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July 27, 2015

Wayne State University to present August 14 discussion about Artists and Entrepreneurship: The Business of Art
Artists and Art Advocates will discuss how artists can best market themselves, attain business skills and become more successful at The Business of Art on Friday, August 14, from 6 until 9:45 p.m....

July 24, 2015

Wayne State among top 50 safest college campuses in nation
Wayne State University has been ranked among the top 50 safest college campuses in America.  BestColleges.com, which released the top-50 list, reviewed available data of every public college ...
Parents of physician assistant studies alumna celebrate daughter’s life and legacy with memorial scholarship
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WSU In The News

Wayne State medical school names new vice dean, mourns loss of Silas Norman, Jul 20, 2015
Maryjean Schenk, M.D., has resigned as vice dean of medical education at Wayne State University School of Medicine, effective July 31. Schenk cited personal reasons for her departure. Her replacement is Richard Baker, M.D., who will start Aug. 1. An ophthalmologist, Baker was executive director of the Center for Health Services Research and chair of the department of ophthalmology at Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles. “Dr. Baker’s experience and credentials will greatly assist us both in our efforts to address the issues cited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and in our work to improve the School of Medicine as a whole as we move into the future,” said Jack Sobel, M.D., dean of Wayne State’s medical school, in a statement. Meanwhile, the medical school community is mourning the loss of Silas Norman Jr., M.D., associate dean of admissions, diversity and inclusion, who died last Friday after a battle with cancer. “We have lost a beloved faculty member, a determined leader, and more importantly, a great man,” Sobel said in a statement. “In many ways Dr. Norman helped shape our school of medicine. There are hundreds of people who will never forget his contributions to their success in medical school and in life.”
Wayne State student leads group of volunteers boarding up vacant homes in Detroit, Jul 19, 2015
A group of volunteers went door to door this past Saturday, blocking doors at vacant homes on Detroit's east side. The group was boarding up doors and windows, hoping to prevent squatters, crime and other activity inside. Wayne State University student Vachal Moore led the group of about a dozen volunteers through Americorps and the Wayne State Urban Safety Project. He had the idea recently after realizing, of the neighborhoods in Detroit with abandoned homes, not all of them have community members to take care of them. "We often times do things in areas where there's a lot of young people,” Moore said. “This area is basically just senior citizens, so I wanted to help out." He hopes to do more projects throughout Detroit but needs more volunteers.
Metro Detroit '10,000 Small Businesses' graduates outpace U.S. economy, Jul 13, 2015
Small business owners who have completed the educational components of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, a program with Detroit offices at Wayne State University, grew revenue and added jobs at a rate that outperformed the national economy, says a new report commissioned by Goldman Sachs. “We are seeing the results of the 10,000 Small Businesses program in all corners of Detroit,” says M. Roy Wilson, president of Wayne State University. “Alumni are growing their businesses, creating new jobs, and hiring locally, helping to bring back our neighborhoods and creating economic opportunity in Detroit and in southeast Michigan.” In the metro Detroit, more than 125 small business owners have completed the program at Wayne State. Nearly 74 percent of participants surveyed in the region saw increased revenue six months after graduating from the program, compared to about 67 percent of program participants nationally. Additionally, nearly 52 percent of participants surveyed in the Detroit region added new jobs six months after graduating from the program, compared to about 46 percent of program participants nationally.
Series of studies by WSU's Institute of Gerontology focus on the vulnerability of elderly people, Jul 13, 2015
A series of studies at Wayne State University is bringing into focus the vulnerability of elderly people not only to con artists and mail scams — but also to loved ones and trusted caregivers. And the lead researcher, as well as other experts agree: Part of the problem is the ability of the perpetrators to rationalize their deeds. "After a period of time, family members ... often feel entitled to take some of the money as sort of compensation for what they're doing, but also just of a sense (that) it's their money, too," said Peter Lichtenberg, director of Wayne State's Institute of Gerontology and lead author on the recent studies. Lichtenberg has designed two screening tools — one a 77-question version, the other an abbreviated, 10-question survey to gauge seniors' abilities to make financial decisions. Both also test for the presence of risk factors — trusted relatives or friends who appear predatory, for example. In one study, experts found that eight of the 69 elderly Detroit …participants had "decision-making incapacity," meaning that they no longer fully understand the risks and benefits of financial choices. Among those eight, five reported they had been financially exploited in the past year. None of the incidents had been reported to authorities, Lichtenberg said.
Former WSU golfer makes PGA Tour debut , Jul 9, 2015
Three of the four Monday qualifiers this week will be making their PGA Tour debuts including Joseph Juszczyk who carded rounds of 6-under 66 at Pinnacle Country Club to earn medalist honors and a spot into this week’s John Deere Classic. Juszczyk, who played golf at Wayne State University, turned pro after ending his collegiate career in 2010. He played two Web.com Tour events in 2012 and one in 2013. He currently holds three of WSU's top eight single-season scoring averages.
Leon Atchison, 32-year WSU board veteran, dies at 87, Jun 28, 2015
Leon Atchison, Wayne State University’s longest-serving member of its Board of Governors died Monday, the school announced Friday. Atchison, who completed his last term in 2002 after 32 years of service, was 87. In 2008, the university renamed South University Hall — one of WSU’s two undergraduate residence halls — Leon H. Atchison Hall. In a news release, the university credited Atchison's vision with the creation of the College of Urban, Labor and Metropolitan Affairs and the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts. WSU also said he led the reorganization of the College of Liberal Arts and the establishment of the College of Science. During his decades on the board, more than $1 billion in capital improvements were made. Atchison’s death is “a major loss of a valued friend and a treasured colleague,” Gary Pollard, chair of the Board of Governors, said in a statement. “Leon was an exceptional member of the Wayne State board and a wonderful person,” Diane Dunaskiss, a member of the Board of Governors, said in a statement. “He was committed to the mission of the university. His wisdom and experience were valued by his colleagues and the university community. Leon’s passing is a tremendous loss and he will be greatly missed, but he will be remembered with great fondness and appreciation.”


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