March 2009

What:
Alumni Lecture Features Leonard Slatkin
When:
noon Tuesday, March 24
Where:
Alumni House
441 Ferry Mall, WSU
More Info:
Join the alumni association for the Arthur L. Johnson Urban Perspectives Lecture Series featuring Leonard Slatkin. Slatkin, music director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, is an internationally renowned American conductor who has made appearances with virtually every major international orchestra. His recordings have garnered seven Grammy awards and more than 60 nominations. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Reserve Now!
Click here or call (313) 577-2300.

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What:
Join the Alumni Association in California
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Wayne State President Jay Noren will be in Southern California and is looking forward to meeting alumni and friends. 

President Noren, who will be in town to attend a national meeting of urban leaders, will meet with alumni to share his insights into how Wayne State is leading the transition to the emerging knowledge economy for the benefit of both Detroit and the nation. Join us for food, fun and a chance to catch up with old friends while making some new ones during two events:

What:
San Diego Reception
When:
6:30 p.m. Friday, March 20
Where:
Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter
401 K Street, San Diego, Calif.
Reserve Now!
Click here or call (888) 887-3588.

What:
Los Angeles Brunch
When:
11:30 a.m. Sunday, March 22
Where:
Marina del Rey Marriott
4100 Admiralty Way, Marina del Ray, Calif.
Reserve Now!
Click here or call (888) 887-3588.

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What:
Volunteer at Grad Expo!
When:
April 15-17
Where:
Welcome Center
42 W. Warren, WSU
More Info:
Be a part of Grad Expo! Volunteers are needed to recruit new grads to join the alumni association. You'll have a chance to meet some of the graduates who will walk during the May commencement ceremonies and tell them about alumni association membership benefits. Grad Expo will take place from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, and Thursday, April 16, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. April 17. Alumni volunteers should specify their preferred shift. They'll also receive a special alumni association sweatshirt and free parking in the Welcome Center structure at Cass and Putnam.
Reserve Now!
To volunteer, contact Elisabeth Johnston at
ap9048@wayne.edu or (313) 577-2167. Click here to download the registration form.

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What:
FOCIS Earth Day Events
Where:
Community Arts Auditorium
450 Reuther Mall, WSU

What:
"Saving our Planet: The Challenge of the 21st Century"
When:
9:30 a.m. Thursday, April 23
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In a special Earth Week presentation, the Forum on Contemporary Issues in Society welcomes David Suzuki, an award-winning scientist, broadcaster and sustainable ecology expert. Dr. Suzuki, co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation, is an environmentalist who is renowned for his radio and television programs that explain the complexities of the natural sciences in a compelling, easily understood format. The event is free and open to the public.

What:
“Sounds of the Earth: An Evening of Poetry, Prose and Music Dedicated to our Planet”
When:
6 p.m. Thursday, April 23
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Join the Wayne State community for special Earth Day performances in rhythm and thyme and spoken work. The event features the Wayne State Wind Symphony, conducted by Doug Bianchi and guest artists Laura Roelofs, Keith Claeys and Kerstin Allvin. The program includes James Hartway's "Echoes From a Disappearing Planet" and "Birds, Bears and Butterflies." The event is free and open to the public. 

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Click here or call (313) 577-5550.

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What:
Career Awareness Week
When:
March 23-26
Where:
Student Center Building
5221 Gullen Mall, WSU
More Info:
Career Awareness Week, sponsored by Career Services and the Women of Wayne Alumni Association, will take place March 23-26. Participate in a series of career events and workshops to learn about successful career planning and job search strategies in this challenging economy.
Click here for a complete schedule.
Reserve Now!
For more information, visit
www.careerservices.wayne.edu or contact Kimberly Streeter at (313) 577-3390.

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What:
Success Workshop With Actor Jeffrey Tambor
When:
10 a.m. Saturday, March 21
Where:
The American Film Institute
2021 N. Western Ave.
Los Angeles, Calif.
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“What’s Keeping You? A Workshop for Personal and Professional Success” examines what’s keeping people from their dreams.
Tambor, who appeared in numerous TV and film roles, including Arrested Development, shares his unique perspective through honest discussions and personalized demonstrations that provide a revelatory experience for actors, writers, directors and anyone who wants to be better at what they do. Tambor has held his workshop at universities, hospitals and corporations throughout the country. For more information, click here. Alumni receive special pricing of only $215 per ticket – an $85 savings.
Reserve Now!
To make a reservation, e-mail
derek@coolwatersprods.com or call (818) 909-7040. When making the reservation, ask for the Wayne State alumni discount.

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What:
Organization of Black Alumni Networking Mixer
When:
5:30 p.m. Friday, March 20
Where:
Hotel St. Regis
3071 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit
More Info:
Join Organization of Black Alumni members and fellow Wayne State alumni and friends for a networking mixer and business card exchange. Enjoy drink specials, giveaways and raffle prizes. The event is free and open to the public.
Reserve Now!
Click here or call (313) 577-2300.

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What:
Leaders on Leadership Television Taping
When:
Varies
Where:
Detroit Public Television
7441 Second Ave., Detroit
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Come on down to WTVS-TV (channel 56) for a live taping of the Emmy Award-winning Leaders on Leadership television series. The show, co-produced by the Wayne State School of Business Administration and Detroit Public Television, features key executives from the corporate world. Be a part of a live studio audience, submit a question that you can ask on air, and take part in an off-the-air dialogue with the guest speaker. The event is free, and so is parking, but space is limited. Reservations are required.
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Click here for a complete schedule and reservations.

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What:
CareerBoost: Case Studies from the television series Leaders on Leadership - it’s a tough world out there!
When:
5:30 p.m. reception, 6-7 p.m. program, Wednesday, April 1
Where:
Alumni House
441 Ferry Mall, WSU
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This interactive event, presented by Larry Fobes, host of the Emmy Award-winning television show Leaders on Leadership, calls on the expertise of former guests. Watch clips of past guests, such as Paul O’Neill, former secretary of treasury; Dieter Zetsche, former president and CEO of Chrysler; and Alfred Taubman, founder of the Taubman Co. and former chair of Sotheby’s, then explore a variety of related leadership issues in the context of your own career. $10 members, $15 non-members. Free for currently enrolled WSU students. This is sponsored by the alumni association, School of Business Administration, WTVS-TV (channel 56) and Greenleaf Trust.
Reserve Now!
Click here or call (313) 577-2300.

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What:
Warrior Night at the Palace
When:
1 p.m. Sunday, March 22, or 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 10
Where:
Palace of Auburn Hills
More Info:
Save big on Detroit Pistons tickets at two special games for Wayne State alumni. First, watch the Miami Heat melt when they play the Pistons on March 22. Get a free hot dog and soda with each ticket purchase, along with a group photo on the court. While on the court, take a shot – everyone has a chance. Seats are only $25 (a $15 savings, upper level) for alumni, students and friends. Or take a shot on the court when the Pistons tear up the New Jersey Nets on April 10. You’ll also get a free duffel bag with each ticket purchase. Just $50 (save $30, upper level) for alumni, students and friends.
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To take advantage of these prices,
click here or contact Katie Johnson at (248) 375-4076 or kjohnson@palacenet.com.

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What:
College of Nursing Research Day
When:
noon-3 p.m. Wednesday, March 25
Where:
McGregor Memorial Conference Center
495 Ferry Mall, WSU
More Info:
The College of Nursing will host Research Day 2009 on March 25. Dr. Suzanne Bakken, alumni professor of nursing and professor of biomedical informatics at Columbia University, will deliver the keynote address at noon. A poster reception will highlight the research of Wayne State College of Nursing faculty, graduate students and clinical partners.
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For more information,
click here or contact Victor Chuki at vchuku@wayne.edu or (313) 577-4135.

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What:
Dance the Night Away With the College of Ed
When:
6 p.m. Saturday, March 28
Where:
DoubleTree Hotel
5801 Southfield, Detroit
More Info:
Join the College of Education Alumni Association for its annual Awards/Recess Night Dinner Dance. Cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m. and is followed by dinner and dancing. The event concludes at 11 p.m.
Reserve Now!
For ticket information, call (313) 577-2300.

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What:
Volunteer to Call Potential WSU Students
When:
6 p.m. Tuesday, April 21
Where:
David Adamany Undergraduate Library
5155 Gullen Mall, WSU
More Info:
The Wayne State University Alumni Association and the Honors College invite alumni to make phone calls to potential students to encourage their attendance to the university in the fall. Convey what your Wayne State degree means to you by contacting students who received a Presidential Scholarship during Scholars Day.
Reserve Now!
Contact Joye Clark at
joye.clark@wayne.edu or (313) 577-2161.

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What:
Seventh Annual Apple Awards
When:
6 p.m. Thursday, April 16
Where:
Fisher Theatre
3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit
More Info:
Wayne State University and the Nederlander Company proudly present the Seventh Annual Sarah Applebaum Nederlander Award for Excellence in Theatre. This year's recipients are award-winning performers Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin. The evening includes a wine and hors d'oeuvres reception hosted by the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts, a 7:30 p.m. performance of "An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin" followed by the presentation of the Apple Awards and an afterglow reception. Cocktail attire. Cost is $200 per person (includes VIP reception, main floor theater ticket, afterglow and parking). Wayne State alumni who wish to attend the performance only will receive a discount off the regular price of tickets by using the code APPLE when purchasing tickets through Ticketmaster. To purchase show tickets only visit 
www.ticketmaster.com or call (248) 645-6666.  
Reserve Now!
Click here or call (313) 577-0300.

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What:
An Evening With David Sedaris
When:
8 p.m. Tuesday, April 21
Where:
Detroit Opera House
1526 Broadway, Detroit

More Info:
Join WDET for an evening of laughs with author and humorist David Sedaris. Sedaris will be reading from his latest book, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, as well as exclusive, unpublished works about his life and family. Tickets start at $55. Make a gift of $250 to Detroit Public Radio and you will receive a pair of WDET Gold Circle Seats (the first 10 rows) and an autographed copy of Sedaris' book. Seating is limited, so make your donation today!
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Click here for reservations.

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What:
Women of Wayne Host 43rd Annual Headliner Awards
When:
11 a.m. Saturday, April 25
Where:
Lochmoor Club
1018 Sunningdale Dr., Grosse Pointe Woods
More Info:
The Women of Wayne Alumni Association will honor outstanding alumnae at the 43rd Annual Headliner Awards on Saturday, April 25. For 43 years, the Headliner Awards have been presented to Wayne State alumnae whose achievements have made headlines in the media during the preceding year. The award calls attention to the fact that Wayne State women are making their mark in society. Cost is $35 per person and includes lunch.
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To make a reservation, send a check made payable to Women of Wayne Alumni Association, P.O. Box 02308, Detroit, MI 48202. For more information, call (313) 577-2300.

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What:
Explore the French Countryside With the Alumni Association
When:
Sept. 25-Oct. 6
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Travel through Paris and the romantic French countryside on this 12-day journey. Start with two nights in Paris, then continue by high-speed train to Bordeaux, where you’ll spend the next two nights and enjoy an excursion to St. Emilion, which includes wine tasting with a local expert. From Biarritz we make our way to Lourdes, where two nights offer enough time to follow the pilgrims to St. Bernadette’s Grotto. Stop in the beautifully preserved medieval walled city of Carcassonne on your way to Nîmes, and enjoy an orientation walk through the city center. Visit Pont du Gard, the 2,000-year-old Roman Aquaduct, and Avignon. A full morning is dedicated to Aix-en-Provence, one of France’s most elegant cities, and then on to Cannes before arriving in the Principality of Monaco, for two nights and the possibility to visit the Monte Carlo Casino. Cost is from $2,609 plus airfare.
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For more information,
click here or call (313) 577-2300.

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What:
Round Table on African American Education
When:
Friday and Saturday, June 19-20
Where:
Detroit Marriott 
Renaissance Center
More Info:
The Institute for the Study of the African-American Child presents a round-table discussion on African American education. The conference will focus on best practices for teaching African-American children. 
Click here for more information and a complete schedule.
Reserve Now!
Contact Saundra Sumner at (313) 577-0991 or
ac6642@wayne.edu.

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What:
ISAAC Hosts Conference on Research Directions
When:
May 3-6, 2009
Where:
Hilton Oceanfront Resort
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
More Info:
The Institute for the Study of the African-American Child will host the Conference on Research Directions, a biannual event designed to bridge the gap between research and practice in education. All researchers and practitioners interested in the latest strategies for closing the academic achievement gap that affects African American children should attend.
Click here for more information or visit www.coe.wayne.edu/ISAAC for a complete conference schedule and presenter and participant registration forms.
Reserve Now!
Contact Saundra Sumner at (313) 577-0991 or
ac6642@wayne.edu.

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What:
School of Business Administration Alumni Association Member Appreciation Event
When:
6 p.m. Wednesday, May 20
Where:
Detroit Branch - Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
1600 E. Warren Ave., Detroit
More Info:
Join the School of Business Alumni Association for a member appreciate event where you will gain perspective on the current economic conditions and maximize the value of your Wayne State business degree by networking with fellow alumni. Enjoy a keynote speaker, a tour of the Detroit Branch - Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and hors d'oeuvres. The event is free for members of the alumni association and $25 for nonmembers.
Reserve Now!
Click here or call (313) 577-2300.

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What:
Volunteer at Cerveny Middle School Career Day
When:
Wednesday, April 8
Where:
Edward Cerveny Middle School
15850 Strathmoor, Detroit
More Info:
Alumni are invited to share their life and career experiences with students at Cerveny Middle School’s annual career day event. 
Click here for more information.
Reserve Now!
Contact Karen Bradfield at (313) 866-9597 or
karen.bradfield@detroitk12.org.







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