Spencer, a graduate of Grosse Pointe North High School and Wayne State University Medical School, said Ebola cases in West Africa are starting to rise again following months of decline. U.S. medical schools should do more to prepare American doctors to help out, he told medical students at a packed lecture hall at WSU’s Detroit campus, where he received the Global Peacemaker Award from WSU's Center for Peace and Conflict Studies. “The virus is having a hard time going away,” he said. “There’s normalcy that’s coming back, but it’s not a reason to be complacent.

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WSU students tongue-trip over pączki in video, Feb 16, 2015
So how do you pronounce paczki? How do you spell it? Wayne State University students took a crack at it in this video, which also features Alina Klin, a senior lecturer in Polish Studies at the university. It was put together by Wayne State. The students sort of get it right.
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