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Michigan Impact

Southeast Michigan
2012 Fall Issue


U-M's impact on the state — and your region

Michigan Impact provides county-by-county, regional and statewide looks at how the University of Michigan is impacting the mitten state. From the number of students enrolled at U-M who come from our state (and the financial aid we provide) to the people we employ, to the Michigan companies we use to run our three campuses, the clickable maps offer information on our economic reach. Also featured are news highlights from both statewide and regional perspectives.

iLabs eCities research recognizes 54 Michigan communities

UM-Dearborn's iLabs eCities research recognizes 54 Michigan communities developing a positive entrepreneurial climate.

Eight communities across the state of Michigan are top performers at fostering entrepreneurial growth and economic development, according to the annual eCities study. The study, conducted by iLabs, University of Michigan-Dearborn's Center for Innovation and Research, identified Alpine Township, Grand Blanc, Grand Rapids, Imlay City, Meridian Township, Midland, Sterling Heights and Troy for their incentives, innovative programs and best practices geared toward business development. An additional 46 communities across the state are also recognized as five and four star performers.

"The top performing communities understand what small businesses need to be successful," said Tim Davis, director, iLabs. "The communities communicate with their business owners and provide connections to broader resources and insight on trends."
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UM-Dearborn student's company among the 'top 100 companies started by young entrepreneurs'

Just four years after starting his business, General Fuels Company, UM-Dearborn business student Ali Saad has been recognized for his entrepreneurial success.

The international oil, gas and construction equipment company Saad launched at age 18 was recently named to the Empact100 list, which recognizes the top 100 companies started by young entrepreneurs. Saad accepted the award in Washington, D.C., at a ceremony held at the White House.

"It was with great honor that I accepted the award on behalf of our company, our friends and family, our community and the state of Michigan," he said. "It was an excellent experience where I was able to show some of the largest CEO's, executives, entrepreneurs and officials where I came from and what we, as a community, are capable of achieving."

The Empact100 list is comprised of the top 100 companies in the Empact Showcase, a compilation of the United States’ leading entrepreneurs age 30 and younger whose annual revenues are more than $100,000.

Returning to Dearborn after two days of awards festivities, Saad got back to his routine of being a full-time accounting student and full-time general manager, balancing his studies with balancing the books.
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Bagale 'Difference Makers' Scholarship recipients aim to impact community

Their interests are varied, but their passion to make a difference brought them together as 2012 University of Michigan-Dearborn Difference Makers, a program that recognizes students who are improving the lives of others. Now, five of these students—Jennifer Drake, Iffa Kazi, Donna Posont, Benita Robinson and Lance Slatton—have been recognized as the first recipients of the Edward J. Bagale “Difference Makers” Scholarship.

The scholarships, available to students previously selected as UM-Dearborn Difference Makers, support student educational goals and student-led projects that impact the community.

“The joy we experience at UM-Dearborn is because we see the work and the achievements of our alumni; we watch our students succeed,” Bagale said. Long active in the community, Bagale has been a catalyst for restoring the Rouge River, has provided leadership to establish an Automobile National Heritage Area and a new Train Depot for Dearborn, and promoted sustainable development throughout the Detroit Metropolitan Area.
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New ASL courses partner student learning with civic engagement

College is right around the corner for millions of high school students nationwide. Detroit is home to thousands of those students, yet some of them don’t see college on the horizon. University of Michigan-Dearborn students hope to change that.

As part of Lara Rusch’s POL 323: Urban and Metropolitan Politics course, UM-Dearborn students are working closely this semester with those enrolled in Detroit Public Schools.

The goal? Encourage area high school students to climb the necessary hurdles that impede their path to college by working with Youth Voice, a grassroots organizing effort designed to give youth a greater voice in Detroit.

“It’s kind of a combination of leadership training and civic engagement,” said Rusch, assistant director of UM-Dearborn’s urban and regional studies program and assistant professor of political science.
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U-M makes hospital care safer throughout state

No matter what hospital you go to in Metro Detroit, you can thank a U-M team for leading the effort to make your care safer, more efficient and based on the latest evidence. U-M doctors and data specialists coordinate a broad range of projects that involve dozens of hospitals across southeastern Michigan, all aimed at improving different types of care. From breast cancer and heart surgery to intensive care, U-M experts spearhead these efforts with support from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and other sponsors. The teams have proven that these quality improvement projects have saved hundreds of lives, prevented thousands of complications, and kept health care costs down as a result.
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Alumni entrepreneurs launch urban farm in Detroit

Urban agriculture isn't a new idea in Detroit. In fact, there are those who think the city's vacant land could be the key to its salvation, citing farm jobs, reduced municipal burden and increased tax revenue. But urban farmer Carolyn Leadley, a U-M graduate with a degree in environmental science, wasn't sure she believed the hype.

"With so many people it's all very theoretical and philosophical," Leadey says, assessing her large market garden on Detroit's east side, easily accessible to the city's Eastern Market. The neighborhood counts about as many vacant lots as houses. "I wanted to find out, 'Can we really do this as a business?'" Leadey found out she could succeed.

In 2011 Leadley's Rising Pheasant Farms, which she operates with husband and fellow U-M graduate Jack Van Dyke, grossed about $34,000 as a part-time operation.
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Free weekly clinic provides essential care

Uninsured residents of Livingston County and surrounding areas who need health care have a new option to turn to every Saturday afternoon: a free medical clinic run entirely by U-M Medical School students.

The students, and U-M faculty physicians, volunteer their time to provide free primary care each week at a storefront clinic in Pinckney.

"The U-M Student Run Free Clinic gives our students a real sense of all the moving parts that must be aligned to create a well-run clinic, the issues facing the uninsured and the importance of caring for all in our communities," says Dr. Hari Conjeevaram, an associate professor of internal medicine who is the lead faculty advisor to the clinic team and medical director of the clinic.
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Remaking Detroit: a revival and how U-M alumni are taking part

Detroit has experienced more than its share of dark times. But an influx of young entrepreneurs and innovators is working to shed a new light on the city. "Remaking Detroit," which appears in the late fall issue of Michigan Alumnus magazine, introduces readers to young U-M alumni who are contributing to the city's revival. They're making their homes in Detroit; they're opening shops and high-tech companies; they're investing money, time, and energy. Without them, it's safe to say the revival would be less vigorous.
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Fellowship brings science and math teachers to state's neediest schools

Participants in the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's Woodrow Wilson Michigan Teaching Fellows program already are working in area classrooms through the unique initiative to improve the state's high-need urban and rural secondary schools.

Announced in January 2010 on the heels of a visit to U-M by President Barack Obama, the statewide program to prepare teachers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math offers fellows $30,000 to complete the degree program. In exchange, the fellows agree to teach in underserved schools for three years.

The first cohort that started last year is working in the Detroit Public Schools, Education Achievement Authority schools, and Detroit area charter schools. The second group of fellows is doing a clinical placement in Detroit School of the Arts or at Ypsilanti High School through the School of Education's Algebra Project.

In addition to U-M, five other universities are participating: Michigan State University, Eastern Michigan University, Western Michigan University, Grand Valley State University and Wayne State University.
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