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From the Vice President

June 30, 2017

WSU’s commitment to going “all in”

By Patrick Lindsey

On Thursday, March 23, 2017, nearly 250 Wayne State students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members gathered in WSU’s Community Arts Auditorium to celebrate the university’s inaugural Spirit of Community awards ceremony. These awards honored members of our university who best exemplify the spirit of Wayne State University’s deep commitment to community engagement. Not only did we celebrate these individuals, but this event served as a collective thank you to everyone campus-wide who has taken the time to volunteer or engage in work or research activities that have brought benefit to both the University and the community.

As keynote speaker, Tony Michaels, president and CEO of the Parade Company discussed the importance of going “all in” in all aspects of our lives. A big component of our Warrior spirit is our university family’s willingness to go “all in” when it comes to engaging and serving the community. The Spirit of Community awards demonstrated the breadth and the depth of our extensive work in the community including volunteerism, research and service learning. This engagement not only benefits the external community, but it helps all of us grow and thrive both personally and professionally.

Our passionate students, dedicated staff, renowned faculty, and supportive alumni are intrinsically linked to service. Not only is community engagement a pillar of WSU’s strategic plan, it is a personal driver for so many of us. It is our hope that this new annual event not only conveys our sincere gratitude to those who participate in meaningful engagement, but we hope that it will serve as a motivator for those who may be considering getting more involved or for those who are considering volunteering for the first time. As we move into warmer months and a shift in schedules, let’s remember to take the time out to give back to the community that gives so much to us.


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