July 2023 - Wayne State University
Student-focused news for family and friends July 2023
Kimberly Andrews Espy elected 13th president of Wayne State University

Kimberly Andrews Espy elected 13th president of Wayne State University

The Wayne State University Board of Governors voted unanimously to elect Kimberly Andrews Espy, Ph.D., as the university’s 13th president, effective Aug. 1, 2023. Mark Gaffney, chair of the Board of Governors, made the announcement. Espy will succeed M. Roy Wilson, who has served as president since Aug. 1, 2013, and announced last year that he would not be renewing his contract. She will be the first woman to serve as Wayne State University’s president.

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Juliana Ashrifeh lands summer internship on NASCAR’s social media team  

Juliana Ashrifeh, a rising senior majoring in marketing and management and minoring in new media, didn’t imagine herself working in the motorsports industry, but when she came across an opportunity to intern on NASCAR’s social media team she jumped on the opportunity.  “I was scrolling LinkedIn and I saw an application for NASCAR, and I thought it would be really cool,” said Ashrifeh. “I’m always throwing myself out there, even if I think I’m underqualified for a position, I always look for things that are going to push me.” 

Wayne State student-athletes continue to shine in the classroom  

Making her first official appearance before the Wayne State University Board of Governors, Director of Athletics Erika Wallace provided an update on the recent academic and athletic accomplishments of Warriors’ teams and student-athletes. “We had a very successful spring semester,” said Wallace at the June 22 meeting. “We take a lot of pride in Wayne State Athletics and what our students do in the classroom. They represent many different majors and many different colleges here, and we’re lucky.”

Ilitch School of Business offers M.B.A. program in new, fully online modality  

In the fall of 2023, students enrolling in the M.B.A. program at the Mike Ilitch School of Business will be able to choose to earn their MBA in a fully online modality. This will allow out-of-state students to enroll at Wayne State University, a Carnegie 1 research institution, at in-state tuition rates amounting to a 50% reduction in tuition cost. The online modality offers all 13 optional concentrations available to in-person students at the university ranked Michigan’s best for social mobility by U.S. News & World Report. Classes are taught by top-notch faculty, and curriculums are informed by leading industries. 

New AVP for student auxiliary services and chief housing officer takes leap of faith  

As a college student, Trish Romer and her friends made road trips up I-75 to watch her favorite teams play at the iconic Tiger Stadium and Joe Louis Arena. Thirty years later, she’s returning to Detroit — but this time, it’s about writing a new chapter in her life. Romer will begin her new role as Wayne State's associate Vice President for student auxiliary services and chief housing officer on Aug. 1.

WDET interns win broadcast award for sports reporting  

Winning an award as an intern never crossed Ryan Schira’s mind. And why would it? After all, as a college student, working at a radio station was more about opportunities and making connections. So, when Schira found out that he and fellow WDET intern Nate Pappas took home first place in the 2023 Society of Professional Journalists Detroit Excellence in Journalism Awards, he was astonished. “I didn’t even know our story was submitted,” said Schira, who graduated last month from Wayne State University with a bachelor of arts in journalism with a broadcast concentration. “I definitely think it was a great story, but I was shocked.”  

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Williams named assistant athletic director for mental health and wellness

Williams named assistant athletic director for mental health and wellness

New Center for Gender and Sexuality

New Center for Gender and Sexuality

Upcoming events


July 24: Momentum week


July 24: J.C. Heard Jazz Week@Wayne State


July 26: Housing webinar: Packing 101


July 28: Spring/Summer classes end


Aug. 1: Connecting roommate(s)


Aug. 9: Creating good academic habits


Aug. 27: New Student Convocation


Aug. 27: FestiFall


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In the news

Science Magazine: NIH awards $3M to Wayne State to impact Black youth with type 1 diabetes

State of Reform: Wayne State students providing medical services for Detroit’s growing homeless population

DBusiness: Detroit’s Wayne State leads statewide network to combat rate of preterm births

Public News Service: Michigan schools explore ways to battle chronic absenteeism

WJR: President-elect Kimberly Andrews Espy introduces herself on WJR

WTOP News: How much water should I drink in a day?

Legal News: Law professor honored for excellence in teaching

Benzinga: Janus Henderson partners with Wayne State University to combat financial exploitation of older adults

Fox 2 Detroit: Detroit training held for K9 search and rescue dogs who solve mysteries, get answers

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