Another calendar year is under way and we hope your New Year is off to a great start. And whether you want some tips on the perfect getaway, jumpstarting your career or dusting off those resolutions you swore this year were for real -- don't worry. We've got you covered.
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Shape Up and Keep your 2010 Resolutions
More than half of all Americans make New Year's resolutions. Eating better and staying fit top the list every year. But how many keep their resolutions? Well, considerably fewer. But not this year. For quick tips on easy ways to work out without crunching your budget, to what to do when you hit the gym (and what not to do), read on. We're here to help. Avoiding chocolate and that last piece of pizza? Well, we wish you luck.
Want to work out, but don't think you can afford club fees? Association members receive free use of the Matthaei Athletics Complex during open recreation hours. For $40 a semester, you can get your own locker with built-in combination, two adult admissions to any ticketed Warriors home competition, preferred court/swim times, free towel exchange and free Warriors t-shirt.
Facilities include basketball courts, swimming pool, fitness training equipment and racquetball courts.
Contact the Matthaei Athletics Complex, 5101 John C. Lodge, WSU, at (313) 577-4295.
Members also can join the Mort Harris Recreation and Fitness Center at the discounted rate of $299 a year. The center features an indoor track, basketball and volleyball gyms, a 10,000 square foot fitness area with training equipment and a 30-foot-high simulated rock climbing wall.
A membership application can be downloaded here or call (313) 577-BFIT.
At the gym, but not sure where to begin? Take a look at these shape-up secrets and tips about getting over treadmill dread. And, make sure you avoid being "that" guy by avoiding these top gym no-no's.
Searching for your next career opportunity? Or, transitioning to a new career? The WSU Career Services office can help.
Counselors can help you search for a new job, figure out your true career passion, and help you write a resume that will get you in the door. Find out about on-campus recruitment events, register to have your resume referred to employers and more.
Or, register on Career Services Online, a Web database that allows you to apply to online jobs, submit resumes to on-campus interviews and have your resume viewed by thousands of interested employers.
Add the WSU Career Services office to your job search network. For more information, click here or call (313) 577-3390.
Business grads can click here or call (313) 577-4781 to check out the School of Business Administration Career Planning and Placement Office. And, alumni are encouraged to take advantage of WayneBizCareers.com, the custom online recruiting system available to Wayne State business students, alumni, and employers.
Still want more? Check out Miperfectjob.com, a career portal of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. The site not only includes fast-track job openings throughout metro Detroit, Ann Arbor, Lansing and west Michigan, for the creative set and techies alike, but also includes profiles on the hottest spots to live, work and play in the region, and hot internship opportunities, as well. Have the entrepreneurial bug? Link to the state's startup portal and find out the ins and outs of being your own boss.
What's the perfect job for you? Find out today at miperfectjob.com.
“Winter Blues” Busters
With the snow, ice, cold temperatures and lack of sunny skies, it is easy to get into a winter funk and not want to come out until spring. Click here for advice on how you can avoid the “winter blues” and stay away from hibernation.
“I am Generation Wayne”
This issue features Agata Markiewicz, who is “Generation Wayne.”
Agata Markiewicz, MBA ’09, is from Poland. She graduated from Poznan University of Technology in 2004 with a Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. After graduation, she got a chance to come to the United States and made it her goal to earn an MBA in the U.S.
Agata says “The skills and knowledge that I gained during my education was an amazing experience. Interesting lectures, great atmosphere and professors' friendliness and willingness to help were just a few of the many important and appealing factors to me. It took me just about 2 years to complete the MBA program while working full-time. It was possible because the school has a lot of options to offer to working full-time students, such as evening classes, on-line classes, 2 campus locations, etc. And at the end, I did not have to sacrifice great classes because of my schedule. The program and my whole experience can be described in just one word: superb.”
Agata realized her dream to work for an American icon when she was hired by Ford Motor Company. In early 2010 she will start her career in Ford finance.
Agata’s advice: “In order to succeed-have passion for what you do!”
Get in Generation Wayne! Get a T-shirt!
Generation Wayne is looking to put you in its next edition. Tell us what you are doing, where you are living and anything else your fellow alums might want to know about you. Send us a picture too, so we have a face to put with your story. Each issue we will profile a member of Generation Wayne and post it here. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line, “I am Generation Wayne," for possible inclusion. If you are featured in the next Generation Wayne, you will receive a t-shirt.
Scholars Day 2010
The Irvin D. Reid Honors College is looking for volunteers to interview potential students for Scholars Day 2010. Scholars Day is a special opportunity for Wayne State University to invite the most promising first-year students to campus for a day of scholarship interviews and tours. Every eligible student who attends Scholars Day becomes a Wayne State Scholar and receives at minimum a scholarship of $1,500 a year for four years.
Alumni volunteers participate in small-group interviews that usually consist of two interviewers and six students. Interviews are held on campus, and volunteers interview two groups of students for about 45 minutes each on Feb. 6, Feb. 7, Feb. 13 and Feb. 14. Click here to find out how you can lend a hand.
Telephone Calls to Prospective Students
Here's a chance to tell incoming students what your Wayne State degree means to you and to encourage them to attend your alma mater. The Wayne State University Alumni Association and the Irvin D. Reid Honors College invite you to make telephone calls to prospective students from 6 - 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 27, at the Honors College, 2100 Undergraduate Library, 5155 Gullen Mall, WSU. Click here to volunteer.
Looking to escape? Whether it is to white-sand beaches, ancient cities with cultural gems or spot with glamorous nightlife, check out these links for travel destinations for winter trips. And don't forget, alumni association members get great deals on travel. Click here for details and a complete list of tours.
Explore some of the world's most beautiful and unique scenery in Costa Rica with a March 13-21 tour. Sample the scenic beauty of Tortuguero, a national park dedicated to protecting endangered turtles, and the Tilajari Rainforest Reserve with its Butterfly Garden and Ecotermales Hot Springs.
Or, visit ancient sites and bustling cities in Eastern Asia with the March 24 - April 9 Asian Explorations Cruise. Experience Seoul's magnificent 14th-century palace, stroll Shanghai's famous Bund along the Huangpu River, explore colorful markets in Taipei and visit ancient shrines and historic memorials in Hiroshima, Kyoto and Okinawa.
Association members travel at group rates and receive extra care and attention before and during their tours, including service from the alumni office, a tour orientation, tour hosts when possible and hosted social functions during selected tours. Visit alumni.wayne.edu/travel or call (313) 577-2300 to start traveling!
And, if you're curious about the best winter vacation spots, don't miss the world's greatest places to warm up, chill out or hit the slopes.
Congratulations, Graduate! A Gift for You!
If you are a recent graduate, join the alumni association for $10 for two years and receive a gift (along with other great benefits and services from the alumni association). Click here to join today.
Arthur L. Johnson Urban Perspectives Lecture Series with Robert C. Bobb
noon, Wednesday, Feb. 24.
Alumni House, 441 Ferry Mall, WSU
Robert C. Bobb, emergency financial manager, Detroit Public Schools, will speak on “The Detroit Public Schools’ Turn-around Story” at Alumni House as part of the Arthur L. Johnson Urban Perspectives Lecture Series. In 2009, Governor Granholm appointed Robert C. Bobb as emergency financial manager for the Detroit Public Schools. His work experience includes president of the Washington, D.C. Board of Education; city administrator and deputy mayor for Washington D.C.; District of Columbia homeland security advisor; and city manager for Richmond, Va., Santa Ana, Calif., and Kalamazoo, Mich. He is an expert on issues facing urban government in the areas of education, economic development, community and neighborhood development, and municipal budgeting and finance. The lecture is free; however, space is limited. Reservations are required. Click here to make a reservation.
Warriors, Wings and Blues
5:30 p.m., pre-game reception
7:30 p.m., game
Wednesday, Mar. 24, Joe Louis Arena
600 Civic Center Dr., Detroit
Back by popular demand-an evening of exciting Detroit Red Wings hockey! Come watch the Wings take on the St. Louis Blues with your fellow alumni. Enjoy a pre-game reception with Wayne State alum Ken Kal at the Olympia Club’s Manhattan room or grab a hot dog, soda and chips before the game with a special deal offered by the alumni association. If you already have tickets, you may attend the pre-game reception. All seats are in sections 226C and 226B, rows 18-21. Seats are limited. Click here for more details and to make a reservation.