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DATE: November 8, 2004

UM-Dearborn alumnus gives $100,000 to support seminars on manufacturing, business

DEARBORN---Anthony G. Viscogliosi, who graduated from the University of Michigan-Dearborn in 1984, has announced plans for, Viscogliosi Bros., LLC, to give $100,000 to the campus to sponsor a series of seminars on current manufacturing and business topics for the southeastern Michigan business community.

Marc, Anthony and John Viscogliosi

The seminars will be targeted to executives, strategists, and entrepreneurs in southeastern Michigan, and will be designed to stimulate new thinking about the business challenges that confront this region.

The first programs in the UM-Dearborn series will be offered early in 2005 and are planned to continue through at least 2008.

Viscogliosi, who grew up in Dearborn Heights, is a principal of a New York-based merchant banking/venture capital firm, Viscogliosi Bros., LLC, specializing in the muscoloskeletal/orthopedics industry. His brothers Marc and John are also principals in the business with him, and the gift was made by the firm.

"My brother Marc and sister Lori also attended UM-Dearborn," he said. "We wanted to express our gratitude for the superb education that is the basis for our success in the business world and we hope this donation will encourage other successful graduates to support the university and the surrounding community."

Anthony G. Viscogliosi is serving as co-chair of a committee leading the campus's $35 million capital campaign announced earlier this year.

The Viscogliosi brothers also are planning to establish an internship program for UM-Dearborn students in New York; San Diego; Minneapolis; Philadelphia; Munich, Germany and Lyon, France.

"While internships are an integral piece of the UM-Dearborn education, this particular program would provide students with an exciting and practical opportunity to work with a merchant banking/venture capital firm in the heart of New York City, and at other key global business centers," according to Patricia Jones, director of co-operative education programs in the UM-Dearborn College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters.

In addition to the gift to UM-Dearborn, the Viscogliosis have pledged $250,000 to the Dearborn Public Schools Education Foundation.

"We maintain very close ties to Dearborn and Dearborn Heights through our friends and family who still live in the community," Marc Viscogliosi said when the gift to the public schools was announced. "We feel it is very important to respect the values we learned growing up here, and we do this by giving back to the community so future generations have the opportunity to benefit the way we have.

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