WSU Applebaum honors behind-the-scenes Warriors during Employee Recognition Week

During Wayne State’s second annual Employee Recognition Week, Dean Brian Cummings expressed gratitude for all team members at the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, saying, “Each of you has a hand in training the next generation of professionals in careers that are vital to the health and well-being of our community. Thank you for your role in making this possible.”

He also invited WSU Applebaum employees to give shout-outs to each other on the WSU Applebaum Kudoboard.

View the Kudoboard

In the spirit of each day’s theme, Cummings called attention to the following people in morning email messages:   

Warrior Heroes

Monday’s theme spotlighted those who provide outstanding service with a can-do attitude — secretaries, administrative professionals, program specialists and student assistants across WSU Applebaum.

  • Amina Begum
  • Sandra Black
  • Angela Bumphus
  • Cherri Calhoun
  • Christina Cowen
  • Dominique Harrison
  • Anita Knight
  • Tiffany Lloyd
  • Makayla Payne
  • Demetria Smith
  • Karen Tarnas
  • Eric Upshaw
  • Rich Vollmerhausen
  • Dawn Waltz
  • Amanda Woody
  • Student assistants

Warrior Excellence

On Tuesday, we celebrated everyone who helps WSU Applebaum make a positive first impression.

  • Anthony Bentley 
  • Aaron Brooks
  • Jesse Buckley
  • Anthony Crawley
  • Lynn Davis
  • Mark Haaseth
  • Tim Hightower
  • Anthony Kilimas
  • Charles Rudolph
  • Stan Tinsley
  • Wendy Townsend

Warrior Trailblazers

Wednesday’s theme focused on everyone in the college who supports our laboratories and research initiatives. 

  • Maria Ilyukhina
  • Miranda Kolatski 
  • Brandon Parker
  • Elise Tillema
  • Research assistants and associates
  • Technicians
  • Technologists
  • Coordinators

Warriors Who Care

Thursday shined a light on the often hidden members of our team who work with students outside the classroom setting.

  • Sarah Agnihotri
  • Merideth Bond
  • Patricia Dixon
  • Moira Fracassa
  • Karen Gessler
  • Andrea Hawkins
  • Jozy Hayek
  • Robert Hellar
  • Jessica Pfeiffer
  • Shauna Reevers
  • Heather Sandlin
  • Kristen Sears
  • Jarrod Thorwart

Warrior Leadership

On Friday we cheered for those who motivate others, inspiring them to accomplish their goals and pursue personal and professional growth.

  • Raquel Burchett
  • Tiffany Cusmano
  • Caroline Heise
  • Shannon Herron-Plaza
  • Rebecca Kavanagh

“Every member of our staff and faculty contributes something important to the success of our college. Thank you for all that you do,” said Cummings, who wasn’t the only person offering high fives this week. Team members across the college publicly thanked one another for their upbeat attitudes by posting messages on the WSU Applebaum Kudoboard.

 “I appreciate those of you who have taken the time to recognize your colleagues, in person or virtually,” Cummings added. “We have a great team, and I am proud to work alongside all of you. I hope you will continue to express your appreciation for your colleagues as often as you can. Our culture of gratitude is part of what makes WSU Applebaum feel like a family.”


An anchor in urban health care

The Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is built on more than 100 years of tradition and innovation in the heart of Detroit. We have grown deep roots in our city, harnessing its powerhouse hospital systems and community service organizations as vibrant, real-world training grounds for students, with an ongoing focus on social justice in health care. And our research at all levels – from undergraduates to veteran faculty members – translates into creative solutions for healthier communities.

Wayne State University is a premier urban research institution offering approximately 350 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to more than 25,000 students.

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