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Capital Campaign Being Launched at WSU on October 9th

By Susan LaGrois

“Let’s acknowledge and celebrate that we are what we are, we do what we do, and we will be second to none at what we do,” stresses Wayne State University President, M. Roy Wilson. To work toward the goal of being “second to none” and help move in this direction, Wayne State University will publicly launch its second comprehensive fundraising campaign with a celebration to be hosted on Thursday, October 9th on the WSU campus. At this event the university will showcase who we are and what we do.

Showcases – being held throughout campus and hosted by the university’s schools and colleges, centers and institutes – will enable visitors to view the work of our students and faculty through live demonstrations, presentations, tours, discussions and performances (1:00-3:00 p.m.) followed by the Campaign Premiere at the WSU Hilberry Theatre. The Premiere will officially launch the campaign publicly and will feature the university’s talented students and alumni, including student performances, speakers and video segments highlighting the university’s campaign priorities, its history and its future (4:00-5:00 p.m.). 

Everyone is welcome to attend the campaign launch events, especially alumni, as well as friends, donors, students, faculty, staff and community partners. There is no cost and no RSVP required to attend the Showcases or Premiere events. More information on what is happening that day is available at go.wayne.edu/giving-campaign.

“This is the second capital campaign in Wayne State’s history, which is critical to the university’s ability to fund scholarships, programs, and initiatives as well as critical infrastructure needs and help it continue to grow, provide support for our students, and have a positive impact on Metro Detroit and beyond. The progress the university makes during this campaign will serve as a foundation for future development,” says Douglas Whitman, Ph.D., College of Education interim dean.  “The College of Education has graduated a large number of K-12 teachers and many of the school principals and superintendents in this region, as well as excellent counselors, corporate trainers and other professionals, over the course of its more than 130-year history. We are looking forward to showcasing for our guests who visit us on October 9th the many college programs that will be highlighted at this kickoff event,” he adds.  Whitman says he is looking forward to greeting visitors and alumni who attend the campaign launch activities in the college on October 9th.

The College of Education’s Showcase will highlight many of the academic programs offered by: Administrative and Organizational Studies; Kinesiology, Health and Sport Studies; Teacher Education; and Theoretical and Behavioral Foundations; along with many of the college’s outreach programs, i.e., the Center for School Health, High Five Literacy Program, and many other community outreach initiatives sponsored by the college. For information about the College of Education Showcase presentations, please contact Kelley Stokes at (313) 577-1671 or kstokes@wayne.edu.

This kickoff event will provide an opportunity for alumni, as well as others, to see the changes that have occurred on campus, perhaps since their last visit – many made possible through the success of the university’s last fundraising campaign – and connect again with Wayne State University. This campaign is important to Wayne State University in order to help continue its efforts to inspire our students and faculty to be curious and passionate; to discover new approaches, solutions and areas of inquiry through multidisciplinary, translational and applied research; to create fresh expressions of existing knowledge; and to engage through community service, enriching the culture and economy of Detroit and beyond.

If you have questions about the campaign launch events, please contact Lori Wurth at (313) 577-8976.  Parking and shuttles throughout campus are complimentary for the event.

Plan to join us October 9th on the WSU campus for this special occasion at Wayne State. We are looking forward to showing you who we are and what we do – the great things happening at Wayne State University – reminding you about our past and telling you about plans for our future! 

[Susan LaGrois is a Special Projects Assistant in the College of Education and a member of the college’s Communications Team.]

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