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April 16, 2014

Wayne State athletes to distribute basic needs kits to Detroit’s homeless youth and adults
For the fourth consecutive year, the Wayne State University Athletics Department “W” Week Community Service Initiative — in partnership with Wayne Cares, Covenant House Michigan and Marriot...
Wayne State to offer country’s first college course on historic Detroit comeback
DETROIT—As the story of Detroit’s historic transformation continues to twist and turn through its courtrooms, boardrooms and neighborhoods, Wayne State University today announced it will offer th...

April 14, 2014

Wayne Law alumni use environmental law to shape future in many areas
Studying environmental law at Wayne State University Law School has prepared alumni to make an impact locally and beyond in a broad range of areas – from small companies to huge utilities to gove...

WSU In The News

Student and teacher return to the stage in Hilberry's "August: Osage County", Apr 15, 2014
The Hilberry Theatre’s season-closing production of “August: Osage County” will be running April 18-May 10. Tracy Letts’ Tony Award-winning dysfunctional-family drama feature the return of James R. Kuhl, who earned his MFA in acting as a member of Hilberry’s graduate repertory company in 2009. It’s a rare case of a former WSU actor invited back to direct at his alma mater. Lavinia Hart, head of WSU’s graduate acting program makes her Hilberry acting debut as unhinged, pill-poppin’, truth-tellin’ matriarch Violet Weston. The casting of a faculty member also is unusual at the Hilberry, Hart admits. “There is an unspoken policy here that we are here to support the ensemble company of MFA actors,” she says. “If there are ‘old’ characters in the shows, then we coach actors in physical movement and appropriate stage makeup and vocal patterns, and we expect the company to stretch and have the range and ability to play anything that we throw to them.”


WSU police chief joins Craig Fahle to discuss youth violence prevention, Apr 14, 2014
Anthony Holt, Wayne State University police chief, and Harold Rochon, Detroit Police Department captain, joined Craig Fahle to discuss what causes youth violence and how to respond to the pervasive issue. On Thursday, April 17, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., “Understanding and Reducing Youth Violence Conference” will be held at Wayne State’s Community Arts Auditorium. The conference is hosted by Wayne State University Police and The Target Group. Educators, law enforcement officers, health care workers, students, community groups and youth organizations are invited to attend.
WSU student shares hopes, dreams in preparation for Boston Marathon run, Apr 14, 2014
Michigan runners gearing up for next week’s 118th Boston Marathon are cautious but thrilled to be part of one of the nation’s premiere races. “If anything, after last year’s bombings it is making me even more excited to run it because it is showing everyone that you cannot mess with the running community. We will come back, and we will come back stronger than before,” says Samantha Viola, who is participating in her first Boston Marathon. Viola, 23, has run several half marathons and other distances, but she’s only run one marathon before — the one in which she qualified for Boston, the 2012 Detroit Free Press Marathon. She is running in memory of a family friend, Cassie Kenny, who passed away at the age of 15 of brain cancer. Viola, who will graduate from Wayne State University in May with a master’s degree in social work, has no qualms about running in Boston after last year’s tragedy. “Last year’s bombings really made me realize the love I have for running,” said Viola. “It really makes you stop and think about everything and the privilege I have to wake up every morning and go running. The runs meant so much more after the bombings, and the next morning I woke up and did a run dedicated to the victims and their families of the tragedy.”
In daughter's memory, parents campaign for organ donors at WSU, Apr 13, 2014
Beverly and Tim Butler’s daughter Rebecca was 20 years old when she died of complications related to a rare lung disease. The Wayne State University marketing major was on the organ donor registry waiting for a lung transplant, but it didn’t come in time. Since their daughter’s death three years ago, the Butlers have continued to promote organ donation at Wayne State, working on an annual campaign to sign up students. April is National Donate Life Month and Secretary of State Ruth Johnson has been urging Michigan residents and students on campuses to sign up to become donors. “We made huge strides in expanding the organ donor rolls, with more than 1.4 million people added in the past three years alone,” Johnson said last week during an event at Wayne State kicking off the donor drive. Before she died, Rebecca told her parents and her sorority sisters at Wayne State that she wanted to do an organ donation drive in the fall. To honor her memory, they followed through on her plans and got the campus involved in the Gift of Life Campus Challenge. The six-week challenge takes place over the winter and pits 14 colleges against each other in a bid to sign up the most students to the registry. Wayne State has won for most registrations every year since. Between 2012 and 2014, Wayne State Gift of Life has signed up 2,600 students.
WSU students seek new study on Detroit I-94 expansion, Apr 10, 2014
Some law students at Detroit’s Wayne State University are urging the state to conduct a new environmental review of a long-planned expansion of Interstate 94 near the school. The school’s Transnational Environmental Law Clinic says it’s working with other groups concerned about the proposal. Plans call for adding lanes and service drives to I-94. State transportation officials say major work would start no sooner than 2018. An environmental impact statement was completed a decade ago. Students say much has changed and the previous review didn’t appropriately study public transportation and community health effects.


President Wilson ushers in era of diversity and excellence, Apr 9, 2014
Dr. M. Roy Wilson officially became the 12th president of Wayne State University April 4 at a ceremony hosted by the university’s Board of Governors and attended by faculty as well as regional leaders, educators and heads of colleges in the metro area and from across the country. The event formally marked the beginning of what Wilson calls an era of “opportunity and access” for the university and the community. In his presidential address, Wilson struck a chord with the audience in the packed Community Arts Auditorium when he went back to his childhood days, almost choking as he described the challenges of his childhood and what his parents went through. “I do not take for granted the breadth of experiences I’ve had throughout my life,” Wilson said. “I feel truly fortunate to have experienced the challenges of the urban core culture, to have been immersed in diversity at both the local and global level, to have experienced the thrill of discovery of new knowledge and educational excellence where the highest of achievements for the public good was an expectation.” Casting Wayne State as a place of light, Wilson warned that the university should not fall prey to what he calls “the fallacy of false choices,” as he sought to define what it must become now. “We must reject as false the choice between being a university of opportunity and access or a nationally prominent research university,” Wilson said. “We must reject as false the choice between offering a broad liberal arts education or a more skilled-oriented education that is responsive to the specific workforce needs of the state.”
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