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As Michigan’s only public, urban research university, Wayne State’s efforts are varied and reflect the University’s broad resources and longstanding commitment to serving the public. Wayne State University has formed a new alliance that will research an association between corrosive contamination in Flint’s municipal water system and a surge in Legionnaire’s disease cases in the region. The Flint Area Community Health and Environment Partnership, led by WSU health and environment engineering specialists began the first phase of the investigation by engaging the community to set up enhanced disease and environmental surveillance in Flint and Genesee County. Leading the project for Wayne State is environmental and civil engineering professor Shawn McElmurry and epidemiological investigator Paul Kilgore, M.P.H., M.D., from the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Additionally, Wayne Law Associate Professor Noah Hall was appointed a special assistant attorney general for Michigan to join the Special Counsel team for the Flint water investigation. He will be part of the team investigating whether any Michigan laws were violated in the process that created the public health crisis. WSU’s campus has also hosted multiple panel discussions to explore the various facets of the Flint water crisis. Attorneys working on class-action lawsuits discussed current efforts in the Flint water crisis Thursday, Feb. 4, as part of the Wayne Law Alumni Speaker Series. On February 11, an interdisciplinary panel of WSU professors hosted a "Panel Discussion on the Flint Water Crisis - Context, Concerns, and Lessons Learned." Topics covered included: provision of public amenities, urban planning in cities with declining tax-bases and populations; coordination between governmental entities and private agencies; problems with crumbling infrastructure; questions about environmental justice; addressing public health needs and, improving medical, nutritional, and educational opportunities for underserved children. Numerous entities from across campus held water and basic needs drives: The Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance partnered with Triumph Church in Flint and has collected over 125 cases of water. Wayne Law's Homeless Not Helpless student organization held a water drive for homeless people in Flint and raised funds which were matched by two local Detroit partners – the Greater Detroit Coalition and the Horatio Williams Foundation. In total, the three organizations sent 600 cases of water to Section 8 Housing projects in Flint. The MU Omicron Pi Chapter of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity at Wayne State University donated more than 700 cases of bottled water. The Wayne State University Student Veterans Organization collected and donated 115 cases of bottled water. TechTown raised the funds to purchase and deliver 585 cases of water to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan. Additional water and basic needs drives were held by the WSU Extension Centers located throughout metro-Detroit, the Black Student Union, Student African American Brotherhood, Office of Federal Trio, the Office of Multicultural Student Engagement, Students for Justice in Palestine, Black Lives Matter: Detroit, the Muslim Students’ Association: Wayne State, and the Wayne State University Police Department. For over 15 years, WSU’s Center for Urban Studies has been deeply committed to child lead poisoning reduction, advocating for and monitoring the progress of efforts to prevent and eliminate lead poisoning and other environmental health problems.  In response to the current crisis, the Center has engaged the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Genesee County Health Department, and the City Administrator’s Office in Flint to discuss relaunching the Flint Green and Healthy Homes Initiative, a local public-private coalition to leverage resources, including lead abatement funding, to create healthy and safe homes for children and families in Flint. The Center has also partnered with the Detroit Police Department to collect and donate bottled water. In addition to the vast amount of work being done on campus, the Wayne State University Dean of Students Office has organized “Fridays for Flint,” a weekly trip for WSU students to volunteer in the city of Flint. DOSO has coordinated shuttle transportation and worked with the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan to plug WSU volunteers in where they are most needed. WSU volunteers have worked with Food Bank staff to repair damaged packaging of donated goods and sort products for food pantries. Wayne State University will not only continue to assist with the current water situation in Flint but will continue its long-term commitment to solving problems faced by urban communities.     Wed, 11 May 2016 04:00:00 EDT Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Inspires Action Wayne State University hosted its annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute at the Max M. Fisher Music Center on Friday, January 15, 2016. This tribute is one of WSU’s signature events and provides the University with an opportunity to honor the legacy of Dr. King.  With more than 1,400 attendees from both the public and the University, this annual event once again brought the community together to reflect on the work of Dr. King and to celebrate our own local leaders. CNN political commentator Van Jones delivers the keynot address to a crowd of more than 1,400 attendees, Friday, Janauary 16, during Wayne State University's annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute.  This year’s keynote speaker was Van Jones, president and co-founder of Rebuild the Dream, a platform for bottom-up, people-powered innovations to help fix the U.S. economy. A Yale-educated attorney, Van has written two New York Times Best Sellers: "The Green Collar Economy," the definitive book on green jobs, and "Rebuild the Dream," a roadmap for progressives in 2012 and beyond. Van is currently a CNN Contributor. In 2009, he worked as the green jobs advisor to the Obama White House. There, he helped run the inter-agency process that oversaw $80 billion in green energy recovery spending. Each year, as part of the tribute, Wayne State University presents the Dr. Arthur L. Johnson Community Leadership Awards.  These awards honor both an individual and an organization whose exemplary contributions positively impact our community.  The 2016 Individual Award was presented to Mr. Anthony Eid and the 2016 Organizational Award went to The Community Homeless Interprofessional Program (CHIP). The program also included performances from The Achievers Ladies Ensemble of Detroit School of Arts Choir, Detroit Academy of Arts and Sciences Show Choir, and Inside Out Detroit poetry reading. For the service component of the tribute, Wayne State University adopted Davison Elementary School. To secure resources and people power, WSU’s Division of Government and Community Affairs worked in partnership with the AmeriCorps Urban Safety Program, Trumbull and Boulevard Towing, Neighborhood Legal Services Michigan, the Detroit Police Department and Wayne State’s Dean of Students Office, Campus Police and Department of Facilities Planning and Management. More than 150 dedicated students and community members joined the effort to secure 13 properties, clear 3 blocks of trash and remove a block of graffiti from a vacant commercial property.  Davison School students also had the opportunity to visit and tour WSU’s campus and attend a WSU Football game.  Next year’s Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute is scheduled for Friday, January 13, 2017. Wed, 11 May 2016 04:00:00 EDT From the Vice President Welcome to the inaugural edition of “Wayne Engaged,” the newsletter of the Division of Government and Community Affairs. The purpose of this publication is to inform readers of current events and relevant activities of the Division’s work on behalf of Wayne State University with governmental entities in Lansing and Washington DC, and of the University’s engagement in the community. Each quarter, the newsletter will highlight various events and issues in each of the Division’s departments – Federal Affairs, State Affairs and Community Affairs.  Topics covered will include proposed legislation for higher education, state and federal funding policies, community outreach activities, and personal profiles on elected officials and community leaders.   The newsletter will also include feature stories on the exemplary community outreach efforts of our schools and colleges, as well as the stellar individual volunteer efforts of WSU faculty, staff, students and alumni. It is my hope that you find this newsletter engaging and informative, and through its content, gain a greater appreciation for the University’s legislative efforts and impact in the community.  We welcome any feedback you have regarding the publication of our work.  Thanks for reading! Wed, 11 May 2016 04:00:00 EDT WSU Partnership Benefits University Students and Southeast Michigan Youth WSU College of Pharmacy students led interactive activities during "Medication Generation: Just Say Know," a peer-to-peer educational program aimed at helping Detroit adoescents understand risks associated with prescription drug abuse. Our unwavering commitment to community engagement is a point of pride for Wayne State University.  While we partner with a wide variety of organizations hailing from across the region, one of our priorities has always been to serve Southeast Michigan’s youth. An example of one of these long time community based partners is The Youth Connection (TYC), an organization that works to connect local young people to a brighter future. TYC has received tremendous support from the WSU Student Government who partnered to host a 2009 Detroit City Council Candidate Forum, with a focus on “Education & Community”. Furthermore, TYC has hosted WSU interns from our Department of Nutrition and Food Science for the last four years. The University has also simulated several mock disasters on campus to allow TYC youth who have become Teen CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) certified to practice their newly acquired skills.  A tremendous bonus for any community based organization is the ability to document their work from a research perspective.  A Wayne State University MPH School of Medicine student recently interned with TYC and presented a poster presentation on the effectiveness of The Youth Connection’s I2D2 (I2 – increase fruits and vegetables, increase physical activity; D2 – decrease sugary drinks, decrease screen time) Food and Nutrition program.  The I2D2 initiative is a six week creative and interactive program offered throughout Wayne County to help address obesity. In addition to the work of our School of Medicine students, Wayne State University’s Eugene Applebaum School of Pharmacy has provided tremendous support to The Youth Connection and the Love Detroit Prevention Coalition through the Generation Rx Truth Fairy Project. Pharmacy students hosted focus groups to provide peer to peer engagement with TYC and Detroit youth on the dangers of the non-medical use of prescription drugs. They also designed and implemented “Just Say Know”, a peer to peer education forum. This engagement resulted in a poster presentation documenting increased knowledge and engagement. Our own Dr. Brittany Stewart and WSU alumna and CEO of The Youth Connection, Dr. Grenae Dudley, presented this project and the importance of partnership at a recent statewide conference. School of Pharmacy students dressed up as the “Truth Fairies” to provide truth and facts about the nonmedical use of prescription drugs to over 2,500 Detroit youth and families at The Youth Connection’s After School - Back to School - Off to College Fair. Moving forward, The Youth Connection and the Love Detroit Prevention Coalition will be working with Wayne State University’s School of Nursing to help facilitate the use of the SBIRT (a screening tool for substance use disorders). WSU’s community partnerships continue to provide our students with meaningful service learning experiences while creating positive and sustainable impact locally and throughout the region.  Wed, 11 May 2016 04:00:00 EDT What's Happening in Washington, D.C. United States Senator Debbie Stabenow addresses a group of Wayne State students to discuss the RED Act and college debt relief on Wednesday, February 17. First of all, thanks so much for taking a look at our newsletter!  When someone once asked one of the Members of Congress for whom I worked why it is important to pay attention to politics, he replied “all Congress does is allocate your money, health care, housing, education and justice.  If none of those affect you or your family, don’t bother paying attention.  Otherwise, become educated and make your voice heard.” I would like to say that there is a remote chance that Congress will address the debts that most students incur, that the Higher Education Act, three years overdue for reauthorization, will be done or that Pell Grants will get both a boost and a steady stream of funding. As you can probably tell from the acrimony from the presidential campaigns, the odds of any one of these legislative items happening is slim and none, and slim just got on the bus. The last reauthorization of the Higher Education Act – which is supposed to happen every five years – took over seven years before Congress last considered it. The best we can hope is that Congress will approve all 12 of the annual spending provisions. This will be challenging as Congress can’t even agree to a budget resolution.  This resolution, while not having the force of law, ultimately determines the spending levels for those 12 appropriation bills. Technically, Congress is not supposed to move forward on any appropriation bill before a budget is approved, but time is running short. Due to the campaigns, caucuses and primaries, there are fewer legislative days to get these things done. The real and significant work is really taking place in the various agencies in Washington, D.C., which is where we have placed our focus not only for Wayne State University, but for the University Research Corridor.  I will highlight some of this work in our next edition.    Wed, 11 May 2016 04:00:00 EDT Wayne State University athletes show their compassion to the homeless and less fortunate Wed, 11 May 2016 04:00:00 EDT University Approaching Health Sciences as a Team   David Hefner, Vice President for Health Affairs (left) and Doug Skrzyniarz, Associate Vice President for Government Health Affairs (right) As a member of the National Academy of Science and Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Board of Directors, President Wilson is a national leader on health transformation.  He knows that the future of health care is dependent on providers aligning their priorities around the needs of their patients.  By breaking down the silos of the various health professions, we can work collaboratively to better serve the needs of our patients. To that end, he hired David Hefner last year to serve as WSU’s Vice President of Health Affairs.  “I am delighted to accept this new role at Wayne State University,” Hefner said. “This is already a renowned institution that is nationally recognized for its health research and the strength of its medical school. But the potential is there to advance its mission even further by tapping into new health profession opportunities and exploring new approaches.” Hefner previously served as Executive Vice President for Health Affairs for the Georgia Regents Health System, Executive Vice President for Clinical Affairs at Georgia Regents University and Chief Executive Officer of Georgia Regents Medical Center and Medical Associates. The University and Division of Government and Community Affairs also recently announced the promotion of Doug Skrzyniarz to the position of Associate Vice President of Government Health Affairs.  In his most recent capacity, Doug covered government affairs work for the WSU School of Medicine.  In this new role, Doug now has responsibilities for all the health sciences at the University.  By continuing this work to break down the silos of the various health professions, Wayne State University has developed new synergies between the health related colleges. “Wayne State University has led in health policy by approaching problems as a collaborative team.  Community health issues require an inter-professional approach that rewards innovation and collaboration,” Skrzyniarz said. “We have so many great minds in health care across the University.  It is our job as a public university to align those clinical, educational, and research resources to the benefit of our local and broader community.” Skrzyniarz has been with the University since 2006 and has worked in health administration for 14 years.  He received his B.A. from Michigan State University, has a Master’s from Wayne State University and the University of Michigan, and is currently pursuing a PhD in political science from Wayne State University.  Doug is the chair-elect of the AAMC Government Affairs Group, is on the Board of Directors for the March of Dimes, and is an elected member of the Sterling Heights City Council. Wed, 11 May 2016 04:00:00 EDT Governor's Budget Calls for More Funding for WSU; Metrics Must Improve Wayne State President M. Roy Wilson addresses a legislative joint committee about WSU's efforts to foster collaboration and strengthen regional assets, Monday, February 29. In early February, Governor Rick Snyder proposed his budget for the coming fiscal year to the state legislature. The Governor’s budget for Higher Education includes a 3.5 percent, or $6.6 million, increase for Wayne State University. If approved, the University would receive $198.1 million in operating funds from the State next fiscal year.  The Higher Education Budget amounts to an overall 4.3 percent increase which totals $61.2 million in new funding for colleges and universities. As has been the case for the past few years, a portion of the new funding will be run through performance metrics.  While the Governor’s goal was to restore university funding back to the 2011 levels when the budget was cut by 15 percent, 5 universities will still be below their 2011 funding levels if the Governor’s budget is approved.  Wayne State, in particular, remains at 7.5%, or $16.6 million below its 2011 level, and for the fifth year in a row will receive the lowest percentage increase of all of Michigan’s public universities. This is because the current metrics model for Michigan is constructed in a way that makes it extraordinarily difficult for Wayne State to rise from the last position for funding increases. Wayne State University President M. Roy Wilson commented in a recent Detroit Free Press column that the State could improve upon the metrics “to better align it with the state’s workforce needs and economic development.” Dr. Wilson said that the metrics should value research more than only 5 percent weight. Next, graduate degrees should be included in the “critical degrees” metric, as they are certainly critical to Michigan’s success. Third, the metrics should incorporate instructional costs as a percentage of expenditures, rather than an overall administrative cost, since this is most relevant to the student experience. Lastly, and perhaps most critical is that Wayne State should be evaluated in relation to the other state public universities as well as in comparison to its own historical performance. Dr. Wilson said the current methodology uses the Carnegie Foundation’s classification of universities, which results in “nonsensical peer groupings” such as Wayne State being measured against Ivy League universities. As both the State House and Senate present their own plans and negotiations begin, Wayne State’s Division of Government & Community Affairs will continue to work with the Governor and members of the legislature to ensure that the University receives its fair share of funding from the State of Michigan.  Some final good news is that the Governor’s proposed budget includes $14.75 million for Wayne State’s top capital outlay project, the STEM Innovation Learning Center. Because Wayne State has experienced such unprecedented growth in STEM student enrollment and graduation rates since 2010, the University requested funding for this project as an outstanding investment opportunity to create an enhanced instructional environment for our undergraduate STEM students. The total project cost is estimated to be $29.5 million.    Wed, 11 May 2016 04:00:00 EDT Wayne State University Stepping Up to Fight Opioid Addiction Millions of American families wake each day to the stark realities of the opioid crisis. Since 2000, more than 500,000 Americans have died from drug overdoses, including a 14 percent increase in 2014 of opioid-related fatalities. President Obama and Michigan leaders, including Gov. Rick Snyder and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, have made the opioid crisis one of their top priorities. President Obama challenged universities to accept a pledge to incorporate new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines into curriculums to better prepare health professionals on how to treat addiction and prescribe controlled substances. Michael Botticelli, Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, visited Wayne State University in September to discuss Opioid addiction. The event was hosted by former U.S. Senator Carl Levin. Doug Skrzyniarz from WSU Government Affairs and Jennifer Mendez from the WSU School of Medicine were also in attendance.  Recently, the Levin Center and Wayne State University hosted a visit by Michael Botticelli, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. He spoke to our health professional students on the importance of proper prescribing and treatment of patients who have or are experiencing addiction. By helping remove the stigma of addiction, physicians, pharmacists, nurses, social workers and other health care professionals can better encourage patients to seek help. In response to President Obama’s challenge and Botticelli’s visit, Wayne State University signed the pledge to improve our curriculum related to addiction and the proper prescribing of controlled substances. We encourage the other universities in Michigan to join us in this pledge. Educators and health professionals must provide better leadership as part of the broader fight against opioid addiction. To that end, Wayne State University is announcing the formation of a campus-wide task force to address this issue. Comprised of faculty leaders from our entire Health Sciences - - the College of Nursing, the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, the School of Medicine, the School of Social Work, and representatives of the Office of the Provost and Community Affairs, the task force has already established guidelines that will inform curriculum changes and new programs. A few of these include: Recognize as a care professional one’s own limitations to managing complex cases and requiring an integrated team approach. Manage substance use disorder as a chronic disease. Apply a patient-centered care model to pain management and addiction-related care, including a holistic approach, listening to the patient, demonstrate effective motivational interviewing skills, communicate and involve a patient’s support system, share data and information with treatment team. Support access to medication-assisted treatment for substance use disorder, including Buprenorphine, an alternative treatment to Methadone that can be prescribed through a family doctor’s office. Demonstrate appropriate use of an integrated statewide prescription drug monitoring program. Educate providers on how to recognize their own stigma and bias, be cognizant of barriers to optimal care and take steps to address limitations in treatment modalities. Collaborate with law enforcement, judicial system and community agencies to ensure access to effective treatment services. The health care system must become more coordinated and break down the silos between various care providers. Doctors, nurses, social workers, pharmacists, et al., are equally important in treating addiction. If they work in a patient-centered, team-based approach, the person who wins is the patient. Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:00:00 EDT What Is Capital Outlay? WSU’s new Integrative Biosciences Center (IBio) is dedicated to studying and eliminating the many health disparities that plague the city's residents. It will eventually house over 400 individuals within 200,000 square feet of lab and clinical space designed to foster a collaborative and flexible team science approach to research. If you happen to be walking along Woodward Avenue and notice Wayne State’s new Integrative Biosciences Center, or IBio, you might wonder how an impressive facility like this is paid for. As the University simply does not have enough funding to pay for facilities like this on our own, the State of Michigan, with the help of generous donors, helps the University pay for projects like IBio through a process called Capital Outlay. Capital Outlay is the section of the state’s budget that is dedicated to help colleges, universities, community colleges and the State of Michigan renovate, repair and construct new buildings, such as IBio. State oversight of the Capital Outlay funding process is through the Joint Capital Outlay Subcommittee in the state legislature. This subcommittee, which currently consists of 14 members from both the House and the Senate, is charged with determining which building requests from the State and the Higher Education community are a high priority and then providing a planning authorization and funding to those projects through the annual appropriations process. Like all pieces of legislation, the Governor will sign the Capital Outlay bill into law after any differences between the administration and the subcommittee are worked out. It should be noted that a Capital Outlay budget does not necessarily have to be passed each fiscal year. In 2010, Wayne State was awarded $30 million through this process to help pay for the $90 million cost of IBio - which is the largest building project in the University’s history. Without a third of the funding coming from the State, educational facilities like IBio may not be a possibility. There are two ways the state pays for these construction projects: lump-sum cash payments, or financing through the issuance of debt through what is known as the State Building Authority. The larger projects are traditionally funded through the State Building Authority. Prior to IBio, the last Capital Outlay funding Wayne State received was in 2005 for the Danto Engineering Development Center. The University received $15 million from the state for the construction of that facility. Other Capital Outlay projects on Wayne State’s campus include $13.875 million for the Welcome Center in 1998; $48.2 million in 1996 for the Applebaum Pharmacy Building; $26 million for the David Adamany Library; and $42.8 million in 1993 for the renovations to Old Main. The University’s top Capital Outlay project request to the State for the coming year is $14.75 million for a new STEM Innovation Learning Center on campus. The Division of Government and Community Affairs will be working closely with the administration and members of the Joint Capital Outlay Subcommittee in Lansing to advocate for a Capital Outlay budget that includes funding for our STEM Innovation Learning Center next year. Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:00:00 EDT Wayne State Warriors Carry Kermit the Frog Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:00:00 EDT Visit the 2016 “Canstruction®” Competition This Noel Night Wayne State University is partnering with Gleaners Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan, Kroger and the American Institute of Architects for the 5th annual “Canstruction®.” Canstruction® is a competition where teams design and build giant sculptures made completely of cans to feed hungry neighbors. WSU hosts the Canstruction® Design and Build exhibit on campus at the Welcome Center during NOEL night and the display remains up for the week following the event. Teams include Metro Detroit architects, engineers, contractors, designers and students with backgrounds in engineering, design or architecture.  This year’s event will once again take place during NOEL Night on Friday, December 3, 2016 in Midtown. SmithGroupJJR presents “Dory” at the 2015 Canstruction event at Wayne State University’s Welcome Center   Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:00:00 EDT State of Michigan Election Update The November 8th elections will bring many new faces to state government and to the state university governing boards. Control of the state House of Representatives will remain in Republican control by the same 67-43 margin come January. Many pundits believed that while the Democrats would probably not gain control of the House, they would certainly gain seats. This turned out not to be the case. Each party gained a seat that was previously held by the other party. Republicans gained a seat previously held by Democrat in the election of Representative-elect Joe Bellino of Monroe. Democrats picked up a seat with Representative-elect Darrin Camilleri of Brownstown Township. Rep. Tom Leonard (R-Dewitt) was named by members of his caucus the next Speaker of the House, while Rep. Sam Singh (D-East Lansing) will be the new Democratic Leader following Rep. Tim Greimel’s (D-Auburn Hills) announcement that he would not seek another term as Leader. Representative Laura Cox (R-Livonia) will be the first female to Chair the House Appropriations Committee. Due to term limits and the elevation of Representatives Cox and Singh to leadership positions, there will be several new members on the House Higher Education Appropriations Committee next term. The State Board of Education will now go from a 6-2 Democratic majority to a 4-4 split following the victory of Republicans Nikki Snyder of Whitmore Lake and Tom McMillin of Rochester Hills. Democrats also lost one seat on each of the University Boards. Michigan State will go from a 5-3 Democratic majority to a 4-4 split with the election of Dan Kelly and incumbent Dianne Byrum. The University of Michigan will go from a 6-2 Democratic majority to 5-3 with the election of Incumbent Denise Ilitch and Ron Weiser. The Wayne State University Board of Governors will also move from a 6-2 Democratic majority to 5-3 with the election of Republican Dr. Michael Busuito and Democrat Mark Gaffney.           Newly elected Wayne State University Board of Governors Michael Busuito (L) and Mark Gaffney (R) Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:00:00 EDT Combined Charitable Contributions Campaign Kicks Off on Campus Every year the Division of Community Affairs hosts the United Way for Southeastern Michigan (UWSEM) and the Black United Fund (BUF) combined charitable contributions campaign fundraiser. United Way provides our community with an independent safety net of health and human services by supporting a number of community service agencies. The Black United Fund is a community-based resource center that assists community efforts through referrals, funding, consultation and/or technical assistance. Both organizations provide numerous community service programs through a large network of volunteers and donors. This year’s campaign chair is Dean Matthew W. Seeger, College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts, and the co-chair is Dean Cheryl E. Waites, School of Social Work. The 2017 campaign began in mid-November and will end in mid-December, with the goal of raising $75,000. Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:00:00 EDT Wayne State Students Build Safe Pathways to Detroit Elementary School The AmeriCorps Urban Safety Program and Wayne State University’s Center for Urban Studies, the WSU Dean of Students Office, Boulevard Trumbull Towing, Children’s Education Division Neighborhood Legal Services and Detroit Police Department partnered with the Division of Government and Community Affairs to coordinate the University’s participation in Make-A-Difference Day 2016. Victor Green, Wayne State University director of community relations, Katie Abdilla, Domonique McCord and Njima Murphy volunteer during Make a Difference Day at Thurgood Marshall Elementary-Middle School  More than 150 WSU students and volunteers attended the Thurgood Marshall Elementary School: Detroit Safe Routes to School Initiative. This project was designed to help create safer routes to school for students attending the many Detroit public schools. The program includes blight removal and student walking routes, vacant house board up, and visible safe routes signage. This recent event secured 10 vacant properties, cleared three blocks of trash, removed a block of graffiti from a vacant property, and created visible safe routes signage in the Thurgood Marshall School vicinity. Third graders from Thurgood Marshall Elementary School also participated by painting the boards that were secured to the outside of the vacant houses. This project has directly increased safety for students walking to and from school. Thurgood Marshall Elementary-Middle School is located in Detroit, Michigan. The school is named in honor of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. Justice Marshall became the first African American to serve on the Supreme Court. The mission of the school is to provide and enhance the intellectual and physical development of their students. It accomplishes this goal by providing an educational environment that is caring, trusting, challenging, healthy and safe. Ms. Sharon Lee is the Principal of the school. We are grateful to all of the day’s sponsors. AmeriCorps secured materials and trained volunteers, Boulevard Trumbull Towing sponsored the purchase of many of the supplies, WSU’s Dean of Students Office enlisted student volunteers, and the Detroit Police Department cleared all properties and provided support throughout the day. Children’s Education Division Neighborhood Legal Services provided lunch for the volunteers. University Television filmed the event. and we are looking forward to showcasing the day’s work during the 2017 MLK Tribute. Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:00:00 EDT What's Happening in Washington, D.C. Visit to the Embassy of Brazil James Williams, director of federal affairs, Wayne State University; Anita Estell, the Estell Group, with Mr. Franklin Silva Netto and Ms. Maricy Schmitz of the Embassy of Brazil. James Williams, Jr., director of federal affairs for Wayne State University, along with our Washington, D.C. representative Anita Estell of the Estell Group, met with officials of the Embassy of Brazil. Facilitated by Diplomacy Matters, a non-profit organization that matches non-profit organizations with other nations, Williams met with Mr. Franklin Silva Netto, Counselor, and head of the Education Section, and Ms. Maricy Schmitz, of the Education Section at the Embassy of Brazil. Wayne State University and Brazil had a very successful program that saw more than 200 students enroll at Wayne State University. This meeting further engendered support and mutual respect of our work with Brazil, and led to other possible academic and research opportunities for our student body, researchers and professors. The Embassy of Brazil is excited about being able to facilitate a long-term relationship between Wayne State University and a number of universities in Brazil.   The Presidential Election After one of the longest, and most bitter, elections in modern history, Donald J. Trump prevailed over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in what was widely viewed as an upset. In addition to winning the White House, the Republican Party maintained their hold over the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. So what's next? The answer is that no one really knows. Williams says that one lesson he has learned from two decades as a Hill staff person is that in politics, there are no permanent friends, nor permanent enemies; just permanent interests.  Wayne State University has been, and will remain, one of the top research universities that provides access to the education and success for all Americans. Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:00:00 EDT WSU Assistant Professor Holds Congressional Briefing On Wednesday, December 7, Angelique Day, a Congressional Fellow sponsored by the Society for Research on Child Development and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, will host a panel and roundtable discussion titled, “Confronting the Challenges of Older Youth and Young Adults in the Foster Care System: A Focus on Higher Education Opportunities.” This briefing will showcase state innovations and foster youth from California, Iowa, Washington, Oregon, Michigan and Connecticut and will discuss ways to help foster youth access and succeed in post-secondary education. Dr. Day serves in the Office of Congressman Danny K Davis (D-IL).  She chose this office for her fellowship “because the Congressman has leadership on House Ways and Means, the committee that makes decisions on child welfare legislation, and it is the committee in which the majority of my research applies.” She explained, “The Congressman is a member of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth, and has had leadership historically with the House Education and Workforce Committee, the other committee that is relevant to my research as I study post-secondary education well-being of foster care youth.” Dr. Day served six years as an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work, and as Founder and Director of the Transition to Independence Program, WSU's college access and retention initiative for foster youth. In addition to providing leadership in the planning and execution of the briefing, she is also assisting in the development of legislation for the Higher Education Act Reauthorization which she expects will be released for committee debate in January 2017. Event Information: *Confronting the Challenges of Older Youth and Young Adults in the Foster Care System: A Focus on Higher Education Opportunities *Wednesday, December 7, 2016 *U.S. Capitol Building, Senate Visitor’s Center 212-10 *10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:00:00 EDT Activating Campus to Improve Community There is a growing recognition that place matters in creating healthy, prosperous communities where people want to live, work, play and learn. Placemaking is an approach to help communities create inspiring and engaging public places, often through relatively quick and inexpensive interventions. Placemaking is a core component of Wayne State University’s effort to create a more 24-7 campus and build connections within the campus community and with our Midtown neighbors. Wayne State’s Office of Economic Development (OED) leads several collaborative Placemaking Initiatives, including convening a Placemaking Steering Committee, an advisory board comprised of representatives from more than 20 colleges and departments and community organizations. Previous projects include the 2015 and 2016 Walk [Wayne State] campaigns designed to encourage people to explore nearby destinations; partnering with the DIA Inside|Out program to place reproductions of the DIA’s collection at sites across campus; and placing flexible public seating throughout campus to offer people a place to relax, study and socialize. Creative and practical streetscape improvements helped re-image Warren’s long-term design as a safe, active and vibrant corridor. This fall, OED partnered with numerous campus departments and the City of Detroit to showcase innovative design ideas to transform Warren Avenue. Through creative and practical streetscape improvements—such as painted bike lanes, pedestrian bump-outs and shortened crosswalks—and food trucks and flexible seating, Wayne State re-imagined Warren’s long-term design as a safe and vibrant space. Prototypes and ideas generated during Walkable Warren will inform Wayne State’s forthcoming new master plan. The demonstration was also intended to inform future streetscape changes included in the City of Detroit’s federally funded plan for safety improvements along a five-mile stretch of Warren and the Woodbridge Neighborhood Development Corporation’s Walk Woodbridge initiative. The majority of Wayne State’s Placemaking Initiatives have occurred in the fall and spring when campus is naturally more dynamic. OED is currently exploring initiatives to make campus more engaging in the winter months when people are less likely to spend time outside. Planned initiatives include installing holiday lights on campus and coordinating a pop-up marketplace. Installing holiday lights on campus is a simple idea, one other cities and universities have implemented to both lift spirits and increase public safety. OED is currently crowdfunding to purchase and install LED holiday lights. The lights will be installed in early December and shine through the end of January, lighting up campus for Wayne State students, employees, residents, businesses and visitors. OED is also partnering with Wayne State’s James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History, TechTown and the Center for Community Based Enterprise on a holiday marketplace and wreath sale, which will feature 50 local businesses and Wayne State-affiliated artists. The inaugural Winter Art and Retail Market (WARM) will take place in the park at Woodward and Warren during the 44th annual Noel Night on Saturday, December 3rd. More than 70 institutions, including a dozen Wayne State schools, colleges and departments, will open their doors to the public free of charge during this Cultural Center-wide holiday open house, which regularly draws tens of thousands of visitors to Wayne State’s neighborhood. Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:00:00 EDT Wayne State University Announces Allyson Felix as Keynote Speaker for 2017 Reverend Dr. ... Wayne State University will host its annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute at the Max M. Fisher Music Center on Friday, January 13, 2017. This year’s keynote speaker is Allyson Felix, Olympian. Felix has amassed an incredible 13 global titles, ten United States Championships, nine Olympic Medals, and a World Record. Her accomplishments solidify her as one of the greatest female athletes the world has seen, and she has garnered attention from the top media publications in the world. Features have included: Vogue, Glamour, Essence, Self, O Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and Elle. Allyson has proven herself a force on the track, but has still made time to graduate with an elementary education degree from the University of Southern California. She also has a heart for her community and serves as an ambassador for Right to Play and Play Works, as well as being a member of The President’s Council on Fitness, Sport, and Nutrition. Felix has recently turned her attention to helping the NFL’s Nnamdi Asomugha provide Los Angeles area teens with tools to prepare themselves for higher education through their ACTS College Summit. Felix was the fastest high school 200 meter runner in history, has the most World Championship titles in United States history, and has an Olympic and World Record. However, aspects of her career are still in the beginning stages. In 2015 she began to pursue the 400 meters and has already earned a world title and delivered the fastest 400m relay split in World Championship history. It seems the best is yet to come. Event information:      * Friday January 13, 2017      * Max M. Fisher Music Center, 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI      * Doors open at 9:00 a.m.      * Main program, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.      * Strolling lunch, 11:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Net proceeds from the Tribute support Adopt-A-Classroom. Adopt-A-Classroom is a nationally recognized organization that invites the community into classrooms to increase opportunity for student success by empowering teachers with community partnerships and funds to purchase resources for their classrooms. Since 2008, more than 35 classrooms in the Detroit area have been sponsored thanks to the support of our event sponsors. Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:00:00 EDT From the Vice President “Thanks!” In the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday, I share the following story: Rudyard Kipling was a great writer and poet. Unlike many old writers, Kipling was one of the few who had opportunity to enjoy his success while he lived. He also made a great deal of money at his trade. One time a newspaper reporter came up to him and said, "Mr. Kipling, I just read that somebody calculated that the money you make from your writings amounts to over a hundred dollars a word; Mr. Kipling raised his eyebrows and said, "Really, I certainly wasn’t aware of that." The reporter cynically reached down into his pocket and pulled out a one hundred dollar bill and gave it to Kipling and said, "Here’s a hundred dollar bill, Mr. Kipling. Now, you give me one of your hundred dollar words." Mr. Kipling looked at that hundred dollar bill for a moment, took it and folded it up and put it in his pocket and said, "Thanks." Kipling’s right! The word thanks is certainly a hundred dollar word. In fact, I would say it is more like a million dollar word. It’s a word that is too seldom heard, too rarely spoken and too often forgotten. The Division of Government and Community Affairs pauses to reflect and say thanks to God for our many blessings. While there are any number of things that we can identify to complain about, we rather choose to count our blessings – family, friendships, the strong and resilient citizens of Detroit, a great university to work for, committed community organizations – the list goes on and on. If everyone would adopt an attitude of thanksgiving, our world would be changed. So, to you, our readers, we say “Thanks” for reading our newsletter and supporting our efforts. And thank you for all you do to make ours a great city! Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:00:00 EDT Governor’s Funding Plan for Colleges and Universities By Greg Bird On February 8th, Governor Rick Snyder presented his budget proposal for the coming fiscal year to the state legislature. Over the next few months, the state legislature will examine this proposal and make changes that they believe are in the best interest of the state. The Governor’s proposed budget for the state’s colleges and universities includes an additional $36.6 million for the fiscal year that begins October 1, 2017. That amounts to an overall increase of 2.5 percent. Because of the performance funding formula, however, not every institution will not see this amount. Under this proposal, Wayne State University (WSU) will see only a 2 percent increase. That amounts to an additional $3.88 million for the coming year if the University keeps any tuition increase under 3.8 percent or $475 per student. WSU is happy to see that the Governor’s budget includes reinvestment in higher education, but it is very disappointing that for the sixth consecutive year, WSU will receive one of the lowest percentage increases in state funding. These funding levels are based on Michigan’s performance metrics formula. By any important measure, however – enrollment, graduation rates, research, economic impact – WSU’s performance is either near the top or improving. Unfortunately, the formula is flawed, and this hurts the university, our students, and our state. The current methodology uses the Carnegie Foundation’s classification to compare WSU with other universities that have the highest levels of research. This results in nonsensical comparisons with the nation’s top research universities and other institutions that bear no resemblance to Wayne State. With this formula, Wayne State would actually receive more performance funding if it did less research, which would benefit neither the university nor the state. Furthermore, some of the performance funding metrics do not recognize graduate activity, or emphasize research as much as they should. We will continue to advocate that the state’s metrics should lead to desirable outcomes for students and the state’s economy and should take into account each school’s unique mission.   Capital Outlay Project Update Governor Rick Snyder’s budget included funding for Wayne State University’s STEM Innovation Learning Center that the University hopes to construct in the near future. The Capital Outlay budget that the Governor proposed included funding for three university, two community college and two state agency projects. The budget proposes to pay $14.9 million of the STEM Innovation Learning Center, which is about half the cost of the project. The plan calls to renovate and repurpose the Science and Engineering Library (SEL). The SEL was closed a few years ago as part of the continuing necessity to reduce operating costs. Because WSU has experienced such tremendous growth in STEM student enrollment and graduation rates since 2010, the University believes this project is an outstanding investment opportunity to create an enhanced instructional environment for our undergraduate STEM students. Tue, 28 Feb 2017 05:00:00 EDT Combatting Student Homelessness to Ensure Detroit’s Success First lady of WSU Mrs. Wilson speaking at the Humanities Center Brown Bag Colloquium Series WSU High Program Staff There is a severely under-represented population here in the city of Detroit. They are people who are working tirelessly to make something of their lives, yet life hasn’t dealt them the cards they need to succeed. Hidden in plain sight is a growing number of Wayne State University students experiencing the tragedy of homelessness, precarious housing, and financial instability. It is a common misconception that if someone has the means to go to college, they have the means to obtain basic necessities. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. There are Wayne State students who have to choose between paying tuition bills and paying for their basic needs like food and a living space. Wayne State University’s HIGH Program recognizes these students. These students have dreams of graduating, and they simply need assistance in making those dreams a reality. The HIGH Program provides the necessary support so they don’t have to make the choice. The HIGH Program has been transforming students’ lives for over three years. Through giving a helping hand, financial assistance, and consistent housing, HIGH can help make the difference between earning a college degree and dropping out. Detroit needs its students more than ever to keep the city moving in the right direction. This past fall, WSU’s First Lady Mrs. Jacqueline Wilson and the HIGH team worked diligently to spread the word about the program and its benefits for students. At the start of the fall semester in August, HIGH Program members spoke about the program at WSU’s annual Baroudeur cycling event and hosted an information table at FestiFall. In early October, Mrs. Wilson hosted a presentation in Wayne State’s Student Center called “Supporting Student Success: Wayne State University’s ‘Helping Individuals Go Higher’ (HIGH) Program” as part of the Humanities Center Brown Bag Colloquium Series. In mid-October, the HIGH Program received a generous $30,000 donation from The Jamie and Denise Jacob Family Foundation to help HIGH continue to provide support to struggling Wayne State students. HIGH Program members also hosted a table at WSU’s Department of Communication’s Journalism Day Internship Fair where they successfully recruited volunteers and interns for the winter term. First lady of WSU Mrs. Wilson and HIGH Program Members at the Cass Community Social Services kitchen In mid-November, Mrs. Wilson and the HIGH Program members volunteered at the Cass Community Social Services kitchen and hosted an information table in the WSU Student Center in order to help spread awareness about the issues of hunger and homelessness in honor of National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week; and for Thanksgiving, President Wilson and Mrs. Wilson hosted students at their home to share in the holiday’s festivities. The HIGH Program’s ongoing efforts include the continuous determination to spread the word about the program through meeting with student organizations, faculty, and by hosting informational events. HIGH is also currently working with the McGregor Fund team to create a food pantry and Student Office of Advocacy and Resources (SOAR). Tue, 28 Feb 2017 05:00:00 EDT From the Vice President By Patrick Lindsey "To Tax or Not to Tax" The Michigan House of Representatives recently considered HB 4001, a bill to eliminate the state’s income tax. As a taxpaying citizen, my immediate reaction was one of great interest; any bill that will put more of my money back into my pocket sounds good to me. However, after having read and analyzed the bill, I was much less enthusiastic. While varying versions of this bill would be hashed out by the Legislature, the underlying fact is that a rollback in taxes equals a loss of revenue. In one version of the bill, the loss of anticipated revenue totaled nearly $2 billion by October 2018. Such a deep cut in the budget would necessarily affect schools, roads, community colleges and public universities, and local government revenue sharing. Along with Michigan’s 15 public universities, Wayne State encouraged state representatives to thoughtfully consider all the consequences before voting on HB 4001. If the past is precedent, a tax cut of this magnitude would result in especially deep cuts to higher education: * In 2000, Michigan invested $1.50 billion in university operating support. Adjusted for inflation, that was $9,387 in state support per student. * In 2016, we invested $1.36 billion. That’s $5,217 per student. This equates to a 44 percent reduction. State investment in higher education is critical to ensuring college affordability, enabling Michiganders to achieve a postsecondary education, to achieve a middle class living, and to contribute to the state’s economy. Further disinvestment in state university funding will shift the burden of paying for college to students and families, through higher tuition prices. It is notable that lawmakers in Kansas—who have strived to make that state the showcase for demonstrating how state tax cuts drive economic growth—earlier this month passed an income tax increase that will generate $2 billion to offset the huge revenue shortfalls that have devastated that state's public services in recent years. Tax-cutting to drive economic prosperity is a losing proposition. Michigan lawmakers have made tough choices over the past six years, resulting in a sustained period of economic growth and gradual reinvestment in higher education (although, collectively, the state universities are still below FY 2011 funding levels). We are on a positive path toward our future and we can't afford to take a wrong turn now. Now is the time to invest in our people—our talent pipeline—and in our infrastructure. While having more money back into my pocket sounds good, I am far more interested in lawmakers more effectively utilizing the tax revenues the state currently receives to make our state grow and thrive. To me, that sounds even better. Editor’s Note: After a 12-hour marathon session that went until 1:30 AM Wednesday morning, the House voted down a pared down version of HB 4001. Tue, 28 Feb 2017 05:00:00 EDT Profile: WSU’s Outgoing and Incoming Board of Governors By Gus Navarro Have you ever wondered how M. Roy Wilson was elected as president of Wayne State? Or perhaps you’ve been curious about how the university receives funding, sets tuition rates or secures the money to build on campus. The answer to these questions lie with the Board of Governors of Wayne State University. Comprised of eight members who serve eight-year terms, the Board is in charge of the university’s finances and works to ensure that Wayne State is a destination for those seeking an institution of higher learning. While most public universities have a governing board, Wayne State’s is unique for a few reasons. Residents of Michigan vote on the Board of Governors during the general election held every two years. Out of the 15 public universities in Michigan, only Wayne State, MSU and U of M have governing boards voted on by the public. The remaining schools in Michigan have governing boards, but the governor and state senate choose them. Nationally, there are only three other states where elections of university governing boards take place. With the recent November election behind us, it is time to thank outgoing members Paul Massaron and Gary S. Pollard for all they’ve done in service to Wayne State. It is also time to welcome our new members. Paul Massaron First elected in 2000, Paul Massaron completed his 16th year of service in December. During his 32-year career with the UAW, and a background in labor relations, negotiating contracts, arbitration, labor education and political action, Massaron brought invaluable experience to the Board. Massaron is a skilled negotiator, always considering how decisions made by the Board would impact the campus community. With 16 years of service on the Board, the list of Massaron’s accomplishments is extensive. Multiple renovations and capital projects such as The Welcome Center, the Bookstore, student housing, Mazurek Center and Applebaum College were approved and finished during his tenure. This was all accomplished by including board members, and faculty and student representatives in the conversation. Wayne State has grown a lot over the last 16 years, and Paul Massaron was a big part of that. He is proud for having helped steer the university through “almost 16 years of historic disinvestment by the State of Michigan in public universities.” Massaron says that he remains hopeful that state politicians will recognize that putting funds into higher education will be part of the road to economic success for Michigan. Gary Pollard Gary S. Pollard served on the Board for eight years, also leaving an indelible mark on Wayne State. Elected in 2008, Pollard has been involved with many of the projects and changes happening on campus and around Detroit. As a Detroit native, Pollard brought an important perspective to the Board and was a staunch advocate for the community. Having served in the Navy, Pollard was quick to support the opening of the now nationally renowned Student Veteran Resource Center. Several projects approved during Pollard’s term have changed, or will change, the face of Wayne State. The IBio building, the Mike Ilitch School of Business and the recently approved housing partnership ensure that Wayne State will continue to be an integral part of Detroit’s resurgence. Pollard also held many leadership roles on the Board. Perhaps most notably, Pollard chaired the Presidential Search Committee, bringing President Wilson to campus. Michael Busuito At the January swearing-in ceremony, Wayne State welcomed two new members to the Board, Michael Busuito and Mark Gaffney. Busuito received his M.D. from WSU in the early 80s and built a successful medical practice while continuing to conduct research, publish and teach at Wayne State. Having been a part of the university family for 40 years, he understands the need to manage the budget without raising tuition. Busuito hopes to “benefit the entire university by leading the School of Medicine into a more stable future.” With a background in labor relations and management, Gaffney brings a unique set of experiences to the Board. Between serving as President of the Michigan AFL-CIO and working as a union official for Local #214, he’s represented working families in Michigan for over 30 years. Gaffney is familiar with WSU from his service on the advisory board for Labor @ Wayne and by teaching in the MAELR program. Gaffney hopes to grow WSU’s reputation locally and nationally while keeping tuition affordable. In looking to the future, Gaffney explained, “Wayne State must continue to be an economic engine for the City of Detroit and a welcoming, diverse and safe place for students to live and thrive.” Mark Gaffney Despite such different professional backgrounds, Gaffney and Busuito both hope to have a positive impact on Wayne State University. They both understand that WSU has tremendous upside and is vital to the City of Detroit. Wayne State’s Board of Governors is unique and our Board members have a responsibility to ensure that the university is successful through working closely with administrators, faculty members and students. If past experience is any indication, it’s clear that Governors Busuito and Gaffney are up to the task.   Tue, 28 Feb 2017 05:00:00 EDT What's Happening in Washington, D.C. By James Williams President Trump Rescinds Title IX Protections for Transgender Students On Wednesday, February 22, 2017 the Departments of Education and Justice released a guidance letter rescinding President Barack Obama’s protections for transgender students under Title IX. The letter cited “significant litigation” and the administration’s desire to “further and more completely consider the legal issues involved.” Further, the administration believes that this matter should be left to states to decide. Reportedly at the insistence of Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, the directive emphasizes the importance of protecting LGBT students from bullying, discrimination, and harassment. Two New Members Appointed to Federal Accreditation Panel Republicans in Congress appointed two new members to the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI), the federal advisory committee overseeing college accreditors, before the panel’s first meeting during the Trump administration last week. Claude Pressnell, president of the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association, and Brian Jones, president of Strayer University, have been chosen to fill the two vacancies on the 18-person panel. Mr. Pressnell was selected by Senate Republicans and has previously served on a task force on deregulating higher education. House Republicans selected Mr. Jones, who has previously represented for-profit colleges on the negotiated-rulemaking panel for gainful employment during the Obama administration and served as general counsel at the Department of Education during the George W. Bush administration. During the Obama administration, college accreditors came under harsh criticism for not putting enough emphasis on student outcomes at the schools that they oversee and the Department published “accreditor dashboards” to spotlight accreditors that approved poor-performing schools. It is not clear year how the Trump administration will approach accreditation, but the Department did update the accreditor dashboards this week ahead of the NACIQI meeting. Update from Dr. Angelique Day Angelique Day, PhD, MSW, is an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at Wayne State University.  For the 2016-17 academic year, she is serving as a congressional fellow in the office of U.S. Congressman Danny K. Davis (D-IL), Ranking Member, Human Resources Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee.  In her role as a staffer, Dr. Day provides leadership to Rep. Davis's child welfare and higher education portfolios.  Rep. Davis is also a member of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth, which has allowed her an opportunity to assist in leading and defining Caucus topic priorities. In March, Dr. Day will be working with the offices of Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA), Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Senator Debbie Stabenow on the development of a joint congressional briefing to educate members and their staff about the unique challenges foster youth face in securing and maintaining employment. WSU Director of Federal Affairs, James Williams meets with Angelique Day to discuss her work in Washington D.C.   Tue, 28 Feb 2017 05:00:00 EDT WSU Faculty Team Up With Public Safety By Doug Skrzyniarz The opioid epidemic is increasingly becoming a priority in public health across the country and here in Michigan. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, Lt. Governor Brian Calley, and many leaders in the state legislature have reached out to community mental health agencies and local law enforcement to offer assistance. In Wayne County and Detroit, Tom Watkins at the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority has been a leader and partner in supporting Wayne State University’s initiatives on substance abuse and mental health. This past fall, former U.S. Senator Carl Levin brought Michael Botticelli, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, to campus to talk about the need to de-stigmatize substance abuse and for the health professionals to play a more pro-active role in preventing substance abuse in their patients. Wayne State University’s task force on the misuse of controlled substances is already making a difference here on campus. In 2015, there were 1,980 drug overdose deaths in Michigan, an increase of 13.1% over 2014. Most of those deaths involved heroin or prescription opioids. Tragically, many of them might have been saved if naloxone, an opioid antagonist, had been administered in time. Recognizing the critical role of naloxone training and distribution in reducing the number of opioid deaths, a Wayne State University campus-wide task force on Safe Use of Controlled Medications listed naloxone education for public safety officers as a core priority. The task force, formed July 2016, is pleased to announce that naloxone training for Wayne State University Police Department was initiated in November 2016 and is ongoing. Wayne State Police officers carry kits with two naloxone nasal spray capsules, enough to reverse most opioid overdoses long enough for transport to the nearest emergency department for definitive care. Training and naloxone kits were provided by Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority. Other first responders trained include the Michigan State Police and Detroit Police Department. It is important to remember that naloxone reverses opioid overdoses. It cannot reverse overdoses from other drugs or alcohol. Following six months of county-wide trainings, the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority announced that 29 lives have been saved by timely administration of naloxone. Most of the lives saved were by first responders or social service providers, but private citizens also stepped up. Importantly, the people saved include men and women, and different races and ethnicities, highlighting that the opioid epidemic affects all of us. If you are interested in getting involved on this issue, please contact Doug Skrzyniarz, Associate Vice President of Government Health Affairs, at or call him at 586-873-5926. Tue, 28 Feb 2017 05:00:00 EDT Save the Date for Spring Wayne Cares Events By Victor Green March of Dimes March for Babies  April 29, 2017 Detroit Medical Center Brush Mall 3990 John R. Street, Detroit W Week April 17—April 22 The Wayne State Athletic Department is collecting basic needs items including, but not limited to, soap, socks, toothbrushes, toilet paper, feminine products and deodorant for its annual Basic Needs Drive. In conjunction with Wayne Cares and Covenant House Michigan, the drive collects small toiletry items to make basic needs bags to distribute later that day.  If you would like to donate, please bring your items to the Matthaei Athletic Complex prior to April 21. For more information please contact Candice Howard at or 313-577-3048 26th annual Komen Detroit Race for the Cure  Saturday, May 13, 2017 Comerica Park, Detroit American Heart Association Heart Walk Saturday, May 20, 2017 Wayne State University Campus, Detroit Tue, 28 Feb 2017 05:00:00 EDT WSU’s 2017 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Features New Interactive Format Featured guest, Olympian Allyson Felix, answers questions from student attendees at the conclusion of her fire side chat with Kimberly Gill, co-anchor of WDIV Local 4 News By Victor Green On Friday, January 13, 2017, Wayne State University hosted its annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute at the Max M. Fisher Music Center. This year, for first time, the event boasted a fire side chat between featured guest, Olympian Allyson Felix, and moderator Kimberly Gill, co-anchor of WDIV Local 4 News. Felix has amassed an incredible 13 global titles, ten United States Championships, nine Olympic Medals, and a World Record. Her accomplishments solidify her as one of the greatest female athletes in the world and she has garnered attention from the top media publications including Vogue, Glamour, Essence, Self, O Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and Elle. Kimberly Gill can be seen weekdays on “Local 4 News” at 5, 6 and 11 p.m. She is originally from the South - but she already feels like she’s been adopted by Detroit. Gill has been recognized on numerous occasions for her work in broadcasting. Before the two-time Emmy winner got her start in television, she worked two jobs to put herself through college including driving an 18 wheeler truck for FedEx and as an airplane fueler. pon the conclusion of the interview, students from a number of local schools had the opportunity to ask Felix questions from the stage. The program also included performances by the Achievers Ladies Ensemble of Detroit School of Arts Choir, Detroit Academy of Arts and Sciences Show Choir, and InsideOut Literary Arts Project’s Citywide Poets. The Dr. Arthur L. Johnson Community Leadership Awards were presented to both an individual and an organization whose contributions affect our community in a positive way. The 2017 organization award was presented to the Covenant House and the individual awardee was Cindy Eggleston, founder of Brilliant Detroit.      Students attending the annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute arrive at the Max M. Fisher Music Center    Detroit Academy of Arts and Sciences Show Choir performs in front of over one thousand attendees at WSU’s Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute   Tue, 28 Feb 2017 05:00:00 EDT 2016-17 Adopt-A-Classroom Update By Victor Green Net proceeds from the annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute luncheon will be donated to Adopt-A-Classroom to support Detroit Public Schools. Since 2014, Wayne State University has donated $30,000 to 28 classrooms in the Detroit area. Adopt-A-Classroom is a nationally recognized organization that invites the community into classrooms to increase opportunity for student success by empowering teachers with community partnerships and funds to purchase resources for their classrooms. By adopting a classroom, donors form partnerships with specific classrooms providing financial and moral support. The result is a meaningful contribution to education in which donors experience the impact of their efforts and celebrate in a classroom's success. This year WSU adopted Thurgood Marshall Elementary School K-8. Thurgood Marshall is a small school that focuses not only on the child, but the whole family. Make a Difference Day: Wayne State University volunteers take a break for a quick photo at the 2016-17 adopted school, Thurgood Marshall Elementary School Tue, 28 Feb 2017 05:00:00 EDT 2016 Combined Charitable Contributions Campaign Update By Victor Green Every year, the Division of Government and Community Affairs hosts the United Way for Southeastern Michigan (UWSEM) and the Black United Fund (BUF) combined charitable contributions campaign fundraiser. United Way provides our community with an independent safety net of health and human services by supporting a number of community service agencies. The Black United Fund is a community-based resource center that assists community efforts through referrals, funding, consultation and technical assistance. Both organizations provide numerous community service programs through a large network of volunteers and donors. The 2016 campaign, led by chair Matthew W. Seeger, Dean of the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts, raised a grand total of $59,787. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this year’s effort!  Tue, 28 Feb 2017 05:00:00 EDT President Wilson's Testimony to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education Wed, 22 Mar 2017 04:00:00 EDT