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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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Crain's: WDET hires Free Press Pulitzer winner as 'Detroit Today' host, Mar 3, 2015
In addition to his role as the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial page editor of the Detroit Free Press, Stephen Henderson has been tabbed as host of WDET-101.9 FM’s Detroit Today talk show. He begins the regular public radio hosting on March 16. The show airs from 9 to 10 a.m. weekdays. Wayne State University, which holds the station’s license and provides it free space, announced his hire today. “I’m really excited to join WDET as host of Detroit Today,” Henderson said in a statement. “I've been a listener since I was a kid, and that listening will be key to bringing my brand of civil discourse and inquiry to the air with listeners all over the metro area and the state.” Henderson doesn’t have a full-year contract because of where the university’s budget calendar currently falls. “Because of where we’re at in the Wayne State fiscal year, the current agreement is for 28 weeks and pays $30,800. We will move to annual contracts after that,” said Matt Lockwood, WSU’s director of communications. “We are thrilled to welcome Stephen Henderson to the WDET team as host of Detroit Today,” said WDET General Manager Michelle Srbinovich in a statement.
BLAC Detroit: WSU experts weigh in on sex trafficking - invisible industry in Detroit, Mar 3, 2015
Sex trafficking victims are seemingly imprisoned by invisible chains—since the industry is so underground. An estimated billion-dollar business that operates under the veil of "not existing." The women are largely unaccounted for; they are runaways or those without family. Some victims are blackmailed and coerced into committing lewd sexual acts for money by lovers. Others are controlled by drug addiction and brute force, a tactic called "gorilla pimping"—making it nearly impossible to escape. Often used to refer to sex trafficking, "human trafficking" is an umbrella term that includes labor trafficking (a modern form of slavery and work exploitation) and sex trafficking. At the root of both offenses is commercial exchange. "People use sex trafficking and prostitution interchangeably," explains Blanche Cook, a former federal prosecutor and professor at Wayne State University's Law School. "But sex trafficking is actually a much larger rubric. It's a much larger term that can often include pornography, exotic dance clubs, strip clubs and massage parlors." It's covered under federal statute—title 18 U.S. code 1591. "If you are talking about adults in sex trafficking," Cook explains, "there has to be some type of commercialization, something of value exchanged. And there also must be some element of force, fraud and coercion. "As a scholar and as someone who is actively involved in this work," she adds, "my work is to stop problematizing women."
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.
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