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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.
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.