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March 3, 2015

Porter named associate vice president for principal gifts
DETROIT – The Wayne State University Division of Development and Alumni Affairs has announced the appointment of Jefferson Porter as the associate vice president for principal gifts. Porter will b...
Southeast Michigan Purchasing Managers Index rebounds in February to 56.0
DETROIT— The Southeast Michigan Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) bounced back to 56.0 in February, suggesting last month’s sudden drop to 50.0, was an anomaly.  The three month PMI average finished...
Wayne State former dean balanced an external focus on the university's first comprehensive fundraising campaign with an internal focus on strengthening its arts and communication faculty
DETROIT (03 March, 2015)  – Wayne State University regretfully announces the death of Dr. Linda L. Moore who passed March 1, 2015, at age 71, at her home in Watertown, Massachusetts. D...

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Ned Staebler to replace Leslie Smith as TechTown CEO, Mar 2, 2015
Ned Staebler, Wayne State University’s vice president for economic development, has been appointed president and CEO of TechTown, the business accelerator and incubator founded in partnership with the university in 2000. TechTown’s board of directors approved the appointment Monday. Staebler will continue to serve in his current role at the university after assuming his new position on March 16. “TechTown is an incredibly effective conduit for transferring the economic power and innovative energy of a public research university directly to the people in our community,” said WSU President M. Roy Wilson. “Ned’s leadership at TechTown will strengthen the connection Wayne State has to our community as an economic driver.” According to TechTown figures, between 2007 and 2014, it has served 1,026 companies, which raised over $107.26 million in startup capital and contributed 1,190 jobs to the local economy. “My expanded role provides an opportunity to more closely align the innovation efforts of Wayne State University and TechTown,” said Staebler in a statement. “In addition to the university’s existing entrepreneurship programs, we will soon be launching the Anderson Engineering Ventures Institute in our College of Engineering. This is the perfect time to build on the already close relationship between the university and the city’s business innovation hub,” he said.


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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