The Wayne State University Alumni Association continues to build loyalty and support among alumni, students and the greater university community. Wayne State graduates make a difference every day in a wide range of professions, demonstrating high achievement in a variety of careers. In every part of the world, Wayne State alumni are proven leaders who are highly acclaimed in almost every professional area. From serving in elected positions at the state and local levels to working in unions, education, public health, science, social work, public policy and professional athletics, Wayne State graduates put their education to work — for themselves, for their communities and for the world.
No matter where they are, Wayne State alumni stay connected through special events, personal and professional development, campus activities, and the Wayne State University Alumni Association.
More than 75 percent of Wayne State University’s 240,000 alumni live in Michigan, contributing to the state’s economy. Here’s just a snapshot of the difference these alumni are making.
- About 30 percent of Michigan’s practicing physicians — and more than 40 percent of practicing physicians in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties — received all or part of their medical training at Wayne State University
- 75 percent of Wayne State Law School graduates live and work in Michigan
- Approximately 17 percent of Michigan Court of Appeals judges are Wayne State alumni
- Three Michigan Supreme Court justices are Wayne State alumni
- Seven U.S. District Court judges in Wayne, Macomb and Oakland counties are Wayne State alumni
We have many reasons to be proud of our alumni. Many have pursued not only their degrees, but also their dreams. Some have launched new companies; others, new careers. A significant number have enjoyed the challenges and satisfaction that come with reaching the next level within their organizations. Many others have enriched their lives, as well as their respective industries. Notable Wayne State alumni and attendees include:
- Yousif Ghafari, former U.S. Ambassador to Slovenia n Ernie Hudson, Broadway, television and movie actor
- Cynthia Bir, lead engineer for ESPN Sports Science
- The Honorable Damon J. Keith, senior judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals
- Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, former United Nations undersecretary general
- Paul Butcher, retired Pro Bowl player (NFL) n Wayne Dyer, self-help advocate, author and lecturer
- Dan Gilbert, chairman and founder of Quicken Loans, owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA)
- Jerry Linenger, M.D., retired U.S. Navy captain and NASA astronaut
- Casey Kasem, radio host, actor and founder of America’s Top 40
- Joique Bell, winner of the 2009 Harlon Hill Trophy and current NFL player
- David M. Overton, Founder and CEO, The Cheesecake Factory Inc.
- John Conyers, U.S. Representative (D-Michigan)
- Philip Levine, Poet Laureate of the United States
- Lily Tomlin, Tony, Emmy and Grammy Award- winning actress, comedian and writer
- Peter Karmanos, executive chairman of the board of Compuware and owner of the Carolina Hurricanes (NHL)
- Hugh Downs, television host, producer and author
- Sixto Rodriguez, American folk musician
The Wayne State University Alumni Association has a wide range of events planned throughout each year to suit every interest — social, cultural, educational, career or family-oriented. The association’s work impacts communities across the globe by:
- Awarding student scholarships — more than $92,000 in funds were awarded in 2012
- Developing alumni networks in areas including New York, California, Florida, Texas, Washington, D.C., Illinois, Ontario, China and the Middle East
- Mobilizing more than 2,000 alumni advocates to communicate with legislators and key government officials
- Creating career development and other services to assist alumni throughout all career stages
- Producing the award-winning Wayne State magazine, which provides key information to Wayne State alumni, friends and community members around the world
- Supporting student recruitment activities to continue student success and community engagement
- Hosting programs such as the Arthur L. Johnson Urban Perspectives Lecture Series, which brings some of the country’s leading thinkers on campus to share their viewpoints and thoughts on cutting- edge topics