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WSU Governor Emerita Washington, 18 students to join David Mackenzie Honor Society at April 27 ceremony

April 9, 2009

Jacquelin Washington, a Detroit resident who served on Wayne State University’s Board of Governors from 2001 to 2008, has been named this year's honorary inductee by the David Mackenzie Honor Society.  She retired in 1999 as president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southeast Michigan. A graduate of Fisk University, Washington holds a master’s degree in social work from Wayne State. Previous Honorary inductees have included former WSU Presidents Irvin D. Reid and David Adamany, Honors College Dean Jerry Herron, the late WSU Governor Emerita Mildred "Millie" Jeffrey, Sonny Elliot, and Helen Thomas.

“Governor Emerita Washington is emblematic of the spirit of service and commitment we want society members to have,” says Liza Lagman Sperl ‘96, adviser for the Honors College and the honor society. “She is a tireless advocate for women, a passionate supporter of education, and someone committed to preserving legal rights and access to higher learning.”
 
The society – one of the most prestigious groups at WSU – is named for David Mackenzie, the first dean of what is now the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The society was founded in 1981 through a merger of Karyatides, the former women’s honor society founded in 1931, and the Mackenzie Honor Society, organized in 1926. Members are chosen for their exceptional contributions to the welfare and development of the university and the community.
 
The 2009 program will be the 83rd annual reunion for the David Mackenzie Honor Society. Eighteen graduating seniors will be recognized for their outstanding academic achievement and contributions to the Wayne State community. They will be inducted along with Governor Emerita Washington on April 27, 2009. A public reception will be held in the McGregor Memorial Conference Center at 5:30 p.m., followed by a private dinner for the society members and their families.
 
Student inductees for 2009 and their majors:
 
Brittany Betham (Livonia)
Chemistry with Department and University Honors
 
Michal Brichek (Windsor, Ontario)
Chemistry with Department and University Honors, Slavic Studies
 
Clarissa Dass (Bloomfield Hills)
Biology with Department and University Honors
 
Basma El-Bathy (Shelby Township)
Near Eastern Studies with Department and University Honors
 
Farvah Fatima (Dearborn)
Biology with Department and University Honors
 
Suzan Hadwan (Canton)
Biology with Department and University Honors
 
Lance Jones (Saranac)
Social Studies Education
 
Christopher Krupa (Detroit)
Management, Slavic Studies
 
Philip McDonald (Saginaw)
Biology with Department and University Honors
 
Valerie Mika (Sterling Heights)
Biomedical Physics with Department and University Honors
 
Ana Moncion (Rochester Hills)
Accounting with University Honors
 
Richard Pineau (Roseville)
Mathematics, minor in History
 
Brian Rutledge (Battle Creek)
Biology with Department and University Honors
 
Grant Shafer (Detroit)
English with Department and University Honors
 
Samantha Staley (Flushing)
Mechanical Engineering with Department and University Honors
 
Jennifer Walker (Plymouth)
Nutrition and Food Science with Department and University Honors
 
Steven West (Detroit)
Theatre
 
Antwuan Williams (Taylor)
Mathematics
 
 
University Constituents Contact
Liza Lagman Sperl
dmhs@wayne.edu / (313) 577-9075
 
External Constituents / Media Contact
Adam Herman
aherman@wayne.edu / (313) 577-4621