2022 was a memorable year for Wayne State University, its alumni, students, faculty, staff and community.
WSU students excelled inside and outside the classroom, WSU faculty continued their ground-breaking research, the Wayne State community thrived with memorable events throughout the year — and Today@Wayne was there to help chronicle it all.
As 2023 begins to ramp up, take a moment to look back at some of the highlights in Today@Wayne from the previous year:
Wayne State kicked off the year with plenty of great news in January. The State of Michigan awarded WSU $4.3 million to increase preparedness to fight infectious diseases, WSU unveiled the the 2022-27 strategic plan: Our Moment in Time and Wayne State Word Warriors were back with their 2022 list.
Editor’s pick: Psychology student vows to get degree to honor late mother
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 caught up with the outspoken Rev. V. Lonnie Peek Jr., who returned to Wayne State as an advisor for the very same Black student organization he founded nearly 55 years ago as we celebrated Black History Month.
Editor’s pick: 5 minutes with ... Brandon Shamoun
It was a memorable month of March. Alternative Spring Break Detroit returned to an in-person format, so WSU students were volunteering throughout the city. Former men's basketball star Bryan Smothers returned to Wayne State as the new men's basketball head coach, the provost's office announced enhancements to support student success, WDET was named the Public Radio State of the Year, U.S. News and World Report ranked WSU graduate programs among the best in the nation, and we learned the truth about ‘bra-burners.’
Today@Wayne celebrated Earth Day with a special edition of Today@Wayne, Sandra M. Gonzales was named Michigan Distinguished Professor of the Year and Hasan Elahi was named dean of the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts
Editor’s pick: WSU grad student shows it's never too late to get degree(s)
In May, President Wilson released his memoir The Plum Tree Blossoms Even in Winter, we shared the stories of a number of our May 2022 graduates and celebrated them at commencement along with a star-studded group of commencement speakers and Virginia Kleist was named dean of the Mike Ilitch School of Business.
Editor’s picks: Public relations student finds 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
President Wilson was named one of the 2022 Michiganians of the Year by The Detroit News, we celebrated Juneteenth in several ways, including a Q&A with alumnus Errol A. Henderson, who delivered the Juneteenth keynote speech, and Boris Baltes was named interim dean of the College of Education.
In July, we saw the return of the Baroudeur, we took a look at the Upward Bound program, teaching faculty got new titles and more job security, and the Wayne State University School of Medicine and the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute announced a plan to construct a new building complex that will further their unique academic and research-based partnership.
Editor’s pick: WSU continues to drive economic opportunity, social mobility
Wayne State President M. Roy Wilson announced he was stepping down as president at the conclusion of his contract in 2023, Tom Walker was appointed interim dean of Wayne State University Library System, and we checked in on our favorite Peregrine Falcons,
Wayne State music faculty, students and alumni were on full display at the Detroit Jazz Festival, Wayne State was named the top performer in Michigan for social mobility, and former Warrior Hunter Brown returned to Detroit as a member of the Houston Astros to take on the Tigers.
In October, it was announced that Wayne State’s graduation rates continue to rise, the Colonel Gregory Gadson Office of Military and Veterans Academic Excellence opened, five relay teams represented Wayne State at the Detroit Free Press marathon, and we featured the new Warrior 360 program.
The final show was held at the Hilberry Theatre, making way for the opening of the Hillberry Gateway in 2023, renovations continued at State Hall, Wayne State alum Ivy Haralson talked about her experience working on "Black Panther: Wakanda Forver," and we took a look at First-Year Interest Groups.
Wayne State announced a block tuition model, which seeks to continue student success and save students money, Wayne State created and posthumously presented Eugene Driker with the inaugural Eugene Driker Award for Distinguished Service, 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 pick: Nearly two decades after leaving prison a free man, WSU staffer Terrell Topps now goes back weekly to steer others from incarceration to higher education and Wayne State’s Abolmaali brings robots, AI research to inspect service life of Michigan’s pipelines