May 2019 - Wayne State University
Student-focused news for family and friends May 2019
Wayne State University to construct new basketball facility

Wayne State University to construct new basketball facility

Wayne State University’s Board of Governors approved plans for the construction of a $25 million arena for Wayne State’s men’s and women’s basketball teams on the west side of its athletic complex. The approved plan includes construction of a 70,000-square-foot arena near the intersection of Warren and Trumbull avenues with seating capacity for approximately 3,000 fans, office space and locker room areas for both WSU’s men’s and women’s basketball teams, a concessions area, and other ancillary spaces. The arena will be ready for play in the 2021-22 basketball season.

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Helping where it’s needed most: The W Food Pantry celebrates anniversary, growing impact  

More than two years have passed since the W Food Pantry opened its doors on April 2, 2017. In that time, it’s served more than 1,300 students and distributed more than 20,000 pounds of food. What was once a vacant retail space in the heart of campus was transformed into the W Food Pantry, which has provided students in need with free access to nutritious food and basic necessities, all while uniting the campus community and breaking down stigmas.

Wayne State, partners create regional debt-forgiveness program to help returning students earn degrees  

Wayne State University has joined the Detroit Regional Chamber, Oakland University and Henry Ford College to create a first-of-its-kind regional debt-forgiveness program in an effort to improve degree completion and remove barriers to continued education. The announcement was made during Lumina Foundation’s National Convening in Detroit on April 30.

Get out the vote: Wayne State receives voter-friendly designation, sees increased student election activity  

At Wayne State University, student success is supported in a multitude of ways. Campuswide tutoring, advising and scholarship opportunities are all aimed at ensuring that Warriors get the ultimate college experience. While all of these help motivate students, WSU Dean of Students David Strauss has found that at the heart of success is engagement outside of the classroom.

Commencement ceremonies celebrate class of 2019  

More than 4,000 Wayne State University students applied for graduation this spring, concluding the university's 151th academic year. The spring 2019 Commencement featured five ceremonies over two days at the Fox Theatre. Honorary degrees were bestowed upon Florine Mark, president and CEO of the WW Group; Jack White III, Grammy award-winning musician; and Earl Lewis, leading scholar and social justice champion.

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Student resources and reminders

May 9: Mental Health Awareness Week Walk: Walk a Mile in my Shoes

May 9-12: Angels in America: Part II — Perestroika

May 14: Rise Up Detroit website launch event and panel discussion

May 15: Science Under the Dome Lecture Series: Photographing the M87 Galaxy's black hole

May 18: Metro Detroit Heart Walk

In the news

The Detroit News: Historic David Mackenzie house begins move

Click on Detroit: Here's a look behind the scenes at Detroit's mounted police

dBusiness: Wayne State creates Urban Children's Health Collaborative, Wayne Pediatrics

Michigan Chronicle: Detroit kicks off 2020 census campaign

Metro Parent: DetroitEd411 chat tool gives students college advice

The Conversation: Are America's teachers really underpaid?

The Hechinger Report: Wayne State University nearly doubled its graduation rate — but there's work to be done

ABC Life: Game of Thrones' family problems have things to teach us about our own families

The Conversation: Brain scans help shed light on the PTSD brain, but they cannot diagnose PTSD

The Detroit News: Nessel appoints Wayne Law professor special assistant attorney general

Michigan Chronicle: Herman Moore and Rick Mahorn advise Wayne State sports business students

WXYZ-TV: Blood-sucking 'kissing bug' moving north, possibly in Michigan

Detroit Free Press: Jack White to receive honorary degree from Wayne State University

STEM Day 2019

STEM Day 2019

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