October 2023 - Wayne State University
Student-focused news for family and friends October 2023
President Espy welcomes, encourages new Warriors at Convocation

President Espy welcomes, encourages new Warriors at Convocation

All of the Wayne State students in attendance at New Student Convocation were given a tassel and some words of encouragement from new Wayne State University President Kimberly Andrews Espy, Ph.D. “This tassel is a reminder right now of your ultimate success goal: your graduation,” President Espy said. “Everyone here is confident you will reach that day. We will do everything we can to help you get there. I wish all of you great success on your educational journey, now and into the future.”

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Discover locations across campus to study  

Whether you’re seeking a quiet study space or a location for collaborative learning, there are plenty of common areas on campus to focus on your studies. Here are some suggested study locations, which can be found on the WSU campus map — and be sure to check with your professors and advisors about designated lounges and study spaces in many schools and colleges.

Wayne State to admit high school graduates with 3.0 GPA or above to streamline admissions, boost enrollment  

Wayne State University and nine other Michigan public universities announced a bold initiative to help students realize their full educational potential. Beginning this fall, participating universities in the Michigan Assured Admission Pact will admit Michigan high school graduates who have earned a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale). Wayne State will work with the other institutions to promote the initiative to high school students, parents, secondary school partners and college access organizations throughout the state.

Postdoctoral fellow brings prestigious NASA Hubble Fellowship to Wayne State  

When Kristen Dage was completing her application for the NASA Hubble Fellowship Program, she could have picked any school in the United States to attend. She chose Wayne State University after beating out hundreds of applicants for the NASA Hubble Fellowship. “It was easy for me to pick Wayne State for so many reasons,” Dage said. “Wayne State has an amazing astronomy department. They have amazing astronomers whose research is really aligned with what I do. I’ve known them for almost a decade at this point and always wanted to work with them. This was the perfect opportunity to do it. “We’re all super excited because usually when people get one of these, they generally go to the same 10 universities, like Harvard or Yale. I wanted to do something different.”

Right at home: Family of 5 learns, grows together at Wayne State  

As an alumna and longtime employee, Ericka Matthews-Jackson, senior director of undergraduate admissions, has always had more than enough Warrior pride to share. This fall, however, she’s taken it to a new level: Her husband, Ike, and their three children — Darian, Isaac and Aubrey — will join her on campus as students. “I have always loved Wayne State – and it’s become even more special to me now,” she said. “There’s a whole new level of pride that comes from watching your family find opportunity and achieve their goals.” Despite playful speculation otherwise from her children, Ericka assures that it’s a coincidence that all of the Jacksons’ unique paths have converged on campus at the same time.

Alumna Amyre Makupson follows in mom's career path  

Sons named after their fathers has been commonplace for centuries. But daughters named after their mothers? Well, not so much. CBS News Detroit anchor and reporter Amyre Makupson, M.A. ’06, is well aware of the confusion her matrilineal name typically causes throughout Southeast Michigan. Her mother — also Amyre Makupson — is a revered television legend in metro Detroit, best known for anchoring WKBD-TV’s signature late local newscast from 1985 through its finale in 2002. Before then, she was a trailblazer, leading WGPR-TV62’s first news broadcast as a member of Detroit’s first all-women anchor team on the nation's first Black-owned station in 1975.

Academic Success Center looks to offer more streamlined student support services  

Wayne State’s Academic Success Center (ASC) works to help all students become self-determined learners with the skills they need to succeed in the classroom. Free remote and in-person services — including tutoring, supplemental instruction, study skills coaching, group workshops and academic persistence programming — are available to students seven days a week through a simplified streamlined structure.

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Upcoming events


Oct. 4: 2023 Study Abroad Fair and Global Festival


Oct. 5: African American Philosophy: Philosophical Reflection Under the Weight of Anti-Blackness


Oct. 6: Planetarium show


Oct. 9: Study Abroad Info. Session for Transfer Students


Oct. 11: Degree applications due


Oct. 11: WSU All-Majors Virtual Career Fair


Oct. 11: Latinx game night: Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month


Oct. 12: WSU All-Majors In-Person Career Fair


Oct. 14: Fall Open House


Oct. 16: National Transfer Student Week Kick Off


Oct. 16-17: Fall break: No classes


Oct. 17: Coffee and donuts with Transfer Student Ambassadors


Oct. 18: Wayne State Night with the Detroit Red Wings


Oct. 19: Pet a pup! Therapy dogs will be in the Transfer Student Success Center


Oct. 25: Changing your Mindset to Make the Grades


Oct.27-Nov. 12: The Rocky Horror Show by Richard O'Brien


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In the news

The Detroit News: 10 Michigan universities join pact to admit graduates with GPA of 3.0 or higher

Crain's Detroit Business: Detroit native, hall of fame gymnast pushing to establish permanent center in Detroit

Pride Source: Wayne State University is getting a center that will bring LGBTQ+ services closer to students

The Conversation: Anxiety can often be a drag on creativity, upending the trope of the tortured artist

Chronicle of Higher Education: Advice from Wayne State’s longtime leader

The Associated Press: Patients need doctors who look like them. Can medicine diversify without affirmative action?

The Detroit News: WSU new undergraduate class up 14%, returning to pre-pandemic levels

BVM Sports: ZaZearra Carter appointed as head coach of Wayne State University cheerleading program

Legal News: Wayne Law students sworn in as student-attorneys for clinical education program

The Conversation: If anxiety is in my brain, why is my heart pounding? A psychiatrist explains the neuroscience and physiology of fear

RUN! HIDE! FIGHT! — Active Attacker Training

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