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October 23, 2014

Wayne State University to re-launch Detroit Orientation Institute Oct. 29
Nancy Schlichting of Henry Ford Health System. Paul Anger of the Detroit Free Press. Paul Hillegonds of the Southeast Michigan Regional Transit Authority. These are just a few of the Detroit-area ...
Institute of Gerontology director briefs Congress on seniors and fraud
DETROIT – Peter Lichtenberg, director of the Institute of Gerontology at Wayne State University, will brief members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on Oct. 23 about the susceptibil...

October 22, 2014

National Institutes of Health awards Detroit colleges $21.2 million to improve student diversity in biomedical research
A consortium of Marygrove College, University of Detroit Mercy, Wayne County Community College District and Wayne State University has been awarded $21.2 million over five years by the National In...

WSU In The News

Wayne State law to freeze tuition, offer scholarships, Oct 20, 2014
Wayne State University's Law School will freeze tuition next year and give a scholarship to every incoming student in a move designed to make a law degree more affordable, while boosting enrollment. In total, the tuition freeze and additional scholarship money will amount to the equivalent of a 14 percent tuition cut for all incoming students. "For us, it is really important to ensure that everyone has access to quality legal education," law school Dean Jocelyn Benson told the Free Press in an exclusive interview. "Not only do we want to make sure everyone has access to legal education, but also help with the rising student debt." The scholarships for WSU law students will be a mixture of both merit-based and need-based aid, Benson said. The scholarships are being paid for by private donations — largely from alumni, Benson said.


A big (WSU) alumni gift with a big goal: To help revive an entire city, Oct 20, 2014
Lots of people seem to be lining up these days to give the Motor City a jumpstart. Among the latest: Wayne State University alumnus James A. Anderson and his wife Patricia, who recently gave $25 million to the College of Engineering at Wayne State University. The $25 million gift will establish the James and Patricia Anderson Engineering Ventures Institute at the Wayne State University College of Engineering. The institute will provide students with mentors (some of them from Urban Science) who will teach them critical entrepreneurial skills such as securing patents. The gift will also endow chairs and several graduate scholarships.
WSU First Lady Jacqueline Wilson discusses partnership with Covenant House, efforts to address homelessness , Oct 15, 2014
On Thursday, Nov. 20, metro Detroit business leaders will spend the night outside in solidarity in an effort to raise funds and bring attention to the plight of homeless youth in Detroit and across the nation. The Sleep Out: Executive Edition, hosted by Covenant House Michigan (CHM), presented by the Detroit Auto Dealers Association, and sponsored by Delta Air Lines among others, is part of a nationwide event taking place in 15 cities at Covenant House sites across North America. For the first time in Detroit, men and women from the business community will come together to raise awareness and funds to support Covenant House’s life-changing work helping young people leave the streets and begin new lives. “I’m thrilled to play a role in this remarkable and very powerful event,” said Jacqueline Wilson, Wayne State University first lady, founder of WSU’s Helping Individuals Go Higher (HIGH) Program and co-chair of 2014 CHM Sleep Out: Executive Edition. “Wayne State’s longtime partnership with Covenant House is a wonderful example of its unwavering commitment to addressing and eradicating homelessness within our community.”


Wayne State University engineering gets $25M gift, Oct 9, 2014
Wayne State University’s College of Engineering is receiving $25 million from an alumnus to promote entrepreneurship in Detroit, officials announced Thursday. The gift from James Anderson, president and CEO of Urban Science in Detroit and his wife, Patricia Anderson, is believed to be the largest gift ever to the university’s engineering program. Anderson, who graduated with bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the engineering college in 1966 and 1970, founded in 1977 his auto retail consulting firm, which now has 19 offices with 850 employees. Anderson told the Free Press he hopes the gift for students and faculty can help encourage entrepreneurship that can help Detroit grow. “Wayne State had all of the great ingredients to create the success that I’ve enjoyed since graduation,” he said. “There is a community of aspiring entrepreneurs that want the opportunity.” Anderson “wants to encourage students to have a similar path to success that he was able to have based on his education at Wayne State,” said Wayne State University President M. Roy Wilson. “He was able to take his knowledge and start up a company and employ a lot of people that’s contributing to the local economy.” The $25 million will establish the James and Patricia Anderson Engineering Ventures Institute, which will be part of the College of Engineering.


WSU's First Lady reaches out to help financially stressed students graduate, Oct 9, 2014
Just like Detroit, students at Wayne State University sometimes face challenging circumstances on their path to graduation. With that in mind, Wayne State’s First Lady Jacqueline Wilson began The HIGH Program (Helping Individuals Go Higher) which provides direct support to financially stressed students at Wayne State University to assist them in reaching their goal to graduate. Laura Weber Davis spoke with Mrs. Wilson about the program's mission to ensure that no student abandons their dream of earning a degree solely because of housing or financial challenges.
Wayne State's Innovation Fellows Program discovers potential new startup opportunities , Oct 8, 2014
Wayne State University’s Innovation Fellows Program is cultivating the next generation of chief scientific officers and entrepreneurial scientists for local high-tech industry. The program is supported by the New Economy Initiative (NEI) for Southeast Michigan and is led by Bramdon Dogwill, project manager of innovation programs in WSU’s Technology Commercialization Office. The first class of fellows recently completed the program by presenting a technology commercialization roadmap of their project. “This program aims to train the next generation of entrepreneurial scientists, and helps them understand what is needed to take a university technology outside of the laboratory and create a new company or license agreement,” said Joan Dunbar, associate vice president for technology commercialization at Wayne State University. The Innovation Fellows Program promotes technology commercialization education for post-docs in the areas of medicine, pharmacy and allied health, nursing, engineering, and liberal arts and sciences.
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