Wayne State University Innovation Hub launch on Nov. 15 to Cover the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Spectrum

As one of the nation’s preeminent urban research universities, Wayne State consistently generates important innovations and ground-breaking research. At 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 15, in the Student Center Ballroom, the university will launch the Wayne Innovation Hub to coordinate and enhance its programs for entrepreneurship education, technology commercialization and community partnerships, and to enhance the university’s overall culture of innovation.

The centerpiece of the launch celebration is a series of brief, compelling IDO (Innovation, Disruption and Opportunity) Talks by innovators and entrepreneurs from the Wayne State community. Each IDO talk, similar in format to TED Talks, will focus on a different aspect of innovation and entrepreneurship drawn from the speaker’s experience and will last five minutes or less – just enough time to convey the speaker’s core message and ignite the imagination of the audience. The IDO speakers are:

 Dr. Mary Anderson – Associate Professor and Associate Chair, WSU Maggie Allesee Department of Theater and Dance. Dr. Anderson will share images and ideas about what she has learned observing durational child-directed play in the Detroit Free Forest School, located at Belle Isle.

 Kavya Davuluri – a Wayne State student and co-founder of Optimize Wayne. Ms. Davuluri will share what she has learned about Wayne State and her fellow students through her involvement with Optimize, a student-led organization that encourages innovation and entrepreneurship to achieve social impact.

 Dr. Lauren Hamell – Assistant Professor, Wayne State University/Karmanos Cancer Institute. Dr. Hamell will describe how she identified a significant problem – a lack of patient-physician treatment discussions – and how developing a solution to the problem led her to a new role as an entrepreneur.

 Fares Ksebati – graduate of the WSU Mike Illitch School of Business and CEO of MySwimPro. Mr. Ksebati will describe how he turned a passion for swimming and an idea into Apple’s Best App of 2016, with impact in 150 countries.

 Maurice Recanati, M.D. – Assistant Professor-Clinical, Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Recanati will relate how his childhood desire to make the journey to Mars led him to a career that includes undergraduate degrees in physics and engineering, a medical degree, a series of inventions, and success as an entrepreneur and venture investor.

 Jordette Singleton – graduate of the WSU Mike Illitch School of Business and owner of the UnitedFront retail shop. Ms. Singleton will describe how she overcame fear and took the leap into entrepreneurship, and how being the ultimate failure as an entrepreneur can lead to great success.

In addition to the IDO Talks™ presenters, WSU President M. Roy Wilson, Provost Keith Whitfield and Vice-President of Economic Development/TechTown Detroit CEO Ned Staebler, will offer brief remarks. Tech entrepreneur W. David Tarver, recently appointed Senior Counselor to the Provost for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, will serve as event host and master of ceremonies.

The Innovation Hub launch celebration will reinforce Wayne State’s strong track record of innovation and entrepreneurship and showcase how it is taking this commitment to an even higher level. In addition to the IDO TalksTM, the high energy event will include music, the kickoff of a student-led community engagement project where participants produce one-minute video profiles to highlight the innovations produced by everyday Detroiters, and a prototype “Innovation Studio” where attendees will have the opportunity to interact with innovations and innovators from the Wayne State community and the region. Attendees will be encouraged to connect with the many resources that exist in the region, and representatives will be on hand to answer questions and provide information.

The event is open to the public. Light food and beverages will be served. Please register at go.wayne.edu/innovation-hub. Space is limited.

Wayne State University is a premier urban research institution offering nearly 350 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to more than 27,000 students.


Walsh College names Dr. Jen O’Meara, Ph.D., to full-time Business Communications faculty

Walsh College has named Jennifer O’Meara, Ph.D., to its full-time faculty as an associate professor in the Business Communications Department.

Dr. O’Meara has served as an adjunct associate professor at Walsh since 2014 in the Business Communications and Information Technology departments. She was previously the chief innovation officer at an internet start-up, where she also served as the information officer, project manager, and social media specialist facilitating internal and external communications, documenting programming requirements, performing quality tests, and creating blog and social media content. She has also served as the chief information officer for a Detroit area medial billing service.

Dr. O’Meara earned her Ph.D. in English Language and Literature, specializing in 16th and 17th century British literature with a focus on 17th century texts related to natural philosophy and natural philosophers, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is also a writer, web developer, and social media strategist, publishing whatever.odt in 2012 and launching her MicroPress in 2014 writing custom children’s books.

She is a board member and the webmaster of the Racquetball Association of Michigan, holds numerous state, regional, and national racquetball titles, and is also a level 1 rider with the Redford Unicycle club.

Spring registration is now in progress and classes begin March 31. Learn more at www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh College Names Jenny Tatsak, Ph.D., as Chair, Business Communications and Director of Executive Success Center

Walsh College has named Jenny Tatsak, Ph.D., as Chair, Business Communications, according to Michael A. Rinkus, DBA, interim executive vice president and chief academic officer.

In addition to her current role as Professor of Business Communications teaching undergraduate and graduate classes, Dr. Tatsak will now oversee the Business Communications Department and lead the Executive Success Center, including tutoring services, faculty workshops, and curriculum-driven programing, as well as professional development initiatives.

“Dr. Tatsak’s expertise in communication strategy supports the College’s expanded focus on developing the executive communication skills of our students” said Dr. Rinkus. “This focus extends to the Executive Success Center, where she will oversee initiatives designed to develop the skills necessary for professional and personal success of our students.”

Dr. Tatsak has extensive leadership communication experience as a senior strategist and primary spokesperson for municipal, statewide, regional, and national campaigns. She developed and enacted crisis communication and image restoration plans and served as a speech writer and media coach for on-camera interviews and debate preparation.

Dr. Tatsak earned a doctorate in communication, completed under the Edward Wise Dissertation Fellowship, from Wayne State University. She holds degrees from Eastern Michigan University, including a master’s in communication, a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Communication, with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science.

Upcoming events hosted through the Executive Success Center may be found at www.walshcollege.edu/sass.

Spring registration begins February 13, 2017. For more information on Walsh College, visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh College Names David Dieterle, PH.D., to Full-Time Finance and Economics Faculty

Walsh College has appointed David Dieterle, Ph.D., an exceptional educator and experienced administrator, to its full-time academic faculty as associate professor in the Finance Department, according to Gregory Todd, associate professor and chair, Finance and Economics.

Dr. Dieterle has been president and chief academic officer, Michigan Council on Economic Education. He has also held positions as president and executive director, Illinois Council on Economic Education, at Northern Illinois University, and executive director, Nebraska Council on Economic Education, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

During his career, Dr. Dieterle has taught economics at several colleges, including the University of Cincinnati, Doane College, Central Michigan University, Northern Illinois University, and the University of Michigan-Flint. He has served as a member of the Walsh College adjunct faculty since 2003.

“As a Walsh College adjunct, David has already made a significant contribution to our department, our faculty, and to our students,” Todd noted. “We look forward to his professional insights and personal engagement in enhancing our undergraduate and graduate finance programs.”

Dr. Dieterle earned a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Economics from Purdue University and a Ph.D. in Teacher Education in Economics from Michigan State University.

Among other publications, Dr. Dieterle is the editor of Economic Thinkers: A Biographical Encyclopedia and is completing work as the editor of Economics: The Definitive Encyclopedia from Theory to Practice. He also has an extensive background in economic educational consulting, professional speaking, and numerous community activities.

Walsh College offers a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and a Master of Science in Finance.

Registration for the winter 2017 semester begins Nov. 21. Classes begin Jan. 4, 2017.

For more information, visit www.walshcollege.edu