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Wayne State Mural.
In January, the Mike Ilitch School of Business added a new mural titled Pace of Wayne: A Window of Opportunity, which is in a busy student hallway on the third floor. This perspective of downtown is centered on a “Warrior W.”

2022 has been a momentous year for Wayne State University, its alumni, students, faculty, staff, and community.

WSU students have excelled inside and outside the classroom, WSU faculty have continued their innovative research, the Wayne State community has thrived with memorable events throughout the year – and Today @ Wayne was there to help tell it all.

As 2023 begins to pick up speed, take a moment to reflect on some of Today@Wayne’s highlights from the year before:


Wayne State started the year with lots of good news in January. Michigan State awarded WSU $4.3 million to increase infectious disease preparedness, WSU unveiled 2022-27 Strategic Plan: Our Moment in Time and Wayne State Word Warriors were back with their 2022 roster.

Editor’s Choice: Psychology student swears to graduate in honor of her late mother

Dean of Students David Strauss gives a thumbs up.
David Strauss celebrated 20 years as Dean of Students.


In February, just in time for Valentine’s Day, we learned how dating has changed during the pandemic; David Strauss celebrated 20 years as Dean of Students; and we met the outspoken Rev. V. Lonnie Peek Jr., who returned to Wayne State as an adviser for the same black student organization he founded nearly 55 years ago as we celebrated Black History Month.

Editor’s Choice: 5 minutes with…Brandon Shamoun

Students from the Alternative Spring Break Detroit program pose for a photo.
WSU students enjoyed a week of volunteering and exploring the city during Alternative Spring Break Detroit.


It was a memorable month of March. Alternative Spring Break Detroit returned to an in-person format, so WSU students volunteered across the city. Former Men’s Basketball Star Bryan Smothers Returned to Wayne State as New Men’s Basketball Head Coach, Provost’s Office Announced Enhancements to Support Student Success, WDET Named the State Public Radio of the Year, US News and World Report ranked WSU’s graduate programs among the best in the nation, and we learned the truth about “bra burners.”

Editor’s Choice: WSU alumnus Emeline King recounts her legacy as Ford Motor Co.’s first black female transportation designer.


Today@Wayne celebrated Earth Day with a special edition of Today@Wayne, Sandra M. Gonzales was named Michigan Professor Emeritus of the Year, and Hasan Elahi was named Dean of the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts

Editor’s Choice: WSU grad student shows it’s never too late to get one or more degrees

Stevie Wonder speaks into a microphone at the start.
Legendary musician Stevie Wonder received an honorary degree from Wayne State and performed at the launch ceremony.


In May, President Wilson released his memoirs The plum tree blooms even in winter, we have shared the stories of a number of our May 2022 graduates and celebrated them at the start with a star-studded group of debut speakers and Virginia Kleist was named Dean of the Mike Ilitch School of Business.

Editor’s Choice: Public relations student in spotlight with musical avatar on Fox’s “Alter Ego” and Five minutes with… Timmy Nelson: Digital design specialist streams video games to raise money for children’s hospital

Satyendra Basu (left) and her son, Amar, who works in the same engineering building where his father took classes in the early 1970s.
Satyendra Basu (left) and her son, Amar, who works in the same engineering building where his father took classes in the early 1970s.


President Wilson was named one of the 2022 Michiganians of the Year by The Detroit News, we celebrated June 19 in several ways, including a Q&A with former student Errol A. Henderson, who delivered the June 19 commencement address, and Boris Baltes was named Acting Dean of the College of Education.

Editor’s Choice: Baba’s Footsteps: Father and Son Share Love for Each Other, and Wayne State and VBSN Program Meets Veterans’ Unique Needs


In July, we saw the return of the Baroudeur, we took a look at the Upward Bound program, professors got new titles and more job security, and Wayne State University School of Medicine and the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute have announced a plan to build a new building complex that will strengthen their unique academic and research partnership.

Editor’s Choice: WSU continues to drive economic opportunity and social mobility

A peregrine falcon sits on a building.
The Wayne State Peregrine Falcons continued to entertain viewers who followed their camera feed.


Wayne State President Roy Wilson has announced he is stepping down as President when his contract expires in 2023, Tom Walker has been named Acting Dean of the Wayne State University Library System, and we have verified our favorite peregrine falcons,

Editor’s Choice: Passion, presence and legendary lecture notes: the mathematics department remembers Professor Bill Cohn

Hunter Brown pitches a pitch for Wayne State.
Former Wayne State standout pitcher Hunter Brown made his MLB debut for the Houston Astros, who went on to win the World Series.


Music faculty, students, and Wayne State alumni were on full display at the Detroit Jazz Festival, Wayne State was named Michigan’s Top Performer for Social Mobility, and former Warrior Hunter Brown returned to Detroit as member of the Houston Astros to face the Tigers.

Editor’s Choice: Meaningful conversation: Professor’s research explores gay parent-son communications around gender identity and returning star: Astronomy graduate, NASA fellow returning to WSU as professor


In October, it was announced that Wayne State’s graduation rates continued to rise, Colonel Gregory Gadson’s Office of Academic Excellence for Military and Veterans opened, five relay teams represented Wayne State at the Detroit Free Press marathon and introduced the new Warrior 360 program.

Editor’s Choice: From tragedy to triumph: Wayne Health surgeons reattach Michigan man’s hand, College of Education offers American Sign Language, offers minor in Deaf Studies

Workers walk though State Hall, which is being renovated.
Renovations continued at State Hall, which is scheduled to reopen in 2023.


The final show took place at the Hilberry Theatre, making way for the Hillberry Gateway to open in 2023, renovations continued at State Hall, Wayne State alum Ivy Haralson spoke about her experience working on “Black Panther: Wakanda Forver”, and we took a look at the freshman interest groups.

Editor’s Choice: WSU Governor Bryan C. Barnhill II explains how he grew from outspoken young activist to formidable political insider


Wayne State announced a block tuition model, which aims to pursue student success and save students money, Wayne State created and posthumously presented Eugene Driker with the inaugural Eugene Driker Award for Service distinguished, WSU received a $6 million grant from the Mellon Foundation to establish the Detroit Center for Black Studies and increase Black Studies faculty, and we celebrated our December graduates.

Editor’s Choice: Nearly two decades after leaving prison as a free man, WSU staffer Terrell Topps returns weekly to steer others from incarceration to higher education and Wayne State’s Abolmaali brings robots and AI research to inspect Michigan pipeline life.



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