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    News releases from April 2007

  • Wayne State University Concert Chorale director interviewed
    WWJ reporter Vicki Thomas interviewed Wayne State University Concert Chorale director Norah Duncan during rehearsals this morning at the Emma Lazaroff Schaver Music Recital Hall. WWJ is also plannin..
  • Poll: 2 of 3 undergrads expect to leave Michigan or unsure
    According to a recent poll, 53 percent of 640 students surveyed at Wayne State University, Michigan State University and the University of Michigan expect to move out of state upon graduation. Of th..
  • Entrepreneurs fill campuses
    More than 4 in 10 Michigan college students hope to start their own businesses one day, according to a poll that surveyed 640 students at the state's Big 3 universities - Wayne State University, M..
  • Med school decision 'as big as it gets'
    Michigan State University officials will visit Macomb County tomorrow searching for a potential site for its new medical school. Among planned stops will be the site proposed by the Detroit Medical ..
  • Spring sports off to a strong start at WSU, other schools
    Downriver athletes stand out on college team rosters Warrior senior first baseman Jon Weisman leads the Wayne State University baseball team with nine home runs, through the season's first 33 gam..
  • Football camp
    Detroit Lions quarterback Josh McCown and offensive lineman Barry Stokes will serve as instructors at the Offense-Defense Football Camp held at Wayne State University from June 24-28. During the fiv..
  • Art therapy conference
    2007 marks the 30th anniversary of the Michigan Art Therapy Association which works to promote the therapeutic use of art. The conference celebrates past accomplishments, but speakers will also talk..
  • Warren band, chorus team for concert today
    A brief notes that at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 29, the Warren Concert Band will present a concert with the Warren Community Chorus. This year marks the 25th anniversary celebration of the dually hosted ..
  • Universities criticize funding disparities
    Grand Valley State University President Thomas Haas believes all 15 of Michigan's public universities should remain together on one funding bill. The debate on whether or not to separate Wayne State..
  • GRADING PRESIDENTS: Lincoln is tops, Bushes rank near bottom in poll of students
    According to a recent poll, students at Wayne State University, Michigan State University and the University of Michigan have been debating which Presidents have been good and bad. Students ranked B..
  • FARMINGTON HILLS: Alumni magazine names publisher
    The Wayne State University Alumni Association has launched an e-newsletter called Let's Go! and has named Marguerite Rigby as publisher. The staff includes editor Michelle Franzen Martin and managin..
  • Wayne State Tech spinoff gets federal grant
    SenSound LLC has announced that it will receive a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Air Force to fund research into the acoustic characteristics of jet plumes resulting from high-performance aircraft eng..
  • Wayne State University will break ground on a new engineering facility
    On May 2, Wayne State University will break ground on a new engineering facility specializing in innovations in sustainable energy technology health care, biotech and other high tech industries. Uni..
  • Wayne State unveils its new strategic plan
    Wayne State University unveiled its new strategic plan, which calls for an increase in student, building a campus experience and enhancing its reputation as a research institution, according to the ..
  • Teenager is about to graduate - from U-M
    Nicole Matisse, who will graduate from the University of Michigan this summer at the age of 19, has enrolled for the fall term at the WSU Law School. But she says the Law School has indicated she wo..
  • Wayne State says \'Freakonomics\' author\'s visit symbolizes plan to engage urban community
    As part of Wayne State University's effort to boost its engagement in the urban community, a campus lecture was held Thursday by best-selling author Steven Levitt. \"Freakonomics\" author Levitt was..
  • Marvin I. Danto Engineering Development Center groundbreaking
    Wayne State University College of Engineering Dean Ralph Kummler talked about the planned groundbreaking on May 2 for the Marvin I. Danto Engineering Development Center. The interview aired during "..
  • Chief of Staff Andrea Roumell Dickson interview on WDET
    Chief of Staff Andrea Roumell Dickson was interviewed by WDET's Quinn Klinefelter about the university's five-year strategic plan, which was unveiled Thursday. Officials say the plan includes many t..
  • Steven Levitt's lecture at Wayne State University
    WWJ's Pat Vitale and WDET's Al Mazurek provided on-site coverage of Steven Levitt's lecture at Wayne State University on April 26. Levitt, author of the New York Times bestseller "Freakonomics: A Ro..
  • Financial Headlines: DEVELOPMENT: WSU to build alternative energy center
    A brief item in the business section notes that Wayne State plans to break ground May 2 on a $27.3 million engineering facility that will focus on research and development in the area of alternative..
  • Wayne State breaks ground for engineering building
    This online news briefs site from WWJ Radio includes an item about the planned May 2 groundbreaking on campus for the Marvin Danto Engineering Development Center. Details are given regarding planned..
  • Research funds divide colleges
    The presidents of Wayne State, Michigan State and the University of Michigan brought their campaign for a two-tiered university appropriations system to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Hig..
  • State universities square off over funding proposal
    Harvey Hollins III, Wayne State University vice president for government and community relations, is quoted extensively in a story about the coalition of Michigan universities, a group organized to ..
  • Campaign fights Big 3 universities' separate funding status bid
    Eight regional Michigan universities launched a \"We Matter, Too!\" sticker campaign this week to protest special budget treatment for the state\'s Big Three universities. Calling themselves the OUR..
  • List of Va. Tech vigils planned for metro Detroit
    These media outlets ran a brief calendar item about the scheduled candlelight remembrance ceremony tonight at 8:15 p.m. at Wayne State University's Gullen Mall.
  • After Virginia Tech, writing instructors confront ethical choices - UPDATE
    Prior to his shooting rampage at Virginia Tech Monday, Cho Seung-Hui was a creative writing student who had earlier been referred to the university's counseling center because of the disturbing cont..
  • Opening doors to college could aid ex-foster youths
    In an editorial, the newspaper stated that it believes viable steps need to be taken to ensure that young people who have aged out of the foster care system have greater access either to college or ..
  • Police praise Virginia Tech's shooting response
    Michigan's Big 3 universities - Wayne State University, Michigan State University and the University of Michigan - have emergency response plans in place in case a tragedy like Monday's Virginia..
  • Are students deadly - or depressed?
    Dr. Robert Frank, executive vice dean for Wayne State University's School of Medicine, was interviewed in a followup story to the Virginia Tech shootings focusing on the differences between students..
  • Michigan's gun laws are tougher than Virginia's
    Michigan's gun laws are much stricter than Virginia, according to data compiled by the National Rifle Association. First, Michigan residents have to get a permit from their local police or sheriff\'..
  • Trust in public education falls
    Paula Wood, dean of Wayne State University's College of Education, is quoted in a story about the decline in public confidence in the state\'s education system. A growing number of parents has turne..
  • Karmanos researchers offer hope for prostate, lung cancers
    Wayne State University is noted in a story about Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute researchers' findings that an antibiotic typically prescribed for Alzheimer's patients could be effective in ev..
  • Schools out: Detroit closures complicate education, economics
    Robin Boyle, chair of Wayne State University's Geography and Urban Planning Department, takes a "very optimistic view" about school closures saying that they are actually an asset. Empty schools can..
  • District seeks to dump posh offices
    Wayne State University was mentioned in a story about how the Detroit Public Schools (DPS) aborted its plans to buy and lease offices in Detroit's New Center area. Former DPS CEO Kenneth Burnley sol..
  • THE TICKER: 2 Lions to teach at camp
    Josh McCown and Barry Stokes of the Detroit Lions will be instructors at an Offense-Defense Football Camp to be held June 24-28 at Wayne State University. Registration deadline is May 1. A phone num..
  • More Michigan parents see college as essential
    As Michigan reels from an eroding industrial job base, parents are getting the message: their children\'s success depends more than ever on higher education. Fifty-nine percent of Michigan parents s..
  • Students return with GM redevelopment project
    Wayne State University urban planning graduate students will give their final presentation tonight on how to redevelop two Lansing-based General Motors auto plants that have been shut down. This pre..
  • Killings stir fear in Mich. students
    In light of the tragedy on the campus of Virginia Tech University, several local media outlets ran stories about safety measures and security issues at Michigan-based colleges and universities. Law ..
  • Development News: Earth Day activities planned for Cass Park, WSU
    Recycle Detroit and several partner organizations are teaming up to host an Earth Day Observance at Cass Park on April 21. The day's events will conclude with speeches from Wayne State University Pr..
  • Four Rochester schools close after bomb threat
    Classes were cancelled at four Rochester area schools yesterday after a bomb threat was called in. Wayne State University was noted as one of several entities that assisted Oakland County Sheriff Mi..
  • WDIV reporter Rod Meloni reviews Wayne State\'s security measures
    Reporter Rod Meloni visited the dispatch center of Wayne State's police department and reviewed the university's security measures that are in place. In a story that aired during the 6 p.m. newscast..
  • Mid-Michigan campuses train for emergencies
    A story on the Virginia Tech tragedy mentions that Thomas R. Mynsberge, owner of Critical Incident Management, Inc., a school security consulting company in Bay City, trains campus police forces at ..
  • WSU still focused on environment, 'Earth Week'
    An article that focuses on "Earth Week" at Wayne State, April 2-6, includes comments by professor Robin Boyle, chair of the Geography and Urban Planning Department, and Ralph Kummler, dean of the Co..
  • Colleges vulnerable to shootings
    A brief article about a school security firm in Bay City called Critical Incident Management mentions that the group trains campus police forces at Wayne State, Saginaw Valley State and Delta Colleg..
  • Google executive meets WSU business students
    This article relates a few of the comments made by Grady Burnett, head of online sales and operations for Google's Ann Arbor office, during an April 10 speech organized by the WSU School of Business..
  • Black trial prosecutors may lose jury in 'minutiae': observers
    Law professor Peter Henning is quoted in an article about the Conrad Black case. Federal prosecutors are at risk of losing their case against Black, formerly of Hollinger International, by plying th..
  • Chimps Are Champs of Genetic Changes
    Morris Goodman, an evolutionary biologist at the Wayne State University School of Medicine, was interviewed in a story about chimpanzees' extraordinary ability to adapt to evolutionary changes per a..
  • Future of car safety is not for dummies
    A story about tests to promote occupant safety in auto crashes mentions the longstanding crash test program at Wayne State. "We are changing our philosophy of designing cars for crash test dummies t..
  • Piano masters will duel, duet at Schoolcraft
    A feature story about weekend events notes that jazz pianists Matt Michaels and Cliff Monear, both associated with Wayne State University, will be play dueling pianos during an April 15 concert at L..
  • Bits and Pieces - Freakonomics
    Steven Levitt, author of the best-seller Freakonomics, will speak at 9 a.m. April 26 in the Community Arts Auditorium at Wayne State University. The speech will be followed by a program explaining t..
  • A backstage look at Wayne State University's Hilberry Theatre
    An extensive feature story focuses on Wayne State University's Hilberry Theatre - its history, development, people behind the scenes and a listing of the current season's offerings. Included in the ..
  • Med school bid raises tension
    Tensions between the Detroit Medical Center and Wayne State University are mounting as Michigan State University's May 1 visit to the former DMC Hutzel Women's Hospital draws nearer. Hutzel is one o..
  • On the move
    A brief notes that Dean Frank Wu says he plans to resign at the end of May 2008, citing family concerns.
  • Former Detroit schools administrator faces terrorism trial
    Kifah Jayyousi, a former Detroit Public Schools administrator who has advanced engineering degrees from Wayne State, where he also has taught, will go to trial this week in a high-profile terrorism ..
  • Childhood killer says he is making peace at last
    Columnist Cooper writes about Nathaniel Abraham, 21, who was convicted as an adult for a murder he committed when he was 11, and has since been released from juvenile custody. He is living in the De..
  • What\'s reason behind law dean\'s exit?
    Columnist Laura Berman writes about Frank Wu\'s announced resignation this week as dean of Wayne State's Law School. Officially, Berman writes, he offered the explanation that his wife, Carol Izumi,..
  • WSU Law School dean resigns
    In another story about Dean Frank Wu's resignation, it is noted that the law school faculty voted last week to shrink the number of students admitted from 220 to a class of 185, beginning this fall...
  • WSU tense over med school turf
    Wayne State University increasingly concerned as DMC emerges as leading contender to host satellite As a decision nears on who will host Michigan State University\'s College of Osteopathic Medici..
  • Dow fires 2 over talk of sale
    Wayne State University law professor Peter Henning, a former Securities and Exchange Commission attorney, commented about Dow Chemical's firing of two senior employees Thursday saying it learned tha..
  • Words that divided also could help unite
    Jerry Herron, Wayne State University professor of American Studies, comments about the Don Imus controversy which led to the controversial talk show host's firing Thursday by CBS. What does it mean ..
  • Critics\' choice: Our top picks for the week\'s events
    Communication barriers are the theme of Irish playwright Brian Friel\'s play \"Translations,\" but the new production by Wayne State University\'s Hilberry Theatre takes the message a couple of step..
  • Bipolar issue may not be part of case
    Experts caution against blaming an act of violence such as the Troy shooting solely on bipolar disorder, which is treatable with medication and psychotherapy. \"It is not that every act of crime whi..
  • Bioterrorism experts to speak at Wayne State
    Luther Lindler of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Philip Cunningham of Wayne State University and Joan Rose of Michigan State University are scheduled to speak at a conference Saturday a..
  • A supporter or a scapegoat? Detroiter faces terrorism trial
    Kifah Jayyousi, identified as a graduate and former teacher at Wayne State University, and a former Detroit schools administrator, is scheduled to go on trial Monday in Miami on terrorism charges. H..
  • EVENT: Art
    Grosse Pointe Art Center: \"Avant-garde,\" is featuring art works by Wayne State University students, through April 27. Noon-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat., noon-7 p.m. Contact information is provided.
  • Dean of law school at WSU resigns, will leave next May
    Frank Wu, dean of Wayne State University's Law School, announced his resignation, effective May 2008, in an e-mail to students Tuesday night. \"I\'m leaving of my own free will,\" Wu said Wednesday...
  • Getting technical
    Many universities - including Wayne State University - are offering more online degree programs. WSU offers an MBA degree solely online, as well as on campus, according to Ahmad Ezzeddine, WSU a..
  • Salary, benefits hit $90K for some Michigan profs
    To stay competitive nationally, Michigan's colleges and universities increased professors' salaries by an average of 3.5 percent this year, lower than the national average but above wage increases f..
  • Laura Berman: How close are we to the edge?
    In her column about workplace violence and the case of Anthony LaCalamita III, Berman provided comments by Elliot D. Luby, psychiatrist and Wayne State University professor emeritus. Luby talked abo..
  • Fewer fight white-collar crime
    Wayne State University law professor Peter Henning commented on how thousands of white-collar criminals across the nation are not being prosecuted in federal court - if at all. This leaves many vi..
  • Beaumont will still train non-OU students
    William Beaumont Hospitals says it intends to continue teaching doctors from other schools in the area once it opens a planned medical school with Oakland University. Beaumont now trains in its Roya..
  • Irvin D. Reid: President, Wayne State University
    This business journal includes an article profiling President Irvin D. Reid. He offers tips on successful management and insights about techniques and strategies that have worked well for him. "One ..
  • Comerica donates to two WSU projects.
    Comerica Bank will give $175,000 to Wayne State University Law School officials today in support of the planned Damon J. Keith Classroom Building and Center for Civil Rights. In addition to a $125,0..
  • Battle over university funding takes a twist
    Lake Superior State University and Michigan Technological University officials have said they are not part of The Education Alliance of Michigan (TEAM), an organization concerned that a separate fun..
  • Comerica teams up with WSU Indian Student Organization
    Both newspapers ran an article profiling the Indian Student Association (ISA) at Wayne State and Comerica Bank's sponsorship of the organization's annual, festive showcase of music and dance held in..
  • NHRA/Force shifts views after team tragedy
    A story about driver safety measures being taken by professional drag race team driver and owner John Force following the death of a team member in a racing accident includes mention of Wayne State ..
  • Grand Rapids developer, WSU break ground on university's $36 million South University Village project in Midtown Detroit
    Wayne State's South University Village groundbreaking is featured in a story calling the project the first major market-rate residential project of its kind in Detroit in more than 30 years. Accordi..
  • Letters: Freedom, Tolerance, Respect
    Wayne State University President Irvin D. Reid wrote a letter that was originally published in the April 5 edition of the South End. It followed a week of meetings between Jewish students and severa..
  • President Irvin D. Reid was the featured guest on WWJ's "The Dreamers" program
    Wayne State University President Irvin D. Reid was the featured guest on WWJ's "The Dreamers" program hosted by Florence Walton. During the extensive interview, Reid talked about several topics incl..
  • Detroit News Briefs: Comerica giving $175,000 to WSU for law building
    A short item mentions that Comerica Bank will present a $125,000 gift today to Wayne State University Law School officials in support of the planned Damon J. Keith Classroom Building and Center for ..
  • Youth Welcomed To Sign Up For Service To Community
    A Wayne State University Web site ( is provided so volunteers can sign up for projects that are part of National & Global Youth Service Days, April 19-22. Another..
  • Med school a boost
    In an editorial, the Oakland University and William Beaumont Hospitals announced plans to create a new private medical school is called "good news" for the region. The editorial cites three major be..
  • College of Engineering Dean Ralph H. Kummler
    College of Engineering Dean Ralph H. Kummler participated in taped interviews with WWJ anchor/reporter Greg Bowman and WDET's Quinn Klinefelter, the latter for a future airing of "Detroit Today." A ..
  • State\\\'s big research universities are economic development titans
    Freep: State\'s big research universities are economic development titans Great Lakes IT Report editor Matt Roush references a Detroit Free Press Sunday story about how Michigan\'s \"big three\" pu..
  • Girls can take the tough stuff
    A feature story in the Community/Highland Park-Detroit section focuses on the Gaining Options - Girls Investigate Real Life (GO-GIRL) program at Wayne State University, which meets every Saturday fo..
  • Ohio lags, Michigan thrives in start-ups by immigrants
    A recent Duke University study found that more than a fourth of America's new high-tech companies from 1995-2005 were founded by immigrants. However, the proportion varies by state. Ohio had only 14..
  • Universities' alliance will help state, schools say
    This story highlights the projects of the University Research Corridor, a consortium of the state's "Big Three universities made up of Wayne State University, Michigan State University and the Unive..
  • Nowhere to go but up? North Carolina has been there, too
    In his column about the University Research Corridor and North Carolina's comparable Research Triangle Park, Dickerson notes that Wayne State University President Irvin D. Reid, Michigan State Unive..
  • Warriors sweep Friday's series against Oilers with 4-1 win
    The Wayne State University baseball team (18-10, 7-3 GLIAC) swept the University of Findlay (16-13, 8-4 GLIAC) in the April 6 doubleheader, 11-3 in the first game and 4-1 in the second game.
  • Oakland U. to open medical school
    Wayne State is mentioned in a story about how Oakland University and Beaumont Hospitals plan to open a privately-funded medical school by fall 2010. The announcement surprised many because Oakland h..
  • Oakland University to build a med school
    When Oakland University opens its own medical school in 2010, it won't rely on any state funding, such as medical schools like Wayne State, the article says. WSU provides its medical school with $50..
  • Medical school to boost OU's status
    An announcement Thursday by Oakland University and Beaumont Hospitals about a new medical school planned for the Oakland campus repositions the university as one of the prestigious schools in Michig..
  • Unions skeptical about ownership
    Hal Stack and David Reynolds of the Labor Studies Center commented about Kirk Kerkorian's $4.5 billion bid for Chrysler and how he'd give union workers a chance to own a stake in the company. UAW me..
  • AIDS drug's efficacy confirmed
    Dr. Rodger MacArthur, an infectious-disease specialist at Wayne State, commented about a new AIDS drug called Darunavir that is "significantly better" at attacking highly resistant HIV than existing..
  • People on the move
    Nancy Vandewiele Milligan has been appointed academic fieldwork coordinator and assistant professor in the occupational therapy program at Wayne State University's Eugene Applebaum College of Pharma..
  • People making news
    The Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has announced that Michael G. Stephen has been named grant administrator. He joined the university in 2004 as an accountant. A photo acc..
  • Milestone a proud moment for attorney, Royal Oak firm
    Two-time Wayne State University alumnus Fred S. Findling, 76, is celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Findling Law Firm in Royal Oak. A German immigrant and Holocaust survivor, Findling came to D..
  • German bioinformatics firm may locate here
    Genomatix Software, a Munich-based biotech company which has an extensive customer base that includes Wayne State University, may open a training center in Ann Arbor. CEO Thomas B. Werner would like..
  • New principal guides school at critical time
    A feature about Michael Greening, new principal of Royal Oak High School, notes that he has a master's degree in education from Wayne State and is working on a education specialist degree.
  • WSU Law School slides
    Plunge in magazine\'s annual ranking upsets students; dean blames an error in reporting statistics. Leaders at Wayne State University's Law School are holding a town hall meeting this morning to ..