Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, April 12, 2012

U-M graduate students traveled to Lansing recently to share their research with legislators on Michigan Graduate Education Day. The event featured students from colleges and universities throughout the state, and emphasized the importance of graduate education in Michigan and the impact it will have on employment opportunities. From left are Katherine Lin, Kristen Herrmann, Ravi Ranade, TaShara Bailey and Rudai Shan. (Photo by Pat McCune)

Social Venture Fund makes first-of-its-kind investment in LearnZillion
The Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies today announced its student-led Social Venture Fund has closed its first investment. The fund joined a syndicate of 17 investors in a Series A round investment totaling $2.4 million in LearnZillion, a Web-based platform that gives students, teachers and parents access to a video library of high-quality, standards-based lessons taught by the nation's top teachers. This marks the Social Venture Fund's first investment and the first ever investment made by a socially oriented student-led venture fund.

Students' Fetchnotes startup launching note-taking system
Fetchnotes, a U-M student-founded startup, on Friday will launch a public version of its cloud-based system for jotting and organizing quick notes to oneself. The company will release a new Android, iPhone and desktop app for its system and a new Web app also is forthcoming. The Fetchnotes system lets users call, text, email or type notes directly into their account through a phone, smartphone app, desktop widget or Web browser.

University ranks seventh in Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows
U-M ranks No. 7 in the nation as a Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows university in the latest 2012 rankings. There are 20 Returned Peace Corps Volunteers at U-M. The Coverdell Fellows program provides returned volunteers with scholarships, academic credit and stipends to earn an advanced degree after they complete their Peace Corps service along with professional internships helping underserved American communities.

U-M Dexter Family Medicine support group offers a place to share storm stories
The tornado that ripped through rural Dexter last month didn’t take any lives – but some lives will never be the same. U-M Dexter Family Medicine has started a support group open to anyone affected by the storm, with its next meeting set for Friday.

The Michigan Difference

Stitching a global network
Alumnus Justin Golden learned the true Michigan difference after his graduation from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. In an attempt to broaden his business outreach, Golden contacted U-M’s extensive alumni network and journeyed to eight countries over eight months to meet with roughly 50 U-M graduates around the world to explore entrepreneurial and investment opportunities.