November 2021 - Wayne State University
Student-focused news for family and friends November 2021
Two-time Ilitch School graduate Loren Townes celebrates M.B.A. after rocky start

Two-time Ilitch School graduate Loren Townes celebrates M.B.A. after rocky start

One thing Loren D. Townes Jr. would like you to know: He’s always looking for opportunities, even in the most unlikely of places. On a spring day in 2015, less than 24 hours after his first college commencement ceremony, Townes boarded a plane for Miami. He was still wearing the now-wrinkled suit he had donned to deliver the student commencement speech, having celebrated all night and worried he would miss his red-eye flight. After a tumultuous early college experience, he was ready to finally celebrate his achievements — an associate degree with honors from Washtenaw Community College earned while working several jobs after a two-year-long prison sentence. When he found his seat, it happened to be next to a proud Mike Ilitch School of Business graduate and WSU employee.

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Men's basketball opens new arena against Michigan  

Wayne State will open its brand-new basketball fieldhouse against Michigan in an exhibition contest on Friday, Nov. 5th at 7:00 PM. The Warriors will look to defend their 2021 regular season GLIAC title and make a return trip to the NCAA Tournament. WSU and Michigan have never met in a regular-season contest. The teams have met eight times during exhibitions, with the Wolverines winning 86-43 at the most recent meeting during the 2014-15 season.

Four student projects win Ford College Community Challenge grants  

An impressive four of 10 Ford College Community Challenge annual grants were awarded to Wayne State University students in early September 2021 for projects that will advance sustainability and community wellness in neighborhoods across greater Detroit. The remaining six awardees were Harvard University, Michigan State University, Ohio State University, and Rutgers University. The Ford Motor Company Fund awards up to $25,000 for each winning project.

Wayne State wins $18 million from National Institutes of Health to intercept chronic disease in Black communities  

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities has awarded Wayne State University $18.15 million over five years to establish a Center for Multiple Chronic Diseases Associated with Health Disparities: Prevention, Treatment, and Management that will use community-based interventions deployed from three research institutions to fight hypertension, heart failure and coronary heart disease in the Black population. 

Volunteer Hub launched to connect students with service opportunities on campus and beyond  

The Dean of Students Office has launched a hub to connect students with volunteer opportunities on and off campus. The Volunteer Hub will provide a one-stop shop for students to explore both ongoing and one-time engagement and service opportunities. The resource can also be used to log and report service hours, which appear on students’ involvement records. 

This is your brain on ice: Wayne State researchers show how brain networks deal with your body feeling cold  

Researchers at the Wayne State University School of Medicine have published the first study to reveal specifically how brain networks respond when humans are made to feel cold. Professor of Pediatrics, Radiology and Neurology Otto Muzik, Ph.D., and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences Vaibhav Diwadkar, Ph.D., are two of only a handful of researchers worldwide who have been able to study human brain responses under safe and experimentally controlled conditions of whole-body cooling. 

Join us for Virtual Fall Open House Nov. 6

Join us for Virtual Fall Open House Nov. 6

Registration now open for winter 2022

Registration now open for winter 2022

Upcoming events


Nov. 4: Campus health town hall


Nov. 5: Virtual FAFSA Friday


Nov. 5: Warrior Basketball vs. Michigan in new arena debut


Nov. 6: Virtual Fall Open House


Nov. 6: Warrior Football vs. Grand Valley State University


Nov. 12: Virtual FAFSA Fridays


Nov. 12: Warrior Volleyball vs. Northern Michigan


Nov. 12-13: Spring Awakening at The Underground Theatre


Nov. 13: Warrior Volleyball vs. Michigan Tech


Nov. 15-19: International Education Week


Nov. 19: Virtual FAFSA Friday


Nov. 19-20: The Snow Queen at the Hilberry Theatre


Nov. 30: Warrior M.D. Open House


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In the news

Detroit Free Press: Michigan attorney to be first Arab American Muslim woman to argue before Supreme Court

The Conversation: 4 reasons Americans are still seeing empty shelves and long waits - with Christmas just around the corner

Detroit News: WDET's new transmitter goes live

AP News: "Buy it when you see it." Retailers dread holiday shortages

Forks over Knives: How Wayne State's School of Medicine became the first in the U.S. to require plant-based nutrition education

Michigan Technology News: Wayne State receives $3.1 million grant to seek alternative sources of rare earth elements

Today@Wayne Podcast: Arn Tellem and Rob Fournier discuss WSU's new basketball arena

Today@Wayne Podcast: Arn Tellem and Rob Fournier discuss WSU's new basketball arena

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