The end of the year is upon us, which means a busy season filled with parties, family gatherings, eating, shopping and all things holiday! 

Generation Wayne is here to navigate you through it all and offer some suggestions on how to make the most of your holiday season (while learning something, too). 

That’s not all…read on for tips for making resolutions and getting off to a great start in 2010. Besides all of the holiday hoopla, don’t neglect your career skills. For more information on employment opportunities and career services, check out the Career Corner section. Happy reading! Happy holidays!

“I am Generation Wayne”

This issue features three current graduates who are “Generation Wayne.” 

John McMahon, Ed. ’09, and William McKoy, Ed. 09, classmates in the College of Education, now teach together at Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies, located near Wayne State University in Detroit. John teaches seventh grade physical education and William teaches sixth grade physical education. To learn more about the Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies, click here


Above: John McMahon, left, and William McKoy celebrate at commencement.

Below: William McKoy, left, and John McMahon at Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies

Demario Tucker, Engin. ’07, former contributing writer for The South End, previously worked as an engineer with U.S. Steel Corporation as a maintenance manager.  He is currently pursing a Master of Science degree in Global Energy Management at the University of Colorado Denver. This master’s program is the only degree program like it in the country and it bridges the between those having technical degree backgrounds and teaching them business specific energy science to create the next wave of energy executives. 
Click here to read more about what Demario’s doing at the University of Colorado Denver. 

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 the profile on www.alumni.wayne.eduClick here to e-mail your information. If you are featured in the next Generation Wayne, you will receive a T-shirt. 

Tell us about Your First Job

We want to hear about your first job! Tell us what you learned, and what you have yet to learn. Share with us the mistakes you made — and why making them has helped you grow in your career. And let us know what advice you’d give to other recent grads that are starting out on the job.

Wayne State magazine, your alumni publication, will be featuring recent alumni and their first jobs in an upcoming issue. If you graduated in the last few years —whether you’re in your first job, second or more — or if you’re still at the same job you had when you started your career, we want to hear from you. 

If you're interested in being featured in the magazine, click here.

Career Corner

WSU Career Services

Wayne State University Career Services encourages you to join
Career Services Online and create a profile. Only when you have a profile, may you apply to online employment opportunities, submit resumes for qualified on-campus interviews, submit resumes to resume drops and have your resume viewed by interested employers. Click here to join today! Visit to check out upcoming career programs and other services sponsored by Career Services. 

School of Business Administration Career Planning and Placement

Register for, the custom online recruiting system available to Wayne State business students, alumni, and employers. Business students and alumni may use this site to post resumes and to search for potential employers and employment opportunities. Employers may use the site to post full-time and internship opportunities. Click here to register. 

Alumni Association Job Board

Click here for current jobs available on the alumni job board. Also, click here to check out materials from past CareerBoost programs, which offer career development advice and information.

Save the date for the next CareerBoost program, 5-7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25, at Wayne State’s Welcome Center. The program, Where is the Work?, will feature panelists speaking about where the jobs are and what industries are currently hiring. Visit for more details! 

Alumni Association Benefit: GradMed

GradMed, short-term medical insurance, is an ideal choice for new graduates or alumni between jobs. After graduation, many students lose their health insurance coverage under their parents’ plans, making them vulnerable to high healthcare costs. GradMed provides protection from the major expenses associated with an accident or unexpected illness, providing coverage while job searching or waiting for new employee benefits to begin. For more information, click here

Turkey Talk

When you sit down for Thanksgiving dinner this year, did you ever wonder why you are eating turkey and cranberries?  Want to know why football is a staple Thanksgiving Day tradition? Click here to learn some fun facts you can share at your Thanksgiving dinner this year. 

If you are a regular at America’s Thanksgiving Parade or have never been, this is the year to go to the alumni association warming station for Thanksgiving parade day fun.  For more information and to RSVP for the event, click here.

Holiday Happenings

If you will be attending a holiday office party this year and want to make it through stress-free, click here for tips on surviving and enjoying it. 

Get in the holiday spirit by attending the 37th annual Noel Night 5-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, in Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center Area. More than 40 institutions, including the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Detroit Science Center, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Detroit Historical Museum, and the Detroit Public Library, among many others, open their doors to the public free of charge during this Cultural Center-wide holiday "open house." For more information, click here

Volunteer Opportunity

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.
Dates for 2010 are listed below. For more information, contact Joye Clark at or (313) 577-2161.
2010 Scholars Days

Saturday, Feb.6
Sunday, Feb. 7
Saturday, Feb. 13
Sunday, Feb. 14

Get Going for 2010

When the calendar turns to Jan. 1, be ready to make your resolutions and stick to them in 2010. Find out how, by clicking here.

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!  Click here to join today. 

Become our Friend on Facebook

Anybody who is anybody is on Facebook, including the Wayne State University Alumni Association. Visit our page, add us as your friend and start posting on our wall all while connecting to other Wayne State alums. Click here to friend us. 

Upcoming Events

Thanksgiving Day Parade Warming Station
8 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 26

Celebrate Thanksgiving morning at America’s Thanksgiving Parade and be sure to stop by the alumni association’s warming station at the Bonstelle Theatre. Here, you’ll find warm drinks and snacks, clean restrooms and a children’s activity. Free for alumni association members and their guests, currently enrolled WSU students and children under 13 years of age. $5 for non-members. Parking on-your-own.

Lessons in Leadership: Building Relationships
5 p.m. Jan. 26

Lessons in Leadership is an alumni speaker series co-sponsored by the alumni association and the Dean of Students Office exploring the topic of leadership. Students will have the opportunity to listen to former students and community leaders share their own leadership experiences and discuss the role leadership plays in the work they do every day. The event is free.

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