November 2023 - Wayne State University
Student-focused news for family and friends November 2023
President Kimberly Andrews Espy, Ph.D., announces plans for a university-wide, multi-year College to Career initiative

President Kimberly Andrews Espy, Ph.D., announces plans for a university-wide, multi-year College to Career initiative

In her first major address, on Nov. 8, Wayne State University President Kimberly Andrews Espy, Ph.D., announced plans for a university-wide, multiyear initiative called College to Career, which will broaden the institution’s approach to student success and enhance its impact on the broader community. College to Career’s purpose is to ensure students graduate career ready and prepared to thrive.

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Wayne State’s Collegiate Recovery Program officially launches with new hire  

The Wayne State University Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP) has officially launched with the hire of its first employee, Erin Cox, who fills the role of recovery growth coordinator. The CRP was made possible thanks to a grant earlier this year from the Jamie Daniels Foundation. The program is currently focused on supporting students and their allies who are in recovery from substance abuse.

Death specialist: WSU professor specializes in forensic anthropology, works in Medical Examiner’s Office  

Jaymelee Kim’s specialty is death. Kim, a Wayne State University assistant professor of biological anthropology and a forensic anthropologist, works on a variety of research projects and has broad community engagement. She works in the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office, has assisted at mass graves in Uganda, collaborates with the FBI and other agencies to identify bodies from cold cases, and is passionate about helping survivors of human right violations.

Family tradition: Business student, great aunt help Latino students thrive  

Beatrice Esquivel was in her second year at Wayne State when she was encouraged to join Latino en Marcha, a leadership development training program that provides young Latino people from Detroit with access to a college education. She had no idea at the time that she would play a role in opening similar opportunities to other Latinos — including members of her own family — at Wayne State for generations to come. Esquivel joined along with her brother, Benny, and was part of the program’s first class in 1971. Now, more than 50 years later, her great nephew, Michael Ramirez, is a mentor in the Wayne State Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies (CLLAS) — which was born from Latino en Marcha.

Wayne State joins MEDC and local universities to expand semiconductor education and training in Southeast Michigan  

Wayne State University welcomed officials from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and three other higher education institutions to its Midtown Detroit campus for an announcement of the largest investment in state history to expand semiconductor education and workforce training resources.

President Emeritus Wilson honored at State Hall dedication  

M. Roy Wilson’s list of accomplishments as Wayne State’s 12th president is long and impressive. But as Wilson addressed the crowd at the dedication of the newly renovated M. Roy Wilson State Hall on Monday, Oct. 30, he said having the building named in his honor was his crowning achievement.

Wayne State emphasizes student success with new space; $600,000 grant renewal  

The Wayne State Board of Governors doubled down on the university's commitment to teaching, learning and student success at its September meeting, with the approval of $1.15 million to create the Undergraduate Warrior 360 Academic Engagement Hub, which will be located in the 24-hour study area in the David Adamany Undergraduate Library. It is expected to open by the end of January 2024.

Marick Masters bolsters Wayne State’s stock as expert media source during UAW strike  

In the heart of the world’s automotive capital, Wayne State University is not only home to the largest labor archives in North America and one of the top labor studies programs in the United States, but it’s also home to one of the most recognizable faces associated with the recently settled strike against Detroit’s Big Three.

Wayne State University to receive $30M for a new Law School facility

Wayne State University to receive $30M for a new Law School facility

New Chief Diversity Officer Donyale Padgett, Ph.D., on her vision for diversity, equity and inclusion at WSU

New Chief Diversity Officer Donyale Padgett, Ph.D., on her vision for diversity, equity and inclusion at WSU

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Nov. 20: Wayne State Night with the Detroit Pistons


Nov. 23-25: Thanksgiving holiday — no classes


Dec. 2: 49th Annual Noel Night


Dec. 5: Stress Management


Dec. 8: December Dance Concert


Dec. 11: Classes end


Dec. 12: Study day — final exams may not be scheduled


Dec. 13-19: Final exams


Dec. 16: Commencement


Dec. 25-Jan. 1: Holiday break — university closed


Dec. 31: Semester ends


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In the news

Detroit Free Press: Opinion: I'm the new president of Wayne State. Here's what I've learned about our community

The Detroit News: Wayne State University receives $30M from state for new Law School facility

Detroit News: Opinion: Research universities leading the way in sustainable innovation

El Central Hispanic News: President Espy impresses with her commitment to student academic success and social mobility

Detroit Free Press: Detroit road dust 'heavily polluted' with heavy metals, Wayne State study reveals

Click on Detroit: New Second Avenue Bridge in Midtown celebrates connection to Wayne State University

WXYZ: Wayne State professors, students look for artifacts around Malcolm X's Inkster home

The Detroit News: Michigan makes largest investment in semiconductor training to drive industry into the future

WXYZ: WSU medical students band together to provide health care to those most in need

The Conversation: Violent and disturbing war images from the Mideast can stir deep emotions − a PTSD expert explains how to protect yourself and your kids from overexposure

CBS Detroit: The science of being scared

The Conversation: How much time do kids spend on devices – playing games, watching videos, texting and using the phone?

CBS Detroit: Wayne State student-athlete scoring high on the field and classroom

Detroit Free Press: Air National Guard, Wayne State student group allow Ayanna Adams to soar through service

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