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College Grads: Stay in the Midwest!

2/4/2011 --

Author/journalist Micheline Maynard will moderate a Feb. 16 panel asking the region's best and brightest: What will keep you here?

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Every year thousands of students flock to universities across the Midwest to earn their degrees and do graduate work. But many of them leave the minute they receive their diplomas.

Micheline Maynard, senior editor of Changing Gears, will explore this issue in the panel discussion "Don’t Go! What Will Keep You Here?" at Ross on Feb. 16. The conversation will begin at 5 p.m. in Blau Auditorium and will feature local alumni who’ve demonstrated business success in Michigan. As part of the presentation, U-M economist Don Grimes will discuss state population and job trends.

Panelists include:

-- University of Michigan alumnus Mike Miller, head of Google's Ann Arbor office

-- Ross MBA graduate Sara Jones, founder of Ann Arbor-based Heart Graffiti, a contemporary jewelry company that offers a sophisticated line of university class jewelry for women

-- Luke Song, owner of Mr. Song Millinery in Detroit, and designer of the eye-catching hat worn by singer Aretha Franklin at President Obama's 2009 inauguration

The event is free and open to the public. Ross is a co-sponsor with Changing Gears, the Midwest public media project co-sponsored by Michigan Radio, WBEZ in Chicago, and ideastream in Cleveland.



For more information, contact:
Bernie DeGroat, (734) 647-1847, bernied@umich.edu