Government Affairs News Government Affairs News Thu, 21 Sep 2017 02:39:00 EDT PHPSimpl Looking for scholarships at WSU? Click here Tue, 01 Apr 2008 04:00:00 EDT Community Affairs Calendar Tue, 08 Jun 2010 04:00:00 EDT President Wilson's Testimony to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education Wed, 22 Mar 2017 04:00:00 EDT Lycaki Young Fund demonstrates the positive impact of academic medicine By Doug Skrzyniarz This year marks the 25th anniversary of the closing of the Lafayette Clinic.  Lafayette served as the city of Detroit and Wayne County’s only inpatient mental health hospital.  The facility also hosted critically important outpatient services, substance abuse programs, and was the primary host site for training psychiatrists. All of this was put at-risk when the state announced it was closing Lafayette.  In response to the potential crisis, the former director of state mental health, Jim Haveman, worked with Wayne State University to take on the clinical and teaching responsibilities previously hosted at Lafayette Clinic. Helene Lycaki, psychologist in the WSU department of Psychiatry, led the effort at Wayne State and created what is now known as the Lycaki Young Fund.  Director Haveman and Dr. Lycaki added one more key member of their team, State Senator Joe Young, who was the lead sponsor in the legislature to make sure there was enough funding to pay for the clinical and teaching services.  While Helene Lycaki and Joe Young are no longer with us, Director Haveman has continued to be a big supporter of the Lycaki Young Fund and has become an international leader on public mental health. After 25 years, what has the fund accomplished?  Trained more than 300 residents, of which approximately 80% stay in the state of Michigan to practice Serves more than 50,000 Medicaid and uninsured patients per year Has administered more than 43,000 doses of methadone per year Conducts approximately 3,000 therapy session per year Treats more than 2,500 pediatric patients per year for severe mental illness and substance abuse Has developed and implemented new treatment protocols that have decreased hospitalization by 90% and reduced use of restraints by 50% Has saved state Medicaid more than $100 million since 2005 The Lycaki Young Fund has been a great example of community leadership and the important impact of Academic Medicine.  Looking toward the future, the Chair of the WSU Department of Psychiatry, Dr. David Rosenberg, expects even greater success and impact.   Photo:  WSU School of Medicine students and Board of Governors member Michael Busuito visited Lansing on March 1 to meet with legislators to advocate for the continuation of the Lycaki Young Fund   Fri, 30 Jun 2017 04:00:00 EDT American Heart Association Heart Walk brings more than 12,000 to Wayne State’s Campus By Victor Green Wayne Cares, in partnership with the Michigan Chapter of the American Heart Association, participated in the Detroit Heart Walk on May 20, 2017.  More than 800,000 people in the U.S. die from heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases each year. But 80 percent of cardiovascular disease could be prevented through healthy habits such as eating right, controlling cholesterol, physical activity and not smoking. The American Heart Association is the largest voluntary health organization working to prevent heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. With heart disease and stroke being the number one and number four killers of all Americans, the American Heart Association’s mission is to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. The Heart Walk is the American Heart Association's premiere event for raising funds to save lives. This year Wayne State University hosted the Heart Walk on campus and joined more than 1 million people in 300 cities nationwide to take a stand against heart disease. More than 12,000 people came to Wayne State’s main campus to participate in this year’s event. Nearly 500 Wayne State participanes and 46 Wayne Cares teams walked and raised more than $25,000 this year.  “Our goal is to improve cardiovascular health by 20 percent and reduce the number of deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent by the year 2020,” said Beth Collins, Detroit Heart Walk vice president. “Getting people active is one way that we are able to get closer to achieving our goal.” “As an urban serving university and as part of our overall mission, I believe that this engagement is a reflection of our commitment to the broad communities we serve and the mission of the American Heart Association,” said Stephen Lanier, co-chair of the 2017 Detroit Heart Walk and vice president for research at Wayne State University. “The Heart Walk promotes fun ways to be physically active and make healthier choices every day. And it allows us all to embrace the cause to create healthier, longer lives.” Wayne State University will host the Detroit Heart Walk for the next two years.  Photo: Wayne State University students, staff, and faculty gather before participating in the 2017 Michigan Chapter of the American Heart Association Detroit Heart Walk. Fri, 30 Jun 2017 04:00:00 EDT From the Vice President WSU’s commitment to going “all in” By Patrick Lindsey On Thursday, March 23, 2017, nearly 250 Wayne State students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members gathered in WSU’s Community Arts Auditorium to celebrate the university’s inaugural Spirit of Community awards ceremony. These awards honored members of our university who best exemplify the spirit of Wayne State University’s deep commitment to community engagement. Not only did we celebrate these individuals, but this event served as a collective thank you to everyone campus-wide who has taken the time to volunteer or engage in work or research activities that have brought benefit to both the University and the community. As keynote speaker, Tony Michaels, president and CEO of the Parade Company discussed the importance of going “all in” in all aspects of our lives. A big component of our Warrior spirit is our university family’s willingness to go “all in” when it comes to engaging and serving the community. The Spirit of Community awards demonstrated the breadth and the depth of our extensive work in the community including volunteerism, research and service learning. This engagement not only benefits the external community, but it helps all of us grow and thrive both personally and professionally. Our passionate students, dedicated staff, renowned faculty, and supportive alumni are intrinsically linked to service. Not only is community engagement a pillar of WSU’s strategic plan, it is a personal driver for so many of us. It is our hope that this new annual event not only conveys our sincere gratitude to those who participate in meaningful engagement, but we hope that it will serve as a motivator for those who may be considering getting more involved or for those who are considering volunteering for the first time. As we move into warmer months and a shift in schedules, let’s remember to take the time out to give back to the community that gives so much to us. Fri, 30 Jun 2017 04:00:00 EDT WSU visits Lansing to advocate for the university and higher education By Brianna Ellison On March 21st, nearly 80 Wayne State University students, faculty, administrators and alumni traveled to the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing for Warrior Day 2017. Topics of discussion included state budget funding for higher education, the performance metrics used by the state of Michigan in allocating funds, and WSU’s highly ranked capital outlay project proposal, a STEM Innovation Center. WSU participants met with their own legislators, including both their State Representative and State Senator. In a few instances, they met with a legislative staff person when their representative was not available. President M. Roy Wilson, Provost Keith Whitfield and Board of Governors members Kim Trent and Diane Dunaskiss were also in attendance and met with the State Budget Director and other influential lawmakers. Two lawmakers, Representatives Fred Durhal (D-Detroit) and Larry Inman (R-Traverse City), spoke with the group prior to the morning meetings. In addition to hearing from guest speakers, WSU participants attended a buffet lunch in the Capitol to visit further with legislators and staff in a more informal setting. WSU attendees were also introduced on the floor of the House at the beginning of session by Rep. Fred Durhal. Stuart Baum, Chair of the WSU Student Senate Government Affairs Committee and rising WSU sophomore, found the day to be impactful. “I enjoyed being a part of Warrior Day because it gave me the opportunity to meet with my legislators and talk to them about the issues that mattered most to me as a student, while also representing Wayne State University in a positive light,” said Baum. WSU participants met with 65 legislative offices, which is nearly half of the State’s 148 lawmakers. “I believe that my legislators valued the opportunity to listen to us all speak candidly about the important issues impacting our lives, and that they respected the dedication we showed by taking the time to meet with them in person,” said Baum. He continued, “In meeting with them, I saw how attentively my legislators absorbed the feedback I gave them, and I truly appreciated the commitment they made to addressing my concerns.” Students, staff and faculty hailed from all 13 of WSU’s schools and colleges. Each school and college provided a unique poster which was displayed in the Capitol and gave an overview of that particular school or college.           Photos: WSU students at the Michigan State Capitol on Warrior Day 2017 Dr. Andreana Holowatyj, a researcher at Wayne State University, meets with her State Representative, Stephanie Gray Chang Warrior Day participants attend a House session where they were introduced from the floor by Rep. Fred Durhal Fri, 30 Jun 2017 04:00:00 EDT 11 years of impact: Wayne Cares & the Detroit Race for the Cure partnership By Victor Green On May 13, 2017, the 26th annual Komen Detroit Race for the Cure kicked off at Comerica Park with the support of Wayne State University and the local community. Wayne State has a long-standing commitment to the Race for the Cure since its inception in 1992 by Wayne State's own Gloria Heppner, then associate vice-resident, Research. We are proud to support the Komen Foundation through collaboration with the Wayne Cares initiative and university community.  The 2017 Wayne Cares Race for the Cure was led by Honorary Chair Provost Keith E. Whitfield. His work alongside Wayne Cares Chair Patrick Gossman brought together several Wayne Cares teams and led donation efforts for the initiative. Since the partnership with Wayne Cares began in 2006, the Race for the Cure has brought together in excess of 3,500 participants and raised more than $100,000. Gossman said, "I support the Race for the Cure to raise funds to fight breast cancer - the most common cancer in women. My wife is alive today because of past research. I'm very grateful, but better treatments and preventive measures are needed to stop the loss of more than 40,000 people in the U.S. alone every year.” Wayne State has been awarded the largest school team to participate in the race every year since 2006.   Wayne State's relationship with the Race for the Cure is a community-centric cause, directly giving back to those who live in our neighborhood. Up to 75% of the net funds support local breast health, breast cancer awareness, and screening through projects in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. The remaining funds support research, educational and scientific programs both locally and around the world. Wayne State has received millions of dollars in research grants from the Komen Foundation to support our local communities. Fri, 30 Jun 2017 04:00:00 EDT WSU receives grant from State for sexual assault prevention By Greg Bird The State of Michigan recently awarded Wayne State University a grant to implement an innovative and strategic sexual assault prevention program on campus.  This grant comes through First Lady Sue Snyder’s “Let’s End Campus Sexual Assault” initiative.  All together, 18 community colleges and universities in Michigan received a portion of the $500,000 through this initiative this year. It is expected that there will be additional grant funding available next year as well.  The funds for Wayne State University will be used to develop a peer education program focused on prevention education within the Wayne State community, and with several of the Detroit-area high schools. Rachel Kollin, coordinator of student wellness and prevention programs, led the grant-writing and believes the peer education program will further develop dialogues about sexual assault. “The students know the experience firsthand, and they really understand what the barriers to reporting and intervening are,” said Kollin. “From an administrative perspective, you can guess based on research and reading, but no amount of that puts you in the unique position of being a Wayne State student.” The grant application review committee included representatives from the Michigan State Police, the Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board and the Executive Office of the Governor. It was also recently announced that First Lady Snyder will hold a third “Inform. Empower. Prevent. Let’s End Campus Sexual Assault” summit on the campus of Eastern Michigan University on September 25th. The goal of the day-long summit will be making Michigan a model state in the fight against sexual assault among the college-age population. The summit brings together university representatives, state legislators, law enforcement officials, students and national experts for a day of learning, conversation and collaboration in an effort to identify current best practices and discuss problems.  The summit will continue the conversation of campus assault and is an ongoing campaign to inform communities, empower individuals and ultimately bring an end to campus sexual assault. Fri, 30 Jun 2017 04:00:00 EDT Pell Grant update By James Williams While Pell Grants stay alive in the Trump budget, funds for the program are recommended to be reduced by $3.9 billion. Grants are a huge factor for undergraduate students, and the Pell Grant program is the largest federal grant program. It sends up to $5,920 to students whose families earn less than $40,000, prioritized for families earning closer to $20,000. While virtually all students have loans, the key difference is that grants do not have to be repaid.  The Trump budget also proposes eliminating the federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) program. These grants provide $100 - $4,000 per year for students based upon financial need and on the school’s funds. It is campus-based and is sent directly to the institution, not the student. Will these changes go into effect? The ball now sits in Congress’ court. Thu, 06 Jul 2017 04:00:00 EDT ​​​​​James Williams, Jr., commencement speaker at the Kennedy Krieger Institute By James Williams On June 6, 2017, James Williams, Jr., accompanied by his son, James Williams, III, delivered commencement remarks at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, MD.  Both gave remarks to students of the LEAP Program (Lifeskills and Education for Students with Autism and other Pervasive Behavioral Challenges). James III, who graduated from the Kennedy Krieger Institute in 2012, lives semi-independently, has two jobs and works 40 hours per week, and lives a full and complete life. James Jr. congratulated the graduates, family, friends and Kennedy Krieger team. KKI, a non-profit organization founded in 1937, provides inpatient and outpatient medical care, community services, and school-based programs for children and adolescents with learning disabilities, as well as disorders of the brain, spinal cord and musculoskeletal system of all degrees. KKI also is involved in researching various disorders and discovering new interventions and earlier diagnosis of different intellectual challenges. Photo: James Williams, Jr., Wayne State University, director of federal affairs and his son, James Williams, III spoke at the Kennedy Krieger Institute Commencement Ceremony June 6, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland.   Thu, 06 Jul 2017 04:00:00 EDT Wayne State University researcher testifies before Congress By James Williams On April 4, 2017, Dr. Andreana Holowatyj, a researcher at Wayne State University, participated in the annual American Association for Cancer Research’s (AACR) annual conference in Washington, DC.  This panel, entitled “The Road to Cancer Survivorship: Discover, Predict, Prevent, and Treat,” served as an open dialogue with the policymakers and their staff members to discuss the future of cancer research related to clinical trials, health care disparities, and the support of biomedical research training programs. This event was hosted by the AACR Office of Science Policy and Government Affairs, a division of the AACR that is based in Washington and champions the societal value of investing in cancer research.    Photo:   Dr. Holowatyj (far right) participated in an April 4 panel in Washington DC to discuss the future of cancer research.  Photo courtesy of Amir West. Thu, 06 Jul 2017 04:00:00 EDT STEM Innovation Learning Center project proposal receives state approval Tue, 01 Aug 2017 04:00:00 EDT