August 2023 - Wayne State University
Student-focused news for family and friends August 2023
Wayne State hosts inaugural Fall Opening event

Wayne State hosts inaugural Fall Opening event

For the first time, Wayne State is hosting a three-day event to start the academic year and welcome Warriors — new and returning — to campus. Open to students, parents, faculty and staff, Fall Opening is an opportunity for all Warriors to come together and explore, as well as prepare for the start of a brand-new semester and academic year. Beginning the week of Aug. 21, a full slate of activities will be hosted for the campus community to celebrate and connect before classes begin Monday, Aug. 28. Fall Opening expands on favorite Wayne State traditions – and builds new ones. Events will showcase WSU’s breadth of extracurriculars and academic programs, provide advice on preparing for classes, navigating campus, making friends and getting involved, accessing resources, and more.

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Junior Year in Munich celebrates 70 years of full immersion for students  

For 70 years, Wayne State’s Junior Year in Munich (JYM) program has been offering students the opportunity to study abroad in Germany, making it the oldest U.S.-based German study abroad program in the nation. And it’s every bit as popular today as it was when it began. The secret to its popularity lies in the truly immersive experience it offers students, who get to live and go to school in Germany for a year or a semester.

Wayne State creates new cannabis chemistry undergraduate certificate  

With its legalization in Michigan, the state’s marijuana dispensary business has boomed, creating a growing need for the testing and regulation of cannabis. To address this need and prepare students for related job opportunities, in June the Wayne State University Board of Governors approved the establishment of a new undergraduate certificate in cannabis chemistry beginning in the fall. The certificate program will be housed in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and administered by the Department of Chemistry. It will require five classes and a research course, totaling 15 credit hours that teach students the instrumentation, standard operating procedures, business and law practices, and science behind testing and regulation.

Gift of $20 million establishes the Ben L. Silberstein Institute for Brain Health  

Wayne State University today announced a $20 million gift — one of the largest individual gifts in the university’s history — from renowned philanthropist Seema Boesky to establish the Ben L. Silberstein Institute for Brain Health. The institute will be named in honor of Boesky’s late father, who was a Detroit real estate attorney and hotel magnate. With Boesky’s transformational investment, neuroscience innovation will be synonymous with the Ben L. Silberstein Institute for Brain Health, which will be located inside the Wayne State University Integrative Biosciences Center at 6135 Woodward in Detroit.

Dr. Boris Pasche to lead Karmanos and Department of Oncology  

The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, part of Grand Blanc-based McLaren Health Care and a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, in conjunction with Wayne State University, has named Boris C. Pasche, M.D., Ph.D., FACP, president and chief executive officer and, pending formal NCI approval, principal investigator of the Comprehensive Cancer Center Core Grant, effective Aug 28. He also will serve as chair of the Department of Oncology at the Wayne State University School of Medicine.

Kimberly Andrews Espy, Ph.D., Wayne State University’s 13th president

Kimberly Andrews Espy, Ph.D., Wayne State University’s 13th president

2023 Resident Orientation

2023 Resident Orientation

Upcoming events


Aug. 21: Fall 2023 semester open registration begins


Aug. 22: Tuesday movies on Keast: "The Little Mermaid (2023)"


Aug. 22: Presidential Oath of Office Ceremony and Welcome Reception


Aug. 24: Fall 2023 move-in for first-year, transfer, and Living Learning Community students


Aug. 25: Fall Opening: Bonfire and S'mores


Aug. 26: Fall 2023 move-in for upperclass students


Aug. 26: Fall Opening Carnival


Aug. 26: Welcome Black 2023


Aug. 26: Fall Opening Block Party


Aug. 27: New student convocation


Aug. 27: FestiFall


Aug. 28: Fall 2023 first day of classes


Sept. 1: Planetarium show for students


Sept. 1-4: Detroit Jazz Festival


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In the news

MLive: Wayne State football coach Tyrone Wheatley talks new job

Yahoo: U.S. preterm birth and maternal mortality rates are alarmingly high, outpacing those in all other high-income countries

DBusiness: Mike Ilitch School of Business has B.A./B.S. program fully online

The Detroit News: ‘The stock is up’: Wheatley optimistic about turnaround at Wayne State

Crain's Detroit Business: $20M gift to Wayne State will establish brain health institute

Bridge Detroit: J Dilla workshop at WSU inspires modern music production

WXYZ: Wayne State steps up in support of increasing mental health concerns in NCAA student-athletes

WXYZ: Wayne State steps up in support of increasing mental health concerns in NCAA student-athletes

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