April 2024 - Wayne State University
Student-focused news for family and friends April 2024
President Espy unveils Prosperity Agenda

President Espy unveils Prosperity Agenda

President Kimberly Andrews Espy, Ph.D. has introduced a Prosperity Agenda, which will serve as an organizing framework for Wayne State University that bridges directly to the community and supports progress toward achieving strategic plan goals. The agenda will guide WSU in its mission to better the lives of students, support faculty in pushing the boundaries of knowledge and innovation further, and strengthen the bonds that interconnect Wayne State and the community.

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Grad students earn fellowships in support of NASA’s mission  

NASA’s Michigan Space Grant Consortium (MSGC) has announced its 2024 award recipients, which include four Wayne State University students who have earned graduate fellowships. The mission of the MSGC is to create, develop and promote programs that reflect NASA’s mission and to support cooperation between academia, industry, state and local government in science and technology in Michigan. MSGC’s graduate fellowships provide $5,000 of support for students who are conducting research and public service projects relevant to NASA’s strategic interests. The fellowships exemplify Wayne State's commitment to providing research opportunities and mentorships for students. 

Engineering student navigates her own college-to-career road course  

From a very early age, Ashley Jones knew she wanted to work with cars or animals. What she didn’t know then is that the career path she would eventually choose was — and still is — heavily male dominant with very few women, especially women of color, working as mechanical engineers in the automotive industry. The daughter of interracial parents, Jones wishes there were more women like her in engineering. But being unique, as she calls it, is something that she has accepted since taking her first automotive technology class. Jones will graduate in May with a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering and will transition from college to career, joining Ford Motor Co., where her mother has been an engineer for nearly 30 years.

Political science major furthers her civic experiences, helps colleges across the nation engage students  

Wayne State University provides opportunities for all students to engage and build a foundation for long-term career success. Sophomore Rachel John has a clear vision for her future career, and she's manifesting it with opportunities and connections on campus. A double major in political science and global studies in the Irvin D. Reid Honors College, John is propelling her career with opportunities outside the classroom — including a role on Student Senate and work with the Dean of Students Office to support campus civic engagement. Through that work, John secured an internship with Campus Vote Project, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization promoting student voting across the country.

Support Giving Day April 11

Support Giving Day April 11

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Upcoming events


April 5-20: 'Amelie' at the Hilberry Gateway


April 9: Honors Research Fair


April 9: Fulbright U.S. Student Program Overview


April 11: Giving Day


April 12: WSU Football Bowling Fundraiser


April 13: WSU Football Spring Game


April 13: Admitted Student Day


April 17: SpringFest


April 19-20: Spring Dance Concert


April 22: Classes end


April 24-30: Final exams


April 26: Art@Wayne Open House


April 27: Black Graduation Celebration of Excellence


April 29: El Nuevo Comienzo Latina/o/x and Native Student Graduation Celebration


April 30: Rainbow Graduation, Awards Ceremony, and Homecoming


May 1-3: Commencement


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In the news

Detroit News: Wayne State formally welcomes first female president

WJR: A plan for Wayne State University

WDIV: Wayne State students choose community service for spring break

Detroit News: Wayne State's 'affordable value' will be focus for new president

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