The 10 most Instagrammable places on campus

Located in Midtown, a neighborhood nestled between Detroit’s downtown high rises and New Center, Wayne State University’s location provides a prime vantage point to take in the city. However, the spectacular views aren’t the only Instagrammable sights on campus. With newly renovated laboratories, century-old buildings and the designs of world famous architects, there are plenty of ’gram-worthy spots to check out. Here are 10 of our favorites.

10. Gullen Mall

What used to be part of Second Avenue was closed off in 1964 to create a more walkable campus, and in 1979 it was renamed Gullen Mall in honor of George E. Gullen, who served as president of Wayne State from 1972-1978. Now this mall is not only the busiest walkway, but is the perfect place to stop and snap a clear picture of what’s happening on campus. Whether you focus on the landmark Fisher Building to the north or bustling Second Avenue to the south, Gullen Mall has a perfect view to capture all the action on campus.

9. Linsell House

Built in 1904, the Frederick Linsell House was designed by John C. Stahl, who graduated from Central High School (aka Old Main) and later studied building and design at night school. Stahl was only 28 when he designed the house for Frederick and Rosa Linsell, and he customized it to incorporate the fine woods and Georgian style requested by residents. The house now serves as the Office of the Dean for the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts. Beautiful inside and out, this historic home is an architectural gem on campus.

8. IBio

The Integrative Biosciences Center, a $90 million facility located near TechTown, is dedicated to eliminating the many health disparities that plague the city’s residents. With 200,000 square feet of lab and clinical space, IBio fosters a collaborative approach to research. The facility, which has breathed new life to a 1927 Dalgleish Cadillac dealership designed by legendary architect Albert Kahn, features a decidedly modern aesthetic while still showcasing elements of the architect’s original design. An Insta post of this building encapsulates both the past, and the future.

7. College of Education 

Constructed in 1960, the College of Education Building is the second of four buildings on Wayne State’s campus designed by the famous architect Minoru Yamasaki. The four-story building is known for its striking pointed windows, which make for an aesthetically pleasing addition to your Instagram feed.

6. Tierney Alumni House

The Tierney Alumni House was designed by architect Louis Kemper for Col. Frank J. Hecker, a man who made his fortune in the railroad business. Over the years, the structure has been home to Smiley Brothers Music Company and a law firm, and today — thanks to the donation from WSU alumnus Thomas Tierney and wife Elizabeth Carr Tierney — it serves as Wayne State’s alumni house. From the intricate woodwork inside to the large turrets outside, this urban mansion is not to be missed.

5. Top of Parking Structure 6.

Structure 6, which is located on the corner of Putnam and Cass, might not be what first comes to mind when you think about Instagrammable spots on campus. However, insiders will tell you that if you go all the way to the top, you’ll be met with an amazing view of campus below you. This unique location provides a different angle to capture campus beauties like the Maccabees Building and Old Main.

4. 5057 Woodward (Maccabees Building) 

Another Albert Kahn design, 5057 Woodward — aka the Maccabees Building — was built in 1927. One notable early tenant of the building was the radio and TV station WXYZ, which broadcast popular radio programs such as The Lone Ranger, Challenge of the Yukon and The Green Hornet to listeners throughout North America. After WXYZ left in the late 1950s, the Maccabees Building became the headquarters for the Detroit Public Schools until Wayne State purchased the building in 2002. This historic building is certainly Instagram worthy all by itself, but the stunning views it provides of the Detroit Public Library and the Detroit Institute of Art put this location toward the top of our list.

3. Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

The College of Pharmacy was founded in 1924, and it later evolved into the College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions. In 2001, it officially became the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences that we know today, and in 2002 the college moved into its new facility on Mack Avenue. Lucky for us, this five-story learning and research space stretches high enough to provide a view of the downtown skyline that’s worth sharing.

2. Old Main

Old Main, the “Hogwarts” of Wayne State, was originally built in 1895 as Detroit Central High School. Warriors are likely familiar with David Mackenzie, who was the high school’s principal. During his time there, Mackenzie began to introduce post-secondary classes that started the beginning of what would become Wayne State University. Whether you post a frantic selfie of your first time getting lost in the many hallways and “changing staircases,” or if you share a magnificent shot of the Romanesque Revival architecture, Old Main is a crown jewel that will get you instant likes.

1. McGregor Memorial Conference Center

Completed in 1958, McGregor Memorial Conference Center is the first Yamasaki–designed building at Wayne State. Intended as “a structure that is in harmony with both man and its environment,” the center continues to be a place where students can relax or study on beautiful days. This incredible space is too good not to share on Instagram, making this spot No. 1 on our list!

Do you agree with these Instagrammable spots or think you know some better ones? Share your pictures of campus for Photo of the Day at

Have you met Emily?

Emily ConnellyYou’ve probably seen her hosting several Facebook Live events, or maybe you’ve followed along with her on Food Fridays or even seen her interview Gloria Steinem (OMG that really happened!). You’ve seen her from afar, now’s your chance to get to know the student who gives life to the Wayne State social accounts!

Emily was hired as a Student Assistant in another part of the Marketing and Communications office a few years back and we kept hearing how awesome she was. When the opportunity arose for us to work with her, we jumped on it and Emily now has been splitting her time with Social Media Marketing and Event Marketing for the last year.

Emily quickly became an integral part of the social team. Almost instantly she was the single voice on Snapchat, the sole manager of Photo of the Day and rocking everything and anything else we asked of her. I joke that we could use the hashtag #WhatCantOurInternDo because she does everything so well and just about always exceeds our expectations.

Snapchat screen capture

As someone who loves DIY and being creative, she uses those skills weekly in this position. On National Flip Flop Day (Yep, that’s a thing), she crocheted our Little W Flip Flops. Another day she spent carving a pumpkin with the new #WarriorStrong hashtag. She’s taught herself to create stop motion movies that have been used on Snapchat, Instagram and as promotional videos for Financial Aid. Seriously, #WhatCan’tOurInternDo?



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Emily Connelly came to Wayne State via Bay City and Grand Blanc. She was craving more culture and diversity in her life and knew Detroit and Wayne State is where she needed to be. Now, heading into her senior year as a PR/Political Science major, she is excited about the opportunities that are in front of her.

Q and A with Emily:

Q1: What do you love about social media?

A1: Everyone has a voice, it’s all equal. Anyone, no matter who they are can go viral.

Q2: What do you hate about social media?

A1:  That it perpetuates hate speech and that people are surrounded by others with the same idea.

Q3: What was your favorite class (so far)?

A3. Research Methods with Rosie Jahng. At first, I was scared of this class. Communication majors usually don’t want to do math, but it wasn’t bad. It was actually cool. Made me think about doing what Rosie does or maybe going into research. I don’t think that will happen, but it did make me think about it.

Dr. Bradley Roth (Political Science) is really awesome too.

Q4. What do you like best about the PR program?

A4. The PR program is a tight-knit group. You wouldn’t think for undergrad, but it is. You get to go from class to class with everyone and get to know the group. Shelly Najor is our leader and guides us through.

Although we can’t bear to think of losing her when she graduates (even though that is why she is here) I personally look forward to seeing where her degree and can-do-anything spirit takes her!

Emily hosting the petting zoo Facebook Live at the bookstore

August 2018 – CMS update

This month we are focusing the CMS update on self-paced CMS training.

Canvas course

We are excited to announce we have a new option for CMS training available on the university’s learning management system, Canvas.

The training can now be found in the “All courses” area of Canvas and is open to anyone with an active AccessID.

Browse for the “Web Communications” course.

Canvas course screenshot

The training will evolve over time

This is only the first step in the online CMS training platform. We will over time be adding more areas for accessibility, emails, events, forms, images, etc.

If there is an area that you feel would benefit from online training, please email

In-person training is still available

In-person training is still available by signing up at: We try to offer group training every few months especially as new units start interacting with the CMS or other university tools for the first time.


IGTV – InstagramTV – Photos, stories and now long form video

Another place to post content on Instagram?

Yep! We went from Feeds – to – Feeds and Stories – and now we have – Feeds, Stories and Channels!

Instagram Feed example
Instagram Feed
Instagram Story Example
Instagram Story
IGTV - Channel example
IGTV – Channel









Over the weekend Instagram rolled out IGTV — a new video channel to watch longer format video. Depending on your status within Instagram you will be able to upload video from 15 seconds to an hour long, but most accounts will be limited to 10 minutes max.

Why is this important?

With 10 minutes of uninterrupted storytelling time, the big picture is now an option. Microstories are great (don’t get me wrong) but sometimes a deep dive is what you need and telling that in one long segment as opposed to eight tiny ones is a better user experience.

What’s the downside?

With this being brand new, there might not be a downside but I do have two concerns.

You now have three content areas to create for one social platform.

  • It took users awhile to check both stories and their feed, will adding a third be an issue?

  • Facebook stories have not been adopted by users, could this be similar?

Shooting in vertical

  • That means what you create for IGTV won’t work well in YouTube and vice versa. Will this be a barrier to new content?

What’s the upside?

With this being brand new, there might not be an upside…but of course, there is an upside!

What users will do with their channels and their expanded time options will be exciting! I have a million ideas in my head from “Five minutes with our Faculty” to “Trips around the City.” Just the newness of the platform will spark creativity!

How to get started

Use the Instagram app or the IGTV standalone app. Both are available for IOS and Android.



Create the Channel using your Instagram account and you can start uploading video right away!

Selfish word of caution

I repeatedly say that Instagram is my happy place. It’s not a place for politics or news; for me, it’s been about the beauty I see around me and a reminder to not only see it but to stop and enjoy it, take a picture and share it with the world. I fear that  IGTV will change this platform. Although I also thought Stories would have ruined Instagram and it didn’t. I love scrolling through stories. Most accounts create stories that are on-brand, on-message and enhance the user experience. Fingers crossed IGTV goes in the same direction.

Instagram grid
Wayne State Instagram Feed

A journey from Foundation CSS to Tailwind CSS

All of our frontend websites start with this base repository which can be viewed at It has evolved in many ways since its closed source version to the new public version 5. One thing has remained the same, the whole time is being dependent on the Foundation CSS framework.

We used Foundation when we first started exploring responsive design in 2012 for these reasons:

  • The grid was easy to use and understand
  • Fast scaffolding for wireframes
  • Included many Javascript packages out of the box that we found useful (accordion, offcanvas, sticky header)
  • Ongoing support of bug fixes and new major versions
  • The framework didn’t have an opinionated style like Bootstrap

Why did we move away from Foundation?

The biggest drive for us to switch to a different framework was how hard it was for us to upgrade from even minor versions of the framework. It’s not a knock on Foundation as we consider it a wonderful framework. The custom CSS/JS we wrote on top of everything played a large role in making the upgrade a difficult task. The slightest changes to their default CSS or javascript components made it extremely time-consuming for us to realign base to accommodate for those changes. A related issue is the cascading part of CSS. While it’s extremely useful, it’s also a large hindrance to the maintenance of a project long term. Adam Wathan wrote a really good blog post explaining this very issue.

What did we move to?

Tailwind CSS. The concept of using a utility-based framework is having a class name that does one CSS property and value. You can think of it as doing inline styles on each element, but what makes it different is you control all the values of colors, sizes, widths, and heights in a single settings file. This creates more consistency, better naming conventions, and a pattern to your CSS names.

What it allowed us to change

Once we switched over to Tailwind CSS it allowed us to start looking at replacing other parts of Foundation that we relied on. Here is a list of changes:

What are the stats for the childpage template?

File Base 4 Base 5
requests 14 9
load time 1.481s 1.117s
css 18.1 KB 10.4 KB
javascript 27.9 KB 21.2 KB
html 6.4 KB 8.4 KB
total size 133 KB 82 KB

We managed to lower the overall size by a 38% reduction! The only file that slightly increased is the html which was to be expected since we introduced a lot of new classes.

We’re excited for the future of our base site project knowing we can easily swap out any packages now or upgrade them without affecting the entire site.

Simple CSS hover effect using transition property for button with arrow

To create a simple button animation you can use the following code.  In this case we are using the Foundation framework to add simple style to the button.

Here are the results:

See the Pen Simple Button with arrow hover animation by Tom Krupka (@tomkrupka3) on CodePen.dark

Here is the code below:

// HTML Output
<a class="button arrow">Read More</a>
// Button CSS Code
a.button {
    margin: 20px;
    font-size: 20px;

.arrow {
    color: #0c5449;
    background-color: #f6f3ed;
    margin: 1em 0;

    &::after {
        display: inline-block;
        padding-left: 8px;
        content: "279E"; // arrow right unicode
        -webkit-transition: transform 0.3s ease-out;
        -moz-transition: transform 0.3s ease-out;
        -ms-transition: transform 0.3s ease-out;
        -o-transition: transform 0.3s ease-out;
        transition: transform 0.3s ease-out;

    &:hover {
        color: #0c5449;
        background-color: #f6f3ed;

        &::after {
            -webkit-transform: translateX(4px);
            -moz-transform: translateX(4px);
            -ms-transform: translateX(4px);
            -o-transform: translateX(4px);
            transform: translateX(4px);

The result is a very simple hover button, with a subtle animation to catch the users attention. This effect can be used with any Unicode character and don’t forget to add your vendor prefixes!

How to make your cookie game #WarriorStrong

Ingredients and supplies:

  • 1 W shield cookie press (available at the WSU Bookstore)
  • Sugar cookie dough (store-bought or homemade)
  • Flour
  • Royal icing — see instructions below
  • Sprinkles
  • Parchment paper
  • Mini spatula (OK, you don’t really need this — but it is fun to use)
  • Toothpicks
  • Cookie sheet
  • Oven
  • Cooling rack (optional, because we didn’t have one)
  • Camera (because we want pictures!)

Step 1:

Cover your cookie sheet in parchment paper (not pictured because we forgot).

Step 2:

Roll out the dough until it is about a quarter-inch thick. 

Knead the dough Roll out the dough

Step 3:

Sprinkle flour on the cookie press and press it firmly into the dough. Repeat until you run out of space. If they don’t look like the picture, you did it wrong!

Press cookie into the dough

Step 4:

Using your mini spatula (or whatever you substitute for this — a knife will do), remove the extra dough from the shields and place your cutouts on the cookie sheet.

Place on cookie sheet

Step 5:

Bake cookies according to dough specifications. Pro tip: The cooler the dough, the less the cookies will spread in the oven.

Step 6:

Do some homework while you wait for your cookies to bake.

Step 7:

Remove cookies from oven and let cool for a few minutes. Then, carefully move the cookies to a cooling rack. Note: This is not a job for the mini spatula.

Allow cookies to cool

Step 8:

Make the royal icing.

  • Option A: Invite your most talented baking friend over and have them make it.
  • Option B: Google it — and know that it’s quite the process!

Step 9:

Decorate the cookies according to your icing preferences.

Decorate the cookies

Step 10:

Do more homework while you wait for your cookies to dry.

Step 11:

Arrange on a plate, and prepare to wow your friends!Arrange on the plate

Step 12:

Show off your #WarriorStrong baking skills and beam with #WarriorPride by posting your cookies on your favorite social media channel. Don’t forget to tag us so we can see your creations!


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Why is Facebook boring all of a sudden?

Have you noticed that Facebook is incredibly dull lately? Well, it might be because you are not seeing the amazing content from Wayne State in your feed anymore.

The good news

You can easily tell Facebook you want to see more of our content.

The easiest way to get us back in your feed:

The bad news

You still won’t see everything, but some Warrior content is better than no Warrior content, right?!

2017 in pictures

As we get ready to say hello to 2018, a look back at 2017 Photo of the Day shows what an amazing year we had on campus and in the Detroit area!

2017 top five

Photo of Old Main
Photo of the Day for October 25, 2017: “Hogwarts in Detroit?” Submitted by Rasik Mostafa.

Photo of the Day for May 14, 2017: Happy Mother’s Day Photo by Selma Medic-Cufurovic.

Photo of the Day for October 26, 2017: Season of colors Submitted by Komal Parab.

Photo of the Day for April 19, 2017: “Sky has no limit. Follow your dreams.” Photo by Dawn Turchin.

Photo of the Day for February 6, 2017: “Life as a 3 year old when your Mom is a PhD Nursing Student.” Photo submitted by Amanda Deriemacker

Photo of the Day stats for 2017 (Jan. 1 – Dec. 15)

  • 894 photos were submitted
  • 838 pics were up for consideration (56 were deemed unusable, too small, broken link, etc…)
  • 456 individuals submitted photos
  • 239 pictures were selected (27% of all submissions)

Connor Ashley and Shreyash Khond were our top repeat submitters.

  • Connor submitted 30 entries and was featured 7 times.
  • Shreyash Khond submitted 30 entries and was featured 5 times.

Old Main was one of our most popular subjects. It was Photo of the Day 26 times.

Engagement by platform

  • Flickr – 48,856
  • Twitter – 56,213
  • Facebook – 37,245
  • Instagram – 94,560

Total – 236,874

2017 Editors’ picks

Photo of the Day for October 5, 2017: “WSU giving some serious Hogwarts feels” Photograph submitted by Aiman Hussain.

Photo of the Day for May 5, 2017: “Captured this walking to my chemistry final at DeRoy Auditorium” Photo by Luis Coronel-Machado.

Photo of the Day for July 4, 2017: “Detroit Fireworks 2017. Thank you #waynestatepolice #detroitpolice #detroit #detroitfireworks #wsu Photo by James Laginess.

Photo of the Day for October 16, 2017: Behind the scenes of the Warrior Strong campaign.

Photo of the Day for December 13, 2017: Mary Lou Lynch, Maria Giammara and Hariette Williams didn’t get to graduate from college but their granddaughters did! Submitted by Jacqueline Giammara and Sha’Ron Williams

A good week on the web

The Web Communications team has been busy making updates, launching sites and improving the web experience for its users. In case you missed it, here are some of the items we’ve been working on this week.

New string series launched on

String stories are a new feature on

Every two weeks the Marketing and Communications team launches a new page that includes curated condensed articles that are all related to one topic. These new pages are called “strings”. This weeks string is focused on Creative Warriors featuring stories on healing through the arts, Jazz musicians in Detroit and community art projects.

All of the string stories showcase the work that is being done by our faculty, students and alumni.

The next string launches on Monday, October 16.

Facebook Live event featuring WSU Press

Example of graphics used for promoting the WSU Press Live Event

The social media team took you behind the scenes of the WSU Press office. A guided tour from their staff takes you from the front office to the warehouse and all the steps in between in publishing a new book.

This Live event is the first of many to come. Future events will feature sneak peeks and behind the scenes looks at our Warriors in Action.

Follow us on Facebook for announcements of the next live event.

Older sites migrated to a new server

All summer and into the fall our developers have been migrating sites off of an older server onto a newer, faster, and more secure environment. At the start of the project, there were over 200 sites to move and now they are down about 20. This week they have migrated:

Big things to come…

If you’ve been by the Marketing and Communications office lately, you may have felt a buzz in the air or maybe you’ve seen many us running around campus with film crews, or outside measuring light poles or witnessed some other fairly odd behavior. Well soon all will be revealed, but until then, the entire Web Communications Team is busy making sure all the web assets are in order to support this great undertaking by Marketing and Communications. If you are dying to know what we’re up to, follow us on the University’s social channels and you’ll get an exclusive first look on October 15.